Thursday, May 1, 2014

Stealing My Youth

What a whirlwind week it's been for me. Back last week when I wasn't feeling all too well I went in to the hospital here on base to get checked out by a doctor and my blood pressure was crazy high. So they scheduled a follow up for me. Great. I went in and my BP was still high. I was meeting with a nurse practitioner that day who was super friendly, sweet, and actually knew Gene!

She obviously wanted to talk about her weight concerns and since they're my weight concerns too it was a pretty great conversation. She wearily leaned in close to me and softly, as if not to hurt my feelings too badly, asked me if I knew I was obese. I couldn't help but laugh at her. We own a scale at home and I weigh myself pretty regularly on it... of course I was aware that I am in the obese category. Is that something people actually argue with their doctor over?

Then she addressed my blood pressure and asked if I had a history of high blood pressure. I have always had really good blood pressure and I told her that. She looked at my chart, looked at me, and said "well, we're not as young as we used to be!"

I wanted to drop to my knees in the exam room, raise my fists to the sky, and yell out "NO- DON'T STEAL MY YOUTH FROM ME!" I'm still in my twenties! I go to barre class two to three times a week. We eat moderately healthy! Ok, well maybe the treats are getting out of hand and our road trip sure didn't help!

We talked about my workout routine and she cleared me for both barre and afternoon walks, jogs, and running if I ever get to that point. She did however, prescribe a blood pressure medication. She also ordered lab work to check my overall everything!

Getting my blood drawn.
Because what is a blog post without a picture?
The lab work came back and I am in trouble. My cholesterol is high. So I'm now on both a cholesterol medication and blood pressure medication and working every day to get back off of them. We're getting back to clean eating and while we of course still treat ourselves, I like to think we're being healthier about that too.

Follow along on Instagram and Twitter where I'll be sharing all of the food and workouts I'm doing, mostly for my own accountability. I will get my life back. I'm just sorry it took this to open my eyes.

8 comments:

Katie said...

I hate thinking about how old I'm getting! I don't want to be in my 30s! I want to stay in my 20s forever!! And I'm not going to lie, the picture of you getting your blood drawn made me a little queasy - I have such a weak stomach! I've never had my blood drawn before, but I know the day will come… ick!

Kara said...

You'll always be younger than me! I'm also pretty sure you eat better than me on a daily basis. Want to come fix my meals every day?

Ashley said...

Good for you for not just settling for the medication, and actually working to get off them! I know so many people who just rely on the meds to "make them better" without actively making the changes they need in their life!

Chelsea Phelps said...

Getting older has been so depressing. When I get up now, I'm stiff! I'm like what the heck, I'm 25!

XOXO
Chelsea
http://www.anchorsaweighblog.com/

Amanda said...

Sometimes it takes a doctor to guide you back. You are doing great Elizabeth! I know you will get off of those meds before too long!

Mrs.B said...

Oh wow! I'm sorry. But you are such a hard worker when it comes to meeting your goals so I'm sure you'll be off them in no time.

Kara said...

:( I had my first cholesterol test done last summer. Not fun! Good luck with your lifestyle changes! I look forward to seeing your progress, I need to get my own lazy butt in gear and up the physical activity level.

Caitlin | The Siren's Tale said...

Sorry to hear about this. I'm plus-size as well and luckily have perfect BP / cholesterol at 28. But I also know it's only a matter of time until one of them starts to waiver because of the excess weight on my body. It's a daily struggle and I wish you the best!

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