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Doctor's Visit

Monday, January 17, 2011

First I want to thank all of you who supported me emotionally over the past few days. I live in fear of being put on insulin for my diabetes, even though I know I will most likely need it as some part.
I like my doctor! She looked at the past six months worth of blood testing (I have a computer program that hooks up to my meter and stores the information and I can print out a monthly report that gives all daily information.) She saw that until November I was doing great, then starting in November I was getting a lot more highs (140 - 180 range) it should be around 100.
She noticed that before dinner numbers were fine, it was morning and some lunch numbers. She started asking questions about my routine. Well, November was busy and I didn't get to the gym as often as I would have liked and the same with December and last week. So she is running the Lipid panel for cholesterol, general blood work, and A1C. The A1C measures the blood glucose over three months so it is the most important tool to decide treatment. Those tests won't be back for a few days.
Until then, I remain on the meds I am on, in the same dosage. emoticon
I am to maintain a routine up at 5 (even on the weekends) emoticon , workout schedule emoticon, meals on time emoticon.
She will let me know if she wants to increase one of my meds after seeing the A1C test results. Yeah, I am looking at maybe increase one of my meds not changing meds! I can live with that.
If she changes the dosage, I will need an A1C test in three months to check progress.
Simply put, she thinks I am doing well and just need to get in my routine and stay there. I can live with that.
The only things I know is my weight was the same as six months ago, and my BP is 129/70. In a few days I will post my other numbers. Hope they are good news. Until then, I won't stress because I can't change the past but I can change the future.
Side note - I had fun Mall walking. Bought my son an Auburn championship shirt (he is an Auburn fan) and a bunch of body stuff for me as a treat.
Thanks again for all of your support. I needed it! emoticon

  
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KAKIPOPUP 1/19/2011 5:06AM

    I'm so glad the news was better than you had feared -

I find that getting up at the same time every day helps me structure my days - I've gotten up early for years, because those were the only hours I could count on for "me" time when the children were tiny - the children have morphed into adults, but DH needs a lot of attention, too...lol.

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DOLPHINE35384 1/18/2011 11:39AM

    emoticon, it is hard to find a good Dr. Glad you have a good one. Keep up the great work and good luck with those numbers. It is very challenging when your dealing with diabetes.

Have a great day!

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GOOZLEBEAR 1/17/2011 9:09PM

    emoticonglad to hear the doctor's appt. went well and hopefully it will be just a matter of adjusting the dosage. Sounds like you are doing good even with being off schedule a bit over the holidays. Oh dear having to get up at 5 on the weekends will be a bummer but if it means your levels are better then it is worth it!!

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FITCOFFEEMOM357 1/17/2011 8:49PM

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so proud of you and I know you will get into your groove.

PS ~ on a side note how did your son like his first day of class?

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LINDAGRAVEL 1/17/2011 7:42PM

    I think things will be fine my friend,keep on smiling emoticon emoticon

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SUNFLOWERGAL40 1/17/2011 7:32PM

    Glad to hear the trip went well! emoticon You have a good plan, so now it's time to stick with it! emoticon

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JUSTBIRDY 1/17/2011 7:03PM

    This is great news! emoticon

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SEATURTLE86 1/17/2011 5:28PM

    Sounds good! Glad that your doctor visit went well! Congrats to your son on the Auburn championship! I have 2 nephews that are BIG Auburn fans too.

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OLDERDANDRT 1/17/2011 4:58PM

    emoticonI think it's all going to be just fine!!! emoticon

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MADKAPKID 1/17/2011 3:48PM

    Sounds good! Thank you for the update. Have a joy filled day, Karen

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ANDREWS_MOM 1/17/2011 3:38PM

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so happy to hear it was a good vist!!
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LAURELSPARK 1/17/2011 3:23PM

    I'll keep my fingers crossed for you!!!!!

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JENNY_Y 1/17/2011 3:09PM

  Good luck to you!

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Reflections On Upcoming Doctor's Appointment

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Tomorrow is my six month appointment with my doctor. As many of you know, I am diabetic. I know she will run blood work for cholesterol, blood glucose levels, and other things. When I saw her in June, she didn't run any tests except the A1C which is a measurement of blood glucose over the last three months. Mine was good then. I have been having problems with my blood glucose since Thanksgiving. I am eating what I should, I am exercising (okay slacked off over a couple of weeks of Thanksgiving and Christmas). By now I thought I would be at goal weight. I am not. In fact this morning I was up three pounds. I know that many diabetics go on insulin as the years go by. I have been diabetic for 16 years now. I have decided that whatever the doctor decides does not mean I failed, it just means my body needs more help. I will have to discuss the cost of the various medications with her because my insurance raised the cost of everything. Some days I feel like I am my own pharmacy. I don't know what will happen tomorrow and that bothers me. I don't like feeling like I am doing everything I can do and it isn't working. Best case is that she will just increase my oral meds and monitor for six months. At least I have had my colonoscopy and my annual eye exam. So good on that for her. I will report what happens and what the blood tests show when I get the results.

  
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PHYL220 1/17/2011 12:25PM

    Hope everything goes well for you. emoticon emoticon

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SUNFLOWERGAL40 1/17/2011 11:34AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon Sending lots of hugs, support, prayers, and encouragement your way! YOU have not failed! You are working hard to do your best as you work toward a healthier body. emoticon

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SHERRY_LYNN1979 1/17/2011 11:15AM

    Good Luck today hun! It sucks having diabetes, I know because I have had to help my mom and grandma with managing theirs. My gma was a type 1 diabetic since her early teens, and my mom, type 2 since her early 40's. This is why I am on this journey. I know with the family history of type 1 and 2 in my family (a very long history on both sides) that I am going to end up with it if I don't change my lifestyle, now! I hope it all goes well for you!!! HUGS!

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JUSTBIRDY 1/17/2011 10:03AM

    Hope it goes well for you.
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KAKIPOPUP 1/17/2011 9:57AM

    It is really hard to tolerate uncertainty - particularly when the likely outcome is something you didn't want -

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I hope your concerns are addressed in a positive and supportive way - and please take care of yourself, my friend - emoticon

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ANDREWS_MOM 1/17/2011 9:05AM

    wishing you the very very best at the dr'd office!!
will be thinking about you today my friend!
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SIANDDK 1/17/2011 8:11AM

    Fingers crossed xxx

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OPALMOON 1/17/2011 7:40AM

    Hope all goes well for you!

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GOOZLEBEAR 1/17/2011 7:36AM

    Hope all goes well today at your appt. You are right whatever the doctor decides is the best for you does not mean that you failed. When I was at my lowest weight and went to the dr. to have a checkup my cholesterol was high and she put me on meds. I was so disappointed and then she told me it was genetic and she was right. My Mom and Grandma had it and who knows who else in the family.

You are doing great with your eating and exercise and I feel sure you will be fine. Will be anxious to hear the results.

Hugs,Sandi

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MADKAPKID 1/17/2011 7:22AM

    Hi, I will be thinking of you today and hope all goes well at your doctors appointment. Diet and weight are important with diabetes but, I find the biggest thing to help keep my blood sugar counts down is exercise. Let us know how things go....think positive and have a good day, Karen emoticon

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KDYLOSE 1/17/2011 6:57AM

    Good luck today at the doctor's. Even if you didn't completely meet the goals you had set for yourself, surely all this weight loss and exercise must have improved your situation greatly.

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Found a new low cal snack

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Just a short blog about a new snack I just found. the crackers are 34 degree whole grain crisp bread - 30 calories for 9 crackers (bought at Wal-Mart) and then a thin layer of hummus on each. Yum!

That's all. The football game is starting!

  
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DEECANDOITAGAIN 1/16/2011 5:13PM

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U2CUSE16 1/16/2011 1:03PM

    sounds yummy!

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HICKOK-HALEY 1/16/2011 12:38AM

    I'll look for them next week!

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 1/15/2011 11:07PM

    whoa, I just got back from walmart. I so would have bought those. What is the brand?

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LINDAGRAVEL 1/15/2011 10:07PM

    Sounds Good

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DKELLEY35 1/15/2011 10:04PM

    Sounds great, thanks for sharing.

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OLDERDANDRT 1/15/2011 8:39PM

    We (Steelers) won our game! Good luck to your Falcons!

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OUTDOORGIRL69 1/15/2011 8:20PM

    Sounds good.

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HOPE2011 1/15/2011 8:15PM

    Yum! Sounds great!

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SAM910 1/15/2011 8:15PM

    Thanks, sounds good, I'll have to try it.

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GOOZLEBEAR 1/15/2011 8:15PM

    Sounds good! Thanks for sharing with us. Do you make your own hummus??? Have fun watching the game, I'm watching Green Bay and Falcons, is that the one you are watching???

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Status explaination

Thursday, January 13, 2011

My status is "out of school again tomorrow. Monday is MLK day, so back on Tuesday and we lost our Feburary break. Oh well, with this weather it might snow again. It is only January!"
After I wrote that I thought I better write an explaination. My county has what they call a balanced calendar. We start the first Monday in August, have a week off in September, a week off for Thanksgiving, two weeks for Christmas, a week in Febuary, a week for Spring break, end the end of May. Have had it for 5 years and we all love it! This will feel weird going from MLK to Spring break - shades of days gone by! Oh, well it could be worse and I would rather to that then add days to the end of the school year!
I will venture out tomorrow and maybe go to the gym and the bank. I have been walking a mile a day either inside my house or outside when the wind isn't bad. The weather man is predicting rain for Monday and Tuesday which will remove the snow and ice and Atlanta will be back to normal.

  
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MOMKAT4310 1/16/2011 3:33PM

    That sounds like an interesting schedule. Last year, we had 18 snow days. ARGH. This year, only 2 so far. The storms are going north or south of us. Not so for the state as a whole. We have had several 2 hour delays for icing and severe cold. Rather that than make up in June.
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BAILEYSGIRL6 1/14/2011 12:29PM

    Are you in Gwinnett County? I saw yesterday that they have 3 snow days built into the calendar already. So they will only have 2 to make up. It does suck losing the winter break.
I'm in Clayton County and we were only getting 2 days plus Pres Day for our "winter break" this year...Not sure why but whatever! I don't have any children but I do keep up with the calendars for Pike and Clayton counties b/c I have 2 small cousins and a younger brother who's a senior this year.

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ROXELLS_WARRIOR 1/14/2011 11:09AM

    Oohhhhh, thank you for the reminder that Monday is a holiday!!!

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JUDY1676 1/13/2011 10:41PM

    That sounds like a neat calendar. Wish we had something like that when I was teaching!

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DKELLEY35 1/13/2011 7:46PM

    That really sounds like a nice schedule. Let's hope there arent any more big storms.

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EDUCGRAD 1/13/2011 7:12PM

    Hope your snow is gone soon.We just got ice,but it is gone ,except for a few spots here and there.Today as our first full day of school this week

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KAKIPOPUP 1/13/2011 6:56PM

    Here in Massachusetts, we have a week's break in February (the week of Presidents' Day) and a week's break in April (the week of Patriot's Day, which commemorates the midnight ride of Paul Revere on the "18th of April in '75"). So February vacation doesn't sound so abnormal.

We don't have an Easter vacation (unless, like this year, it falls during April Vacation).

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HDHAWK 1/13/2011 6:26PM

    I like the sounds of that schedule!

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 1/13/2011 6:13PM

    Enjoy the time now, glad you are getting in great exercise while off. That sounds like a great schedule, would love to work that at my school.

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PRONTOPUP 1/13/2011 5:33PM

    Well that just answered my question, lol!

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GRANNYS5 1/13/2011 5:02PM

    Back to normal untill the next snow emoticonremember - it is only January emoticon

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SUNFLOWERGAL40 1/13/2011 4:43PM

    I wish we had a schedule like that. Our county keeps experimenting with the schedule. For example, we did not have a fall break this year and added a winter break in February. Well, now we've probably lost that winter break! emoticon I'm thankful for these days at home since I haven't felt well. But I'd rather have had a break in mid-February. It's a long haul till spring break! Just so we don't end up tacking on days at the end or (((shudder))) Saturdays! emoticon

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GOOZLEBEAR 1/13/2011 4:33PM

    That snow and ice sure messed up your school schedule! You are right, at least you don't have to go into June. Hopefully your classes will go good and you won't be too tired with no break for awhile. Like you said, it could always snow again and give you another break!!!

Glad you've been able to get some walking in!!!!

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OLDERDANDRT 1/13/2011 4:22PM

    That schedule does sound nice! Our kids seem to be out every time you turn around, but unless you're a parent, teacher or student, you really don't know. When my kids were in school, it was off a day here and one there and a long weekend here and there. Spring break and Christmas break were the only biggies, but make-up days.........not so much. They'd schedule in a few, but if we have a bad winter (like this one) they'll just tack them on to the end of the year or possibly a Saturday half day or 2. Actually, DD said that if they don't go tomorrow, they WILL do a half day Saturday. I guess that's better. I hate the kids having to go when it's hot outside and they'd be better served to get out into the fresh air.
Here's to hoping for no more Southern snow!!!!!
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SOVIETINDIA 1/13/2011 4:14PM

    Ohhh, that school schedule sounds lovely! Plenty of time to work out. :)

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And The Sun Will Come Out

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

emoticon let's hear it for sunshine!

Even though the emoticon is still below freezing and the wind is blowing, the emoticon is bright and will help the roads around here.

Wonder if we will have emoticon tomorrow.

I am still inside. Think I will walk around the house a while, or up and down stairs for exercise. The wind chill is bitter outside so no mile walk today.

I hope all my friends up the east coast are staying warm and dry.

I hope that we can get through the winter without any more emoticon. this was our third snow of the winter which is very unusual for Atlanta. Roads are still bad all over so I am waiting to see about school tomorrow. I have made my plans and am ready if we go.

Really just checking in with my friends today. Have a good one! and pamper yourself somehow.
Have a diva-licious 'You Deserve a Royal Treatment' Wednesday!
(((SSV!!!!)))

  
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HIKETOHEIGHTS 1/13/2011 3:56PM

    Stairs are great exercise. I like to do tricep dips on them! Keep Warm!

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MADKAPKID 1/12/2011 4:31PM

    Sunshine? That would be nice. The snow is still falling, the winds are really howling...and its pretty cold out there. We checked the snow and its too fluffy for making snowmen! Oh well....it was a thought anyway. tee hee hee At least its nice and cozy inside. Have a joy filled day.....Karen emoticon

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LAURELSPARK 1/12/2011 2:29PM

    It's 18 and cloudy here (BRRRR). I just got in from shoveling snow and had a salad with pineapple, strawberries, feta, and olives and a nice cup of tea to warm me up. Enjoy you day off.....I'm sure that you are eager to get back to school.

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OLDERDANDRT 1/12/2011 2:16PM

    Wow, I'm sorry you're still below freezing! We have just barely gotten over the freezing mark here with tons of sunshine, so hoping the roads will be improved alot today! The prob is that anything wet tonight will be ice in the morning! Don't know if our schools will open as early as tomorrow or not! They could probably manage on a delay. I hope so, b/c I hate they'll have to make-up 3 days already! Oh, yeah, and 1 from the last storm!
We'll be walking our miles outdoors soon, just gotta believe it! emoticon Hoping there is NO MORE emoticonfor either of us this year!!! And that the temps can return to their normal ranges!!!
Stay warm! Remember, moving causes friction and friction causes heat! So keep moving!!
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LEXIE63 1/12/2011 2:14PM

    Sunshine plus snow equals sparkles! Pretty! Eases the pain of the inconvenience a bit. :-)
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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JERZRN 1/12/2011 1:38PM

    We got 4 inches last night. It looks very pretty. We are used to snow though, so our roads are clear. Hope you get some warm weather soon!

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