Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Watching the BP and the ole ticker are big on my G.P.'s mind, mainly because she knows my dad's history of High BP followed by heart problems (that started in his 80's, not at young age). Every time I've gone to see her for the past few years, my doc has asked me "are you monitoring your blood pressure at home?".
So. I finally bought a BP monitor. At first I could not - remember, I am a MAJOR technophobe! - get it to work! Then when I told my mom about how it didn't work she asked a simple question: was I tightening the sleeve enough? Ooops. And now it works.
Ut oh. Need to up the exercise. My foods are okay though I don't get enough carbs or fat; my intake issue that might affec bp is... caffeine. Thanks to my lovely (grrrr) new blood pressure monitor I am reducing my affeine intake. Switching from 20-40oz of high octane brew with 2% milk and a packet of Splenda to 1/2 caf and eventually decaf.
Blood pressure is a silent killer. And I have things to do in life, so I'm adding a DASH of newness to my journey.