Last night, when I checked my blood pressure before going to sleep, it was high. High enough for me to check it three times! I got lower readings on the second and third checks, but, even they were elevated. So, I went ahead and took my blood pressure medication.
I have been trying to get to bed earlier, although, last night, "earlier" was 1:00 a.m. But I fell asleep almost right away. And I slept till almost 11:00 a.m., this morning, so I had plenty of sleep.
When I checked my blood pressure this morning, it was lower than last night, but still higher than recommended, and my heart rate was high. So, I decided to take the morning blood pressure medication. I checked the pressure another hour later, and it had come down, and what was even better (as far as I am concerned), my heart rate had come down, too.
What I am thinking is, my pressure went down, last week, because I was dehydrated; now that I have been drinking lots of water and am more hydrated, the pressure has gone up to a level that is requiring medications to keep it in check! I am not sure how that makes any sense, but, it is the best I can deduce. Needless to say, my doctor didn't call back, today, either. I don't expect her to call now, but, when I do go to see her, next, I will bring up the fact that I called and she didn't return my calls.
The rest of my pressure readings during the day have been good and I haven't taken any additional medication. I will check again, before going to bed, and take it from there. It isn't a very satisfactory way of doing things, I fear, but, I don't know what else to do. I am hoping that the medication dosages will be tweaked when I go back in February for my next check up. Unless, I feel I need to see the doctor before that, in which case, I will try to get an earlier appointment.
My sugar levels have been good.
I went ahead and had a cup of tea, this morning, with milk and one spoon less sugar than I normally take; I was pleasantly surprised that it was actually palatable! Not only that, I was OK with the level of sweetness. I am hoping that, over time, I can reduce the amount of sugar, even more.
There was a very slight drizzle this morning and early afternoon. But the forecast called for heavy rain this evening and thunder storms, tomorrow. I decided that this afternoon would be the best time to go grocery shopping. On the way to the grocery store, I stopped to put gas to the car, as I was down to almost quarter tank. Gas was $3.05/gallon; I put $30 worth. This is the first time I put gas to the car, in January. My monthly budget for gas is now set at $50.
Cesar salad kit = $1.79
Green beans @ $1.49/lb = $.66
Carrots @ $.50/lb = $.30
Bananas @ $.59/lb = $.64
2 Beef steak @ $4.77/lb = $3.53 + $3.29
Total = $10.21
Lunch was a bowl of my chicken soup. For dinner, I had a salad, some of the beef steak, and some orange juice. I cooked both pieces of beef steak; there is enough for at least three more meals.
It rained on and off in the afternoon, after I came back from grocery shopping. I called and rescheduled tomorrow's routine followup appointment with the radiation oncologist as I didn't want to be out driving in the thunder storm the weather forecast says we will have tomorrow. After that, I put away the laundry from yesterday and packed up the Christmas decorations that go into the suitcase in my closet. The tree is still up.
Today, I am grateful for:
- The rain slowed down long enough for me to run errands
- Gas prices have come down
- Dancer is continuing to do well
- My sugar levels are under control
- Being able to talk to family members by phone
Wednesday's To Do List:
- Call the doctor's office, again - DECIDED NOT TO
- Reschedule Thursday's medical appointment (severe rain in the forecast) - DONE
- Put away the rest of the Christmas decorations - DID SOME
- Housework: dust the living room, dining room, and family room
- Grocery shop - DONE
- Put gas to the car - DONE
Thursday's To Do List:
- Undecorate the Christmas tree
- Dust the living room, dining room, and family room
How was your Wednesday? What are your plans for Thursday?