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Well day 1 home from the hospital and there are no more chest pains and sick feeling from the blood pressure. I never knew hbp could make one feel so sick. I know it can have serious effects on your heart and kidneys. I have been dealing with this for a very long time...years. I have ignored this...stupid I know. But i put it on the back burner, took another bp pill and kept going. Well over the last few weeks, i completely lost my appetite, couldnt sleep and the last few days couldnt even get out of bed...then..Friday , I thought I was having a heart attack, I even wrote letters to my children apologizing, leaving words of wisdom and telling them how much I love them. The chest pains were bad, streaming down my left arm, into my jaw and behind my left ear. Once daylight arrived and my husband left, I asked my daughter kelly to take me to the hospital. Once we arrived I was taken back pretty quick, clammy, sweaty, chest  and arm discomfort,  and a massively terrible headache...i was in tears from all the pain.Once they took my bp, 237/119...i was admitted pretty promptly. IV beta blockers and baby aspirin were started along with nitro glycerin under my tongue  and oral blood pressure meds and a water pill...it went higher, then more meds were administered and another nitro pill....talk about a headache...that stuff is brutal. That time it droped back to where it was when I came in. They  said they were admitting me to Pulmonary ICU. By now my husband was here with me too. Then another bp spike and more nitro administered...with another dose of oral meds. Well that time worked and it brought it down under 200 anyway, enough to keep me out of ICU and onto a telemetry ward. I was treated incredibly well..no stone left un turned. Echocardiagram, ekg’s, tons of labs, ct scans of lungs, abdomen,pelvis, stress test,ultra sound of kidneys. There was absolutely no underlying PHYSICAL cause of this problem. STRESS is the diagnosis.
Heres where the advice comes in!

I was discharged with the advice of....de-stress, stay in a calm environment ( umm id have to move out of this house for that). look into meditation, yoga and modify my diet and exercise plan and walk. I didnt even have a plan to modify so im starting from scratch with all of this. Now...I’ve got the food part covered...in the past I have lost the most weight following the food guide pyramid and counting calories. I cannot deprive myself of anything or it just doesnt work. I do , however, have common sense and dont want to die, so I will stick with this.I know sodium and fat are seriously LOW on my list. Ill not be adding salt to anything and i only use seas salt anyway when cooking and stuff ( no msg) Im working on a food plan right now. I was diagnosed with diabetes in 2006 and my blood sugars all came back NORMAL in the hospital! I do watch sugar intake so I was very pleased with that. I refused insulin back then and said I could control it and i have.
Now...what I need advice for is meditation....does anyone have a good plan for me? I am seriously overweight so yoga even has to start out easy. I need a good beginners grade routine. I like to focus on my chakras...the whole works..real meditation...anyone into that? Ill appreciate and consider any advice! Thanks ladies! Have a great day!




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      Denise Richardson wrote Jan 12, 2012
    • I was recently out on a medical leave due to stress and in March of 2011 I had a stroke because of stress, I too was told to keep calm, and the best advice my hubby gave me was: "IF IT DON'T APPLY, LET IT FLY!" meaning if we can't control the situation let it go! and I did just that, I too needed to lose somw weight which I working on even now, but for the most part the doctors told me to live stress free (IMPOSSIBLE) in the world we live in today but I don't worry or stress over things I can't control. I keep myself as worry free as possible and surround myself around positive people and do what I can and the rest I let it go.



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      Tuliplady wrote Jan 12, 2012
    • I learned a lot about meditating from the book “Creative Visualization” by Shakti Gawain.



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      Brimstone1968 wrote Jan 12, 2012
    • Part of my motto in this life is LIVE.  I also learned in 2008 that I had to let go what I cannot fix and have no control over.  Stress is a real killer.  Continue on your path to a good life.



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      Noellemarie wrote Jan 13, 2012
    • Meditation is not easy, but if you can stick with it, sit with yourself and as the thoughts pop into your head trying to distract you for getting to that meditative state acknowledge them and let them pass. Meaning, you can not stop your mind until you learn to quiet it by acknowledging what it’s processing then knowing that you will handle whatever it was that you were thinking about when the time comes, just not in this moment when you are trying to center yourself.  

      As far as yoga, it will be the BEST thing you’ve ever done for yourself. Call around to some of the studios in your area and see what their beginner classes are like, find a small class so that you can get the instruction and assistance that you’ll need in the beginning, then go! Set yourself up in the back of the room so you don’t feel self conscious and  lose interest in pursuing it. A great yoga instructor will be patient and help you learn and get into the poses properly! Good luck and good health to you!



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      Marie Hempsey wrote Jan 13, 2012
    • Thank Ladies! Great advice! Noelle thank you very much about the yoga class tips!



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