A bunch of useless crap
Published on January 9, 2012 By MasonM In Blogging

Today I had to go in for my bi-annual D.O.T. physical. It's normally just a routine bit of nonsense needed to get a medical certification card for two more years. Today my blood pressure was 6 points too high for me to pass the physical. I have never had high blood pressure, not even close.

The doctor did say that it could be due to the cold medicine I have been taking for the past week or so. She then issued me a 3 month medical card. I have to follow up with my regular doctor in a couple of weeks. If my blood pressure checks out ok at that time I will get my two year card. If not, I'll have until the 3 month card expires to get it ok.

I hate going to doctors and this just irks the shit out of me. I feel pretty certain it's just a side effect of the cold medicine. Well, lesson learned, I will avoid getting the physical while I have a cold.

The thing that annoyed me the most was when the doctor said "These things come with age". Argh! I wanted to strangle her.


Comments
on Jan 10, 2012

I have never had high blood pressure, not even close.

I hadn't either, until I did.

Hypertension can come out of the blue, Mason.  Might be the cold medicine, might not.  Be sure to follow up with your doc.

on Jan 11, 2012

smeh - 6 points.  I feel your pain.  hope all goes well in 3 months then.

on Jan 11, 2012

The thing that annoyed me the most was when the doctor said "These things come with age". Argh! I wanted to strangle her.

 

That's especially annoying when the doctor is clearly younger than you are....I hate it when that happens!

on Jan 11, 2012

JillUser
That's especially annoying when the doctor is clearly younger than you are....I hate it when that happens!

The truth can be very annoying at times. 

on Jan 13, 2012

Sorry Mason - it is called getting old!  I have donated blood all my life.  But it was only a few years ago that my BP went high.  It is now good due to a very mild diuretic.  But you got to remember.  our bodies are changing.  Hypertension is just a warning shot.  And the fix now should not be too bad.

Good luck!

JillUser
That's especially annoying when the doctor is clearly younger than you are....I hate it when that happens!

At my age, I am getting to not trust those older!  Senility.

on Jan 15, 2012

Thanks everyone. I agree and grudgingly acknowledge that it could very well be that I have developed high blood pressure. I am now 50 years old and have never had a regular doctor and have only gone to one when I absolutely had to do so. I will be making an appointment with a doctor for the first week of next month not only to follow up on this blood pressure thing but also to consult with him or her on becoming my primary care physician. I guess at my age I probably need to have one.

In the meantime I am taking some common sense steps to hopefully lower my blood pressure and improve my overall health situation. I admit that I have never been one to take very good care of myself or even really give my health much thought at all. I do know that I do not want to be on blood pressure medication.

1. Stop smoking cigarettes immediately. I will however continue to enjoy my pipes as I don't inhale from them and I find them very relaxing.

2. Cut down on sodium intake. No more adding salt to my food. Avoid as much processed foods as I can. Stop drinking Gatorade as it's high in sodium. Eat lower sodium foods, more fruits and veggies.

3. Increase potassium intake. Orange juice and other fruit juices. Cantaloupe, raisins, raw broccoli, etc.

4. Avoid eating as much fried food. Avoid fast food.

5. More grains. Oatmeal, rice, whole wheat bread, etc.

6. Lose a few pounds.

 

The fruit juices and such is pretty easy. I am enjoying some apple juice as I type this. The food choices are more difficult on the road. It takes a bit more thought and planning to eat a bit better as truck stop and diner food isn't exactly known for being very healthy. But it can be done.

Yesterday morning I had a big bowl of oatmeal with raisins and brown sugar, whole wheat toast, and a cup of decaf for breakfast. For lunch I went to the Chinese buffet and ate more veggies than anything, although I did have some of the General Tso's chicken and the Mongolian beef. I had a banana as a snack in the afternoon. Dinner was baked chicken, wild rice, and steamed broccoli.

This morning I had "brunch". Scrambled eggs, a small portion of hashbrowns, whole wheat toast, a slice of cantaloupe, and decaf.

Of course I do not plan to become one of those health nuts. I'll likely have pizza for dinner tonight. Don't want to go to extremes ya know.

on Feb 01, 2012

Sea salt is good.  Quitting smoking is GREAT!.  A doc is good too.  Lots of good ideas!

on Feb 03, 2012

notronaj
Sea salt is good.  Quitting smoking is GREAT!.  A doc is good too.  Lots of good ideas!

 

Yeah I am working on all of the above. It's tough some days. The pipes really, really help. I reward myself for eating right with a nice relaxing bowl of one of my more expensive imported blends.

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