Instinct is your internal wisdom, it should never be ignored. Ignore your gut instinct at your own peril. For more read Experience Life.
Two years ago this month I got devastating news from my gynecologist. My blood pressure was terrible. Those were not his words since he is an old gentleman who has perfected the art of breaking bad news like a guru.
“Please monitor your blood pressure for the next 4 days and let me know the readings”, were the instructions delivered in a serene and even tone. I knew something was not right, my instinct whispered I needed to be concerned.
I did not have a blood pressure monitor; I had no need for a blood pressure monitor since my blood pressure has been normal all my life apart from one time in the late 90s when I was unwell. Doctors say it is not unusual for your blood pressure to be high when you are unwell.
Instinct saved me from a dreadful medication prison
I visited a hospital clinic next to my workplace and monitored my blood pressure for four days. The 4 required readings were anything but good. The systolic (top) reading oscillated between 160s and 150s while the diastolic (bottom) reading oscillated between the 100s and 90s.
I was essentially in the second stage of hypertension. For more on the meaning of blood pressure readings visit American Heart Association.
I will never forget the response from my gynecologist when I shared the blood pressure readings, “You need to come and see me so that we can discuss medication.” To say I was terrified would be an understatement. My then boss must have noticed that something was not right with me when I came back to the office from the hospital. After I had shared the horrid news he suggested I seek a second opinion.
The second doctor sent me to the laboratory for several tests that targeted to diagnose the source of hypertension. Twenty-four hours later the tests were all negative. Cholesterol levels, sugar levels, sodium levels, among others were all super. We were both perplexed.
My instinct wondered whether there was a relationship between oral contraceptives and high blood pressure. The doctor confirmed that, indeed, there was and requested that I discontinue their use. I had used breastfeeding pills for barely a month.
He also advised that I cut back on my salt intake, which was not high and exercise at least three times in a week. I followed the instructions to the letter but 3 months down the road nothing had changed.
I got myself a third opinion by no choice of my own. I had checked in with an infection but instead was referred to a family doctor because my blood pressure was worrying.
A similar run of tests with an additional examination of my kidney did not complete the puzzle to the source of hypertension. Nonetheless, the doctor advised that since much time had passed since the first examination I needed to be put on hypertension medication. He prescribed one month supply of blood pressure medication.
Communication from my instinct
I took the medication daily without fail for one month. However, there was this nagging feeling that lingered that I should not be on medication. At the same time, I was terrified by the thought of dying and leaving behind my son before he was 6 months old. So I completed the medication, but I never went back for review.
A few months later I was back in the hospital with another infection. The results from the urine test indicated that I had protein in my urine. I could read serious concern from the doctor’s face. She wrote me a referral letter to another hospital to see a kidney specialist. She said my kidney was leaking protein. I pictured my kidney punctured and leaking stuff it should not and I was horrified, to say the least.
The nurse who took my blood pressure readings and weight gave me a stern lecture. She said that I was reckless with my health and I should be on blood pressure medication and this medication was for life (not her exact words but same message).
The kidney specialist was a calm, cool and collected gentleman. His demeanor was reassuring and contributed immensely to my peace of mind. He put me on a blood pressure monitor that I walked around with, worked and slept with for the next 24 hours.
Twenty-four hours later, his interpretation of the results was that my blood pressure was normal but it tended towards the borderline. His advice was that I avoid anything that would push it to high.
Urine tests were also conducted with the outcome that the level of protein in the urine was not of concern. However, he suggested that I buy a blood pressure monitor and monitor by blood pressure on and off.
His reasoning was that monitoring my blood pressure constantly would make me worried if the readings were not good and would make it spike higher.
My instinct is validated
The doctor also added that I should not have been put on blood pressure medication in the first place. My instinct was validated. Now I would go to the hospital without fear of being asked, “Are you on medication?” I had the backing of a specialist.
In May 2016, I was invited to training by a gentleman from the Philippines. The training was held at the 680 Hotel; it was a free training. I was a bit apprehensive. However, since the training was during the day I took the risk. I was amazed by the information delivered at the meeting and the power and zeal with which it was delivered. I was hooked.
The training was an opportunity plan presentation of a Multilevel Marketing Company, Alliance in Motion Global, (AIM Global) that distributed food supplements by Nature’s Way. The supplements are basically green (vegetables and fruit blends) that provide healing to the body put very simply.
For more about the company visit here. Still, I had my doubts about the potency of the products. Plus, there are so many Networking Companies in Kenya that promise but do not deliver.
Instinct leads me to therapy
My instinct convinced me the company was trustworthy but I did not seriously act on this wisdom until October 2016. The organization I work for celebrated World Cancer Day by having a free medical check-up. Realizing my blood pressure was still high, I decided to take the AIM Global products; Complete and Choleduz.
When I checked my blood pressure a month later, I was in awe. I had to take the readings for a few days to believe it had, indeed, dropped. The sweetest thing happened when I visited the hospital for a cold in November of 2016 and the nurse told me my blood pressure was great. I asked her how great and she said 117/79.
My husband was a skeptic as well, he had low blood sugar mid last year and half of his body was nearly paralyzed. Today he sings praises about AIM Global products. C24-7 AIM Global’s flagship product regulated his blood sugar level and he is enjoying good health.
Follow your instinct
Friends, instinct does not lie. Whatever your struggle in life follow your instinct and you will never go wrong. I have had a burden for a long time to share my story. This past Saturday my instinct whispered that it would be a dishonor to God not to share this knowledge. If it can help even one person it will be worth it.
Search any of the products I have mentioned online to find out more. I was saved a lifetime of blood pressure medication by simply taking food supplements. For more on my story on post pregnancy, high blood pressure read here. I will conclude by echoing words by the father of medicine, “Let your food be medicine and medicine your food.”
Here is to good health!