February 16th, 2012

Let's do the numbers: cholesterol, glucose, and triglycerides, oh my!

~Thursday~  I had lab work done on Tuesday, in advance of my annual physical, and I thought it would be at least next week until I got the results, but lo and behold they were emailed to me today.

I'm happy to report that my on-going "Walking Challenge of 2012" has evidently improved my "numbers," and substantially in some cases.

My overall cholesterol count dropped back down into the normal range, which is very good news as I really didn't want to start taking yet another medication, which was going to be the next step. My HDL is the very least it can be to be considered normal, so it could stand some improvement, and I still have some work to do to get the LDL count in the normal range, but it's not outrageous.

Overall is 193 (between 125 & 200 is normal), HDL is 40 (Greater than or equal to 40 is normal), and LDL is 133 (Less than or equal to 130 is normal)

At last year's physical, my doctor was also concerned about my glucose level, as I have an incredible history of diabetes on my mother's side of the family. So, needless to say, I was most pleased with this report.

Glucose is 89 (normal range is betwwen 65 and 99, and down from 102 last physical)

And, well, let's just say that perhaps those fish burps were worthwhile:

Triglycerides at 100 (Less than 150 is normal), and down from 237 last physical!

And, finally, while this number is still well within the target range, I don't like the fact that it's gone up, as my dad has prostate cancer, and I truly would prefer not to follow in his footsteps.

PSA count at 2.4 (normal is less than or equal to 40, but up from 2.1 last physical)

Those numbers, together with a negative HIV test and a loss of 20 pounds since my weigh-in at my last physical, is all good news. Now to keep up the good work.

This year's Rent...

~Thursday~  Tonight Robert and I saw Rent staged by University Theater at Stewart Theater at NC State University.

I first saw Rent on December 27, 1997, a trip that inspired this poster of mine, Will & Ned's Excellent Adventure, which has now been used in many corporations around the world for diversity education.

I saw it again on March 5, 2002, a touring version at what was then the "BTI Performance Center," and which is now the "Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts."

My thoughts on tonight's production:

  1. The way seating was done was an unmitigated disaster. They had some reserved seats and some general admission seats. The reserved seats were not marked (or if they were, people couldn't tell), so people sat in them thinking they were general admission seats, and then they were told to move as the start time approached and the people with those seats arrived. And by then, the choice of seats that the displaced people had to choose from were the least desirable seats of course.

  2. The introduction by the head of the University Theater program was too long.

  3. The quality of the voices varied widely, which is to be expected from a student production.

  4. By far, my favorite scene was Maureen's rendition of Over the Moon.

  5. The guy who played Tom Collins was absolutely adorable.

  6. More than anything this production left me looking forward to listening to my soundtrack of the Broadway cast the next time I'm walking.

  7. These are my favorite songs from Rent: