My first little ripe tomato...almost too cute to eat.
Beautiful salads for our lunches
Last fall at my annual physical, my doctor was concerned about my blood pressure numbers creeping upwards. I monitored at home and it seemed fine, but when I went back for a follow-up visit, my blood pressure was high again. Then at a second follow-up, same results even though I was watching the salt and taking daily dose of atenonol.
My doctor wanted to put me on a different medication, but not just before I would be away for three months as it would require monitoring. A little scary. My insurance will not pay for doctor's visits in Florida, only trips to an emergency room. That seems like a not very practical or cost-effective way to monitor blood pressure and the effects of a new medication, so we made an appointment for yet another blood pressure follow-up in April.
In the meantime, I have checked and recorded my blood pressure readings for a week in late January and for seven days two weeks ago. It goes up and down, but I get a prehypertension level reading way too often, not to mention an occasional hypertension reading. I think I do a decent job relative to the DASH (dietary approaches to stop hypertension) plan even before I ever heard of it.
SOoo...it looks like new medication and follow-up visits to the doctor are on the agenda for when I get home. I have been practicing with a potassium cocktail, since it is the potassium level that will need the monitoring. I am not overly fond of bananas, but I can stand this whipped up in a blender:
- a cut up banana (peeled)
- juice from on or two oranges
- a dash of coconut milk
I will really miss the orange tree!