Here is a special edition of Shape Up! This post is going to talk about my last two doctor visits and the attempted dental visit that did not end well.
For the last two years, I have been on a slow attempt to get into better shape. Yes, I have lost some weight and have eaten better. But when you have been unemployed for 27 months now, there’s not much you can do. Also, being on Food Stamps limits your food choices. I only get around $200 a month for all of my groceries. That means I only eat one meal a day with a snack around lunchtime. I do get meats and fresh produce which costs a little more. I know I could go the cheap processed food route but that would blow my weight up!
Since I have been unemployed for 27 months now, I went to the Quality of Life clinic in Anniston. Their co-pays for people on Food Stamps, Medicaid, Disability, and other assistance are affordable! I only paid $20 for each visit. During my first visit, my blood pressure readings were taken, and they were way too high! Then my weight was taken, and it was at 400 lbs. That’s better than the nearly 500 lbs. I was at around two years ago. Ms. Covington told me my blood pressure levels were too high, and she prescribed me Lisinopril, which treats the high blood pressure. Then she ordered some lab work, it did not cost anything extra, I just hate needles! Yes, in the past people have had to hold me down to get an injection. I acted like a man this time and got my blood drawn.
For my second visit, my lab results were revealed! My thyroid and bad cholesterol levels was fine. My good cholesterol levels were sightly lower. I had a sightly higher red blood cell count and my white blood cell count was fine. My blood sugar counts were normal. And functions of the kidneys, livers, and heart were going normally. My Triglycerides levels were also slightly elevated. After a second visit to the doctor’s office, my blood pressure counts were down from the first time around, so the medication was working. But the doctor also wanted me to take a low dose Aspirin daily. I was also prescribed another medication called Carvedilol, which treats the high blood pressure.
And to freak me out, Quality Of Life sent me a bill in the mail for $311.00. I thought, this can’t be right, a general check-up and lab work can not cost that much. I took the bill to the receptionist and they worked quickly to fix the error. I owed nothing extra other than the $20 I paid for the visit. I will be back for a 3 month check-up in December, unless I have moved away from the Anniston area.
Now for the dental, Quality of Life has a dental department and they do cleanings, cavity work, and extractions. But sadly, they don’t work on crowns, caps, or root canals. I will have to go to another dentist that will do that work. The people working there told me I needed to get the cap issue fixed and then I could come back for a cleaning. The cost for a cleaning will only be around $25 since I am on Food Stamps. They did go ahead and take an advanced x-ray of my teeth. That x-ray is good, you can see where I have had cavities filled and where I have had the root canal.
So, for now my cap is still off of the tooth, but there is no pain. I will need to find another dentist that will work with me on the cap, and it will cost some money. The office has the x-ray copy and can easily send it over to the dentist office I go too. And the good thing, I was not charged for the x-ray! So there you go, there is an update on my overall health. I hope I can resume my weekly posts about what I am doing to get in better shape as soon as someone hires me again and I have the income to eat better and do better exercising other than walking.
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