Following the doctor’s instructions I purchased a blood pressure measuring device and have been using it daily. The theory is that I have white coat syndrome so the stress of a clinician measuring my BP actually causes it to rise, go figure. I am told that the ideal BP is 120/80, this seems to be widely acknowledged so I have no reason to doubt it. I am also told that the lower number is more of a concern than the higher one, not so sure on this but it is irrelevant for my purposes. I have taken half a dozen readings and cannot get my BP below 160/115 which is undeniably high. A quick web hunt told me that I should call 911 and not drive myself to hospital because of the risk of heart attack at the wheel, yes it was American. On reflection I realised that when I was in hospital my BP was fine so this is not the gradual decline of age and lifestyle.
I think that my elevated BP could be for a number of reasons. The first is the initials “PRC” written on my BP tester, we all know that things made in China are notoriously unreliable so perhaps it is just making stuff up. Since my doctor recommended this machine as it is “what we use” clearly his machine would also be made on the cheap and it is not unreasonable to assume that it is suffering the same fault….. The second thing is the reconstruction of my wrists. I know that I didn’t lose any veins or important parts but when I was in hospital my forearms were left open following the compartment syndrome this lack of constraint must have reduced my BP. Now that we are all sealed up along with the various additional pieces of metal there is less space, presuming that I have the same volume of blood less space must equal higher pressure.
Nonetheless at the age of 40 it is a pertinent time to look at health and I guess I could make some improvements. I checked my BMI and I am overweight, having snuck into that bracket by 0.2 BMIs so hardly significant. More significant is seeing Stace over the weekend who greeted me with “your fat” bless her.As of last week I am following Gav’s version of the 5 and 2 diet; that is to say I am following the 4 and 3 diet so that Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday are low intake days. I think I have given the knee enough of an easy ride and it’s time to restart running if the knee disagrees then I may be following this with limping but hey ho. Will this have an effect on my BMIs? I have no idea. My BP? Equally clueless especially when a woman at work explained that she can effectively dial up any value she wants when she is tested.