Asymptomatic Hypertension - A Quiet Killer


We usually do our grocery shopping twice a month or once every two weeks. If we run out of laundry soap and shampoo, that's the time when the rest of our supplies will have to be replenished already.

Our target destination was South Supermarket along E. Rodriguez Avenue. We made our grocery shopping first before bringing my sister-in-law to their house at Summer Homes where she will be staying after moving out from a boarding house in Manila.

She too joined us for grocery shopping to reload some stocks in the house. My husband and I preferred South Supermarket because it has every item in our list unlike other superstores with incomplete or out of stock merchandise.

Then it's time to pay. I was quite surprised with the amount registered in the receipt. Nearly 30% had been added to our usual bill. We have some items bought which were not included in our previous list that might caused the amount to be higher but my mind just accepted the reality that nowadays, everything with a price is rising up in a soaring mode.

While in the van, on our way home,,, I suddenly felt like throwing up. My head was terribly aching and my heart seemed to be palpitating with abnormal rates. When we got home, I immediately found our sofa, took a sit and rested for a while. I thought of getting my BP and I was extremely shocked when I saw the figures: 177 over 102. I couldn't believe it myself so, after 5 minutes I tried again and the numbers soared to 180 over 108. "Sira yata tong pang BP ni Mommy." I uttered in panic.

I told Pye about it though I was reluctant to inform him because he will certainly get panic as well. He advised me to eat a clove of garlic as first aid remedy. And for that instance, I called Doc Ronald and told him that I have to see him. It was past 6pm when Pye accompanied me to Mission where Dr. Santos held clinic that Saturday evening. And according to him, I was already hypertensive and most probably, I'll be taking my first dose of a maintenance drug with a generic name of Amlodipine Besylate and I was also given a request for laboratory exams to further the diagnosis for possible related disease.

"OH my God! This is the start of my countdown to reaching my golden year..."