It has been fairly obvious that my efforts since then have been successful on the weight front, but today was the time to re-check my blood pressure. It had risen to 148 over 92, and that was the major caution raised by the doctor in June.
Today it was 132 over 82.
I can’t tell you how relieved I was.
We talked at length about the ways I’ve been taking better care of myself: going to Weight Watchers, making time for exercise, deliberately slowing down wherever possible. The doctor indicated that the weight range given by Weight Watchers was a little lower than hers and gave me a range to show them as being acceptable to her. It gives me a goal that actually feels reachable and maintainable, since I remember being in that range for more than five minutes at some point in the past.
She gave me referrals for a new therapist. It’s amazing what sort of things come up when you are making big life changes, and I would like to have someone to talk to about them.
Finally, we made an appointment to meet again in early January, to see how things are going.
I think she’s a very good doctor, and I will do my best to continue being a very good patient.