Your prompt for JusJoJan January 13th, 2022, is “protocol.” Use the word “protocol” any way you’d like. Enjoy!
Well, I am in such a state!
First, over my high blood pressure-more on that later-secondly, because I just took Whiskey to the vet to get checked out before he cleans her teeth, but they are so bad, his protocol is to go through a round or two of antibiotics first!
I feel like I dropped the ball on this one, we tried real hard for a while to brush her teeth and fix her bad breath…we tried everything from special drops in her water to food supplements to different food. The vet said that, like me, she might just be predisposition to have plaque and dental problems. I told him her breath was bad from almost the moment we bought her 71/2 yrs ago.
She is scheduled to have the cleaning and possible extractions on Feb 8th. Poor baby!!
Now, me, I don’t know what is causing my blood pressure to be sky high, but last night (if my cuff is to be believed) it was in near stroke range. I am keeping a diary because my nephrologist told me to. I discovered after looking it up last night that I am supposed to take it before meals, not after. It did not make that much of a difference and neither did exercise, but I will keep it all up. I almost had all my rings closed on my Apple Watch yesterday! That is because I did 40 minutes of exercise that morning and a walk in the afternoon, plus I stood for an hour to do my Diamond Art.
When I say high, I mean the systolic is over 150 and the dystolic is over 100. Last night it was 184/111. Of course, I had eaten and exercised, plus, I have to make a confession. I have been vaping again on and off because I figured maybe my heartburn was caused by trying to quit too many things at one time, and I was stressing myself out about it. I have no idea if that could contribute to high blood pressure because it is not the same as smoking. However, you do still get Nicotine. The info I read also said to cut back on alcohol and salt. Well, I don’t drink that much, and I never salt my food, but I haven’t been reading the labels on everything for the sodium content. UGH!! One more thing to have to worry about!
The doctor already increased my dose of Lisinopril to 5mg twice a day. I’m hoping that my blood pressure cuff (I have the wrist kind) is measuring wrong, so I am off to Kroger to see if their machine records a different reading. Did you know Walgreens doesn’t have one you can check your own blood pressure with anymore? They had no idea what I was talking about. They told me to go to Kroger.
Wish me luck, I really don’t want to have to make even more changes to my lifestyle, but I will if it’s a matter of life and death. I certainly don’t want to stroke out! So, I will do whatever is necessary to bring it down. I wonder if it is just another symptom of PKD and because I’m getting older, it is just now showing up?? Something to ponder.
Have a great day everyone!