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January 13, 2005

Popping Cancer: quick hit

Saw the local doc today.

It turns out he agrees with me that the following can lead to low blood pressure:

1 - Losing 85 pounds but maintaining the high-level blood pressure meds.

2 - Adding a heart pill (Coreg) at high doses, that also trims the BP.

3 - Not eating or drinking for a late (11 a.m.) surgery.

4 - Beginning a new diet with no caffeine, after years of pop-guzzling.

So I'm taking a few days off the BP meds. Just to see. By Monday, we should be able to check the BP clearly. Another snag is that one of the BP meds helped me process potassium as well, so we'll have to keep an eye on that, too (yay! more blood tests!).

All in all, a good night's sleep, some violent blogging and a good meal have my spirits back up where they should be. I'll be hearing any time now about my rescheduled biopsy, and I'm going to Maryland tomorrow and Saturday for my sister-in-law's wedding.

I remain anxious to start chemotherapy. Silly-sounding, yes, but at least it will make me feel like I'm participating in my own health. I also apologize for continuing to postpone the supplements post, but it'll be a snoozer anyway. Suffice it to say that I'm taking a bunch of supplements and they're all expensive.

Time to walk the dog.

Posted by Dan at January 13, 2005 01:13 PM

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