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On the Road to Rediscovering Wellness

Sunday, January 02, 2011

On Thursday, December 30, I had my follow-up appointment with my primary physician. We went over the results of my blood tests, which included my A1C. Of course my numbers are still higher than they should be; however, I did get some good news. My A1C is at 6.3%. This is a very good number for someone with type 2 diabetes. The goal for those with type 2 diabetes is to get their A1C down to 6.5% to 7%. Keeping my A1C down means no insulin for me any time soon!

My doctor, though I have been seeing him only two months, is aware of my life situation and is taking it into account when recommending treatments. Two years ago, I was thrown into a full-time caregiver role taking care of my husband because of his health status. He has many health issues, which include high blood pressure, high cholesterol, colostomy (rectal cancer survivor), pacemaker, type 2 diabetes, seizure disorder, dementia, and Parkinson's Disease. Since becoming his full-time caregiver, I have been stressed more than usual since I do not get any help from his daughters. My doctor is aware of this as I had mentioned earlier; therefore, he is suggesting that I seek further support to help me lose weight. He told me that once I begin to lose weight, then my numbers will all fall within the normal range and I will become healthy again. This is good news, since this is what I have been thinking all along. I am so happy to have a doctor that is willing to look at the whole picture regarding my health and not just one or two pieces, which results in pushing pills that may not be needed.

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DEBRAW1124 1/7/2011 10:16AM

    Hi Cris,

I apologize that it took me so long to respond to your last post; I have been busy with school work and taking care of my husband.

To answer your questions;

If I could pick any career, my dream job would be a writer and motivational speaker.

I am working on my BS in Health and Wellness; ironic, isn't it. I have been going to school since August, 2007 and have been able to maintain a 4.0 GPA until last term when I was sick with a sinus infection and an ear infection. My current GPA is 3.91, which puts me on the dean's list instead of the president's list. I am still an honor student though. I will be done late February/early March, 2012.

Keeping my GPA up has not been easy, since my husband has been in and out of the hospital 20 plus times over four years. In addition, I almost lost him three times in the same period; the most recent being last September.

It's funny, everyone sees that I am a strong, motivated woman, but I do not see it in myself. Most likely this is because I consider myself a failure when it comes to losing weight and staying healthy.

I am happy to be on this team with you, too. I am finding support and inspiration from everyone here.


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WEGENERCS 1/4/2011 7:04PM

    Debra--you are a student on top of all the other issues you are dealing with? Wow! I am in awe of your accomplishments. If you could pick any career, what would your dream job be? In what field is your degree? I'll bet some of your respite time will be used toward that degree.

You sound like one very motivated woman. Glad you are on my team. Regards--Cris

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DEBRAW1124 1/4/2011 9:37AM

    Hi Cris,

Thank you so much for your reply. It is great to know that I have a support system right here on SparkPeople and that I have friends that can help me on this journey to weight loss.

Congratulations on your low A1C. I will keep you in my prayers regarding your issues with your thyroid and allergies. I wish that I had some advice about these issues, but I don't. I have not been diagnosed with a thyroid problem, but I also have allergies, which affect me year-round. I don't know if our allergies will decrease because of weight loss, but one can dream about it.

I will definitely start to use the trackers that are available through SparkPeople. According to calculations I can be down to normal weight by May of 2012, which is great since I will be graduating with my Bachelor's degree in August of 2012 (besides being my husband's full-time caregiver, I am also a full-time online college student).


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WEGENERCS 1/3/2011 8:45PM

    You have had some pretty complicated issues to deal with. Taking the step to ask your doctor for help was a really brave thing to do, my friend. Take the time you can get from respite care and do things that please you.

As for your diabetes, my A1C has gone down so much (down to 5.9 in December), so was happy about that. Now if I could just get my thyroid working and allergies under control.

You received some great advice about using the nutrition and fitness logs (do it every day). You will definitely notice a difference when you can actually see the numbers. Hugs--Cris

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DEBRAW1124 1/2/2011 3:56PM

    Hi Bonnie,

Thank you for the tips on using the Nutrition and Fitness Trackers. I will definitely begin to use them. So far all that I have used is the blood glucose, weight, and measurement trackers, which have all been a great help, too.

Regarding support so that I can begin to take care of myself, I am now getting 16 hours a week of respite care. The respite care is four hours a day four days a week. Now that I am comfortable with leaving my husband with a stranger, I am planning to use the 16 hours to visit friends, take walks, go shopping, see a movie, or any other activity that I want to do for myself. In addition, I am looking into applying for a scholarship at our local YMCA. If approved, this scholarship will allow me to become a member at little to no cost since the membership fee would be based on our income on a sliding fee scale.


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DEBRAW1124 1/2/2011 3:45PM

    Hi Lee,

I just want to thank you for your words of encouragement.


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DEBRAW1124 1/2/2011 3:44PM

    Hi Brittney,

Thank you so much for your words of encouragement.


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MUEHLBBO 1/2/2011 11:51AM

    I hope that you utitlize the features provided here; the Nutrition Tracker and Fitness Tracker I think are fantastic. I am with your doctor: as your weight drops, so will the numbers. I'm living proof of that. Being a caregiver is tough, especially if you don't get the help that you need. I went through that also with my father. Please seek some additional help in that area also, even if it's for an hour say three times a week for at least an hour so you can be stress free to exercise or do other things for yourself. I wish you the best of luck.

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THINAGIN2 1/2/2011 10:54AM

    It sounds like you have a lot on your plate but have now taken charge of your life. Congratulations on finding a good doctor and getting back to healthy! Keep on keeping on!!!

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RUNNER4LYFE 1/2/2011 10:52AM

    Yes, it eems u have found the right doctor for u :o) Keep on Sparking and u will be as happy and heathy physically as u already are emotionally and mentally! U can do this!!! We are all in it together!

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