Why The Long Face?

…Well that should be pretty obvious as sadly this Moose has been shot – an amazing last pose. But this post is about me and why I might be a little less active currently than I would like.

I have Hypertension. Both my parents had it, so it’s a genetic condition. Up until three months ago it was under good control using three different medicines. Then, on a routine check up at the Dentist, I was told that I would need get the Doctor to take me off one of them because one of the side effects was kicking in – swollen gums with increased risk of tooth loss. Ironically, this coincided with the drugs manufacturers removing the tablet version from the market anyway (causing absolute mayhem if the chat I had with the Doc today is anything to go by!).

So – we find ourselves in a laboratory of sorts as the Doctor tries to find a suitable new mix of Hypertension medicines to fill in the gap created by the one that I can no longer take. We’ve tried a couple of different options, so far to no avail, and today I find myself with another pill to try over the next month. It’s very hard to explain the feeling of disappointment each time that an option we try doesn’t work. The most reassuring thing about today’s meeting with the Doctor is that she clearly is every bit as disappointed as I am.

To add to the downers, the week just gone was a sequence of Doctor, Dentist, Hospital. I hate going to the Dentist – I’d rather fly a plane through a thunder storm! – but fortunately the young lady Dentist has the patience of Job and I survived the preparatory work for a crown that will need to be fitted after I broke a tooth. Cheeky girl said I should stop chewing toffee – I broke it eating Granola! πŸ˜‰ Then it was a trip to the Vampires on Friday – The good news from that visit… My kidney function is excellent but I need to eat a couple more bananas!

Oh the joys of getting a little older… πŸ™‚


  1. I’m sorry that this season is so challenging for you, Martin, and attempting to get your meds balanced is really difficult. I have watched others in my family really struggle while adjusting to new hypertension prescriptions so I feel like I have a little “window” on what you’re perhaps experiencing. I sometimes laugh at the memory of my mother-in-law stating when she was about my age, “Oh dear, don’t get old!” and I’d laugh and remind her that the alternative wasn’t appealing. You hang in there, too. I trust you’ll get the right “balance” soon!

    1. Thanks Debra. Just writing about it and getting it off my chest had a positive effect – which you can probably discern creeping in at the bottom of the post with a little tongue-in-cheek humour πŸ™‚ I have my British Legion mug this morning with its slogan “Where there’s Tea there’s hope!” I guess that would be Coffee in America πŸ˜‰

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