Wednesday, January 16, 2013
I went to my doctor last month for my initial visit. My big concern was weight loss. He had prescribed me topamax and phentermine. I had to pay almost $40 for the Phentermine because it's not covered, but the topamax my insurance wouldn't pay for either and they wanted almost $300.. so I didn't get it filled. My doctor had me do bloodwork before I started the meds. I never did tell him about the topamax until yesterday at my second appointment.
My doctor didn't understand why they were charging me.. he called on his cell a pharmacist and chatted with him about my insurance and they didnt understand it either so he told me to go to this certain pharmacy. So im going there tonight. He told me my lab results came back and they were "ridiculous"! He is a super funny Pakastani guy... he has me about rolling on the floor laughing. My blood pressure was 120 over 80, my cholesterol (this was my biggest worry because my moms is super high.. like 550!!) was 70!! He couldn't believe how great that was, he said what everything else was and it was wonderful and then he said he had also checked me for diabetes and insulin resistance and that i showed no sign of either... my thyroid was great (my mother had thyroid disease and my dad is diabetic) that was a relief!
He then said he had only one concern and didn't want to scare me... that I am deficient in Vitamin B12. He said this is concerning because the american diet is rich in vit B12 and that my body isnt absorbing it. He prescribed Vitamin B12 tablets to me, and said that if these don't work I will have to get injections. He asked me if I ever felt tired.. my reply was "um, only every single day of my life!!" in the classroom I work in we have our own nurse because of all of the kids with tube feedings and seizures. Our nurse always tells me that I need to see a doctor that I shouldn't feel that tired every single day.. i stay busy but im always look exhausted. It's because I am. I wonder now if this deficiency has to do with it. No matter what, I just don't have energy. That's why my first day on Phentermine seemed so amazing!! I had told everyone how awesome it was, that I hadn't had that much energy since I was a kid!!!!
I also lost 5 pounds since my last visit so that is good. He wants to see me on March 14. I asked him how much weight he would like to see me lose by then (so that I can keep myself motivated and have a target) and he said 15 pounds. Yikes!! Although that seems like alot I needed to hear a number like that so i keep myself on track with low carb eating. I feel better when i eat that way anyway.. even when Im not perfect, i do tend to stay away from carby type foods. im not a bread or pasta fan for the most part, I cant stand potatoes (except potato chips!!) Im not into white rice, or floury things like tortillas... I can't stand stuff like that.. my biggest downfall is CHOCOLATE.. bet you all my extra weight is from CANDY!! im a candy freak.. and that's where I need to work on things.