The Verdict: Okay, my BP is down a little from Tuesday, but not enough so the doctor wants me on meds. Here's my problem with that, I think that I should be able to try diet, exercise, and monitoring of my BP for at least a month before I start taking these pills which have a TON of negative side effects. I bought a monitor yesterday while I was getting my prescription filled and I took my BP last night and this morning--both times where significantly lower than they were in the office(systolic was down 30 points, diostolic was down 20)--putting me in the prehypertension range rather than the Stage 2 hypertension range. There is a condition called "white coat hypertension" where people get so stressed about the doctor that their BP skyrockets during office visits--I can totally see that as a potential problem of mine--I get stressed just thinking about going to the doctor.
I still have major questions about these meds and I plan on calling him on Tuesday with them--until that time I'm not taking them. He told me that people sometimes have high BP for years before they are diagnosed, this is my first instance with it so I think I am justified on taking a little time without meds. Anyhoo, that's where I am at with that.
Today's SBQ was suggested by Heather
(http://www.stitchsci.blogspot.com/) and is:
Comment on your comments (giving and receiving):
Do you love comments or hate them? I love getting comments.
Do you check them every day, never check them, or find them helpful? I check them everyday and they are usually very helpful and inspirational. I don't usually check back to blogs I have left comments on--I am not really sure of the etiquette on that. I guess I don't feel it's my business to read what others have said(although I do skim through the comments left before mine) and usually if the person has a reply to what I have said they get back to me.
And finally, are you convinced no one is reading your blog if you don't get any? No, sometimes I figure that no one has an opinion on something I have written. Sometimes a post isn't really geared toward comments--you read it and move on. Also, I figure that most people are like me and if they don't have anything to say they don't comment. I don't agree with commenting just for the sake of leaving a comment.
Booking Through Thursday
This week's question, suggested by Jeanne, is here by popular demand. Thank you, ladies!
- What is the most beautiful book you own? "A Gathering of Lace" and "The Complete Works of Edgar Allan Poe"
- In what way is it beautiful? Is it the illustrations, the binding, a combination of these, or something else? I think the pictures in "Gathering" are beautiful--I never get tired of looking at all the beautiful lace designs. Poe has nice binding and looks very formal.
- How often do you look at it, browse through it, read it? I look through "Gathering" all the time--hoping for inspiration. Poe I bring out when I want to study something.