Last Saturday, as my daughter and I were on our way home from her church youth group, I received a text message from my hubby, Gary D. He said that he’s resting at his office because his blood pressure shot up. It’s the first time this ever happened to him and needless to say, I was very worried.
I called him up immediately and told him that I’m coming to pick him up. He replied that he just needed to rest a bit and plans to keep on working. Duh! His blood pressure is up and he still wants to keep on working?!? Over my dead and sexy body, I thought.
So I picked him up from work and brought him straight to the hospital ER. When we got there, his blood pressure was still high. They gave him the medicine that goes under the tongue and checked his BP after. Thank the Lord, it’s lower and steadily became lower as the hour passed. Still, I did not disagree when they suggested staying in the hospital for at least 24 hours to monitor his blood pressure and to have a complete workup done.
We went home on Monday afternoon and he is much better now. No more incidence of high blood pressure. His doctor said that hypertension can still not be diagnosed conclusively because it is the first time. It could have been brought on by stress and fatigue, which may be the most likely reason. I noticed that he’s been so tired lately that whenever he’s home, he hardly smiles or makes jokes. All he wants to do is rest.
I told hubby that when I was riding the elevator one day, I realized that I never stopped to think about what could have happened to him. For me, it’s that nothing could possibly happen. He’ll be just fine. Then I realized that I was in a state of denial. The truth is that we haven’t been taking good care of our bodies and it is now trying to tell us to start taking better care of ourselves. The truth is that while every breath we take is in God’s hands, we will still suffer the consequences of our past actions of living such unhealthy lives.
Changes are necessary at this point in our lives. His doctor has advised him to lose weight. There are now so many restrictions on his diet. We were at the grocery earlier and I was at a loss on what to buy! Well, I believe that we are entering another phase in our lives. Both of us need to be educated on the kinds of foods we should and should not eat. We should start exercising. We should change our lifestyle.
There is nothing constant in life except “change". But for all these changes, I am comforted that there is One who never changes – Our Mighty God and Redeemer. Through all of these things, I have the comfort and assurance that God will see us through.
James 1:17 (New International Version)
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.