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Fat Wars: A New Hope, or in this case, last resort.

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

So i've been trying and trying to work hard and lose weight. I've been eating right and exercising and nothing seems to work. I fight with diabetes and diabetes fights against my efforts. late last year I went on insulin injections (made weight loss even harder) When i first got on it, i was getting itchy insect bump areas at injection site. Not knowing better, i thought that was normal, but told my doctor something wasn't right. They changed my insulin, needles, everything... Then, I had a severe reaction to the new insulin, I Broke out in hives and itchy all over. Long story short, after being tested, i'm very allergic to all synthetic insulins. This is extremely rare, so much so that my doctors had to go back to the books on this one. ( they will probably never encounter it again in their career.) That being said, endocrinology put me on byatta (which i have some concerns about, with the lawyers on tv about it and all). It doesn't seem to be working well, my sugars can go down to 60 with it, up to 288, and then back down to 110 in a matter of an hour. My last option for curing diabetes is to have gastric bypass surgery. This isn't just me saying this, this is also recommendations from several doctors and pretty much anyone i talk to. So it looks like i'm going that route. I've tried very hard to avoid this outcome, but with the insulin allergy, i'm don't see much other option. This isn't a cop out, this is a last resort. I'm a little saddened by this, and a little happy at the same time. I know there is something that can be done, i can be healthier and happier, and i can get rid of the 25 or so pills i take every day plus 2 byatta injections. It is going to be a while before it happens, but the decision is done, it is the best thing for me at this point.

  
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RANGERAMPS 8/7/2013 4:54PM

    I have studied about gastric bypass surgery and it is NOT a cop out. I may have said that 10 years ago but not now. The one thing I would caution is it is just as difficult as losing weight without it. You have to change your entire lifestyle. There are lots of 'rules' you have to go by or the surgery really won't work like it's suppose to. It is a 'tool' to use not a final solution. And it really will help with diabetes. Good luck with whatever you decide.

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COREY219 7/11/2013 1:31PM

    Hope you work through it ok.

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TENNISJIM 7/10/2013 6:12AM

    Wow!

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SUSANBEAMON 7/10/2013 1:22AM

  that kind of surgery is a last resort kind of thing, because you will have to completely change the way you eat, not just what you eat. Be careful and mindful. research is showing too many people have regained the weight they lost after surgery because they didn't change enough. Sorry for your allergy to the medication you need.

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BEBARB149 7/9/2013 6:52PM

    You've really been through the wringer. I hope things start to improve for you soon. I've know two women who've had the surgery, and their results were amazing. Hope it solves your diabetes/insulin troubles quickly.

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RIGEIN24 7/9/2013 6:36PM

    Hey man, don't feel like it's a cop out. Your situation sounds immensely difficult -- if gastric bypass is what it takes to make you healthy then that's something people should admire you for going through with! If they can't understand your struggles, don't concern yourself with them. You don't need to prove anything to anyone but yourself.

I wish you the best, surgery is no joke. You'll be in my thoughts.

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TWSEAL1977 7/9/2013 5:56PM

    Thanks JOYCEE23. I will post more often along this journey.

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JOYCEE23 7/9/2013 5:54PM

  I hope everything goes well. Best wishes. Let us know how your doing.

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Living a Lie

Monday, January 14, 2013

Today i discovered that i have been living a lie, a lie that was spurned on by a bad scale. I had my suspicions for a while. I would weigh myself and get one number, step off and back on and get a completely different number. Every time i went to the doctor i would always weigh a lot more than my scale at home said I did. Despite the evidence to the contrary, i was happy to stick with the lowest number and live in ignorant bliss.

Last week I weighed in on a scale that is part of a local fitness program, to my dismay, i again weighed a lot more than my home scale showed. Again, I chose to stick with the lowest number. I was thinking, well, at least i lost weight because if i weigh more on there, then that means i weighed more than i thought i did when i started. WAIT! That means... That means i weighed a lot more than I ever thought i did!! Yes, i know i lost weight, I can tell. I think i have lost at least 20 lbs, but i can never be certain of exactly how much and how fat i really had gotten.

I decided to invest in an accurate scale. It came in today and as soon as i got home i opened it up and weighed myself. As i suspected, I weigh about 10 lbs more that i thought i did at this point. So, i have to re-adjust my goals and reset my information so that it can be accurate. I will weigh in the morning in my birthday suite on my new scale and go from there. While it may have set me back on my gaol by about 10 lbs, it doesn't stop me. It motivates me to work harder, eat better, and live better. Sure, i may not meet my 240 goal by the end of March. It may take me a little longer than that, but i'm going to try my hardest to get as close as i can by then.

What motivates me the most is not just being healthier and putting diabetes in it's place, but also getting rid of prescription meds and saving money. I hate taking meds, i think they just make things worse in the long run and with all that i'm taking, i'm spending a fortune every month. So, i figure, good way to save money is to get healthy and get to the point that i no longer need those meds. Not to mention the A1C blood tests every 3 months and doctor bills, etc.

  
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COURTNEY055 1/15/2013 6:39AM

    Loved your blog! I too have dealt with the "lying" scales..Lol. I still have yet to invest in a new one and am battling with the diffs between home and MD office. But, I love your positive attitude and great outlook on things. You're motivating me to go get a new more updated and accurate scale. It's best to start out on the right foot, right? You're doing a great thing and yourself a great favor! emoticon emoticon

You're an inspiration! Best wishes to you!

Courtney

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TENNISJIM 1/15/2013 6:20AM

    You can do it. Way to get it right!

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KASEYCOFF 1/15/2013 3:27AM

    I know just what you mean - I have Type 2 also. Re the scales: you've taken a big step, in confronting the reality and working to deal with the situation. Good for you!!!
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SPEEDY143 1/15/2013 3:14AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon Congrats on buying a new scale... that's a huge step in the right direction emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SAILOR64 1/14/2013 8:55PM

  Keep up the good work. Be dedicated and keep that Positive Mental Attitude.


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USMAWIFE 1/14/2013 8:40PM

    Where you have a1C tests every 3 months, I have thryoid tests every six weeks. What a pain

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MELAFYAIYAI 1/14/2013 8:35PM

    Great attitude! Keep up the great strides you are making in taking care of yourself! emoticon

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