Jun 27
Meeks
Meeks , Posted on SUPPORT NETWORK Blog

The Importance of Visiting Your Doctor

Hypertension is something that runs on my mother's side of the family.  My maternal grandfather lived with it for years, and neglected to seek treatment, as he had a fear of physicians.

I can understand the fear, however illogical it may seem; your life can change in a couple of minutes, learning that you are living with a silent killer.  Once you know, you have to change things.  You have to change the way you go about your life; the way you eat, the way you spend your free time... while one of th more treatable aflictions, it is nevertheless, an afliction.

His fear shortened an already long life, but made the last couple of years ones where he struggled to remember his own daughter's, my mother's, name.  Because he was in kidney failure, due to chronic high blood pressure, his blood was not being filtered, and as such cause a dramatic cognitive decline, according to his doctors.  While Alzheimers was the name it was given, the catalyst was definitely his untreated blood pressure.

This could all have been prevented.  My mother monitored her blood pressure closely, and is treating it with minimal medication.  She turns sixty in November, and is otherwise, incredibly healthy for her age.  

The importance of getting checked and bearing in mind family history can add time and quality to your life.  It is scary, but the existence of a network like this one is here to lessen the shock, show you you are not alone, and lift you up.   While finding out you might have a heart condition is petrifying, the alternative can put it all in perspective.
1 Comment
  • Kerstin Wiggins
    Kerstin Wiggins,
    Thank you so much for this important reminder, and for taking the time to share your family's story.
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