- Rush hour traffic has worsened markedly since I stopped work.
- The automatically-inflating cuff on the blood pressure machine strangles one's arm most painfully and could usefully double as a tourniquet. And being temperamental, had to be tried three times.
- My blood pressure is higher than it should be. Maybe because of the rush hour traffic, maybe because of selling a house, maybe because of the painful arm-strangling, maybe because it has never been anywhere near the 'normal' reading anyway. But most probably because I need to lose a couple of stones, a mission on which I embarked several days ago.
- The scales at the GP practice added 3 lbs. onto the weight recorded on my bathroom scales 40 minutes earlier. That was more painful than the arm cuff business.
- I have to see the doctor next week for results of blood tests, and I'm prepared to bet that I will be leaned on gently regarding medication. And I will most probably gently resist, trusting to eventual weight loss to improve matters. My doctor will sigh, but knows me well enough to give it a go my way.
- "These are very thin veins..."
Yes they are. And that was a very thick needle.....