Sometime in the last ten years, my blood pressure became an issue. I first noticed a ringing in my ears, tinnitus, that I attributed to loud music and exposure to other loud noise. The look on the nurses’ face as she took my blood pressure told me otherwise. I took medication and changed my diet that first time. I weaned myself off the medication and thought nothing of it for a few years.
The next time I spent an entire day in an emergency ward because they could not get my BP to come down. The longer I was there the higher it got too. Eventually the medication won out and I left. That medication made me cough constantly and again I weaned myself off the medication. I actively looked for something that worked and had no side effects. I used it for the better part of the last year until diet changes, weight loss and other factors allowed me to stop taking it again.
Recently I experimented with my diet and modified the nutritionals I take. The experiment indicated the need to take something, as my blood pressure was again too high. Earlier this week I added a number of supplements that had an immediate but not permanent effect. The blood pressure runs from good to high and the most significant reduction appears after a long walk up the mountain and back.
This morning I had a BP monitor and tracking device attached. Every fifteen minutes the cuff squeezes my arm, the device beeps happily to begin and end the sequence and I wonder what sleeping with the contraption will be like. I am interested in seeing a graph of the day’s readings. My desktop Omron monitor indicates it is higher than I prefer. Much higher than it was for the two months before my experiment and I have not found the one nutritional here I believe made the difference. I will acquire it soon and then will discover if my theory is accurate or a pipe dream. I wonder if I will be offered to take the same medication as before or something new. This is another adventure.