I've been kind of nervous the past few days because of Payton's BP. I'm supposed to take her in for lab work today and start the blood pressure medicine this evening. I asked the nurse when I should start to worry and call them and they said any time her reading is above 130/85. Unfortunately when the sitter called today her blood pressure was 132/104. The sitter said when she sat Payton in the chair, her eyes just looked kind of glazed over and she kept repeating the same thing over and over and over in a quiet voice (which Payton doesn't do - usually when she's saying something over and over she talks LOUD and it's because she's excited). Anyways, the sitter said that kind of bothered her and when she got the first reading it was 132/104. She was hoping it was wrong, so took it on the other arm and sure enough it was that high. The nurse said when she's on the medicine they would like to see it in the 90/50 range, so I'm hopeful that's right where she'll be. Unfortunately, we don't have a pharmacy in town who has the medicine, so we have to travel about 45 minutes to get it. But, if it makes her feel better, it's worth it!
About three weeks ago I had been concerned about Payton. It was my Friday off and Payton had an AWFUL day. My mom stopped by to help me out for an hour (it had been a long time since Payton had been so 'abusive' but that day I needed help and am never afraid to call my mom or sisters for help (and if my mother in law lived closer, I'd feel comfortable enough to call her too). Thankfully, I've been blessed with some women in my life who have really been there for me when I needed them! :) Anyways, I thought at that point it could possibly be blood pressure, but wasn't sure. My mom offered to keep Payton that night and I almost hesitated because I felt it was to the point she was almost acting like it was high enough she could have a stroke (I was extremely nervous but didn't share it with anyone except Bob cause I always have a fear someone will think I'm a looney). The past few weeks haven't been nearly as bad as what that one week/weekend was, but it still makes me feel bad for her....and ofcourse thankful nothing serious happened.
For now, I'm so incredibly thankful Payton succeeded in letting us take her blood pressure....and also very thankful we all live in a time where they have medicine that can help. I know many people would say "it's just blood pressure" but is it okay to feel so sad over this? I'm pretty emotional over it and ready for the weekend.