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Cholesterol experiment turned out great

Friday, May 27, 2011

Hi friends,

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

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    Sounds like this worked great for you.

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WISEWIFE 6/14/2011 10:09AM

    I manage mine by eating low carb. Hope the statin doesn't do more harm than good, it literally put my sister in a wheelchair.

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    Congrats on the good news. I love the quote. Can I pinch it please?! emoticon

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STEVENGO2 6/10/2011 11:26AM

    emoticon On having a caring Doctor to work out what worked best with you. Good Doctors are awesome!

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LAINYC 5/27/2011 12:57PM

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NATPLUMMER 5/27/2011 11:05AM

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You are doing awesome!!

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NINJA_SMOO 5/27/2011 10:58AM

  Good quote!

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LUNADRAGON 5/27/2011 10:39AM

    Great news! Hope it continues well for you!
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A tribute to our Willowwinds (Susan)

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:

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    I am so sorry for this loss. She sounded truly wonderful and I'm sure she will not be forgotten.

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SUSANISTHIN34 5/21/2011 11:02PM

    I am so saddened by the loss of Willowwinds. She truely inspired and touched all of us who knew her here at Spark. Thank you for this touching tribute to her.

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KJWILSON211 5/21/2011 10:43AM

    Beautifully said, Willow was a uplifting spirit here on earth that will be sorely missed by all. God grant her family and friends comfort and peace. emoticon

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WALNUT5612 5/21/2011 9:23AM

    She will be missed!!

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 5/21/2011 12:42AM

    Beautiful tribute to a beautiful sweet spirit. Susan will be missed! Thanks for this thoughtful blog. emoticon emoticon

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JAMER123 5/20/2011 11:16PM

    I am sorry to hear this news. Thanks you so much for sharing. I am sure Susan is "Dancing with Jesus" now and her pain is no longer with her. My thoughts and prayers to you and her family. God Bless you all. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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REDSHOES2011 5/20/2011 9:35PM

    Sorry to hear she passed, she is no longer hurting.. Like all our other wonderful people is sleeping until God returns..

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VAMANOS 5/20/2011 9:08PM

    Bob, thank you for taking the time to send me a private message. You were right, I hadn't yet heard. I couldn't possibly add any more to what you have so beautifully written, so I'll be directing my friends here to read your post.

Rest in peace, dear Susan, our Willowwinds.


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    Beautifully said, FLYER99. emoticon

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KAMAPERRY 5/20/2011 7:24PM

    I am totally in shock, God bless her family.

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SPEEDY143 5/20/2011 7:19PM

    Beautiful tribute Bob, Willow Sparked us all. What a beautiful soul, I will miss her and pray that her DH finds comfort in knowing that they will be reunited. My deepest sympathies in your loss of a dear friend emoticon

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GRACEISENUF 5/20/2011 6:11PM

    What a beautiful tribute to our sweet Susan. I love the pic she posted of the little girl in the arms of Jesus on her page before she left for the hospital. I am believing that is where she is for all of eternity.


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Prayers needed for our friend Willowwinds

Monday, May 16, 2011

Hello friends,

I am writing this to ask for your prayers for our wonderful, so encouraging friend Willowwinds. I hadn't heard anything since she went to the hospital a few weeks ago. I have been hoping and praying that she was okay and that I would be enjoying her wonderful daily blogs soon.

I have gotten to know dear Willow through Spark People and have been following her so hard of a life. Reading her blogs made me realize how lucky I was. She is so inspiring.

I just received a Spark Mail from her close friend Rottlady. She said that Willow is in the I.C.U. and has suffered cardiac arrest and is on a ventilator. I am placing a link to Rottlady's blog on Willow here so that you may read the latest news - and it isn't good.

Dear friends, I need your prayers for her and for her wonderful DH. May Willow be back here with us soon. Rottlady says it all so beautifully in her blog.

Here is the link to Rottlady's blog:

God Bless you, Willow, and we all hope for you to be back with us soon!

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    How sad. I hope Willowwinds is okay now. I sent a prayer.

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KALYNWINN 5/16/2011 1:13PM

    I have been going through all my teams blogs, trying to find some information on her! Thanks for keeping us up to date. I was afraid something must have happened. Will keep her in my prayers.

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GODZDESIGN95 5/16/2011 12:26PM

    OMG I have had two very special friends on spark to go. One fo them was a part of me even though we only known each other by spark. I miss her everyday

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SUSANISTHIN34 5/16/2011 10:40AM

    Oh my goodness, I can't believe it! I haven't been on the site for a couple weeks myself, but I did begin to notice a I came back that I didn't see her posts. I will certainly keep Willow in my thoughts and prayers......... Thank you for the update.

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MARITIMER3 5/16/2011 10:32AM

    I've never read any of Willowlady's blogs, but my thoughts and prayers are with her and her family. Your blog shows how SP members care for each other, even though we are scattered around the world and usually never get to meet in person. emoticon

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    My thoughts and prayers are with her.

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LISAWILLBEFIT 5/16/2011 9:07AM

    I am praying and will continue to

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VAMANOS 5/16/2011 8:40AM

    Bob, thanks for getting in touch, and it's wonderful that you have thought to spread the word through your blog. I know some of my other friends are also friends of Willow's, and will follow your lead so they can participate in the prayer chain that's being formed here.


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My Mom on Mother's Day and my Visit

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.

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    May God bless both you and your mother.

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SUGARSMOM2 5/11/2011 10:42AM

  How wonderful you still have mom . that three letter word means so much . mom.. we all have or had one but not all loved theirs.How special you are with the great love of mother .

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    That is so beautiful. Thankyou so much for sharing it. emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 5/8/2011 10:56PM

    What a wonderful blog. Happy Mother's Day to you and your Mom.

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ACROSONIC 5/8/2011 4:26PM

    94 years is awesome!

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LARIESHA 5/8/2011 4:22PM

    This is a very nice blog!

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CAROLJEAN64 5/8/2011 1:28PM

    Thanks for posting this lovely blog which is a tribute to all moms... all those who have mothered with their love.

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MADKAPKID 5/8/2011 12:02PM

    Happy Mothers day....thank you for the lovely blog....Karen emoticon

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The Wedding and Thoughts

Friday, April 29, 2011

Hi friends,

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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MORTICIAADDAMS 5/12/2011 11:51PM

    I agree that it is nice to have some good news and not all bad news.

I am sorry to hear about your mom. We just lost my MIL and my father is ill as well. It is very challenging. My suggestion is to just spend quality time with them and do fun things.

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NATPLUMMER 4/29/2011 7:17PM

    I caught a few minutes of it before I left for work. It's nice to have something fun to watch and take your mind off the other stuff for a while.

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ACROSONIC 4/29/2011 6:33PM

    Yes, I can't believe how many people are complaining about the tv coverage. You don't have to watch it! I didn't. But I got online and saw the photos later, and enjoyed that! I get my news online anyway, so much more current than the tv.

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PURPLESPEDCOW 4/29/2011 4:47PM

    We held a "Wedding Reception" at our school today and people brought in thier wedding pictures to share. Great fun!

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KOPSBABY 4/29/2011 2:32PM

    I agree, I was even snapping photos of the happy couple on TV. Yeah, I'm nuts. Anyways, I wish them well and am glad I got to see it, even for a while as I had to leave for work before "The Kiss".

Prayers for you and your mom. Hang in there. Please do make it a point to at least call her every week. I did this too when mom was living and wish I could have it back.


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I.M.MAGIC 4/29/2011 2:09PM

    My mother was an RN and she used to tell us that toward the end of life, people tend to withdraw naturally, partly because it makes the parting at the end easier... I don't know that THAT part is true, but the withdrawing does seem to be a part of the process. Doesn't make it any easier, in my book...

It IS hard to watch someone you care for dwindling into something seemingly less than what they were. I had an uncle who died from complications due to Alzheimers'... my mom visited him every week and was with him when he left us. She's gone now too, five years after a major stroke, she died from a urinary tract infection, of all things! The last few years of her life, I lived too far away to see her more than a few times a year, but we talked every week on the phone... for about a minute: she was still alert and intelligent behind the slurred awkward words, but it was hard on both of us.

And I still miss her.

But there is one thing that did help me. When I was alone after a 'visit', I'd think to myself about all the things she might have said, gleaning ideas from memories... and I'd remember all the great times we had together--and I would meditate on the good feelings those things would bring. It seemed to calm me and helped dissipate a lot of the sorrow... and an odd thing, after she died, it was like she was suddenly with me again with all the limitations of the last few years gone--her spirit was still a part of me.
...just a thought you may want to try...

Kathy emoticon

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SPARKLEIIGHGAL 4/29/2011 12:41PM

    I agree completely with your comments. I couldn't believe that some people (anarchists) wanted to wreck the day. It was a wonderful occasion and so happy in the end thanks to marvellous security and an overwhelming number of people there for the day.
Kat and Wills seem to be so much in love.

I'm sorry to hear about your Mum. I had the same feelings but as I live in England and my Mum lived in N Ireland I didn't get to visit that often anyway. But it was very hard to see her suffering.

Not sure how to suggest you change your feelings as it is only natural. I'm sure your Mum would not want you to beat yourself up about visiting. I certainly wouldn't want my daughter worrying and trying to visit me regularly if I wasn't in good shape and I know my Mum felt the same way. Don't be too hard on yourself. emoticon

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KAMAPERRY 4/29/2011 12:17PM

    Hugs to you and you are right, we do need to see something happy for a change, this got pointed out to me this morning. I feel your pain with your mom, I went thru that. All I can say is take super good care of yourself, push to exercise and eat right, beleive me it does help. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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