I am not a doctor. I am providing information based on experiences that my mom has with natural remedies. The purpose of this blog is to help folks to educate themselves. Use this information with your own discernment.

19 April 2010

More Clear Days

It's pretty amazing to watch my mom day in and day out.  I notice everything, probably because I've been her Care Giver for such a long time.

Since she's been off Lisinopril and back on the Cardio HTN and Cordyceps, her blood pressure is coming down gradually.  It's averaging 150/70 the past couple of days, it sure is better than 200/90+!

I had been getting worried with her blood pressure rising the more Lisinopril that she took.  I had read about rebounding on OTC's and Pharma drugs; rebounding is when you take a pill and it stops working all of a sudden.  The drug does the opposite of what it's designed to do for the body.  An explanation of rebounding as I understand it, if you take over the counter (OTC) pain medications for headaches, they can all of a sudden bring on headaches to beat the band.  For my mom, the Lisinopril appeared to raise her blood pressure instead of lowering it.  Yikes!

My mom's hallucinations were becoming more prevalent and scary as her blood pressure rose.  I saw a connection between scary hallucinations and elevated blood pressure.  Hallucinations were so real to her that she began hallucinating that I did things that made her angry.  This change was not welcome...  I am capable of making my mom angry with out the help of a hallucination of me!

Since my mom's been off the Lisinopril for the last 3 days, her constant dripping nose has stopped.  We may not run out of facial tissue so quickly.  A side effect of Lisinopril is a runny nose.  My mom is thrilled to not have to blow her nose all the time or have it drip while she sleeps. 

Hair loss is a side affect that has bothered my mom the most.  I do hope her hair grows back.  Her hair was always lush and beautiful.; hair that my mom loved.  The drugs that she had been prescribed over the years has contributed to her hair loss, a loss that has affected her emotionally for decades.  

Today is a great day.   Her hallucinations are not scaring her.  My dad showed up last night in her dream and she was able to distinguish between the dream and reality this morning.  She told me how she had a dream of my dad.  This doesn't sound like a big deal but it is... just yesterday I had to pretend call Dream Master to chase the people out of her room.

Could my mom be getting better?  I don't know but we will do what we can to help her regain her lost cognition.  I am beginning to believe that if we can keep her blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol within the normal range, her body and brain will be able to heal.  She eats a nutritious diet with brain healthy foods. 

Some may think I'm out of my mind, but folks thought that people like Edison were nuts too... the best part of all is that we have more clear days and this is a step in the right direction.


  1. Sounds like things are going well! You're mom is so blessed to have you!

  2. Thanks for your comment Maggie!

    Yes... things are going great. It's really nice to have my mom back for longer stretches of time.

    I'm blessed to have her too ... because of my mom I've cleaned up my diet and lifestyle in order to avoid similar health issues.

  3. I lingered for the longest time here.. reading what you'd written ..i feel like i was listening to you in the sitting room itself.

    I know ..how it feels to be on this side as a carer. It doesn't just exhaust you. It drains you out! There are so much different emotions hitting you at the same time- sometimes we feel tired, agitated, mean, guilty.. but there will be good moments in the midst of it all.

    Hang on, you're doing a great job.


  4. We are not meant to eat junk food day after day...
    It's better to eat healthy, wide-ranging food and not eat any vitamins or similar which are meant for people who need extra portion because of illness or operation.
    We get all we need from the food we eat.
    But if we eat empty shit day after day, no wonder if people get weak, fat, lazy, depressed...

    I'm happy your mother is better again!


  5. ive heard from others that high blood pressure can lead to halucinations, too..

  6. Silver - thank you for your comment, it makes my writing worthwhile.

    Blogitse... Healthy food is important to good health. I am saddened to see how Marketers can manipulate people into believing that they are eating healthy when they are really eating food that will lead them down the road to illnesses.

    Slyde... it's really amazing to see how the hallucinations are brought on by high blood pressure and blood sugar.

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