A little longer to live
On Monday I went for an open water swim while we were at the lake. Had a relative follow me in a kayak with extra life vest just in case, but mainly to keep boats and jet skis away from me. Being run over by a boat tends to put a damper on a swim.
About 50m into the swim I could not take a deep breath. Only half of what I felt was normal. Stroke felt fine. At about 100m I stopped and swam to the kayak, coughing pretty hard. Rather than be stupid, I swam back over to where my wife and kids were playing in the water. She pointed out that my nose was bleeding as I continued to hack and cough. Top that off with coughing up some blood and I felt like that might be a great time to stop swimming.
Went to the doctor today and the feeling is that it was one of those perfect storm type scenarios. I did not really warm up and I am pretty sure I went out far too fast. The water was super cold and I didn’t give my body time to really adjust. I had a bad chest cold as well, something that had kept me awake the previous night. The doctor asked if I took in any lake water and I am pretty sure I did. Add all that up and that is most likely the cause.
I have a little longer to live.
Also did blood work while there. I reiterated that my goal is get completely off blood pressure medication. I had it lowered a while back but I want off. I know I am in no rush but that would be a huge victory for me. Waiting on the results of the blood work and will take it from there.
Visit with the new doctor
I did get a bit of good news, though:
Granted, that is with BP medication but I don’t think I have ever seen numbers like that. I went to a new doctor’s office this morning and my BP was in a normal range when they took it. Normally it is high when taken at the doctor’s office.
The new doctor and office was great, vastly different from the chaos I have had to endure at the other place. I told the doctor that my ultimate goal was to not have to take BP medications. He told me that if I keep going the route that I am going then he doesn’t see why that could not happen. Much better news than what the last doctor said. Since I had elevated liver enzymes during a previous visit, this new doctor opted to draw blood (which I expected and planned for) and I am actually looking forward to getting the results back so that I can compare with my last.
It is tough being patient with this, but I keep telling myself “trust the process, trust the process”. It took me nearly 35 years to wreck my body. Keep in mind that a little over a year ago, my BP was 200/106. I remember having 3 nurses check it, my wife afraid that I would be admitted to the hospital, and being given a pill and not allowed to leave until it started to come down. So I am certainly making progress. This is not and has never been strictly about losing weight. Its about being healthy. And it is going to take time to get to my final destination. But the good news is that I have it in sight and I know I will get there.
Our little one was feeling better yesterday afternoon and evening, and both girls slept through the night (amazing in itself), but Emily woke up this morning not feeling good again. Amazing what a sick child does to you. This week has really been off track for both my wife and I and we are already worn down from it. Because she was up all night sick the night before last, neither of us got sleep. Neither of us exercised. Today is my normal rest day, but I feel like I have cabin fever. I am going to have to make time today to go do something or I may just go insane.
Got a text from my wife saying she was heading home… Sick. Going to be a long night.
I’ve got some good news and I’ve got some bad news…
The bad news is that I have been having troubles with my blood pressure in that it is still too high. I had some success in April where my meds were reduced which really felt awesome. The meds at the time were lowering my BP to the point where I was becoming light headed. So the medication (which was a combo drug) was reduced. The new medication is just not cutting it. This past Sunday my blood pressure was 158/96. Not good.
Major Victory Today
As of this morning I have lost 50 pounds. I am not even going to worry about how egotistical I may seem, but it just feels good to say I have lost 50 freaking pounds! I feel so much better now, mentally and physically, than I have in quite a while. This is only fuel for the engine as I want to continue. I can see life beyond my goal weight (which is only 10 pounds away now) for once. A good friend asked me recently “Imagine your life after hitting your goal weight. What would it be like to just wake up, exercise, and eat healthy because you want to?” I keep thinking about that and look forward to that day.
The icing on the cake this morning was my doctor’s appointment. I am sure I was glowing as I happily told the doctor everything I have been doing and the progress I have made. I was taken off of one medication all together and my blood pressure medicine was reduced. I got a copy of my previous bloodwork and plan to compare the numbers with the results from the tests today as soon as I have them.
Yea, today was a great day.