[Homestead] Good news!
VAN DELL JORDAN
vdjor at yahoo.com
Thu Apr 30 13:12:58 EDT 2009
Glad to hear the good news.
I haven't commented on your questions about pain management. Wish I had some miracle cure, but now such luck.
You did ask about smoking. I know several people who use that approach, and find it highly effective. One of those has fibrmyalgia and it makes a big difference. Don't know if the good weed actually cuts pain or if it is just a general feeling good.
We had talked before about my wife's arthritis, or did I ever answer you kind email? I believe than you had rheumatoid A. and had some solution for that. If I understood correctly you know have some osteo A? She has severe Osteo, so much bone loose that her knees don't even show up on ex rays. Only saying this to point out that she wishes she could have kept up exercises and leg activity even though it was painful.
I would I could say this in a more positive way, but it may be that exercising through the pain will be the only way to keep going. I certainly hope that will never get that bad for you.
A big hug.
--- On Thu, 4/30/09, EarthNSky <erthnsky at bellsouth.net> wrote:
> From: EarthNSky <erthnsky at bellsouth.net>
> Subject: [Homestead] Good news!
> To: "Homestead List" <homestead at lists.ibiblio.org>
> Date: Thursday, April 30, 2009, 11:14 AM
> I went to the doctor earlier this week for the April checkup
> I mentioned
> in the post I made below from last December. Since the
> first of the
> year, my goal has been to lose 50 pounds in 2009-I want to
> lose a
> minimum of 30, but 50 is better. To date, with a bit of
> exercise and
> some dietary changes, I've lost 12 pounds.
> Most of my diet changes have involved swapping animal
> fats) for healthier plant fats (unsaturated). I eat a lot
> of fish, a
> lot more veggies and fruits, and fewer starches. I
> increased my whole
> grains and eliminated soft drinks(I do drink one every now
> and then, but
> not every day like I used to)and I never really ate a lot
> of sweets
> After 4 months, here are the numbers:
> Dec 2008 April 2009 Good
> 251 179 Total Cholesterol <200
> 274 204 Triglycerides <150
> 38 24 HDL >45
> 164 114 LDL <130
> I got kudos from the doc and no statins for me!
> He told me to further increase my B vitamins and maybe take
> fish oil to
> further lower the triglycerides. Ethnically, I come from a
> tribe of Sami, so perhaps my body is genetically used to
> even more fish
> than I currently eat.(twice a week for dinner, plus 2 or 3
> cans of
> sardines or mussels a week), but I can take fish oil, too,
> I suppose. I
> keep hearing that Mama had it right with the cod liver oil
> I took as a
> kid...maybe I can try that again. As nasty as it is, at
> least it is not
> a pill. I'm sick of pills!
> Anyway, I just wanted to share this with y'all...
> I'm hoping that as our exercise picks up, the HDL
> numbers will rise.
> > I have the lab results: My cholesterol and
> triglycerides are high.
> > Big surprise there. :) I'm giving my caveats
> first: 1. I had not
> > fasted..bloodwork was taken 4.5 hours after a meal.
> This should not
> > affect HDL numbers but like Wendy noted, will affect
> > and LDL, etc. 2. I was taking a round of oral
> prednisone 3. Even
> > though my thyroid hormones are now within normal
> limits, I have
> > historically had high triglyceride levels (even with
> 180 cholesterol
> > numbers)...super high levels in fact.(700+) 4. I do
> not eat very
> > much fried food, but I get a lot of dietary fat from
> dairy-need to
> > work on substitutions there..
> > Total cholesterol 251 This is a personal
> record(normally 180-205) HDL
> > 38 should be above 40 LDL 164 should be very low
> > 274 should be even low (my lowest result ever)
> > These numbers are "bad" according to
> standard medical thinking. I
> > don't have the full report (it's in the mail),
> but the RN told me
> > that the doc wrote on my chart that I was probably
> > predisposed to high triglycerides and that he wanted
> to discuss
> > statins with me. After reading Wendy's post, I
> kind of freaked a
> > bit, and called back and spoke to him directly. He
> has agreed that I
> > can try diet and exercise, and have given me until the
> end of April
> > to make a difference in the numbers. At that time, if
> the numbers
> > aren't good, we have to discuss statins again. So
> basically I am off
> > to the races on lowering my cholesterol and
> "The budget should be balanced, the Treasury should be
> refilled, public
> debt should be reduced, the arrogance of officialdom
> should be tempered
> and controlled, and the assistance to foreign lands should
> be curtailed
> lest Rome become bankrupt. People must again learn to
> work, instead of
> living on public assistance."
> --Cicero, 55 BC
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