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Hypertension [Mar. 8th, 2011|06:21 pm]
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My finger look amazing!  I was expecting a total Frankenfinger to emerge from the wrappings, but Dr. Chandrasekar is a freakin' miracle worker!  Yes, the fingernail is missing, but it's not really gross... just kinda scabby on the skin that would normally be covered by the fingernail.  And all the disgusting dead tissue is just plain gone!  In surgery, he scraped away the layers of black, dead skin.  No traces remain!  Just fresh pink skin (a little tender, but totally healthy looking.  There's no swelling.  No bruising.  No huge stiches.  The surgical incision is at the very tip of my finger and it's very small... the stitches are practically invisible, some sort of tiny filament.  I'm reall-y happy!!  My finger is going to be absolutely fine!  Also, he was able to pin it in a way that won't impede my range of motion at all.  I can already bend my finger all the way (although slowly because it's stiff from being held still so long).

So that totally made my day and now I'm on this sort of "healing high" and I feel all determined to make a new weight loss effort and look into my possible hypertension problem.  I'm not officially diagnosed with high blood pressure, but the last few times I've been to a doctor they've mentioned it was high (granted, those were all times when I was sick or injured, so it was hard to tell).  When I came out of surgery for my finger, I overheard discussion over my papers and it was said that my blood pressure remained high the entire time... So it's probably safe to assume that if it didn't even drop while I was under anesthesia, I've got a touch of hypertension.  No shock... My father has high blood pressure too.  I just did a little research, and I'm betting that if I'm a good girl and drink water like I'm supposed to, it'll help both my blood pressure and weight loss... and the vitamins that help lower blood pressure will also assist in weight loss and relieving depression.  So I've made a little list and I'm going to take a walk to CVS to buy vitamin supplements and an automatic blood pressure monitor.  I'll keep an eye on it and see if dietary changes will make enough of a difference.  I'd really rather not get myself stuck on blood pressure meds yet...  I just joined a free website where I can record things like caloric intake, water consumption, weight, body measurements, and blood pressure.

We'll see.  I'm always enthusiastic about this shit for about three days and then forget about it...  But I freakin' weigh 230 lbs. at this very moment.  I had been down to 200 a year ago.  I still wear the same size clothes, though.  I don't care so much about my weight as I do my measurements.  I wear a size 16.  Still the smallest I've been since middle school.  But it would so amazing to make it down to a 12.  Shopping would become infinitely easier.

[User Picture]From: tsubomi
2011-03-09 09:40 pm (UTC)
I have the same problem, haven't been diagnosed with high blood pressure, but the last couple times I went to a doctor of any sort that looked at such they mentioned it was a little high.

What vitamins are supposed to be good for your blood pressure? *Curious*

And yeah, if those pictures you have on your Facebook are newer then your finger is definitely looking a lot better!

Good luck on the size thing, I want to get to about that size too so I can wear a 'victory' mini skirt I bought years ago... but I have a feeling my hip bones just won't allow it .___. darn my mother for giving me her wide hips!
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[User Picture]From: krktheartist
2011-03-10 04:04 am (UTC)
Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Magnesium, and a supplement called Coenzyme Q-10 have all been shown in studies to lower blood pressure. I don't think they cause a drastic difference... but it certainly can't hurt!

So I've started taking Magnesium and the Coenzyme Q-10 (which can be found with all the other vitamins in the pharmacy or grocery store), and a B-complex with added Vitamin C. The B-complex vitamins are to help with depression... plus it has the Vitamin C that will also help with blood pressure.
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