I had an 8:45 podiatrist appointment this morning. I really didn't know if they would be open but I went anyway because I had a prescription to pick up in that same area so, I knew it wouldn't be a wasted trip.
The podiatrist said patients just weren't showing up and he'd had to cut back to three days a week.
I SHOWED UP!
I was asking him questions.
Can you tell I'm speaking through a mask?
Do you do haircuts?
So, he finishes and I go to get my Rx. I needed eggs and a phone card so I picked those up while I was there. After picking up the eggs and phone card I went to the Pharmacy.
When I got to the counter, I realized I didn't have my phone OR MY KEYS!
After getting my prescription I retraced my steps but no keys. I checked out and decided to go look in my truck to see if both were in there before I hit the panic button.
I explained my situation to the door monitors as I left and asked if they would call AAA for me then, went to my truck to see what I could see.
(There was no lizard in a crack standin' up for me.)
The phone was there but no keys.
I have road service but even if they got in my truck, they'd have to tow me home.
I headed back inside and just as I entered, an associate handed me my keys.
I was one of those people who only went to the Dr. in an emergency.
I never got checkups.
About 5 months into my quit, I had an episode I didn't understand. About 6 months later, I wasn't feeling well. I was sweating all the time, unquenchable thirst and urinating constantly. I had a lab order I had never initiated because I had no money for the copay at the time it was written. I found the lab in my Dr's building. I was dizzy. I could hardly stand by the time I got into the reception area. They said the orders were not current and they were reluctant to honor them. but they did
They did the tests and a couple days later I got a call from a Dr. filling in for my physician telling me my blood sugar was well over 400 and I needed to start being treated for diabetes. There are studies saying smokers are more susceptible to getting type 2 diabetes in the first 2 years after they've quit. .https://www.webmd.com/diabetes/nicotine-blood-sugar
That was 13 years ago.
Now, the reason I'm writing this.
My son in laws mom passed yesterday. She was only 60. She had a heart attack a week ago but what was telling to me was, her blood sugar was over 500 and she never knew it because she never went to the Dr. for checkups.
Uncontrolled Diabetes affects your heart and kidneys badly
I've been through it with the kidneys but that was cured by a surgery that took care of the original source of the problem.
The thing is, if you don't take care of these things, they snowball...And, if you don't even know you even have them, they'll kill you slowly or quickly. I can't help but think she didn't have to die if she'd gone to the Dr. every couple of years.
Take care of yourself. See a doctor for a physical and blood work at least every two years.
I still wouldn't go to a doctor today but they make me come in at least every 4 months to check for deterioration.
"Our brains change as they recognize new patterns in the world, which is what makes brains, well, useful. When it comes to hearing music, a network of nerves in the auditory cortex called the corticofugal network helps catalog the different patterns of music. When a specific sound maps onto a pattern, our brain releases a corresponding amount of dopamine, the main chemical source of some of our most intense emotions. This is the essential reason why music triggers such powerful emotional reactions, and why, as an art form, it is so inextricably tied to our emotional responses."
I bought some French toast sticks that weren't my usual brand a couple months go.
They were different in that they were cut into strips after they were grilled. What that meant was only the top and bottom of the strips had any French toast flavor and, it didn't make up for keeping them. I tried them once and I threw them. Calories without reward.
I was ALL IN on getting what I wanted and didn't want them using up space.
I bought my usual brand as soon as I could find them.
ALL IN is what your quit needs to be
or you'll be
FALLIN'for nicotine's lies all over again.
"It relieves my stress." That was the biggest lie of all.
Nicotine CAUSES STRESS because when it wears off, YOU NEED MORE!