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Friday, September 30, 2005

The Glass is Half Full

I haven't written much about my health, or my Dad's health, but the two are closely related. I may get around to it but I find the subject both boring (to you) and painful (to me).

Anyway, suffice it to say my blood pressure has been up and I'm finding myself in the paper-gowned shoes of my patients now. My BP was 160/110 a few weeks ago, and now after some major lifestyle modifications and judicious use of drug rep samples, my parter was able to get my BP down to 130/88 this morning.

He congratulated me and told me I must be doing something right.

Yeah, well, no coffee, no sweets, no more Frosty Flakes (snif), and a new exercise program, (and some Benicar) seem to be working.

"So you're not having any fun anymore?"

"Nope. Life sucks, but at least I won't die."


fudge said...

yeah, clearly the two of you have gone mad since we last visited. the table has shrunk, there's somehting frilly and frumpy where my bed should be, not to mention some kind of tasteful flowers in the dining room, and you've got some machine like implement hanging around the basement. also the phones are gone, and everybody's losing weight. please explain!

Ezzie said...


My grandfather always used to say, "Eat it for 100 years and you'll live long!"

Since you're a doctor... are there people who (short of being stupid) can pretty much eat/drink what they want and still be okay? The genes outweighing the lifestyle?

Wickwire said...

PT now says, "The drab menu please, life sucks for me now." I see myself getting old and I'm not liking it much.

Anne said...

At least you haven't gone off the deep end like my husband and gone vegan. I'm allergic to corn and wheat, so you can imagine what our menus look like: no meat, dairy, bread or tortillas. We're down to air and water.

It's amazing I'm still alive.

Doctor Bean said...

The good times are not over.


Quite possibly, try keeping young.

Stacey said...

Sorry about the high BP, PT. Sounds like you're getting a handle on it.

And no, this is certainly NOT boring. Tell us more....how is your cholesterol, triglycerides, AST, ALT, bilirubin. I love hearing about all of this!

Sorry about the Frosted Flakes. That does suck. Big time.

tuesdaywishes said...

Could be worse. As I told a very busy guy I know who says he has no time to work out (and who just turned 40),

"Spend the time in the gym now, or spend it in doctor's offices later."

Enjoy the bike thingy!

Mirty said...

Thank you for taking care of yourself and getting your blood pressure down! You deserve a huge pat on the back for that. Most of us know the things we need to do to be healthier and live longer, but we don't do those things until we have to.

Ezzie said...

I'm sorry! I neglected to say that you are doing a great job of fulfilling V'Nishmartem es Nafshosechem. And that I hope your health (and your father's, and all of ours) continues to improve.

Shira Salamone said...

Youchers. :( Here's wishing you good health in the coming year.

Shira Salamone said...

Try this for a no-refined-sugar dessert:

Take 1 rice cake, smear with almond butter, sprinkle on whatever raw seeds you prefer (e.g., sunflower, pumpkin aka pepita), then top the whole concoction with raisins.

Ok, so it's not low-fat, but at least it's that monounsaturated kind, like the fat from olive oil and avocados, that some docs are saying is healthy. If need be, you can go for the salt-free rice cakes. Ess und gesundteh heit--eat this in good health.

PsychoToddler said...

Fudge: you've entered the twilight zone. We only have 2 daughters. Who are you?

Ezzie: If you can do ANYTHING for 100 years you're guaranteed to live a long life.

Wickwire: Getting old sucks but it beats the alternative.

Inland Empress: You can drink water?

Doctor Bean: Yes they are.

Stacey: The frosty flakes were the only think keeping me regular. Ugh.

Tuesday: You need to GET ON HIS CASE, especially with his family history.

Mirty: I appreciate your confidence in me, but I've been in denial for about 10 years. It took looking at myself in the mirror and seeing my dad staring back at me to break me out of it.

Shira: Thanks, but that concoction would kill me! I have a serious problem with nuts and raisins and anything that contains them makes me sick for days.

Did I ever tell you about the waldorf salad Mrs. Balabusta tried to feed me? I swear, she wants to kill me.

tuesdaywishes said...

I am on his case! So far he's doing a spinning class once a week, and no eating after dinner. It's a start.

og said...

Fighting the same battle myself. Taking Enalapril because my doc offered me no other choices. Not happy about how it affects other things, and trying to diet my way back down to a normal bp without meds.