So get this: after all that worry I had last week about my new work insurance not covering my doctor's office, I got for my appointment and what's the first thing I see? A sign notifying patients that my specific primary care provider is leaving the facility.
In the words of Meredith Grey: Seriously? Seriously?!
Turns out she's taking a completely different position at an urgent care facility on the east side of Cleveland. Better location and hours for her family, which I totally understand, but still. Womp, womp. I mean, it's not like I go that often, it was just nice to have finally found someone I actually liked going to, y'know? So we'll see how her replacement is next time I have to go in for something.
When I got there she seemed a bit confused that I was in for my "woman's wellness" exam as I had completely forgotten that on our very first appointment together months ago she said that because I've had more than three in my lifetime and all have been normal and, I think, because I'm over 30, I only have to come in every three years or something. It no longer has to be annual, but I've been doing it annually for so long I just scheduled the appointment without even thinking. So that was a nice bonus to my Friday.
But while I was in we decided to check my cholesterol, something we'd talked about before but hadn't done yet. Usually you are supposed to fast before having it checked but as I hadn't planned on doing it and needed food before going out on my six mile half marathon training run I had eaten breakfast before my appointment.
Okay, well what did you have?
Oh, the irony.
Anyway, I guess there is a non-fasting cholesterol test so she just had me go ahead and do that. They called me on Monday with the test results and everything looks pretty good. My HDL levels (that would be the good cholesterol) were awesome: They want it above about 45 and mine was, like, 78. So yay!
My total cholesterol level was 207 -- they like to keep it below 200 so she said it's not crisis time, more like "room for improvement." Admittedly my eating hasn't been the best since the beginning of the year, although it's gotten significantly better these past few weeks, so this information is coming at a good time. I like having something tangible like numbers and test results to see as goals. Lowering my total cholesterol level is something that can easily be measured and is a far stronger indicator of overall health than weight alone.
Looking back, I wish I had thought to have these sorts of tests done when I first started this journey as I'm sure the numbers would be interesting to compare. Then again, 2 1/2 years ago when I was at 311 pounds this journey was just about losing weight. My health was sort of secondary. Or, well, I guess I went in thinking if I lose weight then my health would improve naturally but it wasn't something I was actively working towards correcting.
Ultimately this is all very good to know: the reason she mentioned having my cholesterol checked is because my paternal side of the family has a history of heart disease. I mean, it's substantial enough that even my mom, sister, and I have all make sure Papa G. gets regular check-ups.
In other news, after seeing Monday's post, Giant Eagle invited me to attend the Grand Opening of the new Market District Solon store! It's a special VIP event tomorrow morning that includes a Meet and Greet with local celebrity chef Michael Symon which is so totally awesome. I am allowed to bring a guest and invited my mom, who mentioned wanting to visit the Solon store when I saw her and my dad on Sunday. Of course I'd forgotten she also mentioned maybe having jury duty this week so hopefully she won't need to go in. (She also suggested maybe just "forgetting" to go in if she gets called, which is so unlike her I love it.)
I'm sure I'll be Tweeting and IG-ing it up tomorrow morning while I'm there, so be sure to follow to see all the fun and fabulous before it gets posted on the blog!
Love from the ashes,