First I am only relating what is/has happened to me.
I have high cholesterol. I have tried diet to control it, but really didn’t put a lot of effort into it. I exercise but knee problems prevent me from becoming the world’s next champion body builder, LOL!
Anyway, my doc has had me on several Statins to control my cholesterol and I relied heavily on them. It required very little effort on my part, other than to swallow a pill.
But each time I am on a Statin, I end up with severe muscle pain. So this recent visit resulted in a discussion about which would be better for me. He decided to use Livalo, not as potent as the others, but far less side effects.
So I get to the pharmacy to pick up my meds. First , they tell me they don’t carry it, but they do check its cost for me.
$210.00 every friggin’ month as my co-pay!!!!!!!!
That is totally ABSURD!
Of course, I tell the pharmacist I cannot afford that…who can?. Then I call my doc’s office and tell them the same thing. I don’t know what he will order, but I know one thing……I’m sure going to change my ways….I plan to put forth more effort into losing weight and eating right.
I just might get lucky and not have to be on a Statin to lower my cholesterol. I sure hope so.
…”Mom, you should start a jogging program. You could do the Couch to 5K.”
I look at him and think, “There, there, child. You’re just having a senior moment.”
Hell, I’m 62 y/o. MOVEMENT is my goal! I don’t want to be pushed around in a wheelchair. I don’t want to fear stairs and have to do that one foot shuffle thing just to get up or down them. I don’t want younger folks to think, “OMG, there’s an old person, shuffling along this walkway. Quick, let’s get around her.” I don’t want to be that old lady at the beach wearing a bikini and have people nearly break their necks doing a double take. I don’t want to be a contestant on The Biggest Loser.
This is what I want.
I want to be able to control my high cholesterol with diet alone and get off the medication.
I want to be able to walk up or down stairs without fear of tripping and falling.
I want to be able to walk around a museum or zoo or garden without becoming winded and having to rest every few feet.
I want to be healthy and stay out of a hospital.
I want strong bones.
I want a healthy heart.
I want muscles strong enough to pick up a few bags of groceries or a heavy skillet without fear of dropping it on my foot.
I want to be able to walk without shuffling my feet like so many folks do in a nursing home.
I want to be able to sit in a chair at a restaurant without my a$$ hanging over the sides.
I want my internal organs to function as normally as possible.
I want to be able to take a trip and not have to sleep for 2 days just to recouperate.
I want to enjoy my retirement.
I want to be the healthy person younger folks look up to.
These are just a few of the things I want. Healthy is my goal, not running some 5k thing. And I am working on my goal.
I am walking my dog about 2 miles a day. I am drinking more water. I am counting calories and monitoring the kinds of foods I eat. Yes, I do splurge on occasion but that’s ok.
So I will continue with my goals to become that healthy person. The rest will all fall into place in time.