Can't you say, "Janette it is so good to see your healthy smiling face. We see you haven't graced us with your presence in over five years, and even your last visit was to inform you that you were healthy. We are so glad your visit today is to further confirm that there hasn't been any body snatchers in the last 1/2 decade. First, we want to congratulate you on living a healthy lifestyle which allowed you to avoid our office. We see you haven't been on any prescriptions...that is good! You aren't on any over-the-counter drugs either...that is good. You haven't had a drastic weight change...just up 8 ounces, although I know you were wanting to lose some, you still have stayed steady. You are able to walk, talk, eat and see (even if you now need readers)...you are doing well. Over all, Janette, we are encouraged by your empty folder and lack of need for our services. So today we thank-you for allowing us to validate your bill of health."
Now wouldn't that have been more pleasant? Instead the nurse looks up at me like I am from a foreign planet to inform me that it hadn't been only three years it had been five!! Now what can I say, "oh I was living life!"
So with her very calm, but irritating remark, she placed the blood pressure cup around my arm. Now can you guess the results?
YES, I have white-coat-blood-pressure...which means my blood pressure normally runs around 117/75 until I am escorted into a doctor's office...at which time my blood pressure has a mind of its own. My own mind is saying, "calm down, calm down it won't happen this time, you aren't even anxious!" So much for self talk...the machine spits out my need for a return visit....154/80!!!
Yes, after my doctor, who doesn't wear a white coat, step back with concerned eyes over my blood pressure she informed me I was to keep a five day journal to prove my "white-coat" blood pressure....well I felt the blood pressure rise again. Who has time to journal all this....my blood pressure, how much I sleep, what I eat and my exercising?
I have been obedient and will return this Friday for documented verification that I am still living! Substantiate my days has been good for me...it has motivated me to stay on target of my goals for the year. I have even lost a four pounds.
So I can check off one of my task for the month of January...done!! Now to get going on painting that laundry room that I was side-tracked from while keeping a health journal and making sure I get in my girlfriend weekend on the calendar.