Ugh. I just got back from my regular doctor’s office. I checked my blood pressure this morning and it was 197/101.
Yeah, NOT optimal for health. Gah. I was supposed to be at my therapist’s office at 2 pm, but I called to cancel after the doctor’s office told me to get in there by 11:30 am. I felt bad about that because I canceled last time and I probably really needed to see her this week, but ANYhow…
By the time they got me in and took vitals, my BP was down to 168/79, but still too high. I talked a long time to the doctor with her trying to understand the history of how I came to have this cough, of how I’d been taken off the ACE-inhibitor completely for about 2 weeks, then put on Amlodipine by my endo and then proceeded to have that dry, slight, hacking, persistent cough like I had before, so I went off it about a week and a half ago and now, here I am with high BP despite having done 8 miles on the trainer for the past four days.
She asked a lot of questions. Oh, Hubby was there, too…he insisted on driving me after I told him how high it was, so she began to look up the side effects of Amlodipine and tell me that cough isn’t one of them. Of course, I knew that already, but I also knew that it can cause wheezing and chest tightness, so I assumed that would cause the coughing to return. That’s why I went off the med in the first place.
She came to the conclusion that I had not been off the ACE med long enough before starting the Amlodipine and I was having a lot of allergy symptoms. She asked if I was taking my Allegra and Singulair every day, and I do, religiously! Then she asked about the Flonase, which I tend to forget often. After I use the neti pot, I have to wait awhile for the “running” to stop, and I’ll forget to use the Flonase. She stressed that it was really important for me to use that stuff daily, so I gotta do better about that. She also wants me to start taking a steroid inhaler and to use my albuterol inhaler before I get on the bike. She thinks the cough is caused by all the irritation I have from the drainage and allergies.
I’m thankful that I didn’t have to go to the hospital because when I saw how high it was at home, I felt sure that’s where I was headed. The doctor was impressed that I’d lost about 9 pounds since the last time I’d seen her about 3 weeks ago. I told her that I’d really been trying and she told me to keep it up, that the weight loss would directly affect my blood pressure in a good way. So…*sigh* I have to get back to the bike.
I have discovered why I have such a love/hate relationship with the bike and trainer…or any kind of hard exercise. It’s the sweating. Not that I just hate to sweat, which I do, but most of the time, sweating like that comes when I am having a low blood sugar and totally out of control. I think that’s why I just really hate getting on the bike. Once I’m on and I can see how I’m doing with the computer, I can get past it, but that first layer of sweat just makes me feel SO awful. I seriously think it’s because of 40 some years of that sweatiness being a signal that I’m getting low.
That’s good to know, but knowing doesn’t make it go away. Ha. If only…
Hebrews 12:1 – “…and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us:…”