I’m from the Midwest. Kansas City, Missouri, specifically. Which some people probably think of as the south and others probably think of as Kansas. It’s neither, though it’s close enough to both to shout across the yard.
As a child, I had a pediatrician and a dentist. Eventually my pediatrician fell away, and I added a gynecologist to the crew. That was pretty much it as far as my health team went.
Now I live in L.A. I have
a general practitioner an internist, a gynecologist, a dentist, a trainer (whom I view as a
health professional), a Pilates instructor (also a health professional, IMO),
an acupuncturist, and a currently off-again dietician. Also off-again is my therapist, though I reserve the right to call her at
the drop of a mental health hat.
How am I not the healthiest person in the universe?
Last week I saw the acupuncturist for the first time. She gave me some herbs to take daily, assigned me a couple books to read, which I promptly ordered from Amazon, told me to get a basal body temperature thermometer, and to sign up on fertilityfriend.com where I am to record EVERYTHING from first-thing-in-the-morning temperature to things we won’t talk about in polite company. And, finally, to write down every single thing I eat or drink for seven days. This on top of taking my blood pressure five times a day for my regular doctor. (My blood pressure, by the way, is mostly fabulous—as long as I don’t have a doctor’s appointment.)
And I’m not even trying to get pregnant yet. This is all prep work.
Sigh. Long, deep sigh.
But here’s the great thing. As complicated as it is to juggle my job and my life and the multitude of things that have to be done to give me the best shot at conceiving quickly and healthily, all of these doctor-types help me to gain focus. I like having concrete steps to take and clear instructions to follow. It appeals to my Virgo nature.
Plus, I like these women. (I’m just realizing now that they’re all
women. How cool is that?) My acupuncturist is smart and
compassionate and nice. My
gynecologist is, too—in a fast-talking way. And although my
GP internist is new, she seems terrific.
Whatever happens as I move forward, right now I feel like my fertility and I are in good hands.