Having had migraines for years, I knew I would need that third pill. No more than 300 milligrams of Imitrex, and I would take that enormous, new, blue blood pressure pill my family doctor just prescribed. I was way too young to be having blood pressure issues. But the unexpected has a way of meandering into life.
Still recovering from my neck surgery, my Physical Therapy doc had sounded the alarm bells after taking my vitals. My PT would have to be stopped and the justification was dangerously high blood pressure. My shock had been evident as I had voiced my confusion, “Doc, you must have made a mistake. I have never had elevated blood pressure and surely haven’t developed it in a month.”
The next thing I knew, they had called my family doctor, who had agreed to see me. Dr. Elizabeth Brown, a new physician in the office, completed a pretty comprehensive physical, including an EKG. She told me with heart-warming empathy, “Mrs. Stillman, I am sorry to tell you that it appears you have had at least one heart attack. You have dangerously high blood pressure, so I am writing you a prescription and referring you to a heart specialist.” My mouth had hung open like a cheap fly trap.
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