Monday, April 22, 2013
Seattle Days Complicated By Drugs
blood pressure measuring device that hooks up to my iPhone. Blood pressure has been a bit high since the procedure. However, the day I arrived in Seattle, blood pressure readings went way UP. I consulted with Houston and my dose of Lisinopril was tripled, yet blood pressure remained well over 150/78 every single day. Not good. Was high blood pressure simply the Seattle routine or some new high unexplained plateau? Did the higher readings stem from my usual round of daily family visits, the loud exclamations of sweet grandchildren, the loneliness of my 96 year old dad, the daily sharing of family news and business and always, the daily driving from home to home? (I now wonder if my blood pressure might have been off the charts during Christmas holidays also and I wasn't aware of it because there were no measurements.)
It's different now. I sleep in Jeanne's small and comfortable guest bedroom and Kelan and Lauren are instructed not to open the door if it's closed. At Caroline's, I sleep on a padded cot in the basement playroom where it is reasonably quiet and I don't share a bathroom. Perhaps by staying at Caroline and Jeanne's houses, I have 'more.' I see more of my daughters, have opportunities for more conversations and more unscheduled time with my grand kids.