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Art & Life


September 13, 2021


Monday. To bed and lights out not long after nine, similar to last night's routine, to get what I'm recalling as an uneven night's sleep. Still, awoke more than once, but not for long and so awakening at six could have meant a decent night's sleep. I hope. Up to take the blood pressure (116/78, 119/71, 118/77) and so set off walking to breakfast, skipping the blood pressure med. Take it when I got home, if needed. Arrived as usual to settle in at my indoor dining area table and start on the papers.

The Eggs Benedict, country potatoes, fruit cup and coffee, finishing up just after nine thinking maybe I could use the bathroom. Best I did. OK, feeling a little light headed while walking home. The sky was clear, the temperature with a light breeze just fine in a light jacket, but I was dragging by the time I got home to take the selfie in the lobby, turning on the computer, yes, but then lying down after taking the blood pressure again: 113/92, 97/66, 94/57. Light headed indeed.

OK, spent the rest of the morning essentially lying on the bed taking the blood pressure again at eleven: 93/61, 100/60, 96/59. Which doesn't make sense and so an email off to the cardiologist when the head came back together.

You've reneged on that more than once now, have you not?

As always.

Later. Another blood pressure set of readings taken at at one-fifty this afternoon: 133/66, 136/64 and 124/68. A systolic jump of close to thirty points in just two hours? Ended up putting off taking a dose of the blood pressure med until five-twenty when the readings were 139/72, 137/74 and 127/71. Otherwise spent my time searching for art and life on the tablet as I do most of these afternoons.

Evening. A last series of readings at eight: 123/65, 131/66 and 120/68. The Mayo Clinic web site suggests people over sixty-five keep the systolic under 130 rather than 120 and so we'll say this series is OK. Now if we could just get it to stay in place. Another lights out before nine evening, nothing I wanted to listen to on the radio. Not unusual, nothing on the radio, I'm afraid.

The photo up top was taken at the 2015 Oakland Art & Soul Festival yesterday with a Nikon D4s mounted with a 70-200mm f 2.8 VR II Nikkor lens.