Monday, November 18, 2013

Gratitude Moday -- Renewed

Two weeks ago today I tossed aside my prescription heart medications.
I haven't felt this good in years.
This was a goal. I set out on it a few years ago. I slowly and methodically had my beta blocker dosage reduced from 200 mg a day down to 25 mg a day. The 25 mg was cut in half with 12.5 mg or thereabouts twice daily.
It was good enough, but I aimed to do better.
The digoxin was already at the lowest normal dosage.

I still have atrial fibrillation. It will likely take invasive medical intervention to cure it.
This does not interest me.
I take a low dose ASA. I am investigating mineral supplements to make me even healthier.
A-Fib, as we in the know call it, doesn't stop me from doing much except maybe shovelling snow.
This is not an issue for me.

My cardiologist said I could throw away the digoxin, but I have to keep the metoprolol (the beta blocker) around in case I have a  problem like shortness of breath.
I have no intention of having any problems.

I feel mentally sharper and physically more energetic. In short, renewed.
For this, and for having had the medications and for all they did for me, I am grateful.

GoatDay 020
I  feel as bouncy and agile as this goat.


Tabor said...

It is always good news when you can live on reduce medicines...because for all the good they provide there are sometimes side-effects that are mild but not good. You sound mahvelous dahling! Keep up the good work. Love that goat photo, they are such stunning creatures.

solarity said...

[wild cheering from the crowd]

Stay well!

Mary Anne in Kentucky

Leah J. Utas said...

Thank you so much, Tabor and Mary Anne.

Agree about goats, Tabor.

the Bag Lady said...

Yay! That is fabulous news - keep doing whatever it is you are doing, 'cause it seems to be working!

the Bag Lady said...

Yay! That is fabulous news - keep doing whatever it is you are doing, 'cause it seems to be working!

Leah J. Utas said...

I surely will, Bag Lady. Thanks.

Chris said...


Crabby McSlacker said...

Wow, way to take control of your health! So glad to hear you're feeling so well, and that you're off the meds with no ill effects. Yay!

Leah J. Utas said...

Thanks, Chris and Crabby.
I am going to make sure it stays this way or even better.

messymimi said...

Congratulations! You are taking control of your health and your decisions, and that is a grand thing.

Leah J. Utas said...

Thanks, Messymimi.

Hilary said...

Excellent. Keep on keeping on.

Leah J. Utas said...

I will.