Ruh Roh!

So, remember a couple of weeks ago (or was it last week? I can’t remember squat anymore. Yay Old Age!!) when I bragged on my new and exciting Low Blood Pressure? And I had been working out regularly and my blood pressure came down to a normal level and I was thinking I was some kind of superhero? Well, fast forward to this morning with me sitting in an exam room for my Lady Doc appointment (good times!) while the nurse takes my blood pressure and mechanically reads out “139/82” and then goes on her merry way. 

Wait. What? 

Okay, so to be honest, I haven’t worked out in almost a month and I have been taking a break from dieting for the last week so my food choices haven’t been as stringent as usual, but it’s not like I was walking around with a salt lick in my pocket or anything. That’s a pretty big jump to go from 118/75 to 139/82, don’t you think? Now to be fair, the machine I’ve been using (and have gotten my last 4 readings from, other than today’s) is a machine located in the Wal Mart pharmacy. It might not be completely accurate but all of my readings were pretty well in line, so I felt fairly confident. 

Could NOT working out cause a jump that big? Also take into account the fact that I was at the Lady Doc’s getting ready to expose my bizness – not exactly a calm and serene experience – so that might have made my reading go up a bit, but seriously?!? That’s still a big jump. 

I’m going to hit the Wal-Mart pharmacy machine again later today to see what it has to say. I hope it hasn’t been lying to me all this time. I’ll feel so betrayed if it has. 

What I have taken away from this is that I need to work out. Regularly, consistently, and for the rest of my life. I have discovered that when I don’t work out, I get really lazy. Like, sit on the couch and watch hours and hours of tv each night, lazy. I don’t feel good when I do that, so I guess I’ll get back in the groove. Somehow. 

Ugh. Why does getting back in the game takes such a Herculean effort? Why can’t it just be EASY????? (the first person who says “if it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you” gets smacked with my salt lick – you’ve been warned)

Later taters!

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11 thoughts on “Ruh Roh!

  1. There’s something called “white coat hypertension” which simply means that a person’s blood pressure can rise when they’re in the doctor’s office. Given that, the stress of a pending ladydoc exam, and the fact that (at least I’ve found) the nurse takes the blood pressure less than a minute after exertion (walking from the waiting room to the exam room), all could make it rise. That jump isn’t really that big and is probably just due to environment. Keep on going! I enjoy your posts!

    • Thank you Jeanne! And yep, my blood pressure was taken about 15 seconds after I had to get on the scale, which happened about 5 seconds after being called into the room. So yeah…I was a little tense.

  2. What Jeanne said is true. My Dr had me bring in my cuff to test it and it was almost the same reading he got but 50 pts higher at his office. This white coat thing has always been a problem for me but now that he knows it, it is allowed for.

  3. my doc always checks pressure again at end of exam. (At exam last week, mine was normal with nurse before MD came in, but so low at end of exam that MD asked if I was drinking enough water, and did I feel light-headed!)

  4. I haven’t read the comments above (yet!), but I will say that whilst BOTH important, the MORE important number in the BP read is the diastolic one… and I noticed yours “only” went up a mere 7 points. Just sayin’.

    But on the other hand, to answer your question: yes, 1 month of exercising (or not) can make that big of a difference (reference Jason’s BP reads in April 2013 then again in July 2013).

  5. My doc always checks my BP twice – the first reading is always ridiculously high and the second is more realistic. Yes, exercising or not can have an effect but bear in mind that going for a ladydoc appointment is stressful in itself!!

  6. Well, I for one hope that its not a faulty Walmart BP machine. Because that’s where I check mine, and I have been very happy with the results! Probably the nurse thought that was a great BP with the doctor’s office stress and that’s why she didn’t say anything about it.

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