I went for my sort-of annual physical today. I say sort-of because I'm not real good at the annual part. I seldom let it go too long, but sometimes it can be 18 months or even two years. But mostly it is within the acceptable loose definition of regular. I even remembered to fast so that the labs could be done immediately after the appointment!
I have a wonder doctor at Kaiser. She is young...probably in her thirties. She is bright and witty, pleasant and upbeat. And I feel like she is definitely listening and definitely concerned. And she always allows enough time for me to express concerns and issues I may be experiencing. I am fortunate that most of my issues are small. Blood pressure a bit high, cholesterol a tad above desirable and weight...well, we won't go into that. I know I need to pay better attention to what I eat and get more...dare I say it...exercise.
So I asked for some help. The doctor referred me to some specialists and programs. I respond better when I am held accountable. I think most people are. I am making some changes. I may even use that gym membership I've had for a while. It's time. Putting out here is just part of the declaring publicly your intentions. Yipes. (I haven't yet hit the save and publish button, so if you are reading this, you can believe I am throwing caution to the wind and moving full steam ahead).
In any case, I know how I live my life and manage my health is up to me. Doctors are human. They can only advise and assist. It is up to me to educate myself and take the steps I need to take to "thrive".
And so, in this New Year, I take the steps, one step at a time, toward a better me.