Just been for the results of blood tests, gynae tests etc etc.
Gynae: endometrial thickness only 1mm, consultant wants to see me in September to see if the post-menopausal, fugitive Flo visits are continuing.
Doctor (GP = General Practitioner) thinks I'm mad to even ask.
I explain that, regardless of the letter she's received, I didn't see the consultant, only the trainee ultra-sound taker and, subsequently, a sister who told me I didn't need the hysteroscopy.
I begin to wish I could afford private health care and resolve to buy a lottery ticket.
Blood tests: although sparkpeople says my potassium intake is poor, my blood levels are fine. Cholesterol 6 but the differential between good and bad cholesterol is 4.
I wish for the kind of information US patients seem to get, grown up words to describe the cholesterol, advice on how to lower it.
I resolve to buy the lottery ticket.
Blood tests: one liver function reading is a bit high. Cause unknown, prognosis unknown, treatment unknown. She hasn't studied my notes beforehand, despite keeping me waiting 10 minutes for the first appointment of the day. If I hadn't pushed her to read me the results, she wouldn't have spotted this reading and said, oops. So I have to go back in 3 weeks for a fasting blood test. That's the first available appointment.
I begin to long for the private health care. Maybe I'll buy two lottery tickets.
Dizziness: she asks lots of questions but cannot come up with an answer yet. That's ok, I understand it's hard to pin down. I repeat what I asked 6 weeks ago of another practitioner at the practice, are my bp meds too high now that I've lost nearly 50lbs. That practitioner poo-pooed it. So she takes my BP this time and it is
When I first started taking meds, 3? 4? years ago, my BP had gone up to 212/101, and my meds started at 2mg ace inhibitor (Perindopril), then 4mg, then and now 8mg ace inhibitor and 2.5mg water tablet (Bendroflumethiazide).
Now, with weightloss and exercise, I'm losing the Bendroflumethiazide.
woot woot woot woot woot!
Don't get me wrong, I don't think there's anything wrong in taking necessary meds for ever, it's not a sign of weakness, but I always have been sure that my high bp is self-induced, so I'm very pleased that the meds reduction is self-induced too.
When I get the results of the blood test, she's going to re-check the bp, just to be sure but basically woot!
(ps, can you tell that I get most of my exercise by posting long posts :wink: ? )