Monday, December 10, 2012
Ironically, the very thing that is supposed to help me be healthier is messing me up. The doctor put me on the lowest dose of metformin, in addition to the Actos I've been taking, but without the previous drug, glimeperide, in an attempt to make my sugars come down. Problem is, they are higher than before. I understand the reasoning of the low dose; the medicine can cause upset stomach, so it is phased in slowly.
Since I had high morning sugars and no side effects, I called the doctor's office and asked if I could double the medication right away instead of waiting 4 more days as planned. They said yes. My stomach must have listened in; as soon as I hung up, it started to grumble, trying to prove me wrong about the lack of side effects.
I woke up congested anyway this morning and aching a bit, so maybe I'm also fighting off some kind of cold - I would have said I'm sore, except I did lots of walking Saturday and none yesterday, so unless it's a delayed reaction, that can't be it. Can you get sore 2 days after exercising?
Maybe it's all psychosomatic; I even felt like I was going to pass out, but it went away. I always get worked up and almost OCD anytime I have medical changes, and after a while, I'm all cool about it, so hopefully, I should be back to normal soon.
Just to be on the safe side, I'm taking tomorrow off.
Sunday, December 09, 2012
So I went to church today. I haven't gone as often as I should, but with my newfound energy, I really felt like it. Advent has been my favorite season since I was little; I always loved the lights, songs, and sense of anticipation. When I was a kid, I actually thought church was all about listening to good stories and singing songs, and I still feel a little bit that way.
The church was decorated nicely, but I just couldn't get into the spirit today; the reason was the music selection. It was terrible. I've heard more cheerful music at funerals! Now, I know the difference between advent and Christmas, and I certainly wouldn't expect Rudolf or Frosty in the repertoire, but this was terrible. One of the songs went something like "The year is getting older, and we are getting older, too." All of them were in a minor scale and awfully depressing. The poor cantor, who did not have the best of voices, was struggling to sing them, and it didn't help that the congregation gave up halfway through the first stanza.
The church I used to go to had a full time music director, and I was very involved in choir and even did some cantoring. After a new priest took over, he fired her and made the music director position part time. He was very rude, which is a terrible thing for a man of God, one time telling me that if he didn't recognize my face, I wasn't a member of his church. Ahem, I am a member of the world church, any church I walk into is supposed to be my home. Anyway, after that, I switched parishes, which I really didn't like to do.
I was happy at the new one so far, but today was just terrible. I have to find out who the music director is; maybe he or she is an overwhelmed volunteer who just got the selection out of some newsletter to get it to the printer in a hurry. Maybe I can help in the future.
And then they wonder why attendance is down and the young people (meaning anyone under 50) don't want to come anymore.
Saturday, December 08, 2012
I decided to walk around the lake behind the apartments today, and this time, I took the camera. My morning walk also doubled as a birding session. I saw hawks, gulls, sparrows, juncos, robins, and several northern flickers.
In the afternoon, I finally joined the annual posada. I've wanted to do that for years, but every time, something came up. This year, I made it. La Posada is a Mexican tradition, reenacting Mary and Joseph's search for shelter. At each stop, a choir sings and then joins the parade. The whole thing ended at the courthouse, where the Christmas story was read and acted out, accompanied by Christmas carols. A nice walk through town that put everyone in the Christmas spirit.
Added bonus: for the first time, I walked more than 10,000 steps a day!!!
Thursday, December 06, 2012
So my A1c is 7.7, which means my average blood sugar is too high. I got the result via the health insurance's website almost a week ago, and I knew that was a problem; I've been tracking my diet and blood sugar much more carefully for the last 2 weeks, and I've been working out to bring the sugars down.
So, today the phone rings while I'm at work. I couldn't answer, because I was busy, so they left a message that my blood sugar is high and I need to have "tighter control" and "exercise more". That annoyed me terribly, because
a. that's the reason I got the blood test in the first place; they're telling me what I already know
b. I've had the result for 5 days, and they're just now calling me
c. I have a doctor's appointment for Friday to talk about the result; why have a secretary call me?
d. They should at least have mentioned that I did a good job getting the cholesterol down and keeping everything else in range
e. I know I need tighter control and more exercise, duh!
f. Never call a teacher before 3 p.m.!!!
Friday, November 30, 2012
I got the results of my blood test. Cholesterol is down, and except for the triglycerides, everything is in range. Even the triglycerides are only a few points above normal; a year and a half ago, they were way up. So I was happy when I got the results. Eating healthier seems to be paying off.
However, my A1c is up to 7.7. A year and a half ago, it was 7.2. I'm not really surprised, because my sugars were out of control for a while, but I am surprised that the lipids are down and the sugars up. Is that normal? What do I tell my doctor? Should I just keep trying with exercise and diet - my sugars have been lower since I've started tracking - and wait another 2 months until the bad sugars are out of my system? Or should I go on another medication? Any advice?
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