I wasn’t there ten minutes before I was being asked, “Would you be interested in staying over?” Wait. What? What type of message was I sending? I tried to hide the “Hell no!” from my face as best as possible; however, my eyebrows didn’t get the message in time. I heard a laugh. “It’s entirely up to you.” I said I would think about it, knowing full well that my mind was already made up. As I sat on the bed, not knowing what was supposed to happen next, I nervously looked up from the spot my eyes were affixed to on the floor and… Wait. I’m getting ahead of myself. Let me take you back to how this rendezvous all started.
The day had been circled on my calendar since the date was set. Every time I looked at it, my fears and apprehensions spoke to me: Loudly. I looked for every excuse not to go. Nonetheless, the day greeted me with a mockingly sunny day. “Aww crap! That rules out un-drivable conditions resulting from a severe thunderstorm.” No. No natural disaster or acme anvil was going to impede me from this blind date. Departure time was approaching fast. I did a quick mental rundown. Clean underwear? Check. Mints? Check. List of questions to ask? Check. I was as ready as I was ever going to be.
Fast Forward >>
As I sat on the bed, not knowing what was supposed to happen next, I nervously looked up from the spot my eyes were affixed to on the floor and met the eyes of the one who I would now call, MY DOCTOR. Up until now I had never given anyone that title. He repeated himself, “I would like you to consider doing a sleep study to determine if you have sleep apnea. It’s entirely up to you.” He proceeded to go on about all the things that he expects me to do.
- No sugar
- Nothing with white flour in it
- Potatoes sparingly
- Lots of water
- Eat breakfast everyday
- Eat snacks that have a low glycemic index
- 1400 calorie diet (that seems really low!)
I listened intently as his voice drowned out the fears and apprehensions that had been screaming at me just hours before. Why didn’t I do this earlier? Because I didn’t want to know if there was something wrong with me. I felt O.k. Ignorance is bliss. Well, in this case ignorance could be deadly. My family has a history of heart disease and diabetes. No I couldn’t remain ignorant about my health any longer. If not for my sake, for the sake of the ones I love that depend on me every day. I made up in my mind that I was going to trust my doctor. After all, what I have been doing for years hasn’t worked.
We departed with pleasantries as he wished me luck on my journey. He asked to see me again in a month. This blind date couldn’t have gone any better!