Monday, August 20, 2007

Blood Work

Three months ago, I had a bad visit with my doctor. My cholesterol was too high, my HDLs too low, my triglycerides through the roof. He gave me three months to try to change that with diet and exercise.

After some bloodletting on Friday, I went in today (Monday) to get the results. I lost six pounds (hooray!). I dropped 49 points off my triglycerides (hooray!). My LDL and HDL levels were normal (hooray!).

My cholesterol went up 12 points (hoo— what?!).

So now I'm taking another pill daily: Tricor.

I went out this afternoon and bought a nice recumbent stationary bike. I have to go back in six weeks to make sure the Tricor isn't screwing up my liver. Hopefully by then I can show some real results.

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Coach 4ndyman

Somehow I managed to get myself enlisted as a soccer coach for my younger son's soccer team. I was shooting for assitant coach of my older son's team, but I think I'll be able to cope.

Well, at least after the weather starts to cooperate. We've had 8 straight days exceed 90 degrees . . . the temperature, not the right angle. I hate to go out in this weather, and I don't really want a bunch of under-sixers dehydrating and having heat strokes under my watch. Also, I hate to sweat.

I guess this is another sign that I'm getting old. I used to think (particularly after seeing a particular Twilight Zone episode) that I would prefer that the earth get sucked into the sun than be thrown out into the cold reaches of space. I could always cope better with hot summers than with cold winters. Maybe I've gotten too accustomed to air conditioning, but I just despise the heat now, and the cold doesn't seem to bother me so much.

Anyway, here's hoping for a freak August snow storm . . .