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Having your blood sucked is good for you... - Blather. Rants. Repeat.
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Having your blood sucked is good for you...
It's rather depressing to learn about your medical conditions through good deeds rather than good practices.

Through the first six-plus months of 2016, I felt fine, was maintaining my weight and energy levels, and had nothing suggesting a need to see The Doctor. Ah, but then I was required to make an appearance; my blood pressure med ran out and the renewal in June was conditioned on me getting my butt in for a walletectomy in late July.  All signs then were fine, and continued fine as far as I was concerned, until about a month ago.

In late August, I signed up for a blood-drive appointment through my twice-weeklyish fitness studio.  This was the Saturday where several potential donors, who came straight from a high-intensity interval workout, were turned away because their heart rates were still too high.  Me? I switched to an earlier class, so as to ensure a normal heart rate, but the bloodsuckers informed me that my blood pressure was higher than "normal."

This time, it was low enough to donate- unlike several years ago, when it was UNYTS, rather than BCBS, who tipped me off to my hypertension. Before they'd let me donate that last time, my doctor put me on Lisinopril, which lowered things sufficiently for my blood to be sucked several times over the ensuing years.

Every time since I'd had it checked- at the doc's, at blood drives, at annualish blood draws- it'd been fine.  But I've spent the past three weeks or so worrying about it, which- surprise!- has raised it even more- checked mostly through free DIY stations at Wegmans.

Two days ago, I had a busted filling drilled down to a post and a temporary crown put in.  Before starting, I told my dentist about the issue, who checked and found it still running high. He monitored, and made sure I didn't get novocaine with a BP-raising component, and it went fine; but I was determined to get to the bottom of what was going on.

My theory: too much caffeine. Both offices have K-Cup machines with tempting pods, and I've likely tripled my caffeine intake in the past year- until this. I've cut back, and gone to "half-caff" blends for most of my coffees, for most of my days.

Eleanor's theory: too much sodium. Yes, I'd gotten into bad habit with snack fuds before and after dinner.  So I've cut way down.

Through it all, though, the "higi stations" at the store were saying I was still high- so I told my doc about it yesterday....

But only after trying to get a different doctor's opinion.


We both shared my current MD until about 3-4 years ago. Eleanor moved to a different practice, then followed her PA when she moved to another one a year or so ago.  Melissa sounded like a practical, straightforward practitioner, so my first call was to her- only to get the damning reply, We're not taking any new patients.

Wowsers.  I can't imagine telling a client that- and I whined enough to get a callback and an acceptance, but not until November 1st.  So it was back to my current doc to respond to the imminent problem, and it looks like he did.

My prior BP med was one of two commonly prescribed, which cleans out the blood.  There's a second, a diuretic, which simply makes you pee more and therefore expels more salt and Other Bad Things more regularly. His RX was to upgrade me to a combination of the two (one Eleanor has been on for a while), which I picked up last night and started this morning.

Amazingly, I felt better even before the first pill went down. I worked from home this morning to be sure of avoiding a bad reaction, then did a noon-hour workout to be sure that the diuretic wouldn't turn me into a complete puddle of goo (it didn't). After that, the Wegmans higi machine said I was "at risk," but that beats being "high"- unless you've got hippie lettuce to work with.

This afternoon was work-stressful,  but I've felt better through it all, and will continue to monitor throughout the days to be sure that "at risk" is the top rather than the bottom end of my readings.  I have a followup with Soon To Be Former Doc on October 13, and if everything holds up, I will let the new practice decide what and how to monitor things from here on out.

And come October 23rd, I'm good to give blood again. Maybe I will:)
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bill_sheehan From: bill_sheehan Date: September 30th, 2016 02:27 am (UTC) (Link)
platypus From: platypus Date: September 30th, 2016 04:29 am (UTC) (Link)
I've got a home monitoring cuff. They're pretty cheap, and can be more accurate than the machines at pharmacies (or, at any rate, you may be able to use them in better or more consistent conditions). Hope the new meds help. I went from lisinopril to lisinopril hctz, then back again once I stepped up the exercise and the readings came down a little too far.
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