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Wednesday, September 09, 2020

I want to get in better shape. I like to try new things. I like to jump rope. I know I will buy myself some new ropes and start jumping rope. July 2020 I’m ready. Have my ropes, have looked at different sites, decided to jump for 1 minute, rest 30 second and at the end will have a total for 5 minutes jumping. I set my interval timer and I’m off. I did 83 jumps the first day, I did 86 jumps the second day, I did 89 jumps the third day. On the fourth day I was feeling some pain in the back of my heel. I took a rest day. Then the pain got worse and worse. I was physically limping and the pain was bad. I went to the Urgent Care Center and they said it looked like I pulled the muscle. To take Alieve twice a day for 7 days and stay off as much as possible. This here ended my jump rope career (at least for a while).

While I was at the Urgent Care Center they took my blood pressure and said it was high that I should follow up with my family doctor. I made an appointment for the following week. I know high blood pressure is nothing to fool around with. It runs on my mom’s side of the family and being close to 49 years old – I really was not surprised. I check my blood pressure every morning and evening with the little blood pressure cuff I had at home. I marked down all the reading and when I went to the doctor I had a list to present to him. He took it twice in the office, looked at my list and said YES, we need to start you on medication. Sent me for blood work and started me on medication.

What do you do when you have sore ankles, high blood pressure and you are stressed out because of it? That’s right – you buy yourself a brand-new car! On July 25th I bought myself (or I guess leased) a 2020 Rav 4 with only 2 miles on it. Exciting and scary!

On August 7th I turned 49.

Back to the doctors and he said the blood work was good except my glucose levels and he believes I may be diabetic. I told him I did not want to be diabetic. He was not amused. He sent me for an A1C blood test.

While I was there I complained about a pain in my elbow. He said it looked like tennis elbow, take Alieve twice a day for 7 days. Ok it did help with the heels (even though they still hurt from time to time – they are 95% better, so might as well do the same for the arm).
My A1C came back as 7.1 and as of September 9th I am starting diabetic medication, one tablet a day but he would like me to eventually take 2 a day. Right now, stay on that for 3 months, redo A1C and go from there. On my follow up the appointment the blood pressure was good so the medicine for that seems to be work. I am hoping the diabetic medicine helps too. I’m upset to be “diabetic” but hoping with my continued nutrition and exercise I will not be on it for long. Oh, and the arm is still very sore. I now have a tennis elbow brace and he started me on 7 days of steroids.

That has been the last couple of months for me. I’m kind of taking it with a grain of salt and a chuckle! It is what it is. I’ll do what the doctor tells me. I will work hard to lose weight. I’ll keep moving forward. I will not give up and I will succeed!

Debbie
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  • 2020ISTHEYEAR
    It's frustrating when you are trying to get going and things keep popping up. You are keeping a great attitude tho, and I know you will succeed. Just start slowly, when you are able to. Work your way up. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    79 days ago
  • CHERIRIDDELL
    My husband jumps rope it is great. Your doctor might not have been amused when you told him you didn't want to be diabetic but I was I thought it was a cute comeback!
    79 days ago
  • MNABOY
    `BP is a pain if you can't get it under control. Good luck!
    79 days ago
  • SUSANM18
    Wow! You have been on the medical care merry-go-round!

    Find some low-impact movement to do to keep the heels healthy. I've heard that old-fashioned walking is good for you! Wonder where I've heard that? emoticon

    May take time, but you can get off the meds.

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    79 days ago
  • IAMTHEELLIE
    I have feel pain that I'm pretty sure is plantar fasciitis. If it keeps popping up you might have the same. Good arch support and calf/foot stretches might help!
    79 days ago
  • KENDRACARROLL
    Best wishes!
    Work your program - keep sparking - get off those meds.
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    79 days ago
  • DIANEDOESSMILES
    Oh Debbie been there!! Don't that!! As I lost the weight I went out of 7's with my AC1 and now? I am at 5.1. Sometimes a total scare is enough to truly motivate us. And the BP med I was on? I can't remember which 1 it was.

    I put up a picture of my then current self on the fridge as a reminder of why I wanted this. On a cupboard door I put up my reasons why eating extra's was not what I wanted to eat. My GD lived with me then and the other grands were always in and out (4 in total) so there was surely junk food, but I had my goal.

    Even now I have to ask myself "Goal to be healthy or food that's not good for me?" It helps.
    79 days ago
  • CHERYLSCOTT54
    I was pre-diabetic.for years; I did two A1C blood test this year. I am no longer pre diabetic and I am no longer obese. I will be 65 years of age this month; I lost 70 pounds two years ago. I know it is not easy but you can do it. Just thank about those that need you.
    80 days ago
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