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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!
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    Yes, indeed.
    From personal experience (I used to draw blood on patients and blood donors) that is EXACTLY it!
    If you have little in the way of muscle, everything loosens up.

    Besides, strength training, which is my favorite go-to makes your parts solid and curvy!
    67 days ago
    What timing - I’ve just started back with my strength training, and yes, it does make a difference, not least to weight loss.
    You’re lucky, over here all routine doctor’s appointments are cancelled, emergencies only... lucky to be healthy and not in the vulnerable group re COVID-19.
    69 days ago
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    69 days ago
    I had no idea that muscle strength made a difference with finding a vein. But of course, it makes sense! I'm so glad all is well with you. And I know you are filling your days with wonderful things to do and explore and enjoy, even during this strange and anxious time we're living in.

    Hugs, my friend.
    69 days ago
  • ALICIA363
    That is a compelling reason to get back to strength training - I too have rolling veins!
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    70 days ago
    I did a strength training video yesterday. Just have to be conscientious about scheduling it since I cannot get to a gym. Stay healthy
    70 days ago
    It can go the other way. My father, the farmer, truck driver, heave-hoer always had problems with rolling veins. There must be a sweet spot for enough muscle tone but not too much! I called my dr office and moved my blood draw and annual. I wanted June/early July but the earliest I could be rescheduled was August!
    70 days ago
    Thanks for getting that important message out there!

    I never knew strength training helped your veins. I will keep this in mind the next time I feel like skipping it.


    70 days ago
    Glad your trip to medical land was good and followed by good news.

    I have a lab order awaiting me. And, it will continue to wait. The risks outweigh the benefits at this particular point in time. Different situation on the ground here (SF Bay Area, California).

    Well, well, well ... was wondering why my trips to the lab have been so effortless in recent years. Improved nutrition and fitness? Prior to the healthy changes instituted nearly 7 years ago, I was one considered a "difficult draw". Not at all unusual for folks to give up and go get the supervisor, when attempting to draw blood. Sometimes they'd resort to my hands!
    70 days ago
    Glad you got checked out AND reassured: and yes, weight lifting!! I'm hoping that my body weight push ups are doing the trick!!
    70 days ago
    "Good to go" is a good thing, and thanks for passing along that information about the veins. It made me realize I hadn't heard any muttering during blood draws over the past few years since I've incorporated some upper body weights into my routine.

    What are the odds that I would read your blog in a surgical center waiting room while my DH was undergoing his sixth eye surgery in recent months? Out of 50 surgery requests for today, his was one of six that were approved. It was, as you said, weird to be in a medical setting with very few people and limited seating. We went through several sanitizing checkpoints and a temperature screening to get there. All of the staff were so caring and warm, and this new-to-us surgery center was comfortable and well stocked with a fancy Starbucks machine and many tea choices.
    70 days ago
    Thank for sharing the tip, Bess!! My mom had "rolly veins" and it was awful when they tried to draw her blood.
    70 days ago
    Thanks for the tip! I do strength training, but now . . . MORE reason to do them. Glad your check up went well.

    HUGS and stay safe, stay well.
    70 days ago
    Thanks for that tip. It is a good one. Might I add that it is not enough to consume the right foods but to prepare the body to best use the nutrients in that food.
    70 days ago
  • DESIREE672
    Congratulations on having great results! I find it harder to get muscle back as I get older so I’m a big fan of ST. If only I could make myself do it regularly!
    70 days ago
  • LYNCHD05
    We all know weight training go is important but this is something most of us did not know.

    I have to go do some now!
    70 days ago
  • PHOENIX1949
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    71 days ago
    Interesting day, glad you’re well. Powerful to stay on top of this. I have always had rotten luck having blood drawn. Not anymore, thanks to you I now know why. Hello 50 trillion planks, best kind of strength work...equipment free. Body weight work is a favorite of mine, yet I love kettle bells, dumb bells, weighted gloves. Seriously. Building muscle has changed my appearance far more significantly than any weight loss I’ve had. That being said, I have lost and kept off almost 70 pounds, yet losing fat and gaining muscle leaves me unable to recognize the chica in the mirror. You goooooooooo girl, strong is hot, muscle is a fat furnace.
    Eager to hear how you proceed...you’re gonna blow your own mind. Promise! Squeezes, love, healthy vibes heading your way!

    Be well...
    71 days ago
    Ooh, gotta love fresh motivation to keep up the strength training! Thanks for sharing!

    Stay well! emoticon emoticon
    71 days ago
    So happy that all is well! So, i’ll continue with weights!
    71 days ago
    I had no idea!
    Glad things went well in your follow-up testing.
    71 days ago
    Thank you for the info
    71 days ago
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