Monday, September 6, 2010

And So I Add Another Pill

Had a doctor's appt. last Monday. He still loves me. He ran some blood tests.

Thyroid is good.

Vitamin D level is good.

Cholesterol - Bad. HDL and triglycerides are awesome, but that $%* LDL - crept up to 191. That's pretty dang high. My doc is very cautious about treating cholesterol, but that number got his attention.

Phone calls from your doctor on a Saturday morning are never good. Ever noticed that?

He was sweet, though, and said "It's nothing you are doing. Your body just makes LDL because of your family history." It's like he read my last post or something!

And so last night I began a low dose (10 mg) of simvastatin. I really wanted to avoid cholesterol meds, but I guess that was not meant to be. Hopefully it can be short term use - I don't know if that's normal, but it is something I'm going to ask for.

Plus, it wasn't a fasting cholesterol. I had eaten breakfast already. I thought cholesterol had to be a fasting number?

I'm a little bummed. More evidence that my body doesn't work all that well.