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High Blood Pressure… POP

Published May 31, 2013 - 8 Comments

I went to see Dr Lisa today.  Seems that our visits are getting closer rather than further apart.  Maybe with good reason.  Her staff hooked me up to the nice blood pressure monitor again… this is the one that is supposed to give a more accurate reading.  They let me sit alone in a nice quiet room, with the lights dimmed down, and the machine takes 5 readings over 10 minutes and then averages them out.  I just sat there in the comfy chair and tried to stay awake.


Shit.  That doesn’t sound good.  I knew before she even got into the room that Lisa was going to ask me what the hell is going on… except in a more pleasant bedside manner… but that would be her meaning.

I told her that I had an important meeting scheduled immediately following this visit.  It was obviously weighing on my mind.  The new house is still a disaster, and my parents are coming over to look at it tomorrow.  My co-parenting trial schedule with my ex had started yesterday.

These were all good reasons to see a temporary spike in my blood pressure… but I wasn’t fooling anyone.  It all comes down to lifestyle choices, and until I made some significant changes, my body would continue to rebel against me.

Let’s look at some of the causes of high blood pressure (also known as Hypertension) found listed on WebMD:

  • Smoking – The one vice I’ve never had to worry about.
  • Overweight or obese – Yup!
  • Lack of physical activity – Does typing count?
  • Too much salt in diet – As if you can ever have too much salt.. .
  • Too much alcohol – Surprisingly not an issue for me.  I rarely ever drink anymore… but I’m not opposed to starting again!
  • Stress – Umm… yeah… wee bit…
  • Older age – Fuck you, 41!
  • Genetics – That’s right… blame it on the parents.  I like your way of thinking.
  • Family history – Isn’t this genetics?  Close enough.
  • Chronic kidney disease – Better not be!  I need to sell these puppies on the black market to support my crack habit!
  • Adrenal and Thyroid issues – Big words scare me.

So I guess I’m going to have my medication changed around, and I’ve been ordered to start monitoring my blood pressure on my own (I have a machine) several times per week, and to start pushing that lawn mower and whatever else I can do around the house to try to improve my level of physical activity.

And back in another 6 weeks… crap.