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A slap in the face

Wednesday, January 08, 2020

Today I went to see a cardiologist. I asked him if some degree of dehydration could cause very mild tachycardia, to which he explained that the rhythm of the heart depends more on your level of activity, whether you're a more active type or lead a sedentary lifestyle, and he said: "And you certainly don't look like someone who exercises at all."

That felt like a slap in the face honestly. I know I cut myself so much slack I barely even make an effort to get up and get moving, but it hurt to have it acknowledged in my face by a professional I'm meeting for the first time. This served me as motivation to start taking this more seriously and actually make it a priority to exercise.
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    The profession is loaded with guys like that. Keep focused for success. emoticon
    249 days ago
    262 days ago
    That hurts, I hope you can take it as a wake up call and begin with at least a little bit of exercise - even just walking for 5-10 minutes can gradually improve your heart health.
    262 days ago
    I understand some folks really respond well to the "boot camp" mentality. Are you one of those people? Is this a doctor whose bluntness will encourage and motivate you? If so, that's great.

    But if that doctor's words hurt you deeply, or felt discouraging or belittling, please seek a different doctor. Only you know in your heart what is best for you. I support you in finding that out and surrounding yourself with a team of people you know and trust to be on your side.

    Meanwhile, we here at SparkPeople are definitely on your side! Keep reaching out and connecting with us! We're in it together and together we will succeed.
    262 days ago
  • RHOOK20047
    I don't know which is worse to have a blunt doctor like that or to have a doctor for over 30 years who just lets you go down the wrong course. I had my doctor for over 35 years when he retired, and when I had to get a new doctor, and saw the questions and advice he had to give me, I realized the injustice I had with my former doctor. I am sorry you were insulted, but use the anger and frustrations to set a new course of action for you. That is what I did. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    262 days ago
  • ELSCO55
    It definitely was unprofessional
    263 days ago
    So unprofessional,
    263 days ago
    Ok, bad way to put it, now is the time to show that he/she was wrong.

    263 days ago
  • LINDA7677
    I had a similar encounter with a new physician. It hurt. I never went back to him. I was motivated for a bit and lost some weight. But, I gained it all back plus some. I eventually motivated myself and came to Sparkpeople. This program has worked .
    263 days ago
  • LEARN211
    Don’t let their comment define you. It was very unprofessional of them and hurtful.
    263 days ago
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