My goodness, what a difference a year can make. Oh, I am the same Bob Miller, still Daddy of the same daughters etc., but I have now gained (or loss) a year. At age 90, I have now lost an additional 26 pounds-that’s right, a total of 35 overweight pounds. But there is lots more to tell, besides the significant, and very welcome, downsizing. I am getting used to the “You look Wonderful” remarks. Fact is-they are right. What can I say? But that is not what I want to Crow about.
In the Spring, my doctor took me off (after countless years) my Metamucil. Said I didn’t need it. A few months later, he stopped my Purple Pill, after taking many years following Tums by the box full (Alleluia, never another heartburn). He cut one of my blood pressure pills in half, and then shortly thereafter, cut that half in half again. Bottom-line, I am down to my Celebrex for arthritis and the remaining blood pressure medicine. Almost forgot one baby aspirin.
You’ll note that my letter a year ago, understandably talked about me being somewhat cynical. Not anymore. My cholesterol is 116, my blood pressure, heart beat, lungs, thyroid, liver,: and the rest of those goodies, every one of them, within their target limits. Dr. says I am the healthiest ninety-year-old patient he has. I was so elated, I forgot to ask him if I was the only one he had. I told him I had a smoothie for breakfast, one for lunch with part of a sandwich, and my regular meal with a glass of wine in the evening. I asked him if that was the formula that was making me so healthy. He said he did not know, and frankly did not too much care, but for me to keep on doing exactly the same thing. And I am, and intend to continue. I have no reason to change. I finally got used to Green (that wasn’t easy),now like them very much and miss them when I travel.
All reasonable people could easily agree that the foregoing recited benefits should be much more than enough to induce the most cynical to Jump on Board. But in my case, in addition to getting up and moving around a lot more sprightly (to see where I really spend my time, check web site www.Millersvets.com) I have one other item, which to me is HUGE. I have been getting up in the night for bathroom visits at least one time, frequently two times and occasionally three times each night. This pattern persisted for probably 60 years or more. For most of those years I have routinely taken one over the counter sleeping pill when I go to bed, and lay out a second one to help me go back to sleep after a bathroom visit. You will never guess, but for the last three or four months, I have never taken the second pill-I sleep all night long. What has caused that fantastic phenomenon? Who cares? It is simply a fact.
If I did not mention it in my first letter, I ride the bike with the moving handle bars every morning for 12 minutes, been doing that for more than 40 years. I have added 4 to 5 minutes additional on the Rebounder(mini trampoline with a bar). On balance, it makes me watch the news every morning. The only way I know to keep healthy with all the bad news being reported 24/7.
Suppose it won’t hurt me to say thanks to my daughter’s for shaming me into the Smoothly Program. Better say thanks to my nurse Eva for keeping me in. She can mix a Smoothie blindfolded. Piece of advise; don’t bet against me writing another letter a year from now.