Chit-chat August

Blood pressure

I was concerned with this at home, while taking my readings for my doctor, after the last visit and so rather hand my readings in, I made an appointment instead, because they were higher than normal for home.
What I didn’t know doctors do with those readings is work out your average from that and he told me from that average what he would like to see go lower. This was the bottom number.

I seen a different doctor, as the other one I have seen mainly, did not work on that particular day I called in. He was a doctor who soon put you at ease and was aware before I started to speak, that I lipread.

I now have a couple of other appointments.
First one is ECG and blood taken. I am not worried about this, as been there before some years ago.
Then at the second appointment I see the doctor who I seen last, for results of my ECG and blood test. I also take a urine sample that day to him.

Between my last appointment and when I see the doctor again, in September, I am to continue taking my blood pressure readings, but this time, just two, or three times a week; morning and evening.

My break from work, helped me to feel more like me, than I have ever felt for a while this year. It helped my fatigue that I had been having for some time, although I still have odd times of bad bouts of fatigue. Does this mean I have to listen to my body more?
I crashed as I expected on the weekend leading up to my break from work. But my recovery was quicker than expected. Regardless, I still took it easy.
My mood during that time was stressful to start, but I got myself to relax after a few days. But I had and still do, have some down days with how things have been.

I plan to go back to work, tomorrow.

During this time, I felt I had to cut ties with my mum, so the next time seeing her from last, was just over a week. Seeing her for the first time yesterday, after my break, went ok and I ended up staying a little longer than planned.
I have a letter written by my mum, for me, to read when I feel settled. This obviously is not something I will go into detail, in a later post when I have. Not even a protected post. I said to mum this could be end of September before I read this, at the earliest. I am waiting until appointments are out the way and I know what’s what. But all the same, the letter fills me with dread, because I have mostly had bad experiences when it comes to her letters.

Learning something new, was when I learnt how to blanch. This was needed for my Tomato and broccoli quiche (dairy-free).

As well as making the quiche, I also made some strawberry chia jam tarts, from the left over pastry, with me having the strawberries and chia seeds to hand.

Chia strawberry jam tarts
Chia strawberry jam tarts

I also made some petticoat tails. The recipe for those you will find in an old “McDougalls better baking 33rd edition” book.

Here are just some of mine made, on a plate.

A few of my biscuits on the plate
Petticoat tails

It’s been a good number of years since I last made these biscuits and when I made them again today, I put less caster sugar in them, than the recipe says, because I find them too sweet otherwise.

From the same book, I made cheese scones. Again, adapting so it’s dairy free. I made these yesterday. ūüėä

I have read a book called, “Keeping Secrets,” by Andrew Rosenheim. A fictional story.

DVD’s watched:

  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to find them
  • The Phantom of the Opera (film, staring Gerald Butler.)
  • (Re-watched) As good as it gets
  • (Re-watched) The Phantom of the Opera at The Royal Albert Hall
  • (Re-watched) Man of Steel
  • (Re-watched) Sum of all Fears

 

 

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My blood pressure update

I have been monitoring my blood pressure closely since I had a high reading at the doctors once, followed by concerns by a nurse taking a couple of readings.
It turns out after today, that the concerns given by the nurse were not needed once again. The doctor looked at past readings since seeing him and my daily readings I had taken since the last appointment with the nurse and he is happy. My blood pressure is OK.
Now I knew it would be, given my own readings, but I was not given the impression of this at my last appointment with the nurse, hence taking daily readings since then, which I explained to my doctor today.
My doctor had a rather puzzled expression after I said this and looked back at his notes for the last reading with the nurse and said it was fine that day.
All I am to do, is do my own reading now and again, which if I asked every two weeks ok? He said yes. But I imagine giving his face expression, he will be happy me doing it once a month too, like I used to, till I stopped doing it.
So he is happy and as you know I am happy, because you know how much I did not want to go back on medication.

 

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My blood pressure

Since this post, “I feel I am losing a battle,” I have continued to monitor my blood pressure, as well as another nurse appointment that I had this morning, for them to monitor it.

Some of my blood pressure readings I have noted, which I took with me to the appointment today.

 

 

Like before, my reading taken by the nurse, was higher than my own readings. The nurse took a second reading and while one number dropped down, the other number went up, so the nurse thinks that I am having ‘white coat hypertension.’ This is when your blood pressure is consistently 140/90mmHg or above, when taken in a medical setting only.
The nurse was going to book me in for another blood pressure check, but I’d said I would book with the doctor, to see what he thought. (A particular doctor that forwarded me to the nurse.) The nurse recommended I take on my readings too, which I would have done, as I have done this before, as usually he will add them on my notes.

My appointment for my doctor is not till 18th July, so a bit of a weight, but I shall take my blood pressure every 2 days until then.

To read more about ‘White coat hypertension,’ you will find it here, over at Blood Pressure UK.

 

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I feel I am losing a battle

The past month, I feel I am losing a battle. My blood pressure has been in the pre-high blood pressure stage and I am being monitored since finding this out, via a routine check up at my doctors last month. After the first check up with he nurse today, since that appointment I am finding it is still at that stage, although it shows when I am being checked, that it does come down slowly. The nurse asked if I knew what the doctor wanted me to do after todays appointment with her and I said I don’t know. But I did reveal how I don’t want to go back on blood pressure tablets and that I had come off them originally by changing my diet. So another appointment has been made in a fortnight with her, for another blood pressure check.
I am upset and I feel I am losing a battle. I know it is just tablets, but I would feel like I am going backwards, if I had to go back on them this point and I don’t want to go on them. I can’t accept this, should this be mentioned.

For further understanding on blood pressure, this website is a good source, which the following link will take you to the blood pressure chart that medical professionals use.

http://www.bloodpressureuk.org/BloodPressureandyou/Thebasics/Bloodpressurechart

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Self-destruct: sugar

For a few weeks and more so in last two weeks, I have been on self-destruct eating more sweet stuff than normal. I even went out and bought it, which is how bad I was feeling.
I was feeling low and at times depressed with the idea I still have this same job and not anywhere else. Some mornings I just did not want to get up because I was that tired, but I had to, with what was happening that day ahead. Eating sweet things have been done in secret, until I mentioned here and recently to a friend because of saying why I refused to accept a sweet she offered because I thought I had enough sweet stuff today.
I wasn’t eating what I would usually allow myself as part of my new healthy eating, I went in overdrive. I won’t go into detail of some of the amount, because I find it embarrassing and I feel I have let myself down. I have even done where after I have felt bad eating what I have done, I noticed I was eating a bit more for that emotion. So if I don’t watch, I will go on a vicious new circle here, which I have not done before.
My friend who I tried to explain to, why I was not accepting a sweet, (which I accepted later in the night after further offers to have one) said, “there was more fat on a bone.” But like you my readers, she does not know the secret quantity I ate. But also, she herself is now enjoying food more since she quit smoking and has admittedly said she can’t stop. But she is not bothered, as she said she needed to put the weight on. (Which she looks better for.) The difference is, I don’t want to be going back to putting more weight on. I was happy at 11 stone which I last weighed many months ago and even though I wanted to go to 10.5 stone, I wasn’t to concerned with maintaining 11 stone at one time. But now I am over 11.5 stone.
She may not know the full details, but I would have thought there would have been an understanding before in how I felt and why I said no thanks to offerings of sweets.
Also when I have said where I have put the weight on how I feel and she says I haven’t when the jacket I wear is starting to look tighter than it was and I can’t layer winter things under it as it will be tighter looking, or wear my fleece jacket with it, like I originally could.
My favourite red winter coat that she knew about (at the beginning of this year I think it happened, otherwise it was end of last year,) the stitches ripped completely halfway around, under the arm of one coat when I went to reach for the seat belt. Even though I could zip it up, I was aware of that difference and then that happened.

I know I am responsible for what I put in my own mouth and that by accepting this friends offering of sweets, it’s my own doing. But it makes it hard. But I am determined that I don’t want to be buying a new coat in a size up.
I may not be fully happy in life, but when I lost that weight, I was happier with my body at that point. When you are not confident and you end up hating your body, it can be a vicious circle and I don’t want to go back there.

Sweet things that were sickly sweet for me before, I have found they are not, so I know I will have to go back to my 10-day sugar challenge again, to kick off this sweet tooth I now have. It’s a wonder I have not been sick on a couple of occasions.

I know also that I have to motivate myself into exercise. Regular readers will know I sold my exercise bike after I wanted my living room to look like a room again and with giving up the TV, I knew I would never get on the bike again. But I like Zumba and I have a Zumba DVD, I need to get motivated and get that DVD playing and get off my arse and do it, for an hour at least once a week, but preferably twice a week.

I need to remember how good I felt when I achieved what I achieved before and for the health reasons I did this. I need to remember when I choose food as emotional eating, that I am not treating myself right and I need to make sure I practise self-care.

To say how I have felt with my moods, I have been able to motivate myself with study, which I am surprised about. But then, it could be my get out card and do something different with my future.

That’s my rant out of my system towards myself. Now I need to kick my butt!

For new readers who have not read about my healthy eating originally, then links to the related posts are below:

 

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Blood Pressure UK website

This is a good website to visit with useful information on how to maintain your blood pressure, as well as knowing your numbers and healthy eating.

Visit:Blood Pressure UK

 

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A year today, being off my blood pressure medication.

It’s a year today, since being my doctor allowed me to come off my blood pressure medication and I’m still off them. I would have never thought that this moment would have come originally, as I had been taking them for some years. From posts I have shared here, you will know that it was down to me eating healthier, to stay off them.
Off all the things I have gained from eating healthier, this was an added bonus for me. I actually thought I would be back on them by Christmas. But I am not. As soon as it was the New Year, I was feeling more confident that this would be reality.
Eating healthier has been easy for me, as I have done this gradually, but because I am off my blood pressure medication and I want to stay off them, this has become my greatest motivator to keep eating healthier.

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