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Doctor Appointment

Monday, February 15, 2010

I had a doctor appointment this morning and basically was there to give her an update on my medications. I have depression and anxiety. I am also taking vitamins to help with what I am lacking (Omega 3 and One a Day weight smart). After updating her on my medication we went into a discussion about weight.

Mid way through that conversation I was in tears. I have had such a hard journey with weight loss and I don't want to have surgery. She comforted me and said that would be our last resort. She advised that she would help me and be my cheerleader.

She sent me home with several different things...

First off a nutritional evaluation. Its like 10 pages long that I have to fill out as much as I can. Second, I have to do a sleep apnea test. I am really scared to do that. I don't like hospitals in the first place, but I really don't like things stuck on me or being in a mask. It makes me feel claustrophobic. Tomorrow I am going in to do a 12 hour fasting blood test to check for a bunch of different things including diabetes. Diabetes runs in the family.

I have had headaches almost daily. The doctor said it could be caused my several different things but she wants to see if she can narrow it down.

I think by going to the doctor today I am making a big step to a healthier me. I haven't been to the doctors in a while so this was a good thing. Life is full of ups and downs but I think this is an upward moment.

I pray to God that everything is ok and I can do this without surgery.


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    You have a great doc. I'm glad she is being supportive and offering some suggestions and routes to take.

    All the best!

    edited to add - just realized you wrote this blog a while ago - I hope your doc is still supportive!
    3310 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/2/2012 1:27:13 PM
  • no profile photo MIA1782
    i had doc app like that last week was also in tears. its hard but like u said we God all things are possible. It was a good kick that i needed i am also type 2 diabetic and my insurance would not cover the sleep apnea test so i did not do it. I'm here if u ever wanna chat wish u the best
    3993 days ago
    You are so lucky to have a doctor who is behind you all the way and is kind and compassionate!
    My journey started with a doctor's appointment and blood work. Several "problems" were identified but my doctor gave me little encouragement or advice. He just handed me medication. I switched doctors and am making progress.
    Using the nutrition tracker here has been of more benefit to me than anything else!
    I hope all goes well for you!
    3995 days ago
  • no profile photo CD5915724
    Don't worry too much about the sleep study. They'll put some wires and things on you to measure when you are in different stages of sleep, how you are breathing, your heart rate and such, and then you just go to sleep as usual. The sleep labs usually have very comfortable beds and "homey" rooms so you don't feel like you are in the hospital. There are two ways of doing the test. They might just let you sleep through the night to see what your results are, and then if you have sleep apnea they will bring you back another night to try a CPAP machine. The other way is called a "split night" study where they do the diagnosis in the first half of the night and if you have sleep apnea they will try you with the CPAP in the second part of the same night. Either way, if you have sleep apnea it is very important to get it treated. It can cause a lot of things including low energy, poor eating, heart disease, etc, etc. There are lots of different styles of CPAP masks these days. I used to be very claustrophobic, and I use a CPAP machine every night - have for the last 2 years. I use what looks like big nasal prongs rather than a full mask, so it really doesn't bother me. The important thing is that I feel SO much better with the CPAP! I was amazed at how much difference it makes to how I feel.

    So, not to worry! You can do this and you'll get so much improvement from it if you really do have sleep apnea. All the best!
    3995 days ago
    The first step in my healthy journey started with a doctor who looked me in the eyes and told me the truth. And she's walked with me every step of the way. Sounds like you've got a real advocate.

    Keep on taking the next step! You CAN do this.
    3995 days ago
    You go Girl! Glad you were supported by your doc! That's great!

    Hopefully the sleep study won't be too intrusive for you. Not breathing well during sleep can have a whole bunch of ramifications for your health so it's good you are checking this out! Just keep in mind, you are working at changing your lifestyle and your weight so if you have to use equipment at night, it's just one more incentive to help you on your journey!!

    Hang in there! You CAN do this! emoticon emoticon
    3995 days ago
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