I was up bright and early this morning after fasting last night and downing mucho water. I headed up to the lab that's part of the medical foundation where Doctor Maria practices medicine. (The phrase 'practice medicine' always sort of gives me a giggle. If they're just practicing, shouldn't we be scared?) Imagine my surprise when my phone rang at about 4:30 and Doctor Maria's nurse called to tell me they had my test results. Yikes!!!! I'm used to having to go back in two weeks!!!!! Wowsers!!! These folks are efficient!!!
I was told that I have a urinary tract infection and need to drink lots of water and that a prescription would be forthcoming for an antibiotic at my pharmacy. She then proceeded to tell me that my cholesterol is too high and wants to put me on medication for that, too. I hate medications -- I get weird side effects from a lot of things -- so I asked if I could go on a diet to bring it down. She is going to ask Dr. Maria if I could do that and call me in the morning.
I've been thinking about it and realized that I can't afford a lo-fat, lo-cholesterol diet. I remember when my ex-husband was on that and it wasn't cheap at all. Lean meat, fish, and fresh fruit and veggies are expensive and I cut corners on groceries so I can afford other things I need. This frustrates me terribly. Plus I'll lose weight and my clothes won't fit. Everyone already thinks I'm too thin as it is. The exercise part is hard, too, because of limited mobility from my stroke there's a lot of exercise I simply cannot do -- not to mention the expense -- and winter is coming and taking walks will not work -- I'll break a leg or something on the ice. Am I annoyed and upset? You betcha. Frankly, I didn't think I ate enough to have high cholesterol. I rarely eat a meal. My diet consists of a couple snacks a day. Why? Because I'm not hungry most of the time. Yesterday I ate a bowl of soup for supper and later had some ice cream.
Don't get me wrong. I'm glad to have a doctor who is thorough and efficient but something I've learned is that what they want you to do isn't always practical. I guess I'll just have to do my best with what I have to work with -- I should be used to that but I get tired of it. Hopefully, I can find some good solutions.
On a brighter note, Volly reminded me of another song Daddy sang to us that always left us giggling. Enjoy!!!!!