Last time I was here I mentioned spending a lot of time with my doctor. He and I have been somewhat concerned about my blood pressure, he assured me it would be in my best interest if I shaved 40 to 60 points off the top side and 30 to 40 off the bottom. We had gotten in a habit of discussing this bi-weekly. I don’t know if he gave up or was just tired of seeing me every other Wednesday but we took a couple months break. I go back in January; I promised to lose some weight and to closely monitor the BP at home.
The weight loss part of the agreement isn’t going well at all, I think I have gained about four pounds since I saw him last. Thanksgiving and Christmas are about the only things between now and that next appointment; the odds aren’t in my favor. Maybe, with a continued effort and just a little luck, I will only be about ten pounds heavier when I see him again. He won’t be happy but he probably won’t be surprised.
Per the agreement, I have monitored my BP very closely. I check it at least once each day unless I forget and some days I check it several times. I have one of those fancy home units; all I have to do is put it around my arm and push a button. It pumps up and slowly releases the pressure then alarms sound and lights flash and I read the numbers on the screen.
Today, I thought the little machine had malfunctioned. The pressure released but there were no sirens or flashing lights. I glanced at the thing these numbers were there.
It didn’t look like my numbers but there were numbers, then I remembered, if the numbers are low enough it doesn’t do the bell and whistle thing. Probably just a temporary thing, but I feel good tonight and I may not check it again for a few days, just assume . . .
I spent some time last week with a book on nutrition, exercise and dietary supplements. Actually the guy that wrote the book was the same guy that had the supplements for sale. About half the book was about diet and exercise and the other half was about how great his dietary supplements were. I hope he sells lots of supplements because he will never make it as a writer.
If I followed his recommendations my diet would consist of raw vegetables, and I would do more calisthenics than I did in basic training in 1963. He went so far as to insist you completely eliminate, not only the obvious, sugars, fried stuff, etc. but also to totally give up all dairy products and foods containing dairy, about the only cheat he found acceptable was to occasionally cook the vegetables.
As soon as I finished the book I did one big push up out of my chair, went to the kitchen and got some cheese and crackers for a little midnight snack. I am actually using some of his supplements and kind of like them but I will never know about the diet.
I thought tomorrow was Thanksgiving, I just glanced at the clock, it is already Thanksgiving. I have been known to get deep down in the heart and share some serious thoughts and personal feelings when I do these holiday things. I am not going to go there tonight; I have accepted the fact that Thanksgiving will always remind me of a difficult time in my life; I am also reminded of the many things I am thankful for. A new one this year, I am thankful I don’t live in Ferguson, Missouri.
Wishing you and yours a great Thanksgiving.
Please consider a donation to the cancer research organization of your choice.
Keep me in your prayers.
Good Night and God Bless.