I spent yesterday learning how to use our new blood pressure cuff. And I spent today learning how to use the new glucometer.
But... these will be good for me. The doctor's office called really so I could meet the new doctor but I had issues from the last blood test. Hmmm 5 different issues!
This guy got lots of info in a short time. He wants me to make a diary of both blood pressure and blood glucose. For 2 weeks. After a month I am due for real blood testing. And after that make an appointment with him.
these machines had been totatlly overwhelming me when I was supposed to use them with my husband. I avoided them for years. His blood sugar and blood pressured good so doctors did not push me to test him more.
His afternoon aide (2 X A WEEK) helped me today with the BP machine. It kept sending errors even with her helping me. Very frustrating! Finally it was OK. I am glad she was there.
The blood sugar test was almost fun
. I don't know why but I was enjoying the accuracy of these numbers. The machines hold the data. I'd need a special program and cord to download it (blood sugar) to my computer. Forget it.
I was writing it on paper but I did not like that. So I found 2 good (and free) charts online to use.
One for blood pressure and another one for blood sugar.
I think after 2 weeks I will have some good data to show him. really he should have given me these charts! But he is new to that practice. He did not even order the scripts correctly . The glucometer and one med was not there when I went to get it.
I found him easy to talk to. And he is rather handsome, too!
I know I am in danger of being diabetic 2. I hope using these tools will keep me from going over to that. Exercise right after eating is supposed to keep the blood sugar low. (if you are type 2 diabetic- meaning insulin resistant). I found a chat line where people give their experiences about that. They were excited about getting their numbers improved.
I think I will put this in a blog so I can remember it.
Thanks for supporting me in all the different things I have been trying! chris