Tuesday, December 4, 2012

New Doctor!

I LOVE LOVE LOVE my new doctor! She had a medical student with her and when I showed her my lab results from my old doc, said "Wow, these are interesting, come here and look at this!" Then explained that my body is NOT happy with me and my brain is crying out for fuel. Said I need to force myself to eat, protein when possible, add salt to everything (as per cardiologist and naturopath's advice, too!) and set a timer if I need reminding to eat every 2-3 hours. Told me I looked like a wilted flower. She also said that yoga might be good for me with gentle stretching, but to take it extra slow with the change in elevation because of my low bp. I told her that I also go to the chiropractor and love him and she said she's a big fan of what works and that she also goes to a chiropractor, so I loved hearing that. Plus, the fact that her immediate answer was NOT to put me on some kind of medication is a BIG BIG point in her favor.

When my old doctor was giving me the results of my lab work, she started to talk about redoing the blood work to check again, she said NOTHING about what I was eating or what kind of exercise I was getting or my habits. That's what drives me crazy about the typical MD. New doctor is also checking my thyroid and my gluten tolerance. Uh oh. :-) I had a fresh baked muffin at HEB before she tells me to go gluten free.

I told my husband - how many people are going to hate me - doctor's orders to FORCE myself to eat, setting a timer to remind myself if necessary. :-P


MargieAnne said...

Brilliant ... seeing a doctor who actually looks at you as a person and not a blood printout.

I'm not sure if you eat very much meat but if you can tolerate it specialty meats like kidney and liver are a great help. Both need to be prepared properly, treated gently and cooked quickly to remain tasty, moist and tender. I love bacon and tomatoes with both these meats. Hope the thought is not obnoxious to you. If they are new to you and you want to give them a go let me know. I'll give you my favourite way of cooking either one.


MargieAnne said...

104/70. that is LOW!

Earlier this year when I first got Bells Palsy my Dr. increased my blood pressure meds in case I'd had a stroke. A few weeks later I saw a specialist who congratulated me on my perfect BP 110/60. I had dragged myself along the street feeling like death warmed up. Immediately I bagn reducing and now I'm taking the same as what I started on nearly 10 years ago and looking forward to being able to reduce again in a few pounds less and a few months time. Apparently when you grow older you have to wait months for your body to respond in regard to BP coming down.

I am still mildly shocked that a doctor would think low BP is good when I am over 70 and over weight. Surely it is normal for me to be somewhat elevated. I guess I don't understand this stuff.

Hope you feel better soon.


Journo June aka MamaBear said...

I really don't eat much meat. Almost NEVER red meat. My body doesn't tolerate it well at all. I'll see what the doctor recommends.

Diane Fit to the Finish said...

So glad that you found someone who listens to you and pays attention to what your body is telling her!

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