In my post ‘Urologist, I need to see you!‘, I wrote the following –
My new doctor’s visit was last week and for my urine sample; I provided a sample that was extremely yellowish brown with the largest blood clot I have seen. This scared me a little!
As I wait for my urology appointment, I am trying to stay calm, but my urine is preventing me somewhat to be calm. I never really looked at urine ever, but these days, I look at urine every time I need to go.
In today’s post I write the following –
The first visit with my new female doctor was interesting for several reasons. The visit was scheduled for 1:30 PM in the afternoon and I was told to arrive 30 minutes early. I assumed this was because I would need to fill out paperwork. Prior to the doctor visit I printed the paperwork from their website and filled it out – I like to be prepared. The doctor’s office is a bit further from my home than I like, but I had no control over that, I was limited to the amount of doctors that accept my insurance. I planned to leave my home to run an errand prior to the doctor’s visit and left in plenty of time.
My errand took longer than anticipated and when heading to the doctor’s office, it was already 1:10 PM. I called them on the way and explained I would be there by 1:30 PM and I already had my paperwork filled out, they were fine with this. One thing you need to know about me, I absolutely hate being late for anything and I become extremely stressed when I am. So here I am running late and not sure if I would make it my 1:30 PM. As many of you know, I smoke and this is what I did continually on my way to the doctor’s office because, you guessed it, I was stressed.
I arrive at the doctor’s office by 1:30 PM, the front desk asks me how I am doing and I respond “I am stressed, because I am running late!” She gave me a kind response and reassured me it was okay. By this time I had not been to the restroom for several hours and I needed to go badly. I informed the front desk if the doctor needed a urine sample I should do it now. Well you know what sample I produced and my instant feelings.
I then was called in by the nurse and she takes my weight and height. I find out I have gained 4 pounds since Thanksgiving; I am not happy about this. Then she takes my blood pressure and asks “Are you on high blood pressure medicine?” I respond “No, I do not have high blood pressure.” She responds “Your blood pressure is very high.” I respond back “It is probably because I am stressed!”
Why was I stressed – I was running late, I smoked continually prior to my visit, I gained 4 pounds and I urinated the largest blood clot I have seen.
I think that is enough to make anyone’s blood pressure high!