Warning ⚠️ this is going to be long.
This is probably not the right time to be posting as I am sitting here with tears running down my cheeks having just been to see my GP. I won’t keep you in suspense as I’m happy to say the tears are of joy as my GP has signed me off my hypertension tablets having taken them for at least 10 years. She says that only one person in 100 can come off the medication once they are on it. She thinks my resting heart rate is brilliant too. I am so happy, I can’t believe it.
To give you some background, my father died of a stroke and my mother as a result of type 2 diabetes . When I reached 60 last year I had an epiphany moment and decided to get fitter. Although I walked a bit, cycled locally, did Pilates classes and went skiing annually, I was overweight, especially around the middle and I didn’t like what I saw in the mirror. A friend mentioned she’d started c25k with her daughter and I downloaded it out of interest. (Sadly she didn’t keep it up)
A false start after falling off my bike meant I didn’t really get going until March 2018 with UpTheStanley practically walking besides me in those early days, except when we were on treadmills and he could go as fast as he liked but still support me. I graduated in May and only discovered Healthunlocked after week 7, when I had a crash course in social media.
But it’s because of you wonderful people here that I was encouraged to join the bridge to 10k. I’m not done yet but I’ve achieved so much more than I ever set out to do , having run 8k this week. I didn’t raise it with you, but after those longer runs I started to feel a bit dizzy at the end and I suspected that as I got fitter my dosage may be too high so I monitored my blood pressure twice a day and took a week’s readings to a walk in surgery (it’s now 3 weeks to get an appointment). The GP gave me a choice of reducing dosage or stopping them and taking readings each day. This I did. Today I dropped into my usual GP and she seemed a bit displeased that I had been advised to just stopped taking them. But she was really pleased with my latest readings and said that I didn’t even have to take the lowest dosage. I got so emotional and she said that was the best appointment she’d had all week - I saw her reach for a tissue as I left.
Of course I promoted c25k, and she is going to look it up herself! Why doesn’t every doctor in the country know about it already?
So thank you mentors, administrators and virtual running buddies (plus of course UpTheStanley) - you have all helped me achieve this amazing thing and there is no way I am getting back on that couch. Boo hoo