I haven't had much to write about the past few days. I finished the only Christmas shopping I will be doing, and that is for my grandchildren. My Christmas present to my children is that as a retired old lady, I can live by myself and not be dependent on any of them for support. I do need and rely on them for many things however, and I'm so grateful they are always there for me.
I've been a little concerned that my blood pressure is up lately although the bp cuff I've been using to check daily shows it to be normal. But there are usually little insignificant things that should tell us when something isn't normal, especially when you put all the little things together. Yesterday I shopped at Raley's and used the bp machine back in the pharmacy. I nearly fell over when I saw the readout, but when I checked again later at home it was normal. I decided to go back again this morning, and sure enough it is high. I had so hoped I could quit taking the medicine as it has been so nice to just get up a couple times during the night rather than hourly. I know there are other prescription drugs for high blood pressure, but so many of them have other side effects that require yet another prescription. The only side effect I get from the HCTZ is running to the bathroom constantly. I started taking my daily 12.5mg a day, and I'll just have to put up with the negative side of it.
I've mellowed out over the years, and lord knows I've gotten wiser! But getting old is still hell, when you have a mind that is still on the young and daring side but the body just won't go there.