Hi Julie! Another big step successfully taken! Re white coat syndrome - no, still can’t use home machine 😖. I always cheerfully tell whoever is doing my BP that it will be high so sometimes it’s not as bad as they were expecting! It did occur to me that perhaps I actually do have really high blood pressure - but I guess that would have shown up during my ops. Otherwise I just ignore it and hope it will go away! Not very helpful! Debbie xx
Great to hear that you are the other side of your op and WOW what a fabulous nursing team you had, your consultant is awesome to ensure all of that happened to make sure you did not have to worry about your white coat syndrome.
Make sure you get plenty of rest now
Sending you hugs
Julie-you are a real trooper! Congratulations on your successful surgery but more importantly, on how you handled *yourself* pre-, during and post the surgery! I knew you could do it!! So very happy for you. You sound in much better spirits today....I hope you have a good day knowing that is behind you now.
Sending lots of love...
Congratulations! and yes, your honeymoon is a wonderful memory to bring to the front of your mind to put you in a calm frame of mind. You will be fine!
Julie-good good luck for later today. Please don't be anxious....you will be fine and I trust that you trust you are in good hands. Use your time this morning to get yourself ready (bag packed) etc. and sit down, put on some relaxation music (I love Smooth FM or Jazz) and just visualise your last amazing holiday....and RELAX .
Thinking of you for later and please do update us...OK?
My father is visiting from Canada this week so if I reply a little late or tomorrow, that'll be why, but I'll be thinking of you!
I wanted to reply although I realise your Q was addressed to Debbie; my GP explained to me that the reason they take my BP (and presumably every other patients') more than once is because they *expect* our first reading to be high. Mine advised me to do the same at home....to take 3 readings-they normally record the lowest reading. I have been taking mine at home for over a year and it really does get easier. You just have to allow yourself time to get used to (sensitize) to your machine. Don't look at it as a scary old beast. Make friends with it. Take your BP a few times, and in between readings, take a deep breath in through your nose, out through your mouth, a few times, and then take your BP. Don't panic if the reading is high. Don't record it. Take time to just practice relaxing-before you take your readings. The luxury of taking it at home is that you can do it *when* you are relaxed, which is what my GP advised me. And make sure your arm is parallel (in line with) the table it is resting on....your arm shouldn't be hanging down, or on an incline, as this also alters the readings. I just wanted to post the above because I too thought I'll never be able to take mine at home, and I can now do it-albeit, yes, some of my readings *are* high, especially during weeks of stress. But just practice, as you would to overcome any phobia.
I hope the above works for you.