Friday, April 3, 2009

BP news

I had my appointment with the doctor this morning regarding my high blood pressure. It has come down quite a bit over the last week or so. I guess the game plan is working. We borrowed a BP monitor from Lani's aunt, and I have been checking it multiple times a day all week long. I was pleased to see that my BP had come down quite a lot. In fact, a lot of my readings were in the normal range. That was a relief. I brought a copy of my spreadsheet with all my data (BP, pulse, date/time, activity prior to reading, and food I had eaten).

This morning, the doc said I was quite a conundrum. I am healthy, I eat well, I exercise, and he couldn't find anything wrong with me, but my BP was still a little high. My worst fear was that he'd go straight for the meds. I really do not want to take drugs, so I was relieved when he said he was reluctant to write a prescription. However, if he can't figure anything out, he didn't seem to have a problem with putting me on some. Based on my spreadsheet, he thinks I am very stress-sensitive. We decided to do some blood work and do a follow-up in three weeks. Between now and then, he recommended that I look into meditation, visual imagery, biofeedback, or anything else that might help deal with stress. Does anybody know any good books/videos/cds, or have any recommendations?

2 comments:

Shilingi-Moja said...

Matthew 14:23; Mark 6:31; Mark 9:2; John 6:22

I don't think he had problems with BP, but even Jesus found he needed quiet times away from the pressure and expectations of the crowds. Sometimes he went by himself; sometimes he was alone with his disciples.

Laura Jack said...

My all best wishes for you.