Yesterday, I was back at my Primary Care Physician (PCP) office to have him check a growth on my leg and my blood pressure.
I was apologizing to the doctor while I was pulling down my pants to show him the growth on my inner right thigh. I don’t find it embarrassing that my doctor has seen as much of my body as my husband. No, I feel really sorry for him. I have a cushingoid appearance from taking prednisone.
My thighs are heavy and rubbled with fat deposits. I look like a commercial for losing weight. The nurse was amazed that I had been on prednisone for five years. It will make you fat, she told me. I know. I gained about forty pounds when I was put on pred this time. In fact, I have stayed at this weight for almost two years.
So my doctor after seeing the growth was positive that I needed to see a dermatologist. This is the second time I have had to have a dermatologist cut out a growth. My doctors are not surprised. I guess having your immune system depressed lets all sorts of things pop out.
So I try to keep things in perspective. I am more worried about my blood pressure. I have had trouble keeping it below 130. Yesterday it was up to 150. Not good at all if I want to keep my kidneys good.
As my pharmacist told me yesterday as I was getting another prescription filled, the kidneys control blood pressure.
So no worries. Worries just cause stress. I will take the medication. I will take my blood pressure every day. And, I will see the dermatologist.