Talk about harrowing.
First of all - I got a clean bill of health. BP is good. My good cholesterol needs to come up a bit, but that's exercise related. And the only real medical concern is the fact that since January I've gained just shy of 30 pounds. While I am working on it - it's our chief concern.
The doctor told me something that freaked me out. And she's a VERY conservative doctor, and very nice - and we love her. (So Dr. Zeh if you're reading this - sorry for freaking out). She told me that now that she's ALSO treating my father, she sees just how bad the risks are for me in the future. She said that he is one of (if not THE) worst general cardio-vascularly healthy persons she's ever seen. He just has SO much wrong. Diabetes, CHF, Strokes, Triple Bypass, Asthma, Weight, etc. She knew all of this before, but seeing it really struck home for her how carefully she wants to watch ME.
So - she says "right now you're not in any danger. In fact, you're good. You've done two half marathons this year, and are doing a third. But you need to focus on doing as much as you can to not becoming him, and although it's something I hardly every suggest, depending on how your weight loss and diet plans go over the next 6 months or so, we might want to consider bariatric surgery."
I'm sorry.....SURGERY?! Weight loss surgery? Even though I did so much on my own? Sure I've hit a stumble, but....
And she reassured me. It's not about the stumble. It's about making sure I can do all I can do for myself, and then using every resource we have to do even better.
"I want you to be here to see Elizabeth graduate college. To see your grandchildren graduate college."
So - I'm completely freaked out. It's like - no no no - you're doing everything you can - you're trying really hard - but we want to try to help you do better, because your best isn't good enough.
I told her I was really freaked out. She said "Hey look - I'm not even suggesting it at this point. I'm just bringing it up to see how you feel about it. I have my concerns too. Let's see you back in six months, after the business settles down, Elizabeth is here, your parents are more settled, and things are quieter. Let's see how well you do, and then we'll talk."
That calmed me. A bit.
But I'm still MAJORLY freaked out.
So I came home and immediately started figuring out how to get better shoes, cuz I have a LOT of exercise to do.
But yet again, the universe throws me a roadblock. This time, it came in the form of a tetanus booster I got at the doctors office (haven't had one in 15 years).
Side effects: Soreness. No problem.
Some other side effects can be: digestive issues (check), chills (yup, since about 2am), headache (ditto), and fever (99.9-100.5 since 2am).
I feel like CRUD this morning. I barely slept, I have a fever. And I can't even stay home! I have TWO potential clients today. And I am DARN sure not missing the PNW mousemeet.
So I fight through it - like I always do.
But seriously - what a day.
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