It is a miracle that he didn't die, or worse, become paralyzed and/or aphasic. Years and years of uncontrolled hypertension can work horrible indignities on the human body. The brain, heart and kidneys can take lots and lots of abuse, but when they decide they have had enough - look out!! You get a wake-up call of possibly epic proportions.
Mr. kenju had his wake-up call Wednesday. That was when he finally made the decision to allow me to take him to the emergency room. He goes to dentists and eye-docs on a regular basis, and about 20 years ago, he saw my gastroenterologist with a problem that turned out to be gallstones. But other than that, he has not seen a doctor in 20+ years.
He knows now how lucky he was. When we got to the ER, his blood pressure was 245/127. One doctor told him he had never seen anyone with pressure that high. Little did we know that the next day, it would spike to 260. State of the art medicines for lowering blood pressure were administered three times yesterday, with mixed results. It takes time to discover the right blend of drugs that will work the best for you.
Additionally, they have found an enlarged prostate, which I suspected several years ago. I can only imagine what else they might discover before the testing is complete.
Can you understand when I say that I am happy it happened? Don't misunderstand; I will be eternally grateful that he isn't severely affected, but he needed to have an event that would make him understand what his body needed, and what he had denied it for so many years. The alternative is untimely death or disability. Now, if he follows the hospital's instruction, he will forge a relationship with a doctor, start on and stay on the right medications for his problems and change his diet and life-style. Because if he doesn't, he will not be around to see his grandchildren graduate, marry and present him with great-grandchildren. Or be around for our 50th anniversary. I would hate for that not to happen.