You want to know something? If it weren’t for the migraines and arthritis, I’d probably live forever with this body.
That’s only partially a joke.
Today I had my annual physical at the VA health clinic I’ve been going to for nearly 10 years. They drew a fasting blood lab first, and then I went to see my primary care doctor. He got the results of the blood work while we were talking.
EVERYTHING – Yes, everything, was within “normal limits” except for my cholesterol numbers, which have been elevated since the first time I was ever tested.
When the team nurse tested my blood pressure, she had to do it twice. The first time it was 128/94 – which I would have accepted. But, she said she got distracted talking to another nurse, and she and I had discussed the logistics of the VA moving the clinic to another town (which is supposed to happen late next year), so she wanted to do it again. The second test was 120/87.
Keep in mind – I’m now 54 years old, and take no medication for blood pressure control.
But, when I saw the doctor, he didn’t like the numbers because he said the second one was too high. So, he tested it himself.
And the numbers HE got were 110/80.
For the first time since he met me, he didn’t even bother asking me to take medicine for my cholesterol. When he pulled up the blood test results, he did say that it was still high, but when my wife asked him how it compared with last year he acknowledged that the LDL was down 50 points from last year. So he just told me to keep doing what I’ve been doing, and dropped it.