Thursday, 10 October 2013

TBone's Adventures in Medicine

Been a while since I've mentioned my ongoing medical issues.  Unfortunately, they haven't gone away.  My blood pressure seems to be fairly under control but my numbers at work are all over the map.  And my persistently swollen leg has only gotten worse.  And our nurse practitioner left the clinic we are patients at, so I've been on a merry-go-round of referrals as our new nurse tries to come to grips with what the best course of action will be for me.

I've had ultrasounds on every vital organ in my body and several blood tests.  Everything comes back saying that everything is in good working order.  The bottom line from all of it is that I'm fat and I need to lose weight.  Otherwise those blood tests and ultrasounds will eventually come back with not so good results.

To that end I've tried to get exercise and a lower calorie diet into my life.  I've hit my stride a couple times with the exercise regimen but a baby and a move to Milverton threw some big wrenches into that program.  So, the medical people seem to be out of patience with my lack of progress and have sent me off to Guelph to get going on medical weight loss today.

What's medical weight loss?  It's a shake diet.  Every single meal is a shake for 12 weeks.  Looking at the calendar, I can see that there won't be any festive dinners this Christmas.  I'm going to be campaigning hard to start the program after Thanksgiving at least.  One bit of turkey before saying goodbye to solid food for 3 months.  Kind of weird how Paige is just starting in on solid foods while I'm heading to a liquid diet.

So that's where I'm at.  Frustrated and angry at a system that thrives on referrals with a complete disregard to a patient's work and family obligations.  But relieved that there's no issues with my heart or kidneys and hopeful that the next few months will kickstart a healthier me.  We'll see how it goes but expect some extra grumpy posts over the next 3 months.


  1. Turn that emoticon upside down! Or change the left parentheses to a right parentheses, I guess. I got a stay of execution on the shakes. Wait list is 6 months for the program so my appointment was just a meet and greet with the supervising physician. If I can get my weight down on my own then I might not even get into the program.