Today I had a follow-up with my Gastroenterologist just to renew prescriptions and touch base. Everything she’s been doing to manage my IBS is working well and I feel wonderful most days. I’ve been reflecting the past week since the reminder about the appointment today that I’ve definitely even solidly stabilized my weight and so that’s not even a concern. If the weather would warm up for more than one day I could even really get to digging out the shorts from last year, into which I still comfortably fit (for the second summer in a ROW! Something that has NEVER happened in my dieting roller-coaster years).
This is the second time I went into the office and when told “if you’ll just step over here so I can get your most recent weight” I calmly replied “No thank you. I don’t do scales.” The only response was an equally calm and, dare I say, respectful, “Okay.”
How easy! It was again a simple reminder that taking care of your health by means of doctor visits does not have involve a struggle each time*. The doctor, who did not note anything about weight last visit, did not even bring the topic up. Instead we were able to happily discuss what options I had if the hubby and I did decide to try to have children in the near future. It was a pleasure. It was simple. It was what I imagine regular check-ups must be like for people who go to the doctors and fall into the “Normal” BMI range: a routine visit with no lingering issues being dredged up or nutritionist plans being promoted, etc (even though this appointment DID take place down in what is the Nutritionists’ area today).
I love those moments when being Fat is just a component of Being Me, and not a or even THE defining factor. These are moments I feel like rejoicing, like there is hope that at some point the world will “Get It” and look back and marvel that everyone ever treated people differently simply BECAUSE they were different instead of acknowledging (celebrating even?) diversity for the wonderful and natural trait it is.
*Bearing in mind, of course, that I am very lucky to have some amazing care-providers and that I fully understand that not everyone is so lucky.