Thursday, April 18, 2013

BP is down some!

We went back on the lower sodium diet and guess what?!? His blood pressure has gone down.  125/66 was the last reading. This is a step in the right direction!  Now, if I can just get the 125 down some more, I will be a happy camper!  He has splurged again the last few days so hopefully his BP hasn't gone back up. 

So, there is the proof! A low sodium diet can make all the difference!

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Creeping higher

Jacob's blood pressure is creeping higher and higher.  We are so bummed.  Jacob is downright mad.  He actually began arguing with me that "the machine read 'fair' so it isn't bad".  Sorry buddy, but it is.

We noticed it about six weeks ago.  We spot checked it and it was 122/80.  Not bad, but higher than what the doctor wants it, which is 110-120/60-70.

Two weeks after that spot check, we tried it again. 130/88.  Jacob admitted he had forgotten to take his lisinopril the night before.  Ok, so it probably means he will not be coming off that med when we see the doctor in May. Bummer.

Two nights ago.  Another spot check.  133/90.  He has been taking his meds faithfully.  What he (and the rest of us) have not been doing is adhering to a low sodium diet.  Not at all.  Well, that is not totally true. We are still using our low sodium ketchup.

Sigh. Big sigh.

Back to the low sodium diet. Actually it is more "back to cooking".  This semester in grad school has got me slacking.  It isn't even overwhelming. I think I made it to be.  Gotta get organized to get this nonsense under control!

I also should probably call the doctor today to let him know.  Jacob has no other symptoms though. No edema, no pain anywhere, and he says his urine looks the same.

I think we got too comfortable and the disease is peeking out telling us it is still there, even if undercover right now.  ARGH!