Friday, June 23, 2006

Had a real health scare this week - well, not me, but a colleague and it's got me thinking/worrying, as I do. She had a TIA (like a mini-stroke) quite out of the blue and she's only a little older than me. Apparently her blood pressure is really high, she needs to lose weight and her cholesterol is high also. She is going to have treatment etc and the outlook is good but it's shaken her and made me concerned about myself. I have always had low blood pressure and my cholesterol was fine last time it was checked but these things change.....I know I need to lose some weight. I exercise a lot but I'll try to do more, watch my food intake more carefully and make sure I keep up with the cholesterol-lowering yoghurt drinks!

I had started going for evening walks with 3 friends but they go really fast and my ankle and knee joints are crippled afterwards. So i'm going to carry on the walks but at my own pace. Maybe Phil will come with me sometimes. Also, the nights I don't walk I'll cycle with S.

Am off to visit T on Sunday in Leeds. I'm looking forward to it. At least I know my way now!!


TotalChaos said...

A TIA is a very scary thing. I have had one. I don't have any of the pre-dispositions for one, other than the heart attack and then bypasses for that. That was three years after the heart attack, and no problems in the seven years since. Don't wan another one of those. I'm on a diet now that I realized last month that I am 30# over my ideal weight. Man, it's hard to diet.

CG said...

I feel like I've been on some sort of diet my whole life. Can't ever imagine eating without guilt...!