Monday, August 27, 2012

Has it Always Been This Hot?

Yesterday I tried to sit and watch my son play a soccer game and it was miserable.  Not the game, it was exciting - his team won 6-0 !  But trying to watch was miserable because it was just so hot.  I finally gave up and sat in the air conditioned car for about 10 minutes to cool off before trying again.  I had the same problem a few weeks ago at the Ohio State Fair.  And I will probably have the same issue next weekend at the Highland County Fair.  It stinks not being able to do things that I used to do.  I am looking forward to the fall in just a few weeks and then I will feel much better.  Considering the alternative, though, breathing trouble is not really something to complain about right now.

The Sleep Study is scheduled for next weekend also and I feel pretty confident that they have never heard anyone snore as loudly as me.  When I was in the waiting room for my consultation, I heard the staff complaining about patients.  I'm sure I'll be their topic of conversation after my study night.

Still off the Crestor until October and hoping for improved HDL and LDL levels.  I hope I'm not eating these nasty prunes for nothing....haha

Here's to your health,

Thursday, August 2, 2012


I never believed I would look so forward to Autumn!  Typically I mourn the end of summer, but this year is different.  Just walking a short distance outside in this heat makes me a little winded.  Sure, I can walk, even jog a little, in my basement.  But all I see there is stuff that needs to be organized or, better yet, discarded!  My EF will be checked again in October and I continue to have no problems with the CRT, and no incidents.  

I saw a new PCP a few weeks ago and have been off Crestor since 07/14/12.  The toe cramping and painful swallowing have gone away.  I think the memory loss has stopped too, but I'm not sure I remember if it has or not....haha  By no means would I encourage others with DCM to go off their statin without talking it over seriously with their doctor.  But that probably IS a conversation you should be having.  What are the long-term effects of statins?  Do we even know at this point in time?  Why are physicians so quick to prescribe?  What about other things to try?  I read that 2 prunes a day are supposed to help, so I started eating those yesterday.  Yes, 2 a day are all I can stand, haha.  They are so gross.  I  love plums but prunes are slimy plums, and slimy fruit is never a good thing.  

Working out again for 30 minutes a day is helping me feel strong and healthy.  The 21 days without caffeine, sweets, and alcohol went very well.  I am planning to extend it somewhat.  I really found that I ate a lot more fruit and vegetables because I wasn't filled up.  Also, I drank a lot more water than usual, again for the same reason.  What I didn't like was that I continued to feel tired most of the time.  I am having a "sleep study" consultation later this month and perhaps we will get to the bottom of this fatigue then.  

Here's to your health!