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Gaming the system

Mmmm…oatmeal! Behold, my dinner. (No, I’m lying. I stole that picture off the internet. I was too lazy even to take my own oatmeal picture).

I have a blood test tomorrow, and it’s the stupid 14-hour fasting one, so that’s my last food until noon. I’m going to turn in early and hope to sleep through.

See, I really, really don’t want to be put on statins. On the other hand, I HATE arguing with doctors. So far, the oatmeal trick has worked pretty well.

There’s no cholesterol in beer, right?


Comment from Ric Fan
Time: July 3, 2018, 9:19 pm

What does the 14 hour fasting test check for? I thought it was for glucose. I refuse to have them anymore. I know Im not diabetic. In the am, I want my freaking coffee & bagel. I dont want to drive to a lab and stand around waiting for the lab tech who is always late to open up.

As far as arguing with docs: dont argue; just dont take the statins. You do have control over your own body.

Comment from ExpressoBold
Time: July 3, 2018, 9:30 pm

Straight-A students are being turned away from British medical schools and forced to pay for training in Eastern Europe, while the National Health Service (NHS) plunders the Third World for already-trained doctors instead.

How in the hell is GB not truly screwed by their own NHS?

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: July 3, 2018, 9:51 pm

It’s not just that we are importing doctors (of very variable levels of ability) from the ‘Third World’. Our medical schools are also discriminating against British natives to meet ‘diversity’ targets.

This. of course is excellent news as it means we won’t have to import third rate doctors in future because we’ll be producing plenty of our own. Hurrah for us!

As for the blood test nonsense, I will have nothing to do with it. Much modern medicine seems to have fallen into the hands of quacks in thrall to bogus statistics and drug companies. It’s a bubble much in need of bursting. Sorry, ‘lancing’.

Comment from Anonymous
Time: July 3, 2018, 10:20 pm

Hopefully you won’t be stuck behind this on your way to the doctor:


Not sure exactly where that’s from, but I suspect it isn’t GB because he’s not speaking Arabic…

Comment from Ric Fan
Time: July 3, 2018, 11:25 pm

You know, stoaty, you could do what Keith Richards use to do: go to a clinic in Switzerland, get put in a coma, and they clean your blood for you. Voila! No cholesterol.

Comment from DurnedYankee
Time: July 4, 2018, 12:19 am

I’m with Ric – your body.
I’ve come to see them as body mechanics. Some are good, some are not so good.

That and seeing all the phrama sales people seem to be hot blondes passing in and out of the office while I’m waiting.
Again, go figure.

Comment from Timothy S. Carlson
Time: July 4, 2018, 12:50 am

I was on statins for cholesterol, but eventually all of my joints started acting up. I’m already suffering with the after effects of 4 brain stem strokes, so I really didn’t need the added hinderance to my mobility.

I heard that statins can cause joint pain, so I stopped taking them. Now I feel much, much better and can get around easier. I still have arthritis in my fingers and some level of pain in my right (stroke affected) side major joints, but nothing like when I was on the statins.

I’d rather take my chances with a shorter life and feel halfway decent, than live a long life and feel like shite for most of the tail end.

Comment from OldFert
Time: July 4, 2018, 1:23 am

Maybe you can fly off to Pedo island with Billy Jeff. Not for the underage sex, but for the blood transfusions. I remember reading that blood transfusions from young ‘uns help provide a rejuvenation effect and may extend lifespan.

I kinda figure that’s the other reason Bill & Hill go there.

Comment from Timothy S. Carlson
Time: July 4, 2018, 1:39 am

@OldFert: have you seen Billy Jeff and Hildebeast lately? I don’t think the treatment works – or there’s a Dorian Gray effect that eventually happens (B&H should have read the fine print).

Comment from Bob
Time: July 4, 2018, 2:42 am

We had a friend who went on statins and had bizarre side effects: muscle atrophy, gout, diabetes, memory loss and mental status problems. He basically got everything in the warning brochure. Even the stuff that was “rare circumstances.” That was a few years ago. These days, his wife keeps him hidden from the public, so he’s not really a friend any more.

Comment from OldFert
Time: July 4, 2018, 4:48 am

@Timothy S. Carlson — Yeah, they’re kinda rough looking, but imagine what they’d look like without the transfusions .

Comment from Bob
Time: July 4, 2018, 5:15 am

Timothy, I remember an old sci-fi movie where energy vampires came to earth on a comet. They were dried out husks until they sucked the life force out of humans, who became husks. The vampires had to keep finding new prey, because if they stopped, they reverted back to dried out husks. Maybe Bill and Hill are running low on victims and reverting.

Comment from Timothy S. Carlson
Time: July 4, 2018, 11:49 am

“Lifeforce” with Steve Railsback and Matilda May.

If Hillary looked like Matilda May, I would have voted for her.

I liked the one surgeon who had his lifeforce sucked out of him and he shriveled up like an apple doll. They put him in a cell and he revived, only to run at the cell bars and disintegrate into a large cloud of dust and dried flesh chunks. Great flick, exceptional practical special effects.

Comment from Ric Fan
Time: July 4, 2018, 1:55 pm

It’s going to be 105/104 F this weekend, which means it will be 107/106 F near me. My AC is shit and I dont even bother to turn it on. Hopefully, the weather will change and it wont be that hot though even a few degrees lower is still miserable. This is what I get for being so smug about the heat wave in the midwest and east coast. Okay, God, I learned my lesson!

Comment from xul’s fedora
Time: July 4, 2018, 3:57 pm

@OldFert & Timothy S. Carlson- I saw Bill Clinton last month when he was on his book tour (work thing, I didn’t go to see him) and managed to get about 10 feet from him. He’s definitely looking *much* better than he had been, so I wouldn’t doubt that he’s some sort of rejuvenation treatment. He’s still as creeptastic as ever, though.

Comment from OldFert
Time: July 4, 2018, 4:02 pm

Happy Independence Day!

Comment from Armybrat
Time: July 4, 2018, 5:23 pm

I’ve tried statins 4 times. Quit them each time because the joint and muscle aches became unbearable. My cardiologist finally listed me as statin intolerant. But with my total cholesterol over 400 (it’s a genetic thing), he worries about me. I’ve had 3 relatives in 6 generations on both maternal and paternal sides die before 85- one was an industrial accident, one was an alcoholic who died of alcohol induced cardiomyopathy at 80 and my father who died of Agent Orange induced leukemia at 80. I told him I’ll take my chances and go with genetics.

Comment from DurnedYankee
Time: July 4, 2018, 6:18 pm

oh, THAT movie.
Yes, I remember Matilda May.

Were we talking about statins?

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: July 4, 2018, 7:13 pm


@Timothy S. Carlson — Yeah, they’re kinda rough looking, but imagine what they’d look like without the transfusions.

One might hope they’d look exactly like corpses.

Comment from OldFert
Time: July 5, 2018, 5:30 am

Mrs Fert had a Rhabdomyolysis episode when she was on Crestor. They’ve switched her to Repatha now, and her numbers look a lot better. Hope you have a good plan, though, ’cause it’s really expensive. Don’t know the actual cost, but Bing says it’s over $1,200 for two injectors, which is her dose per month (one per two weeks).
Through the magic of our health plan, though, it only costs us 24 bucks. There’s gotta be some serious overcharging going on there.

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