BP Meds?!? Me? No thank you!

Currently down for the count with double lung pneumonia, things have been kinda blaaaa. I’ve been back and forth to the Dr’s office 3 times in 4 days to receive injections of some really strong antibiotics in place of going into the hospital. Heck, I used that 2+ hour round trip drive to my advantage and did some serious crocheting. πŸ™‚ Can’t find that kind of “free” time at home chasing around a high energy level 3.5 year old. LOL

Anyhow, the topic of this post is another 2017 Goal – lower my blood pressure – withOUT meds.

Huh? How did I get to here from talking about pneumonia? Well, at the Dr’s office they wanted to put me on bp meds even though I told them it’s higher when I’m there because I have issues (going back to childhood experiences) about going to the Dr’s. The longer it takes, the higher it rises. I typically make my appointments for first thing in the morning so I can get up, throw on some clothes and go. No thinking, no stressing over it, nada. My appointments for the pneumonia have all been in the afternoon. With hubby driving and the little one in her car seat. Yea, nothing to stress over there. LOL Anyhow… It has been bordering on the high side lately anyhow and my pulse rate is up as well. I can feel it. It’s from this excess weight I’m carring around. I know this. Now I have to do something about it.

I have nothing against meds, when they are needed and there’s nothing else that can be done about it. Currently I’m on Symbicort for my COPD (no I’ve -never- smoked) as well as a rescue inhaler for my asthma. Those things can’t really be replaced. However, there are things that I can do to improve my health and lower my blood pressure without having to take meds.

There’s 10 ways to get your blood pressure under control without medications according to the Mayo Clinic.

  1. Loose extra pounds and watch your waistline – The first thing that I need to work on is my weight. I weigh the same now as I did when I left the hospital after having my youngest daughter 3.5 years ago… πŸ™ And, aside from when I was pregnant, this is the most I’ve ever weight in my life! And I do not like it. Not one little bit.
  2. Exercise regularly – this is how I plan on loosing weight. Considering how many hours a day hubby works anything I do has to involve our little girl. It’s been hard. Plus, considering the size of our home, there’s no room indoors for a treadmill. However, she’s getting a power wheels and I’m hoping that she’ll be able to ride on that while I walk around the neighborhood. When she gets a little bigger, she can ride her bike around with me.
  3. Eat a healthy diet – hmmmmm. I do mostly eat good things, however, I like my snacks. Unfortunately I really don’t see myself giving them up or scaling back on the bit that I do eat.
  4. Reduce sodium – this one is also going to be a bit hard. Why? Well, there’s not much salt used in our diets now. The only time I really get any is in my snacks and when we eat out (which is 1x a month if I’m lucky).
  5. Limit the amount of alcohol you drink – already done. LOL I may have 1 or 2 wine coolers a week if that and right now I think it’s been about 2 months since I’ve had any.
  6. Quit smoking – never started
  7. Cut back on caffeine – hmmmm – not too sure about this one. As it is I may have 1 or 2 cups of coffee a day and a cup of hot tea at night. I don’t do that everyday. But that is typically the most I’ll ever have in a single day.
  8. Reduce stress – ROFLMAO – so, um, when is world peace going to kick in? When is there going to be more positive things on the news instead of all the shootings / kidnappings / robberies / abuse? When are people going to stop road-raging? When are we going to make enough money so we’re not stressing over paying the bills? When are we going to buy a property so we can grow more of our own food so we can stop stressing over the ever increasing prices at the grocery store? Yep. Maybe one day. Till then, I’ll be right here. πŸ˜‰
  9. Monitor your bp at home – already doing this. In fact hubby and I kinda have a contest going with who’s bp is lower. He wins 95% of the time. LOL
  10. Get support – done! Hubby is wonderful at this and I’m so thankful for that. πŸ™‚

So, yea, anyone else have some things they want to work on to improve themselves? Speak up! Let’s hear about it.

Till next time!
Mel