My Mom and Dad did most home repairs as a team. She told me once that they didn't know how to do a lot of things, but learned by experience.
My husband had an MRI done on his other foot and needs surgery on it. I need to get back in the groove. My doctor said not to exercise until I see her again, but I am breaking that rule. Our neighbor had a heart attack and pushed himself ahead of schedule of his doctor's orders and he is doing fine.
I don't want to laze around and then have to push myself all of a sudden. I think that would be worse than if I stayed with exercising.
My Mom had heart disease and A-fib and when my Dad was at West Virginia University Hospital, we were told he only had 3 heart valves. The cardiologist thinks what I had was related to digestion, but with the family history, he is going to check the heart valves and the stress test will reveal angina.
I appreciate your prayers, my blood pressure was higher at his office, lol!
I've often thought that it would be nice to have a doctor who understood diabetes from the patient's perspective. The doctor who diagnosed me told me that ALL of his diabetic patients were non-compliant. From this he decided that diabetes was a moral deficiency, and that there was no use trying to educate us. Has anyone ever questioned whether the diet itself is possible to sustain for years? Ten grapes is a serving? Really?
Add to this the assumption that every patient lies -- if you tell your doctor you have an occasional drink of alcohol, he'll assume you drink every day; tell him you have two or three beers and he'll want to sign you up for rehab -- you get a downward spiral of honesty, where the patient minimizes his failings and the physician inflates them, until truth is lost somewhere in the conversation.
Unfortunately, my insurance plan requires choosing a primary care physician from a computerized list, so unless you have someone to recommend a particular doctor, you're picking blind. All you know is where their office is and that they're accepting new patients. The first one I picked was a woman, whose listing said she was accepting new patients, but when I tried to make an appointment with her, I found out she'd taken a job with the Medical Examiner's Office. Thanks, it's good to know, but I'm not quite ready for an autopsy yet.
So, I wound up with my current miracle-worker, who does nothing at all in-house -- doesn't even have an EKG machine in his office -- so everything has to be cleared through the insurance company before it can be referred out to one of our large health-care facilities, which can take weeks or months. Still pursuing the heart irregularities that showed up in January, with no answers in sight.
I'd like to think that changing doctors would help, but I'm months away from Medicare, which most doctors don't want to deal with anymore. And personally, I no longer really trust doctors all that much.
I think you're right about all the changes to our diet. It's hard to trust even the produce department these days, let alone the canned and packaged goods. How far can we get on distilled water, well chewed?