Friday, October 5, 2007

Dread

Today I go for my annual gynocologist visit. That's not what I'm dreading though. I really don't mind it too much... I mean, it's awkward to spread 'em for a stranger, but it's over pretty quickly, so I don't mind.

What I do dread though, is that every time I go to the gyno, I get hassled about my weight. Let me emphasize two things. 1)I know I'm overweight. 2)I'm working on it.

I know that they're just doing their job as doctors to encourage their patients to be healthy, but it's just such a sensitive subject for me. It's even happened to me before when I've gone in to the doctor b/c of a COLD... the doctor wanted to discuss my obesity. Well I wanted to discuss his bad breath, but I kept my mouth shut, so why doesn't it work both ways?

I do have some "ammo" so to speak though, because the last time I was at the doctor was in May or June, and I weighed about 20 pounds more... so I at least have some evidence that I have made progress. Unfortunately compared to a year ago, I am about 20 pounds heavier... so I'm sure that will come up. Not much I can do about the past though, I just have to continue to do what I'm doing in the present so that I can meet my goal in the future.

4 comments:

Angie All The Way said...

lol I looooved the bad breath comeback, even if it was in your head! I get ya, big time. You should check this post out that I did a while back explaining my struggles with the doctor and my weight. I'm pretty much scarred for life I think!

http://angiealltheway.blogspot.com/2007/02/importance-of-healthy-weight.html

I would suggest that when you go to bring it up before he does and say that you're "happy to mention" that you have taken your weightloss very seriously and are down 20 pounds and it's working out great...if he gives you the "but, you have a long way to go" crap, then deck him!

Lynn said...

Yup, I agree with Angie; beat him to the punch so to speak. Explain how you are trying to get healthy and have lost weight. Good luck.

Allison said...

Hello!

I'm so glad I read your blog today. I am in nursing school and I am determined to change the horrible feelings associated with people's weight that healthcare workers tend to not be very delicate about. I have always been overweight and have always been lectured on it by doctors/nurses. I feel like saying, I KNOW I'M FAT! I WAS REMINDED OF THAT WHEN I PUT ON MY PANTS THIS MORNING AND HAD TO LOOK AT MY GUT HANGING OVER IN THE MIRROR! AND IN ALL THE PICTURES I LOATHE THAT MY FRIENDS/FAMILY HAVE TAKEN! AND WHEN I'M BUYING CLOTHES IN THE PLUS SIZED SECTION! I could go on and on... Anyway, I feel your pain and hopefully I never make anyone feel bad about their weight! You are doing great and you seem to have such a wonderful attitude! Thanks for the recipes; I plan to try the Monterray Chicken dish soon.

Heather said...

I hate that too...having to get on the scale in front of a nurse or dr and have them realize you are overweight and lecture you about it. but glad you have some ammo, you show them!