My older daughter had an appointment with a Pediatric Endocrinologist the other day. Her Pediatrician was concerned about her elevated cholesterol levels and insisted she needed a specialist.
Well, it turned out to be a huge waste of time and money because the guy just sat there and smiled (probably dreaming of how much he's going to bill us), told me we were already doing everything we could do, said we were his ideal patients, and keep doing what we've been doing. She's fine.
I'm guessing that little piece of validation will cost us in the ballpark of $300. Have a nice day.
However, I did get something out of the appointment.
Apparently it's a HUGE deal if someone in your family had a 'cardiac event' prior to age 50. When you tell doctors that your mother had a heart attack at 42 (ahem, the same age I am right now!), and that your father died of heart disease a week after his 52nd birthday, eyebrows raise and alarms go off.
It's a big deal.
When doctors hear my family history they want to take a giant step backwards, because that ticking in my chest just might be a time bomb about ready to go off.
This is why I exercise every day.
This is why I get out of bed when it's -20 degrees and I'd rather stay under my warm covers.
This is why when the arthritis in my knee is acting up, I slap an ice pack on and keep moving.
This is why even on my days 'off' from the gym, I do yoga and cardio at home.
I will not be my mother.
I will change the course of our family history.
One day my daughters will be all grown up and go to the doctor for a physical. When that doctor asks if anyone in their family has had a cardiac event prior to age 50 they'll laugh and say "Are you kidding me? My dad still runs marathons, and my mom still does kick boxing classes!".
That is the legacy I want to give my children.
I will change our history.
This is my promise.