Preventing Setbacks by Following the Doctor’s Orders

Preventing Setbacks by Following the Doctor’s Orders
After I submitted my last column for publication, a couple of new developments happened. First, the good news: I heard back from the company I interviewed with about the full-time remote position as a digital content editor. I accepted the offer and began onboarding the following day. Balancing a full-time job with my side hustle will be a juggling act. However, I’ll continue to write my column along with writing for a couple of other clients. Now, the bad news: My husband Patrick’s blood pressure skyrocketed back to the 160s for systolic and the 100s for diastolic. The night before his blood pressure worsened, we had taken his parents to see the Austin Trail of Lights, our city’s annual Christmas light display. Patrick didn’t bring his medications with him, and we didn’t get home until after 10:30 p.m. Unbeknown to me, Patrick decided to skip his evening dose of metoprolol because he thought it was too late to take it. I didn’t think skipping one dose would cause such an extreme and rapid change in his blood pressure. I suggested he check his pressure again in case the first time was a false reading. When the third check registered even higher, I told him to call his doctor or go to urgent care if he felt dizzy or nauseated at work during the day. That night, I asked Patrick to check his blood pressure again. For some reason that I can’t even remember now, Patrick insisted on not checking it. After going back and forth, I finally dropped the subject. Even if he relented, his frustration was probably making his pressure rise even more. The next night, after his blood pressure remained elevated, Patrick casually told me that he was going to start taking his other medication, chlorthalidone, again. Puzzled, I asked whether the doctor had taken hi
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