Wednesday, November 28, 2012
So I had my doctors appointment yesterday and it actually went alright. I got there a little early, but they took me back just before my appointment time and got my weight (gained a few lbs over the last couple of months blah), and took my vitals. My blood pressure was REALLY high- especially for me. I'm usually normal when it comes to my BP and it was 166/98 the first time the nurse checked it. The nurse had me just sit for a bit and took it again- still high, but slightly lower (155/98) So I had to explain that my anxiety was up because of the appointment and I had also had a stressful day at work which I'm sure was not helping. My heart rate was really fast too (definitely the anxiety). After finishing that stuff, the exam room wasn't available yet after sitting for a while so they sent me back out to the waiting room to wait. I hadn't gone to the bathroom yet because I wasn't sure if they needed a urine sample so I had been holding it and was just sitting in the waiting room with a sign for the bathroom right in front of me for a good 30-40 minutes (it was seriously feeling like torture). So they finally had a room open up and as we were walking back I asked "can I use the restroom, or do you need a urine sample?" and the nurse was like "oh, we don't need a sample- you can just go ahead and use the restroom" (SERIOUSLY!!! I could have peed like 2 hours ago LOL)
Anywho, the Dr. came in and we just talked about medical history (I totally beat her to the punch about my weight and told her that I had lost some, but knew I had a ways to go and explained what I was doing to try and lose weight and she seemed pleased with what I told her so she didn't really ask any more questions). She asked me about my BP and I basically just explained that it had never been high like that before and then explained that I have GAD (Generalized Anxiety Disorder) and I was sure that she was a very nice person but I was very anxious about having a new Dr. and I thought that that might be playing a part of it. So after talking for a while and doing a quick exam and what not, she took my pulse again (normal thank goodness) and she took my blood pressure again and it had gone down, but it was still higher than it should have been. I think the fact that I had high blood pressure was freaking me out enough to give me high blood pressure. Anyways, she gave me a prescription for Celexa (for my depression and anxiety- I used to take Lexapro but they don't have that through Kaiser) and also my BC prescription but I can't start taking that again until after I have my BP rechecked in 2 weeks. I also need to have some blood work/labs done to check my thyroid, kidneys, lipids, etc so I need to figure out when to go in for that. But all in all, it was an OK appointment. I definitely like my doctor and she seems really nice and didn't seem to be incredibly critical of me which was one of my fears.
Thanks for everyone who was thinking about me yesterday- I really appreciate it!!
I don't have much else to report except that the whole Blood Pressure scare thing has kind of kicked me in the butt to start getting back to working out consistently and getting back on track with everything. I'm really horrible about taking pills (I seriously have to set a reminder to go off everyday on my phone just to remember to take my pill everyday as it is haha) and I definitely do not want to have to take any medication for my BP if I can help it. I don't eat a lot of salt (I rarely put a lot of salt on things when I cook except for a small sprinkle here or there sometimes for flavor and don't like salty foods), but I'll probably be keeping better track of my sodium intake to make sure I'm not going overboard. I also know that I have not been eating consistently at all so far this week- I've been eating one meal- dinner- and have been going basically all day without eating and haven't been good about drinking my water either- I'm not sure if it could affect blood pressure, but does anyone know if it might?? All in all they checked my BP like 5 or 6 times yesterday so I'm hoping when I go back in, it will be closer to normal.
Not much else going on, Just planning my next "attack" on the fat!!
Until Next Time