Well I'm feeling incompetent these days about BPs. I mean it's the end of the first quarter and I need to be skilled at these now. Here's the story...
Yesterday, my mom's friend at work (non healthcare) took her BP digitally and it was 170/98 which worries us VERY much. A nurse at the Dr's office took her BP too and it was a similar reading. I took it last night and it was 140 systolic. Today at work her friend took it again and it was still 180 systolic. Today I took it and it was 160 systolic and diastolic was normal. Anyway, I'm worried about my mom and also that my readings are different from the nurse and her friend. I swear I am doing it right I mean I estimate systolic and do all that I'm supposed to do. I feel the radial pulse and where it goes away I pump up a little higher than that and do the whole process. I'm thinking maybe my cuff and the cuffs they're using are different sizes?
Also, the meter on the aneroid is annoying. Like I felt for systolic and even after the pulse went away, the meter still bounced up and down. I mean the meter arrow bothers me because when I do BPs, the Korotkoff sounds always start AFTER the meter starts bouncing. But I go by the sounds I hear because after all, I'm using a stethoscope. I mean if we could use the bouncing meter as a marker, we wouldn't need stethoscopes for BPs would we.
Anyway, I'm feeling a little upset about this...my mom is going to the Drs. tomorrow and will see what's going on. Any feedback would be appreciated.