I’ll just jump right in with the results from my “tie-breaker” doctor’s appointment yesterday. As you might know, my trusted OB found a hernia. I had to go to an “in-network” Kaiser doctor to confirm this. She said she was “not convinced” and ran a bunch of tests, xrays, etc. All of which I paid for, of course. She remained “unconvinced.” She also seemed to be under the impression that the persistent pain was in my head and that I might consider improving my diet. When I asked for suggestions she looked off in the distance and in a bored tone said: “More fruits, vegetables and no processed foods.” Which was totally not helpful because, of course, I already do all of that.
Anyway, I went to another Kaiser doctor my friend referred to as “the hernia whisperer.” This doc was a little different, dropping the F-bomb and such but I liked him instantly. He determined that I did not have a hernia. I have two.
He also said I needed to lose weight before I have surgery due to the “excessive amount of lard” in my mid-section. I cringe to write that, but the burning in my cheeks has calmed some since he first said that. He was incredibly kind and sincere and looked me right in the eye when he told me I was fat.
Again, with this, I know. You might also remember I’d started to address this weight issue of mine awhile ago but allowed myself to be deterred by the pain from this hernia nonsense, it is quite aggravated by exercise so I’ll have to drop the weight without that.
I briefly considered giving in to my bulimia brain, but came to my senses quickly and moved on to think about picking up smoking again, just for a little while.
Or, I suppose I could keep up with the fruits, vegetables, and completely cut the crap carbs, sugar and stress-eating.
I’m not kidding myself. I know it’s going to be hard. But I do believe I can do it. This isn’t exactly the most convenient time of the year to get all strict about what goes in my body but I think the saying “no time like the present” applies.
And truly, speaking of presents … what better gift could I give myself and my family than my health?
But damn do I want a Red Bull and some chocolate.