I took my son for his well child appointment for his 12th birthday and two weeks later I got a phone call from the nurse. She wanted to speak with me immeaditely.
I was nervous. What did she want? Was something wrong with him? I called the office to speak to the nurse but unfortunately I had to sit and wait for the “waiting game”. After what seemed like eternity, she picked up the phone and what she said floored me.
Nurse: “Mrs. (BossyGirl) your son’s cholesterol is too high.”
Me: “What do you mean?? He weighs 65 pounds soaking wet!”
Nurse: “Yes ma’am..but his cholesterol is 198 and typically we like for kid’s levels to be between 120-170.”
Me: “What does this mean? Will I have to monitor what he eats/ make him exercise”
(At this point I am crying my eyes out.)
Nurse: “Calm down Mrs. BossyGirl we see lots of kids like this. However we will schedule him for a 6 month check-up and check his levels then.”
**Now keep in mind I had just left my annual appointment where my OB-GYN told me I needed to bring my cholesterol down 7 points**
When I hung up the phone I was shocked. I cook pretty healthy, I exercise regularly, I have my children eat healthy so what the heck was going on? I sat down for a couple of hours and carefully looked at WHAT I cook every week. Yes there are times when I “fall off” and we eat too many carbs but 90% of the time we eat right. So what’s the culprit?
Well according to WebMD, high cholesterol can be caused by a bad diet, your weight, your lack of exercise, your age or gender, etc. Looking at my family it’s probably diet. You see my son eats at summer camp and I’m sure it’s not always “healthy”, I still have about 50 pounds to lose so that’s what I contribute my high levels to. Despite me KNOWING the problem, I’m still mad–really mad!
I could blame it on me boiling a lot of eggs for me to get enough protein (and that my son eats) but I wanted to make sure that I do everything that I need to do so that this is never an issue again. In addition, I’m the parent (half off) and I have to take responsibility for all of our health. This can not go on.
I let my son take a year off from playing sports because I wanted him to get used to middle school and Honors classes but now I think it’s time for me to let him lace back up his soccer cleats and basketball shoes. I also have severly limited him eating boiled eggs to once a week. He can get his protein from other sources. In addition, I have made sure to give him extra fiber for his diet. So everything that I cook has flax seed sprinkled on top of it. (Of course he has been wondering why he’s had to run to the bathroom after every meal but I will keep that secret between us.)
We have an appointment on December 4,2012 to get our cholesterol rechecked. Pray for us!
I had been boiling eggs