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Metformin - My New Best Friend?

Thursday, December 13, 2012

This new friendship started with a few bumps. First, the new medicine did not bring my sugars down enough, and the doctor authorized me doubling the dosage a few days ahead of schedule, from 500 mg to 1000 mg, since I had not had any gastrointestinal side effects. That's when it started. I expected stomach aches, maybe bloating, but I was not prepared for that level of nausea. Just thinking of food made me sick - and I have strong stomach. Thankfully, it subsided after a couple of days, like a big wave of relief, but then I got a migraine, so I was not able to blog - or exercise.
My sugars are not about the same as they were before we switched meds, so I called the doctor's office again. I was told that it would take 2 weeks to take full effect, so I'll wait until Wednesday's doctor's appointment.

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MOVEITMARY 12/15/2012 12:58AM

    I'm sorry you have had such trouble with it. I hope that you and your doc find the right balance for you soon!

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MPETERSON2311 12/13/2012 10:07PM

    hope you feel better soon!

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THESUBY 12/13/2012 7:55PM

    Thank you, Chum48! I always want instant results, I have to learn how to be patient - and a good patient.

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CHUM48 12/13/2012 7:46PM

    Hang in there! Medical issues are always a challenge when you have to loss weight! Hang in there, just hang in there!

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Everything Out of Balance - For the Moment

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.

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MPETERSON2311 12/11/2012 3:28PM

    my husband has been prescribed metformin for years, and he has absolutely HAD IT with the gastro side effects to the point where he threatened to stop taking it.

We are going to make him an appt with another doctor ASAP because i KNOW there are other option than a fancy laxative

good luck! I hope you feel better.

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PATSYB7 12/11/2012 5:27AM

    Sorry you're not feeling well. emoticon You may have DOMS--delayed onset muscle soreness. Keep moving and it will go away. Hope you have a better day. emoticon

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Bad Music in Church

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.

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MPETERSON2311 12/10/2012 6:59PM

    he didnt recognize your face?? that does seem rude. my early days with my pastor he hugged me whether he remembered me or not

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PATSYB7 12/10/2012 6:31AM

    I'm sorry you've had some bad experiences with church related people. I can relate. Some churches feel that Advent should be a somber time and the music reflects that. I hope you find peace on your journey. emoticon

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LITTLEWIND53 12/9/2012 8:46PM

    I am so sorry you had such a bad experience at church. The church I go to is all volunteer, there are no paid positions at all anywhere..... So yes, home and personal life can impact how we do our callings, but we try to do the best we can. I don't sing but have a niece who studied music in college. but I love the music at this time of year..... inspirational. (I agree, winter songs are not Christmas songs in my humble opinion....)

My favourite song right now is by Bony M, the song is a medley "Oh my Lord" It is not in our hymnbook so we don't sing it in church, but it has such a message of Love and Hope.

I hope you can get involved. It would not only make it more spirtual for you, but may help to get others involved as well..... Dull sermons can sent people away, but precious music can certainly bring them in.....

Best wishes to you and yours at this very special time of year.....

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Nature Walk + La Posada = Fun Exercise

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!!!

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HOLLYM48 12/9/2012 9:08AM

    Wow, what a fun day and a fun blog! Thanks for sharing and congrats on getting more than 10,000 steps in!! emoticon

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Annoyed with the Doctor's Office

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.!!!

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MPETERSON2311 12/7/2012 2:43PM

    oh and I also agree with the teacher comment- hello?! We are BUSY!

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MPETERSON2311 12/7/2012 2:42PM

    My mom, a former nurse, and now medical technology director, will be the FIRST to tell you that medical staff CAN be written up for violating HIPPA and many people who do get written up are requested to be through customer feedback- you can protect your rights

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MOVEITMARY 12/6/2012 12:48PM

    When you go to your doctor's appointment, be sure and tell your doctor that you felt it was totally inappropriate for the receptionist (or whoever) to discuss your test results over the phone and give you advice. That is the DOCTOR's job.
Especially in a voice mail message; they have no way of knowing that isn't a shared answering machine or voice mail box and that violates patient privacy rights. Most doctor's offices are VERY circumspect when they leave a message (often to the point of fear - such as when it's the mammography center calling to say "call us right away").
A good doctor needs and wants to know what their staff are doing - if no one tells them they have no way to know what's going on, so do tell your doctor.

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PATSYB7 12/6/2012 5:48AM

    I agree--they handled this poorly. You are doing a great job--you got your cholesterol down! Good for you! Keep Sparking! emoticon

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KACEYSW 12/6/2012 12:38AM

    I hear your pain. It is ironic how the medical community processes information. If they had a secretary calll you that is beyond crass (and actually violates HIPPA laws).

You know that you are doing the right thing. You need to pat yourself on the back for being on top of it!

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