Blood, blood, blood . . .

This morning I went to have my blood extracted, not all of it, but a substantial amount. I went for two tests, but it’s just occurred to me that they took three tubes of blood. No doubt it will all become clear in a few weeks when I get another helping of unwanted medical advice.

They did my blood pressure too. It’s high. They know it’s always high when they take it in the surgery – it’s known a the “white coat effect”. It’s also a result of being messed about by the NHS with more inaccurate record keeping and unwanted tests and attempts to make more appointments I don’t want. To be fair, it’s more complicated than that and just as deadly as ordinary blood pressure, which is, as we all know, more dangerous than a charging rhino. Or so my doctor would have me believe. On the other hand they also told me that losing weight would lower my blood pressure, which turns out to be inaccurate. I’m beginning to think that the medical profession may not have all the answers.

To add to my annoyance my weight has crept up. It’s not a disaster but it’s disappointing. It has become more difficult to cut back after my appetite returned, and I’m still eatingΒ  less than I used to, so I thought I should at least be steady, rather than putting weight on. It’s a puzzle, but one that is easily solved by use of the ELF method – Eat Less, Fatso.

Not sure what to do for the rest of the day. I was planning on going out with Julia but as she is now booked in for flu vaccination at 2pm (after having been involuntarily rescheduled twice – ran out of vaccine the first time and and staff illness the second) the day is less convenient than it was. She won’t be able to settle if we go out before the appointment and it will be dark not long after the appointment, so it’s not really practical. That was one of the reasons my blood pressure was up this morning.

The header picture is a reminder of what we did in November 2019. And a reminder that I am hungry.

15 thoughts on “Blood, blood, blood . . .

  1. Lavinia Ross

    The medical profession does the best it can, but certainly does not have all the answers. That is why doctors are in “practice”. : -) The really good ones are blessings. I’ve been fortunate to know a few.

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  2. Clare Pooley

    My husband used the ELF diet and swears by it. He also swore a lot while he was dieting but the diet worked and he’s managed to keep the weight off for three years now. I find it very difficult to lose weight which is extremely galling. You have my sympathies. πŸ™‚

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    1. quercuscommunity Post author

      I lost three stone a few years ago, mainly with hard work in gardens, which seemed to make me et better for some reason. Unfortunately, little by little I let it creep back on. This time I hope to do better, though the exercise option isn’t really going to work so it’s all about not eating. Not looking forward to it . . .

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    1. quercuscommunity Post author

      I’m going to have to eat carrot sticks to fend it off. The doctor also tells me that eating protein will stop me feeling so hungry. I tried it, but it doesn’t seem to work.

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  3. Laurie Graves

    It is tough when the appetite returns and you want to keep the weight off. For me, the solution has been to keep healthy alternatives on hand and to turn to those when I’m hungry. Most important, alternatives that I actually like. I’m someone who loves fruit, which makes a fruit snack just the thing. My husband, on the other hand, prefers vegetables, and he turns to them when he feels the munchies coming on. Not easy, no matter how you do it.

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      1. Laurie Graves

        Carrot stick would not be my first choice either. An apple or a banana or some other piece of fruit would. In fact, almost time for my midmorning banana snack.

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