8 hours ago
Monday, October 15, 2012
One of us flunked the test
Dr. Doogie put me to the test. His minions poked, prodded, leached and stabbed me so often I felt like Sunday dinner on the African Queen. Saturday, I received the results of the tests and came away verily perplexed. HIPPA be damned I'll share parts of his letter to me:
"Your electrolytes, kidney function,blood sugar,thyroid hormone,urine and liver function tests were within normal limits.
"Your total cholesterol was 164 normal is less than 200. Your triglyceride result was 113 (normal <150). Your HDL was 35 (normal >45) LDL was 106. The desired LDL level is below 130.
"I would like you to start taking X (a generic statin) daily for your cholesterol. The statin group of medicines have been shown to prevent cardiovascular events in people with high LDL cholesterol."
My response was short, direct and referenced his horse. As I wrote earlier my expectations were low. I'm willing to trade smarts now for smarts later, but Doogie may have to go. We are visiting later in the week.