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?
- Family history – has a more than a few health problems.
- Weight – I am overweight for my height and my medicine (Depakote) is not making it easy to lose weight.
- Diet – The foods I eat when I’m stressed are not right for losing weight.
- 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.
- Stressed – Currently working two part-time positions with no benefits and very stressed.
- 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.