Wednesday, March 11, 2009
And so it begins…
I’ve never had to take medication on a regular basis. Occasionally if I’d get a UTI I’d have to take antibiotics for a while, but it’s always been nice to answer “No” to the question asked by most doctors, “Are you on any medications?”
As I was approaching my 40th birthday, an older co-worker warned me that, “Things start to go to hell in a hand basket after you turn 40.” He said that suddenly you can’t see well, your body starts to have aches and pains, and the medical issues begin. I laughed at him and said, “I feel great, healthy as a horse!”
Well, maybe there was something to his claim because I had a physical this week and my doctor and I were both shocked to discover that my blood pressure was 160/100! It was checked at least 3 times during that visit and she required that I come back the next morning and have it checked again. The next day it was 140/100!
I have never had blood pressure problems in the past. I’ve always been within the normal ranges, if not a bit lower. We’re not sure what’s going on and she’s running blood tests on me and a few other things to determine the cause. In the meantime, she’s put me on a low dose of blood pressure medication that I have to take daily.
I asked her if stress could be the cause. Let me tell you, I have reasons to be stressed! We have Boo’s contested termination trial hearing coming up next week and I’m stressed about the outcome, not to mention having to get up and testify in front of Boo’s mom and her lawyer. My doctor said stress can increase levels slightly, but not that much.
I asked if I’d have to take this medicine for the rest of my life and she said she didn’t know. She’d re-evaluate the situation after test results come back and she said she wants to see me again in a month to follow-up.
So, I went and filled my blood pressure medication prescription at the pharmacy. I even reluctantly bought myself a pill box organizer because, even well before turning forty, I’m forgetful. At least with a pill box organizer, I’ll know if I missed a dose or not.
I had a tough time purchasing that pill box organizer because, for me, it represents a sign of old age. My parents and in-laws use several pill box organizers for their plethora of medications that they take on a daily basis!
((Sigh)) I guess my days of being able to say I’m not on any medication are over. At least I can take some comfort in knowing that I don’t need the jumbo print pill boxes yet.
So, do any of you take daily medications?