I can’t seem to go to any site that has anything to do with health, fitness or aging without seeing an ad for Cenegenics. Needless to say their strategy worked and I clicked on one of the ads. Because who can resist seeing that picture of Dr. Life…I mean c’mon…a 72 year-old hot body? Wow.
And so, my journey begins.
I clicked the ad and, feeling a little trepidation about giving my contact details, signed up to receive more information. Within a short time I received an email from Dr. Weiss introducing himself and suggesting that we talk by phone. I was busy and was feeling a little silly for trying yet another way to feel and look better. The truth is that I feel somewhat obsessed with the whole aging process…and how to mitigate it. Probably my mother’s struggle with aging and, now, Alzheimer’s is a big influence.
Part of me feels that I shouldn’t care about how I look. I am a woman in her sixties. I should be okay with that. I’m told I look quite good for a woman of such advanced years which I, naturally, have a lot of trouble believing. On top of that, I’ve gained 10-15 pounds in the last year and am the heaviest I’ve ever been in my life. Not helping. I was listening to a book and this phrase came up “she was an old woman of 60.” Shit. I do not feel like an old woman. I’m afraid to be an old woman. I want to accept being an old woman. No, not just accept, I want to enjoy being an old woman!
Hence, Cenegenics. I ignored the email. I figured it would just be a sales pitch of some sort. Then Dr. Weiss called me. When I saw the number on my cell I didn’t know who it was but I was expecting a call so I answered. Dr. Weiss was lovely. He asked some questions about my health, fitness, etc. Was quite nice when he tactfully explained that I would be considered “obese.” (And if that’s not a scary, upsetting word…I don’t know what is.) Then he explained the focus of the Cenegenics practice. Basically, the idea is to evaluate your body chemistry (i.e., hormones, blood levels, etc.) and then help you through pharma- and nutri-ceuticals to restore your chemistry to a younger state. By doing this, he explained, I would not only look better but actually feel better. Since I read a lot about aging what he was saying made a lot of sense.
He explained that if I signed up for their program it would start with a very complete evaluation. First, there would be an extensive blood panel. Then I would go to one of their centers (they have seven) and would have a full day evaluation of fitness, body fat, etc. Then a 2 or so hour consultation with the doctor who would likely recommend various things to get me back to where I want to be. Once I got over the sticker shock I signed up.
Within a short time I received a couple of emails from personnel at Cenegenics and, specifically, the Los Angeles center that I would be visiting. A few days later I was contacted to schedule someone coming to my home (or office) to draw blood for the chemistry panel. I also received a variety of forms to fill out regarding my health, medical history and lifestyle.
The technician arrived promptly and drew 7 vials of blood! Apparently, they’re not kidding when they say they’re going to check everything your blood can tell them! Then the very nice technician said, “okay…just need a urine sample.”
“Uh oh,” I thought. The appointment was fairly early (at least, for me) and, of course, I peed upon waking. So I had nothin’. He was very patient as I tried chugging down water and trying to eek out the small sample needed. Nothing. I asked if I could bring the sample somewhere? He said, “I can come back and pick it up.” Wow. I had to go to work so I asked if I could leave it by the door (feeling kind of idiotic but when you’re dry you’re dry)? ”Sure,” he said. Wow…again.
After more drinking and a small mishap spilling some of the “sample” as I was transferring it (per instructions) from the catcher jar into the sample vial I finally had enough to come up to the line indicated. Phew! I placed the vial in a plastic bag, set it out at my front door and left for work.
The appointment at the Los Angelese facility (which was scheduled during my original first call with Dr. Weiss) is next Monday. Since I live in San Diego, I’ll drive up to LA and stay with my son on Sunday. I am probably overly optimistic about what they’ll be able to do for me but it’ll be nice to hang out with Grant and Amy in any event.
There’s part of me that feels like I’m fighting uphill. That I should just learn to accept the natural progression. But what the heck! I’m not ready to give up quite yet!
I haven’t blogged in a while and lots has happened. I thought since I’ve started on the Cenegenics path I’d use it as a jumping off point to start blogging again with the ostensible purpose of documenting what I experience. Along the way I hope to share more of what I’m up to, what’s going on in my life and generally enjoy capturing my thoughts and feelings.