Seriously? Donuts + High Blood Pressure? Related?
This has nothing to do with finance, marriage, or families, and probably belongs over at Building Nutrition, but I just had to rant about a woman in the Washington Post article about outages on the DC Metro today.
I was one of the people stuck on the train for an extra 45 minutes (took twice as long to get to work this morning) thanks to fires in the track wiring insulation at the Metro Center station. I watched the news report and then read the 3-page article, but the last few paragraphs really agitated me:
At Dupont Circle, one of the passengers treated for shortness of breath was Gainna Ellis, 42, a receptionist whose morning ordeal had started hours earlier. She commuted by Metro from her home in Greenbelt to her office near Metro Center, only to find her building–and the whole street–without power. Told that the backup generator was about to go off, she decided to head home.
Then, “I got a bright idea to come to Krispy Kreme,” a doughnut shop near Dupont Circle, Ellis said. She made it to the store while the Dupont Circle station was still operating, bought a dozen doughnuts and a cup of coffee, and walked down the immobilized escalators — apparently ignoring Metro’s strict no-food rules.
Inside the station, she learned it had just been shut down. “So I had to climb up all these stairs again. That was too much,” said Ellis, who suffers from high blood pressure. “. . . Then I started feeling sick, like I was about to throw up.”
A firefighter helped her up the stairs, walking with her and urging her to take her time. Emergency personnel gave her water to drink and took her blood pressure four times, until it came down.
An hour later, Ellis was still near the station, hoping for a shuttle bus to take her to the Green Line.
Ok, you suffer from high blood pressure, so on your way home, knowing there’s problems, you decide to go up the longest DC escalator (not the longest overall though) to get a dozen friggin doughnuts??? Seriously, you couldn’t put 2+2 together and realize the doughnuts probably aren’t helping your medical problem of high blood pressure?
I congratulate you for making the effort to climb the very long escalator, but would you have even attempted the climb if a dozen doughnuts weren’t dangling at the top, just waiting for you to claim them?
I don’t know what else to say.