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Heart disease, snoring, wheat intolerance.

Monday, September 03, 2012

Well now that's a mixed bag isn't it?

Just got back from spending two weeks with my dad in the States. An eye-opener. He got some bad news while I was there, and I heard many frightening things about his health situation. He's struggled with heart disease for many years, as well as other really odd health problems. The heart disease might or might not be related to lifestyle choices....or it might well be related to radiation exposure in the late 1960's. Or Agent Orange exposure in Viet Nam. Perhaps a combination of all three.

I don't understand the technical medical terms, but basically his heart function has dramatically decreased recently and he needs a pacemaker. Only thing that concerns him about all that is the fact that he'll be cooped up in the hospital for three days while the pacemaker function is adjusted. Big relief all around that he's willing to have the procedure done as quickly as possible.

Just scary for me to be looking at all this and wondering what's hereditary and what's not. Do I know what I need to do? Oh hell yes, I know. Get active again, and shed some weight.

Before I went to Kansas, I had about two weeks where I quit eating wheat. Husband reports my snoring was lessened. Why is it so hard to quit eating the seductive stuff when I know it's so bad for me? I think because I only get niggling little symptoms of intolerance. Nothing really unbearable....well, apart from bad heartburn and upset stomach. rolling eyes.

I'd resent it if someone else kicked my butt. I'd resent it mightily. I need to kick my own butt. I need to quit whining and start doing.
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    It's a treat to have you back! emoticon
    That news for your dad is a mixed bag indeed. So sorry to hear about his heart, but thank goodness they know what's going on and he's willing and able to get it taken care of!

    It's easy to KNOW what to do. It's another thing entirely to actually do it. Elsewise, we'd all be svelte and hot already, right? LOL
    You have the power within you, the knowledge, and the stick-to-it-ness to succeed.
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    2025 days ago
    I'm with ya. I have had big health troubles this year and now that I am able to be active again I need to get going in the right direction. I'm glad to see you back too and I'd love to offer my support.

    I am sorry to read about your dad but it is so great that he will be getting help. emoticon

    I've missed you!
    2026 days ago
    Like you I love bread but too much is too much, well done on cutting back and stopping I hadn't thought of the connection between bread and snoring.
    Hope your dad's op is successful.
    Sending hugs
    2026 days ago
    I'm with SVELTENSASSY - you are on the right track!! So let's just take this one day at a time - you can do anything for one day, right? emoticon emoticon
    2026 days ago
    I was just talking to my DH about this heredity thing-
    his grandfather, an uncle and first cousin (all smokers) dropped dead of heart attacks in their late 40's.
    It still took my husband many many attempts before he quit smoking - after 40 years or so. So now he's put on about 20 lbs in the last 3 yrs (since he quit)- and doesn't exercise or eat right (never did).
    Also, his dad had a major stroke at 65- still alive at 88 but fairly disabled. DH thinks because he takes a statin nothing will happen to him.
    I just worry.
    Take care of yourself!
    2026 days ago
    Just had to comment on your post. I just posted a blog wishing my dad "Happy Birthday in Heaven". Glad to hear your dad is on the right track Oh! By the way, my dad's last name . . . Bennett.

    Don't kick your own butt, pat your own back. Give yourself credit for the steps you've taken. They may not seem significant to you right now, but you're DOING SOMETHING! Whiners don't do that. They whine. And gripe.

    Let's go at this together. I've been piddling along for too long, too. Let's . . . you and I and anyone else who reads this post . . . do ONE THING MORE this week. Just one thing. We can do that. emoticon
    2026 days ago

    Comment edited on: 9/3/2012 5:48:29 PM
    All too often it is easier to ignore possible risks than to deal with them - unfortunately (I can attest to this from personal experience) when those POSSIBLE risks become reality, it is MUCH harder to deal with them and also additional garbage pops up while trying to get the first things under control.
    2026 days ago
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