On 1-25-13, I first became aware that I had a severe hypertension (high blood pressure) issue going when I almost stroked out right here at Schloss Rivrdog, and the EMTs had to haul my butt to the ER.
Since then, with the help of my doc, I've been trying to regain control over the chronic hypertension, and bring it down with pharma help. That effort has been hit and miss:
- First, the doc advised I double my dosage of Lisinopril, a secondary medicine I was on a small dose of. That made no dent in the raging readings at all. I was still averaging 170/106 or so.
- The doc recommended I change my Propranol to Propranolol Slow Release, but neither the Government nor the vast Kroger Pharmacy chain could find me any.
- Next, I bumped up my own dosage of regular Propranolol by 50%, and that seemed to be having an effect, but the Doc decided my 20+ years on that drug were done, so he ordered MetoToprol.
- I had to wait almost ten days for the MetoToprol to be issued by Express Scripts, the Medicare pharmacy. In the meanwhile, I DID achieve re-control with the regular Propranolol, albeit at near the max dose of 320 mg/day.
- Finally, the MetoToprol arrives, about ten days ago, and I start all over again when I dropped the Propranolol. The blood pressure shot back up to the 170/105 range. After 4 days, the Doc said double the MetoToprol, and I did, but to little discernable effect. I'm damn near an invalid now, afraid to do anything physical because the slightest activity would run my diastolic blood pressure over 105, so I mope around the house, taking a lot of naps and cutting my salt intake to almost zero.
- A week goes by, and finally the numbers start to come down, sort of: I start running the mid 150s over the high 90's, still not acceptable, but getting farther from the danger level.
- Finally, in the past 24 hours, I've achieved 3 readings in the mid-120s over the mid/high 80's, more or less normal. Looks like the Metotoprol is finally getting the upper hand. I'm hopeful to have at least a week of decent BP before I go see the cardiologist in the first week of March.
Of additional note in this struggle: no cause has been identified for this spike in my previously-controlled BP. At the cardiologist, I will have a high-contrast CAT scan of my heart and it's arteries to see if I've any occlusions that need stenting or bypassing. I wanted to just go get a stress test, but my doc said I was too fragile for one, I needed to demonstrate total medical control of the BP. Meanwhile, DMV tells me I have to prove up my medical suitability to have a CDL by the end of this month, or they will rip off my Class Two rating, so I guess that's history. Driving bus or heavy straight truck to keep body and soul together is no longer an option. I can still operate my M35A2 as a private vehicle, but not as a commercial truck, which it is licensed for. There are some states I couldn't operate the M35 in at all, I'll have to study up on that.
The other thing that I'm sure you've noticed is that I've reduced my blogging presence by about half. This was deliberate in order to relieve the BP crisis. Yes, I do, in fact, get jacked up some when I blog, it's probably why the mind is still clear after all the toil I have put it through. I might have to re-open the bar at BlogStation Alpha, because decent booze is a reliable way to lower BP.
That is all, now you are updated on your blogger's blogging condition.