Clayton looked like a totally different person sitting there in my exam room!
When I first saw Clayton in November, he was rotund. He had gained 90 pounds in 5 years and had obvious sleep apnea that had not been investigated. His second appointment was specifically for discussion of diet. He said he was interested in learning, but as I talked, I would see his eyes going half-mast and his head drifting backwards. I had to tap him on the shoulder so he would wake up enough to sort of listen and participate in the discussion. I really didn’t give him much chance of improvement, especially since he surely had severe sleep apnea that was not being treated yet.
When I saw Clayton recently, I was amazed at the transformation. He was positive, energetic. He had lost 32 pounds since November! He was exercising 5-6 days/week. He was avoiding sweets, markedly decreasing carbohydrates. He said he was feeling much better.
What about the sleep apnea? There were delays in getting the sleep test, but he finally had been diagnosed with severe sleep apnea. His CPAP machine had not even arrived yet. So his improvements had occurred with diet and lifestyle changes. He was looking forward to how much better he could feel with the sleep apnea treatment as well as continued lifestyle changes.
I love being able to help my patients improve their health without continually adding medications. My DPC (Direct Primary Care) practice allows me time to work with my patients. Medicine the way it should be!