Finding calm in the chaos

Finding calm in the chaos

Sunday, November 20, 2011

white coat hypertension

Doc, our sweet, dumb rescue keeps rackin' up the medical bills. A few months before Andie was born, we found out he had a heart murmur and shelled out a pretty penny for a cardiology consult. Things looked ok, but the cardiologist recommended he have a check up in 6 months.

Well, the chaos of having a new baby (and not ANY new baby, but Miss Andie and her bad sleepin' ways), getting a new job, moving to Lewiston led us to fall behind on Doc's check up, so I scheduled an appointment for his and Schatzi's annual vaccinations with a local vet and asked them if they could check his blood pressure.

THROUGH THE ROOF!

Of course, if you know Doc, you know he's always a bit anxious and when he goes to the vet, he's a total basketcase. So, despite being on medication, his blood pressure has been running through the roof. In people, we call this white-coat hypertension (a blood pressure that is only high at the doctor's office but normal at home), but apparently, the vet isn't buying this explanation. So, I've been taking him in for a blood pressure reading every 2 weeks. I've been working this in between my usual routine of laying on the couch and eating bon bons, you know. I mean, I love Doc, but it's a little chaotic to drop the kids off at Grandma's, load up Doc, calm him down, take him to the vet's, calm him down, etc...not to mention remembering to give him his medicine every day. (Three years ago, I would have been appalled at myself for thinking this way, but two kids later, your priorities shift).

Finally, after a month of this back-and-forth, his BP is finally a little better and his vet and I have agreed to let it go for awhile. Away from the vet's office, he seems his usual sweet self, happy to let anyone who wants pet him and hug him (unless it's Andie...then he steers clear of her hair-pulling hands).

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