The Pressure Of High Blood Pressure

For many of us we are always keeping an eye on our weight.

Weighing ourselves regularly and watching the weight go up and down or perhaps just down.

For me I have the added challenge of monitoring my blood pressure and trust me its grim viewing. I was diagnosed with Hypertension due to high Blood Pressure some time ago.

I’m on a mixture of tablets that keep it under control and if I don’t do something, I will most likely be on these tablets for life.

Hell, I even if I do something I might still be on these tablets for life anyway.

It does weigh greatly on my mind as I need to think about not only my future but that of my family. Yes Im covered by insurance and financially they will be ok but I don’t want that.

I want to grow old with them and see me daughter grow up.

I think a part of me has been kidding myself that everything will be fine, the docs know what they are doing and they will sort me out. I now realise that sort of attitude it just not on.

Yes they will help me and be there for me but its down to me.

So what am I doing or should I say “what should I be doing”

  • Eating healthier – well Im doing that, my weight went from 246lbs down to 229lbs at one point. It popped up to 236lbs after xmas and has hovered between that an 232lbs (at time of writing). The problem is I have fluid on the lungs, as downside of the Hypertension and also having LVSD (Left Ventricular Systolic Disfunction) which is a polite way of saying my heart is a bit broke.
  • Get fitter – I’m also trying to do that with regular walks, the occasional work out and even learning some Jeet Kune Do. Problem is I need to more on this but sometimes its hard to motivate myself and juggle it with work and other things.
  • Drink Less – now I’m not a big drinker, despite working in that industry but my weakness is fizzy drinks. I’ve made some efforts on this front, I switched to caffeine free Pepsi max, however I probably drink t0o much on a daily basis.
  • Keep Taking My Meds – well I’m doing that and its become part of my routine.

So what else can I be doing? I know I can improve on the above points but other than that I’m at a loss.

Well, nobody is going to do it for me so I will do some research and see what else can be done that is not medicine related.

I know I’m not the only one going through this so if you read this and it resonates with your or even it you have any advice. Please drop me a message as it would be greatly appreciated.

Published by Steve McKenzie

Old dad looking to get back in the dojo, fix his busted heart, lose some weight and provide for his family.

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