Monday, February 01, 2010

Yes, I am Quite Consumed

It's almost all I can think about anymore, surgery to donate.

My transplant coordinator has said she would like me to get my bp down just a bit further. She suggests I have my doc increase my medication. Trouble is, I've hit the limit on this particular rx and am not allowed to donate if it takes more than one medication to control the bp...

So I'm watching most everything that goes into my mouth, trying to lose weight which is supposed to help. I'm also practicing meditation or 'focused breathing' to relax my muscles and dilate my blood vessels. I know that aspirin will thin my blood and artifically lower the pressure but don't want to cheat.. so I've been researcing foods that are said to thin the blood. These include onions, garlic, licorice and mint. For dinner I made roasted veggies (zucchini, bell peppers, squash, onions and garlic) in cous cous. YUM, was fantastic! Dessert was a few handfuls of licorice.

I suck at exercising but did manage to climb our stairs over and over again for 15 mins which supposedly counts as moderate exercise. My calves hurt now.

However, when I measured this morning, my pressure was down to 121/81. That's a good result! It wasn't quite so great this afternoon but I need more practice on the meditation gig.

There's no way I'm going to let the docs deny me the opportunity to help my daughter, not when I'm SO close!

1 comment:

Shawny Sun said...

You seem focused on your goal and are achieving it quite successfully! You should be proud of yourself. Such a great mom you are.