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      meyati

      If your doctor is hassleing you-tell him that last year the CDC said that anybody our age can have safe BP of 140 and below. I tell them that. They get mad, check their pads- Ask Watson- and turn red in the face. Right now I'm in the middle of scans-visits, had the flu a few days ago, and I'm anxious about a problem, so my BP is up.

      In July I went in 2 Urgent Care, and the nurse wrapped the BP cuff on too tight. It really hurt. I don't think that I'm too much of a cranky complainer-but that caused a reading of over 240-They were all yelling about that. Now I see a nurse with a BP cuff, and my BP really goes sky high.

      I don't take my BP at home, because I don't know how tight the cuff should be. I've asked doctors, nurses, administrators about this-and they stare at me like I'm from a different planet. Some said use a Walgreen BP machine--- First the machines often don't work and so on. Why should I drive-waste gas and time-take the risk of being run over by a hopped up thug and the 3 police cars following the thug? If they don't run over me- they'll probably shoot me.

      So I tell them that the CDC and cadiovacular groups say that my BP is safe at 140, and you're making it rise-you scare me!

      over 3 years ago
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      meyati - I take my BP a couple of times a day. More if I am experiencing AFIB. I got my cuff style BP machine at CVS about 10 yrs. ago. I was a little confused at first about how to apply the cuff correctly. My niece is an RN and while she was visiting she watched me struggle wrapping that cuff around my arm. She talked me through the wrap to the point where it felt tight enough to get the pressure and not hurt so much like it had done before. The base is large enough for an easy read of the numbers including heart rate. It also has an alarm it AFIB is showing. It can record two different people up to 100 times with a Memory setting. Now I just slip my arm into it and slide it out when I am done. I just make sure the arrow is pointing to my vein. It cost $75.00 and after 2 yrs. my cuff started leaking. I called their number and they FEDEX'd one to me that same day at no charge. Have never had another problem with it. And you are absolutely right about the new BP parameters set by the CDC.

      over 3 years ago
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      meyati

      I just don't do it. For about 3 years my BP was bad-Why I'm not damaged, I don't know. It was my thyroid. It took 5 doctors to find one that had the smarts to reduce my thyroid suppliment.
      Knowing it's my thyroid and it's so simple to control, and getting these idiots that want me to take BP meds instead of the proper thyroid dosage I think I hear the words BP- see a cuff---My heart and everything are good. If I don't have a problem and the nurse is nice- it's like 110/70--not bad for a 74 year old.

      over 3 years ago
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    Your site has helped me to understand many aspects of my illness.
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    Suddenly, my situation in what refers to the treatment and place where to carry it out has changed dramatically. The doctor that has to do with chemotherapy considered that I was too weak and I am not going to be sent to the place where I was told I was going to rest after leaving the hospital. So I need a place to stay and I wonder if I can address it to a member of the community who has vast resources and can offer me a shelter in a property in exchange for my job. Or offer me a job that I can carry out online. I am weak and in pain while sending this message to you and, I cannot deny it, very nervous.
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      You can post the question about second opinions on the questions page, also look on the blog page, there is an article about second opinions there.

      As far as financial help, this is not a good place to post something like that as everyone here is in a similar situation. We all have our own problems that cancer has given us. I suggest contacting the American Cancer Society for starters, they have a large list of resources they can turn you too. Also, look through our blog page for our resources posts.

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