So here I am scheduling a HeartScan. And learning a lot about what I didn't know along the way.
Here's the kicker: my bad cholesterol is golden. Not surprising, I suppose. I don't like to cook (there! I admit it!), and when I do... well, let's just say that when Urban Dad and I go out, I make it a point to not order chicken.
But the good cholesterol? The one that's supposed to be at least 50 in women? Preferably higher? Mine is 33. And that's an improvement over the last few years. My doctor is now filling me in on heart disease in women and imploring me to get a (not-likely-covered-by-insurance) HeartScan to make sure that my lack of protective cholesterol isn't leading to plaque in my ticker.
Best Namma Ever! was completely and immediately concerned. "Schedule it! Schedule it now! I'll pay for the damn thing if you want!"
The conversation with Urban Dad went a little differently:
Me: "My doctor wants me to find the money to do a Heart Scan."
Him: "Pffffft! That's stupid! You're nowhere near overweight, you don't eat heavily, you've exercised your whole life."
Me: "That's not the point. In fact, I should be exercising more."
Him: "Pfffffft! That's stupid! You exercise plenty. Hell, just chasing the kids is exercise, let alone when you go to the gym."
Me: "My dad had bypass surgery and cholesterol problems run in my mom's side."
Him: "Pffffft! That's stupid! How old was your dad when he had surgery? And he's not exactly an exercise fiend, right?"
Me: "My numbers are not improving. My doctor is concerned and just wants to know. Heart disease is a huge thing in women. For example, my girlfriend Diane has been on Plavix since she was 32 because of plaque in her heart."
Him: "Pfffffft! That's stupid! There's nothing wrong with you. You're fine."
Me: "STOP SCOFFING ME!"
Lest you think less of Urban Dad, understand that this is how he works. He reacts all
(over Spring Break, thanks, so that he can take the Urban Kids -- babysitters are $15/hr, y'know!)
In the meantime, I went to a nutrition seminar in order to learn more about foods that will help raise that 33. When I asked my specific question, I got a lot of "oh, don't get wrapped up in numbers" in the response from a couple of overly-groovy trainers. Ummmm.... and your medical degree is from.......where, exactly?
God bless my doctor and the internet. As I type, I have salmon marinating. (yes! i'm going to try to cook something!) I have fish oil capsules in the cabinet. And, of course, a glass of red wine by the computer. I can't get away to the gym more often than on Saturdays and Sundays, but that will hopefully change soon. In the meantime, when I do an errand, I just try to walkthereasfastasIcan!
Here's to spending $395 and a morning at UIC to find out that everything is clear as a bell! (*clink*)