And it's been a completely crappy morning. Arg!
The bottom line is, my bp this morning was 140/70 and I'm "borderline" and need to get a blood pressure cuff to keep track at home. I'm not on bedrest but I need to "take it easy." (as if I've been oh so busy up to now.)
And now I need to vent. I'll completely understand if you want to just skip over all of this.
Added stress #1 - I drove Mike to work this morning. Then had about a half an hour before I needed to head over to the doctor's office. I thought about going in to school just to settle the room a bit more for a sub but I was afraid I'd get stuck there. So I went to the store to get some shopping done. I get all my stuff scanned then go to pay with my debit card. Oh fabulous - it's in Mike's wallet. Thank goodness I had a credit card on me. I hate putting stuff on the card.
Added stress #2 - I packed up all the stuff into the car and headed to the doctor. I decided to call work just to make sure they had received my sub plans. No. The office manager is not in today and they can't get the plans from her e-mail. Can I please send them to someone else in the office? Umm, no, I can't. I'm in the car on my way to get a blood pressure check which I'm sure is skyrocketing right now. I decide to flip around and print off the plans myself at school. Then I'll be sure they're there.
Added stress #3 - I get to work. At this point it's 8:00 and I should be at the office. I walk into the office and run into my principal. She asks "so, your blood pressure's ok?" "Um, well, I don't know yet. My sub plans didn't get printed so I'm here to print them then I'll go to the doctor." She looked confused and I walked off. I headed into the office and asked the clerk if I could use her computer to print my sub plans. She stared at me like I had three heads. I repeated my question. She said, "well, can't you just use your printer?" I answered "well, I supposed to be at the doctor right now and I need these printed." "Why can't you just use your printer?" "FINE, I'll use my printer" and I turned and stormed out. Yes, looking back it was a little melodramatic but WTF? Couldn't she just stick in my flash drive and print up the stupid plans?
Added stress #4 - So I head all the way out to my room (it's in an outside building) and boot up the computer (which takes FOREVER and a day). It was finally ready to go and I stuck in the flash drive and go to print the plans. Oh look, your computer and printer aren't talking to each other. OF COURSE! I started messing around with settings and junk, yelling at the stupid printer and computer, and 20 minutes later, I had plans for my sub. I would have been done in 3 minutes if the clerk had just let me use her printer (I'm still bitter. Can you tell?) Off to the doctor now.
Added stress #5: I get to the doctor's office at 8:35 and tell the nurses I'm there for a blood pressure check with Vivian. "Oh, she's not at this office today." Are you fricking kidding me?! "She's at our other location. Can you go there?" I asked "Isn't there a nurse here that can take my blood pressure reading? Really, that's all I need." At this point, I'm fighting back the tears and a scream is lodged in my throat. "We'll call Vivian and see." The answer is yes, another nurse can do it but they're all in a meeting right now. "We'll call you when someone's available." Thanks.
I finally get called back about 15 minutes later and tell the nurse that I've had a really stressful morning. She takes the reading and I'm at 140/90. I break down crying and mumble "damn." She's really sweet and says "Ok sweetie, just calm down and we'll take it again in a few minutes." She brought me a glass of water and let me sit for about 5 minutes then took it again. It was down to 140/70. So, better but still high. She would call it in to the doctor and they'd get back to me.
So I head out and cling to my phone. I'm dying to know what they're going to say. I call Mike and tell him what's up. Then, I wait. And wait. And wait some more. I try calling my mom when I get home to give her the update. I can't phone out. Um, ok. Then I get an e-mail from Mike about an hour and a half later - my phone isn't working. I can't call out and apparently no one can reach me either. Great. Luckily the doctor has his number and got in touch with him. They're not putting me on bedrest but I need to take it easy. I also need to get a blood pressure cuff and start taking my blood pressure at home. If it goes high and stays high, I need to go to L&D. (let's hope that doesn't happen)
Anyways, that's my update. Hopefully my phone starts working and I can try to call the doctor myself. All in all, it could be worse but I'm still worried.