It's been a while...
Thursday, December 17, 2020
Wow, it's been over 2 years since I wrote here. My last entry was that my legs were the same size. I'm happy to say that 2 years later and the "bad" leg is still looking good. While trying to watch my salt intake, sugar seems to have snuck it's way in. Just over a year ago my doctor informed me I have type 2 diabetes. I was managing it with diet alone for quite a while. But then my numbers gradually got higher. I was in a situation where my doctor was no help. Eat fewer carbs, that was the extent of his advice. It's happened with other things, I should have spoken up, changed doctors, something. Instead I just went home defeated. I did my best and it worked well for a while.
Fast forward to this month, I found out my doctor was retiring so I had to find a new one. Ok, called the office of someone that was recommended to me. Ok no problem can you come in on the 16😲. Really? Appointments to be scheduled 5 months in advance (minimum).
Oh and we put in an order for your bloodwork if you could stop at a draw station... Really? My previous doctor always ordered it during my visit, to be done on my way out. So I stop in at 8 am when they open, get the bloodwork done and head to work. Three hours later the new doctor's office calls, your results are hear and can you come in for an appointment today. I couldn't as I was in another state working by then, so a zoom was scheduled a couple days later.
My A1c had gone from 7.2 to 10.8. Of course I had no idea as my test strip prescription had run out and had not been renewed by the previous doctor. I knew I had been feeling awful. I could barely get through a 6 hour work day. I had several other symptoms as well.
Over the zoom call the new doctor took the time to discuss my usual diet, exercise, work and sleep. She suggested trying metformin for the two weeks leading up to my in person appointment. She did warn me insulin might be needed, but she didn't want to prescribe injections over zoom. Trust me I didn't want to learn injections at all much less via a zoom meeting.
So back to sparkpeople I came. I knew I could track my food and activity here. I was pleasantly surprised to see you can track you blood glucose as well. I tracked everything for those two weeks. I was looking forward to a doctor's visit for the first time in my life. Just from how the zoom meeting went, I knew she wanted to help me find a workable solution.
That appointment was yesterday. My fast fasting blood sugar at my blood draws was 286. Yesterday morning, 194😊. The meeting went great and when she saw the change in my numbers all discussions of injections were tossed out. I'm staying on the metformin, I'm testing twice a day, if even one of those numbers goes above certain guidelines without reason I'm supposed to call immediately to adjust medication. I'm seeing her again in 3 months.
I know to many people these sound like obvious basic steps, but I just didn't feel like I was supported by my previous doctor.
So speak up! And if you don't feel you are getting the help you need, find someone who will help.