Hi I'm Dawn and I was diagnosed (this time around) on Monday (5/18/09). And if you read all of this it will be more than you ever wanted to know.
What I mean by this time around is I had kind of a scare diagnosed 10 years ago. But it had been related to coming off a ton of drugs and hormones, a bout of depression from my grandmother dying the night of my last surgery (she and I were two peas in a pod), having had to give up child baring at 29, and living on almost nothing but circus peanuts (yes those weird orange marshmallow things) and coke for a couple of months. I went into my GP for a bladder infection, she says no your have diabetes, puts me on drugs and sends me to an education center, a week later I'm in her office, huh you have a bladder infection and but no sugar in the UA. Huh...well stay on the drugs and continue going to the center. So I did. It was enough of a scare, that I've not had a circus peanut in 10 years. After a few months at the center, they determine my diagnosis then to be a mistake and a result of my circus peanut habit. My A1Cs had never been elevated.
So in the past few months I knew something hadn't been right. So I bought a new meter and started testing in the mornings. Sure enough, I was running in the mid to low 200s. Not good. I ended up getting sick with a virus from a coworker had and started running fever a couple of Fridays ago, the dr couldn't get me in so I had made an appt for the next Monday in case I was still sick. I work for the state health department and with the whole swine flu thing we have protocals we have to fallow. That Saturday I ended up in the ER with a 105 temp. Yea fun.
So I kept my appt with the dr since the ER didn't do anything other than say eh a fever is a fever. So while I was there I added in that I had been monitoring my glucose and felt that I was having issues so he ran all kinds of test, full panel, you name it and a UA.
I went in on Monday to get cleared for the fevers so I could return to work and follow up to all the lab work. It was not an appt that went well. The nurse was shocked at how well my results were for my age, the glucose was high, 189, and the dr was like you have diabetes and you've damaged your kidneys, take these meds, if you don't improve by next week I'm putting you on insuline and maybe a weightloss drug.
I had to inform him that I had lost 25 pounds since I first saw him in December. He seemed shocked by this. He had his head buried in his computer, I couldn't really talked to him, he said he wanted an EKG and the nurse will teach me how to test and walked out. That was the extent of the appt. Nothing about how he wanted me to take the meds, how frequently he wanted tests, I had to pester the nurse and office staff about testing supplies, they seemed clueless. My EKG was about as perfect as it could be (so the nurse said). They sent paper work to a medical supply company and that has been a nightmare, and there still isn'g a script from the dr for the supplies.
This is already long enough I'm not going to go into details of the rest of the nightmare this office has been. Needless to say, I called to day and changed to a new PCP and will not be returning to this guy. Monday was only the 3rd time I've seen him.
But he put me on Metformin 500mg, he said I have to decide if I need 2 or 4 pills a day, but no info past that. And he put me on Lisinopril which is a blood pressure med (my bp is normal) which he said would help take the stress off my kidneys and he referred me to a nephrologist.
I got a copy of my lab results, all the kidney fuctions were within "normal" ranges, but the ratio was off, but only by 6 points. And I had been sick running an average 102 temp and dehydrated for 4 days when I gave the UA so that could very well have had a baring on the results. But we shall see. I'm not freaking out at this point. Oh I did a bit that day, but it passed.
I'm being a good girl and taking my meds, had a big long talk with the new hubby that my diet and lifestyle needs to return to what they were before he was in the picture. I was very much a South Beach babe and got up every morning at 4:30 to do yoga for an hour and then went for a walk for an hour. Not sure he'll let me out of bed at that hour. LOL!
So that's basically me at this point.
Edited by: BADGIRL69 at: 5/21/2009 (22:29)
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