Thursday, February 01, 2007

Oh. That explains a lot.

Seems we've found the root cause of things. Apparently, severely restricting the blood flow to ones brain can cause mood swings, memory loss, confusion and all kinds of other Alzheimer's-like symptoms. Who'd'a thunk it?

I knew my cholesterol was high. I wouldn't be allowed to attend any family functions if I weren't able to prove that I was at an extreme risk for sudden, catastrophic cardiovascular collapse. It's the closest thing to a heritage that we Rogerses have, you know. What I didn't know was quite how bad things had gotten in the last year.

For someone in my risk group, a total cholesterol level of 4 mmol/L is considered borderline (that translates to about 140 mg/dL for the Americans in the audience, quite a bit lower than the 200 or so that "normies" would be scared of). I knew I was high-risk, given my family history, so I'd been doing the good diet and exercise things. And I was getting regular checks. Somehow, though, my total cholesterol managed to drift a bit higher than I'd planned. To a point somewhere northward of 25 (that's around 900 on the American scale). My HDL level is normal, which means that my LDL (boo, hiss) is sitting at the "why are you still alive" level. And that's just the serum level — the metric tonne is probably a better unit of measure for the deposits on my artery walls.

If I hadn't been ignoring the chest pains, thinking them simply a consequence of the damage I did to my heart in my wild years, I'd probably have caught it sooner. As it was, it wasn't until my vision started to go and my hands and feet kept falling numb that I figured out that something was wronger (that should be a word) than usual. An optometrist was able to see rich deposits and stake a claim on my retinas — if there's a market for this stuff, he's going to be a rich man.

Needless to say, the pipes are being treated with Drano now (er, Lipitor, and rather a lot of it — thank God and the government of Ontario that I don't have to pay for it). It's a race to see if the clogs can be cleared before anything major fails permanently. But at least I know what's wrong. I wasn't going crazy. I was just dying quietly.

31 comments:

Charles Robinson said...

I'm glad you found the voice to ask for help, Stan. :) I wish you a speedy recovery and look forward to seeing you back to normal... or what passes for it. ;-)

Ben Langhinrichs said...

Well, I'm certainly glad the doctors found something to try and help. I hope you are back to full health, or what passes for it these days, as quickly as possible. Let us know if there us any way we can help.

Karen Demerly said...

Having a diagnosis really does help one's peace of mind. Here's to the pipe cleaners winning the race.

Vitor Pereira said...

Knowing what's wrong is great news.
Here's to a full recovery.

Ben Poole said...

Wishing you a full and speedy recovery Stan. Knowing what's wrong sure helps an awful lot!

Anonymous said...

Stan, it's so good to hear from you! I'm glad you've got a course of action to help you get well. Hope you feel better soon!
Debbie

Rob McDonagh said...

Stan, good to hear that you're making progress. Keep us posted, ok? And do let us know if there's anything constructive we can do.

Stu Mac said...

I'm sure it's great news that they have diagnosed the problem, though I'm sure there will be hurdles to cross in the future.

It's good to hear from you, Stan, good luck with the recovery.

Stuart

Anonymous said...

Wow Stan!!!, it's good to hear from you again!!!!!

Jean-Yves

gregg said...

Nice to hear from you! I hope that you are back in good health soon.

Anonymous said...

I wouldn't stop the "other" meds quite yet. Remember: pink cloud...

Ashish Sidapara said...

No more debugging as we know what is wroing.
Hope the folks can provide a solution as quickly and efficiently as possible, somthing you have done to thousands of us out there.

Mika Heinonen said...

Heh, I have also such high blood pressure that doctors always say I should be dead already.

But well, I think it's all about individual biology.

And of course I hope you all the best and wish that you get well as soon as possible.

Senthil Kumar said...

We all pray for your speedy recovery. I know its been quite a while i posted any comment here but today i read many of your posts and i thought i will post this. I am still expecting the book which you said you are gonna write for Notes/Domino, so that people like me and many others can be enlightened but please for the time being read some good spiritual books in any form than techie stuff.

We all know you could pull yourself off this situation. YOU WILL BE GREAT SOON.

Joe Litton said...

Stan,
It is GOOD NEWS indeed that you've discovered this issue before the body had quit. Cholesterol of 900!!! wow. I'm looking forward to your post in a month or two reporting cholesterol at a normal level, and much better feeling overall.

Cheers,
Joe

Ben Dubuc said...

Man, that Montreal smoked meat really got to you!!! ;)

Glad you found the booboo... I'm still looking for mine

Take good care of you

Esther said...

Glad to hear from you, Stan. As developers and support personnel, we all know it's much easier to fix a problem once we know what the problem really is... and the end user certainly can't be depended on to tell us! Good luck with your recovery.

Dan said...

Stan,

You are incredibly resilient.

Dan

Mark C. said...

Hey Stan,

It must be a relief to know that there is a physical, fixable reason for your problems and that it isn't something in your mind. They can be harder to reprogram than the most obfuscated code you've ever seen! :-)

Get well soon, there are lots of people pulling for you.

Ed Brill said...

Good luck with the Lipitor -- it's done wonders for me.

Perhaps we'll yet get to meet in April -- another Lotusphere Comes to You in Toronto...

dietrich willing said...

Good to see you are getting better.

I was really worried for you.

Anonymous said...

I'm glad to hear you are moving forward from that very dark place.

Bernard

Coatsie said...

Great to hear from you again Stan.

Sounds to me like you're on your way back up !

Stay Strong & keep safe

Scott Good said...

Stan,

That's great news...finally a treatable problem to find a solution to. I know you'll do well. Our thoughts are with you.

Scott

Anonymous said...

Hi Stan sorry to here you are not well, I did here recently that eating Quaker Oats daily can help bring down cholesterol. Keep you spirits up and get well soon here is a link Quaker oats

Karen Demerly said...

Okay, it's been too long again. Knock, knock, or has anyone been in touch with Stan?

Philip Storry said...

Good to know you're alive and getting better. :-)

I hope that you make rapid improvements. This is a selfish hope, as I'd just like you to blog more...

;-)

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John said...

dude! sorry to hear about your cholesterol, but glad to hear you are making headway overall. thank god you figured it out! nice to see you blogging again. i need to do that again myself sometime soon... ;-)

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