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To not go to work with a 24 hour ambulatory blood pressure monitor?

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Hyacintharehighersincelasttime Tue 19-Mar-19 06:54:42

ie.
i cant drive so will need to go on the bus.
i wont be able to use phone - that's ok, i can get away with that
but the noise, everyone will know, and i dont want them to

EnlightenmentwasaPassingPhase Tue 19-Mar-19 06:57:37

Call in sick.

eco1636 Tue 19-Mar-19 07:00:35

I drove with it on didn't know you weren't supposed to....

Watto1 Tue 19-Mar-19 07:01:06

But the monitor is there to show how your blood pressure fluctuates on a typical day. Wearing it while you’re chilling out at home would give different results to the results you would get going to work, using the bus etc. I think you should go. I know it’s a bit embarrassing, but getting an accurate picture of your health is more important.

BarryTheKestrel Tue 19-Mar-19 07:02:01

Is there a reason you don't want people to know that your blood pressure is being checked?

I don't blame you for not wanting to go to work as they are awkward and it's annoying but I'm not sure I could justify a sick day for it.

If your trust is anything like ours the monitors are huge, heavy and cumbersome. When I had mine I'd already promised my daughter we'd go to the Zoo, it was middle of summer and I ended up wondering around the zoo in a tank top with a huge cuff on my arm and the monitor in an extra bag. I would have rather been sat at my desk at work, or on the sofa at home.

LIZS Tue 19-Mar-19 07:02:14

It is fine. I drove too, and it is not as noisy as you think.

Thunderpunt Tue 19-Mar-19 07:02:15

I drove with mine, and I'm not sure why you wouldn't be able to use the telephone? It's quite discreet and although it's not silent, it's really not that loud.

shaggedthruahedgebackwards Tue 19-Mar-19 07:02:36

What Watto1 says

You need to replicate a 'normal day' for you or wearing the monitor for 24hrs is pointless

Hyacintharehighersincelasttime Tue 19-Mar-19 07:04:12

no i cant drive because it inflates every 20 minutes and my drive is longer than 20 minutes., insurance company wont cover it apparently.

Hyacintharehighersincelasttime Tue 19-Mar-19 07:04:52

it isnt discreet it is noisy.

Hyacintharehighersincelasttime Tue 19-Mar-19 07:05:28

I am hoping to go out for a walk

LIZS Tue 19-Mar-19 07:07:03

Agree it needs to be a normal working day. Can you not pull over when it is due to go off?

Bayleyf Tue 19-Mar-19 07:08:36

When I had it I went to work by tube and had a totally normal day, including phone calls and meetings.

Don't drive if you won't be covered, but taking a day off for it seems a bit like skiving.

Hyacintharehighersincelasttime Tue 19-Mar-19 07:09:50

i dont have to work, it is a flexi day. so no problem in that regard.

sammylady37 Tue 19-Mar-19 07:10:02

I went to work with mine and drove with it on. No need to call in sick.

Skittlesss Tue 19-Mar-19 07:10:06

You must have a normal day to get an accurate reading.

Sirzy Tue 19-Mar-19 07:10:19

The idea of it is that it’s a normal day so taking a day off work seems counterproductive.

It sounds like you have it on now so taking a day off sick would be unreasonable. If anything you should have booked a holiday when you got the date.

Skittlesss Tue 19-Mar-19 07:11:17

By flexindonyou mean you don’t normally work on a Tuesday? Or do you mean you will take the time from the hours you have built up?

Either way, have a normal day to get normal results.

SummerHouse Tue 19-Mar-19 07:11:27

I would go to work.

Hyacintharehighersincelasttime Tue 19-Mar-19 07:12:07

my decision whether i work or not on a couple of days a week, they dont mind if i dont

swingofthings Tue 19-Mar-19 07:12:53

I did and it didn't cross my mind not too. Although medics have to say that car insurance wouldn't cover, it isn't black or white. It would be if the blood pressure caused you to pass out. I drove.

Yes it made a noise and I explained I was being monitored, said nothing else and no-one cared.

Having your BP monitored is not an illness.

Stinkycatbreath Tue 19-Mar-19 07:13:44

There is no reason why you cant drive unless some clinical reason. I had one on and was advised to do what I do normally in a day as it needs to take a representative reading of a typical day. I'd check about driving with insurance etc. But you arent I'll, you may need to use that day when you are actually sick.

Hyacintharehighersincelasttime Tue 19-Mar-19 07:14:22

i can just imagine the laughter and giggles every time it goes off, every 20 minutes blush

swingofthings Tue 19-Mar-19 07:14:24

So you don't have to work today them? So why post the question?

Danceskirunandsun Tue 19-Mar-19 07:15:32

As Watto1 and shagged says, it’s all about a normal day, a walk isn’t your normal routine, you should go to work. If you’re not going, it’s not a sick day, as you’re not ill. In my organisation you would have to ask for leave.

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