My patient lives alone and has multiple chronic conditions including, anxiety, bipolar depression, asthma, and hypertension. During our initial enrollment call, I could hear in her voice that she was struggling with her mental health, but she was nonetheless eager to set a goal to lose 10 pounds in three months.
"I'm so glad to have you to help me with this stuff and to cheer me on!"
Anxiety, bipolar, asthma, hypertension
anxiety and increased exercise routine.
When I called her the next month, I could tell she was still struggling. We went over her recent mental health challenges and weight-loss goal. We discussed how a combination of yoga, regular exercise, and continuing with her low carb, no sugar diet could help her reach her goals. I also worked to schedule an appointment with her psychiatrist who later adjusted her medication. The psychiatrist referred her to a nutritionist to address any further weight-loss concerns.
She sounded like a completely different person the next month – she was happy! “For the first time in a long time,” she said, “I’m okay with being alone.” She indicated not only that she felt better about herself but was starting to see small changes and had lost a couple of pounds.
I was so excited to hear about her weight-loss progress, but we agreed that she was not in the right headspace to fully focus on her weight-loss goal. She explained that she felt more “in control” of her life and was taking daily walks. We discussed how adding on to her daily exercise and having a true routine will continue to benefit her. We decided to restart the goal and track her progress during our next call. She chuckled, saying, "I'm so glad to have you to help me with this stuff and to cheer me on!"
She is a new person compared to when she enrolled. I’m confident she will continue to succeed because her latest victory has further encouraged her to reach her goal. It warms my heart to know that I've helped make an impact on her life over the past few months.