Usually accomplishment provides me with a mellow warm feeling. Seldom do accomplishments give me a rush. I don’t crave the excitement of winning. Competition is a grim necessity rather than a source of pleasure in my life.
Yesterday an accomplishment had me smiling to myself all day, ear to ear.
Last March my cholesterol ratio was astoundingly high, which is a very bad thing. I had tried the usual wonder drugs and could not tolerate them, as the side effects affected me. My last hope for medication was a drug that has been in use for a long time, and thought to be less effective. It seems I can tolerate that drug, and I have been taking it faithfully.
In August a blood test was done to measure my cholesterol levels and calculate a ratio. Not being able to get in to the doctor’s office for an appointment setup only to tell me the levels and ratio, I have been in the dark about the status of my cholesterol, until yesterday. Yesterday’s appointment served to assess my blood pressure, provide me with a flu shot and gave me an opportunity to talk over my concerns with my doctor. I came away from that appointment with a good feeling.
First things first, my cholesterol ratio was as close to ideal as one could wish in August. The ratio had decreased by half, which was as astounding as the high ratio in March. My doctor felt that although the medication helped, it was my weight loss and daily exercise that brought my cholesterol levels back to a healthy balance.
But that wasn’t all. My blood pressure has decreased to the point where I need to take lower does of my High Blood Pressure medication. Again, the salient factor in this development is my weight loss and daily exercise.
Still more, we discussed my allergy. I will be visiting another allergist in the near future, in hopes of finding someone who can assist me in my quest to live a healthy normal life. My doctor will also provide me with a letter outlining the necessary precautions needed from health care professionals who provide me with care. This could save my life.
My doctor seems very responsive to patient concerns. I will now be able to call in and leave a message requesting test results so that I can track my progress. I am left with the feeling that my doctor and I are partners in keeping me healthy and alive.
Lowered levels of bad cholesterol, lowered blood pressure, and satisfying communication with my doctor are accomplishments that will leave me feeling better for many years to come.
That is what we should all be aiming for: health, wealth and peace of mind.
Health: “The condition of being sound in body, mind, or spirit; especially : freedom from physical disease or pain b: the general condition of the body < in poor health> < enjoys good health>“
Wealth: “Abundance of valuable material possessions or resources.”
Peace of Mind: “calm disposition, composure”
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High Rise Sourdough Bread
By the Easy Chair
by Michael Ondaatje
"Having once decided to achieve a certain task, achieve it at all costs of tedium and distaste. The gain in self-confidence of having accomplished a tiresome labor is immense."
Arnold Bennett(Some of his writing is focused in the area of The Potteries, in Staffordshire, England, where some of my ancestors worked in the industry. Not suprising then that I find his ideas compatible with my own!)
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