Today is Monday 9th August

It’s now 2 pm and our day has been busy.
It started bright and sunny so we decided to do the washing and get that out on the line.
After breakfast, we went for a walk, this time walking along the road to the clubhouse, and back along the prom. We met up with a variety of dogs (post to follow) so I had my puppy fix in spades today. I am wondering if Maggie is watching over us and telling us it’s OK.

Pictures November 2019.

We harvested four cauliflowers, 3 of which went to neighbours and we had the biggest, against freezing down the largest florets for a later date. We have three left that are coming along nicely outside, and two of those will go to other neighbours and we’ll have the third. We’ve had a good crop so will definitely grow them again next year.

I had the due call from the nurse at the surgery about my blood test last week, and although they didn’t actually check for sugar on this one as it wasn’t a diabetes check, my cholesterol has shot up from 6 to 6.9, so it’s meds for me. Bummer  😦 😦 😦
It was suggested to put me on a combination of Ezetimibe and Bempedoic Acid, but as there are problems with the supply chain for the combi pill, I would have to take one of each.  While I was talking to her, Hubby looked up the latter and waved his arms about.
He’s on the Ezetimibe and it’s reduced his cholesterol considerably so I was prepared to agree to taking that, but as for the other, it could give me muscle spasms, pain in my back, shoulders and legs, nausea, diarrhea and gout! So as I already have arthritis in various parts of the body, I have declined that but willing to give the Eze a go.
I’ll be having a follow up test in 6 months (my request rather than a year) so as to tie in with my diabetes MOT which will also be next February.
In February following this year’s results, my neighbour gave me an official NHS sheet of how to reduce cholesterol in the diet which I went through thoroughly, hi-lighting the things I have which are recommended (a lot of pretty coloured lines), those in moderation (several pretty lines) and those to be avoided (a few). Cheddar cheese was the biggest culprit there, but I am allowed 30g as an A option on SW which is enough to top an individual cauliflower cheese, or tomato pasta bake. I can only think that recent overindulgence in the cake, biscuit and pastry line which are all to be avoided has played a large part, so it’s my own fault. Damn my sweet tooth and ‘nice hungry’ moments.
I am not happy about having to take medication at the best of times, and have stood my ground on statins because of potential side effects. It has taken me YEARS to get my body straight after decades of diet abuse, so I am naturally wary of all things medicine oriented.
It takes me back to my GP in Poole who did a series of blood tests over 6 months and said that if my hormone levels were text book, there was probably something wrong, but if they were out of the tick list parameters, I was fine,  as it was natural for me.
I confess my cholesterol level was a lot higher than I’d hoped but all being well, the Ezetimibe will be enough to reduce it, that and avoiding the cake shops.

Have a good day everyone. Keep safe.


About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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15 Responses to Today is Monday 9th August

  1. Great post.
    Have a beautiful day!

  2. Glad you got your puppy fix. Sorry about the cholesterol but hopefully the drug will work and that will be that. Fingers crossed for you.

    • Thanks Fransi. I can but try, and just hope for no side effects.

      • Or at least no bad side effects. Some are tolerable. The important thing is to get your cholesterol under control.

      • Exactly. I expect a few niggles, but if the aches and pains materialise, then I’ll be thinking again. I confess that going into the cake shop probably does have a lot to do with it 😦
        Oh well, see what it’s like in 6 months.

      • Not sure how much the cake shop has to do with it unless what you’re buying is high in eggs, cream and bad fat like butter.

      • ‘fraid so……… Hubby likes the custard slices and gingerbread teddies, I like the flapjacks and cream slices. Then of course there is the savoury slices. In trying to find something Hubby can eat without issue, I’ve been having the same. I intend to be very strict with myself over the next 6 months, and if I fancy something like that, it will be a treat once a month or so, not weekly. He can have one though. I’ve been good with the diet and synning the bad stuff, but obviously overindulged these past few weeks. My fault entirely, so I’ll have to work harder.

      • It’s not easy, especially when your hubby can eat them. It’s hard to sit there and not have one as well, I know that. But you have a lot of discipline so you can do it.

      • Must remember to chat up Will Power again LOL.

  3. Sorry to hear cakes will have to be rationed! Hope the meds will help x

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