Following on from my my post of yesterday I can report that I do indeed have an update and one which will be fairly brief and concise, especially for those of you who may have read episode one.

When I arrived home yesterday I thought I would just write in the readings I had taken during the previous week but looking at the form it seems I should have recorded each reading twice and taken a note of my pulse, although I was wondering if the recording of the pulse was a little superfluous as without a pulse I wouldn’t be in a state to record anything.

Now, as a man I think it safe to say that most women know that men never read the instructions and true to form I had done likewise which meant that as the last time I had done my blood pressure was over two years ago I was a little rusty and had not noticed some of the more important notes contained in the instructions on the back of the form.

Some of the more pertinent points being to sit down and relax for some five minutes before taking a reading, supporting the arm at heart height, wearing loose fitting clothing, and not to measure your blood pressure within half an hour of eating, smoking, drinking caffeinated drinks such as coffee, or exercising, along with avoiding measuring when you need to use the toilet.

Having taken all my previous readings where I had breeched most of the instructions, except drinking coffee and having a fag it was pretty clear I had made a complete pigs ear of the process which necessitated another visit to the doctors surgery for another form and to start again. At least there was a different receptionist who seemed a little more sympathetic than yesterday, so it wasn’t all bad.

Those of you who are not already bored with this tale of woe will have to wait for another week for the conclusion of my story but I can report that having taken my first new reading obeying all the proper instructions I have a very successful result to report, in fact it seems I am just as healthy as I thought I was when I first suggested to the Doctor that all this was a waste of time.

Assuming the rest of the readings continue in the same fashion I shall be delighted and perhaps a little smug when I return the form to the surgery, let’s hope so!


About The Diary of a Country Bumpkin

I am a retired actor, although to be honest I only retired because I wasn't getting any work due to losing my agent when I became a full time carer to my mother who had dementia. and the option of becoming an unemployed actor/waiter at my age was ludicrous, especially as my waiting skills are non-existent. Having said I’m retired, I don’t think there really is such a thing as a retired actor for I am still available for work, I just don’t have an agent or any connections with regards to obtaining any worthwhile work. I have over the years done student films when there is nothing else available, always low paid (if at all) the only incentive was always the promised copy of the finished film for your show reel which nine times out of ten always failed to materialise. I spent many years looking after my aged mother and shortly after her death I was lucky enough to run into an ex-girlfriend of many years ago and our romance blossomed once again, resulting in us getting married in 2013. My move to the countryside inspired me to write The Diary of a Country Bumpkin which tells of my continuing dilemmas in dealing with the rigors of the countryside from the unexpectedly large number of pollens, fungal moulds and hay products waiting to attack the unsuspecting townie. I enjoy writing, see my play Dulce Et Decorum Est Pro Patria Mori on The Wireless Theatre Company, The Plays Wot I Wrote and The Battle of Barking Creek both available on and am very fond of classic cars so my ideal occupation would be acting in a film I had written set in the 1930s/40s, we live in hopes. I am delighted to say that since venturing to the countryside where space is not quite the premium it is in town, I have due to the availability of two double garages acquired more classic cars to form a small collection the pride of which are a 1947 Bentley Mk VI and a 2000 Bentley Arnage. My various blogs and websites are continually evolving and I’m sure that by following the appropriate links you will find something which will edify or amuse. I have written a number of different books all available on Amazon, so don't be shy should you feel the urge to purchase.
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  1. By the time I’ve read all of the instructions I’ve forgotten what I was doing in the first place!

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