Monday, March 28, 2011

Gratitude Monday -- Half-Measures Edition

Last Thursday I cut my beta blocker dosage in half. I got there by exercising.
Since late May of 2009 I've been doing something called Tibetan Rites.  They are essentially yoga stretches and they are easy to do. I found them in a book called  Ancient Secret of the Fountain of Youth, by Peter Kelder, a book I got for free thanks to my cousin Reb.
I started the exercises a  few weeks after having a catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation. By early August my cardiologist told me I had to have a second procedure, but I felt too good for him to be able to justify it. 
In November of 2009 he looked at some fresh test results and said my heart was working within the normal ranges.
I told my husband we were going to Cuba. Such things must be celebrated.
In late May 2010 my cardiologist told me he no longer needed to see me.
I told my husband we were going to Egypt.
Last week I saw my family doctor for the new, lower strength prescription.
Gratitude doesn't seem like a strong enough word.
I make no representations as to the efficacy of said Rites. I offer anecdotal evidence only.
Your mileage may vary. Please consult a physician before starting any exercise program.


carla said...

I love this.
and have had more than a few of those moments where gratitude does NOT feel big enough.

Leah J. Utas said...

Thanks, Carla. We're going to have to invent a word for it, I think.

Dawn said...

Celebrations needed for certain.
Where are you going to celebrate this Half Measures Edition?
I'm thrilled, Leah!

Leah J. Utas said...

Thank you so much, Dawn. My celebrations will be biking and hiking at places like Crimson Lake and Siffleur Falls. Maybe others, too, we'll see.

Bossy Betty said...

Great news and you are to be congratulated for your efforts and positive attitude!

Clare2e said...

Wonderful news! Taking less (when you can) always feels better. There's no treatment for any condition that's as side-effect free as good health. If only that came in a bottle : )

Leah J. Utas said...

Thank you, Bossy Betty.

Thanks, Clare. I'd take the full dose of good health in a bottle any day.

Reb said...

I love that that book has helped you so much Leah. Celebrations are good, take lots of photos to share with us ;)

Thanks for the link love.

Leah J. Utas said...

Reb, you're welcome. I'll have a camera with me on my hikes.

the Bag Lady said...

That's wonderful news! Glad to hear you are going around half-cocked now.

Oh, wait....

Hilary said...

Excellent news, Leah. Good for you. The photo of your broken pills looks like a stick person (caplet person?) jumping over a hurdle. How apropos.

Leah J. Utas said...

Bag Lady, I've been doing that for years.

Hilary, thank you. Don't see the caplet figure yet, but I'm too close to the pic, I think.

Hilary said...

Solid caplet is the body.. it's angled diagonally. Head is at the top of the caplet. Next two broken caps are the arms. Bottom piece is the hurdle and the two above it are the legs jumping over it. If you still don't see it.. just lie to me. ;)

Leah J. Utas said...

Thanks, Hilary, I see it now. I didn't have the angle right originally. Good call.