_As I sat patiently in my doctor’s office, I read over my notes about my cholesterol numbers. I’ll admit I felt rather nervous, but still confident my plan had worked. I was still up for a fight from the doctor about taking statin drugs. I should explain it isn’t that I’m so difficult, but after reading the side effects, I’d just prefer to start out with lifestyle change and a few supplements. Funny, don’t you think, that my medical insurance will gladly pay for statin drugs, but not my efforts to take supplements or join a gym? There is something terribly wrong with our health care options (OK, I’ll get off THAT soapbox ... for now).
So, here I sit ... knowing my numbers and hoping for the best. At my last visit my numbers will explain my doctor’s recommendation for statin drugs:
I didn’t hear the door open and the doctor found me sitting Indian-style in the chair, my eyes closed, and breathing rhythmically and deeply. I sensed his presence and returned to reality. “Welcome back,” he said with a smile, “let’s take a look at your numbers.” I stood and reviewed my chart with him. He pointed to the chart and with unexpected enthusiasm said, “Hey, hey ... look at this ... you did it!!” I was thrilled ... I still had some work to do and some adjustments to make, but the numbers spoke for themselves. We went over each number:
As we wrapped up my appointment, he asked me if I knew of a TaiChi instructor in our area (of course, I did) .
He’s a cool doctor ... he listens ... he learns ... he admits he doesn’t know it all ... and he’s never said, “Trust me, dear.”
Stay tuned for why I had to make an supplement adjustment ...
I am ...
... a former blogger for a health site, which means eating healthy aka heart smart
which has become a passion for me. I will start at the beginning when I first
discovered I had high cholesterol.