Last week, I made the trek down to Magnum's workplace. In my trenchcoat...
I went there because it was employee health-screening-for-money time. Spouses too. They offer cash incentives for jumping through certain health hoops, so we jump. One of the hoops is a pretty simple health screening: height, weight, blood glucose, total cholesterol, hdl cholesterol, blood pressure. This year they added waist measurement.
Anyway, I arrived and there was a significant line, but no worries. I had an appointed time. So when I saw that the appointed times didn't mean anything, that they were just taking first-come-first-served, I think my blood pressure went up.
After all, I didn't actually work there. I was just a moocher spouse. I had a crosswalk waiting with my name on it. In the end, I managed to get myself moved to the front of the line (good thing I was in that trenchcoat - Just kidding). My blood pressure came in within acceptable range, despite the high pressure situation.
Actually, my blood pressure is consistently low - 92/60 this time. A bit higher than usual no doubt due to my agitated state. I mention it because I was reading at Anita's, and she mentioned having to go on The Pill... for hypertension. I think if mine were much lower, the professionals would suggest a pill to wake me up.
Like Anita, I hope to remain free from the pharmaceuticals. So far, I've managed, but that's not to say I shun all "pills". She got me thinking about the supplements I take daily.
I've got the multi-vitamin + iron, labeled with my name for protection of the menfolk, since the bottle otherwise looks just like Magnum's. Then I've got the vitamin D that I take in the winter, the fish oil because Wolfgang heard it's supposed to be good for eyesight (note that we both still need our glasses), glucosamine for joint health, the calcium/magnesium/zinc pill for... uhm.... superpowers?
Round it out with a 2-bagger mug of tea and a coffee (not shown) with coffeemate.
It's like an old lady ritual! I'm wondering, when did this all even happen? I remember taking children's vitamins when I was little. Remember the Flintstone's chewables? Tasted like bad rum and coke?
And I do question if they're actually doing anything. I guess one way to find out would be to just stop taking them for a while and see what happens. Will I get achy and stupid? With (worse) blurred vision?
I guess I'll just keep faithfully taking them. It's not worth raising my blood pressure over.
*note the small prescription drug bottle in the background. Them's China's - to prepare for her ear thing*