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  1. jim thornton's Avatar
    Mini update:

    Last night, I took my bp around 9 ish, and it was still high: 145/72.

    So I found some propanolol my doctor gave me for something else--can't even remember now what it was for. The date on the Rx bottle was 1997.

    I figured, what the heck? I will try one of these 20 mg bad boys and see what happens.

    By midnight, my bp was 126/74.

    This morning, it was 120/62.

    It's possible that the drug worked.

    It's possible that it induced a placebo-like aura of expectation that worked.

    It's possible both were operating.

    It's also possible the readings were flukish.

    But at least I have a little confidence that if I do have ISH, a smallish beta blocker or other generic might be able to control it.

    Dr. Kurt Dickson, MD, suggested as much earlier.

    I wish that Dr. Kurt Dickson, MD, would move to Sewickley and set up his practice here. You would be guaranteed of at least one sickly and impoverished patient trading chores for medical advice.

    "He, Dr. Dickson! You need me to shine your running shoes again? I got this little ache on the lest side of my chest. Maybe after I get your shoes all shiny, and wash your car, and mow your lawn, you could check it out?

    "Yeooowwwww! That hurts!"
  2. RustyScupperton's Avatar
    1. Go to doctor.
    2. Do what she says.
  3. jim thornton's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Bobinator
    This is really getting funny.....keep going you guys!!!!!
    Bob, please tell me there is value in my time wasting.

    Please tell me that the world is a slightly happier place because I have done nothing constructive whatsover since taking my blood pressure this morning and preparing to die.

    Please tell me that Leslie has been educated, just a wee bit, on the nature of what truly matters in prose and root vegetables.

    Please tell me, Bob, that my meaningless desultory progress through yet another meaningless and desultory day is perhaps .00001 percent less inconsequential than I know it to be!

    Back now to death preparations.
  4. Bobinator's Avatar
    This is really getting funny.....keep going you guys!!!!!
  5. jim thornton's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by The Fortress
    I like his writing style, BTE. Not as florid as yours, but very to the point. At least in this book.
    What a hypocrite that Michael Pollan! Urging us to chew plants while echewing a florid writing style!

    I think he looks like Bugs Bunny gone awry in this picture.

    I should probably acknowledge here that when I met Michael Pollan years ago when he was at Harper's magazine (and he really was a nice guy), he rejected a piece I had written on meeting Ted Kopple.

    Maybe it was because I didn't spell the name right.




    Talk about your human rutabagas!
  6. jim thornton's Avatar
    Please I beg you! For safety's sake, do not humiliate him!

    Thanks, Amanda, for this link to the epigram that starts off the book, "Jim Thornton: The Operating Manual" (Norton, 2010, 37th edition, $31.99, available at Amazon.com and leading bookstores near my house.
  7. Chicken of the Sea's Avatar
    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VH2nQHPs4aA"]YouTube- puttin on the ritz[/ame]
  8. Chicken of the Sea's Avatar
    I know a plant that's good to eat.
    Kurt, I enjoy your comments
  9. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by jim thornton
    Leslie, I diagnose you with mild MPBS, or Michael Pollan Belief Syndrome.

    He is actually three years younger than me.

    We both look like hell.

    But I would argue he looks hellier.

    Maybe he's not taking his anti-oxidants supplements b/c they are part of the part of the deceptive labeling of The Food Industry.

    I like his writing style, BTE. Not as florid as yours, but very to the point. At least in this book.
  10. jim thornton's Avatar
    Leslie, I diagnose you with mild MPBS, or Michael Pollan Belief Syndrome.

    He is actually three years younger than me.

    We both look like hell.

    But I would argue he looks hellier.

  11. The Fortress's Avatar
    I think it's time to change your diet. Eating excessive amount of red meat is not good. Eat plants.
  12. jim thornton's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by fanstone
    My blood pressure has been around 13 to 14 since way back. I don't take anything. One thing is that I avoid salt, salty food whenever possible. I use the low sodium type salt for my own cooking and sprinkling on salads and others. You could take Haldol to bring the pressure down, but then you'd start walking funny (as the monster in Frankenstein) and would REALLY be sleepy all day. billy fanstone
    My good doctor Fanstone! I am sorry I forgot to list you in my priority list of physician-swimmers from whom I seek free medical advice. (Not free, actually, but invoices sent to my ISH Foundation may take some time to get paid. The earth itself may indeed have ceased to be by then.)

    We here in the US, enjoying as we do (or at least Dick Cheney does) THE BEST HEALTH CARE SYSTEM IN THE WORLD, tend to occasionally forget that other countries, including Brazil, have their own kinds of doctors, with their own kinds of training. We know these types by the technical name "shaman" and the colloquial name "witch doctor" but they are, in point of fact, identical to what we in the US call "specialists."

    In any event, and forgive the impudence of this layman for questioning you here, but I think a blood pressure reading--be this systolic or diastolic--of 13 or 14 is probably a little too low.

    As far as Haldol goes, I actually took this for a while in my younger youth, when conventional pharmaceuticals failed to normalize me, and an increasingly frustrated psychiatrist began to investigate the panoply of anti- psychotic agents then in vogue.

    Haldol used a little yellow Smiley face in its advertising. Unfortunately, it failed to turn my little gray Frownie face around.

    The worst of all my agents back then, by far, was Mellaril.

    Lobotomy in a bottle, that stuff was!

    Perhaps it's time to get my Rx refilled?
  13. jim thornton's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Kurt Dickson
    That looked like a cross between a unicef, humane society/domestic violence, and united way ad..."wouldn't you like to be a big brother to someone like me." Where can I donate?

    145/77 that's barely elevated. Call me when it goes over 200. Probably just need some low dose bp meds.

    Shirt off--very hot.

    Now I know where to go for my scanners fix.
    Thanks, Dr. Dickson. In terms of low dose bp meds, is there anything I can scavenge from the surrounding woods--some form of tree bark, or one of the many spectacular species of mushrooms that will sprout in rotten stumps the moment the snow melts--that would give me the same benefits without the necessity of financial expenditure?

    And given that my heart rate at rest is now in the low 40s (occasionally the high 30s), would it be a mistake to take beta blockers?

    And is there anything that will have a dual effect of lowering ISH AND making me a faster swimmer, or this new calamity going to just accelerate the downwards spiral of Jim Glory inaugurated by the banning of the girly suits by FINA?

    I await your reply. (Please send invoice to my Foundation, which will put it at the head of the queue.)
  14. jim thornton's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Bobinator
    Jimby do you run around shirtless all the time?
    I think you should throw your worry moniter away, wear proper clothing around the house(it will help save fuel costs), and keep on swimming!
    Have a good day!
    I thought you knew, Bobinator. I am a semi-nudist. We in the semi-nudism community (we actually prefer to be called demi-naturists) get 50 percent of all the benefits that full nudist/naturists get, but without any of the drawbacks (mockery about urological microcephalism and the like.)

    I took my shirt off so I could better test my blood pressure to a background of exploding scanner heads.

    And to add another layer of gross out to my homage to Mr. David Croneberg's celebrated oevre.
  15. jim thornton's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Chicken of the Sea
    I'm not good at leaving comments.
    Is that high blood pressure?
    As an engineer I would say either your pipes need cleaning out and/or you need a bigger pump.
    Alas, I think you are correct on both counts. I suspect my aorta is clogged with calcium, and my longer arteries are as hard, inflexible, and narrow in interior diameter as a blow gun. Perhaps when my head blows off, I shall leave both femural arteries to Amanda to use to hunt squirrels in Illinois.
    Updated February 25th, 2010 at 04:05 PM by jim thornton (Switched the error "blow guy" to the correct "blow gun")
  16. fanstone's Avatar
    My blood pressure has been around 13 to 14 since way back. I don't take anything. One thing is that I avoid salt, salty food whenever possible. I use the low sodium type salt for my own cooking and sprinkling on salads and others. You could take Haldol to bring the pressure down, but then you'd start walking funny (as the monster in Frankenstein) and would REALLY be sleepy all day. billy fanstone
  17. Kurt Dickson's Avatar
    That looked like a cross between a unicef, humane society/domestic violence, and united way ad..."wouldn't you like to be a big brother to someone like me." Where can I donate?

    145/77 that's barely elevated. Call me when it goes over 200. Probably just need some low dose bp meds.

    Shirt off--very hot.

    Now I know where to go for my scanners fix.
  18. Bobinator's Avatar
    Jimby do you run around shirtless all the time?
    I think you should throw your worry moniter away, wear proper clothing around the house(it will help save fuel costs), and keep on swimming!
    Have a good day!
  19. Chicken of the Sea's Avatar
    I'm not good at leaving comments.
    Is that high blood pressure?
    As an engineer I would say either your pipes need cleaning out and/or you need a bigger pump.
  20. jim thornton's Avatar
    I think if you watch these things on the "recent blog entries" page, it doesn't give you credit for a view. You have to click on the title and come into the person's little blog cubbie, if you will, in my case all neatly painted in maise and blue with some green highlights, and read the latest entry of the vloggist's home turf.

    Then it registers the hit!

    But thanks for leaving a comment!