As I alluded to in my previous post, I was in the ER myself yesterday. I had been on a waiting list for an ambulatory blood pressure monitor to determine what my numbers REALLY are, and the nurse from Chronic Disease Management called me to say I could come and get hooked up. Since I was planning on heading up there to weigh iBean (who turned 6 months), I thought it would be a two-birds-with-one-stone thing. The boys were still in Edmonton with Tony, so it was just us girls. After the hospital, I thought we could go to the swimming pool or something.
I arrived at the hospital and went to CDM. The nurse took my blood pressure before attaching the ambulatory monitor to me. My reading: 166/112. Huh? “Are you feeling alright?” She asked. I felt fine. I was very relaxed, only having iBean in the house with me for 24 hours was like a free vay-cay. No reason for it to be so high. So she took my pressure on the other arm: 158/108. Not much better.
“I really don’t feel comfortable putting this monitor on you if your blood pressure is so high already,” the nurse said. “I think your doctor is in the ER today. I will let him know I am sending you down there.”
So off we went. Down the blood pressure path again. My doctor ordered a myriad of tests (all of which I have been previously subjected to) and put me back on the last blood pressure med I had been taking. He then directed me to the lab, where I had some blood taken (five or six vials), a urine test AND they sent me home with two 24-hr urine collection tests. That’s right. Two.
At this point, I am resigned to my fate. My bloodwork has been consistently good, my organ functions have always been good (even at my worst state in the hospital). I know that my preeclampsia was so bad that I was at risk of having long-term hypertension as a result, but I really wish there was something more. When I explain my condition to people (including doctors) they are floored that my pregnancy blood pressure problems persist even when there is no baby in my belly. How can that be? There must be something else wrong with you. You don’t feel it when your blood pressure is that high? Do you have double vision? Headaches?
No. I feel nothing. If I was not so diligent about my blood pressure readings, I would honestly have had no idea I was hypertensive at all. I am an active otherwise healthy person whose blood pressure can climb so high that it is a wonder that I have not stroked out. And I feel nothing.
How is that possible??
Where is House when you need him…
Oh – and iBean weighs 13 lbs 7 oz 😉