Thursday, December 11, 2008

The perils of getting older

All my life, my blood pressure has run low, with systolic usually hovering around 110. I guess I got this from my father, whose blood pressure ran pretty much the same until he was in his sixties. My daughter also inherited this trait.

Over the past ten years, though, that pesky systolic of mine has crept ever upward. It's been around 140 for ages. My diastolic number is still super low, usually fifty-something.

I usually make Cliff check his blood pressure once or twice a week. He's on prescriptions that control his numbers quite well, but I like to keep on top of it because of his having had heart surgery. So when I check his B.P., I then check mine.

Mine has been in the 150+ range for a few weeks now, and was as high as 170, once.

Dang it.

I called and made an appointment with the doctor. May as well get checked before January 1, when we get different insurance: higher cost with fewer benefits, of course. Not to mention the deductable.

I sure hate the idea of taking blood pressure medicine, but I suppose at age 64, it shouldn't come as any surprise. And I certainly don't want to end up in the hospital like Cliff did!

I look over what I've just typed here and realize I'm REALLY getting old, talking about my blood pressure numbers to the masses, as if it was interesting stuff. Next thing you know, it'll be my bowels I'm blogging about.

If it comes to that, somebody just shoot me.


Leilani Lee said...

As my friend who works in the nursing home says -- mostly what the old folks talk about is "what goes in and what comes out...." We'll keep an out for those bowel blogs!

Diane@Diane's Place said...

LOL! ;o)

I'll be watching for those posts on your digestive issues, Donna.

Hope you get your BP under control soon. I've taken BP meds since I was 20 years old, and I was healthy as a horse and not overweight at all.

Thanks, Daddy. All my sisters take meds for high BP and we all were diagnosed really young with it. Daddy had BP really young too and passed it down to his 5 daughters, apparently.

Merry Christmas, Donna!

Love and hugs,


Rachel said...

I'll be the first to load the gun.

Paula said...

I'm glad John doesn't blog. When he and his sisters get together they always discuss what they take and how much they take and blah blah blah. I'm talking the ugly issue not the b/p.

Pamela said...

In nursing school they taught us that older people are absolutely OBSESSED with their bowels! LOL! You know what? It's TRUE!!

I'm loading my gun over here! LOL!

loopymamain06 said...

nope, not getting the gun out here, I figure it's a part of life. When my mother had a bowel rupture, and emergancy surgery and a colostomy, she didn't want to talk about it either, but she had to.....never say never kiddo

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

It's best to get it checked out they say. 'On Ya'-ma

Robbyn said...

LOL, Donna!! What, no corns or bunions?? That's what my elderly relatives always were talking about as I remember it when younger. And now I'm NOT younger and actually am having some of the same problems you're talking about. Oh for the days when I used to wonder just what preparation H actually was for...

heehee ;-)

Hollie said...

Good idea to see your doctor. LOL about the bowels....

Becky said...

The last two paragraphs made me bust out laughing! Hey, at least you caught yourself slipping into "old lady health chat" mode. That means you haven't quite made the transition yet. ;-)