tger greenhaddock: All things medical

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

All things medical

Over the last 24 hours I have been wearing a blood pressure monitor. This consists of an inflatable cuff attached to my upper arm and a box containing the compressor, battery, and electronics strapped to my belly. The two are joined by a pipe. During the day the cuff inflated every 15mins to read my blood pressure, and during the night it inflated every 30 mins. It was cumbersome and a bit impractical at times, but the good news that my blood pressure is now borderline and I won’t have to take any meds for it. Just do sport. This morning I returned to the surgery to have the contraption removed. Sitting in the doctor’s waiting room the cuff inflated 3 times. It makes quite a noise, but in the stillness of the waiting room it seemed a lot louder. Not one of the other waiting patients looked at me, even when I laughed. I became the invisible Englishman.

I gave more blood which will be checked to see if my thyroid meds are at the right level, and to see if my cholesterol levels are still high. I had a nice chat with the doctor who informed once again that I have to do more sport. I start at the fitness studio next week. Earlier this week I received my results of my sperm-o-gram. Good news once again, the little swimmers are at Olympic strength. :)


Blogger christina said...

Isn't that blood pressure cuff fun? On the day I had mine I had to tutor a couple of students AND a repair man came over so I felt I had to explain where that weird noise was coming from - that it wasn't just indigestion! :-)

I had my thyroid levels tested last week and when I went back today to get a printout they informed me that everything was "normal". Looking at the results when I got home, I see that they are certainly NOT normal. Back to the doctor of nuclear medicine, I guess. Do you go to a specialist, or just to your Hausarzt?

January 11, 2006 3:19 PM  
Blogger Haddock said...

I just go to my Hausarzt. He seems pretty good. That's great that you get a printout. I saw all my blood test results history on screen today but I couldn't take it all in. Perhaps I should ask for a printout.

January 11, 2006 4:05 PM  
Blogger christina said...

I just asked for it and they printed out the thyroid stuff. It's your right as a patient to have it for your records in case you go to another physician. Some charge for it, but mine doesn't. My Hausarzt is kind of wishy washy on the matter - nice enough but just doesn't know much about it all.

And, ahem, none of my business, of course, but are you possibly planning on another little Haddock some time in the future? :-)

January 11, 2006 9:29 PM  
Blogger Bob Gentry said...

"invisible Englishman"
I know what you mean about waiting rooms... perhaps you should have laughed and pointed at the same time? ;)

January 12, 2006 2:30 AM  
Blogger Rocky said...

Wow, that's a lot of doctorin'. Glad to hear you are getting good bills of health, and of course that your little swimmers are gold medal contenders.

January 12, 2006 3:49 AM  
Blogger Martin Stickland said...

Aaah the silence of a hospital ward, I was in one recently at night visiting with my Mum and I wanted to spend a pee, the two nurses with my Mum said use the ladies one. I stood there with a so silent ward with the two nurses and my Mum standing right outside the toilet cubical, all was quiet and do you think I could pee? "Pee you bugger, pee!" finally I could hear my Mum say "I think we better move along ladies" Finally after managing to go, I came out to see my Mum and two smiling nurses standing there, talk about stage fright!!

Hope you get better mate!

January 12, 2006 8:10 PM  
Blogger Dixie said...

I think Germans have it all down when it comes to politely ignoring something. A freight train could be blasting through the wall and they'd just politely ignore it.

Comes in handy when you're hospitalized. No privacy there - not even curtains between the beds. You pray for people to politely ignore you there.

January 12, 2006 10:40 PM  
Blogger Haddock said...

Christina - That's the plan. But it's not happening so to speak. So we are trying to find out why.

Bob - Perhaps I should have stripped! - or perhaps not!

Rocky - We are holding the olympics here a lot more often then every 4 years! :)

Martin - Whenever I'm asked to pee at the doctors I suddenly cant go. Even if I could have done an impression of a fireman putting out a fire only 5 minutes earlier!

Dixie - It would have been good to have seen a freight train the other day. :)

January 13, 2006 12:30 AM  
Anonymous lillian said...

so THATS what old people do in their free time..
(duck and running for my life ) lol

January 13, 2006 1:42 AM  
Blogger MarkH said...

I found that I kind of missed it when I handed the BP monitor back in. The reassuring squeeze on the arm every now and then was quite comforting :)

It also helped keep track of the time since i don't wear a watch! lol

150 over 100 - Living with high blood pressure

January 22, 2006 8:16 PM  

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