I have been invited to take part in a trial to test whether or not raising HDL cholesterol (the good sort of cholesterol) with niacin is useful for preventing heart attacks and strokes in people with circulatory disease.
Apparently my medical records suggest that I am a suitable candidate for this trial and my own GP has obviously consented to my participation. Of course I didn’t hesitate about taking part in this, anything which helps to prevent heart disease such as heart attacks and strokes is of great importance and help to others.
The only problem is that it is being held at the pathology department at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary , a hospital that I have never visited and I am not familiar with it at all. I will need to make two bus rides from where we live, one to Huddersfield and then another one to the Infirmary itself. I might contemplate making a ‘dummy run’ before the appointment, which I have done in the past whenever I have needed to reconnoitre the route and layout of anywhere that I haven’t visited before, not only to familiarise myself with the actual building, but to also time the whole route so that I will have some idea about how long it takes to get there from home.
Of course it might turn out that once I get there for this initial appointment they then discover that I am not suitable for it. I have to take all of my tablets with me to show them, then they will do a blood test to ascertain if I am suitable.
So that’s something to look forward to in the new year, and will help to make me feel as if I am contributing something!
TG take care.