I am glad I had to the chance to send in a post before we went to the doctor. After reading everyone's responses, I felt like I would have a better understanding of what would happen at the doctor. I know that the verdict is out on the "White Coat" aspect of BP, but those who doubt its existence need to watch the phycical change in my wife as the seconds tick away before she has her BP checked at the doctor's office.
It is almost as though the cuff envelopes her whole body and squeezes her like a soaked sponge. We had taken her BP before we left to go to the doctor's office and it was 125/83. We drove to the office, parked, walked inside, registered, sat in waiting room, were escorted by the Medical Assistant through the doors and Julie took a seat next to the BP machine. A total of 25 minutes had passed since we had left our house and the confident comfort od the 125/83.I knew as soon as Julie sat in the chair that her BP was going to be high. Her face, upper arms, neck and chest rolled with a thin layer of prespiration, and as the button was depressed and the familiar, grimacing moan of the compressor pushing air into the cuff filled the area. With every passing second Julie's color equally approached a deep scarlet red. The sentence, 153/107--her highest ever. Needless to say, the doctor, who was not our regular doc but who had an available appt that day,directed us to Labor and delivery.
Here is where my reading paid off. As we walked to L&D, I knew and could communicate, clearly, what would likely happen next. Julie had no other symptoms; in fact, she had only put on half a pound since our last meeting, she had a negative protein drip, no sweliing, no headache, pain near her liver. We had a NST, full blood work up, began a 24hr urine test, an ultrasound, and a few more dates with the BP machine. Everything came back normal (waiting for urine results, but her BP after the NST stewed down to 123/82. We went home soon after that, But the doctors recommended that we begin dooing bp's at home. The doctor enrolled us in a home BP hypertension program, adn we scheduled our first appointment for today Wednesday 3-30. Well, this condescending meeting was the pinnacle of frustration. The woman, was late, she seemed to be frantically busy, and when she did speak, she had NO idea that we had been taking BP's for the entire pregnancy, or that Julie had preeclampsia and had delivered at 36weeks when Isabel was born. Her first reading was 141/97. After two more readings in the 90's she called the doctor, and we were sent, again, to L and D. We jsut got back from there and her BP eventually went down to 122/82. We should have never gone in, but becuase I did not stand up to this woman, we went teary eyed to L and D. Everything,once again was fine in the end, but Julie had spend an additional 5 hours at the hospital and on her feet.
We are home now, and Julie is relaxed an asleep. The really great news is that our baby, Eamonn, doing great and measured at 35 weeks and not 34. More to come.