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Making My Doctor Happy

“You can cheat, you know,” my younger sister told me. “Just don’t eat meat for the week before your blood test.”

No, I didn’t know that! But I forgot, so I put off my appointment and blood test for another week, but I forgot again. Oh well. I took the test, cataloging all my mistakes (too much sugar, too much salt, too much meat, too much processed food) and went to my appointment with a sinking heart.

My doctor looked happy. He was kind of bouncing up and down with a big smile.

“Look at these readings!” he crowed! “We don’t often see turnarounds like this! Have you been exercising?”

“Yep! Three days a week!” I responded.

“Your blood pressure has dropped substantially.”

He is right. I am supposed to take it daily, and I’ve watched it fall back to where it was in my twenties.

“And your cholesterol dropped to 166! That’s 45 below your last reading!”

Holy cow! And I didn’t even cheat!

Even better, my triglycerides level has improved to optimal.

What surprises me is I haven’t had any side-effects, or not much. I had been concerned I would have a reaction, but I don’t feel any different, I don’t feel more health conscious or virtuous or like I’m being careful. It’s kind of amazing to me that small doses of medications can make such a difference.

I am switching my sources, however. The last refill I got (free) from the Navy Pharmacy disintegrated in the bottle. Maybe it’s the humidity in summer in Pensacola, but I ended up sort of estimating how much powder would equal a pill and licking it off my palm rather than go back there – again – and have to negotiate for a replacement. They make me feel like some kind of cheat or druggie when I ask to get a refill early because I am traveling. The last time, I had to show my airplane ticket to prove I was refilling early because I had to travel. (!) Is there a big black market for blood pressure medication???

I’m still dancing on air to have my readings come back so good . . . without cheating, LOL. 🙂

August 28, 2011 - Posted by | Aging, Customer Service, Exercise, Health Issues, Living Conditions, Pensacola


  1. Congratulations and job well done! You really don’t want to cheat on those kinds of things – they’re designed to tell you how healthy YOU are. If you cheat, you still won’t know and the things that are wrong could cause much worse problems down the road – we all hope you were teasing about wanting to cheat – we’d like to keep you around for a very long time!

    Comment by Ken | August 28, 2011 | Reply

  2. Glad you are tolerating the new regime…what great results! TBTG!

    Comment by Grammy | August 29, 2011 | Reply

  3. thats good news! way to go, intlxpatr! 🙂

    Comment by Yousef | August 30, 2011 | Reply

  4. Thank you, Ken. You are right, I don’t really WANT to cheat, but it’s kind of like being back in school; I want good numbers. 🙂 As it turned out, I didn’t cheat but it is not because I am such an ethical person, but because I just didn’t think about it. Meanwhile, I am very happy about the results, and plan to keep taking my meds.

    Thank you, Grammy. You were my inspiration and my encourager 🙂

    Wooo HOOO, Yousef, I am happy to see you! Eid Mubarak!

    Comment by intlxpatr | August 30, 2011 | Reply

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