As part of the Go Green Fit Challenge, I decided it was time to get my “annual” medical check-up, which tends to be every three years. Time just moves so quickly. Since I am pretty healthy, I kept putting off making an appointment. Bad idea. See below what I found out. In fact, I am not alone. Fifty percent of Americans are not up to date with their required screenings.
Before I went, I had to fill out “what’s new” in my life. As I started to think, there was the annoying weight gain after I went through menopause that I spoke about in my previous Go Green Get Fit Challenge article. I chalked up the weight gain to sitting on my rump most of the day.
And there was falling asleep after eating carbohydrates. Even sprouted bread puts me to sleep.
Oh, and there was the gluten gas. (Who else has this? I feel sorry for your family.)
And sex drive? What is that? At one point I was contemplating telling hubby to just go get a mistress since it was easier.
Plus, I am always freezing (except when I have a hot flash.) Walking into a grocery store without a sweater is pure torture. If you ever want me to divulge a secret take me to the frozen aisle of a grocery store, I will squeal like a pig. Seriously.
But otherwise, pretty healthy.
Third Son had started seeing a wonderful holestic doctor who I knew wouldn’t brush off my concerns. My prior doctor wasn’t the least bit concerned of my falling asleep after eating issues. He claimed I was just tired running around after four boys. (Yes, a there, there pat on the head.)
My new doctor ordered the following tests:
- Routine blood tests
- Thyroid panel
- Cortisol panel to see my stress level
- Daily temperature readings with a mercury based thermometer.
- A test to see if I had blood in my stool. (My colonoscopy is scheduled for July. I am not looking forward to this procedure.)
- Hypoglycemic test. (Failed the gestational diabetes one with Son #4 and had to repeat the test. Thank goodness I passed the second one.)
- Iodine test. (The doctor puts a square of iodine on your skin to see how fast you absorb the idonine to see if you have a deficency. Remember, I don’t eat fish since I am a vegetarian.)
What Did the Tests Reveal?
- My cholesterol is 174 and all other blood tests were good.
- My Iodine patch disappeared in three hours. The doctor said I was deficient.
- I did poorly on the hypoglycemic test and had some nasty lows. (Remember, I have a juvenile diabetic son so I know about lows and highs.) In fact, at the end, I could not stand up and my blood pressure was very low. They made me drink a Honest Tea Juice to get my sugar back up.
- My morning temperature is 97.2 to 97.4. This is normal for me. Low for others.
- My blood pressure has been hovering around 80/50 to 86/60.
- No blood in my stool. (Yay.)
- My cortisol levels showed I was sluggish in the morning and elevated at night. (I am a night owl. Morning is not my friend.)
- Only one marker of the thyroid came back out of range; otherwise all the other numbers were in range. But the doctor was concerned because of my low body temperature and complaints of being cold all the time. (Oh and the weight gain.)
What did the Doctor prescribe?
- An idone supplement
- A thyroid/adrenal supplement
- B-12 because I am a vegetarian
- Proalgen supplement (100% vegetarian source of omega-3s EPA and DHA)
- Chromium to keep my blood sugars level
Join the Conversation
- When is the last time you had a thorough physical?
- Are you taking supplements?
- Are you suffering from any issues?
- Any diet suggestions about protein/carb food combinations?
- What did you find out that surprised you when you went to your doctor?