Wednesday, May 22, 2013
My True Story
Cookie has, knock wood, been blessed with good health. Things have been - diverticulitis aside - quickly treatable. Gall bladder - ZAP! Cataracts - ZAP!
However, yesterday I went to the doctor for a horrible allergy reaction that I have been having - everything in Maryland is coated with a yellow film of pollen causing me to wheeze sneeze and cough - and he noticed that my blood pressure was high.
My Columbus doctor and I used to joke that my blood pressure was so low - 90 over 70 - that I was ten points from Coma.
But the readings - and he did three of them - were very high: 150 over 90.
I normally take anything the doctors say in stride, but this got to me.
Rather than throw me on meds, he instead told me to go buy a home monitor and take the reading daily for six weeks.
"And go for a long walk and cut the salt out of your diet and relax."
So yesterday I napped and retook the BP using the monitor and it came back at 140 over 90. STILL too high.
So we'll see the doctor in mid June and we'll see. I'm not ready to be a "hypertension" patient. But I am worried and I am making some changes.