When I meet with clients, no matter what reason they have come to see me, I always start with an intake. The idea is to gather all the information, that might be relevant to the client’s issue, that you can. So, if my goal is to do the most comprehensive approach to creating optimal health and wellness for myself, I figure it makes sense to do an intake on myself.
I made an appointment with my primary care physician for a physical, and that included getting blood work done. Here’s what I learned:
- At 5 feet, 11 inches, with a weight of 309 pounds, my Body Mass Index is 43.1.
- According to the Center for Disease Control, my ideal weight is 179 pounds.
- My total cholesterol is 164 (standard is to be under 200).
- My HDL cholesterol red flagged at 35mg (standard is to be over 40mg).
- My LDL cholesterol red flagged at 113mg. (standard is to be under 100mg).
- My fasting glucose level was 87mg (standard is to be between 65-99mg).
All the other metrics that they ran in the blood test were in the green. I was surprised by how healthy I appear to be on paperwork. So I started thinking about other ways that I could assess my health, and quality of life issues seemed like a sensible place to start.
- I don’t sleep well. I snore and I definitely have sleep apnea. There has been a significant decrease in the quality of my sleep over the past three years.
- My energy is low. I don’t have the physical stamina to do as much outdoor activity as I would like to, and even maintaining the energy to put in a full day of desk work is challenging.
- My right knee bothers me often. I’m right side dominant, so I push more with my right leg when walking, or doing stairs, and I find that my right knee “clicks” and aches.
- I often have pain near my gallbladder. This started over five years ago. I went and had it checked by the doctor. They did an ultrasound and found nothing.
- My skin sometimes gets itchy and occasionally breaks out in a sort of eczema-like rash. This is clearly linked to my consumption of sugar. It always gets worse when I eat more sugary foods, and it gets rapidly worse when I drink sugary beverages.
When I think about these things, they are much more important to me than the figures that the doctor says are important. What does it matter if most of my blood work indicators are in the green if I don’t feel well from day-to-day? It is helpful to know more about my biology and blood chemistry, but I think it’s more important that I figure out what my indicators of a positive quality of life are, and how I can move toward that standard.