Low Blood Pressure

So I was at the dentist the other day (and thank God; a month of liquids and puréed foods has left my teeth feeling hairy…really), and at the the end, they took my blood pressure, and it was 101/59, which is a bit on the low side. They were concerned.

I’ve mentioned my blood pressure before, and I’ve still been controlling it with a 40mg dose of Lisinopril every morning. I have an appointment with my primary care doctor next week, but low BP is nothing to dick around with, so I emailed my doctor and asked him if I should still be taking this med. I want to be off my meds, but I’m not gonna stop taking them without permission because I’m not a fucking moron.

He replies saying to continue taking it since I don’t have any symptoms such as lightheadedness, headaches, or fatigue. I reply saying actually I have had lightheadedness, a lot, and fatigue, a lot, but I just assumed it was part of recovering from the surgery.

It takes a while to hear back from him, so the next day I don’t take the Lisinopril, and the fatigue and lightheadedness virtually disappear. He gets back to me saying, “Oh. Well shit…” and he tells me to cut the dose in half. And I did, and they’re both drastically reduced, as in barely at all, and for less time on the two occasions they have occurred.

I’ve spent the last month doing my best to learn how to listen to my body. Turns out round the clock exhaustion and near-constant dizziness is your body trying to get it through your thick skull that there’s something going on. New lessons every day.