John is a 78-year-old widower and cancer survivor who lives in Springfield, Virginia. He’s never had children, lives in a retirement community, and was excited to receive a blood pressure monitor through his insurance. This is his story.
Can you tell us a bit about your diagnosis?
I was diagnosed with hypertension about 30 years ago. I’ve been seeing a cardiologist anywhere between 5-10 years.
How did you get started with Livongo?
I got my blood pressure monitor in the mail. It was all straightforward. I do it every morning.
One reason why I’m a little more careful about measuring now is because I came into contact with someone who had COVID-19. They told me to check my temperature, check my oxygen levels, blood pressure, weight, and I’ve been keeping daily track of that and logging it every day. So, that’s my standard.
What else do you use?
I use the app on the phone with the monitor and I get my weekly report. They always say, “You’re doing a good job.” They never say you’re doing a lousy job and that you have to check more often.
Tell us a little about your daily life.
I’ve lived in this apartment for a year and some months. It’s different than living in a house. They provide food for me, which I think is of good quality. So, I’m just taking one day at a time. I wear a pedometer and I walk around the facility. I make the effort and that, of course, helps the blood pressure and everything else. I do have one formal exercise session each week, but other than that I’m your regular couch potato.
How does Livongo help?
It keeps me aware of my blood pressure. Whenever I show my doctor, I’ll bring a month or two of records because I print it out. It gives them a better idea of where my blood pressure is and any trends or changes over time.
What is your motivation?
I’m 78. I’d like to reach 100. So, we’ll see what happens.
How do you describe Livongo?
It’s an easy-to-use machine. The instruction book was straightforward. And it works! I like the idea that my records get stored somewhere.