I am not a doctor. I am providing information based on experiences that my mom has with natural remedies. The purpose of this blog is to help folks to educate themselves. Use this information with your own discernment.

22 July 2010

Our Trip to the Doctor

We visited my mom's Cardiologist today.  It wasn't as bad as I had been expecting.  The doctor knows how we feel about cholesterol lowering meds.  My mom's cholesterol was in the normal range, 114 and he wanted it lower, he wants her cholesterol to be 70 because of her hearts medical history.

Seniors taking cholesterol lowering drugs is not a good idea.  It causes muscle weakness.  It causes more harm than good.  My mom stopped taking this drug a long time ago, back when she still had her mind.  Cholesterol lowering drugs caused her lots of muscle aches and pains with a general feeling of "icky."

We waited for the doctor.  My mom was doing all these cute poses.  I had my camera so I started to take pictures of her.  We laughed and laughed, it was a fun way to pass the time.  I'm sure we sounded like we were having a party in the exam room while waiting for the doctor to arrive.

The doctor came in, talked about the importance of keeping ones blood pressure and cholesterol low.  He was not telling us anything that we haven't heard before.   He tried to get his head around the idea that my mom wasn't taking any pharma meds... he told her that he wanted her to take some.  Why?  Not sure.  We listened.  We smiled.  We left.

Driving out of the parking lot, I stopped at a stop sign and a hawk flew in front of the truck carrying a squirrel!  WOW.   The hawk landed on the ground.  I had my camera.  I pulled around the corner and hung over my mom while I took pictures and movies.

The hawk did not like us standing so close to him and his dinner.  He gave us a few choice hawk sounds.  I tried to scare him with a toot of the horn.  It didn't work.  He stayed put looking annoyed with us.

Here's the little video that I had taken... I especially love my mom's reaction to the hawk.


  1. Oh my, what a beautiful smile your Mom has! At least for that moment, she looks happy! It's contagious, I'm smiling too.

  2. Thanks Mellodee... yup, my mom has a great smile when you can get her to light up. We were yuking it up in the exam room. Whenever I pulled out my camera and flipped it on within a second, my mom busted out laughing... that's what I captured in this picture.

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