Health Report for March 2011

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Last week I was in to see my doctor. There’s been some question about “protein levels” in a previous blood screening a few months back, and so we did a follow-up. Yeah, nothing particularly alarming, but he wanted to up my levels of B12 and D3 (vitamin D3 in particular being the new darling of the vitamin research world).

While I was there, I asked him about the pain I’ve been having in my left arm, which my Pilates instructor diagnosed as tendinitis. He agreed, performing his own rudimentary and direct test of this hypothesis by applying pressure just forward and around from my elbow and asking “does this hurt?”

“Yeah, it does, and you can stop now,” was my reply. At which point we kicked around likely causes (I suspect the curl exercises I’ve been doing in Pilates) and my options to either let it heal (a long, slow process) or go in for some steroid injections to deal with the pain while I let it heal.

Unless it becomes worse, I’m foregoing the shots. The pain is minimal most of the time. On the downside though, there are times when I seem to have almost no strength in my left hand, limiting what I can carry or lift. I’m starting to think of my left arm as my T-rex arm, comparatively wimpy and useless, but good for waving around. And so it goes.

In other health-type news, I’ve put back on some of the weight I’d lost. Part of this can be blamed on succumbing to various yummy treats at the Lunacon parties (damn you, Ian!), but only part. My exercise regimen also took a hit in the last couple of weeks from conflicting appointments and travel. I need to get back the Improved Nutrition and Exercise horse and resume my slow decline in mass.

And that’s about it Health-wise. I’m still hitting the gym several times each week, doing four miles on the machines when I’m there, and I’m also having my ass kicked by the Pilates instructor twice a week. Time will tell if the miracle D3 does anything for me when I head back to my doctor’s in about four months for a new blood panel or two. Till then, the goal is to continue with eating better and less, and moving more.


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