Doctor: Ma’am, I have great news! Your test results have revealed what’s been ailing you and we may have a solution.
Me: Okay doc, go on…
She explained the problem as thoroughly as possible then said, “You’d have to take hormones. It’s a pill you’ll take everyday and it provides two benefits: it will hopefully solve the problem over time and it’s also a contraceptive.”
Me: Okay, sounds good so far, but what are the side effects?
Doctor: Bloating, nausea, tenderness, and it may cause weight gain.
I slumped backward into the chair and all I could hear was my mind screaming, “NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!” You see, as I approach 41, I am fully aware that the body has to fight a lot harder to lose or maintain a desirable weight as we age. And unless you are genetically predisposed to be skinny/lean/slim, it’s tough! I am currently pretty active thanks to my job, my dog and my toddler, but I would someday (in the next year or two) like to have a profession that is less labor intensive in favor of one that is more mentally stimulating and free of roots by which I must be tethered. My ultimate goal is a writing career that can let me work from anywhere! But the downside to that is I would have to make more of an effort to stay fit, something I don’t have to do now since my job has that sort of built in.
I have always assumed I would take up running again – a long lost love which I miss dearly but was forced to give up since I’m stretched to the limit time-wise. But it scares me to think of gaining weight at a time when I’m trying so hard to lose or maintain my current numbers. So, then and there, as I lifted myself up from being slumped back into the chair in the doctor’s office, I agreed to try the recommended medication. I take it just before bed to alleviate the aforementioned side-effects plus the others not mentioned, which littered the medication’s information sheet. I must follow up in six months for re-evaluation at which point we will renew the prescription or try a different remedy if this one fails to produce the desired results.
I hate feeling like a guinea pig but what other options do I have? For the sake of my health and my sanity (due to bouts of tremendous pain) I must see this through!
As I move forward, I pray that God blesses me with health and strength so I can avoid being placed on any other medication which must be taken for long periods of time, since I firmly believe it is a lot less expensive to incorporate preventative measures early on than to implement remedies in hopes of a cure after the fact. So here’s to good health, for me and for you too. Cheers!
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