"Well, there is only one piece of advice I can give you," said the wisest of wise men. "The secret of happiness is to see all the marvels of the world and never to forget the drops of oil on the spoon."



('The Alchemist' Paulo Coelho)




Wednesday, February 22, 2012

An arm with a hole in it

Reminding Keith that I had an appointment for another blood test this morning, my parting shot was, "When I come back, I shall have an arm with a hole in it from the needle." As an attempt to elicit some degree of sympathy from him, it was a miserable failure.
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.
No, that's no good - I don't like either!


7 comments:

  1. Statins; I'm supposed to take them too, but I binned them. I now take one 75mg aspirin a day.

    The last time I had blood 'drawn', I asked the nurse if I was allowed to yelp. She told me not to be such a baby. The bitch!

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  2. Uncertainty is always more worrying than truth. I hope the health questions can be answered soon.
    In the meantime, put your feet up whilst Keith makes you a lovely traditional Welsh meal of lamb and err... more lamb. Variety is the spice of life but mint is the spice of lamb.

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  3. I used to take 75mg soluble aspirin, Cro, then 'they' decided it was not a good idea for anyone who had not already had heart problems.
    YP, even better, how about you pop over and bring some delicious yorkshire puddings with you? ;)

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  4. I was going to say that it's better than a hole with and arm in it, but it put me in mind of All Creatures Great and Small, so I won't.

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  5. A wise decision, SP but the image is with me now! ;)

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  6. Laughing at SP's comment. Have just been re-reading All Creatures...

    I hope you are all sorted soon. It's a pity that these things come along even when we've 'been good'.

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