New doctor, fresh start. My partner didn’t like my doctor, therefore, I had to get a new one. The old one was technically not a doctor but a APRN. Basically, he was a fancy nurse with doctor like capabilities. I was okay with him but he did seem to be a little disinterested and not very engaging.

My new doctor is a woman. I tend to prefer a female doctor. Call me sexist but they seem to be more nurturing. We had our first visit this week. I think she is a keeper. She check me out and went over my records and scheduled me for a complete physical with blood work and all the trimmings. She is a bit young, but at least maybe she will outlast me. My favorite doctor, Dr. “O”, died of cancer. I have elevated her to greatness beyond compare. So, Dr. “Q” has a lot to live up to, but so far she has met the challenge. For starters I didn’t have to tell her everything about me, she asked the questions based on what she observed. What a novel approach. I like her. She is in the same office as my partner’s doctor so that’s a plus too. (His doctor wasn’t accepting new patients.)

I mentioned in my last post that I had completed the healthy tracks evaluation. If you are not familiar with this program it is designed to give employees with good health a discount on their insurance. It is supposed to help encourage a healthy life style. Some people find it discriminatory but so far is has held up in court.

All of my results came in this week. I made the “Gold” level discount. There are two levels. “Purple” level is given to everyone who participates in the evaluation and gets their flu shots. “Gold” requires 3 positive outcomes out of 4, or you can take counseling and earn the discount that way. The 4 outcomes are Blood Pressure, Cholesterol, Glucose levels, and BMI or fat percentages.

I am on blood pressure meds so that is a given. I am also on Cholesterol medication but I missed the ratio, HDL over total. This is a hard one for diabetics because diabetes cause higher triglycerides. I did make the glucose level. The amazing thing to me was that I made the BMI.

BMI used to be determined by your height/weight ratio. The number needed to be ideal or show a 5 percent improvement. Well, I actually gained weight since last time. But now they use this thing that looks like an Atari game controller. You squeeze the handles and it tell you what your body fat % is, and mine improved 10% over last year. That means that even though the scales are not my friend, I have more muscle mass then last year and qualify for the discount. Look out Arnold her I come.

So what I have learned here is that you need to look at the total picture to measure success. Whether it be your choice of doctors, your health, or your work (which by the way I got my annual review and my scores were excellent).

I will be 59 in a couple of weeks. I think I am dreading 60 more than I did 50. But thank goodness I am healthy.

One Response to “Healthy”

  1. good luck with the new doctor – and they new year ahead !

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