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Using a blood pressure cuff and glucometer at home.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

I spent yesterday learning how to use our new blood pressure cuff. And I spent today learning how to use the new glucometer. emoticon

But... these will be good for me. The doctor's office called really so I could meet the new doctor but I had issues from the last blood test. Hmmm 5 different issues!

This guy got lots of info in a short time. He wants me to make a diary of both blood pressure and blood glucose. For 2 weeks. After a month I am due for real blood testing. And after that make an appointment with him.

these machines had been totatlly overwhelming me when I was supposed to use them with my husband. I avoided them for years. His blood sugar and blood pressured good so doctors did not push me to test him more.

His afternoon aide (2 X A WEEK) helped me today with the BP machine. It kept sending errors even with her helping me. Very frustrating! Finally it was OK. I am glad she was there.

The blood sugar test was almost fun emoticon . I don't know why but I was enjoying the accuracy of these numbers. The machines hold the data. I'd need a special program and cord to download it (blood sugar) to my computer. Forget it.

I was writing it on paper but I did not like that. So I found 2 good (and free) charts online to use.

One for blood pressure and another one for blood sugar.

I think after 2 weeks I will have some good data to show him. really he should have given me these charts! But he is new to that practice. He did not even order the scripts correctly . The glucometer and one med was not there when I went to get it. emoticon

I found him easy to talk to. And he is rather handsome, too! emoticon

I know I am in danger of being diabetic 2. I hope using these tools will keep me from going over to that. Exercise right after eating is supposed to keep the blood sugar low. (if you are type 2 diabetic- meaning insulin resistant). I found a chat line where people give their experiences about that. They were excited about getting their numbers improved.

I think I will put this in a blog so I can remember it.

Thanks for supporting me in all the different things I have been trying! chris

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
GRANJERRY1 1/25/2014 6:46AM

    Yes as we age we need to make these machines our friends. I have been checking my BP myself for the past 20 years, only off late need help with this and the glucometer, because of our failing eyesight….. just so that I don't read an 8 as a 4 or vice versa.

DH and my BP is checked twice a day and my sugar every other day. I am a type2 diabetic too.

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FROSTY99 1/24/2014 1:51PM

    emoticon Glad you are getting over your fear of these wonderful inventions. I had to learn to take my DH's BP with the old fashioned kind many years ago and we had to track that and his blood sugar daily. I remember when the glucometers became available to the public-such a wonderful thing and much better than the old urine sticks previously used which weren't all that accurate.
Stick with this..

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CAROLIAN 1/24/2014 11:09AM

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CANYON_GAL 1/24/2014 6:47AM


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RD03875 1/24/2014 5:00AM

    There is great diabetes info right here on Sparkpeople, even diabetic teams.

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1STATEOFDENIAL 1/24/2014 12:19AM

    You do realize you can enter your blood pressure and blood sugar numbers into SP, right? Then there are different ways to pull the numbers up later by running reports.

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MAYBER 1/23/2014 11:49PM

    Best wishes as you continue to learn how to care for yourself as well as your DH
Thankfully I am rather healthy take three meds and go to doctor only for annual physical and now with DH there is no going to a doctor as it is hard to transport him
One day at a time

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ARTJAC 1/23/2014 10:51PM


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1CRAZYDOG 1/23/2014 9:30PM

    Good luck!

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IMAREADER 1/23/2014 9:14PM

    It sounds like you're on the right track! I don't check my blood sugar, but I have been checking my BP at home (but I haven't done it in a while). I get great readings there, when I'm nice and relaxed, but I usually get high readings at the doctor's office. I'm prediabetic, so I need to get some more weight off. I'm hoping that my numbers are lower at my next visit.

Keep up the good work!

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