Sep 09, 2019Medication

Medication – Try as I might to get the doctors to take me off of some of these pills, they want me to take more. Copyright © 2019 Gary Allman, all rights reserved.

Pride comes before a fall they say. I guess I shouldn’t have felt so pleased with myself back in April when I managed to convince my doctor to let me drop my blood pressure pills. I’d been dieting and exercising (a bit), and I stopped drinking alcohol too, to get my blood pressure down, and it worked. What I (and the doctor) didn’t realize at the time, was that the same pills were also keeping my potentially wonky heart from going into AFIB. Well, that’s what the cardiologist has told me.

The pretty orange and white pills seen here are a slow-release drug that’s supposed to keep my heart slow and regular. The cute yellow ones are simply coated aspirin to help prevent a stroke if I go into AFIB again. The cardiologist wants me to take stronger anticoagulants. I pushed back (hard) on that. I have a grudging agreement that if I can get to my ideal weight, and things are okay when I exercise, that I might try dropping the heart meds though the likelihood is I’ll be taking them ad infinitum.

Since June I’ve been on a more intense diet — I call it my ‘Hungry is Good’ diet, and I’ve lost another eight pounds and I’m starting to see the results. My BMI is now almost down to the top end of ‘Ideal’ BMI scale, and have just another eight pounds to go to my ideal weight for me. Once the cooler weather gets here, I’m planning on getting back out on the trails — I still need to get to the gym first to check I’m not going to have any problems if I push myself far from medical assistance. The problem is I hate the gym. I’ve had four gym memberships now, and I’ve not liked or lasted long with any of them (Shhh. don’t tell, but to be honest, I’ve not set foot in the latest gym since I got my membership, nearly a year ago).

The khaki and pink ones are calcium channel blockers (I think that’s right and I can’t be bothered to look it up). I call them ‘ Piss pills,’ though the intent is the opposite. I take those to deal with an enlarged prostate.

Genetics being what they are, my boys are probably in for some fun in later life.

Copyright © 2019 Gary Allman, all rights reserved.

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