Brian works part-time at a local library, loves to read, play board and card games, is an amateur writer, and
leads the Dungeons and Dragons teen program at the library. He never thought of his health as a game, but he never imagined that it would cause him so many adversities, at such a young age.
Brian did not have access to health care coverage and when he decided it was time to see a primary care physician, he found LVIM by way of a referral from Polk Healthcare Plan. In early 2015, Brian was seen at LVIM and had his initial blood work done. When he came in for a follow up visit with Emma McMicken, APRN he was immediately diagnosed with hypothyroidism and placed on levothyroxine. He knew then that he had been dealt a bad hand and would have to take some responsibility in his health. It was necessary that he play his cards right by seeing his primary care provider and taking his medications as prescribed. He thought he was still in the game until he had a severe back muscle strain and was struck with the news that he had a significant and concerning spike in his sugar levels and that his blood pressure and cholesterol were too high. His provider presented a treatment plan to which Brian agreed. They would treat the muscle strain with a short term steroid, and he would also have to go on lovastatin to control his cholesterol, and a combination of metformin for lisinopril to help control his blood pressure. It was then Brian decided he needed to take the lead in his health journey and made a commitment to himself to start eating healthier and walking, on a regular basis. He found that this was not as hard as expected and appreciated his own efforts. It didn’t take long for him to start feeling and seeing the positive results as a result of his striving. Since Brian’s original diagnosis’ he has lowered his A1C from 6.9 to 5.5, his triglycerides from 200 to 105 and has lost over 40 pounds! He is now on low, stable doses of all his medications and only has to see his provider every 6 months for routine care. Brian contributes his efforts and winning outcomes to having accessibility to regular, primary care visits, an easy process to refill his medications and the positive environment and encouraging atmosphere the volunteers and staff at LVIM create.
Brian is a true example of how regular medical check-ups, a little self-care and determination can help you live a healthier and happier life..