Sunday, August 23, 2009

Just a Little Stress

I had my annual physical last week. And I heard something from the doctor that I've never heard before in my life.

"I'm concerned about your high blood pressure."

I'm sorry, what? I thought I heard you say my blood pressure's high.

"I'm not going to put you on medication yet, but I want you back here in 3 months. If it's not where it should be by then, I will have to put you on medication and diagnose you with hypertension."

Shit.

As I listened to him list the possible causes (diet, not enough exercise, aging), I couldn't help but think that it couldn't be any of those.

I exercise every day. Something. Every day. It may only be taking Cooper for a long walk, but I am doing something every day. And I'm certainly doing more exercise than I was just a few years ago.

Same with diet. Even at my heaviest, I never had high blood pressure before. And I'm eating considerably better now.

And aging. Well even he had to dismiss that cause.

So I asked, "Could stress be a possible cause?" Turns out, it could.

Ding ding ding. Bob, I think we have a winner.

What could possibly be stressing me? Let me count the ways.
  • House
  • Wedding
  • Dog
  • Work
  • Money (but when is this not a stressor?)
  • And I'm sure there are other little, tiny things that I'm forgetting
All this means of course is that I'm not dealing with the stress in the best way. Great. One more thing to add to the stress list.

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