Friday, May 27, 2011
I just thought I would share this with you all.
My doctor and I have been watching my cholesterol over the past several years. I am what they call "pre-diabetic" if there is any such thing. So, he wants my cholesterol numbers to be lower that what they were creeping up to.
Since diet and exercise alone weren't working on getting the cholesterol numbers down, he placed me on a low dose of Crestor. Well, unfortunately I was one of the people that had the muscle weakness from it so we had to stop it.
However, it creeped up again at my last visit and so we decided to try an experiment. We decided to take just 1/4 of the lowest dose Crestor pill (a 5 mg pill) and we would start taking 1/4 pill every second day for awhile, then every day. Then if my body accepted that we would go 1/2 pill every second day mixed in with the 1/4 pills alternating, etc, etc. We would stop when my body reacted to it, if it ever did. We both wanted to see what this would do as, if successful, he would use this regimen with other patients.
So, I had been doing this for about 6 weeks and had increased to the 1/4 of a 5 mg Crestor every day. I took nothing else... no fish oil etc (which I plan to do as well).
I got the results of my first blood test under this experiment yesterday. These will show you that the biggest benefit to a statin drug is in the initial dosage. Increased dosages help very little, lowering the levels by just a fraction. My doctor was overwhelmed with the results as was I.
Total cholesterol 3.89 (150); previously Jan/11 5.65 (218)
Triglycerides 1.16 (103); previously Jan/11 1.36 (120)
HDL cholesterol 0.85 (33); previously Jan/11 0.88 (34) ** exercise needed **
LDL cholesterol 2.51 (97); previously Jan/11 4.15 (160)
Chol/HDL Ratio 4.6; previously Jan/11 6.4
He said to just continue with the 1/4 of a pill and we'll recheck in a month as that may be all I need. And I have no side effects at all from this low dosage.
I guess a point to consider is: perhaps when going on a statin start low. It may be all you need. And this was done with just 1/4 of a 5 mg Crestor pill. A normal starting dosage that most doctors give for Crestor is 10 mg every day! I am taking 1 1/4 mg every day!
Also, my blood sugar was good. My A1C actually dropped from 7.0 to 6.7.
Take care all and I hope you found this useful. I am extremely happy but I have to exercise more to get that HDL up as no pill helps that. Take care!
"The body is like a piano, and happiness is like music. It is needful to have the instrument in good order." - Henry Ward Beecher
Friday, May 20, 2011
I learned today with much sadness that our wonderful Spark People friend, Willowwinds has passed on to be with our Lord.
I can't stop the tears from flowing. I realize that I only know Susan (her real name) from Spark People, but she had become a source of such daily uplifting to me and to others. I will so sadly miss her daily blogs, her little jokes, her beautiful poems, her Christmas pages.
Through all of Susan's financial troubles and her many health issues, she never complained. She was always there to comfort us and to enlighten us with her wit and wisdom.
I feel so sad for her husband Russ. Russ was always so kind to Susan. And Susan loved Russ so much. Her fur babies will miss their Mommy so very much.
Russ, to you, please know that Willow was a light here on Spark People. She will be missed by so many. God Bless and keep you through this sad time.
I would like to quote one thing Susan said in her last blog:
"The Secret is this: "I have learned there is little I can do in my life that will make me truly happy. I must depend on God to make me happy and meet my needs. When a need arises in my life, I have to trust God to supply according to HIS riches. I have learned most of the time I don't need half of what I think I do. HE has never let me down." Since I learned that Secret I am happy."
This was Susan. All she wanted some days was some fresh fruit that at times they couldn't afford to get or some extra heat for their home. God Bless you, my dear, dear friend. A spark has gone from me and Spark People today.
God Bless you Susan!
"No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him." 1 Corinthians 2:9b
For those wishing to send a card, her address is:
Susan Distler 3906 Nichol Street Newportville, PA 19056
You may leave a memorial comment on her Spark People page here:
Sunday, May 08, 2011
I found this anonymous poem which reflects my thoughts toward my Mom that I had to write down and share this Mother's Day.
I visited my Mom today in her special care home. We both enjoyed the visit. She has many problems now and I can see differences in her every time I visit. For those of you who don't know, she is 94 and has dementia. She also wears a hearing aid and has macular degeneration and has no central vision. She is amazing that throughout her life and especially in the past years, she has enjoyed life so much. She is a wonder and someone that I will always strive to be.
Mom, this poem is for you on this day (and on every day):
"Mom, I loved you yesterday,
I love you tomorrow and everyday.
You were there for me my first day of school,
To hold my hand and give me courage to go.
You listened to me when I needed to talk,
You talked to me when I needed to listen.
You let me grow and learn from my own mistakes.
You never left my side when I was feeling down,
I knew you would be there to pick me up.
I wish there was a way I could repay all the things you have done for me,
But there's nothing great enough to repay the greatest mother of all."
In 1912, Anna Jarvis trademarked the phrases "second Sunday in May" and "Mother's Day", and created the Mother's Day International Association. She was specific about the location of the apostrophe; it was to be a singular possessive, for each family to honour their mother, not a plural possessive commemorating all mothers in the world."
God Bless You Mom on this special day just for you.
Friday, April 29, 2011
Many people have weighed in on today's Royal Wedding of WIlliam and Kate. Many people have panned it, saying what a waste of time and what is all the hoopla about. That's okay, I can accept that, but my thought is this: Isn't it nice to get away from the gloom and doom of all of the everyday news and have a few happy hours?
We don't (at least I don't) get enough happy hours in our lives. What is wrong with spending a couple of hours to watch a wonderful, happy wedding on TV? They are such a happy couple. This is the first time for any royal wedding that the bride and groom kissed twice on the Buckingham Palace balcony to the sheer delight of the hundreds of thousands actually there and to that of 2 billion watching all over the world.
I don't mind saying that this made my day. It made me happy. I have enough stress in my life that this was a breath of fresh air for me. And, you know what? I truly believe that it made millions of others around the world happy as well.
On a personal note, my Mom doesn't seem to be doing as well as she has been. She seems to be living more and more in her own little world. She shuffles her feet behind her walker more and more and she doesn't want to take her pills. The staff at her special care home have to crush them and hide them in her food. I visit and we have a laugh but I am also so sad. I may seem harsh but I limit my visits to once a week as it really saddens me to see her and all the residents at her home going downhill as much as they are.
I think this is depressing me and stressing me and I can't seem to devote my efforts to my goals here on Spark People. I hope some of you have some suggestions for me to get me out of this "funk".
Anyway, I had a happy morning by watching the Royal Wedding and I guess I just needed to vent a bit. Maybe some people want to watch nothing but the gloomy, doomy news but I, for one, need an uplift in my life from time to time.
Thanks for reading this, my friends!
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