The big story today from Howdygram headquarters? During a routine appointment this morning with Dr. M she decided to discontinue two of my ten million prescriptions — Aldactone for high blood pressure and Glyburide for type 2 diabetes — because they’ve been causing a couple of my most annoying side effects, i.e. hypotension and hypoglycemia. I’m especially happy to get rid of Aldactone because Dr. M said low blood pressure (hypotension) is why I feel like passing out every time I stand up. My blood pressure today was 105/60, which apparently is ridiculously low.
In case you give a crap, I already take Benazepril Hydrochlorothiazide for high blood pressure and inject two kinds of insulin (five times a day) for diabetes.
In other news from Club Meds, Dr. M told me to start taking 2,000 units of Vitamin D every day because my level always registers somewhere in the “cadaver” range and she doubled my dose of Fenofibric Acid for high cholesterol. Then I clicked my heels three times and stopped at the lab on the way out to pee in a cup and donate five tubes of blood.
Here’s an interesting tidbit from our You Learn Something New Every Day department. This afternoon, for the very first time, I finally had a chance to watch the Irving Berlin musical Call Me Madam (1953) starring Ethel Merman and discovered, much to my delight and amazement, that everybody’s favorite dramatic scoundrel — George Sanders — had a terrific part as Merman’s very romantic leading man ... AND A GORGEOUS BARITONE SINGING VOICE! Holy crap ... who knew? And then, a few minutes later, I find out he had been signed to play Emile De Becque in South Pacific (1958) but turned it down due to “overwhelming anxiety” when rehearsals started. (Know what? I would have preferred George Sanders to Rossano Brazzi!)
And now it’s time for my second nap of the day because I’m really cold, my head hurts and I can’t think of any additional crap to write about. Thank you for paying attention. Seriously.