After eight years, I finally put on my “big-girl panties” and went to the doctor for a “wellness visit”. Once again, when it came time to go for my pre-visit blood test, I almost backed out. Seriously, after eight years of not having any tests done, why go now? I feel healthy and only have a few questions. However, the change now is this – who knows how long I’ll have health care? I could lose it at any time, just as you could (if you live in the U.S.). The cost of our insurance is sure to continue rising, and it looks like rising is the least of it. I’ve heard up to 18% increases and more in my state alone. So, I decided to keep my appointment, just in case.
How did it go? Great! All my blood work was terrific. The only problem is that once again my blood pressure was a little high. Gee, I wonder if that has anything to do with how nervous I was? My doctor suggested that I buy a cuff and take my pressure every day for two weeks and see if my normal pressure is lower than the one at his office. So, that I will do. If it is high during the day on a consistent basis, I’ve got to go back. I hope it’s not.
I do know that I’ve got a major “fight or flight” response, so in order to combat my stress I want to try just laying on my bed and practicing my yoga breathing since that is one thing that I know works for me. I’m happy that I went, and I’m extremely happy that I’m healthy!