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Monday, October 07, 2013

Reader---beware!

How I wish I could put my hands back into time and grab myself and shake myself.

I don't think I've ever had a healthy relationship with food but I remember all those years when I felt like a failure because I wore a size 6 instead of a size 4. I was always tripping around between an avoirdupois of 115-120. Not really that bad for someone who is 5 feet 4 inches.

Today I had to go to the doctor and all of my conditions are worse in spite of my weight loss and my exercise program. My blood pressure was too high! My Congestive Heart failure is worse!

I now take 15 prescription medications! Two of them are temporary (an antibiotic & Lasix). I had to add a beta blocker and a "potassium sparing" diuretic. I already have three injectibles for my diabetes, and three oral medications for diabetes and blood fats. I already had a blood pressure medication, which I will continue.

When I go off the temporary ones, I will have 13 prescription medications to take daily. Let's call if 14 if we including the non-prescription aspirin. Oh, and you will probably be surprised to hear that not one of them is psychiatric! (I have tried them and the side effects are worse than the treatment for me--I don't want to discourage you from trying if it might help!)

Here's the lesson for you, reader: I suspect that if I had treated my body better and not spent so many years at 250 pounds living on sugar, I would probably be on about two prescription medications. There is no reason to think that I would necessarily have high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart failure.

When I think back to that 35 year old who wore a size 6--it seems like yesterday. While I cannot guarantee that family genetics did not add an apple of discord into my health, I KNOW FOR A FACT that my "lifestyle" choices have doomed me. These things do not just up and go away. My enlarged heart will never slim down.

SO WHY DO I WRITE THIS?
Please take this seriously; do not be like me; do not die before you retire (which is where I am headed). When you get to be in your 40's or 50's you will notice that time really does speed by!

Eat well. Exercise. Avoid stress and tension. Relax. Avoid drama. Avoid arguments; avoid sweets and too many carbs. Get flu shots!

Here is the kicker: They called me up; they were behind on their testing; I have the flu.
I have to continue to take ALL meds for a few days ==up to a week maybe and then return to the doctors.

9:37 PM: My blood sugar is 244. I have had nothing to eat since my low-carb cereal around 11 this am; I don't get it. Really bad reading; it has not been about 175 in the past 27 months. emoticon

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  • LORIVIOLA
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    i hope you are doing better.
    1306 days ago
  • TERRIJ7
    This is an old blog. I hope you're doing a bit better by now. Thank you, though, for the wise words of warning.
    1330 days ago
  • GRAMPIAN
    Wise words. emoticon
    1416 days ago
  • BLPRETTYGIRL1
    emoticon for sharing. I hope this helps someone to do what is best for their health before it is too late. emoticon
    1436 days ago
  • MCJULIEO
    It might be a little late for SOME things, but all healthy choices now will still have beneficial results.... Don't give up! You can do this!
    1451 days ago
  • EFFRAYECHILDE
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    1458 days ago
  • MAYBER
    Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us
    With determination you will achieve
    One day at a time
    Love Prayers Peace
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    1459 days ago
  • LYCADIA
    emoticon Thank you very much for sharing. I've just been diagnosed with diabetes, slightly high blood pressure and hypothyroidism at the age of 36 and am, frankly, scared and disgusted with myself. With a family history of diabetes, heart disease and stroke, I knew I should be taking better care of myself long before this but didn't. I've always turned to food for comfort since I was in grade school and so was overweight, teased, and avoided exercise most of my life. By high school, I was diagnosed with major depression, but have gone years without insurance or treatment. I let myself get up to 278 pounds, an all time high for me, after a very serious dark period of depression before I realized that I had to change and take control of something in my life, and it should be to start taking better care of myself. Now that I had finally started my weight loss and fitness journey, already lost 25 pounds, and turned to a doctor for further help, I discover that I've already done much worse damage to my body than I thought. I hope that now that I am aware, I can treat the harm done and carry on correcting the problems I've created. Part of me is cowardly and wishes I just didn't know, but I realize that that is foolish and even a little self-destructive. Thank you so much for sharing your story and reminding me that I need to keep on the better path I've set for myself because the longer I resist changing, the worse off I will be. emoticon
    1464 days ago
  • SHANNONINAZ
    Get better soon, the flu stinks especially with all your co-morbidities. Don't be too concerned about your blood sugar spike, it's because you are ill and your body is stressed. (I'm a Cardiac RN). Just speak with your doctor and he/she can address you blood sugar with a sliding scale, if they deem necessary. Always keep your doc in the loop.
    Thank you for sharing your story with all of us! I have no doubt you will help to alter more than one persons fate.
    Be well!
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    1467 days ago
  • SHANNONINAZ
    Get better soon, the flu stinks especially with all your co-morbidities. Don't be too concerned about your blood sugar spike, it's because you are ill and your body is stressed. (I'm a Cardiac RN). Just speak with your doctor and he/she can address you blood sugar with a sliding scale, if they deem necessary. Always keep your doc in the loop.
    Thank you for sharing your story with all of us! I have no doubt you will help to alter more than one persons fate.
    Be well!
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    1467 days ago
  • CORNERKICK
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    1468 days ago
  • EBONYSOL
    Thanks for sharing. I had a cousin who had diabetes. When she was in her 40s, she became very sick and could not get her blood sugars under control. Turned out the problem was the artificial sweeteners which many diabetics use. After eliminating those artificial sweeteners, her health and blood sugar levels improved dramatically. Just a thought.
    1468 days ago
  • FIFIFRIZZLE
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    1468 days ago
  • STEVIEBEE569
    I hope you feel better! emoticon
    1468 days ago
  • WHITEANGEL4
    Thanks for haring. We all need to listen to your story and take ar of ourselves
    1468 days ago
  • JIBBIE49
    emoticon Great to see your blog featured in the SPARK MAIL.
    1469 days ago
  • PANDABEAR42
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  • CLAYARTIST
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  • CHARTHESTAR
    it is so true-
    we make our health by what we eat.

    Hope you are on the road to flu recovery and that you can reverse at least some of the damage done because of the food.

    Thank you for sharing!
    1469 days ago
  • LISA_FRAME
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    1469 days ago
  • THOMS1
    You are right, in your 40's - 60's you notice that time does speed up. I know if I had listened to mother about portion control and exercise it wouldn't have taken me the last five years to lose this weight. I wish you success and I would follow the advice of fitformein 2013. It could very well be a combination of you meds.
    1469 days ago
  • CHERIONE
    Thanks for posting...fluids and rest for you. Feel better soon
    1469 days ago
  • ROZZIEOZZIE
    Thanks for your good advice! I certainly hope you will be feeling better soon, and will be able to get all your numbers and meds under control! Get well quickly!
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    1469 days ago
  • DRTOVAH
    Thank you for sharing. I hope your conditions get under control soon.
    1469 days ago
  • SUSIEMT
    I am not a health professional but I think you have been given some good advice. Keep the faith! Good luck to you and it was a good warning!
    1469 days ago
  • MOTIVATIONFOUND
    Thank you so much for this blog. I think it rings true for a lot of us...how the choices we've made in our lives so far got us to the point we're at now where we know we need to make a change. You are making such positive changes in your life - hang in there.

    Hope you feel better soon - the flu is no fun!

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    1469 days ago
  • FIT4MEIN2013
    Natalie, I don't (obviously) have your list of prescriptions, but it could be that they are affecting your blood sugar and other health issues. As a nurse for 25 years, I have seen patients come in to be detoxed from their prescription drugs and many of their health issues went away.

    My step-daughter was on as many drugs as you are. Without telling anybody, she cold-turkey quit the medications. Understand that that is a VERY dangerous thing to do! She had no supervision or monitoring and I found out about it months later. Anyway, her blood pressure normalized, her depression lifted and her blood pressure stabilized all without the drugs that were supposed to treat those very issues.

    Prayers for you, friend.
    1469 days ago
  • SUSANNEBUNN1943
    I have lived with wonderful Sisters who had diabetes. Whenever they were sick, even with a cold, their blood glucose would go sky high. When they got better, it would return to their "normal". Take care of yourself. Do not get discouraged. Get ready to rejoice as you feel better. Plan a celebration. I recommend and "inner dance of joy" and maybe a few little dance steps.
    1469 days ago
  • MINANCY
    Natalie, I just don't know what to say, that hasn't been said. Thanks for posting your story. Thanks for the warning to others. I sincerely hope you will feel better soon, and that through the continuation of your weight loss and fitness efforts you will hold off the boogie man.
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    1469 days ago
  • CHERYLHURT
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  • ILOVEMALI
    feel better, Pal -- xoxo, Deb
    1470 days ago
  • KKLENNERT809
    It really sounds like you might need some help with your diet--could you meet with a dietician for some ideas? Just a suggestion. I am so sorry to hear that you are taking so many medications. I take 3 each day and I feel that is too many. I wish you could wave a magic wand and take all the bad stuff away!
    1470 days ago
  • LISA_FRAME
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  • MRSRIGS1
    emoticon I am so sorry. I wish you the best for improvement to your health! emoticon emoticon
    1470 days ago
  • NEWTINK
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  • BHKAGELE
    The flu is a miserable thing. Good on you for taking control of your life. Keep up the good work. Feel better. emoticon
    1470 days ago
  • JACKIE15108
    I hope you feel better soon! Keep doing everything you can do - it has to be helping even if you don't realize it.
    You're right to remind everyone to take care of themselves while they are young. Once I hit 50 all my bad habits and weight caught up with me and like you I take 18 meds a day to continue.
    1470 days ago
  • RUNNINGYOGINIRE
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  • EMILY0724
    I hope you feel better soon. thank-you for posting such an honest story. Your candor might help others. As for you, you can get to a more healthy state. You may never reach a point where you can be medication-free, but you can improve your health. I wish you the best!
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    1470 days ago
  • DIETER27
    get well soon . hugs to you...... hang in there. ........
    1470 days ago
  • JENJI_RUNNER
    Don't try to fix everything while you are sick. When you are better, start back in. Right now, try to rest and recover. emoticon
    1470 days ago
  • JIBBIE49
    emoticon Great to see your blog featured in the Spark Mail.
    1470 days ago
  • ROXYCARIN
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  • BLUEJEAN99
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  • FIRECOM
    I often wonder why those nighttime readings are so high. Tonight we had chicken breast with vegetables and cottage cheese and I still read a surprising 208.

    I t appears that overall, you are doing pretty well. Just keep on coming on.
    1471 days ago
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  • MARYJEANSL
    I'm sorry to hear that you are having such health struggles. Do keep trying - there will be improvements, even tiny ones, if you keep at it. I hope you get over the flu as quickly as possible!
    1471 days ago
  • JAMER123
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    Hoping you begin to respond to your treatments and heal! You have a heavy load and need to hang in there as well as taking care of yourself. Thank you for an inspiring story.
    1471 days ago
  • ADRIENNEAKAAJ
    Hang in there! Everyday is a new day :) Im sorry to hear you're sick...just take it day by day emoticon
    1471 days ago
  • JANET552
    Thanks for the lesson. I need to hear it often!

    I hope you feel better soon.
    1471 days ago
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