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Beethoven's 5th (part II)

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So, today was the day of my long-awaited hospital visit. It wasn't perfect, but it was a lot better than I was expecting. The occasional chest pains I experienced about three weeks ago motivated me to walk to the urgent treatment unit at the local hospital (it's only a ten minute walk). If the pain was just once or twice, I probably would have ignored it, but it occurred, briefly, every few hours over a thirty-six hour period before I acted. Today's was a far more detailed appointment.

Now, as a manual worker nearing sixty, my body is subject to muscular tweaks and the like on a fairly regular basis. But this was different.

My initial ECG indicated blockage(s?) and there was a lot of discussion about the possibility of stents being inserted (they do it by IV these days). However, today's ECG was very different. To put it simply, hearts have plumbing and electrics, and my issue is a minor one with electrics which may never need to be treated - hopefully.

The treadmill test was the hardest (only) workout I've done in years. I got a bit puffed near the end. They were quite surprised that I lasted so long; what they didn't know was about my capacity for mental resilience.

Anyway, my blood pressure is too high - not dangerously so, but still a bit outside their acceptable range. I know this is a fairly recent thing because, until a couple of years ago, it was always "normal" or even slightly low. If the higher blood pressure persists, it may require medicine. I would prefer to achieve lower BP by making changes to my lifestyle. I'll take that route first and will only go on medicine if it doesn't work.

So, a slight problem with my electrics, high blood pressure and ... vitamin D deficient - pretty odd for an outdoor worker.
I tell you what, I'll take that, because it's a lot better than I was expecting. The daft thing is, because I've been eating more healthily since that pain, I feel in better shape than I did ten years ago.

I did intend to go to work after the appointment as it was finished by lunchtime. I decided to take the rest of the day off and have some relaxation.

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  1. Schrody's Avatar
    Take care of your health, it's the only one you got. I'm glad to hear you're feelin' better, but it wouldn't hurt to start exercising a bit - it doesn't have to be something rough and exhausting, it can be a simple 30 minute walk.
  2. escorial's Avatar
    stay safe kidda.....
  3. Plasticweld's Avatar
    Phil, there is a lot to be said for just taking good care of yourself and staying in shape. I never had to worry about either of them until I got into my mid fifties, now I eat far better work out and have to make a effort, when in my younger years it came easy. I do know you can get into any shape you want if you want it bad enough. My kids signed me up for a Spartan Race, it is this coming weekend, a ten mile foot race through the woods over 30 obstacles. I have been working out after work 5 days a week and not eating a lot of stuff I used to. I am 15 pounds lighter and in a lot better shape. If the race this weekend does not kill me, it will have all been worth it.
  4. Firemajic's Avatar
    Squeeek! Phil, I see nothing but positive things in your report... you are doing a lot of the things you can control and your attitude is fabulous... I am so glad this is manageable, and you can get on with your life... A lifestyle change IS in order, but small steps... one day at a time, my friend...
  5. Firemajic's Avatar
    Squeeek! Phil, I see nothing but positive things in your report... you are doing a lot of the things you can control and your attitude is fabulous... I am so glad this is manageable, and you can get on with your life... A lifestyle change IS in order, but small steps... one day at a time, my friend...
  6. Firemajic's Avatar
    Squeeek! Phil, I see nothing but positive things in your report... you are doing a lot of the things you can control and your attitude is fabulous... I am so glad this is manageable, and you can get on with your life... A lifestyle change IS in order, but small steps... one day at a time, my friend...
  7. Firemajic's Avatar
    LMAO!!! I am so excited, I double posted!!!! Hahaa....
  8. Schrody's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Plasticweld
    Phil, there is a lot to be said for just taking good care of yourself and staying in shape. I never had to worry about either of them until I got into my mid fifties, now I eat far better work out and have to make a effort, when in my younger years it came easy. I do know you can get into any shape you want if you want it bad enough. My kids signed me up for a Spartan Race, it is this coming weekend, a ten mile foot race through the woods over 30 obstacles. I have been working out after work 5 days a week and not eating a lot of stuff I used to. I am 15 pounds lighter and in a lot better shape. If the race this weekend does not kill me, it will have all been worth it.
    How is that going? Are you excited? Ready? Keep us posted!
  9. Phil Istine's Avatar
    Thanks everyone for the positive feedback. The anxiety over this has been stifling my creativity of late. I need to learn to write, even during storms. It hasn't been totally wasted though - far from it - because when my own creativity is lacking, I can always insult critique someone else's work.
    I actually managed a few lines of poetry today as part of the "hidden" challenge.
  10. Plasticweld's Avatar
    [QUOTE=Schrody;bt7052]How is that going? Are you excited? Ready? Keep us posted!:)[/QUOTE]


    Not to hijack your blog post Phil.
    I am excited, 15 to 18 pounds lighter, in good shape and ready to see what I am made of. I have no idea of how many others will be in my class which basically old guy 55 to 60 years old. I am told there are not many gray haired guys doing this, in the last event there in Barre Mass they had over 2000 people "men and women" enter the competition over two days. I figuring that turn out will not be as high as this one is a 10 mile race and the other was only a 4 mile race. My daughter Cathy will be running with me, she has dropped down a class from the pro class to the open competition class to run with me and help me through the obstacles, some are technical and tough. She is using it as a training tool for her next event which is a 16 mile race, she has decided to add 6 pounds to her back pack to make it a work out for her. My kids show no shame in trying to make me look bad :}
  11. Schrody's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Plasticweld
    Not to hijack your blog post Phil.
    I am excited, 15 to 18 pounds lighter, in good shape and ready to see what I am made of. I have no idea of how many others will be in my class which basically old guy 55 to 60 years old. I am told there are not many gray haired guys doing this, in the last event there in Barre Mass they had over 2000 people "men and women" enter the competition over two days. I figuring that turn out will not be as high as this one is a 10 mile race and the other was only a 4 mile race. My daughter Cathy will be running with me, she has dropped down a class from the pro class to the open competition class to run with me and help me through the obstacles, some are technical and tough. She is using it as a training tool for her next event which is a 16 mile race, she has decided to add 6 pounds to her back pack to make it a work out for her. My kids show no shame in trying to make me look bad :}
    No, you should be grateful to have such wonderful kids! Good luck with your race, and remember; it's not important to win, but to participate

    Sorry for kidnapping your thread, Phil! <3
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