I post this not to ask for medical advice, but more a vent and request for general support...
It's been a crazy time over the past few weeks. I taught a certification course for new people entering my field. During that class, I nearly lost my beloved dog in a scary way after he got into something toxic. I don't know whether it was the stress from those things or if I got into something toxic myself, but I started having mysterious abdominal pains. At first my doctor thought it was gallstones, but an ultrasound came up clean. Then the pain spread and migrated seemingly at random. Ultimately my doctor asked me to go to the ER where they ignored me and sent me home again.
Fortunately the pain has dissipated since then, but I went for about a week and a half where I had to force myself to eat anything at all. I lost 8 pounds in two weeks (so I guess it hasn't all been bad?) I had a followup physical that found me to be otherwise in fantastic shape. Except for my cholesterol, which stands at 256.
So today I finally logged my food intake again for the first time in about a month. I ate lots of veggies and fruits, soo foo, herbal tea, and a sliver of ham and 70% chocolate. Yet I still maxed out my fat intake. Ironically, it's better than I've ever done - usually I leave my maximum fat allowance in the dust before I hit lunch. So I guess that's progress.
With all these pains I've been afraid to exercise too, but I'm creeping back into that slowly. I think that'll help as well. I just really want to avoid the medication if I can, because I'm on a lot of other meds already. You're welcome to look at my tracker if you like ...
But here's my question: other than meds, what's been helpful to other Sparkers in reducing cholesterol? This is all very new territory for me. I always thought my diet was great, so I'm kind of at a loss here.
| current weight: 128.0