I’ve made it (at least temporarily) back to the office. I still feel rotten and can barely talk, but I don’t think I could have stood another day in bed with daytime television. Plus the fact that I’m out doesn’t keep the workload from piling on.

So I’m working away, trying to get caught up and pretending that I don’t look and feel like death warmed over, when I get a phone call from my doctor’s office. I had my annual physical a week or so ago and they’re calling with the results of my tests.

Everything looks pretty good with the exception of my triglycerides, which are definitely in the “high” column. (Not the “very high” column, but certainly not within a healthy range where they should be.)

Now I come from a long line of family members with both high cholesterol and high triglycerides. We have a strong family history of heart disease, hypertension, and diabetes. I’ve actually been pretty proud of the fact that (up until now anyway), I’ve been able to keep my cholesterol, triglyceride, and blood sugar counts in the normal category. (Albeit, the occasional “high” normal, but still normal.)

None of my lifestyle habits have changed except that I’m getting more exercise than I used to (except when I’m dying with the crud and can barely get out of bed), so I’m not sure that’s the culprit. Looking at the other aspects that can elevate triglycerides, I look at drugs that can impact the number:

  • estrogen (check)
  • beta channel blockers – for high blood pressure and Raynaud’s (check)
  • diuretics – for high blood pressure and edema (check)

So what’s a girl to do? I’m not particularly willing to give up any of these medications. I am hopeful that this is a one-time situation caused by the diuretics. In fact, right before my check up I had not only increased the dosage of the diuretic to once a day, but I had accidentally taken an extra diuretic. (Don’t ask.)

In the meantime, I guess I’ll also look at diet and lifestyle changes to see if I can be even more committed to eating and doing the right thing. I go back in July for my next check and hopefully I’ll be boringly normal once again.

Hope whatever results you get today are the ones you want. Thanks for checking in.