the good news is - it is friday and a long weekend - yeah -- i guess! the bad news is - i will be spending most of the day in hospital waiting for some one who is having a procedure - i am also hoping that my daughter's visit with her home care nurse is good news and that she does not need the 24 hour drain. these past three weeks have been terrible in terms of nutrition - i have been eating things i have not eaten for years - or in fact - never eaten - like gelato - why the heck did i try that!!??? these 'foods' are quick easy taste good and are addicting - cause the whole allure of just getting it out of the fridge no muss or fuss and eating is mesmorizing. also - i bought store made peanut butter - which i have not brought home in years. also very easy to just spoon and eat. so i am afraid to weigh in - i will hold off until monday - I KNOW I AM AN OSTRICH WITH MY HEAD IN THE SAND. my roof leaked again - but there is a temporary repair - now i only have to come up with thousands for a new roof - horray for me! have a lovely long weekend every one - there is more rain coming but i hope the weather man is wrong - right now it is sunny and blue sky.
an update - it has been seven months and i am still battling with this bum arm. today i go to the RA specialist and hope he can help me with the pain. even tho i can move it in more directions now - there is no position or movement that is not painful and requires a lot of fortitude on my part. this is so stupid - also every person i have chatted with has commented on either themselves or some one they know having had an unpleasant experience - especially the chubby people. so again - i just say - be aware and if it is not comfortable for you - tell them STOP and go to the old fashioned steth and cuff. they can do that for you.
I actually had to change drs because he would pump the cuff up so much I'd get bruises and my b/p would go way up, which he then wanted to treat by raising my meds. He tried telling me there was no correlation between the pain from the cuff and my increased b/p.
this is becoming BIZARRE - i now have frozen shoulder because of these injuries from the BP auto cuff. my specialist gave me two injections into the rotator cuff of my left shoulder and if this does not help - i need PHYSIO. i have no insurance coverage and i will be looking at five sessions about $200.00 per. JUST SAY 'NO DAMN IT' if they try to make you have the auto cuff - this is no joke and you are the only one that has to deal with the consequences - i cannot do a thing to that physician!!!
yes! whenever I go to the emergency at the hospital they always like to try taking my bp with a medium cuff (crazy) then the use a larger cuff which still isn't that large and my arm feels like it's being strangled (that's the sensation anyway). I get bruises each time and they still get an inaccurate reading and need to head for the manual cuff; but when I tell that to the next nurse they ignore the advice. Dangerous things those bp cuffs!
hi again - here i am SIX WEEKS into this and still cannot brush or wash my hair or take stuff out of the microwave that requires both hands!!! every night is torture trying to find 'a place to park my left arm, rest left shoulder and hand'/ when i brought this to the doc's attention - all he could do was apologize and he said maybe i could have the upper part of my arm LIPO'ED or operated on. that would take months of pain, recovery and rehab - i told him 'forbidding an automatic cuff' every being used on me again is the route i think i will take - DAH MAKES SENSE OR WHAT??? he likened it to breast reduction surgery - cause there is a medical reason for having such an operation performed. i have faith that my body WHILE VERY SLOWLY HEALING - will not let me down and with the help of the Lord - i will be ok.
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Ouch ! I've never had that happen, but if you're still having effects from it after anything more than an hour it certainly can't be a good thing -- and I agree that it would have to increase your BP reading. Does that happen even if they use a larger cuff ? I hope your arm will be back to normal soon!
Sandy (Michigan Upper Peninsula) -- Say "Ya!" to da U.P, eh?
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I have the same problem with the auto ones but my Dr will do mine the old fashion way. Hospitals won't. I have pain problems because of fibro & the cuffs really hurt. Went to a (new) medical center for some blood work & they used the wrist cuff on everyone, said it was better.
it is interesting as the OP said that her dr. continues. i thought 'do no harm' seems to be forgotten. and i KNOW that it does cause the reading to go higher - HOW COULD IT NOT? we all have to really bring this up every time we go - there has to be a better method and if not, some one should invent it. i am sure they can take a reading on the fore arm - i see that dr today for a follow up and i will give him another earful - it is over three weeks and i cannot raise my arm above my waist - this means i am really debilitated - as well the stress has pushed my fibro over the cliff - just another reason to STEP away from the dr office.
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this has happened to me at least three times - i have now bought a 'wrist bp 'by omeron. i have fat upper arms and that, coupled with a high read - makes the auto cuffs at the hospital or clinic just KEEP PUMPING , deflating THEN DOING IT AGAIN. i have been bruised, and this last time i could feel horrible burning and feel popping in side . i will never let them do this to me again - i have had a comment from one sparker that said it was unpleasant for her as well. but this is a real serious issue for me and i wanted some feedback from you all. thx. BB
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