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Things what we learned at the doctor today:

Apparently, the doctors don't like it when your blood pressure is 140/110.

At least, they'll keep taking it, trying to make it something else. Five times, I had my blood pressure taken. Owie.
Did they get consistent results? Often, doctors will try several times if the figure looks artificially high (mine eventually ended up giving me a machine to take home over a weekend, after which we discovered that my very high BP was in fact slightly low when I wasn't recovering from a 20 minute walk *and* nervous as all hell).
new techs or nurses always take mine multiple times. They somehow can't believe that I can be fat and have a blood pressure of 100/60. I also can not stand that they consistently pump the cuff up until it starts at over 200. Owie, I agree!

-steph
Is that unusually high for you? Was there something going on right at that moment that was causing you stress (for example, you were running late for the appointment). That could make it higher.
You don't know her very well, do you?
Was there something going on right at that moment that was causing you stress

Hahahahahahaha! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

/me continues to break
Re: You don't know her very well, do you?
No, I don't know her well, I'm sorry to say...
Re: You don't know her very well, do you?
meri is always stressed. Even (sometimes especially) in her sleep. That stress level only goes up when doctors are involved.
Re: You don't know her very well, do you?
I saw today that she got a job offer - that's good news. I hope that helps with the stress level a bit.

And doctors? Yup, they can add to the problem, I agree!
Neat. If you can just manage to get the latter number up 30 more points, you'll have a perfect circualtion system. Pressure will be constant, implying that your heart is a smoothly running turbine.

Um. No.

*hugs* have you discussed medicine for the pressure?

Chris
They always take mine three times. Twice right at the beginning of an exam and once right at the end. I have a disease called "white-coat-itis" and it causes sudden spikes in blood pressure when exposed to certain garments or people in positions of authority.

FWIW, I also have "studded-leather-undergarment-itis," the symptoms of which are remarkably similar: elevated bp and pulse, occasional shortness of breath, discipline problems... the works! :)
So what happens if you run across someone in a white coat and studded leather undergarments who is in a position of authority?
Hey, that's about what mine is... I think mine was 150/100.

They put me on some nice medication that brought it back down, but for a long time, I couldn't sleep on my sides because my kidneys hurt...