"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)

Sunday, March 03, 2013

Having a great evening

Every few weeks, Keith and I get together with friends, usually in their house, because Howard enjoys cooking and entertaining and because Keith and I never seem to be organised enough to remember when it's getting time to get together again.
Tonight was one of those times.
Over the past few months, Howard has had a few health problems, notably heart related but he is doing well at present. Howard is a great believer in herbal remedies too, as attested by his large box of packets of pills for various aliments, more than you could shake a stick at.( Some time ago, he recommended one such remedy to Keith for his leg problems and Keith duly ordered and took them, resulting in a couple of fountain-like bleeds from his veins, in turn, necessitating new stair and bedroom carpets, but that's another story.)
Tonight was blood pressure night, instigated by Keith's mention of feeling constantly tired and sleepy, which the rest of us thought could be a side effect of his current medication. 
The general consensus was that he should high-tail it back to the GP to discuss other options - which is what I have been telling him to do for the past fortnight, to no avail, of course.
This gave rise to Howard bringing out his blood pressure monitor and a general comparison of BP readings...
A great time was had by all but eventually, I had to wake Keith up, prise him off the sofa and lead him to the car for the homeward journey - a bit worrying really, as he was driving us home.

Seriously, we had a very pleasant evening.
Sixty IS the new forty, you know!


Cro Magnon said...

'Natural (not herbal) medicine' should be a part of our everyday lives. Eating good natural health-inducing foods, should be all the medicine our bodies require. For anything else see the doc'. Why eat garlic tablets, when you can eat fresh garlic?

Yorkshire Pudding said...

Forget wine and cheese or salmon and strawberry, next time we throw a party it will be a blood pressure and temperature party, including weighing scales and torso measurement. Maybe we'll simply smoke the herbs just for old time's sake. I was going to include stool analysis but some people can be squeamish about such matters.

Jennyta said...

Stool analysis? Well, right now, you'd be the expert on such matters, YP ! ;)
I think I'll pass on the weighing scales, though.

Jennyta said...


Yorkshire Pudding said...

With respect, I think the weighing scales might pass on you! Tee-hee!

Goldenoldenlady said...

Has Howard ever been checked for sleep apnoea? Just a thought....

These are quite strong indicators of risk

2st or more heavier than he was in his 20s
has a collar size of 17.5in or more
snores heavily with silences and then spluttering
much drowsier/sleepier than before
smokes or has smoked

Jennyta said...

It's Keith who has the sleep problem and, yes, I can attest to the fact that he has, at times had sleep apnoea but not since he started losing weight, thankfully!


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