Monday, June 06, 2011
I received a letter this morning, from the consultant I'm seeing at the hospital.
It said that my recent blood tests showed a significant Vitamin D deficiency, and had enclosed a prescription for supplements of 3000 units a day.
I have an appointment to see the consultant on 10th June (4 days from now). This appointment was already booked, it's not a result of the blood tests.
I had a quick browse around the Spark resources and found out that 4000 units is the maximum recommended safe dose of Vitamin D, that can only be found naturally in oily fish, liver, egg yolks and by frying yourself in the sun for about 20 minutes a day.
Now, a couple of things spring to mind:
1 - a letter enclosing a prescription for almost the maximum safe dose (I guess to give some leeway for food-derived intake), 4 days before an already booked appointment. How significant is "significant" exactly? I've spent the day watching my step wherever I've walked. You know, just in case I cracked a toe, a knee or my hips gave out or something.
2 - I'm going to marry Ian Anderson and his salmon farm, and get him to take me to Spain for a 6 months honeymoon, just to be on the safe side. He can fry my breakfast on my back (sunny side up) while I soak up the sun. If he asks nicely I'll let him have the bacon.
That's my plan!