Tuesday, September 17, 2013
The Incredible Shrinking Runner
That's how tall I am after being officially measured by my new Doctor last week!
What....??? When did that happen? All my life I've been 5 feet 10 inches tall. Then I miss a couple of years of visiting a Doctor and shrink 2 inches! I was so surprised by this result that I had her repeat the measurement...I even tried to 'stretch' to make myself taller. Didn't work.
Dam...after living up north for 6 years that water in Georgian Bay in Wasaga Beach must have been really cold!
The back story.
I haven't been to my Family Doctor in many years. No annual physical, no regular checkup in over 3 years. Reasons were varied and many: Previous Family Doctor was in Oakville and we lived in Wasaga Beach; No serious health issues (OK, the broken foot bones last year were serious but a great Clinic here in Etobicoke did the job); too busy! But since moving to Etobicoke in December 2011, the excuses had worn thin. So after Sally signed up with a Family Practice 10 minutes from our place, I bit the bullet and did the same.
I had my first visit with Dr. Catherine last week and it was...well...OK: Blood pressure below normal and a few pounds overweight. The only 'interesting' observation was a very low pulse rate. Get this, my resting rate is 40 beats per minute...less than one per second. Dr. C says there's no cause for alarm given that I've a lifelong runner but to be sure, she scheduled me for a full cardio workup. She did give me heck though for way too much caffeine and Diet Pop consumption. Luckily I can keep drinking coffee but she was blunt on the Diet Pop: "Cut that crap out!" That's not likely in the Doctor Training Manual but I like it. So long Diet Soda...hello Fizzy Water!
Recently I've observed all the kids, Andrew, Court, Michael and Holden to appear to have grown. Now the truth is out: I shrunk!
Until next time...