Don't Let's Call It a Diet, Health, Mid-life Crisis

Check Engine, Redux

Some months ago I wrote about the Check Engine light on my car, and at the end of June I finally followed through and went to the doctor.

It has been fairly obvious that my efforts since then have been successful on the weight front, but today was the time to re-check my blood pressure. It had risen to 148 over 92, and that was the major caution raised by the doctor in June.

Today it was 132 over 82.

I can’t tell you how relieved I was.

We talked at length about the ways I’ve been taking better care of myself: going to Weight Watchers, making time for exercise, deliberately slowing down wherever possible. The doctor indicated that the weight range given by Weight Watchers was a little lower than hers and gave me a range to show them as being acceptable to her. It gives me a goal that actually feels reachable and maintainable, since I remember being in that range for more than five minutes at some point in the past.

She gave me referrals for a new therapist. It’s amazing what sort of things come up when you are making big life changes, and I would like to have someone to talk to about them.

Finally, we made an appointment to meet again in early January, to see how things are going.

I think she’s a very good doctor, and I will do my best to continue being a very good patient.

21 thoughts on “Check Engine, Redux”

  1. That’s an excellent decrease in blood pressure. Way to go with your vehicular maintenance there, Songbird! And if your physician is good–and and good personality fit for you–her judgment about who is a good therapist is likely spot on.

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