Yesterday I had the pleasure of going to the doctor for an annual checkup. When I checked in I was handed a two page document containing my health summary. This must be a new procedure as I have never received one of these documents before.
The third item on the document listed my BMI. While I will freely admit my BMI is far from perfect, I had to laugh as I read the statement that followed the number. The statement loudly proclaimed, "WE NEED TO WORK ON WEIGHT LOSS." The next bullet point proudly proclaimed that my BLOOD PRESSURE IS UP-TO-DATE. (I would hope since I was still breathing!) The fifth bullet indicated my cholesterol numbers had dropped, if I remember correctly 13 points...my doctor was very happy about that. Guess he was right when he said I should consider not eating ice cream every night. Doesn't he know that I am totally addicted to ice cream?
As I am sitting in the exam room waiting patiently for the doctor to see me, I hear him outside the door giving someone a list of supplies that he needed. The list included lidocaine, betadine, and a very large needle. He then says that he would be in with me. Now anyone who knows me, knows that I am not a needle person. No let me rephrase that, I despise needles! (I'm getting just a little bit nervous as I am there just to get my blood work results...last time I checked that didn't involve needles.) Dr. S. walks in and says, hello and asks how I am doing. I told him I was fine but if the needles and lidocaine were for me, I was leaving. He looked at me for a split second and then very calmly stated that I had nothing to worry about. Phew!
Now I love my doctor. he is a really cool guy and is very much aware of my sense of humor! He explains to me that my blood pressure isn't exactly where it should be. I nod my head and listen as he continues to explain that diet and exercise would be a good way to help it. (Seriously again, doesn't he know I am addicted to ice cream?) I really start to laugh when he mentions aerobic exercise would be a good way to help raise my good cholesterol levels. When he realized that, was probably not going to happen he nonchalantly mentioned that I could possibly have a glass of red wine at night. Um excuse me...did I just hear him say I could drink a glass a wine at night???? I know most people would probably jump at the opportunity to drink wine at night, I however, do not drink. My alternative...not ice cream...but red grapes. Hmmmm...how can I convince him that ice cream will do the same thing as wine and grapes....?
Ok just go with it...it's the closest thing to grapes that I have at the moment. I know it's stretching it but you get the idea! So all this talk about wine made me wonder about the verses in the Bible about drinking wine. I stumbled on this one and yes, it may be taken completely out of context but I thought it was quite appropriate for my conversation with Dr. S. yesterday.
(No longer drink only water, but use a little wine for the sake of your stomach and your frequent ailments.)
So I will leave you pondering that thought. The next time you take a sip of red wine remind yourself it may be good for what ails you. But you didn't hear it from me!
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