This blog was formerly dedicated in 2009 to my Dad who died of Alzheimer's in 2013. It's been three years now...and I find myself missing blogging...so I am re-inventing my blog... because, after all, life is about moving through, and going forward...

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

New Beginnings...

Today I received my blood test results on my cholesterol.  I have genetically high cholesterol and have finally found a good primary care doctor who will listen to me and work with me so I don't have to take medication.  My cholesterol and triglycerides zoomed up past the 300 mark, so we decided to put me back on the medication, only this time, a lower dose.  It is working.  I also take triple strength fish oil,  1000mg  twice a day with EPA @ 540mg twice a day and DHA @ 170mg twice a day.

My numbers improved: cholesterol from 267 to 198, triglycerides from 307 to 220, LDL from 149 to 101, HDL from 57 to 53 and my ratio from 4.68 to 3.74.  Imagine how good my numbers would be if I lost weight???  My doctor told me once I lose my weight, there is a good possibility I can go back off the medication.  That is my goal!!!

My husband is bionic.  He is borderline diabetic. He has the same good doctor I have, working with him on his diet so he does not have to take medication.  He has dropped another point on his glucose, lost 5 pounds and his cholesterol is 142! The rest of his numbers are better than mine and he is eight years older than I!
I found the 5 pounds he lost.  I am heavier now than when I was pregnant with my first child, when I gained 80 pounds!!!

We are going to start working out at the gym in our community center.  I HATE GYMS...and I HATE WORKING OUT.  I would much rather dance.  So we are going to compromise.  If I go to the gym with my hubby, he will go dancing with me.  Wish me luck.... I get totally grossed out by other people's sweat on the machines...even if they disinfect it after use, like they are suppose to.  It still G-R-O-S-S-E-S me out!!!

I was informed this month my current health plan (Pacificare) will no longer have a contract with Nevada in 2011.  I have to choose another health plan.  The only health plan where I can keep my current primary care physician, is an HMO called Health Plan of Nevada.  Everyone says how terrible it is.  I called today and the people who work the phones and answer questions for the coverage, could not have been nicer or more helpful.  The premiums are a good $20 per month cheaper and the co-pays are $5 less for seeing my primary care doctor and for prescriptions.  It is $10 less to see a specialist.

The big problem is, I will have to find a new GYN, dermatologist, and eye doctor.  I am still researching and seeking advice from a woman we know who helps my husband with his Humana Gold Plus Medicare supplement plan.  He has awesome coverage!!  I have to decide before end of December.

My husband was approved and has received two unemployment checks.  We are meeting with our financial advisor again to finish getting our financial ducks in a row...hoping it will be enough to live on without having to get a job right away... We are having several conversations on planning on what we will do with our time, so we are not sitting in front of the TV or the computer all the time...

The one thing we have agreed on is, we do not want to get into a routine or have any kind of a schedule....except we might start eating our biggest meal of the day at mid day.  I always wanted us to do this but never could when he worked, because he got home so late.

I accompanied my husband to his doctor appointment today.  When we told him my husband finally retired, he was as happy as we were!!  He told us he was envious.  He asked what our plans were and then went into a litany of fun things for us to do.  "Whatever you do, don't sit home on the couch!" he told my husband...

He summed it up perfectly by telling us, it is our new beginning...

8 comments:

Mari said...

Hooray for those numbers! You are doing good. Glad you are working on plans for retirement so you don't sit on the couch. :)

Jeanie said...

It sounds like you are embracing your new beginnings with gusto, at least most of them.
The whole insurance thing is such a confusing mess to go through.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Re: sweat on gym equipment -- try to find an all-women gym. Women are much more conscientious than men about cleaning up after themselves.

That corgi :) said...

I think it is wise, Donna, that you and your husband are trying to figure out what to do with your time down that he is retired. I think it is hard sometimes to fill up the days with a bit of purpose, a bit of rest, a bit of work, etc after time has been structured by the work day for a long time. So it is good to talk and plan and of course to be flexible.

I think it was wise too that you went on the cholesterol medicine to bring it down until you get some weight off and exercise more consistently. It is a good goal to keep you on track with exercise and healthy eating to get off the medicine!

I hope you can find good new doctors to replace the ones when your insurance changes. It just seems like we "break them in" and then you have to start the process all over again!

I think your new beginnings will be so wonderful in the days ahead!

betty

Betty said...

I think it´s so great that your husband and you are going on the beginning of this "new life" together. I´m sure it will make your marriage even more meaningful.

Donna B said...

Thanks Mari. I think the exercise and dancing will really help. I have to get serious about my weight, or I will really run into some trouble.

Jeanie: Thank you, we are...it is sooooo good to see how much more relaxed he is. He was under a lot more stress than I thought. I am so glad he is retired. I used to work with insurance... I am a little rusty, but it is just so time consuming.

Debra: I would NEVER go to a public gym...male or female. We have a state of the art gym up at our home community gym. It is free. I am just wierd about sweat...and you would be surprised on women being more conscientious...

betty: Thank you so much...I think once all this finalization of our prep work is finished we can move on to more fun things...

I am already networking and asking people I know about their doctors...I am determined to find just the right one... and I really realize the longer I put the weight loss off, the faster it will pile on...it is TIME!!

I am excited with our new beginnings. Let the adventures begin!!

Chatty Crone said...

I agree - it sounds like you are starting and embracing a new beginning. That is so cool. Glad you are getting your numbers all down. Write me on the side and tell me what medicine and dose you are on - will you? Thanks.
sandie

Vegas Linda Lou said...

I can recommend a FABULOUS GYN--Dr. James Zeluff in Summerlin. He's GYN only, so he's always on time and you're never sitting in the waiting room with a million pregnant women and their kids. I highly recommend him!