I’ve been under medication for high blood pressure for over a decade now, and it works — my blood pressure has been under control and in the normal range ever since. Except…at my last checkup on Tuesday. Now it’s down around 100/60, which is getting down in the hypotensive range. I suspect it’s a combination of aging and all the hot weather causing some dehydration. I’m feeling a bit strange, though.
The doctor warned me to watch out for faintness or light-headedness when rising up to stand, and what do you know, this morning I briefly felt like I was going to pass out when I stood up. Now I have to worry about something novel: I’ve been carrying around nitroglycerin all these years, never had to use it, it just crumbles to dust in the bottle and I have to get a fresh stock every six months or so, just in case. I’m afraid now that if I faint somewhere, someone will shout, “It’s his heart!”, fumble through my pockets for medication, and then give me a potent vasodilator. Yay. Of all the things that are going to kill me, hypotension wasn’t high on the list.
My doctor is going to revise my medications and dial down the blood pressure stuff. Reducing the number of pills I have to take every day will be a nice change.
Also, my bad cholesterol is way way down, and I cut my triglycerides in half, which I attribute to living on a vegetarian/Mediterranean diet for the last year. That means I get to eat all the ice cream and cookies that I want now. Right? That’s how it works, I think. Big scoop of lard on a sugar cone, maybe, sprinkled with Pixie Sticks dust.