Medical transfer

Hubby and I had our medical assessments today. Half an hour after our due appointment time I rang them to make sure it was a telephone consultation and that we hadn’t been expected to arrive at the surgery, and were informed that the lady was running late but would be with us shortly.
Phew. Relief.

It was all pretty straightforward but a couple things have come to light that I wasn’t aware of, like concern over my BP! I know I am overweight and that my BMI is higher than they’d like. I am also aware that my cholesterol is higher than their preference too, but all this was, I thought, acceptable and I was due to have a follow up blood test from February’s results next month. That is now being done on Thursday, half an hour before Hubby’s INR.
The subject of statins was raised again, and I explained that it is my preference not to take them as everything else seemed to be OK. Mind you, the surgery here had not done a diabetes check on me for over two years, and as for my eye screening, well that had been kicked into touch completely. The lady I spoke to today was quite happy that my diabetes is controlled by diet, but not happy about the statins issue. I told her I did not want to take them because of possible side effects, but if they insisted I had to take something to lower my cholesterol, then I was happy to try the non statin meds Hubby was prescribed which worked well enough for him. She was content with that.
Anyway, it seems they have another ‘tick list’ chart according to which I am a prime candidate for a heart attack! We don’t drink or smoke, exercise regularly (though I confess not as much since losing Maggie) and eat sensibly, including plenty of fruit and veg. I am somewhat confused that this had not previously been mentioned because nothing much has changed. I’m hoping staying within target for 2 years will stand me in good stead.
On the meds front, the painkillers prescribed for my arthritis should not have been as they affect the kidneys, though I knew this having taken Ibuprofen in the past (and these are also NSaids) and it showing up in previous blood tests. I only took them when the pain was so bad, I could hardly walk. So the accompanying meds to protect my stomach from said painkillers were also unnecessary, therefore both have been dropped from repeat, not that I ordered them every month anyway. The hand cream I use which is aspirin based is now on repeat, and it was pointed out I should not have used this as well as the painkillers, which as it turns out I never had.
When the blood test results are in, I am going to ask for a complete medical check so that they can draw their own base lines.

Hubby’s assessment was OK though it has come to light that because he didn’t order them every month, his painkillers and steroid eye drops have been removed from his repeat prescription. Everything else was OK in that department.
His most recent referral is in progress, but not from our preferred doctor at the surgery here (we are thus convinced she never saw our letter), but from the doctor he actually saw in A&E.  The reflux issue is also being followed up by our new surgery as it should have been before now but never was thanks to the idiots that cocked everything up in the first place last September.

We expect teething problems as with any changeover, but I am seriously hoping I’m not going to have a problem with someone obsessed with weight charts and tick lists because I am not going to be the weight they want me to be. I refuse to undo all the good I’ve done over the past few years in getting my body balanced to comply with unreasonable data, especially as the minimum acceptable weight for my height on some charts only happened when I was about 10 and the maximum is more than a stone lighter than I am now. I like this one which puts me just in the moderate overweight bracket. I can live with that.


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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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29 Responses to Medical transfer

  1. Good luck to you, Di!

  2. Perhaps it’s just the changing pains as a new doc (who hasn’t seen you yet I think) is looking at data. When they meet you in person and see how feisty you are, it may be a different story. I hope there is an alternative pain killer for your arthritis. Every doc has their own standards.

    • Thanks Kate. The cream works for my hands but I use it sparingly as and when needed. My back is another matter, but I shall see what happens should I have another bad episode. They should see the results of my last Xray for that, and my CT scan showed my lungs to be clear, so that should knock any smoking issue into touch. I haven;t had one for 30 years, so it should count for something!

  3. I’m not surprised greatly by the news about your potential heart problems. I was told about it early on in my diabetes, but just because there was an educator I saw that included the potential in her discussions with patients. There’s a triad of potential ‘triggers’ for heart attacks in diabetics: The diabetes itself, high “bad’ cholesterol (which is why they’re being so pushy I’m sure about those statins) and a higher than normal BMI. I have the added ‘qualification’ because both my mother and my maternal grandmother died from heart attacks. The doctors have been on at me for years to ‘control my weight’ and lectures on how I’m ‘too heavy’, yet when I did lose a substantial amount of weight (I weighed 207 lbs, which is as skinny as I’ve been in decades), I was chastised about being obsessed with losing weight and ‘acting like a silly teenager”. I don’t think a person can ‘win’ or get through entirely to those obsessed by those stupid and often unrealistic statistics about what we ‘should’ weigh. There’s been scientific proof that those numbers were false in the past, and far too unrealistic as today’s standard sized human is a lot bigger than our ancestors were simply in skeletal structure. We aren’t meant to be as thin as the numbers say we ought. They may have revised those old figures too by now. I say you’re doing fantastic and since you feel well, then where’s the harm? Doctors don’t always know everything, even if they don’t admit it.

    • Thanks Melanie. I do the best I can and really pleased with the weight issue. My cholesterol has gone down nearly two points over the last decade so as the meds Hubby’s on worked for him, I’ll give them a go. I’m trying to keep an open mind anyway.

  4. Sadje says:

    I think Melanie is spot on with how doctors think these days. I too am on statins, blood pressure meds and meds to control diabetes. It’s this trio that gives anxiety too the GP.

    • I take garlic oil capsules for my BP which was 134 over 73 this morning. My diabetes is controlled by diet (so far) and my cholesterol is 5.4 which is perhaps a little high, but considerably less than it was. 2 out of 3 isn’t bad, but an official medical check might not be a bad thing.

      • Sadje says:

        An official check is a good idea once a year. The numbers seem to be fine.

      • When I worked for the bank, we had a well woman check every year as a matter of course. They don’t do regular ‘MOT’s here but I am supposed to have 2 diabetes blood tests every year and a general check up. This has been lacking since around Oct 2018, so they can’t blame Covid. We also had problems getting our flu jabs so went elsewhere and ‘slipped through the net’ for two years for our pneumonia jabs. We have been advised that our flu jabs are reserved at the new surgery and we shall be contacted as soon as they become available.

      • Sadje says:

        I think new practice is better in every aspect.

      • This surgery seems better organised and the times I’ve rung them I’ve only been on hold for a few minutes, mainly because holding time is not full of recorded messages for various departments you can’t get through to in the first place!

      • Sadje says:

        That’s good then.

  5. Maggie says:

    I, too, am wary of statins. We really watch our saturated fat intake, especially where dairy is concerned. Exercise has been a challenge for me, but I am slowly getting back into the swing of things. I wish you well in your pursuit of health. It certainly is a delicate balancing act.

  6. I smile when I read this as I fought with one doctor overtaking aspirin. I use to take 2 at a time, now I take one and it helps. We haven’t heard about statins for a while since Bob started his oatmeal and blueberries for breakfast. I have taken BP medicine for years now. Anyway, it is good that your new surgery the doctors are interested.

  7. murisopsis says:

    Most of the charts for height and weight are based on the average 25 year old! My doctor has a chart that accounts for “older” women and according to that I’m in the normal range – the chart at the clinic at work pegged me as obese! I don’t think I’ve weighed 105 pounds since HS! I’m trying to avoid the statins too. Hoping that I can get the diet and exercise to maintain the cholesterol…

    • Hubby is on the non statin Ezetimibe which reduced his cholesterol considerably so I’ve said I’m happy to try those. I think my BP is OK though as it has never risen any flags that I’m aware of. Still, we’ve found OTC garlic oil capsules (odourless) work to keep that stable.

  8. willowdot21 says:

    It’s always a leap to change GPs . Locally they are all pretty much of a muchness. Long waits on the phone, the staff seem almost obstructive.
    I really hope your new surgery is as good as it appears, at least they are taking an interest in you both.
    I am on blood pressure tablets and statins … No one seems capable of sorting my stomach problems though!
    I have my fingers crossed for you both. It’s got to be better than where you were💜💜

    • Thanks Willow. After the fiasco with the GP letter taking a week to be opened (it was hand delivered and marked private and confidential for her attention, but we don’t think she saw it) and then another 3 weeks before he could talk to her, it was the last straw, especially as the referral was made after Hubby’s overnight stay in A&E at their request.

      • willowdot21 says:

        I know it’s so bad isn’t it, you’d think by now that the NHS would have got their act together so any Dr could sort you out with referrals, be it hospital, clinic or surgery!

      • The local surgery here is a farce so no wonder it;s been voted the worst in the county. The other two that have amalgamated their INR patients here are second and third from bottom. Speaks volumes to me

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