Wednesday, October 19, 2011
After nearly 3 weeks of diuretics, Vino said it is time to start using medications to lower the pressure. It has been a rollercoaster of a time. Feeling terrific and thinking we finally got a handle on the problem. Then things get bad again. I have been a little discouraged with the progress of the medication. I am eating right and exercising, but was holding on to the hope that I could manage the pressure using simple diuretics.
Dr. Vino brought me to one of the local clinics to see the doctor who is better than most of the local doctors here. The nurse measured my blood pressure- 110/70. I told Dr. Vino what my pressure was to which his response, "RUBISH!!!" So he came over to the nurses station and proceeded to take my pressure himself- 140/100.......He then had the nurse take it again and gave her some polite education on taking a pressure.
Honestly, this doesn't make me feel full of confidence of what I am going to do when Vino is gone. I am going to have to find a good blood pressure monitor somehow....
Doctor Chamba saw me a few minutes later. Dr. Vino and he talked a little bit about what was going on with me. Dr. Chamba then talked to me and told me what he was going to do. He put me on an ACE inhibitor, but said it might take 6 months to get the medication right.
I started the new medication this morning and wonder if I will ever feel normal again. I have energy boosts followed by wanting to go back to bed. Had a rough morning. Getting out of bed after taking reduced amounts of medication the day before meant that I had to deal with high pressure. I could hardly see. I felt so disoriented.....Took a few hours for me to even feel like I could move again.
I am teaching this week at the Bible College. Dr. Vino had to help me yesterday. Today I managed. Had to sit a few times, but am optimistic that I will get strong again. I did a 20 minute walking program today. Felt like I was starting over again.....
Sure can use a few hugs.