Well, so far this year I have had a lot of health problems, with lumps and bumps, unexplained bleeding (TMI I know!) and absolute agony. There have been many hospital trips, GP appointments, blood tests (shudder – I hate needles), biopsies (again with the needles!), scans, mammograms and cameras in places you don’t want to know about.
Fortunately, most of the problems were nothing to worry about, the biopsies were fine and other things settled down. The abdominal pain (for which read agony – worse than being in labour!) turned out to be ‘multiple stones in your gall bladder. It looks like a sack of grit!’ Which explains the pain and means that I need to have a minor operation to remove it. The gall bladder, that is! Waiting for the appointment but it should be sometime in September, fingers crossed.
One of the problems with blood tests is that they sometimes find other things to worry about. Turns out I am ‘considerably anaemic and low on folic acid. Oh, and your cholesterol is incredibly high, what do you eat?’ So I am on a low-fat diet and Benecol type products for lowering cholesterol and bowls of porridge every day, as I wasn’t keen to start taking statins as yet. We shall see how it goes and hope for the best!
Being anaemic is something that happens regularly with me so it was no surprise and I had suspicions about my cholesterol level as it had been fairly high last time it was checked. Time to start paying more attention to what I eat, although to be fair I eat a lot of fruit and veg and always use frylight, reduced-fat cheeses and low-fat or fat-free yoghurts, fromage frais, cottage cheese and so on, so I’m not sure what else I can cut out! I don’t even own a deep fat fryer!
Anyway, that’s all of the new problems. I won’t even get started on the arthritis (riddled with it) or the grade 6 fibromyalgia, or the epilepsy! If I was a horse they would have shot me years ago.
Here’s to hoping for a better and healthier time for the rest of the year!