You are under a lot of stress from many different sources, Marlee. If you BP remains high talk to your doctor. You might need a little help getting it down. That's just not healthy.
Everyone is right. You DO have alot to contend with right now, but....I am having the same problem..high BP..and like you, salt doesnt seem to be the problem. You would think that if we take our xanax or whatever anti-anxiety meds we are on, that it would lower it. I have to talk to my doc about this too..she discovered it a couple of months back, and I started a rigid regime on my salt intake, because I do tend to salt anything/everything, I am famous for that However, it has made little difference in the readings.
I have started listening to my relaxation cd, maybe it will help..I dont know. Try not to think of the months to come regarding your neice, I know it's hard, but things may go smoother than you think...till then, just focus on the here and now. Christmas is a very stressful time of year for everyone, so just focus on getting through the season..then you can start planning what's ahead in the new year coming.
I get frustrated too when my body just does whatever it wants to- My bp has been OK, but now my heart has been skipping beats for about 2-3 weeks and I know it is stress. If it does not stop, I am going to have to get it checked out. I do have a murmur but it has never acted like this before. I don't have any chest pain or shortness of breath, and I feel fine, but it is so annoying!
Multiple things have been happening in your life and you have not had much "down time" in between them. How are you checking your bp- do you have a cuff at home? I would take your meds and if it does not bring it down consistently, put a call into your Dr's nurse and see what they want to do. You don't need to be worrying about your health right now.