I know this is strange but please bear with me. My husband has high blood pressure. Not terribly high, but still needs to be treated. He is now becoming a bit obsessive about taking his blood pressure. Anyway, he is really strange in the morning. He has this idea that he must take the reading before he goes to the bathroom. I have never heard of this and have NO idea why this would be important. It actually seems that if you are dancing around to try to hold it then the reading might be higher than normal. but maybe that is too logical. This doesn't seem to matter at any time except in the morning - he seems to be taking a morning and evening reading and he INSISTS it has to be before he goes. but he wakes up having to go and is a real jerk about the entire thing. I am about ready to throw the machine away myself and tell him to drive into town to ahve it done at the fire station - they do it for free at any time. But he won't because then he would have to use a bathroom somewhere not at home. And he just won't do that. Does having a bowel movement make that big a difference in a reading? Or any difference other than the stress of holding it making readings a bit higher and making you act like a jerk? The meanie in me wants to start hiding the machine in different places and making him hunt for it - just to be as annoying as he has been this last week about this!