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Tuesday, November 08, 2011

So, after two years of steadily watching my health deteriorate and listening to my doctor tell me that I was just borderline with my blood sugars and nothing to worry about, I find myself in a very scary place.

The old doctor vanished and a new one took his patients, including me. I bit the bullet and went to see him with my list of problems.

Headaches 25 days a month
Severe back pain
Cracked heels (sometimes not able to feel it when I put it down on the floor)
blurred vision
loss of appetite
loss of thirst
body not healing (scratches from 3 months ago still just as bad)

and because I know diabetes is in my family, I had started tracking sugars now and again in 2009. In 2009 my sugars were 108-126 but my doc said not a problem. in 2010 they were 180 but again, my doctor repeatedly said I was just borderline and not to worry about it. My health greatly deteriorated in the past few months and I started testing again 2 weeks ago. my sugars are ranging from 243 to 414.

The doc instantly prescribed Metformin and I am going for full bloodwork and EKG next Tuesday. I haven't taken the Metformin yet because the paperwork that came with it states that it can be really harmful for someone who has liver issues etc and my last doctor told me that I had an enlarged liver a year ago so I just really want to make sure that there is no complication first. I know that may not be a sensible idea but with it being a new doctor who isn't yet familiar with all my history, I want to play safe.

Now I find myself really freaking out a bit about all of this and just really wanting to work with the doctor to turn this around or at least get it under control and I know that it's down to ME to do most of the work. I can't mess about with this anymore. I can't continue to ignore my health issues or downplay them. This is it.. time to get serious.
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    Good morning. My name is Susan. My husband was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes a few months back .He was feeling bad and went to the doctors. He numbers almost put him in the hospital...427. He decided to take control and has lots 30 pounds, is walking daily, and has completely changed his eating habits. I tell you all this so that you know that everything can change IF you are determined to change them.
    Doctor sometimes rush from patient to patient without even listening to what one patient is saying. Shop around if necessary but find a doc that will listen to you and will help you reach your goals. I will add you to my prayer list. Please feel free to e-mail me if you need any encouragement. emoticon
    2414 days ago
    Char, Doctors don't always think when they are in such a rush to get to the next patient. We tell our diabetics to only totally fast for 8 hours and our non-diabetics for 12 hours. The fat free diet (and no alcohol) does give a more accurate reading of lipids.

    I'm surprised no blood pressure or heart rate was done too at your appointment. Our MOA's (medical office assistants) usually do that when they bring you to the room. We also check a pulse oximetry to see where your oxygen concentration is at in your blood. We only do temps if we suspect you may have one or are coming in for something infectious.

    Diabetes is diagnosed more on what is called a HgA1C. It basically is a number that shows what your average blood sugar has been over a period of three months. We don't do so many glucose tolerance tests like about 5 years ago. This test is the standard by which your progress with blood sugar controls will be measured by.

    I hope your tests come back with good numbers. Either way, you will know where you are starting from and have a basis for setting up your goals. I've subscribed to your blogs so I will be keeping in touch. You are going to do great!

    2415 days ago
    Hi Kimberly and it's a pleasure to (virtually) meet you!

    Thank you so much for your words of support and advice. He has indeed scheduled lipids testing into the blood work, as well as a ton of other stuff. The first doctor was pretty bad. When I was with a different doctor one time (not sure why) that doctor went to find mine, and said he felt I should have a glucose, or a glucose tolerance test and yet again my doc turned around and said nope, borderline etc. It's why I just gave up going.

    This doctor seems to be very thorough but it's only the first time I have seen him so we will see. I was a little thrown off that he didn't do bp, temp or whatever else the docs usually do each appointment but I was kinda nervous too and didn't even realize that until after I got home! *laughs*

    Here they say 12 hour fasting so I was just going to make sure I had nothing after 8pm since I'll be going around 9am or so. I wasn't told about the fat free supper thing though. Good to know. I assume that's for a more accurate overall reading?
    I also don't drink so that's not a problem.

    Thank you again, for posting, and offering such great advice. I suspect that once it's confirmed it is indeed diabetes, then he will take further steps but I think for now he's just thrown the metformin at me as a way to try and bring my sugars down in the meantime. I am going to ensure I try everything I can do on my own too like pushing more water etc.

    I'll definitely blog. It's a great way to remind myself to keep on track, and also it will be neat perhaps one day to look back and see how far I came :)

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    2416 days ago
    Hi Charlene,

    Your first doctor was so wrong in not treating you when you were "just borderline". The nurse in me would like to give you a couple of suggestions.

    Ask your doctor for a diabetic nutrition consult. Too many doctors (including the one I work for) will start a patient on a medication for diabetes and never order the extensive teaching that is needed for successfully managing diabetes. It is not just about calorie and portion control. It is about eating the right things at the right times!

    My guess is that your doctor ordered a lipid panel. Doctors forget to tell patients about how important the fasting aspect of this test is to give an accurate test result. If he did, make sure you have a totally fat free supper the night before, no solids after 7pm and only water for 8 hrs prior to the test. If you drink alcohol, none of that for 72 hours prior too.

    I don't know you, but I am so happy for you to be starting this journey toward fitness. You can do it! Keep blogging and let us know how you are doing so we can support you.

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    2416 days ago
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