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A Double Fist Bump For You, Too

“Mr C in room “Great Grace” has high BP reading”

Quynh one of my medical assistants reported

***Side note: We name our rooms

Me: Hi C how are you?

C: Hi Dr O nice to meet you

He looked nervous…

“ I don’t like seeing doctors” he admitted with an equally nervous chuckle

“Each time I see them something’s wrong”

He had come in … Mid 30s and needing nagging skin tag on his trunk removed!

I don’t blame you, I replied.

I bet the name Olabintan also sounded intimidating too

We laughed

By the way, I don’t like seeing them TOO OFTEN too!

Mr C: huh?

Me: doctors- them!

He didn’t expect that respons

I continued … “so I go for my check up yearly so I don’t have to see them down the line for something that could have been prevented if caught early”

He had moved to the area from New York!

The cold winter of Texas had him confused. Me too!!!

We talked about the city life in New York and the differences to here.

The joys of the south.

He relaxed a little.

Let’s recheck your blood pressure…

They were better!

We discussed white coat hypertension

It being a possibility

He would check his BP at home

Return with his device and we would compare notes AKA readings…

Don’t fear doctors visits I encouraged him…

See them as check points in life in your journey to living long and well!

We did a “double fist bump” (or chop knuckle) as we ended the visit!

So here’s a double fist bump to you!
Doing the needful.

In health,
Dr. Olabintan

Dr. Tolulope Olabintan MD, AAHIVS, FAAFP, dipABLM Dr. Tolulope Olabintan is the Co-Founder and Medical Director of Livingspring Family Medical Center. She is a Christian, Family Physician, writer, mentor, mother and wife. She takes joy in empowering her patients and readers to live their fullest lives possible. She helps patients live long and well as she believes that the quality of life is just as important as the quantity of life. She is also a foodie and loves the colors teal and orange. Dr. Olabintan completed her medical degree at UMDNJ Rutgers Medical School in 2007. Dr. O went on to finish her Family Medicine Residency from Albert Einstein College of Medicine Family Medicine residency where she also served as a Chief Resident. She then went on to complete a women’s health/surgical obstetrics fellowship at St Francis hospital in 2011. She is a board-certified Family Physician, Lifestyle Medicine, a HIV specialist and a fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians.

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