The result of my last blood test, after seeing the GP about possible gall bladder problems, was a phone call two days later asking me to return in two weeks as my 'C reactive protein' level was raised. A quick scout around the internet informed me that this indicated some infection, so today, I am hoping that my blood will be back to its original pure, unsullied state.
Also last time, I was asked the usual questions about my lifestyle and then the nurse wondered aloud about taking my blood pressure. "Well, I tend to suffer from white coat syndrome," I said, "and I do keep an eye on it at home." So she left it. This time, I didn't get away with it. "It's a little higher than last time," she mused. "Maybe you could come back in a month and I'll check it again."
Now, I am already on statins and have possible gall bladderitis and this in spite of a blameless (more or less) diet and lifestyle. I was drinking skimmed milk before most people had even heard of it!
I'm too young to be going down this 'medication for life' route - at least that's what I tell myself - and I don't really know what else I can stop eating/ start doing / start not doing.
Maybe I should just start living a disgracefully unhealthy lifestyle and I might turn out to be one of those centenarians who boasts about drinking a litre of whisky and eating 27 beefburgers a day.