Routine Doctor Visit: Not So Routine Results
It was time to choose a new primary care physician, both because my current physician was a 45-minute drive and would not be "in network" with my health insurance PPO after the first of the year. I chose an internal medicine practitioner, a woman who is establishing her practice -- and less than a mile from home.
Lab work was the first order of the day, something my previous physician had not been diligent about. I had a follow-up appointment with the doctor to discuss the test results.
I expected to be told that my lipid levels were high, and they were -- much higher than I anticipated. That news was surprising and somewhat distressing, but not as much as the information that followed: My kidney function is at less than 60 percent!
I was flabbergasted to put it mildly. Never before had anyone shared with me that my kidney function was anything less than normal. With diagnoses of both hypertension and type 2 diabetes, more regular blood testing should have been done in the past.
Next the doctor shared with me that should it turn out to be the medicine I take to control my blood sugar be determined to be the culprit, I would need to stop taking it and use insulin.
I've been spending many hours since then -- once the shock of the information subsided a bit -- to learn more about kidney function and my conditions. I realize in the large scheme of things, my problems are small, but for me, it as taken a lot to come to grips with this news.
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