I had a doctor's appointment this afternoon to see how the new blood pressure medicine is working out. Here's the conversation after he took my BP:
"Want to guess?"
"Close. 116/74." Believe it or not, it wasn't a wild guess-- I seem to have learned to sort of estimate the general range of my BP based on how I feel.
"How is the new drug? Working OK?"
"Yeah, pretty much. I occasionally get light-headed when I stand up, but very rarely. I do get a little bit light-headed after I run though. I'm doing half-hour runs three times a week." (OK, I rounded. Shush.)
"That's not completely unexpected."
"Is there anything I can do to mitigate it?"
"I wouldn't recommend taking the Diovan and then running right away."
"I take it in the morning and run at night."
"I drink three to four glasses of water 45 minutes to an hour before I run."
"That's what I would have suggested. Do you monitor your pulse?"
"Yep. It hits low 120s pretty quickly, pops up to 130 after a few minutes, then hangs in the 130s for a long time. The last few minutes have it in the low to mid 140s, but I don't let it get higher than that. I walk for at least five minutes after I run, and then keep walking until my pulse is below 105."
"That sounds good. Do you drink water when you start walking?"
"Yeah. And also once or twice mid-run usually."
"Well, you've covered everything that I would suggest. You'll probably just have to live with it."
"That's about what I expected. By the way, would it make you happy if I told you I've lost about ten pounds since mid-January?"
"It would. What diet are you on?"
"The running religiously three times a week diet."
"Really? Well, keep it up I guess. I'll see you in three months."
I'm hoping to have to call him before then-- my goal is to run enough that my blood pressure drops some more and the Diovan becomes too strong.