I think it is Wednesday today. (Checked, and it is!). I am very tired. I have been taking medication for hypertension for many, many years, and these past few days I was almost nonexistent. These are the latest readings: 118/68; 115/62; 104/65; 106/60; 113/61; 114/61; 105/73; 108/64; 103/59 – just to give you an idea.
I have never, ever, had it so low… Guess I’ll have to see Dr Pennington, but I don’t want to have the dosage lowered because these medications have to be taken for life. I don’t want to have to check it all the time. I did because I was supposed to check the pulse, and the machine takes all. I am still alive, I think. Maybe this is why I am so woozy and out of it.
I still have to wait two more weeks for the new thyroid tests, so I won’t know if there is any relation to the blood pressure. I sent an e-mail to Dr. Sivieri about it today, and I’ll see what he thinks.
We are about two weeks into the gluten free diet. Since I am so weak, I don’t make special meals for me. I eat whatever there is, but I do eat bread and biscuits. Those I cannot give up! If, after the new tests, the doctor tells Guido he has to do this diet longer, I am out! The corn pasta, even though it comes from Italy, is not that great… There is a very good place not too far from here, Lilit Café, and from their site I can see that they have great gluten free stuff – all kinds! But, who has the time to go there? It was hard enough when Ludy came on Saturday to take me to the Bethesda Co-op, as they also have a good selection of gluten free items. I felt almost like an invalid, as Ludy had to take my arm to get me out of the car and then back in… I need to go myself for these special items, and I was lucky that Ludy could take me and let Guido rest for once! Saturdays are the best days for shopping. There may not be too many items, but at least there is no traffic!
There is also Whole Foods, but when Guido went they had just moved to a larger store and had very few gluten free items. And when I tried to get some muffins and banana bread and carrot cake from the Gluten Free Mall (an online store that carries everything), it would have cost me $40.00 just for the cooler, as many of those items are frozen. I did splurge on a store I had already found when Guido had to do the diet last year. It is in Spain, has a great name, El árbol de la vida (The Tree of Life), and they are the only ones that carry the Italian “fette biscottate” Guido loves for breakfast. Since Valerie had sent us three types of bitter orange marmalade for us to tell her which was best, I had to order the fette. If I tell you how much I spent for express delivery you will not believe it, so I won’t tell. 😉 But it is for food, and well worth it!
By the way, Valerie sent us about 24 jars of marmalade. I don’t remember exactly how many, and they are now in the basement, so I will not count them. I can only say it was a huge, heavy package!
And now, both she and Creg are back to reality, although Valerie is very happy with her new job. It was a big relief for her to find something, as she didn’t want to stay where she was. Can’t say more because it may end up in litigation. They had a super great time in Italy. The weather was perfect, the places where they stayed lovely. When they arrived, they stayed with Daniela and Giorgio, our friends from Milano, and were treated royally. They are our friends, but had never met V and C, so it is doubly appreciated! In Fano, their next stop, Guido’s sister was very happy that they ate everything she had cooked and loved it! She fed them very well! I am happy too that they could go to Italy now, because with the new job and more responsibilities, who knows when they can go back! I am the one who wants to go there NOW!
Once again, I have to ask you to understand that if I have not answered some of your individual messages it is because I am not up to it. By writing this for everybody, I don’t have to tell each one the same. And, really, there isn’t that much new, as always…