I don’t know how you can all be so calm WHEN CLEARLY I AM DYING.

So last week before WHITE DEATH 2013 came I had a physical and got some blood drawn just to see where I stand on some things. I also wanted to get my glucose checked because with PCOS that’s really important. So anyway, I’m not going to lie, I’ve lost 53 pounds this year and I went into it thinking that I was in pretty good shape. I was prepared for a pat on the back, keep up the good work, etc.

Well today I got my lab work in the mail with notes from my doctor and my cholesterol is high! Me! The super healthy, exercising, weight loss girl! What the hell?! I mean, it’s not like I’m going to die, but here’s the breakdown:

HDL: 50

LDL:148

LDL/HDL Ratio: 3.0

T. CHOL/HDL Ratio: 4.3

Triglycerides: 87

Total Cholesterol: 215

CLEARLY I AM DYING-RIGHT? RIGHT?!?!

Okay, in all seriousness, it’s not that bad. The triglycerides are badass actually. Both the ratios are considered “normal” and the HDL isn’t terrible, but the LDL (the bad cholesterol) is high. I want it at least 15 points lower than that. And the doctor said that he didn’t recommend starting statins while trying to conceive, but he did say adding Omega 3 Fish Oils would be a good idea. I’ve heard those can mess up your stomach and cause fishy burps-eew. But does anyone know about them during TTC? Does anyone know anything about high cholesterol during TTC? Is it a factor?

I feel like I’ve done something wrong, like when you get a cavity at the dentist. But really I haven’t! I can’t remember the last time I ate fried food, I eat fiber, lean protein, veggies. I (mostly) exercise. Sure I’ve fallen off the last few weeks, but that wouldn’t have affected my cholesterol for this test. So what this tells me is that it really is genetic. I’ve known that my family has problems with cholesterol and heart disease, but it is really freaking me out. Because if after the way my diet and exercise have been for the last year my cholesterol is STILL high then that means I have a problem. And I don’t wanna.

The good news (I guess) is that my glucose is very normal, so he’s not worried about that. My CBC was fine. Everything was mostly fine. My lymphocytes were elevated indicating I was fighting an illness last week (I’ve felt sick for months due to allergies, so that’s not shocking to me) and my calcium and total protein count were SLIGHTLY up. Both only by .2 over the normal, so no big deal. and my thyroid numbers were good which is great, because several times in the past my thyroid has been slightly outside the normal range.

BUT DAMNIT I’M 25, HEALTHY, AND HAVE HIGH CHOLESTEROL. What gives?!

Things I’ve Learned from WHITE DEATH 2013

1. I am not the kind of person who can just wash her hair and let it air dry without looking like a homeless person. I’m pretty sure I knew this before, but I got it cut recently and added some cute Zooey Deschanel-esque bangs and thought I’d experiment. The answer is no. You must blow dry your hair. The end.

2. My husband is a suicidal maniac who has left the safety and warmth of our house with a desperate craving for a Subway sandwich. He also disapproved of all the things we could potentially cook for dinner so he’s going to the grocery store to get things so I can make baked ziti. All the neighborhood streets are solid ice. Nervous wife is nervous.

3. If we didn’t already have a Netflix subscription, we would have gotten one today, because daytime television on Saturday is even worse than it used to be. We tried to watch National Lampoons European Vacation (It was on-and I didn’t even know it existed!) and the actors for Audrey and Rusty were different! I object!

4. Our new couch is the comfiest piece of furniture in the world, as I have spent a lot of time on it. I should be working out, especially if I’m making baked ziti tonight (which I am 🙂 ). But damn, this couch is comfy.

5. My basset hound mix LOVES sliding around on the ice. She has a really good time every time I let her outside. And doesn’t seem bothered by a severe lack of traction. Probably because her body is so low to the ground.

6. Just because you SHOULD be cleaning and really don’t have an excuse not to since you are stuck in your home, doesn’t mean that you will clean. I reference point four.

That’s Me Thursday and PREPARE FOR WHITE DEATH 2013

Feeling a little nervous now, aren’t you?

WELL YOU SHOULD BE. Especially if you’re like me, living in a part of the country that is supposed to get over a half an inch of ice tomorrow. We’re all used to hearing things like thirty inches of snow being a problem, so maybe half an inch isn’t a big deal to you. Let me tell you-it is. Roads are impassible. Powerlines snap. Tree limbs fall on houses. Etc.

The worst part of it is that the weather people keep saying “prepare for power outages!” How the hell do you prepare for that? All the generators are GONE from the shelves if you could even afford one-and what am I supposed to do? Have a contractor install a fireplace while I’m at work today? Yeah, that’s going to happen. So all I can do is bundle up as tight as I can and hunker down and HOPE TO WHOEVER UP THERE HEAR’S MY HOPES that we don’t lose power, or that if we do it’s only for 12 hours like during WHITE DEATH 2012 that started on Christmas freaking day. At least then it was just snow. You can drive in snow-there ain’t no driving in ice.

Also, I’m married to a national guardsman. He’s not in rotation right now for natural disaster, but if they call for additional help he will volunteer. It’s one of his most annoying and noble traits.

ALSO, I work for a wonderful director who will not close the library until the last minute, so tomorrow I will probably have to travel to work in WHITE DEATH 2013 to work for an hour or so and then travel home in WHITE DEATH 2013. If I don’t come in for those few hours that we’ll be open, I won’t get paid for the hours we are going to be closed unless I use personal time. And when you’re trying to get pregnant, you save your personal time.

ALSO, we’re supposed to get more ice Sunday night into Monday and the low on Monday is

Three

FRICKIN

DEGREES.

 

Anyhoodle. Moving on. Ahem.

That’s Me Thursday!

1. I really hate bad weather. Did you know? Well now you do. And it’s not just winter weather-I don’t like rain unless I don’t have to go anywhere. Then I don’t really have anything against it. But weather is really pissing me off right now. We had to cancel our pictures FOR THE THIRD TIME on Tuesday because of rain. And as far as WHITE DEATH 2013 goes, I would MUCH RATHER be at work Friday and Saturday as scheduled than be at home, without power or heat.

Now, on the other hand, if we’re lucky enough to keep our power I’m cool with being home. I’ve got food and stuff. Chief is getting cat litter in preparation. But we keep the house stocked on food. Along the same lines:

2. I have an irrational fear of not having enough toilet paper. Under good circumstances, if we have less than eight rolls I start to panic and feel nervous. Now yesterday, when everyone on brag-about-being-pregnant-book was talking about how the shelves at the supermarket had been cleared of bread and milk I was all cocky thinking “don’t let your kitchen run out of those things and you can have french toast whenever you want, LIKE ME!” But then someone mentioned that the toilet paper aisle had been picked clean and I had to stop myself from running to the staff bathroom at work and filling my purse with rolls. I’m still considering it. But I think the 20 or so rolls we have should last us through WHITE DEATH 2013.

3. I got a new/second job this week! I wasn’t looking for one, we’re doing pretty good on money, but this one just sort of fell into my lap and the money was way too good to turn down. Supreme Boss’s husband works for a law firm that is a BIG. DEAL. It’s the most prestigious law firm in town-they have a lot of high power clients. A VERY important VERY big politician on the national scene used to work there. Anyway, they lost their law librarian about two months ago and have been doing without (which means not doing AT ALL) and needed someone with an MLIS FAST who could try and pick it up, so Supreme Boss recommended me! It’s just 10-11 hours a week and it’s going to amount to over $10,000 more a year. And I get Christmas bonuses and raises. AND I can work whenever I want. So when chief gets up at 5:00 am and I’m stuck just laying there doing nothing, I’m now getting up and getting myself to the firm by 6:00 am. They gave me full access to the building which also has an employee gym and indoor pool! What this also means is that we’re going to have more money for possible treatment options in the future! We need to get things paid off first (which we’re working on) but guys! This is so great! The downside is that not having a librarian there filing for the last two months means that the books are sort of everywhere. Lots of work to be done.

 

Anyway, if any of you are going to be suffering through WHITE DEATH 2013 I wish you the absolute best of luck. Keep your uterus warm!