Time in Medical Land
Thursday, March 26, 2020
My semi-annual check-up was on Tuesday and I called twice to the dr's office to be sure they wanted me, it was safe, I wasn't a burden on the system, since I felt perfectly fine and I'd already seen the lab work results - everything was the same or better. I was told to come in - so I did and had a good visit with the doc. I had several questions that had been niggling at me and it was good to share them with her - but from that discussion she looked a little more closely at my chart and ordered some tests. Including one that took most of yesterday - done at the almost empty local hospital. The results came back almost immediately - so I had a call back last night from my doctor, who said - You're good to go - better than normal - you with your atypical heart.
This is the same diagnosis I've gotten two other times over the past 20 years - and I am mighty glad to see that nothing has degraded into an illness - but I don't mind getting the tests done since heart disease is a given in my family. Daddy died of heart failure - albeit at 86 - but my younger sister had a triple bypass 3 years ago - so - when it comes to my heart, I tend to err on the side of caution.
It was weird to be in the hospital though - where there are no volunteers, no elective procedures being done, the cafeteria had no chairs & tables (It's a tiny hospital - but good) and the conference room that's set up for eating had a sign on it - "No more than 5 people at a time". I was also lucky that mine was the first (maybe only) appointment of the day. It was a fasting test and the hospital was cold so I shivered till about 11:30 when I could go get some hot food before coming back for more procedure - and I will tell you - nothing ever tasted so good as that vegetable broth and slice of meatloaf.
The take away from this, aside from reassurance, came from comments made in passing that have prompted me to get back to strength training. Not that I haven't thought about it - even thought about thinking about it - but I haven't done so. I've just kept saying to myself "I'll get to it - another day won't matter."
But the nurse who did my blood work was new to me - and we got to talking about my tiny rolling veins that are going to get worse with age.
"Part of that is the loss of muscle in your arms - which - in young people helps support the veins and keep them in place"
"you mean - if I lift weights you might be able to get my vein on the first try?"
"Chances are pretty good."
Oh my - well - of course we all know strength training is good for us - but ... ya know .... "good"... as in "eat your vegetables, they're good for you". How about "eat your vegetables so that the vitamins and minerals in them will keep your skin smooth and help your eyes focus better" Or - do your strength training so that you don't have to be stuck several times with the needle while the nurse hunts for that illusive rolling vein"
So that's your medical tip for the day. Do Your Strength Training
And may you not have to spend any time in Medical Land - but if you do - may the results be positive and may you walk way with a useful tip!