I don’t normally write about personal things, but first, how much can you write about VJs?
Then, I had an interesting visit to the doctors office yesterday.
I tend to approach medicine as though as I were a Christian Scientist. But two weeks ago, I finally broke down and got a physical. As part of the physical, I got a stress test. During the stress test, the doctor asked me if I had a cardiologist. (who has a cardiologist?)
I was told I had high blood pressure. Had anyone ever said that before?
Nope. In fact, I have been extremely healthy!
I went to the cardiologist with the idea that I was going to wear a portable blood pressure monitor for 24-hours. The nurse came in to fit me for it and show me how it worked. She slipped it on my arm, pushed the button. “It’s simple”, she said. The machine tightened its grip on my arm and the numbers flashed on the screen.
“Hmmm” she said, tapping the screen. “Let’s try that again”.
We did it again.
“There must be a problem with the software. I’m going to call the company” she said, and took the machine with her.
She returned in a few minutes. “Let’s try it again” she said, and hooked me up.
“Lemme take this manually” she said, and slipped the standard pump up with the stethescope.
I could see her face turn…. ashen?
“Wait right here” she said, “I’m going to get the cardiologist”.
Well, if anything will give you a heart attack it is the nurse saying “wait right here, I am going to get the cardiologist”.
When he came in he did the same tests. Several times.
“You have extreme hypertension” he told me. Extremely high blood pressure.
“We’re going to start you on medication right away. I also want you to buy a home blood pressure monitor and start taking your own blood pressure twice a day and record it for me. Then I want to see you again in 5 days”.
He paused. “Your blood pressure is…. impressive”.
Hypertension, or high blood pressure shows no symptoms, yet it is a major cause of heart attack, stroke and lots of other unpleasant things. You can have it for years as apparently I have, and never know it. My father suffered several severe strokes which left him bedridden.
I started taking the pills yesterday. A doctor friend of mine called my numbers ‘a walking time bomb’.
Hopefully I have cut the wires in time.. or will do so
exercise, change of diet, weight loss, change of lifestyle.
“In some ways you are lucky” the doctor told me. “This, at least, is controllable”.
Go get yourself checked.