Today is "More Herbs Less Salt Day" Random, but perfect. Sometimes when I'm lacking inspiration I look at Days of the Year to see if there are any random holidays I can write about. Normally I would have said "Nope," to this one but I've been trying to cut back on sodium & figure out a way to write about my latest discovery without being all whoa is me.
A week ago I found myself driving to the ER around 6 am instead of getting ready for work. A few days earlier, on that Sunday, I had tried to donate blood. While my iron was finally high enough, my blood pressure was high, apparently dangerously high. They wanted me to go to the ER then but I didn't. Instead I calmed myself down & then felt fine. I continued to feel fine the next two days. Wednesday morning though I woke up & felt super nauseous. I didn't know if I was getting sick or if it was the blood pressure thing since that was now in my head. I called my mom, went to Kroger, checked my blood pressure, & then drove myself to the ER. When I was admitted it was 220/115. They ran some tests, gave me some meds, & then monitored me for a few hours. They finally released me around 9:30-10 am with a prescription for high blood pressure medication.
I already had an appointment for the 4th just to do a routine/annual check-up, which I never do except for my yearly woman physical, so the doctor at the hospital told me to check my blood pressure twice a day at least until that appointment as well as to take the medication for at least the 30 days until it runs out. They have no idea what is/was causing it. All of the tests came back normal, I'm not overweight, & I'm young. Basically stress & heredity... although I'm still young for it to be kicking in for the second one. I've felt fine since then. I've been taking my meds, checking my blood pressure twice a day, & every time it's at a perfectly normal level.
Just to keep things in check though, & because I've been trying to eat healthier anyway, here are some recipes that I've been wanting to try.