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I have high blood pressure. I didn't ask for it, and I didn't want it to have such a chronic effect on my life for the last seven years. I have been hospitalised a few times because I could not keep my blood pressure under control, even with medication.
Then I started to exercise more, eat a more healthful diet and stress less. I even came off my medication (whoo hoo). I was doing so well ... until two days ago. My blood pressure shot up and I could not get it down; when my chest started getting tight and I was feeling short of breath, I knew I had to go to the hospital.
Nitro under my tongue was given (with the ensuing brutal headache that accompanies it), and tests were done to rule out anything worse than stress. The hospital staff were wonderful and kind, and I was discharged with the probable diagnosis: stress-induced hypertension.
Stress. Stress over the fees for university, and the inability to help my daughter get into university this year (in spite of her getting two partial scholarships). She isn't taking up her place this year, and will look for a job instead She was disappointed but far more philosophical than me (I always knew she was smarter than me!).
This week, I was hospitalised for high blood pressure as a result of letting stress affect me. I learnt that getting too stressed is not going to help me, my family, or my ongoing relationship with my high blood pressure. So I will make stress-relief my priority :)