According to Wikipedia, a Sphygmomanometer, better known as blood pressure meter “is a device used to measure blood pressure, composed of an inflatable cuff to restrict blood flow, and a mercury or mechanical manometer to measure the pressure. It is always used in conjunction with a means to determine at what pressure blood flow is just starting, and at what pressure it is unimpeded. Manual sphygmomanometers are used in conjunction with a stethoscope.” A device I have come to know too well or a must have at home.
My parents both have high blood pressure and diabetes. My mother had a double or triple bypass operation in 1991 under the infamous, Dr. Jorge Garcia. My father had Stage 4 Renal and Lung cancer in 2001 and eventually succumbed to his death in January 2009. I on the other hand have hypertension and a whole list of maintenance medicines which I should take daily. Thus, a BP Apparatus is needed on stand by.
My uncle, my father’s youngest brother, has been in a coma for 34 years and has been living with us ever since my grandmother passed away. I think Tito Joe, moved in 2006 if I’m not mistaken. Therefore, we have round the clock midwives/nurses that I can run to when I feel my BP go up or minor emergencies. The other day, after a tiring ride, my head started to hurt. I called for the midwife on duty and she comes up to my room with meters and meters of electrical wire and a tiny portable electronic BP machine. I gasped in shock because she looked like she was going on some mountain trek. I was like, WHAT IS THAT??!! What happened to the old unit? The midwife and I ended up laughing our heads off. The poor thing was sweating beads probably from dismantling the wires leading up to the electrical socket only to have my BP checked. I really should have taken a picture of her for posterity’s sake. Hehehe. Still laughing, I told the midwife to return the web of wires and apparatus and just use our own that has been tucked away somewhere. It was just too funny.
In the meantime, the app is with me. I can feel my BP fluctuating. Will probably call the midwife in a bit. I just had to share because it was too funny. Hahaha. Everyday, find something to laugh about. Something to be thankful for. The little things that matter. It may be little to you but could be significant to others. Please don’t forget to SMILE.