Tuesday, October 07, 2008

I just got back from the doctor!

I work down the sidewalk from the clinic that we use for our Worker's Compensation patients and decided that this headache from hell just isn't going to go away. So at 8am on the dot, I walked down to see if I could get a Kenalog (?) shot. It's an allergy shot, that saved my life last year. I'm very allergic to ragweed and we are in prime season for the pretty little yellow flowers. I usually start out with sneezing, itchy eyes and throat, then in the blink of an eye it has moved to my chest and I end up with bronchitis and feel totally miserable.

So I'm in the dr's office with the nurse and she's checking my vitals and the blood pressure machine keeps starting over. She says, "ooo, that usually means it's high". Sure enough, drum roll please....my pressure was 174 over 107. My eyes probably bugged out of my head like that woman who can pop out her eyes. She said, it might just be because you have a headache and I'm thinking, the headache might be because I'm about to have a stroke. Usually my blood pressure is about 124 over 75, the highest it's ever been is 135 over 89 and that was when I was hurt. The dr wants me to check my blood pressure everyday this week and see if it goes back down. If not, I'll have to go back and see what the next step is, I think I know. It's probably to lose 30 lbs. Hopefully, I won't have to start taking blood pressure medicine.


~ Phyllis ~ said...

Oh dear. I hope you get your blood pressure down soon.

Hissy Stitch said...

Pain by itself can make your blood pressure go up. There's also "white coat syndrome," where people's blood pressure goes up just from being in a doctor's office. Home blood pressure cuffs are nice to have so you can check when you're relaxed at home. You can take it to a doctor's office and have them check your home cuff against theirs to make sure it's accurate.

Lupie said...

That is high you must take care of yourself! Watch the salt as well.