Well, I finally met with my new doctor. Yes, I was nervous and apprehensive; but I was prepared.
How wonderful to find out I didn’t need to come prepared. She was great – not perfect – but great. The only “eh” part was she was glad I had lost a little weight, and she urged me not to gain any weight. I explained to her that I don’t focus on weight – I focus on my health. And she said, that was fine because whatever I was doing was working well for me. Cool beans.
I almost had a run in with the physician’s assistant because I would not let her hook me up to the blood pressure machine. I always get a false high reading from the machine and then that goes in my record, and as a fat person that can become an issue – because doctors think I need blood pressure medication – and then that leads to another argument. I called my HMO and confirmed that it is my absolute right to have my blood pressure taken manually; and that is what the PA did. The funny thing is, while they usually have large cuffs for the machine, they seldom have them in the exam rooms. But that is not my problem. She used an average cuff on my lower arm and my blood pressure (even with the stress of having to force the issue) was normal. Ta dah. Told you so. Nyah nyah nyah nyah nyah.
Don’t get me wrong, if I develop high blood pressure, I definitely want to know, and I have no problem with taking medication for a condition I actually have. But blood pressure medication is serious stuff and should only be taken by people with high blood pressure.
So I am so happy that I can once again have a physician who is willing to listen, discuss, and be my partner in my healthcare. It would be my hope that every person can have the same good fortune. Just remember, you are paying your doctor – he/she is working for you – and if they are not doing a good job, you have the right to fire them and find someone else.