Seeing Doctor Happy

I had my appointment with Doctor Happy today and ended up having a trainee as well.
The trainee (very nice) took my history, weighed me, checked my blood pressure and dipped my pee.
My concerns were weight, water retention, hot flushes, my arthritis, aching joints and a possible change in my diabetes. Best to cover all the bases as appointments are so difficult to come by.

My weight is just two pounds heavier than I was when I had my diabetes check last year.
Now that is a good, and a bad, thing. Good because it is considered stable, and bad because it is heavier than I want to be.
The water retention could be a factor, if I had it. From her examination of my ankles and legs, I don’t, but she said if it was to become an issue, to make another appointment.
My blood pressure is great….. 130 over 60, and I have a strong steady pulse.
The diabetes is well under control, as looking at my results last year, there is nothing of concern there.Β My pee is a good colour and there is nothing wrong with it, no sugar, no protein, everything normal.
Doctor Happy prescribed some cream for my arthritis which I can pick up tomorrow from the chemist.

My hands aren’t as bad as some, but they hurt and I find it difficult to grip sometimes.

He said the hot flushes are definitely to do with my post cancer meds, but if they become too troublesome, suggested I contact the Breast Clinic where I had my treatment.
I was asked if all the walking I did made my joints ache more. I said no, as when I’m mobile, I’m fine most of the time. Again this could be my arthritis flaring up as I have it in my feet, knees, hip, back, hands and now shoulder.

All in all though, I’m in pretty good shape and I’m doing all the right things.
The trainee did suggest I sign on with Slimming World again though. She had to admit she didn’t know how it worked, but most people who stopped going soon put the weight back on, even if they stuck to Plan on their own, so it was something about Going to Group that kept people on track.
I’ll think about it, but with Summer coming and not having to eat the bulky and stodgy winter foods may help me achieve my goal. I already know that salads work against me, but as from Friday, I shall have a new cooking machine and can expand my menu!


About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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18 Responses to Seeing Doctor Happy

  1. foguth says:

    I am envious of your blood pressure! As per arthritis, I have that in my back (which suffered trauma) and knees. Prescribed meds didn’t work, but another friend, who had it in her hands found out that drinking a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar every morning helped a lot. She’s been doing this since 2010 and says that if she’d known about it earlier, she wouldn’t have sold her beauty salon. I don’t know how vinegar might react with diabetes, though.

    • I’ve never been a fan of vinegar and with Hubby;s problems stopped using it in my sweet and sours. I’m taking glucosamine every day for my arthritis since we saw how much it helped Maggie with hers! As for my BP, that could be something to do with the garlic capsule I take every day or the cinnamon I sprinkle on my cereal.

      • foguth says:

        I take garlic & cinnamon every day, too = I even take turmeric, which is good for all sorts of things (you might want to research it), but still have issues with high blood pressure.
        BTW, if you do want to try vinegar, that is available in capsules, too.

      • My blood pressure has always tended to be a bit on the lower side, apart from those horrendous nosebleeds I had two years ago.
        I add turmeric to my curries. Thanks for the info on cider vinegar capsules.

      • foguth says:

        I’m not 100% sure what your hubby’s medical issues are, but know you had a horrid issue with cancer – some say that turmeric inhibits the growth of those cells as will as help arthritis.

      • Turmeric is indeed good for a lot of things. MOH has been taken it for years and is now in remission from his leukaemia.

      • foguth says:

        That’s good to know!

  2. fransiweinstein says:

    Well done!

  3. anstalmi says:

    I am wondering which cancer med you are on?

    • Anastrozole 1mg. They thought this would suit me best because of my age. I thanked them a lot (not) for giving me the menopause back in a box.

      • anstalmi says:

        I’m on that too! I truly am so blessed though, I have no side effects. I was so worried about it before I started it. My oncologist suggested because he said that if I had trouble with it there are a few variations of it that I could try.

      • The flushes are the only thing really, and Hubby says it’s like going to bed with a hot water bottle that never gets cold. OK in the winter, but the summer is a bit of a bummer.
        I’m just glad to be here, and you never know, maybe I’l have my personal built in sauna and some of the weight will come off!
        ON the serious side, how are you doing? You OK now?

      • anstalmi says:

        I seem to be. It’s only been a little over a year since my surgery so I guess. Who knows. I am here, and like you said, glad to be here. I have to have a bone density test next week because as I guess you know anastrozole is a bone degenerative. So of course, I hope I don’t have to go on meds for that because all meds come with side effects and I have been so blessed because I have not suffered any side effect from either the cholesterol med or the anastrozole. It is so wonderful that you can laugh about things.

      • My sense of humour gets me through a lot of things, and I tend to turn ‘bad things’ round and make them work for me rather than against. I had my bone density examination which was totally painless and there was no problem. I think they test you every three or five years for that.
        My diabetes is controlled by diet, and even though my cholesterol is higher than they’d like, I refused statins through bad press more than anything else and didn’t want to get further aches in my joints on top of the arthritis I already have. The good news is that it is coming down anyway now so the only meds I’m on is the Anastrozole, which I will be taking for at least 5 years if not ten as they don’t know much about long term effects. I’ll have my next mammo in September. I was surrounded by positivity throughout my diagnosis and treatment. My attitude was that it had to be done, so the sooner it was, the better. I was even choosing what colour wig to have in case I needed chemo, and put pics out on my blog for comment! I was lucky we found it so early and Humphrey didn’t have a chance to take up an extended residence. My surgeon took him and four lymph nodes which were all clear. The radiotherapy didn’t hit me as hard as it did a lot of people, though when I felt tired, I was T I R E D!! Everyone is different, so we can only share our experiences and offer support and reassurance. I’m here for you, as other bloggers were there for me.
        I hope you have as much support as I did from the breast clinic, I can phone them anytime about my concerns and they will get back to me the next day. Even though we are something like 5 hours away, for that part of my health, I am sticking with them.

  4. scifihammy says:

    Good to know that all is well. πŸ™‚ As to weight – meh. It could be worse is how I look at it! πŸ˜€
    Also, I don’t see how creams can help arthritis – as a fellow sufferer, I’m just curious. Surely the problem is inside the joints, so the only benefit of rubbing cream on is from massaging your aching bones?
    With summer on the way to you, I think some warmer weather will do more for your aches than anything else. I speak from experience, as now our sun goes away Little Monkey and I are starting to seize up!

    • Hi Sci! We have another sunny day today and it’s having a wonderful effect on people! They are actually smiling!!
      This cream is aspirin based (some OTC meds have ibrufen in them but this tends to affect my kidneys) and has worked for me in the past. I’m supposed to apply it four times a day, but usually morning and evening is sufficient when I really need it.

      • scifihammy says:

        It’s true the weather can affect us so much. Over here we are smiling because we got some rain! πŸ˜€
        I’m glad you found something that works for you. πŸ™‚

      • The sun is still shining, though it is not as hot today as it was yesterday apparently. It’s nice to see the sun for more than a minute at a time though!

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