Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Doctor, Doctor, Give me the News (Newport News, that is)

My pulmanologist has his office up in Newport News. He should feel flattered that I continue, after four years of living in Chesapeake, to keep him as my doctor. That's 3 gallons of gas ($10) just to drive up and back, however long it takes me to sit in the tunnel's traffic worth of time, plus he's an out-of-plan specialist, which adds on extra fees to my co-pay.

On the other hand, in the sixteen years or so that I've had asthma, he's been the only one who was able to find the right combination of medications to treat my problem. Before Splan, I was in the ER every six to eight weeks with major asthma attacks, and at least two of those visits ended in stays in ICU. So yes, he's worth every penny to me.

I'm looking forward to hearing what he has to say about my weight loss. Last year, when my A1C was looking seriously diabetic, he shook his finger at me.

"You need to lose about 10% of your body weight by the time I see you in January," he said, "Or I'm putting you on glucophage."

When I saw him again (actually in February because of some scheduling conflicts) I had done exactly that. Lost give or take 22 pounds.

Now, I'm within a pound of being "overweight" instead of "obese" according to the BMI charts. (My BMI is 30.1 at the moment, down from 38.8)

I'm within a pound of having lost 50 pounds. (My weigh-in yesterday had me at 2.8 down, which keeps my average good. Since starting Weight Watchers, I've dropped ~6 pounds every month.)

Last time I saw Splan, he was so impressed with my having lost 22 pounds that he asked me if there was any possible way I could give a guest lecture to some of his other patients who didn't do what he told them to do and who were then mad at him when they didn't get any healthier.

It's nice to be a model patient.


Felicia said...

WOW you are doing awesome!! Keep up the amazing work and you will be in that overweight BMI range in no time!!



kikimonster said...

Rock on! I can't wait until my annual exam. I've lost about 25 pounds since the last time I was at my doctor (my pcp also does my annual)... and that was 10 months ago! Woot!

Anonymous said...

Well how exciting is that!? Oh and to be within a pound of being overweight and not obsese. I may have to add that as a weight loss goal. See how motivating you are?

ptg said...

That is awesome!!! I'm hoping that by the time my annual comes around (Nov) I will be at 50ish pounds lost...and I will no longer be in the obese category either, and I'll barely be in the overweight category! Wheeee!

Donnalouise said...

I still remember the day when I announced in my WW meeting that I was no longer obese and happily overweight!

Chanda (aka Bea) said...

You go girl! He's gonna be floored when he see's you.

I didn't realize we were fellow Tidewaterites! :)

SeaShore said...

The health benefits are the best reward, aren't they?

Congrats on your (within a pound) 50 pound, no longer obese loss!!! Wahoo!

K @ Running Through Life said...

Congrats!!!! Way to go on improving your health!!!!