“Your life does not get better by chance. It gets better by change.” Jim Rohn
I am really angry with trying to find medications for high blood pressure that do not have horrible side effects. When I had the dissection, I was on one low dose medicine. Because my aorta could not stand any pressure, I was given two new medications. One has caused no problem. The second one caused dry coughing (all the time – day and night). My doctor changed it to another one that caused my ankles to swell so much I could only wear one pair of shows. After the surgery, this was changed to another one which seemed to be doing OK until my prescription plan stopped covering it and was changed to another that the doctor said was an equivalent. This too caused my ankles to swell but the doctor insisted this was not a side effect of this particular medicine and changed it yet again. I took the new medicine for a month and started on the second month’s bottle. Suddenly I developed terrible itching and a rash all over. I didn’t even call the doctor. I have my six-month appointment with her in two weeks and intend to have a major discussion about this medicine. I went back to the last one that caused the swelling ankles and the itching has subsided and rash is better. I am now determined to get off this second medicine altogether. I know with the dissection I have to take one (to reduce spikes) but if I can keep the blood pressure really low with one, I should be able to cut the second one out. This will be my discussion with the doctor when I see her. It’s hard to get any time with doctors any more…they whiz in and whiz out…I guess they have a certain number of patients to see in any given day. My plan:
- Go back to daily morning exercise
- Stick with plant based, whole foods diet – concentrate on greens!!
- Stop the salt – no processed foods
- Stop the coffee
- Stop the alcohol (an on-going issue)
- Loose the weight
- Lots of water
It’s been two days now. I see the doctor in 15 days. Will two weeks make a difference? I have to be “determined” to stick to the plan and I have to keep remembering the misery of prescription drug side effects. Are there any that don’t have them? I doubt it!!
It has been over a month since I last posted. I certainly hope my followers have not given up on me. I may have to take two posts to catch up….it has been very, very busy!!
First, I sold all the antique hat pins on Ebay as well as a few other things that were collectibles and small. I made over $1,000 which was very good I thought. I put some items on that did not sell so then began the work of cleaning out closets and donating. My church had it’s annual tag sale so I donated a van full of items. They were pleased since my stuff is “good stuff”. They said you would not believe what some people donated that was not possible to sell for any amount. I think this was the first pass. Afterwards, I made another pass and donated another truck (really, my brother’s truck) full to our local Mission to use in their resale store. I gave all the old bowls I had sitting on top of my kitchen counters as well as many other items. I don’t miss a thing. Looking back the majority of it I had not used since moving into this house in 2006. Now that’s sad!! The more I give away the better I feel! This is really becoming a freeing experience.
I made trip to see a friend I had not seen in a while. She lives in wine country Virginia so we went to a few for tastings. I did have some wine but not much. It was great seeing her and spending quality time together. She has a dog, 5 cats (all rescue) and takes care of 2 feral cats as well. I did not take my dogs. My dogs have never known a cat so I didn’t want to take any chances and her cats are bigger than my dogs. I took the rest of the week off and had some work done on the house. Cleaned on the outside, washed windows, cleaned out gutters and fixed some areas in the garage where I had my foot slip from the brake and pushed the freezer into the wall. Two big holes! Probably need a big “STOP” sign.
I had my six month CT scan and visit with doctor that did the surgery for my aortic dissection. These visits always make me nervous weeks before I go. He said all is very good. The stent is still in place and is not leaking. I still have an issue with the right kidney but he can’t do anything about it. For now, it’s the same. I asked what would happen if the stent did start leaking and he said he would just put in another one. Good grief. I was nuts thinking about the first one – I certainly don’t want a repeat!!
I had contemplated retiring again next year but I am rethinking it. I really need to have the house painted inside so can use the money. For now, it’s on hold. Maybe when I’m 70!!
I live in North Carolina! Yesterday there was snow in South Carolina. Too funny!! South Carolina!! Today is cold but sunny and beautiful Carolina blue sky!! Picture is from my back deck!