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>>>OK, so it's been a little while since I have updated my story (about 8 weeks) and I would like you to know that I am alive and kicking (feeling good).
So, here is my current state, as of today 5/14/04.

I told you all about the Zetia, I started on that 8 weeks ago, along with all the other things I have been doing in this story. After 4 weeks of taking the Zetia I had a blood test done and it lowered my total cholesterol another 25 points down to 300, and lowered my ldl a significant amount.

At that time , my doctor said that a new statin drug by the name of CRESTOR had been released and that supposedly it is cleaner than the other ones (easier on the Liver). He wanted to know if I wanted to give it a try, after discussing the situation further with him, we decided that I would try the new drug CRESTOR along with the ZETIA and all the other things that I've told you about in my story. We also agreed that I would have a complete blood test done in four weeks to make sure the liver count stayed in the normal zone.

Four weeks later, which was four days ago, I went in for my blood test. Two days after that, the doctor called me on the phone at home (something that usually never occurs, I was expecting some bad news) but to my surprise, he said it was good news and my jaw just about dropped to the ground. He told me that my cholesterol had dropped to 162 with an HDL of 42 and an LDL of 100.

I swear to god I almost fainted, for the first time in my life my cholesterol is below the normal range, and I have significantly reduced my chances of ever having a heart attack again. The doctor was so excited about the results he personally called me on the phone.

Although my liver count did go up a notch, it is not enough to take me off the drug. Also, I was taking a 10 mg tablet of Crestor, and since the reduction was so drastic and so quick (4 weeks), we decided that I would back off some of the niacin and only take 5 mg of Crestor instead of 10 mg. We hope this will stop the liver count from escalating further while still allowing me to take the drug.

I'm a very happy man, I will continue to update you on my situation, hoping that one day in the near future I can finally tell you that I no longer have to go in for blood tests. This would take the Doc being convinced that my liver will handle the amount of Niacin and Crestor that I need to sustain a normal level of cholesterol without having an elevated liver count. I just know I'm going to do it, I can feel it . Thanks to GOD and a lot of hard work myself and the beauty of modern technology and new drugs like Crestor and Zetia, people like me just might have a chance at living a full life, and for that I am very grateful. <<<

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