Last week I had my check-up and got a wonderful more-than-passing grade. He began by saying that I (we here) are blazing a trail. He was, as usual, delighted with my physical well-being, my numbers (more about that later), and the way I looked - well.
My numbers were all really good, with cholesterol total 237 - where it has always been - but as usual, my HDL (good) was 97. He always remarks on my ratio, which is phenomenol. My thyroid T4 was a tiny bit low: 0.58 - normal is 0.62 - 1.41. He thinks this may be from five abx long-term, and to call him if I am "tired". Ha! We know about "real" tired. I hope never to experience THAT kind of tired again.
The really, really neat thing is that when I told him about this thing beginning with my feet and working its way up over the years to my brain. leading to my "being under water" for a few weeks, and my suggestion that it has no where else to go and my arthritis is gone, he looked back at my sed rate over the years. It has been in the upper seventies for years, and this time was seven. He was impressed - and said I was stubborn and his hero, and one of the healthiest people he knows.
Another thing that did not surprise me is that my Vit D level had dropped to the mid-fifties. I like to keep it in the high eighties, but had been taking only 7000 units for a few months, down from 9000. Needless to say, I am back up to 9000, where I will stay.
So, guys, keep it up. Yes, it is hard, but, as I repeat over and over, so worth it.