Thank God for High Blood Pressure

Reduce blood pressure with an attitude of gratitudeI was invited into a small room for more privacy and the nurse took my blood pressure for the 3rd time.  I couldn’t see the machine so I wasn’t sure why she was having difficulty getting a good reading.  Ten minutes later, three EMT’s walked into the room with a gurney, explaining that I was going to the hospital; my blood pressure was over 200!

Thankfully, my husband insisted that I get to the doctor when he heard about my blurred vision.

Thankfully, the doctor’s office was right across the street from where I worked.

Thankfully, a nurse was able to see me with no appointment.

Thankfully, I had insurance.

Thankfully, all of the tests conducted in the ER came back negative (Cat Scan, MRI, Gloucoma test, blood test, etc.)

Thank God, my friend Jami was able to bring me pajamas and a toothbrush and sit with me while she translated the doctor’s medical jargon; she’s a nurse.

Thank God, the doctor was able to get my blood pressure to comfortable levels.

Thank God, I only had to stay in the hospital over-night.

Thank God, for blood-pressure medication.

Thank God, there was no permanent damage done to the optical nerve behind my right eye (I had no idea high blood pressure could cause blindness!)

Thank God, “he maketh me lie down” long enough to assess my lifestyle and decide to make significant changes.

Thank God, my husband was insistent on helping me change my lifestyle; I really did need to slow down and learn to say “no”.


Psalm 23

The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk
through the darkest valley,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me…


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