My New PCP

I visited my new PCP (Primary Care Physician) this week.  I went without one for several years, and I finally decided that I needed to start taking better care of myself.  Why did I change my mind?  People are starting to give me a seat on a crowded train more and more often.  This usually only happens for the elderly or disabled.  I DO NOT deserve a free seat on a crowded train!  It is probably a pathetic reason, but it is my reason.

As I was sitting there answering questions from my PCP and the med student that was present, I sounded like a train-wreck waiting to happen.  Why?

  1. Family history – has a more than a few health problems.
  2. Weight – I am overweight for my height and my medicine (Depakote) is not making it easy to lose weight.
  3. Diet – The foods I eat when I’m stressed are not right for losing weight.
  4. Epilepsy – I gave a small lecture to the med student about seizures.  The professor in me couldn’t resist the opportunity to educate.  I silently forgave him for not knowing since he was a med student and still learning about many illnesses.  Fortunately my physician was well-informed.
  5. Stressed – Currently working two part-time positions with no benefits and very stressed.
  6. Personal life – almost nonexistent at the moment due to work overload.

I have decided to do what I can to prevent the train-wreck from happening.  Eating better and exercising more certainly will help.   I have signed up for Zumba classes again, which will help with weight loss and stress.  I found out from my new PCP that omega 3s can be beneficial for brain health.  I am not sure how much it will help with epilepsy, but I can always try to eat more fish (or omega 3 supplements) and see what happens.



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