Take encouragement. I went through knee replacement surgery Dec 31 2010, and leading into it two weeks before my planned surgery date I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. My A1C was 11.2 then. The surgery was put on hold till I got my act together and thankfully in a three month time with tracking all my food, having diabetic nutrition training, getting on the right pills/doses (three adjustments till we found what worked for me), and learning what foods to balance eating; I was able to get approved for surgery.
Remember that your Dr. Is looking to put you in the best shape medically to ensure that surgery and the recovery are at the best state.
At the 2 month mark my Dr. saw that I was almost to his goal of having an average BS meter reading of 140, that he let me go forward.
As we kept looking at my progress before surgery, I was also given some good guidance for my vitamin intake, specifically vitamin D which is really important for the healing process. My blood work helped the Dr. know what to recommend for vitamins.
The final # was A1C of 7.4 down from what I started at 3 months prior.
Do know that while you are in the hospital that they will most likely use insulin instead of you prescribed pills unless you Dr. advises them otherwise, and your BS numbers will go up just because of the surgery so it is right of you physician to want it in a good range and be consistent. It till about a week after surgery till mine went back down.
If you have it available from you hospital see if there is something like a 'joint camp' you can go to before surgery to learn stuff and ask questions. I did this and it helped me learn what the hospital and home rehab was going to be like.
Best of luck, and take whatever steps you need to be as healthy as possible before surgery.
Blessings - Karen ( you fellow knee replacement buddy )
ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE!!!
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