Fainting at my BFF's wedding: a blessing in disguise

Monday, April 19, 2010

"...good news Ms. Roberson. Your lab results came back good. Blood pressure was normal; blood sugar-great. The only thing that showed up in your blood work were your allergies."

So I'm all dolled up in my bridesmaid dress for my best friend's, since 7th grade, wedding. I'm walking in...approach the stairs..."step" up and bloop, down I go. The room was spinning, I was sweating, my skin color was pale...there were a lot of people surrounding me asking questions...cold towels were on my head...someone tried to give me water. It was just one big event. I was beyond embarrassed and felt so badly for ruining the wedding. I've never passed out in my entire life so that made me nervous so I vowed to get checked out to make sure everything was ok.

"Well the results weren't all bad but I do have some concerns...your blood pressure is 140/110...womp womp womp....EKG....stress test...womp womp womp...stroke...womp womp...."

For so long, I took pride in the fact that I didn't have any health problems related to my weight. 300+ pounds and no high blood pressure or diabetes??? This shocked a lot of people, including doctors and myself! I went as far as using this little fact as a crutch to eat whatever I liked, just cause I could-right? Well today marks a historical event in my life: high blood medication prescription. I knew there was a chance of this happening due to my eating habits and family history but I didn't expect this to happen, TODAY!!!! There have been a lot of events that have provoked me to want to lose weight, but never anything like this! My doctor didn't have to tell me, because I know this is life or death for me. I'm 28 years old and to be told that I'm near stroke level is alarming!

So I asked the doctor about the faint spell, and she tells me that was attributed to me not eating that day and possibly high blood pressure. This is why I said fainting was a blessing in disguise. Had it not been for the faint scare, I would have never had my blood pressure checked because I believed everything was fine. As far as a plan, right now, there isn't one other than doing the complete opposite of what I'm currently doing. I'll get more specific later.

Well I'll see you good people later. Gotta go pick up my prescription.

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    Sometimes it take these things to happen for us to realize that we need to change, and I'm glad you saw the sign. You can do it, you can change your life and control your habits!!
    4114 days ago
    You are so right, you are now fighting for your life. And although with a lot of work you can possibly quit taking the meds, you may never be able to. This is a life changing event and you are so right in getting on the ball with it. Read everything you can about it and controling it. You can do this!
    4114 days ago
    I think I am like you in saying that last Aug 09, I was told that I was Morbidly obese but no health complications. YES, yes I am 315lbs but I am not "sick". Yeah right! I told everybody I knew. I did the same thing and used it as and excuse. What ever. I am happy u got this taking care of, but one thing about HBP is that you can get off of those with a good diet and as you know losing weight. Its funny I just checked your page. Well this 300+ lady is going down. This is the end. No more starting tomorrow. Tomorrow is TODAY!
    4115 days ago
  • FREDDIE_13
    I am glad that you can look at the fainting spell as a blessing. Many of us who have high blood pressure ignore it, because we dont know we have it. On the minus sign, you now have to take meds. But on the PLUS PLUS PLUS side, you are now taking meds to bring your BP under control, you are watching your diet, and before long, you wont have to take those pills. Life is going to go great for you.
    4115 days ago
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