Saturday, August 8, 2009

The Fight

Suddenly I have found myself in a fight for my life. Even the slightest touch of salt in my food makes my blood pressure skyrocket, a week ago it went up to 244/117. This was a mini stroke. Scared the you know what out of me. I did not go to the hospital, last time this happened, all they did was do some uncomfortable tests, admit me, throw me in a room, gave me NO medicine to bring my BP down, and forgot all about me. I left after some hours of this. This time, I called a caring friend and neighbor, Suzanne, and she sat with me whle I took an extra clonidine (what the hospital gives), drank plenty of water, and practiced self biofeedback to lower my pulse rate and blood pressure. This time it worked, but I cannot get my BP down to normal and am terrified of eating anything. I guess that is one way to lose weight! LOL After being told twice by my doctor's office that I could NOT come in for a follow up to my 1st transient ischemic attack (mini stroke) on June 5th, at other's pleadings, I called again on Thursday and they agreed to let me come in yesterday. He checked me out, will pore over the labs taken, did not want to change anything till he perused the labs, refilled my prescriptions and told me I was following the best course of action and did the right thing this time. I will return to see him on the 8th of September, now just to manage to live long enough to do so! I find it ironic after so many years when I wanted to die (years ago when younger) I now have no intention of going anywhere. I am happy - truly happy - for the first time in my my life and have tons more soap to make!

12 comments:

patbiv said...

Hey, Jackie!
I could spew all sorts of unsolicited advice, but that's not my way. My good thoughts today are heading your way. Take care of you!
Pat

2 Virgos Designs said...

Thank you Pat, it is sobering and I am really working on the bio feedback and watching what I put into my mouth! If you have some advice, email me, maybe you know something that I am not doing. I did switch from sodas to water though.

jinx1764 said...

Love the new look to your blog and love that you have lots of new followers! I understand what you're going through. I've witnessed so often. Fortunately TIA's don't leave any lasting damage but the hypertension will. You're are strong enough to make the right decisions to keep what control that you can over your health. The will to live can overcome health issues I've witnessed the strength of the human spirit over what seemed impossible odds. You CAN do this. Just one day, one minute at time is a success! Biofeedback is one of the best methods of controlling panic and hopelessness. You can control certain reactions of your body because the will power of the mind is a very powerful force! XXOO

2 Virgos Designs said...

HI Heather, thank you! Yes, my kidneys are taking a hit, severe pulsing pain at times. Drinking lots of water. I got into a biofeedback study years and years ago and learned how to do it with the machine. I truly believe it is saving my life, that and avoiding salt. 'Course NOW I am craving salt! Go figure! I have a super stong will to live, I am enjoying my life now! {{Hugs}}

TheNikiProject said...

I think it's awesome that you are doing the biofeedback. Many people don't even know what it is. But it is scary, both of my parents have high blood pressure so I fear that I will end up with it some day. I don't know if this will help you, but when my dad's BP is high he goes on a walk. By the time he comes back it's gone way down if not back to normal. He knows because he has one of those BP machines. Like I said, not sure if it will help you but I figured I'd mention it. Maybe run the idea by your doc first. At any rate, I wish you the best.

2 Virgos Designs said...

thank you Niki

Tressa said...

Omg, how scary. I hope you feel better. ((hugs))

2 Virgos Designs said...

Thank you Tressa! I am feeling a little bit better, flushing my sytem with lots of water, no sodas, trying to get rid of the excess salt I might have.

Audrey said...

Oh my!!! Glad it all worked out and your are a bit better. Will keep you in my thoughts and prayers! Hopefully this doesn't slow down the soap making.

2 Virgos Designs said...

thank you Audrey, it has a little, good thing it is the slow season too!

cabin + cub said...

Hope you are feeling better and take care. That is a very scary experience to have to go through! Stay strong! ;)

2 Virgos Designs said...

Thank you Cabin Cub, had another episode last night but not quite as bad (222/117), just trying to keep calm.