For the longest time I thought I was immune and I come to believe I have tested positive for the syndrome
Over the last couple months there was a period of time that I saw a Dr at least once a week for about 4 weeks. Sometimes a couple days consecutive. I had a neck injury and was in the ER, a couple different Dr's and my GP.
My injury was pretty damn serious and I had myself pretty well worked up over it. I was anxious to find out how bad and if this was going to be permanent or not.
Well along the course of visits, as you know, they always take you general vitals and BP is one. First visit 125/75. I'm concerned about the number for no other reason than I am usually 115/70 and have been as low as 110/65. Very next appointment I see the cuff come out and I feel my BP rising. 135/80. Now I am upset and begin to think I have BP issues to worry about. The very next day I am in the office and I can feel my BP rising and I get sweaty wondering how bad my BP is going to be. 140/82. Now I am very anxious and very concerned.
I have an appointment to see my GP to review some outstanding issues and I am walking to the door of the office and I can feel my heart palpitations increase. She throws the cuff on my arm 142/85. Now I am upset!!! She of course mentions how it is high but nothing to be overly concerned about. She does tell me to quit worrying (refering to my outstanding bloodwork issues). So I try to take comfort in her reassurance.
I'm at the united blood services yesterday giving blood. I am very casual as I have done this before and have no reason to be concerned. It was on a list of things to do and I had been very successfully completing a multitude of tasks this day. I was pleasd with my day.
We go through the general interview process and come to find out I have special blood which means they want to take only my RBC and give back my plasma, platelets, and WBC etc (this by the way is good for me and my reason for giving blood was to lower all that stuff involved with RBC). Apparently my blood is a rare O- as it is also negative for some viral something or other that makes it perfect for premature babies. I'm feeling really good about myself. I am giving blood semi-selfishly, yet I am now convinced I am some sort of a hero for doing so
They need to test your BP for this sort of transfusion procedure. The cuff goes on....118/68!!!!
I start laughing out load to the technician woman. She asks me whats so funny. I told her I was borderline hypertensive a few days earlier and now I am at my normal low ago. She laughs with me and I have a great experience giving blood. By the way her lab coat was blue and she was sort of cute