Or in this case an appointment to discuss blood tests.
I could not have been more wrong about my anticipation of today’s appointment with the nurse.
She was lovely.
And she had read my notes.
Today we discussed …………….. my blood test results, exactly as it said on the tin.
I have not seen so many green boxes on a chart, and they were all mine! Just half a dozen or so red ones (pink actually) and she said she had no cause for concern for any of them.
My sugar level is excellent, well below the preferred diabetic target of 5 at 3.9.
My kidneys are functioning well, as is my liver.
My blood counts are good.
Everything has been moving in the right direction since I was first diagnosed in 2011.
Sure cholesterol raised its head, but she didn’t see the need to put me on medication for it, then spent the next ten minutes explaining good and bad, how to improve the good and how to reduce the bad.
This is such a contrast to our last Lincolnshire surgery who were statin mad and obsessed with the number 4.
These are the official numbers My good guys are a healthy 1.4.
I still don’t understand how it works though as my bad groups are both over 3 but only just, and my total cholesterol is 5.9, so mathematically it doesn’t add up. Still it is up a bit from the 5.3 at my diabetic review a few months ago which isn’t surprising really with current events.
I can assist the good team with plenty of fresh fruit and veg, exercise and watching my weight (tick, tick, tick and trying).
The bad chaps can take a hit if I use products containing plant stanols. Available as spreads, yoghurts and yoghurt drinks, they can be pretty expensive for the branded names and the nurse admitted that they would only help if I had them every day.
Still, I will know what to look for in the chiller department should some take my fancy and I’m feeling flash with the cash.
Besides, the higher my good guys are, the more they can beat the bad guys!
I came out feeling totally refreshed and positive, especially as she said I was officially healthy!
The dentist appointments went OK too. A lovely young lady dentist from Romania.
Both of us got the seal of approval and our next appointment is in May.
So, that is all three of us with a clean bill of health now though it should be interesting to see how Hubby’s phone call goes with the Doc next week about his cholesterol.