Contrary to my best medical opinion, I’m still here. Not much has changed since yesterday. If I lay perfectly still, I feel pretty good. The second I start to get up or move to one side, my chest wants to explode. So the cure is obviously to stay in bed! Everything is better in bed.
But I managed to drag my ass off the couch (I thought that I might sleep on my back better if I was on the couch) and have a hot bath. I thought that maybe I’d feel better laying there. It didn’t really help. But it did remind me that I said I was going to step back onto the scales again, and find my blood pressure monitor. I bought it a couple of years ago, and used it faithfully for about 3 days… and then packed it at the back of a closet.
222.8 lbs. That’s actually a couple of pounds lighter than I was expecting. My weight tends to hover at 225lbs but I’ve seen it peak at 230lbs not too long ago. Not that it’s a huge difference, but any number that is lower is better than higher! Then I hooked up the blood pressure monitor… (Mum, you should stop reading here) I took the best of the three readings.. 143/95. When I put those numbers into my little iPhone blood pressure tracking app that I recently purchased, the little dot changed from green to a skull and cross bones… just kidding… but it did change from green to red. I’m guessing that it’s trying to tell me something.
There’s a little spot that I can add notes, so I put “Have pneumonia. Stressed. Chest hurts”. That’ll give the medical examiner a place to start looking. Yeah, I know that it’s kinda morbid, but that’s how I deal with things… shrug them off… and if one day something ever does happen, people can say “That was kinda ironic… he never dreamed he’d get gored by a bull! Snowplow? Yeah. Pneumonia? Yup. Food poisoning. You betcha! But not a bull… what’re the chances of that?”
So tomorrow I’ll check my blood pressure again, and input it into the little program. Then I can start tracking the patterns.. there’s even a spot for it to email me and my doctor… now all I have to do is convince her to give me her email address! Yeah… I don’t think so.
Just finished the bottle of Coke as I was writing this… I think it might be time to send the roomie out for another. Thank goodness the store is just up the road!