I blinked and looked at her. She looked back at me and informed me that my BMI (body mass index) was a number that I happened to know was far lower than what it actually was. Let’s see…I knew how much I weighed and how tall I was, and so did she. She had medical training, and I did not. Yet I was the only one in the room who apparently knew how to read a BMI chart. At this point in the story, I feel it’s appropriate to mention that she was overweight, bordering on obese.
- My faith in the medical profession, which so far had not done wrong by me, was sorely bruised by this example of ineptitude.
- Someone who should know better AND could stand to lose some of her own weight told me I was too thin, when I was not, by every objective standard. Even at my current weight, I have a reasonable buffer before I cruise into the “underweight” category on the BMI charts.
- I was going to have to find a new doctor, which is always a big hassle.
My poor body been under assault lately, what from major abdominal surgery (along with the general anesthesia and narcotic pain meds) plus the problem that made surgery necessary in the first place. I want to make sure I am doing everything I need to do to support my healing. I also need to get to the bottom of a mystery: When I was in the emergency room, the blood tests they ran revealed that I was low in potassium. You could have knocked me over with a feather. Me? The person who eats more fruits and vegetables in a day than most people eat in a week? How is that possible?
I’m actually pretty excited about the appointment. I’ve been doing more reading about naturopathic medicine, and it really promotes optimal wellness. Since I’m a really healthy person*, this seems right up my alley. Stay tuned.
* OK, sure. I tend to break ankles, injure shoulders, require surgery, and could use a frequent user punch card for the ER, but I can’t remember the last time I had the flu (and that’s without getting the flu shot), and I didn’t have a cold once last winter, even though I took mass transit every day and sat in classes with a bunch of sneezing and coughing students.