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Why am I wearing a BP device.


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Old 11-05-2013, 15:38   #1
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My doctor is starting to annoy me, seriously. First, I had to put up with peak hour traffic to get to his office at 8h00. What would normally take 12-15min now took all of 40min. I get there 10min late and had to wait for the sister/nurse, which really put me in a tizz. I phoned her from the car to let her know I was going to be late, and I still had to wait almost half an hour before she could strap this silly device to my arm. I am now not pleased and tell her so and also let her know that this is unnecessary. She's very sweet, we're 'friends'. My BP registers 143/100 oops. So I tell her the machine could be temperamental, as my BP usually reads 120/80 ish at the pharmacy and added that it is because I was stuck in traffic, which caused the higher number, which I will not do again tomorrow morning when I have to return it. She has so much patience, and could see I was very irritated and not wanting the monitor. So she tells me to rest a little and I could even lie down, which of course I wouldn't, then she'll take it again after 15min. This time it reads 124/83. I told her to tell the doc, so I could just leave without it. He insists on me wearing it for 24hrs because my BP fluctuates, and I am diabetic and must see him in the morning. She says she cannot understand, because my BP is fine.

I am not suppose to remove this little contraption, but I told her I will, as I have to shower, and if it keeps me awake, I will take it off.
The thing does not even have a clip. I wanted it hidden, so she slips it into my pants pocket, and these days I am somewhat always too small for my clothes, so my pants kept slipping down even further as this machine is fairly heavy for a pocket.
I popped it into a pretty paper bag and carried it where I stopped off, with the wire dangling between me and the bag.

It reads every hour after I told her not to set it at 15min intervals, like the last time. It hurts as it tightens around the arm.

Back at the office, after driving, at 15h40 it reads 136/86 and 124/86at 16h40. I will not be wearing this monitor again, unless my BP reads 200/100plus.

Just took a reading now at 17h40..130/87 Confusing, but in my view, still not serious.

I would say, I have every reason to be annoyed with my doctor and he will hear it from me in the morning, at 9h00, after peak hour!

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How about flipping this around and see it as an opportunity. Many of us are curious about how our BP reads throughout the day and night, since one usually only takes it a couple/three times in a day, if that. You will now have been given this information and will be able to put to rest any questions you or any doctor has about your BP.

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Veejay, last year I took it quite seriously, thinking I had to have it, due to my BP possibly being quite high. I knew so little. Since then I have learnt that the highest its been, is approx. 140/100. I was put on Amloc and its come down to around 120/80. I've also been off the meds for months. I think with the bit of weight loss, and lchf, my BP is a lot steadier. I find the machine to be quite uncomfortable and frankly, I could be wrong, but if my BP was anything near 200 or so, I would have cause for concern.

But you have a point, I could see it as an annual opportunity, but maybe Im just seeing the busy period and not having time for this, as I have a wire dangling and keep forgetting to pick up the device at the end of the wire, before it lands on the floor with a thud.

And of course I hated being stuck in traffic

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tish,

If ever I heard of a case of White Coat Syndrome - you're it!

Of course your BP is high at the moment.

You're stressed.

First, you see little value in the contraption, second you had a stressful drive to the surgery, then the nurse sticks the machine in your pocket making your slightly uncomfortable pants somewhat more so and finally you're still p....sed at your doctor for keeping you waiting this morning and the fact that you've got to go back in the morning to get rid of the beast.

Did I miss anything?

OK - so this is the bit where I tell water to run uphill.

Relax lass, take it easy tonight and instead of a shower have a nice warm bath with your favourite music playing and wind down. (And NO - I'm not spelling "favourite" any way other than the British way )

Go easy on yourself (and your doctor - at least he/she is trying to help).

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Hi John,

Glad to hear from you again as always. You are soooo right and made me laugh. I should take your advice as always, even if I slip up from time to time,
I always think when I do, John will shake his head, if he could see me

Now stranger than fiction my BP is behaving odd.
136/86 @ 15h40
124/86 @ 16.40
130/87 @ 17.40
143/92 @ 18.40

How can it be? I'm quietly sitting on my laptop, catching up and chatting on DF.

You and Veejay have a point, I should maybe not take it for granted that my BP stays around 120/80

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Tish,

The record is stuck

Your BP is behaving oddly because you're worried about it. As I said, we need to let the water run uphill. If you can you should forget about your BP for the rest of the day.

Let the machine record the numbers but don't even look at them till tomorrow.

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Hi John,

How can it be? I'm quietly sitting on my laptop, catching up and chatting on DF.
How can you type if you're sitting on your laptop. Doesn't your lower body obstruct the keyboard a bit?
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How can you type if you're sitting on your laptop. Doesn't your lower body obstruct the keyboard a bit?
John,

You caught me out real good. haha. I spotted that after I posted it.

You right.... sigh. I should relax and 'chill' as they say these days. I think I have to control everything. I might be pushing my docs BP to heck and back, every time I want to tell him what to do

He did say to the sister, "sy is a bietjie moeilik" in afrikaans. She is a little difficult. And....she told me haha.

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yep, bad traffic is enough to raise my bp by 25 points. And idea to cope is to do deep breathing exercises while you drive. Works for me because I tend to breathe shallowly when I am upset. Might work for you. I feel for you.

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I can sure identify with White Coat Syndrome. I was at the doctors office today and my BP was 146/79. I have the same brand meter as they use, arm cuff type, except mine is newer. This morning at 8:00 AM my BP was126/72 and at 3:00 PM 108/74. A couple of weeks ago I was at the Dentist and my BP was 155/100. I really don't like to go to the Dentist.

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