Annual Physical Exam

Last week, I visited the internist for my annual physical exam. She asked me about my daily exercise. I told her that I rollerbladed almost everyday when the weather permitted. I also told her that I skied and snowboarded in the winter. She asked me about my alcohol consumption and I confessed that I drank almost daily (a beer a day) and whiskey on special occasions. She advised that I should keep up the the sports but drop the spirits. I thought to myself, “I can’t do the sports without the spirits.”

She ordered me a Tdap vaccine and blood tests. My result came back with a high LDL. She suggested lose weight, exercise, and follow low fat diet. My non HDL cholesterol and glucose are also high. Despite drinking and eating steaks, my uric acid is normal. I am glad that my gout is under control. I need to work on other areas, particularly my sugar consumption. I need to cut back drinking instant coffee with cream and sugar.

The annual physical exam gives me a moment of reflection to think about my lifestyle and the way I live. I need to take care of myself better. I am also trying to release my stress. The best way for me to do so is just not giving a fuck.