A Doctor With A Sense Of Humor
Tuesday, October 06, 2015
I had an appointment with my primary care physician this morning. I was afraid that my lab work would be poor since I have been unable to do a regular workout so I was anxious. The nurse came in and took my vitals. My BP was high, 148/80. That made me more concerned and anxious. The doctor was running late, so I decided to do my PT exercises and stretches while I was waiting in the examining room. I was softly counting as I did my standing leg lifts and in walked my doctor. For some reason, I felt the need to explain what I was doing since I was also doing deep breathing for relaxation while exercising. My doctor told me that he knew exactly what I was doing as soon as he took one look at me. He smiled, laughed and told me that it was a great use of my time. That got a laugh out of me and I was sure I would be a great topic of discussion over the dinner table tonight. Now he has seen everything! LOL
We discussed my lab results. They were surprisingly good and awesome for someone who has been sitting on her posterior end for the last six months. He asked about my leg and examined it. I told him what the knee specialist had said and after examining it, he said that he agrees with the treatment plan. He was pleased that my haematoma, which initially measured 8 inches by 5 inches, (and stuck out from my leg about 1.5 to 2 inches). is now about the size and hardness of a walnut. The leg itself is still swollen below the knee but after 10 weeks of healing, it is much better. That made me feel much better.
I also had the doctor look at a spot that popped up on my face about two months ago. It has repeatedly peeled but has gotten smaller. He pulled out this nifty neat portable microscope and looked at my skin under the highest magnification. He was able to tell me right there and then that it was a weird mole. He told me the name of it but it was so complicated, I don't remember. We need to watch it - if it starts getting bigger and be mindful of any
changes in color. I was so relieved and really thought the microscope was totally awesome!
Before I left, he took my blood pressure manually. It was 112 / 78! A big difference between that an my initial reading! He looked me in the eye and said, "Exercise really does work as a stress reliever for you and helps you relax, doesn't it? That's a big difference!" (The doctor and I work out at the same gym.). I commented that now he can understand why I am chafing at the bit to get back to exercise. He smiled and said, "I have watched you exercise many times before. You kind of throw yourself into it. What I'd like to see is, you getting better, so you can go back to the gym. I miss seeing your smiling face at the gym. I think once you get back to it, you will feel a lot better!" My doctor has often commented that he has to prod most patients to go and work out 1-3 times per week at the gym. Oddly enough, he has to try to get me to reign myself in a little and cut back a bit on the workouts. Ah, my doctor understands my obsessive need to exercise to reduce stress and relax! I am blessed.