Jun 24, 2010

Ok Doc. Chill. I Get It

Ok. So the doctor wants me to lose weight, exercise more, eat right, take my meds, and reduce the stress level.

  • Lose weight - Check. I am on my way to losing weight - the goal is to lose 25 more pounds to get to college weight.
  • Exercise - Check. I have been exercising more regularly. Been in the gym 3-4 days a week for 60 minutes on the treadmill. The goal is to make it 4-5 days a week for 60 minutes on the treadmill.
  • Eat right - My wife is all over that. I've been eating all kinds of stuff I don't like for days now. It's all good. Here's what I have to stay away from - cholesterol, saturated fat, spicy foods, sugar, carbs, salty foods. But I can eat everything else - you know non-sweet, non-spicy, non-salty, no flavor stuff.  J/k...There are like three tasty things that meet the above criteria. J/k. I really don't mind eating a healthier diet.
  • Take my meds - Check. The last time I asked if I could reduce the number of pills I'm taking doctor said, "Sure. If you don't mind dying." Uh...ok...I'll keep taking the meds.
  • Reduce the stress level...hmmm...I am a father of four - 14, 12, 10 year-old girls, and a 5 year-old boy, I pastor a church that is going through awesome but huge transformation and reorganization with a history of disfunction...ok...
I never knew how much stress impacts the body.

About six months before my bypass surgery, I had a thorough physical (40 year-old check up) where the doctor told me I was borderline diabetic, had minor hypertension but overall, everything looked good. I was told to be careful about my sugar numbers and my blood pressure.  

And then major stress hit me like a ton of bricks in the next six months.

The bodily toll of the stress:
  • my sugar numbers were in the 600's (normal number should be under 110 fasting)
  • my cholesterol numbers in the 900's (normal number should be in the 100's)
  • my triglyceride (that's the stuff that hardens the arteries) was over 6000 (normal numbers should be in the 100's)
  • my blood pressure was off the charts
  • my kidneys were failing and releasing protein into the blood stream
  • all this added up to having 90% blockage in two of the four main arteries, and 100% blockage in the other two main arteries to the heart. 
  • I was a walking heart-attack.
My body was shutting down. All in six months. Stress was a major contributor to my body being sick.

So what's the lesson for the day?

De-escalate the stress level in your lives. Do all those other things - exercise, eat right, etc. And also remember to chill out. 

That's my plan. That's what I will be working on. 


I can do that.


I like it.


I'm all over it.


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