Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Doctor Day.

I like going to the doctor and/or dentist. I like the "clean bill of heath" feeling. I think hospitals and offices feel safe - I've always thought, heck, if something goes wrong here, this is a good place to be, a good place to get it fixed!

Yesterday: Dentist first. I was told I am a very good brusher. And my gums are looking good. Ahhh. (Did you know floss only gets to 3mm under your gums? That's why once you get 4mm deep parts around your teeth, you have to floss like crazy. And that's why once they're at 5mm, there is no turning back. You've got periodontal disease at that point.)

I really think that if I could pull it together and floss everyday, suddenly I'd finish writing a novel, my house would always be clean, the car would never break down, I'd sleep like a baby every night and lose twenty pounds. It is the key to life that I can't manage to do EVERY single night. And speaking of...

Visit number two yesterday: clean bill of health at the doctor. (Ask me about ZoomCare if you're interested; it's an incredible model for health care and really, really awesome for those with or without insurance.)

Except for one thing.

I was told to lose 15 to 20 pounds.

By a doctor who was approximately 13 years old, 5'2'' and 100 pounds. But she gave me a few suggestions to make weight loss easy - things I had never heard of before! If I only I'd known this the last five years! It was great! Thanks, Doc! You're a genius!

She suggested eating more fruits and vegetables and getting 30 minutes of exercise 5 times a week.


  1. Seriously? You? I shudder to think of what this doctor would say if she ever met me.

    I was intrigued by your comment about ZoomCare, since we have private insurance rather than employer-provided, and I'm always hoping to find some way to make it less expensive...but I Googled ZoomCare and it looks like we'd have to move to Portland to use it. Never mind.

  2. i'm also totally interested in ZoomCare; i was looking to go to urgent care a couple weeks ago (post-flu bronchitis) and my insurance website pointed me at ZoomCare. i thought it sounded sketchy based only on its name and the fact i'd never heard of it. i ended up going to the hospital instead, but then have heard a couple people say "oh, ZoomCare is supposed to be great!" haven't talked to anyone who has used them, though!

  3. I hate taking advice from 13 years olds. Especially ones that are licensed to cut people open with a knife.

  4. ZoomCare: Thumbs up! I got hooked on it from my friend Scot. And by hooked I mean I went one time. But it was easy and that's all I cared about.

    Also, your (our) Doc's wrong. Excercise improves health but it actually makes weight loss harder. At best it keeps you at the same weight. Run all you want, but all you're gonna do is get stronger, faster, sleep better, improve your emotional well-being and live longer. And who cares about any of that nonsense?

    But...probably best not to take advice from me. I'm at 6mm and am totally fucked.

  5. 15-20 lbs? oh dear, isn't that a bit ridiculous.? I am never going for a check-up!