Elevated Blood Pressure??

Posted by on April 25, 2015

Wednesday I had a couple of appointments in San Antonio so I drove Michael to work, ran to Yorktown for some breakfast tacos, went back to the shack and ate breakfast with Michael and then hit the road about 6:45 am.

Entering San Antonio...blurry cuz I didn't wanna have a wreck!

Entering San Antonio…blurry cuz I didn’t wanna have a wreck!

Michael does the majority of the driving so I suddenly realized I had never driven in San Antonio…let alone during rush hour with our big old hippy truck!  I think that by the time I arrived at the clinic my blood pressure was pretty elevated!  But I made it in one piece with plenty of time to spare!

My first appointment was with my primary care provider just to get some blood work done and have my prescriptions renewed.  I checked in, waited just a few minutes in the waiting room, had my weight and vitals checked, answered a few questions with the nurse, who before leaving, told me, ‘he’d be in in just a few minutes’.

Metropolitan Family Practice - not a bad place

Metropolitan Family Practice – not a bad place

Well she wasn’t kidding!  Before I could even get my Kindle out of my purse in he walked!  He certainly doesn’t waste any time.  He asked me a few questions, commenting on me being the ‘magical 49’, listened to my heart and lungs, checked my thyroid and checked for swelling in my feet and off he went saying that the nurse would be in shortly to take blood.

No sooner had he closed the door than she opened it, carrying her supplies.  She stuck me, stole my blood and verified with the doctor that it was ok for me to come back in 6 months (rather than 3) and sent me on my way.

On my way out of the office I stopped at the desk, paid my bill and made an appointment to see the doctor at the end of October.  I was walking out of the clinic 10 minutes after my scheduled appointment time!  Wow!

My next appointment (for a mammogram) was just a few blocks away but wasn’t scheduled until 2 hours later.  I decided to go ahead and go over and just check in and hope that they could squeeze me in early. I had just as good of luck (if not better)!

I checked in, filled out necessary paperwork, waited for a few minutes, was taken back, changed into a gown, was taken into the procedure room, had my boobs flattened (not that nature & gravity haven’t done their fair share of that!), redressed and was walking out of the clinic 50 minutes BEFORE my scheduled appointment!  Not bad!  Woohoo!  Time to do some shopping!

Great deals to be found within those walls...if you're careful!

Great deals to be found within those walls…if you’re careful!

I was still in search of a few things for our upcoming cruise so I made stops at Target, Ross Dress For Less and the Dollar Store.  Not finding much that I was looking for but I did come away with a few helpful items.

Lots of choices!  Their crab rangoon was some of the creamiest I've had....yum!

Lots of choices! Their crab rangoon was some of the creamiest I’ve had….yum!

Time for lunch!  Can you guess where I might have gone??  If you know me, you know I was headed to the nearest Chinese place!  There is a buffet in the same area so I headed there…not bad.  Hot & sour soup is a major craving these days and they done good!  I decided to go with the Mongolian grill rather than the various dishes on the buffet and was happy I did as it really hit the spot.

I lingered over my lunch, chatting with Michael and the kids via Google Hangouts and perusing Facebook.  It was quite enjoyable.  But soon decided I had better get a move on as I had a couple of other stops to make.

Next it was back to the same shopping area I’d been in earlier and was just across the street from the restaurant to HEB.  I had just a few items I wanted to pick up and by the time I got to the back of the store I could hear thunder rumbling overhead…the lights even flickered a couple of times.

Waiting out the rain at HEB....

Waiting out the rain at HEB….

By the time I got checked out I could see that it had started raining and by the time I got to the doors I could see that I was going to be waiting for the rain to let up some before making my way to the truck.  That little while turned into close to 15 minutes as it poured and poured and poured.  I had a nice chat with a young kid about sports while we both waited to make a run for it.

Might be hard to see but this is the back of my drenched pants!

Might be hard to see but this is the back of my drenched pants!

When it let up some I decided to make a run for it…ha!  It really hadn’t let up as much as I thought and by the time I got to the truck (parked way in the back because of its huge hippiness!) I was soaked.  Nothing was as soaked as the back of my pants though.  I was wearing flip-flops and had to pretty much cross a lake through the parking lot….my flip flops flung so much water up the back of my pants that they were drenched!

Crazy, rainy drive home!

Crazy, rainy drive home!

It ended up raining the entire way home….all 65 miles or so.  Just south of San Antonio there were several cars pulled over on the side of the road waiting for the rain to let up and 2 vehicles that hadn’t fared to well and ended up on the side of the road headed in the opposite direction – one of which was a semi.

Brisket belongs on the far left but was being cut for other customers

Brisket belongs on the far left but was being cut for other customers

As I passed through Floresville I stopped at Lazy J BBQ to pick up some of Michael’s favorite cuisine…BBQ!   He was probably drooling all day knowing that I was bringing brisket and the trimmings home for dinner.

One of the water covered sections of road along highway 81

One of the water covered sections of road along highway 81

Back on the road home I took highway 81 (which cuts off Karnes City and Kenedy making for a little shorter trip home) and was shocked to find several areas of the road under water!  That big old hippy truck does wonders on water covered roads, I give it that!  It was actually kinda fun forging the ‘rivers’!

I got home about 4:50 pm and had about 40 minutes to put my groceries and other items away and to relax for a few minutes before heading about 5:40 pm to pick up Michael.  During the time that I was home the rain finally stopped (well over 2 hours worth of rain).

Forging the river to the rig!

Forging the river to the rig!  The truck ahead is turning into Michael’s gate.

In the 9 tenths of a mile drive from home to the rig I ended up having to cross 2 rivers/lakes and found that the sides of the road had all but turned in to small creeks!  Crazy stuff!

All in all it was a good day…a blood pressure raising one….but a good day nonetheless!

 

 

 

4 Responses to Elevated Blood Pressure??

  1. bob

    Enjoy your blog Kelly. Say….where do you get breakfast Tacos in Yorktown?

    • Kelly

      Thanks, Bob! They have them at the Texan….pretty darn good! There is also a Taco truck in Nordheim (at the corner where the flashing yellow light is) that serves them from 5:30 am until 9:00 ish Tuesday – Friday…haven’t got to try them yet though…but soon!

      • bob

        Hmmmm….,,..that’s a problem. See…….one of the basic tenants of life is “never eat where you buy gas”. Just sayin.

        If you survive til May 1 I may reconsider. I’m pulling for you girl.

        • Kelly

          You’re missing out, Bob! That gas station next to the GGS office in Whitsett?? They have some of the best fried chicken!

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