My lifelong very high cholesterol is finally catching up with me. I have a genetic kind, Apo E Type 3 Hyperlipdaemia, which was diagnosed over twenty years ago. The kind of cholesterol it affects is the Triglycerides, which is also associated with Type 2 Diabetes. I’ve struggled with my sugar levels ever since but have managed to avoid Diabetes so far, keeping myself in the Impaired Glucose Regulation category. The tablets for the cholesterol, Fenofibrate, increase my risk of clots and, after a leg fracture, I suffered a Pulmonary Embolus and more recently, after a trip to India, a Deep Vein Thrombosis. I’m, therefore, on anticoagulants for life. Slowly, my renal function has deteriorated, most likely due to some furring of the Renal Arteries, and my blood pressure has risen. I now, officially, have Hypertension and Chronic Kidney Disease as well but all of these conditions are related, one leading to another. I’m at the early stages. The tablets newly added to my regime are more to prevent further damage. More annoying is that stress, largely work related, has increased my stomach acid, streaking my innards with tracks of ulcerative erosions and giving me reflux. The usual tablets for this cause me to visit the toilet six plus times a day. The second choices are simply not available because of a manufacturing cock-up and an interruption of supplies from Europe. As a result, the only way I can manage it is to eat a bland diet that already has to be low in fat, salt and sugar. Still, it should make it easier to lose the stone I need to for my kidneys and blood pressure.
I’m lucky. I may be taking five different medications, plus vitamin D, a relatively side effect free theoretical insurance against Covid 19, but I don’t feel unwell at all.
I know others on The Afterword have posted about their experience with far more serious conditions and none of us are getting any younger. I thought it may be time for people to check in and tell us how you are getting on or, maybe, share if you wish to if you haven’t before.