I'm a veteran of the U.S. Army who is using the VA Healthcare System due to my benefits:
Just wanted to update everyone on my new doctor and the first visit I had with her in late July. It was great! I was able to get my yearly pap smear and do my yearly physical exam all in the same visit. She was really nice, was very personable and friendly, listened to me, and she properly referred me to podiatry. There was a female intern there during my visit who helped out a bit, I didn't mind, I'm very patient, and hey, we all have to start somewhere.
She ordered the usual fasting blood test to check my cholesterol, blood sugar, white/red blood cells, electrolytes, etc. I asked her if I could get my vitamin D levels checked (it's a separate test), and I was starting to explain to her that I stay indoors a lot, but she said, "Yes, you should get it tested," and put that order in too! My last doctor (who I "fired") said that vitamin D is the lastest "fad" and she didn't think it was necessary and refused my request! Read more about how terrible she was (I'm sorry, but she was!) if you haven't already: http://www.thedoctorstv.com/GreenFish/posts/14328-Changed-my-doctor-and-feel-great-about-it-
I'll keep you updated on my results, which I have a f/u appointment in late September. But during my chiropractor visit last week, she was able to look at my results and tell me my vitamin D levels looked fine and that my overall cholesterol level was 164...that's GREAT...my LDL (that's the bad kind) was low 90s and my HDL (that's the good kind) was 50 something...I'll get more details on my September visit.