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04 May 2004 @ 06:45 pm
Argh!!!  
God damn it! Why don't they tell you these things _ahead_ of time???


I had a doctors apointment scheduled for this afternoon. I figure since i'm paying almost $120 a month to keep my insurance i might as well get _some_ use out of it, so i set up a standard physical since i haven't had one in about five years.

I got up this morning about 11, and it was hot so i had two capri sun drinks. Took a shower and went to Kialyn's clinic presentation, then drove down to Orange for the apointment.

I get there, fill out the forms, get the examination. The doctor says i seem fine except i should exercise more. I agree with the needing to exercise more but i'm not so sure about his method of determining that. He said that when he was using the stethoscope on me and having me take deep breaths my heart rate sped up. Of course i get generaly nervous around doctors, and a lot more so while they're doing something to me. So he's poking at me with the stethoscope and i'm thinking "ack! i'm being poked at!" and he asks me to breathe in deep, and i'm thinking "was that a deep breath? or should i try to breathe deeper? or if i breathe _really_ deep will it screw things up?" and then he moves the stethoscope and asks me to breathe deep again, and i think "did he find something bad? or did i do it wrong the first time? what? what?" I'm not so sure any increase in heart rate was due to the effort of breathing deeply :)

So afterwards he gets me signed up to go to a lab and have them extract all the blood they need. The nurse filling out the form notes that one of the things they're testing/measuring requires fasting, so i can't go do it right now. Since i don't really want to drive back down i ask them what fasting entails, and she said 12 hours, with nothing to drink but water or black coffee. I asked her about fruit juice, and she said no, couldn't have that.

The _only_ think i'd had in the past 14 hours was 2 packs of CapriSun, but i couldn't go get the blood taken. I _told_ them ahead of time what i was coming in for, and according to the doctor it was fairly standard stuff they were testing for, don't you think they could have _mentioned_ to me that i might want to not eat or drink anything for 12 hours beforehand since i'd probably need to give blood for tests?

And fruit juice is bad, but _black coffee_ is allowed? Is the only thing allowed besides water? Sorry, 200 calories of fructose will screw up the results, but go ahead and shoot up the drugs man! If i was feeling more vindicative i'd drink about 12 cups of coffee right before coming in =P

Anyways, while i was filling out forms in the receptionist office before this, i got a call from the Men's Wearhouse saying my suit was in and i could come pick it up at any point i wanted, so i decided to do that afterwards.

The 57 started getting really crowded just as i was getting to the exit for Tonner Canyon road, so i decided to take the scenic route up Brea Canyon. Ran into a few stoplights at the end of the detour, but at the very least it wasn't any slower than the freeway. However unlike the freeway it wasn't stop and go most of the way, and was a lot prettier than the view from the highway, and i think it was quicker anyways, so it was win-win.

Since i was going down to the mall to get my suit i decided to stop at Costco and get a $1.62 lunch, then picked up suit and headed home.

Now i need to get a response to my email about when to set up a phone interview with one of the companies so i can figure out when to fast and go back to the doctor's office.
 
 
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Leora: ouroborosleora on May 4th, 2004 06:54 pm (UTC)
Woah, they really should have told you in advance. But it's not their fault that fruit juice will mess up the results and black coffee won't.

Whenever I'm going to have any testing done, I try to ask about what it's okay to eat and drink before the exam.

The fun one was when I needed two tests, one required fasting (nothing at all ideally), the other required hydration... had to have a careful balance.

Oh and when I had my physical for getting on disability, they told me my heart rate was at 120. I was kind of shocked and was all - that's not normal for me, and he was saying, yes, you're probably pretty stressed, it's fine. So, that was good, as he took into consideration the situation.

Going over 100 for no apparent reason is my warning sign to notify a doctor, so 120 was kind of freakish. But I was really nervous.
Usquebausqueba on May 4th, 2004 10:52 pm (UTC)
God damn it! Why don't they tell you these things _ahead_ of time???
Maybe cause they're bone-heads? (I can say that. I work in a doctor's office!)

the doctor says i seem fine except i should exercise more. I agree with the needing to exercise more but i'm not so sure about his method of determining that
::shrug:: Maybe he was using the Rule... 90% (or something) of people in the US don't get enough exercise. EVERYone needs more exercise. There's also some skin/muscle tone thing (when you look at someone), but I don't know how it works.

He said that when he was using the stethoscope on me and having me take deep breaths my heart rate sped up. Of course i get generaly nervous around doctors, and a lot more so while they're doing something to me.
This is well known. Lots of peoples heart rates and blood pressures go up in the dr's office. And how would HE feel if someone put a cold stethoscope on him?! His heart rate would prolly increase. "YIKES. That's cold!"

and he asks me to breathe in deep, and i'm thinking "was that a deep breath? or should i try to breathe deeper?
Generally, as deep as you can with out being uncomfortable.

or if i breathe _really_ deep will it screw things up?"
Nope, he's just listening to your heart and lungs. Maybe if you breathe deeper, he'd hear more squeaks in your lungs (if there WERE any).

and then he moves the stethoscope and asks me to breathe deep again, and i think "did he find something bad? or did i do it wrong the first time? what? what?"
Nope :). Moving the stethoscope helps listen to different parts of your lungs and heart. Also, they can sometimes hear heart murmurs and other stuff from different places on your torso.

I'm not so sure any increase in heart rate was due to the effort of breathing deeply :)
If you do it right, breathing deep can actually slow your heart down (a trick when your heart is pounding and it won't slow down... it doesn't always work).

don't you think they could have _mentioned_ to me that i might want to not eat or drink anything for 12 hours beforehand since i'd probably need to give blood for tests?
See my above "bonehead" remark.

And fruit juice is bad, but _black coffee_ is allowed? Is the only thing allowed besides water?
Coffee (no cream, no sugar) and water, essentially, have no nutritional value.

Sorry, 200 calories of fructose will screw up the results, but go ahead and shoot up the drugs man!
Fructose will jack-up a few of the tests, the main one being glucose (blood sugar).

However unlike the freeway it wasn't stop and go most of the way, and was a lot prettier than the view from the highway, and i think it was quicker anyways, so it was win-win.
There's a nice scenic route I take to work sometimes when the 605 is stopped.