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Blood Pressure - How I Monitor Mine

Updated on January 4, 2020

Every Day

Every day, now, I get up, stick my arm into a cuff and press the button on the pump



The Mean

After the first month, I brought in my sheets and showed my doctor. I was terrified that I was going to be given bad news. There was none. In fact, he said my numbers were really good and that I just needed to keep taking the pill and monitoring the blood pressure.

He said that the most important consideration was the mean, or average. Like a bowling average. Mine is currently 114/80, which - according to Google, means my blood pressure is on the high side of normal.

Whew!

My mean.
My mean.
My pills, which get rid of imbedded water from somewhere and make me pee a little more efficiently.
My pills, which get rid of imbedded water from somewhere and make me pee a little more efficiently.
The pill is small
The pill is small
Take with a mouthful of water
Take with a mouthful of water
Record that I did take it
Record that I did take it
Been recording my scores every day since last year.
Been recording my scores every day since last year.
This is the pressure cuff. It's adjustable and fits on my arm just up from my elbow
This is the pressure cuff. It's adjustable and fits on my arm just up from my elbow
The explanation of how it needs to be placed
The explanation of how it needs to be placed
Hose connects to a monitor
Hose connects to a monitor
Large start button
Large start button
Arm in, palm up, dot lined up with ring finger
Arm in, palm up, dot lined up with ring finger
Press button to start testing
Press button to start testing
Waiting, pump can be heard. Cuff tightens on arm
Waiting, pump can be heard. Cuff tightens on arm
Test done. Reading on screen. A little elevated since I'm active taking pictures while testing
Test done. Reading on screen. A little elevated since I'm active taking pictures while testing
There is a warning banner on the side to tell you how bad it is...
There is a warning banner on the side to tell you how bad it is...

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    • firstcookbooklady profile imageAUTHOR

      Char Milbrett 

      2 months ago from Minnesota

      Nicky Fuller, thank you for your comment. It's cool that you were a participant in a study.. you get what you are given and it is what it is, I guess.

    • mcgreg28 profile image

      Nicky Fuller 

      2 months ago from Florida, USA

      " I do think it odd that a couple can live together, eat the same foods and have drastically different health needs."

      Not odd at all firstcookbooklady. Genetics and our environment play a major role in our health response to food. In fact, I was a part of a genetic study conducted by the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine years ago. The study looked at how diet and exercise affected races differently. Participants were placed on the same diet and did the same exercise training. Participants received the same training from study appointed trainer and dietician. Results were astonishing. My friend and I were among the participants and we both had much different health results.

    • firstcookbooklady profile imageAUTHOR

      Char Milbrett 

      3 months ago from Minnesota

      Venkatachari M, thank you for your comment. My pill does make me a little worried in hot weather, since it is dehydrating, but so far it's been okay. As far as modifying the diet, I do think it odd that a couple can live together, eat the same foods and have drastically different health needs. As far as stress, I have plenty, but I'm no different than anyone else.

    • Venkatachari M profile image

      Venkatachari M 

      3 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      A good habit of yours. I got my BP monitor 3 months back. It's Dr.Smart machine gifted to me by my son as per Doctor's advice for regular monitoring of my blood pressure. I recorded it for one week. Thereafter, I am rarely using it. Once in 15 days or so

      My BP is 140/80 but Doctor says that it is under control for a man of my age (68-year-old). I am prescribed with very low-power tablets. Hence it's okay as per his knowledge. My pulse rate is around 60.

    • firstcookbooklady profile imageAUTHOR

      Char Milbrett 

      3 months ago from Minnesota

      Louise Powles, thanks for your comment! Initially, I borrowed my mother in law's but then she needed it back, so I got my own.

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      Louise Powles 

      3 months ago from Norfolk, England

      I like the system you have for monitoring your blood pressure. I don't have mine done too often - last time was in February last year, I think. I should really get it checked more often.

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