I took Mom down to The Heart Institute and got her fitted with the ambulatory blood pressure monitor this afternoon about 2:30. We went from there to the chiropractor’s and then I drove her home. I went out to Sears and bought 2 pairs of shoes for myself and then got some shopping done. I arrived home, just before 6, and went to put the groceries away and Mom started complaining about the blood pressure monitor as soon as I got in the door. “We need to take this back.”
I asked if it was uncomfortable or something and then walked into the living room to find that she had taken it off. I asked why she’d taken it off. “Because I’m done with it!”
“We have to take it back.”
I said “You aren’t supposed to take it off. It’s supposed to be left on!” We paid $100 for this test that isn’t covered by OHIP and I’m worried that we’ll have to pay another $100 to have it put on again. I am still trying to understand why she took it off. And then she says “Aren’t we supposed to take it back, today?”
I said that we are supposed to take it back Thursday that she’s supposed to wear it for two days!
“But I’ve been WEARING it for two days!”
I kept trying to tell her that she’s had it on for less than 4 hours, at this point. She’s looking at me like I’m crazy…
I told her what we did today and she’s convinced that that was 2 days ago…
I managed to get the thing put back on properly, though. Hopefully, it will STAY on for the next two days.
And every time the thing beeps before the cuff inflates, she’s asking “Is this going to go on all night?”. I explain that it only beeps for the first few hours and then before bedtime, it stops beeping and won’t beep at all before we take it off. It will take her blood pressure every half hour but it won’t beep…. It beeps again and she gets irritated and asks if it is going to go off all night long, again.
“It seems to be beeping every 2 minutes!”. It is 1/2 an hour by my count…..
Jesus and all the Saints preserve me….