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So, my sister at 50 just had a mild heart attack this morning. She is fine, no damage done to her heart. Small blockage in one artery that they cleared with a stint, small buildup in another artery that they are going to try and dissolve with meds. I think the worst part is they were in Greenville SC dropping my youngest niece for her freshman year at college.

Here's the kicker. Other than high blood pressure that is controlled by medication, she is the healthiest of all of us. She had semi-high cholesterol that she was able to bring down with diet, but she should have been on statins anyway. She just decided not to.

Family history

  • Maternal grandfather -- several major heart attacks before the age of 50, dies just shortly after 50.
  • Maternal Uncle -- Major heart attack the week before his 40th b-day, dies that day at the hospital.
  • Mother -- Series of about 5 heart attacks over a weeks time at the age of 55, triple by-pass, restructuring of heart wall, artificial valve placed. Major stroke at the age of 65 from plaque that broke free and lodged in a vessle in the brain.
  • Sister -- age 50 mild heart attack. recognized symptoms, took an aspirin, called the paramedics.

Here's the deal. My own Doctor told me that with this family history, even if my cholesterol numbers were fine, that he would still have me taking statins, because not all bad cholesterol is created equal. He gave the analogy of cholesterol floating through the veins in someone with no family history with numbers inching toward 200, and they were small little beach balls all nice and round and they bounce off the walls of the viens and they don't stick to each other or the veins and form little beach ball communties. Then he said someone else comes in and they have this horrendous family history, and even though their numbers are fine, their bad cholesterol is different, it's all jagged and irregularly shaped and more resembles burrs over smooth beach balls and when they float through the viens they bump into each other and get stuck together and bump into the viens and get stuck on the walls and eventually create nice little road blocks.
But, the thing is I don't have good numbers, I have aweful numbers (think higher than 300 ) and at 36 I was put on statins because no amount of diet change did a thing for my cholesterol levels. I went off the statins to get pregnant for Jaxon, and I stayed off them to nurse him, then I got pregnant with Abigail and am still not taking them because she is still nursing. I have every intention of going back on them when she weans, and I have tossed around the idea that I maybe should wean her. I really wanted to let Abigail decide when she was ready to wean, and I was going to continue nursing her for as long as this took.

But then this happened with my sister. And now I'm wondering if I haven't played Russian roulette long enough? I don't want to stop nursing. I'm not ready to stop nursing. Abigail is not ready to stop nursing. But, how long do I ignore my own health? Did I mention I'm not ready to stop nursing?

ETA: I'd like to know. If this was YOU, what would you do?

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I am glad that your sister is ok. How scary!

My "to the point" answer is start weening. With your family history and the fact that you have talked about your concerns for your health in the past I think it would be better in the long run. I know the thought of forced weening isn't something that you like but it's better to put your health first. You have nursed both kids for a long period and done an amazing job with it!! They have always come first to you. Taking care of your health now will hopefully ensure that you are there to continue to take care of them when they are parents and need grandma's advise. (Hope that didn't sound harsh as I didn't mean it to be.)

Also-if your doctor thinks it's time for the meds I would definitely listen to him/her.

It's a tough call though and you need to do what you feel most comfortable and at peace with.

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We have a similar family history. While I can't say I know what I'd do in your shoes, my gut response is to let Abigail wean herself, then go straight on the meds. Of course I'd hate to think that meant you were leaving it too late, but what are we talking, another year?

I'm sorry to hear about your sister. Even if she is OK now, that is scary and I am sending you a hug...

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Mel, I am so sorry about your sister, but thankful she is okay. :bigarmhug:

I'm not familiar at all with statins and the benefits that they would provide you.

I'm gonna google it later on and then let you know my opinion.

As a mama forced to wean because my body betrayed me, it still didn't make it any easier. :/

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Mel, this is a tough one, but you aren't one to nurse past 2 y/o, are you? It's less than 1 year left...don't you tend to have supply issues that might lead to a wean anyways.

You are taking a risk here, but a few more months, in my shoes, I would probably continue and then wean by 2 y/o for sure....

Do you go for more than annual checkups? I would also speak to your cardiologist about this if you haven't already.

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If it were me and I had chosen to continue nursing is far instead of going on the meds I would probably continue to nurse and let her wean.

Whatever decision you make will be the best for you and for Abs I am sure. Sorry you have to go through this.

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maybe this is worded wrong .. so please I mean this lovingly.

Would she (Abs) rather have a mother alive and there for her(and Jax) or one who risks her life to nurse her a few extra months when really the important part of nursing is long past?

I dunno if it were me I would wean.

Sorry you need to make this decision just know you gavce her the BEST for over a year! and that is something she will come to know and understand when she is a mom.

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Honestly, Mel, I would wean her and get on the meds, if it were me. Sometimes life is more fragile than we know. You have to take care of yourself. I know how hard it would be to wean, I was looking at that possibility before my crap dx for my esoph- and I would have weaned Fiona.

I kinda think you said it best when you said 'roulette'. Between myself, close friends and family and the death of a very prominent Canadian politician (whom I loved) mortality has been staring me in the face lately. It scares the bujeezus outta me and my babies having their mom is more important than a nursing relationship that could be cut short by an even crueller fate.

You have my support whatever you choose. But that is what I would do.

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"chefkel" wrote:

maybe this is worded wrong .. so please I mean this lovingly.

Would she (Abs) rather have a mother alive and there for her(and Jax) or one who risks her life to nurse her a few extra months when really the important part of nursing is long past?

I dunno if it were me I would wean.

Sorry you need to make this decision just know you gavce her the BEST for over a year! and that is something she will come to know and understand when she is a mom.

This isn't taken wrong at all. It's something I've asked myself from the day I became pregnant with Abigail. My doc was not thrilled with me for choosing to nurse Jax and stay off the statins.
I've wondered all along if I shouldn't have just formula fed Abigail and started the meds back up, or if choosing to nurse her was putting them both at risk of not having a mother.

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So the doc isn't supportive of you staying off for longer?

What if you just stop taking the domperidone and see what happens. Jax was just a bit older than Abs when she weaned, right?

If you were seen regularly do you think the doc might let you go longer? Are there tests you could have more regularly?

Are the statans something that work immediately or is it something that you have to take over time to see the results?

Not really knowing the answers to those questions, I'd have a hard time weaning (hence the reason I let Miles wean himself eventually). And I think another thing that is important to remember is your sister recognized the symptoms, took appropriate action and is fine.

Good luck whatever you decide!!

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Maybe it would help your decision if you went ASAP to get a blood draw to see what the exact number is? If it were my shoes, I'd wean, just from your past self history and family history. The flip side is, how much longer do you think you'd nurse anyway? 2 months? 4 months? Longer? You could say that going this long without meds, what's another 2-4 months. But since my opinion is that cholesterol/heart damage is collective, not just from one or two months of 'bad' numbers, the time that you've been off the meds total might be taking an unknown toll. It's the unknown for me that would have me worried, not knowing what damage is being done without meds. JMO though if it were me.

And I'm sorry about your sister. Sad

Whatever you decide, I know it's going to be a tough decision. :bigarmhug:

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First, I'm so glad to hear your sister is ok.

That's a hard decision. If it were me in your shoes, I probably wouldn't wean just yet, only because it sounds like you really don't want to, and personally I usually don't do things I really don't want to. But I *would* definitely look into other healthy lifestyle factors. How is your diet? How regular do you exercise? What are the lifestyle habits of those family members who have had heart attacks? You don't need to answer me, these are just questions I would personally want answers to before jumping to the conclusion that it was in my genes and therefore it's meds or nothing.

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Mel :bigarmhug: I'm sorry about your sister and more sorry that you're faced with decisions like this.

Personally, I'd choose my health. I have done so in the past. Its tough. I think you should stop the doperamine and let Abs wean based on what your body is doing when you're not medicating. Then get on the statins ASAP and do all the other things you can to get as healthy as possible. Your kids need YOU more than anything else in the world.

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I googled it to learn more and was wondering...

Apparently, statins are only one way to lower cholesterol. I presume your doctor knows this and feels that this is still your best option, but I was wondering if you have been given other options as an interim measure?

After statins, the four other listed alternatives I found were bile acid sequestrants, cholesterol absorption inhibitors, niacin, and fibrates.

For example, what if you were to take something like Colestid (a bile acid sequestrant) for now - it is not absorbed by the body and therefore doesn't pass into the breastmilk, but it would still be a form of prevention for you until you can go on the statins. (The only caution is the lowering of some vitamins in the milk, but if Abigail is eating solids she can make this up from a food source.)

Just mulling it over...I know what you are facing, my father takes 16 pills a day for heart and cholesterol reasons - he had his first of two triple bypasses at the age of 39, and it is a hereditary concern for my side of the family...the drugs are what have kept him alive, and he is now enjoying his 75th year, so I would never knock the drugs, but I suspect you have some graduated options until you wean your baby, and if you want to stop the Russian roulette, you could try one of these alternatives now and go on something stronger once she is done nursing...

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Mel - :bigarmhug: I'm sorry about your sister. And if I were in your shoes...knowing the family history and even your history about being on the meds prior to Jax and Abs, I'd start weaning and get on the meds.

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I'm sorry you are faced with this decision and sorry to hear about your sister. Glad she is ok though!

DH is 31 and has family history or high cholesterol and heart attacks on BOTH sides of his family. Both grandfathers died of heart attacks before they were 55 as well as one of his paternal uncles. They have the wacky cholesterol that collects quicker and easier. DH's has been high (that we know) for four years. I FINALLY got him to go in and they put him on Lipitor. While he did not have a difficult and/or decision to make like you do - I guess I'm just saying I understand the family history contributors.

Only you can make the decision for you. I guess I would probably get it checked to see what it's at and go from there? Good luck!

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(((((((((((((Mel)))))))))))))
If it would make you more comfortable , get a second opinion and then go on the meds.

Glad your sister is okay... how scary.

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Oh my, I'm glad your sister is okay!
If I were the one facing this kind of decision, I would start the weaning process and get back on the meds.
:bigarmhug:
I think it's awesome that you've nursed both kiddos for so long!

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I'm so sorry about your sister, but thankful she's okay!!

What a tough, tough decision. :bigarmhug: I really love nursing (most of the time :wink:) and have pushed through a lot of crap like clogged milk ducts, distracted babies, etc., so I TOTALLY understand your desire to keep going. And unfortunately, I just don't know much about cholesterol or long term effects... but given your family history, I'd be doing whatever I could to be as healthy as possible.

I guess the question I'd ask myself is this: what is the most loving thing I can do for my family?

It's such a tough decision, though, and I know either road you take will be hard. I'm sorry. Sad What does Rick think? (just curious)

ETA: I re-read your post and if it were me, I'd wean. I guess I never said that explicitly...

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Mel, how often is Abs nursing now? Does she nurse for a long time or is she distracted?

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"chefkel" wrote:

maybe this is worded wrong .. so please I mean this lovingly.

Would she (Abs) rather have a mother alive and there for her(and Jax) or one who risks her life to nurse her a few extra months when really the important part of nursing is long past?

I dunno if it were me I would wean.

Sorry you need to make this decision just know you gavce her the BEST for over a year! and that is something she will come to know and understand when she is a mom.

Glad your sister is okay.

I agree totally with this. You have to also take care of you and that is what is going to be important for the rest of their lives. It is a tough decision to have to make. :bighug:

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:bighug: so glad she is ok though...but how scary!!!!

and another :bighug: for having to make this decision

Have you had your numbers checked recently??

and when you were on the meds pre-jax how significantly did it alther your numbers??

unfortunately when there are genetics involved nothing really matters as far as treatment or medications....we see it time and time again here at work....it really is crazy how much genetics really play a part of coronary disease!!

IDK ......unless you plan on nursing abs until she's five I really don't see how much different a couple of months would make.....most likely what's done is done.......If you aren't showing/feeling any symptoms, although the symptoms could be pretty vague or non existant especially in woman.....then maybe it would be ok to let her wean herself!!!

another thing...maybe you can ask your doc to do a C-reative protein.....if it's elevated than it's a good indicator that you may have a heart attack.....not all the docs here believe in it but we have one cardiologist.... (who I LOVE) who lives by it and he knows his sheet.....rarely does he ever send us a 'bogus' cath...and if it is 'bogus' he usually tells us ahead of time that he doesn't really think that anything is going on....he really is a great cardiologist!!! just an idea

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Thank goodness your sister is okay!

Be back later today to comment more, I think we have more in common then anyone else here on this matter Smile

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Wow, I'm so glad your sister is ok. How scary.

Obviously, the to-the-point, no emotions involved answer would be to wean. But I know it's just not that easy. I think you should go have your numbers checked first. That'll at least let you know where you stand. I'm so sorry you have to make this kind of decision. :bigarmhug:

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Are you serious? I had half of this post typed out and just lost it. :violent2:

First, thanks for all the kids thoughts and well wishes for my sister.

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I am glad that your sister is ok. How scary!

My "to the point" answer is start weening. With your family history and the fact that you have talked about your concerns for your health in the past I think it would be better in the long run. I know the thought of forced weening isn't something that you like but it's better to put your health first. You have nursed both kids for a long period and done an amazing job with it!! They have always come first to you. Taking care of your health now will hopefully ensure that you are there to continue to take care of them when they are parents and need grandma's advise. (Hope that didn't sound harsh as I didn't mean it to be.)

Also-if your doctor thinks it's time for the meds I would definitely listen to him/her.

It's a tough call though and you need to do what you feel most comfortable and at peace with.

It didn't sound harsh at all, and honestly even if it had, I would have totally accepted it and not been offended at all.

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Mel, this is a tough one, but you aren't one to nurse past 2 y/o, are you? It's less than 1 year left...don't you tend to have supply issues that might lead to a wean anyways.

You are taking a risk here, but a few more months, in my shoes, I would probably continue and then wean by 2 y/o for sure....

Do you go for more than annual checkups? I would also speak to your cardiologist about this if you haven't already.

Loaded questions. I was planning on letting Abigail completely self wean and was thinking that if she was still not looking like weaning as we inched closer to 3, then I would start pushing the issue, so no, we weren't looking at just a few more months. Sad

I'm assuming you mean do I get more than just an annual gyno check up? In the past yes. But haven't since getting pg with Jax simply because I am healthy other than the cholesterol and was pretty much told to just wait until I was done nursing him. We all know what happenned when I finished nursing him. Wink

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So the doc isn't supportive of you staying off for longer?

What if you just stop taking the domperidone and see what happens. Jax was just a bit older than Abs when she weaned, right?

If you were seen regularly do you think the doc might let you go longer? Are there tests you could have more regularly?

Are the statans something that work immediately or is it something that you have to take over time to see the results?

Not really knowing the answers to those questions, I'd have a hard time weaning (hence the reason I let Miles wean himself eventually). And I think another thing that is important to remember is your sister recognized the symptoms, took appropriate action and is fine.

Good luck whatever you decide!!

My Internist was not supportive of me nursing Jax for just 6 months, I can't imagine her attitude if I went in there today and told her I wasn't ready to wean Abigail who is 15 months. :rolleyes: This was a new Dr for me, and I had only seen her once, 3 months before getting pg with Jax.

I can't just stop taking the dom, if I even miss one dose a day, my supply dips greatly. If I stopped taking it, we would wean completely that day or the next.

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Maybe it would help your decision if you went ASAP to get a blood draw to see what the exact number is? If it were my shoes, I'd wean, just from your past self history and family history. The flip side is, how much longer do you think you'd nurse anyway? 2 months? 4 months? Longer? You could say that going this long without meds, what's another 2-4 months. But since my opinion is that cholesterol/heart damage is collective, not just from one or two months of 'bad' numbers, the time that you've been off the meds total might be taking an unknown toll. It's the unknown for me that would have me worried, not knowing what damage is being done without meds. JMO though if it were me.

And I'm sorry about your sister. Sad

Whatever you decide, I know it's going to be a tough decision. :bigarmhug:

This is exactly what Rick said. Go find out how high your numbers are and then just make a decision from there.

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First, I'm so glad to hear your sister is ok.

That's a hard decision. If it were me in your shoes, I probably wouldn't wean just yet, only because it sounds like you really don't want to, and personally I usually don't do things I really don't want to. But I *would* definitely look into other healthy lifestyle factors. How is your diet? How regular do you exercise? What are the lifestyle habits of those family members who have had heart attacks? You don't need to answer me, these are just questions I would personally want answers to before jumping to the conclusion that it was in my genes and therefore it's meds or nothing.

I already know it's in my genes and not a life style choice. Sad Went through all that before starting the statins at 34 (I originally had said 36, but DH reminded me I was 34)

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I googled it to learn more and was wondering...

Apparently, statins are only one way to lower cholesterol. I presume your doctor knows this and feels that this is still your best option, but I was wondering if you have been given other options as an interim measure?

After statins, the four other listed alternatives I found were bile acid sequestrants, cholesterol absorption inhibitors, niacin, and fibrates.

For example, what if you were to take something like Colestid (a bile acid sequestrant) for now - it is not absorbed by the body and therefore doesn't pass into the breastmilk, but it would still be a form of prevention for you until you can go on the statins. (The only caution is the lowering of some vitamins in the milk, but if Abigail is eating solids she can make this up from a food source.)

Just mulling it over...I know what you are facing, my father takes 16 pills a day for heart and cholesterol reasons - he had his first of two triple bypasses at the age of 39, and it is a hereditary concern for my side of the family...the drugs are what have kept him alive, and he is now enjoying his 75th year, so I would never knock the drugs, but I suspect you have some graduated options until you wean your baby, and if you want to stop the Russian roulette, you could try one of these alternatives now and go on something stronger once she is done nursing...

I was switched to cholestid when I decided to TTC Jax. You can not take Lipitor while TTCing and they want you to stop it a couple months prior to trying. I could go back on it now that Abigail is eating food, but in all honestly I was told before that it is like putting a band aid on a cut that needs at least 20 stitches. It would really only keep my numbers from climbing any higher, but wouldn't lower the number I already had. Which, was fine at the time, because the Lipitor had drastically reduce my cholesterol so I didn't need to worry about lowering it, I just needed to keep it there.

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Mel, how often is Abs nursing now? Does she nurse for a long time or is she distracted?

Abs is showing no signs of weaning. We still nurse at least 4x a day. And she is serious about it, she pulled that uninterested stuff back when she was about 6 months old, but that was short lived and she is all about the mom milk and getting her fill of it. Plus, if I leave the house without her, it's the first thing she demands when I come back home, even if she isn't hungry. :rolleyes:

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:bighug: so glad she is ok though...but how scary!!!!

and another :bighug: for having to make this decision

Have you had your numbers checked recently??

and when you were on the meds pre-jax how significantly did it alther your numbers??

unfortunately when there are genetics involved nothing really matters as far as treatment or medications....we see it time and time again here at work....it really is crazy how much genetics really play a part of coronary disease!!

IDK ......unless you plan on nursing abs until she's five I really don't see how much different a couple of months would make.....most likely what's done is done.......If you aren't showing/feeling any symptoms, although the symptoms could be pretty vague or non existant especially in woman.....then maybe it would be ok to let her wean herself!!!

another thing...maybe you can ask your doc to do a C-reative protein.....if it's elevated than it's a good indicator that you may have a heart attack.....not all the docs here believe in it but we have one cardiologist.... (who I LOVE) who lives by it and he knows his sheet.....rarely does he ever send us a 'bogus' cath...and if it is 'bogus' he usually tells us ahead of time that he doesn't really think that anything is going on....he really is a great cardiologist!!! just an idea

:bighug:

Ok, lots of info here.

I have not had my numbers checked since April of 07. They were fabulous on the Lipitor, like 120 or less. But prior to Lipitor they soared above 300, and honestly pre-Lipitor I ate like a cardiologist dream patient. Zero beef ever, just chicken, fish, and very little dairy. The only thing I ever have indulged on is chocolate, and quite frankly, I highly doubt I ate enough choclate to have those kids of numbers. KWIM?

And I know what damage is done is done, but I wasn't looking at just a few more months of this. But, what I have decided to do is have a physical and see what my cholesterol is at, and then make a decision. I really don't feel it would be wise to go another year with cholesterol levels above 300, if that is where they are at. I would feel comfortable taking my time and weaning her slowly over the next 3 to 4 months, if that's what it looks like I need to do.

You guys are awesome. Seriously!!!

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"luangwa" wrote:

Are you serious? I had half of this post typed out and just lost it. :violent2:

First, thanks for all the kids thoughts and well wishes for my sister.

It didn't sound harsh at all, and honestly even if it had, I would have totally accepted it and not been offended at all.

Loaded questions. I was planning on letting Abigail completely self wean and was thinking that if she was still not looking like weaning as we inched closer to 3, then I would start pushing the issue, so no, we weren't looking at just a few more months. Sad

I'm assuming you mean do I get more than just an annual gyno check up? In the past yes. But haven't since getting pg with Jax simply because I am healthy other than the cholesterol and was pretty much told to just wait until I was done nursing him. We all know what happenned when I finished nursing him. Wink

My Internist was not supportive of me nursing Jax for just 6 months, I can't imagine her attitude if I went in there today and told her I wasn't ready to wean Abigail who is 15 months. :rolleyes: This was a new Dr for me, and I had only seen her once, 3 months before getting pg with Jax.

I can't just stop taking the dom, if I even miss one dose a day, my supply dips greatly. If I stopped taking it, we would wean completely that day or the next.

This is exactly what Rick said. Go find out how high your numbers are and then just make a decision from there.

I already know it's in my genes and not a life style choice. Sad Went through all that before starting the statins at 34 (I originally had said 36, but DH reminded me I was 34)

I was switched to cholestid when I decided to TTC Jax. You can not take Lipitor while TTCing and they want you to stop it a couple months prior to trying. I could go back on it now that Abigail is eating food, but in all honestly I was told before that it is like putting a band aid on a cut that needs at least 20 stitches. It would really only keep my numbers from climbing any higher, but wouldn't lower the number I already had. Which, was fine at the time, because the Lipitor had drastically reduce my cholesterol so I didn't need to worry about lowering it, I just needed to keep it there.

Abs is showing no signs of weaning. We still nurse at least 4x a day. And she is serious about it, she pulled that uninterested stuff back when she was about 6 months old, but that was short lived and she is all about the mom milk and getting her fill of it. Plus, if I leave the house without her, it's the first thing she demands when I come back home, even if she isn't hungry. :rolleyes:

Ok, lots of info here.

I have not had my numbers checked since April of 07. They were fabulous on the Lipitor, like 120 or less. But prior to Lipitor they soared above 300, and honestly pre-Lipitor I ate like a cardiologist dream patient. Zero beef ever, just chicken, fish, and very little dairy. The only thing I ever have indulged on is chocolate, and quite frankly, I highly doubt I ate enough choclate to have those kids of numbers. KWIM?

And I know what damage is done is done, but I wasn't looking at just a few more months of this. But, what I have decided to do is have a physical and see what my cholesterol is at, and then make a decision. I really don't feel it would be wise to go another year with cholesterol levels above 300, if that is where they are at. I would feel comfortable taking my time and weaning her slowly over the next 3 to 4 months, if that's what it looks like I need to do.

You guys are awesome. Seriously!!!

totally agree with the bolded!!!!

good luck!!!!

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Mel, Sorry about your sis. So glad she is ok. How scary.

The thought of weaning always makes my heart ache. Sorry you are faced with making a decision like this.

I would get my numbers tested for immediate reassurance, and then if there are no red flags, come up with a weaning plan that gives a month or so.

Please take good care of yourself. Love ya!

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Without reading the other responses, my first instinct is to wean. Your baby needs her mama more than she needs your milk. Especially now that she's over a year. As hard as it will be, I think it's critical that you take care of yourself. :openarms:

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First :bigarmhug: I know first hand what is like to know your family history, know you have super high numbers, and feel like a ticking time bomb. I also don't understand why in our cases, they can't do some prevenative checking of the arteries BEFORE we have a heart attack! I basically got told by my cardiologist that until I HAVE my first heart attack, that they will not do testing more invasive then a stress echo or an EKG. WTH? So what you are saying is that you told me I am going to have a heart attack at some point, but you don't know when, and there is nothing you can do about it? I call BS!

I started those statins when I was thirteen years old.. before they were even approved or tested on anyone under the age of 18. Looking back on it, I would never have done that to begin with. We have discussed my distrust for modern medicine and my hatred towards taking medicine. BUT.. I am starting to come around... for me it is all about trust.. I have to trust my doctor. I don't trust ANY of my doctors now.. but I understand that if I don't do something, that I might not be here to see my kids grow up. That is what has driven me to want to do something. I think you have that same dilemma.. that what ifs.

So.. long story short..I TOTALLY understand where you are coming from. If it was me and I had cared two years ago about my health like I do now, I would totally wean. I only planned on nursing my kids until they were one anyways. I pumped at work so that was a completely different situation than you are in, but I still would have weaned.

If you haven't already I would find a good doctor that you TRUST and get some testing done. Insist that you get some baseline tests, EKG, Stress Echo/EKG, and of course all the blood work you need. Including a detailed cholesterol profile with the breakdown of types of cholesterol. Like you mentioned, they are not all created equal.

Good luck and KUP on how your numbers are. Well, at least me.. I don't know that many other people would even know what they mean, lol

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Okay Mel, so you are going today to get your blood draw, right!!!! Smile

And do post the results, I think quite a few of us would understand what they mean!

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"Jumarse" wrote:

Okay Mel, so you are going today to get your blood draw, right!!!! Smile

And do post the results, I think quite a few of us would understand what they mean!

I agree!!!!

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Sorry ladies.. that came out wrong what I said Sad Not that anyone would be disinterested in what her numbers, just that maybe not understand all the details. Heck, I still have to look up most of what my doctor gives me Wink

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so did you get your blood drawn yet.......?????????? Wink remember yor razzed me for not getting my blood drawn........now get thee to the lab and get your blood drawn young lady!!!!!!!

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LOL, you guys are hilarious. It's not as simple as showing up at a lab for a blood draw. Someone has to order the bloodwork first. I also need to change Drs, I did not like the internist that I saw for the first time 3 months before getting pg with Jax. I am actually going to start seeing my kids Dr, she has a duel specialty of Pediatrics and Internal Medicine, and I love her to death. The only reason I can get into to her is because she is my kids Dr and won't turn away family, but the waiting list to see her is LONG. I actually was lucky to get into her practice when Jax was born, long story so I won't bore you with it. I do have a call into her office and her medical assistant is calling me back with an appointment.

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yes, but i think the MA can order the blood work so that when you do meet with the doc they'll be better informed about what's going on, right?

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"luangwa" wrote:

LOL, you guys are hilarious. It's not as simple as showing up at a lab for a blood draw. Someone has to order the bloodwork first. I also need to change Drs, I did not like the internist that I saw for the first time 3 months before getting pg with Jax. I am actually going to start seeing my kids Dr, she has a duel specialty of Pediatrics and Internal Medicine, and I love her to death. The only reason I can get into to her is because she is my kids Dr and won't turn away family, but the waiting list to see her is LONG. I actually was lucky to get into her practice when Jax was born, long story so I won't bore you with it. I do have a call into her office and her medical assistant is calling me back with an appointment.

Mel- call your pharmacy! We have a cholestech machine and do a clinic 2X per month. It will give you a total lipid profile (LDL, HDL, TG and TC) within 5 min. Its just a finger stick. It is $30 at my work, but it may be different at a Walgreens (etc). If you just want to KNOW the numbers, this is a rather quick, painless and inexpensive way to get them.

As for your original question, I have no advice. I dont know what I would do in your situation. ((hugs)). Whatever you decide will be the right thing for you!

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Jan what a fabulous idea. Good ole Meijer, man I miss that place. Called every national chain pharmacy we have and no one does them in house. Sad

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Mel, I don't know if this helps or not, or if it's the same meds you were on, but have a look

http://neonatal.ttuhsc.edu/discus/messages/53/143697.html