This past month I have been utterly swamped with appointments! It's not going to end anytime soon, either.
Dentist: my kids and I all go twice a year. Two of the kids had their checkups this month; one son, who has very thin enamel, has to go back for a filling soon and needs to see an orthodontist for possible braces. I went in myself today for a checkup and cleaning and was told my gums look inflamed. I am not sure what might be causing that, but they recommended upping my flossing to twice a day. Maybe I am not getting enough vitamin C. I also have an old (old!! from when I was 13) filling that has some little cracks going into a molar, so I need to go back and have a crown put on that soon. Ugh, I hate dental work!!
Doctor: two of my kids had their yearly "well checks" and one has to go back in for another health issue. I went in for my blood pressure issues and to talk about my feet and my diet earlier this month and was told to cut the salt back to 1500mg/day and to keep the fat to under 30%. He wanted to see me back in 6 weeks so that is on the schedule too.
Acupuncturist: I was seeing an acupuncturist weekly thought most of April, getting needles in my feet and legs. It seemed to help somewhat, but after 5 visits we called it off because I stopped seeing improvement.
Eye doctors: I took my son for two appointments this month: one for his yearly complete eye exam and the other for a contact lens fitting. He has to go back for a recheck on the contacts next week. I also went in for a full eye exam; I hadn't been in for about 4-5 years and I noticed recently that my near vision is very blurry with my contacts or glasses. Well, they fitted me with bifocal contact lenses and I love them! They feel and "see" just like my regular contacts but I can also now read teeny print close up! I absolutely love them. I worried there would be a "line" or it would just look weird when driving because there are two prescriptions in the lens, but they are just perfect and I am very pleased. I have to go back for a recheck and then again to pick up the contacts I order.
Cardiologist: my doctor was considering sending me back to the cardiologist regarding my blood pressure, so I had to go over there and get my old cardiology records from 2003. It looks like my blood pressure is going down though, so I may be able to avoid this one!
Specialist: I went to see the specialist who advises me about my MTHFR gene mutation and also to talk about my son's health. He advised me to double my dose of l-methylfolate, continue the B-12, and add another supplement called N-Acetyl Cysteine (NAC). He feels this combo may aid the healing of my feet as well as helping lower my blood pressure. He also told me to eat A LOT of fresh produce.
Gyn: Yep, went for the yearly. I am waiting for the results. I always get a little nervous that they will find pre-cancerous cells again. I never, ever want to go through another LEEP procedure. So I am crossing fingers for an all-clear. I also was given an order to go have a mammogram because I haven't had one in way too long, and they are supposed to be measuring and watching a few "suspicious spots." I have my mammogram scheduled for this Thursday.
Specialists (for my son): I am taking him to an appointment once, sometimes twice a week. This has been going on for a few months. Chronic health issues.
Vet: LOL, yep, even the dogs have appointments! Both dogs have gone to the vet (separately) for vaccines this month, and then earlier this week my sport dog went for her OFA hips/elbow x-rays. All looks good, no dysplasia, so if they come back "officially" good, she can do jumps, obedience, agility etc to her heart's content!
Mix in all the other random stuff like my daughter's 3 dance classes a week, a trip to get my son his fishing license, everyone getting haircuts, dog obedience classes once a week, a couple of trips out of town, several birthday parties and social gatherings, playdates, and school stuff and you can see why I haven't had a lot of down time lately! Today I am trying to get caught up on the laundry, cleaning, bill paying, dog grooming and weeding. I admit my fridge is looking rather sparse too; I need to get to the grocery store.
The Farmer's market has finally re-opened and I am going to make a habit of going every week, finding whatever veggies are in season, and bringing them home to eat. I am going to make a point of eating foods that are locally in season this year plus enjoying local free range meats and eggs. I am considering switching to a Medifast 4&2 Plan where I would eat 2 "real food" meals of 5-7 oz of protein and 3 servings of veggies per day plus 4 Medifast meals. That would put me at about 1200-1300 calories a day, I think. I am going to ask my Medifast dietitian for advice. Perhaps that would be a better plan for me, giving me a bit more *healthy* calories yet staying, hopefully, low enough that I continue to lose weight. It's worth a try, anyway.