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February 8th, 2007

(no subject) @ 03:09 pm

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Went to the doctor today. I've put on a couple of pounds, but I'm still down about 60 from last year at this time. She changed my antidepressant and added a fat blocker (kind of expensive, but apparently quite effective), and gave me a shot of B12 and folate. Good news: my blood pressure was in the more-or-less normal range (138/78). Considering that my blood pressure when I started going to her was closer to 200/100, that's excellent. (Technically the systolic is high, but much improved.)

She told Mary and me to get up at 6 every morning and go out for a walk or do some sort of exercise, and to get to bed by 10. We may have to adjust that to bed by 11, up by 7, but personally I'm happy with that. I feel better when I'm up early and in bed early, and sleep better. It might be a little tough for Mary, but I'll pull her through.

I do believe that the B12 shot is kicking in. I don't feel quite so fuzzy headed all of a sudden.

The county has showed up to dig up our front yard to put in new sewers. OK, they haven't started digging in our yard yet, but there's sewer pipe lying down beside our house, and there are little flags flying all over the place to let them know where the phone and cable TV are, and red lines drawn where the electric and gas lines are. It's a little inconvenient, but either they do it now or do it when the sewer collapses and takes half of my front yard with it. We're the lucky folks with the storm culvert in the back yard, so they'll need to do more digging on us, but they did promise to replace all of the Bermuda sod that we put in (at considerable expense) a couple of years ago.

The weather's beautiful here--sunny and not very cold (49 degrees right now). I'm working with the window open. My office gets very warm because it's on the south side of the house, and doesn't get a lot of the breeze, so having the window open keeps it from getting beastly in here.

Anyway, back to work. Just figured you'd like to hear something from me other than complaints about politicians. You know, I've considered starting a blog over on Blogger for the politics and keeping this for personal stuff. I'm just not sure that I want to gain that sort of exposure. What do you all think?
 
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From:halfmoon_mollie
Date:February 8th, 2007 09:33 pm (UTC)
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It's my problem, John, but I have to admit that since you and I are polar opposites as far as politics go there are times I have considered unfriending you because you really riled me up. YOu have every right to post what you want wherever you want, just like I have the right not to read it, but you often have interesting stuff to say (beyond the politics, I mean.)

I am absolutely THRILLED to read about your great weight loss AND your excellent blood pressure. That is great news.

So, maybe I should enroll you in my kickboxing class, hm? ;-)
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From:cadona
Date:February 8th, 2007 11:57 pm (UTC)
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Congratulations on the good health report. Reading your journey this past year has helped me to remember to continue my own journey. I am looking forward to your continued journey to better and better health, wholeness, and happiness, oh and lets remember wealth.
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From:sharonthenurse
Date:February 9th, 2007 03:18 am (UTC)
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60 pounds is fantastic!!!! Way to go! (In all honesty, when I met you, I didn't think you looked terribly overweight.) Guess you had me so enthralled I didn't even see your bod!

I envy your weather. We have warmed up to a balmy 8 degrees at the moment. Not sure where the wind chill is. I just know I have to pluck the ice chunks from Trapper's paws everytime he goes out cause he limps when he is done.

That sucks about the sewer line. We had a lovely pipe rupture outside the kitchen window at our first house. What a mess! Around here, they are always discovering abandoned mines as well. THAT's fun!
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From:sharonthenurse
Date:February 9th, 2007 03:21 am (UTC)
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Oh yeah- I read your cartoons most of the time, but I rarely ever read the political stuff. I just don't understand it, which aggravates a lot of people. I guess it is the same as me not understanding why EVERYONE isn't interested in medicine and knows everything about the operation of their bodies.

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