Here’s the thing. Misled as I may be, I think I’m pretty healthy. I exercise a crap load (duh)! I cook 90% of our meals and make everything from scratch. I try to get my fruits and veggies. I take a calcium supplement. I get massaged. I don’t eat fast food. I don’t consume much of anything processed. I drink lots of water. I get my fiber (but you knew that didn’t you – hence the craps along the road). I might drink too much wine, but I’m not ready to give that one up yet. I know it’s supposed to be good for me, but not in the quantities I drink it.
That said, I’m not having the greatest week in health.
I went for my annual physical. Since I started running a couple of years ago I like going to these to see if I really am healthy after all or if I just think I am because I can run a marathon. I always think it’s funny how people think you’re automatically studly and a health nut if you run marathons. Have you seen some people who run marathons? It’s not a prerequisite that you look like Kara Goucher or that you are mentally competent. Matter a fact, most people don’t and aren’t. Haven’t you seen this guy at the race?
He may be in shape but he’s also insane.
Regardless, running a marathon takes a certain amount of commitment, drive and balls, no matter what you look like. And chances are if you can run a marathon you are on your way to being pretty darn fit.
Back to my physical. I don’t care for the pelvic or rectal exams. And the breast exam is weird because the doc talks to me about running and other things while she gazes into my eyes and massages my breasts. Beyond that, I like to see how my blood pressure is doing and what my blood test results are.
Here’s the dirt:
Weight: 111 lbs.
Height: 5’ 5”
Blood Pressure: Within normal range (can’t remember what it is)
Resting heart rate: 55 bpm
My labs were all good except:
White blood count: Low
Cholesterol: High (231 overall; 106 LDL, 111 HDL – I know that doesn’t add up to 231, so I don’t get it. Please advise if you know. )
The RN called me to tell me my cholesterol was high. Said I should control it with diet and exercise. What the freak should I be doing beyond what I am already? It’s not like I’m this slovenly slut laying around eating Ho-Hos and watching Days of Our Lives (God, that sounds nice). Not that there’s anything wrong with that.
In talking to my mom I know high cholesterol runs in our family. So does a low white count. But knowing that isn’t enough for me. I must self diagnose to see what kind of awful life threatening disease I might have that causes my levels to be off.
Do you ever Google-diagnose? I do it all the time.
This time I found out that I must have Wilson’s Disease. It’s a life threatening condition caused by too much copper in the blood. It can cause your WBC to be low and your bilirubin to be high. Although I don’t have symptoms (I’ll probably be the first symptomless case) it seems that any day now I’ll become confused, lethargic and somewhat paralyzed.
Next week is the mammogram or breast made into a pancake as I like to call it. Can’t wait to tell you about that. Too bad I didn’t have this blog when I got my colonoscopy a couple years ago. Now that was SWEET and would have made for some great material.
My other health issue is that I found a bump in my gum above my front tooth. It’s a cyst requiring gum surgery. The dentist actually said they will pry it out with their fingers. I just love the thought of that. I hope they don’t wash their hands after a trip to the water closet.
Do you have weird health problems or is it just me? Do you self diagnose? Do you hate the dentist?
Guess I should be thankful it’s not worse.