Turns out he was at the hospital with one of his other patients, so I had to wait around for an hour. It wasn't a complete waste, as I had my vitals checked and found out that I've lost ten pounds and gotten my blood pressure back down to normal since my last visit in November. Getting the blood pressure down was easy. Up until November, I'd pretty much been having soup for lunch every day at work. Way too much salt. Switched to yogurt, and the blood pressure is back where it belongs. (Of course, now I have a ton of canned soup down in my basement, because I stocked up when it was on sale.) The total loss of weight since August is now more than twenty-five pounds, and that's even factoring in the weight I gained over Thanksgiving and Christmas. Yay!
The doctor finally showed and, after listening to my lungs for a few minutes, declared that I was probably sicker than the person he'd been tending to at the hospital, ya know, the one having the heart attack! I now have 10 days worth of industrial strength antibiotic, a Cipro derivative, so if there's an anthrax attack in the next week or so I'll be all set. He also replaced my Flovent prescription with one for Advair, which is a combination of Flovent and a bronchial dilator for my asthma. I got a flu shot in the right arm, and a pneumonia vaccine shot in my left. He also gave me a prescription for the anti-flu drug, just in case I do start feeling fluish.
There was one other piece of puzzling news. My last cholesterol test was through the roof. Three years ago, my after-fasting cholesterol was 210. I changed some things, like replacing Big Macs at lunch with, er, soup, and switching to non-fat dairy products. My cholesterol went down to 176. There's been some back sliding since, but not nearly to where I was before, so the doctor and I were both hugely amazed when my last cholesterol test came back at 257. WTF?!? I felt like Rudy Guiliani on Seinfeld. Okay the test was the week after Thanksgiving, but I don't recall eating a million hot fudge sundaes that week. Very strange. Anyhow, I am now scrutinizing the labels of everything I eat, looking for hidden cholesterol. Given that I've lost weight, the doctor is giving me the benefit of the doubt on this one. I'm getting tested again in three months, and we'll talk then.