Everyone who climbs aboard the Medicare Ship gets a free “Welcome” exam from their Doc. I had mine last May. That’s when I whined about my arm still hurting after my pirouette into our carpet, and my Doc suggested an MRI, hence finding out I BROKE the darn thing! My Doc also listened to me crab about my kidney stones and said that a Calcium supplement probably isn’t in my future. (Little did he know that I was taking one every other day..It was suppose to help keep my bones strong…so much for that pill.) Dr. Erik also listened to me when I told him about our family history of heart disease….Mom, died age 64 heart attack, her Dad (my maternal Grampa), dropped dead at age 59…heart attack. Mom’s brother (my Uncle Walt) had a stroke age 67 and died. And my Dad…he was prophetic and wrote his will out because he wasn’t feeling well, then proceeded to die in his sleep 2 nights later..age 68. So you see, the “Grabber” has shown his Grimm Reaper face many times in our family…Doc suggested I see a cardiologist for a screening, due to family history. Good call, Doc.
Yes, my mother was a frustrated hair stylist and apparently loved the commercial about “I’m Buster Brown, and I live in a shoe”…For those of you who have NO idea what I am talking about, this hairdo was deemed the “Buster Brown” . Named after the goofy lookin’ kid in the commercial who lived in a shoe…Oh, and his dog named Tag. This haircut was also called the “Prince Valiant”. (Sorry, youngsters, I,m darn sure you don’t remember that prince!)
Long story short, I had my appointment with Den’s same cardio guy (whom I love and trust, as everyone SHOULD feel about their cardiologist!)…Nurse weighs me and asks me how tall I am..Trying to be funny I tell her that I use to be 6’ tall but have been steadily shrinking to my present 5’2”…She was not smiling. Then she takes my history, my blood pressure, gets an EKG of my ticker and puts me in an exam room that is the temperature of a meat locker. As she left the room she informed me that the good Dr. was behind and there were 2 patients ahead of me…THEN she smiles….Not to be outdone, I smiled and pulled a book out of my purse ..I came prepared!!
I need to interject here that I have NEVER been one with high blood pressure…In fact, they use to laugh and say I was barely alive, running a pressure usually around 110/62…..Remember, I DID live in a cemetery..HEE HEE! So, my Cardio Doc was fairly concerned when I presented a pressure of 147/90….Needless to say, so was I.
“The exact causes of high blood pressure are not known, but several factors and conditions may play a role in its development, including:
Smoking Being overweight or obese Lack of physical activity
- Too much salt in the diet
- Too much alcohol consumption (more than 1 to 2 drinks per day)
- Older age
- Family history of high blood pressure
- Chronic kidney disease
- Adrenal and thyroid disorders”(?????)
I crossed off the ones I didn’t think applied…Unfortunately I didn’t get to cross off very many! My Cardio Doc suggested I try to do better for a few weeks…By this, he told me to limit my salt (DAMN, BUT I DO LOVE PRETZELS!) He also said to limit my alcohol to (1) 5 oz. glass a day..(“Come on,Doc..really?”…”REALLY!!!!” )..He was deadly serious.
Then he and gave me a copy of the Dash Diet …DASH standing for “dietary approaches to stop hypertension”.. He asked about stress..Yep, got some pretty good doses of THAT lately. And the “older age, Genetics, Family history, Chronic Kidney Disease I probably qualify for. Not sure about the adrenal and thyroid stuff, but HEY, why NOT?? Might as well have ‘em all, eh??
I am also scheduled to have a Stress Echo test at the end of August…AFTER I have been behaving (I will try my best) for a few weeks..I really will behave myself. If this will bring my BP down, I’m all in! My Mom and Dad would kick my proverbial arse if I didn’t do as the Cardio Doc said!!!
“The voice of parents is the voice of gods, for to their children they are heaven's lieutenants.”