On August 3, 2022, my workplace hosted a blood drive. Finally! A chance to give blood after not doing so since the start of the pandemic! Not that I was fearful but there weren't many opportunities to give and then I just wasn't that motivated to get out and get it done!
As I have the freedom to mostly work from home, a meeting was scheduled on the day of the blood drive which made for a nice reason to be on campus.
The next morning, I went to Patients First in Columbia. The nurse checking me in was surprised that the automatic unit they use didn't register my blood pressure. But she knew I was coming in for high blood pressure and tried again. 210/112. She and multiple other personnel began asking questions that I would hear repeatedly throughout the visit: "How do you feel? What's your name? What's your date of birth?" Basically, trying to determine if I was having or had had a stroke.
What I came to realize is that even if I was trying to cut down on processed foods, the choices I was making still had a great deal of sodium which can impact one's body in a variety of ways.