Sunday, April 01, 2012

Health Time Capsule - HAWMC

Health Activist Writer's Month Challenge #1

Health Time Capsule. Pretend you’re making a time capsule of you and your health focus that won’t be opened until 2112. What’s in it? What would people think of it when they found it?


April 1, 2112 (this could be a joke considering the mores in 2012), upon opening the Time Capsule dated April 1, 2012 we find the following:
3 devices called "thumb drives" named so for the thumb-like shape, and size; common at the beginning of what at the time was called the New Millenium.
1 rolled up book with spiral back titled: Personal Training Guide: 5 Benefits of Personal Training.

We deciphered the data stored on the thumb drives.
Herewith transcript of those documents of interest to the Department of Socialized Health Care.

Subject is a 56-year-old Caucasian woman. With 180 Lb at 5'4" she's considered  obese by BMI standards of 2012. Subject received the following assessment:
Your BMI is 30.4, indicating your weight is in the Obese category for adults of your height. For your height, a normal weight range would be from 109 to 147 pounds. People who are overweight or obese are at higher risk for chronic conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and high cholesterol. 
Going by the dates in the Personal Training Guide Work Book the subject worked out twice per week at a gym. A journal entry on Evernote shows that the subject's 28-year-old Personal Trainer exclaimed "I didnt know that", upon hearing his client's age. He had worked with her for over a year. He thought she was in her early forties. The subject printed a so called smiley face in the margin. Apparently appearing younger was very important 100 years ago.

In another journal entry the subject writes that her gynecologist blames her complaints on menopause. Note: She's vague about these complaints, as though fearful someone might read what this Change of Life entails.
9-12 Months without menstruation, so GYN prescribed Estring, a vaginal ring not unlike the diaphragm I used decades ago to prevent pregnancy. Funny little rubber ring, without the dome in which you had to squirt anti-spermacide gel.
After reading up on what could be the subject's problem, the question arose in our team, whether the described side effects  might not be similar if not worse than the problem? Journal entries show that the subject didn't suffer from side effects. At least in the beginning.
The Estring worked well the first three months. At the beginning of the fourth month I started cramping. Imagine my surprise when I got my period. Once again I'm concerned about getting pregnant, at age 56! In a strange way this makes me feel young. Although the hot flashes remind me that I'm going through the Change of Life. The best I can do under these circumstances is do what I have been doing all along, taking good care of myself. I exercise, eat healthful food, I take the prescribed Statins for my cholesterol, smear Benecol on my bread, and I keep smiling.

Notes to be resumed. Bij the way, we thought it was funny to read in another journal entry that the subject slept in the nude, while her husband of 20 years wore pajamas and socks. Life must have been so confusing 100 years ago!

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