Last week, I went to the doctor because last month when I went into the urgent care clinic a sinus infection, my BP was slightly elevated. In the past, my BP has routinely been high but not quite “over” a healthy amount. I went home with some meds for my cold and a promise to make an appointment with my PCP about the BP.
Now i admit, I didn’t do that right away, the holidays were coming up and I had work and family and “stuff” going on. During that time, I started to notice this recurring dizziness when I was lying down and when I got out of my car and raised my head too fast. The lying down dizziness was the worse bit. I also noticed I got this “pressure” headache more often than just after a “Cajun” meal. So I made an appointment in for the first week in January.
The Doctor prescribed a BP med and took some blood and ran some test. She told me to get my BP check and call in a week after using the meds and they’d go from there. My BP didn’t change and in fact it was still elevated. Today they called with the final report and my blood work was fine (i.e. no Diabetes, just the same Vitamin D deficiency I’ve had before). Sine my BP did change they also prescribed additional meds (a fluid pill this time) along with the first BP med and then in a week, I’ll have to check my BP again and call it in.
Today, after being bombarded from all sides by outside agitations, I realized that I was feeling flushed and I was developing a stress headache for at least a couple of hours. I finally decided to have a “come to Jesus” moment and tell my family about the problems with my blood pressure and until I could get in under control, I needed them to not “rely” on me too much. I told them that until I get my pressure under control, I needed to lessen any “outside” stresses I could. And to forgive me if I seem more tired, or easily aggravated or more snippy than usual, it’s not cause I’m just being bitch, but because this headaches and dizziness just drains me so much sometimes that really don’t feel like being bothered with other folks bullshit.
So here’s where I sit…I’ve got to get my BP under control. Hopefully with medication I can get it down to stop the dizziness and headaches. Until then, I’ve just got to work on relieving stress I cause myself and stress caused from outside factors. Luckily, I do not have diabetes, but my current health situation is not ideal by any means, and diabetes runs in my family, so diabetes is surely the specter knocking at my door as I approach 40 years old this year.
Anyway, let’s end this on a higher yet sad note. Soon as I decided to write this post, I already knew I wanted the title to be “Under Pressure” and of course I immediately had this song in my head..with the dead of David Bowie Sunday, this song is now as bittersweet as it is cool and catchy! RIP David Bowie, I’ll assume you and Freddie are singing together where ever you are…