During my last visit with my doc, he was a bit startled at my Liver numbers. All my other numbers were fine, though my blood pressure was still a bit high.
But my liver numbers! They were high enough that he joked (?) that I’m close enough to be on the liver transplant list.
I know he was joking, really. I could see it in his face!
BUT—when he asked what could’ve caused those high numbers, I admitted that I indulge in some heavy drinking at times. And, since the blood tests were taken during the Holiday season, I’d have to say I had a few nights binge drinking with friends and family here at home.
Still, his comments alarmed me. I knew that I needed to change my behavior.
Now, he strongly recommended that I stop drinking completely. Though I shook my head in affirmation, I know I can’t do that. I’m not sure if that revelation makes me an alcoholic, but I honestly like the drink and the buzz a bit too much to give it up (unless I find an alternative).
So, I have adjusted my drinking habits. IF I find the time to take a drink these days, my limit is two. I can have no more than 14 drinks a week—which is within the bounds of normal. I can’t drink all 14 in one sitting, though!
And I’ve adjusted (again) my eating habits. More fiber, taking a liver oriented detox herb (Milk Thistle), and more exercise.
My next blood test is in two months. I am really hoping for a “normal” liver test result. If so, then I know I can keep drinking—just in moderation. If it’s not, though, then add me to the liver transplant list. Knowing the likelihood of that happening in my lifetime, I’ll just settle for whatever happens next.
It’s All Good!