What a eye-opener â€“ for the last 2 weeks my blood pressure soared to the 190-200 level. Went to the doctor and made several attempts to get it down â€“ but to no avail â€“ Damn â€“ looks like a operation is in my future. He did question whether I was watching my salt intake â€“ I was limiting my diet to eating only fish with stirred fried kale and salads. ??? healthy I thought. But he put me on a sodium reduction diuretic and an additional blood pressure pill and finally some relief. But I really had to take a look at what I was eating:
- My healthy fish â€“ itâ€™s coated and fried in a sesame batter â€“ actually contains a high percentage of salt in the batter
- Stirred-fried kale â€“ this was fried in oyster sauce â€“ again lots of salt.
- Greek salads â€“ I was buying them at a restaurant and in checking I find they were using a commercial seasoning with MSG â€“ again lots of salt.
Wow, no wonder. What I thought was healthy was definitely not and I paid the price. Blood Pressure over the top. So for the last couple of days Iâ€™ve stopped these meals and now eat only specially prepared fried rice with vegetables and chicken and my oatmeal for breakfast. Success.
Must have gotten up 6 times to pee at night – but about 3AM this morning I felt the pressure start dropping â€“ 150/70 this morning, coming down. Hopefully back to normal soon. Gotâ€™ta drink lots of water, diuretics really dehydrate you â€“ and that can cause symptoms like high BP â€“ tinnitus, headaches, and light-headedness. But soon I should be back on my regular regiment of Meds – BUT in the future, closer control of my food intake. Operation averted, at least for now.