Mary Kmak has turned her life around and found a path to health through the Tucson Medical Center Wellness program. In Mary’s Promise she shares tips, recipes, challenges that she has learned along the way.
Have you ever had a sore throat, back pain, migraines or other health issues and avoided going to the doctor’s office because the idea of stepping on the scales in front of someone was so awful?
Yes, you may get on the scales every day, but somehow the idea of getting the scales at the doctor’s office petrifies you. Did you ever feel ashamed to get weighed or insecure that the medical assistants would judge you? Or how about being tired of hearing your doctor say “you need to lose weight”? If you have; you aren’t alone because I did!
I would neglect different health issues for all of these reasons until now. That was the biggest mistake I ever made! When I finally summed up the courage to make and keep that first physical I learned I was pre diabetic, had high blood pressure and high cholesterol. All of these conditions are considered ‘silent killers’. From that point on I vowed I would never neglect my health again – fear of getting on the scales would not hold me back from seeing my physician and taking care of my health.
If fear of the scale is holding you back from seeking medical care try one of the following:
- Step onto the scale backwards and ask that the nurse or assistant not share that number with you.
- Distract yourself with your phone.
- Be weighed in the screening rather than outside in the hallway, some practices can accommodate this.
- Say no. For most medical visits weighing you is preferred, but not a necessary data point. A polite firm “I don’t do scales. Thank you.” or “Please write that I refused.” and then explain to your doctor that this is a hindrance to you seeking medical help. Of course, there are times when an accurate current weight is necessary –
- Prior to surgery – anesthesiologists need an accurate weight for dosing.
- Dosing of certain prescription drugs -most drugs do not use weight-based dosing, but some do and an accurate weight is necessary.
- When concerned about Congestive Heart Failure -weight gain from fluid retention can be a marker for worsening CHF
After the first initial visit I starting seeing results with my blood work and was starting to get excited for my next doctor’s appointments. I started to feel less insecure about getting on the scale and now actually look forward to the scale and getting weighed along with my current blood test results. Each appointment is better than the prior and now I include those medical assistants, nurses and physicians cheering me along as part of my support network.
It was very dangerous for me to neglect my ailments with my serious diagnosis. I was very fortunate that I didn’t suffer a heart attack or stroke. Do not wait to make that appointment, make it today and address your health issues. I guarantee after you start losing weight your insecurities about the doctor’s appointments will turn into excitement like mine has.
Mary H Kmak
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