Saturday, July 21, 2012

It's Been A While

Life has been busy for the last couple of weeks.

Having a bit of summer fun, took a day trip to the Gulf Coast and the Mississippi Casinos. We made a day of it, a whole day.  Departed noon from home and didn't get back home until 10:00PM.  What a day, such fun and won a little bit of money ($60).  This paid for the day of fun and fuel, too, not bad for Friday 13th, eh?


Back on July 7, we added a new member to our family, Vito.

He is a rescue from the Italian Greyhound Reuse of Louisiana.  Vito is a 4 year old male.  His owner couldn’t keep him any longer.  She was losing her house and had to go live with her son in Nevada, her heartbreak is my blessing.


Himself  Mr. Vito

What a wonderful little guy, Vito.  He is so calm and quite.  This is such a contrast to Valentino, my current IG who is going on 2 years old.   There was a period of adjustment poor little guy didn’t know what was going on.  For the past month, Vito had been moved from his original owner to one of the IGRL people.  He was taken to a vet to be updated on his shots and to be neutered (poor thing).  After a week or so, he was moved to another IGRL person in New Orleans, after 2 weeks Vito is home with me. 

It has only been two weeks and every day Vito is getting more and more at easy.  Little Vito is 14 inches about 3 inches shorter than Valentino.  Italian Greyhounds are usually about 13 to 15 inches, although small can be as small as 10 inches (Pocket Iggy’s) or like Valentino, 17inches.  He is called a Biggie Iggy.

The Boys at Play

Valentino is an active dog, he bounces all over the place and he loves to run.   When I would have company, he wanted to play all the time.   He would not jump on them but he always wanted attention.  Now, since Vito is here he has calmed down a lot.  They wait until the person gets seated and they smell them and then go lie down and mind there business.  My house is now peaceful, again.  The dogs have access to the backyard through a doggie door so there still is lots of running, when weather permits.

Vito has been a great new addition to our pack.  He is crate trained and Valentino has been using his crate, something he would never do before, there is hope.

I have a few photos but between the rain and the hot weather it has been difficult.  Hope you enjoy.  This is mostly, what they do during the day.

In the computer room with me under the table.

To Boot (the meds) or Re-Boot.

(Disclaimer: this is by no means something I suggest you do.  This is just what I am doing.  I am seeing a Naturopath doctor as well as my GP, and I did go to a Cardiologist (the one with the meds) for blood work and a ultrasound (of valves) to make sure all is right physiology.)

Ok, so a couple of weeks Ok I noticed I was not feeling so great and start having palpations almost every day.  What was up with that?  Now, I have experienced palpitations before but maybe 2-3 times a year but this had me concerned.  I decided to check out my blood pressure 7/12/12:-- BP 178/73- Pulse 73--fasting Blood Sugar 112 .

I am not a diabetic and I don’t want to be one.  Now, a couple of years ago, I had back surgery and after that the cardio doctor told me I did not need the BP pills I had been taking for the past 25 years.  My BP is considered a low high.  He gave me a mild diuretic to keep my pressure close to normal.   I watched my salt intake and took this .25 mg fluid pill a day.   So now what was going on?

Remember, when we listen to everything the doctors told us without question?  Boy, are those days over, my doctor hates to see me coming.  I started researching why the rise in the systolic pressure?  I was not happy with what I found.  Being the professional dieter, that I am, I had to cease and desist the Martini’s for a few months while I concentrated on my food program.  Well, about a month ago, I had lost about 17 pounds and it was time to celebrate.  (I know it’s wrong, but I’m trying to be honest here so give me a break, K?)

Bring on the nightly Martini’s and maybe a second one for good measure.  The research states alcohol can increase your systolic pressure and when that goes up it can cause palpitations.  Who needs medical school when you got the internet?  Well, I’m not crazy, so I go to the doctor and he wants to give me these Bata Blockers, not I tell him.  We shall find and alternative.  I am having test run as mention, still waiting for the results.  I will find out Monday about the blood test.  I have had these tests before and they always come out normal.  Hopefully this will be the same result.


On July 19th and July 20th I decided to take one of my old BP pills, it is mild as BP pills go, and not a Bata Blocker or an Ace Inhibitor. 

Started Re-Boot 7/20/12-- 9:00  BP116/63—Pulse 66 took BP med at 10am

This morning 7/21/12   10:00AM-- BP 132/61—Pulse 96 decide no meds to see if I get true BP readings.. I am monitoring BP 3 times a day and checking my Blood Sugar each morning just to make sure.

Made-up a Cajun Sunrise Juice for lunch and it was great.




4 Carrots, 1 Bell Pepper, 1 Banana Pepper, 1 beet, 4 green onions, 4 stalks of celery, 1 apple, 1 orange.

Had lunch at 1:15PM at 3:50PM took BP 90/61- pulse 95.  This is the reason I am not taking the meds right now so I can see what is working Meds or Re-Boot.  My money is on the re-Boot.

Hope I don’t bore you with all this diet and health stuff!


  1. Be careful stopping and starting meds. Some you have to gradually go off. My friend told me today she missed her BP pill by accident and yesterday started to faint in Walmart. She was picking up her BP Rx while she was there. Took it last night, and now she's fine. I agree, though, that Doctors medicate us all too much. Just be careful. :)

    Your new pup is darling. How lucky for you and Vito and Valentino that he came to your family. Sounds like everything is working out great.

    1. Since, I was only taking the diuretic daily I think it will be alright. The BP meds, I only tokk one last week and 2 this week.

  2. You won't bore me. I love this stuff.

    You probably have a diuretic? I was on one for a few years, but the old bod gets used to it and ignores it after a while. I dropped it and my statin in favor of niacin. Works better than either of the Rx meds ever did, and raises my HDL, too. NOT THAT I'M GIVING MEDICAL ADVICE. No siree.

    I'm hoping I'll get back to the place where my health is naturally great. Viva la veggies!

    What did you think of that beet? They're amazing for you, and beautiful.

    1. You're right I did take a diuretic. Another thing, I stop taking Aleve which I took almost every day. For the past 2 weeks the fluid in my ankles has been gone. Since, I don't have a Cholesterol problem, I never took statins. Niacin is said to help. Later, when I get this BP under control, I am going to try niacin for the arthritis in my back. Have you heard of Orthomolecular Medicine for Everyone by Abram Hoffer, MD, PHD and Andrew Saul, PHD? This book is very enlightening.
      A friend has insomnia and is being treated with Amino acids and niacin. She is trying to wean off Benzos which she has been on for at least 15 years. It has allowed her to go from 2mg to .75mg in 2 months, I think that is amazing.
      Beets are tasty and pretty, too. I like food that looks good. Tonight, I made a 1 sweet potato, 3 carrots, 2 celery stalks, 2 Kiwi, 1 Fuji apple, and 2 small granny Smiths. OMG Delish!

      It is time to get proactive with our health!!!


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