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Remember that childhood game?
The one where everyone gets into a line and you whisper some big secret down through everyone and try to see how well it matches the original message?
It never did!
Here is the thing – working with your doctor’s office can be a lot like that! If you have to leave messages with the nurse for your doctor, instead of talking to your doctor, you could have a big mess on you hands.
It’s no secret that I have had a little stress in my life, as most of you know. I also get migraines…when I don’t sleep enough, drink enough water, eat foods that have nitrates in them, have a severe weather flux or get stressed.
A few weeks ago, I went in and my blood pressure was 174/105. Keep in mind that I am normally 114/80 — it was high from the migraine pain. The next thing I know, I have a follow up appointment with a nurse for a new blood pressure check, a week later.
This turned out to be when I had been sick, and not able to sleep for a few nights, LOL – yes, in with another headache and I TOLD the nurse it would be high because I was in pain that day.
That afternoon, I get a call from yet another nurse, saying my Doctor wants me to start taking Hydrochlorothiazide. If you don’t know what this is, it is a calcium-sparing, diuretic is meaning it can help the body get rid of excess water while still keeping calcium. While it is calcium sparing, it leeches potassium. You need to have a LOT of bananas and orange juice on hand when you take this or you are miserable.
I told the nurse that I was NOT taking it, that I didn’t think I had hypertension and, if I was to take anything, it would be Enalapril – that my Mom takes. She bounced through several different meds and had all the nasty reactions – being sick for over a year. I was told that she would talk to my doctor and then call me back.
No call came from them BUT I did get a call from the pharmacy the next day – my Enalapril was ready for me.
I called back the clinic and tried to get in to see my doctor, but was told that she didn’t have an opening for almost four weeks.
That wasn’t going to work!
I left a message with the nurse…again. This time I said I wasn’t going on ANY medicine until I saw the doc and that it would be a month before I could get in. I got a call back alter that day and they put me in the next day.
After going through all of the above with my doctor, when we were fact to face, we laughed!
It really isn’t funny though — my blood pressure was 112/82 that day. If I had gone on blood pressure medicine – it would have dropped me WAY too low, I would have passed out, gone into shock and, if I didn’t die, I would have spent about a week at a hospital.
What is my point to all of this?
No one knows your body better than YOU!
YOU are your best health advocate – do not blindly accept what you may be told, but question EVERY diagnosis, medicine, etc that you are told you need.
If I hadn’t done that — I might not be here today…