I have always told the nurse at my doctor's office that their blood pressure cuff is enough to MAKE my blood pressure go up (which mine is actually low so I wonder what it REALLY is)! Anyway those old fashioned cuffs are very uncomfortable.
Well, I work with terminally ill patients now and one of my patient's daughters uses this blood pressure monitor for her mom. She says she got it through Avon, but you can find it online other places as well. The cost is about $49 to $69. It slides onto the wrist and with minimal difficulty and discomfort takes the blood pressure, pulse and mean arterial pressure (whatever that is) with just a touch of a button.
One of the coolest things about this monitor is that it TALKS to you. Once the daughter took her OWN pressure and it said the reading and then told her to go to her doctors office right away. Yesterday when she took her mother's blood pressure while I was there, it said the reading and then something like "according to the World Health Organization this is within normal limits." Nice, huh? So someone with impaired eye sight could use this too since it talks to you :0)...in fact, even I could use this :0)