Stay Safe Everyone!

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Re: Stay Safe Everyone!

Postby mlrg » Sat Oct 13, 2018 2:47 pm

Hurricane Leslie is about to hit Portugal starting in Lisbon and heading north. Windgusts in my apartment are huge right now and the peak will be between 11pm and 4am local time (it’s 8:45 pm right now).

I’m 40 years old and I don’t remember a hurricane ever hitting Portugal. Global warming it is...

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Re: Stay Safe Everyone!

Postby Precious Doll » Fri Oct 05, 2018 6:05 pm

Big Magilla wrote:Sounds like you're on the right track.


Certainly does sound like you are doing very well.

Walking is great exercise. I used to walk to work which took about 40 minutes and only stopped walking home in the last couple of years due to my job becoming too demanding and keeping me back late, thereby leading to me catching the bus.

Since I retired I'm not walking as much as I should be. I walk to visit my mother almost every day and then walk home but that is only a 25 minute walk both ways. I did start a walking regime earlier in the year which was an hours walk around the University of Sydney which includes walking up hills with very few roads to cross, then I hit one of my depressed states in May caused by a combination of dramas and stopped.

I resumed my walking regime after coming back from the Melbourne Film Festival when to my horror (and depression) I had gained 2kg over the last 2 months or so.

Some advise I can give it make sure you walking every day, even if it is raining. On rainy days use an old pair of runners that don't matter if they get drenched. In warmer weather take a bottle of water with you. Try to incorporate some hills in the walk and try to make the walks a little longer as time goes on. You know a walk has done you good when you finish and feel great.

I've had blood pressure problems for decades that are caused by stress. Even when I was in peak physical condition in my 30's if I got stressed up would go the blood pressure. In general it hasn't been too bad but recently it has started creeping up - probably an age thing.

Also, with eating try to limit processed foods, sugarary foods (including tropical fruit), bread, potato, white rice & pasta. I had a personal trainer back in 1999 simply to get my away from my job for 2 hours a week and some sound advice he gave me was that life was meant to be enjoyed to make sure you treat yourself from time to time - just don't let it turn into a habit. But whatever changes you make to your diet need to be things that can be sustained. One benefit of not working is I generally have a light breakfast and then very little lunch. My eating sins are eating out at restaurants too often and almost daily consumption of half a bottle of red wine & cheese.
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Re: Stay Safe Everyone!

Postby Big Magilla » Thu Oct 04, 2018 9:40 pm

Sounds like you're on the right track.
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Postby Greg » Thu Oct 04, 2018 8:21 pm

Greg wrote:The doctor said I had a minor heart attack, but, fortunately it was minor enough that there was no meaningful damage to my heart. After this, the doctor said that I was doing well in my followup exam and I have been feeling fine.


So, since then, I have had four (I think) checkups with my primary doctor, a second checkup with my cardiologist, a set of blood tests, and a second set of blood tests with urine tests. The results have been very good. My blood-pressure results have all been good (generally something like 117/72); I am neither diabetic nor pre-diabetic; and, my primary doctor said my cholesterol numbers are better than hers. Out of the four medications I had been taking daily, my cardiologist told me to stop taking clopidogrel (blood thinning) and has put me on half dosages of metoprolol (blood pressure) and atorvastatin (anti-cholesterol). He said I would probably stop the metoprolol in a year. I will probably continue to take low-dose (81 mg) aspirin for an indefinite period of time.

The one thing I wish to change is to lose some weight. My main source of exercise is walking, which I enjoy greatly. Now that it has cooled down at least a little here in Florida, I am seriously trying to find the time for half-hour-evening-power walks five times a week.
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Postby Greg » Fri Sep 22, 2017 9:27 am

Thanks for the kind words, everyone!
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Postby FilmFan720 » Wed Sep 20, 2017 9:19 am

Greg, I'm so sorry to hear. When it rains, it pours. Hopefully, there will be some less rainy days ahead, if not some sunshine!
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Postby flipp525 » Wed Sep 20, 2017 8:29 am

Thinking of you, Greg. Wishing you safety and good health.
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Re: Stay Safe Everyone!

Postby Reza » Wed Sep 20, 2017 3:50 am

Take care and stay safe Gregg.

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Re: Stay Safe Everyone!

Postby Precious Doll » Wed Sep 20, 2017 1:47 am

All the best Greg. You have really been through the trenches. Take care.
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Re: Stay Safe Everyone!

Postby danfrank » Tue Sep 19, 2017 7:22 pm

I'm sorry to hear about all you've been through, Greg. As a heart attack survivor (also fairly minor) with two stents of my own, I can only encourage you to use this as an opportunity to make a strong commitment to taking good care of yourself. I hope you have access to good follow-up care. I was lucky enough to have a world-class cardiologist (a former president of the American College of Cardiology), and he said that if you do nothing else, take that daily low-dose aspirin. Diet, exercise, and stress management also play an important role. Best of luck to you. And, my condolences for the loss of your father.

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Postby Big Magilla » Tue Sep 19, 2017 6:13 pm

Wow, Greg. Take care of yourself!
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Re: Stay Safe Everyone!

Postby Greg » Tue Sep 19, 2017 5:42 pm

I live in Florida, but, about 200-300 miles north of The Keys/Miami area which really got hit; so, apart from losing electricity for 5 days, my area was spared.

I am glad I at least got this, as the whole time of August/early September was quite Hellish for me. First, my Father passed away at 80 years of age. He lived a good life, but, his death came quite sudden.

Then, in the midst of planning his memorial, I felt chest pains and went to the emergency room. It turns out I had a blocked coronary artery and had two stents placed in it. The doctor said I had a minor heart attack, but, fortunately it was minor enough that there was no meaningful damage to my heart. After this, the doctor said that I was doing well in my followup exam and I have been feeling fine. I did, however, have to deal with my Father still being in the morgue of the same hospital as I was having my operation, quite a morbidly emotional experience.

Then came Irma, which, as I said, was at least minor for my area. Finally, I am now getting to a normal life.
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Re: Stay Safe Everyone!

Postby Sonic Youth » Fri Sep 08, 2017 10:44 pm

Irma's not going anywhere near me, but my nerves are stretched to the breaking point over this. I can only imagine what Floridians are going through, with this huge thing looming over them for the past 10 days-plus. Is this what living through the Cuban Missile Crisis was like?
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Re: Stay Safe Everyone!

Postby danfrank » Wed Sep 06, 2017 9:12 pm

Yeah, I have close friends in Fort Lauderdale and they're terrified. They're getting out but are afraid of losing everything they have, including both property and community. This one looks to be a monster. I can only hope that it veers off course and/or slows down. Of course that won't help the Caribbean islands that have already been hit.

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Re: Stay Safe Everyone!

Postby Big Magilla » Wed Sep 06, 2017 8:18 pm

Sonic Youth wrote:
Okri wrote:Okay, I have no idea if any of you are in Florida (or were in Texas/Louisiana) but if you are in any area that could be impacted, stay safe.

I can't think of anyone here who lives in Florida, but if anyone is there, I'm wishing you all the best.


I can think of several.
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