Getting Caught Up Health-Wise Part One
Tuesday, July 02, 2013
Holy moly, has it been a long time since I’ve actually blogged here. I need to work on that. The good news is, I am getting back into my freelance writing. Bad news is, I feel like I’m all over the place. I have so many ideas that I want to write about, I’m getting overwhelmed by it all. I have a list of topics, and that list just keeps getting longer and longer.
So, I need to just dive in and get started. One of my problems is, I don’t type quick enough. My brain moves too fast for my fingers. My other option is to use a voice recognition program. I’ve done that before, and it’s great. Maybe I’ll start doing that again, and see how fast I can write something. I like to use that when I’m alone. Not just for my benefit. I’m sure my husband doesn’t want to hear my rambling all day long. He says he doesn’t mind, but I think he’s just saying that.
Ok, so where to begin? Let’s start back in January of this year. I had to go into the doctor to get my birth control renewed. It has never been a problem before, but this time it was aggravating. For the last three years, I’ve seen a different doctor. The first two of those years, I went in and got my prescription renewed without incident. This year, they decided to make an issue of my blood pressure.
I’ve been on this particular birth control for about 15 years, at least. I’ve never had a problem with it. My blood pressure has always been normal. I used to take it in the grocery store near the pharmacy, and it’s always been normal.
I am a very anxious person. Particularly when it comes to going to the doctor. In the past, the doctor has asked me if my blood pressure is usually high. No, it’s not, just when I go to the doctor. It’s actually a known syndrome called “White Coat Syndrome”. She even knew about that term. It’s actually fairly common. Still, she told me we should look into other birth control options since my blood pressure was high. My other option was that I could come back in two weeks and have it tested again. I told it wouldn’t make a difference, it would still be high. So I said I would come back in two weeks. I also bought myself my own blood pressure monitor so I could take it at home, just to make sure and reassure myself.
I took my blood pressure for the next week (it took a week to get here), and brought in my results. Like I thought, my blood pressure was still high at the office. She said I could come back in another two weeks if I wanted to. I said yes, another two weeks, but it won’t matter. She gave me some tips as to how I could lower my blood pressure. I already do everything she listed. Exercise, eat right, no smoking, yadda yadda. Heck, I even gave up coffee in between my first and second visits.
Another two weeks go by, same thing. Blood pressure is fine at home, high at the doctor. So this is my third visit. By this time, I just want my stupid prescription refilled. She said she couldn’t do it because of my blood pressure. I finally gave in and went with the other option. I couldn’t keep coming back every two weeks, it was ridiculous. I brought in my blood pressure results from this two week period, but she obviously didn’t believe me. Nice, huh?
So, yes, I’m on a new type of birth control. And I do not like it. When I’m due up for a new prescription (maybe even before that), I plan on going back to my old doctor. She at least listens even if she is more expensive. This new pill makes me more emotional (although I’ve learned to reign that in a bit) plus (TMI incoming) my menstrual cycle is all out of whack. Very irregular. I never know when I’ll be getting it, or when it will end. On my old pills I was like clockwork. I knew exactly what day (even what time of day) I’d get it, and when it would be gone.
I’ve rambled long enough about this I think. This will all get sorted out soon enough. I have a lot more health related things to go into, but I’ll save it for tomorrow’s blog.
Yeah! I’m writing again. I’ll try to be more regular here.