I am now sporting a hot new number: an ambulatory blood pressure monitor. I get to wear the big cuff, with cord sticking out, and wear the battery-control pack around my waist (or neck, like a camera in the old touristy days) for the next 24 hours. I am glad that we are going to get to the bottom of this blood pressure business, but I was not anticipating this thing to be so BIG. (That’s what she said.)
So I guess we shall see how much my blood pressure fluctuates throughout the day and then my dr will decide what to do from here. He laughed when I told him that I ate a pile of beets last night and that it actually brought down my blood pressure this morning. But then he added “Beets are good for you anyway.” I did not mention that they were pickled beets. Not sure if that is cheating, but they are SO GOOD that way! And hey, my bp went from 142/104 to 122/77 overnight. So whatever. I take my beets pickled.