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Friday, February 05, 2010

I was diagnosed with High Blood Pressure five years ago when I had a hysterectomy. Before then, my blood pressure was always on the low side. I take a small amount of a medication that I can't spell and my blood pressure has been under control.

Last week I was in the grocery store, picking up some prescriptions, when a man had just taken his BP on one of those machines. He asked if 189 was high! I said yes it was, but that maybe the machine was wrong. Since my BP is always below 120, I got on the machine and it said 137 over 90! I said the machine must be wrong. So a few days later I was in a different store and took my BP again, 147 over 100!!! So I was worried.

I just happened to have my 6 month check-up this morning. BP was 109 over 69! Yeah!! I also told my doctor about Spark. She had heard of it and thought it was great. I showed her my nutrient, calorie goals and she said they were all good. She also OKed me to add more exercise to my regimen. Yeah.

Lesson learned, just like putting my scale in the closet during the week, I'm now swearing off BP readings by anyone but my doctor.

This is Boomer, the Not-so-great Dane (half pit bull, half great dane). He is the beneficiary of all my walking. He's my walking partner and he's the dog that never gets tired or cold. If only he'd quit tugging!
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    Good BP advice. I too have a dog benefiting from my need to walk...and she too is needing to trim down so we both walk with purpose...of course, she thinks it is just for fun! emoticon emoticon
    4187 days ago
    Great blog and a public service too! As a nurse, I never trust those machines. Of course just being in the Walmart can raise my BP I'm sure. Boomer looks like a GREAT exercise buddy! Lucky you! I have two lazy cats that could care less if I exercised or not!
    4189 days ago
    Amazing that you BP is lower at the doctors office. Mine is always higher when I'm there. I'm glad your BP is good.


    p.s. I got the comment you left on my page. My reply turn into a very long recollections of the past few weeks, more for me or a blog, so I need to get back to sending you an email - but in short, yes, I seem to like my new doctor.

    4189 days ago
  • TREBLE02
    great news about your BP! Mine has been high for a while too and at cvs the other day it was 115/75 which i was very happy with!~ :) YAY for getting healthy! love your pup by the way!
    4191 days ago
    Boomer is 3 1/2 years old and is much bigger in person than he looks in the picture. And he always has that surly look on his face.
    But I love him anyway.
    4191 days ago
    I keep close track of mine as well. I just pop into the Drs office once every 8 weeks or so and have the nurse check it out.
    4191 days ago
    yay! Great news on your blood pressure!! Keep walking-adorable pooch!
    4191 days ago
    My dog pulls too. I'm hoping some day, once she's a couple years old, she'll stop. But she is a great walking buddy!
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    4191 days ago
    My Dr. told me blood pressure can be affected by time of day, caffiene intake and whether or not you've rested before you take the BP. So, if you're going to the drug store, don't just run in and get on the machine, make sure and rest at least 5 minutes before taking the BP.
    4191 days ago
    Now I feel lots better about 143/78 at the drugstore. Good for you -- most people get "white coat syndrome" at the dr, and the BP goes up. You're doing GREAT!
    4191 days ago
  • CATH0903
    Beautiful quilt! Wonderful dog! and great plan for BP. Scary to think those machines can be so off.

    4191 days ago
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