“The ramblings and grumblings of author Ad Hudler”

Bad news from the doctor's office
Friday, December 5, 2008

Those of you who were following this blog in early fall will remember how I started sharing my nightly "gin count," in hopes that I would feel more accountable for my drinking and, thus, hopefully, STOP drinking so much. Well ... I haven't mentioned it for quite some time, as you might have noticed, and it's because the gin has been flowing rather freely. And this will be coming to a stop.

Even before my doc walked into the room his Cuban-born nurse, who usually flirts with me, let me have it. She looked at my blood-work report and said, "You are bad! You need to stop eating bad things!"

Indeed, Doc confirmed this: Good cholesterol down. Bad cholesterol up.

"What is that level you watch that shows how much I drink?" I asked him.

"Do you drink too much?" he asked me.

"Well, I'm a big guy," I answered. "Too much for you wouldn't be too much for me."

He rolled his eyes. "Your triglycerides are high. That's because of the booze. Now, cut it out. And watch the red meat."

"But I power-lift,"I explained. "I need the protein."

"Walnuts. Almonds. Tofu. Egg substitutes," he countered.

Egad. So ... I have decided to go cold-turkey, in a way. I am NOT GOING TO DRINK ON WEEKNIGHTS. Yes, that's right: Only the weekend.

FYI: A sign of these highly-digital times: My wife emailed me a few hours after the meeting and said, "I hear you got in trouble from the doctor?"

She had been alerted by a friend in Reno who had read my facebook status, where I'd divulged the sad truth!
Everyone now: "It's a small world, after all ... it's a small world, aaaaaafter alllllll ...."


Blogger Dan said...

Alas, I too have fallen victim to the dreaded triglycerides in the past and in addition to the obvious there are a couple of other things that can help. I take a B complex vitamin and Milk Thistle religiously and it has seemed to help. I also drink tons of water ... gotta be nice to the liver :-)

December 5, 2008 at 2:11 PM  
Blogger Ad Hudler said...

Thanks, Papa Zook!

December 5, 2008 at 10:12 PM  

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