Anyone who has been to a medical emergency room hears questions. Have you fainted? Only when my boys cleaned their rooms. Have you been out of breath? Only when I’ve done 220 push-ups. Do you have problems being understood? On multiple occasions my congregation has turned to each other and asked: what did the preacher say? Do you have any paralysis? Mostly when God orders obedience and I don’t want to obey. Have you any numbness? Only when I stand amazed that such a sinner as I can still be saved by grace. Do you have slurred speech? Only when tongue-tied before the majesty of God in his word. Were you vomiting? Only when I think of the Chargers deserting San Diego for L.A. Do you have trouble standing? Only when in God’s presence; then I want to fall full-length in adoration. Do you feel pain? Only when I wait for 6-7 hours in E.R.
On New Year’s afternoon my wife awakened from a nap not feeling well—she’s had two surgeries in two months. She took her blood pressure (BP) 185/76. (She had a pacemaker installed 12/28.) Then, 190/86. Then 202/90. Then 216. We arrived at E.R. about 6 pm. At E.R. 223/90. When the nurse on staff got to her about 11:15, BP had slipped all the way to 221/89. When the doctor finally came after midnight, it had fallen to 171/70.
The moral of this blog is: pay no attention to high blood pressure unless you have: shortness of breath; vomiting; inability to stand; pain in extremities; slurred speech, etc., etc., etc. Pay no attention to Advice Nurses who ask the same questions previously noted, then send you to E.R. When you arrive and tell the security guard that your wife has a BP of 216, he’ll smile and tell you to take a seat and WAIT! That will lower the BP. If it doesn’t, at least after waiting 6-7 hours, you’ll die in the presence of medical practitioners sworn
to take care of you.
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