Sunday, November 2, 2008
number 2, only 28 to go
on friday i went for my annual physical.
when i phoned the office at the beginning of october to make the appointment i was told that the physical was overdue.
by 8 months!
that i could book an apt. for a physical with my doctor...
at the end of may or beginning of june,
so much for 'annual' then.
BUT, i was told, if i was willing to see the nurse practitioner instead, they could fit me in sooner.
in 3 weeks time.
which was friday.
my appointment was at 10.20 a.m.
i arrived at 10.10 a.m. just to be courteous.
giving me time to register with the receptionist and to collect my thoughts before the event.
i sat and waited, leafing thru some magazines.
and a bit more waiting.
those magazines were boring.
why don't they just make ONE magazine that's ALL recipes and the rest of the mags can be about stuff i want to read.
not about brad and angelina!
jenn and john,
and not on tips on how to clean out your closet or organize your home files.
what are you? so dense that you need a step by step instruction on how to do that?
it's not a magazine you need.
you need H.E.L.P. of a whole other kind.
i want to read how people lost weight.
i want to read that they ate what they wanted, when they wanted and never exercised a jot.
i think that magazine hasn't been finalized yet.
but i digress.
you can see how antsy i was at this point.
i always get a tad testy before this kind of appointment.
at 10.55 the nurse came out to meet me.
she offered no explanations for her lateness.
she looked completely unperturbed.
i have to say, i was the only person in the waiting room.
i tried not to seethe.
i do NOT want to get my BP taken or a personal exam by someone i'm angry at.
so i said NOWT.
bit my tongue.
and that wasn't easy.
i'm sure you can tell.
the nurse was young.
younger than my daughters in law and only slightly older than my own daughter i'm guessing.
one of the questions she asked me was,
'are you sexually active?'
"no" says i.
"i just lie there and think of england."
no sense of humour.
she asked me all kinds of questions and by the time i left.
we learned that;
i am overweight.
(nursey was at least 50 - 75 pounds heavier than moi but we didn't mention that.)
we could have had a nice little chat on that subject.
in fact we could have bonded but she didn't bring it up, and i didn't think it was my place to make comparisons.
so we just pretended that i was the only one with a weight problem.
nursey told me that i am not in fact 5' 8" tall but am only 5' 7 1/2".
that explains me being overweight then.
we learned that my BP was 142/86.
she said that could be down to being in an abnormal situation and wasn't worth worrying about...
(the fact that i was anxiously trying not to focus on legs in stirrups and cold steel implements probably didn't help.)
luckily, sigh of relief, we decided that i didn't need a pap smear this year after all, as i'd had one last year and because i have had the same sex partner these many years i, therefore, wasn't as much at risk....?
yay for me and my sex life.
way to go.
there's a LOT to be said for being boring.
i left with a requisition for blood work.
a requisition for an x-ray on my shoulder and one for an ultra sound on the same shoulder.
an appointment to see the doctor this month about said shoulder.
not sure what the problem is with the shoulder but it's hurty and getting on my nerves.
i also have an appointment with a doctor of internal medicine for a colonoscopy.
the reason for the colonoscopy is that i am over 50!
i have an appointment for a mammogram (o deep joy) at the breast screening clinic.
(again because i am over 50)
so the next few months of my life will no doubt be spent in waiting rooms trying to control my blood pressure while health care professionals take liberties with my time, patience and personal bits and pieces.
i shall however remain calm and composed at all times and bring something good to read.