I'm thinking that money might have been wasted. Firstly, I didn't remember that mom has a blood pressure monitor (she hasn't used it in a few years). Hers is one that goes on the wrist. The one I got today goes on the upper arm. Secondly, the one I got today has yet to give what I would call an "accurate" reading, even though I've closely followed the instructions that came with it. It keeps reading numbers like 83/49. If my blood pressure was that low, I probably wouldn't be standing. When I used moms meter, it was around 123/88, which to me sounds more correct.
I've sent an online support ticket to the company that makes the blood pressure monitor, "Microlife" to see if they have any other suggestions besides what is included in the book that came with it.