The day after The World Turned Day Glo
So I went to see my Doctor (who for confidentiality reasons, I shall refer to as DR Frank) the day after I was diagnosed with BC. The reason for this was that when the consultant ran through a list of ‘do you suffer from this? If you do we cannot operate’ type thing, he asked about my blood pressure.
In the past, when anyone asks these kind of questions I always smugly say no. But I had remembered that my blood pressure had been as high as Shaun Ryder on a night out in the Hacienda.
In fact, I had watched a documentary about Alan Mcgee, the bloke who started Creation Records and was a real party animal and he said that after years of taken class A drugs, he had to stop when his blood pressure went to 170 . I was watching this with SJ and we just gave each other a look.
My blood pressure was that all the time and without the aid of Class A’s. The bloke is a light weight. I blame the Orient for my high BP, last minute corners from the opposition when we are one up and we need the three points. Years of that agro!
Still, I realised that I should be dead with that constant reading.
I went to see Dr Frank who when I walked into his surgery, gave me a sympathetic look that I assume that all Doctors give patients that have found that they have cancer.
It cannot be easy for Doctors in this situation, but I was upbeat, which took him aback. I said that I was told that it was localised, so there would not be a problem. I am still hoping that is true. In hindsight, that may seem like I am in denial, but I think I am correct about that.
Dr Frank took my BP and the top reading was 190. By all accounts, I should have been in a box. He took it a couple of minutes later and it was down to a ‘comfortable’ 170.
We had eleven days to get my BP down to a level that I could be operated on.
It was gonna be tough, but Dr Frank said it could be done.
He gave me some pills and told me to take it easy and not get stressed. He even recommended that I should give Orient a miss the next day, but Sod it! I still went.