Thursday, July 22, 2010
The past few weeks have been interesting, to say the least. I started feeling very tired and lethargic, and I had a nagging headache. I felt worse than I ever felt when I was 25 pounds heavier. At first, I attributed it to the heat. It has been really, really hot! I hate the heat. :-( It was really strange because I felt OK when I was up and moving. It was only when I sat down that I felt awful.
Then one night about 10 days ago, I couldn't go to sleep because my heart was palpitating. I thought maybe my potassium was low, so I got up and drank some orange juice and ate a banana. I felt a little better, but not great. I seriously considered going to the ER, but fell asleep instead. Next day, I saw my doctor. (Who told me I should have gone to the ER. Oh, well...) Long story short, my blood pressure was very low - 102/50. He cut my BP medicine in half and ordered a holter monitor test to be sure there isn't a problem. Since I am taking less BP meds I feel much better. :-) I'll be interested in the monitor test results, but I really think the problem was that my BP was too low.
I feel stupid for not recognizing the problem myself. I have been on BP meds since I was 23. (I'm 57 now, so that's most of my life, folks.) Every time there has been a major change in my health, my BP meds have needed to be adjusted. I should have realized. I was complacent since my BP has been so well-controlled for so long. I didn't even think to check it myself.
I was so happy with my weight loss that I forgot about the other changes going on in my body. Lesson learned. I'm checking my BPs daily. They are still low/normal, so that's good. One of my long range goals has been to get off of my meds. Just didn't realize it could happen so soon. Another lesson learned. Check in more frequently with the doctor when losing weight. Lesson learned.
Of course, it WAS fun seeing the look on his face when he realized how much weight I had lost since the last time I was in his office!