I wish to brag as bit.

By MEGriff1950 Latest Reply 2011-09-26 08:49:07 -0500
Started 2011-09-24 12:51:01 -0500

Near the end of June I had all my blood work done. I do not have the paper handy but for almost everything there were drs note that it needed work.
I got a letter from my dr on blood work done on the 21st. Below are comments from the letter:
Electrolytes, sodium and potassioum, your kidney function and blood sugar tests were all normal. Your liver function tests were normal as well.
Your Vitamin D was good at 53. (this is up from 11)
Your hemoglobin A1C was much improved at 5.9. This is essentially getting close to a nondiabetic range, which is outstanding.
Urine was within normal limits, showing that there was no excessive proteins spillage in the urine from the diabetes, which is good news.

I feel like crying, this is the best report card that I have ever had. I have not had a blood test results before with anything in the normal range. God bless those who taught me a lot at the diabetes education class on July 7th. God bless those here who have added to my diabetes education.

Before the class my blood sugars were so out of control. I was happy when I had between 150 and 180 fasting. My 2 hour post meals ran 250 and up. This change in 3 months was diet only. I hope this encourages new people to work at it. Another disadvantage is I am 61 years old.

54 replies

Raeguerney 2011-09-26 00:37:36 -0500 Report

This is great news and an inspiration to all of us who are struggling! I am so very happy for you


Jan8 2011-09-25 12:04:31 -0500 Report

Hi Meg, you are really a lving testament to the work one needs to do to achieve their best. Congratulations for turning your life around!

2011-09-24 22:14:52 -0500 Report

Hey Meg, Congratulations on your TERRIFIC lab work results!! You deserve to be patting yourself on the back!! You are definitely at no disadvantage. Here I am a 44y.o. diabetic who would KILL to have your numbers! Especially your A1c#. With an A1c like that, I'd be eligible for this elective surgery that I so desperately want. Well I see what I have to do. I went to those diabetic classes when I was diagnosed w/T2 16 yrs ago. I guess it's way overdue for a refresher course. From the looks of things I need it.

MEGriff1950 2011-09-25 01:04:43 -0500 Report

Most definately time to attend a class again Anna Lease. So much has changed for all the research that has gone into diabetes. I am so thankful the dr had me attend the class. I thought I knew all I needed to know before the class. I did not know anything. In another 5 years we will probably need to catch up again.
Thank you for the well wishes. Once I started on the meal plan my #'s started dropping. My last A1C was around 8.

mebetty 2011-09-24 21:59:17 -0500 Report

GREAT REPORT ! ! ! That's not bragging…it's encouraging. I don't know my A1C numbers yet, the lab report is still out on this one. I was just re-diagnosed with diabetes. yep, I did everything by the book 6 years ago and had been off meds within 6 months of the initial diagnosis. 6 years later…boing! It is a lifetime lifestyle change. I too am 61! Congratulations! It is awesome. I plan to be "well" again before the year ends (God willing of course). This Metformin gives me awful headaches, I am supposed to be on 2000 mg a day, but haven't listened. I got up to 1,500 a day, splitting the pills, and my bg seems to be going down quite nicely, thank you very much. Long term effects from this med is damaging to kidneys, so I must get back on board. Thanks for the encouragement. :)

MEGriff1950 2011-09-25 01:09:50 -0500 Report

We all need to stick together to beat this devil. You have been through so much I am glad that I might have inspired you to get back on the healthy boat and not the sinking ship. I am still taking 3000 mg of metformin a day and 10 mg of glyburide. I have dropped 40 units of insulin and 10 mg of blyburide. I am working to try to get rid of more pills.

robertoj 2011-09-24 22:09:35 -0500 Report

I did not like the Metfomin. My doctor put me on insulin to see if it would be better on my liver. I swear by the insulin.

mebetty 2011-09-24 22:18:49 -0500 Report

I am afraid of insulin. Don't want my organs depending on it. But I will look into it. Thanks!

robertoj 2011-09-24 21:17:00 -0500 Report

Sometimes it's good to pat yourself on the back. It is definitely something to build on. It is awesome when one of us shares good news. I pray that you keep it up. Good luck and God bless.

MEGriff1950 2011-09-24 21:40:56 -0500 Report

Thanks Roberto that means a lot to me. When I brought home the meal plan I was laughing. I knew it would never work but vowed to follow it out of respect for my doctor. Dumb reason but great results.
Thank you and may God bless you too,

alanbossman 2011-09-24 20:57:17 -0500 Report

Well like you said I dont like to brag but my last 4 A1c has been 5.4,5.4,and5.4 the last one was 5.5 my next one is in Oct. I hope it is still this good

MEGriff1950 2011-09-24 21:37:45 -0500 Report

Alan that is great. I know how good it must make you feel to have kept control for so long. I wish you continued success in the future. Maybe we can start an A1C competition here :).

jayabee52 2011-09-24 16:24:05 -0500 Report

FANTASTIC Mary WTG, keep up the good work!

MEGriff1950 2011-09-24 16:32:32 -0500 Report

Thank you James, I plan too. I just hope I don't too smart for my own good and fall off the "I am in Control Wagon." I fell off the alcohol wagon way too many times trying to control that beast.

robertoj 2011-09-24 22:21:16 -0500 Report

I use the same correlation. We are powerless over both. We can change our habits and do everything right but we can't control it. I know that no human power could have made me changed my habits. For me it i's by the grace of God.

FLDawn 2011-09-24 14:05:43 -0500 Report

That story of the man is like everyone including Oprah who has lost weight. It is a lifestyle change and you have to continue it to stay healthy. My doctor believes you are not sentenced to meds but that does not mean you are not sentenced to being good to yourself and staying healthy. I am with you though and do not think that is such a bad thing. I no longer desire the things I once went nuts over such as fried foods etc. In fact they upset my system and make me sorry if I do slip and have them. When I eat sugar it makes my heart pound…who wants to feel that? My one weakness is pizza but if that is all I do and do it in moderation and that means in a blue moon…well I allow myself that no no. For now…my goal is to feel better and be active. I remind myself that food is suppose to be fuel and we eat to live not live to eat. Unfortunately I grew up with food for pleasure … tough one to break mentally. I want to be like you though and hopefully I will eventually be able to BRAG too LOL…

MEGriff1950 2011-09-24 14:25:46 -0500 Report

Dawn I look forward to seeing your brag post.
As far as pizza goes you can make your own to be more diabetic friendly. I have seen the ready made wheat cursts or if you have a bread machine you can easily make the crust yourself. Choose or make a healthier pizza sauce and then top it with all the veggies you want and some healthier cheese. Oops I love meat but like veggie pizza. There are many meats you can choose too that are less bad and a very little goes a long way on pizza.
I too find that I seldom crave less healthy foods anymore. That is until I am at the check out stand or looking at a magazine. For me I used food for comfort and/or a reward.

FLDawn 2011-09-24 22:09:07 -0500 Report

LOL oh noooooooo ha ha when I am bad I want it worthwhile. I can't say I ever have lost my taste for a good pizza and there is only one I found down here in FL. I don't do it often, it is a big splurge. Thankfully, sweets are not an issue for me although I will be honest and IF I tasted some I would eat it but not due to enjoying it…I really believe I am addicted to whatever is in sweets to the point that I can't eat A cookie…I would wipe them all out. As I said, the funny thing is that I don't even care for sweets. All I have to do is remember how bad they make me feel and it is good enough these days. In the beginning I remember going about a month and one day seeing a small bar cake of a Snickers cake…it grabbed me, then it threw itself into my cart (that is my story and I am sticking to it LOL) I did not touch it but then in the middle of the night there I was standing at the refridge shoveling it into my mouth. As I did it I thought..hmmm so this is how wolves must eat…yuck…what an ugly picture I had in my mind. Later I had such a heart pounding etc that I called my insurance nurse at 3 a.m. I was so scared. If anything I tend to run low BS than high but you KNOW it was high that night. Now I just don't buy sweets because I cannot be trusted. I make a few things myself that are completely legal and have those for emergencies but mostly I find I can do without. I will keep in touch and when I can brag you will be the first to know OK? Thanks…

FLDawn 2011-09-24 13:53:43 -0500 Report

Oh My GOODNESS…congratulations…what you did is my goal as well. To become NON diabetic. I want to cry with you. I am 59 so in the same ball park. HUGS honey you should brag, you deserve to do so.

MEGriff1950 2011-09-24 14:00:12 -0500 Report

Thank you so much Dawn. I will be a diabetic the rest of my life but my A1C is getting close to non diabetic numbers. I read a blog a while back by a man who maintained his non diabetic levels for 6 months. He felt then he was not diabetic any longer so lived "normally" but now is back to insulin and pills. This tells me we are sentenced to a lifetime of practicing a healthy lifestyle. Hum that is not so bad.

mebetty 2011-09-24 21:52:27 -0500 Report

good point Mary. Once diabetic, always diabetic. But that doesn't mean you have to live on meds for the rest of your life. For some (maybe even most) diabetes can be 'cured' by healthy eating and lifestyle. So we are sentenced to a lifetime of healthy habits. Hey! that works for better aging too!

robertoj 2011-09-24 22:36:40 -0500 Report

Healthy habits are not a sentence (I know you meant that to be ironic). Even if you never get off the meds the good choices we make now will benefit us later.

greatgrama 2011-09-24 13:51:30 -0500 Report

Great job, I remember when my doctor gave me my results and he and I were both surprised. I had a good report card too. Mine was diet and walking and no drugs too. I'm 62.

MEGriff1950 2011-09-24 13:55:38 -0500 Report

How wonderful Great Grama. I had hernia surgery during that time and a lot of pain for 6 weeks after. Being partially disabled I can do very little exercise, but do what I can.

greatgrama 2011-09-24 14:00:31 -0500 Report

Yes it's very hard when you become disabled to get the proper exercise. I have Fibromyalgia as well and it went into a severe flair so I can't walk as much as I want. I'm doing what I can as well. Keep hanging in there. I'll pray for you.

MEGriff1950 2011-09-24 14:03:43 -0500 Report

I will pray for you also. Fibro is so hard. I have a spot on my lower back about 6 inchs long and 2 inches wide that is fibromyalgia. Yes this can happen. I cant imagine what the pain is for those who face it all over. I cannot stand heat in that spot even from the shower.

greatgrama 2011-09-24 19:32:49 -0500 Report

That's terrible that your heat sensitive. Heat seems to work for me. I've been having horrible spinal pain and headaches nearly every day. The only pain killer that helps is Excedrine. However, it makes me feel sick too. I can't win. I hate having Diabetes on top of all this. I end up living in my bed most of the time. It's getting harder and harder to get outside to try to walk again. My balance is affected and my hips and feet cramp. I live off of prayer. I ask the Lord to push me around the block and get me back home again and safely back into bed. So far so good.

MEGriff1950 2011-09-24 20:48:10 -0500 Report

I have lidoderm patches for my lower back. They are amazing, but you can only wear the pain patch for 12 hours. When I take it off OMG the pain is horrible so it is a toss up. I take acetomenaphin. The only pain reliever pill that worked was darvocet and it was taken off the market last November. It is such a comfort to have God beside us.

greatgrama 2011-09-24 22:31:01 -0500 Report

Yes it is a comfort to have God beside us. I can hardly wait for Jesus to come. I want that new body. Can you imagine living forever without pain! Eternally young, beautiful and skinny too!!! He can't can't come soon enough for me.

besther414 2011-09-24 13:49:24 -0500 Report

Congratulations, that is just FANTASTIC!!! Doing a happy dance with you!!!! Singing "Celebrite cmon Celebrite!!!

Dixiemom 2011-09-24 13:49:16 -0500 Report

Hallelujah. You are doing great. Keep up nthe good work. You are an inspiration to us all to work harder .

MewElla 2011-09-24 13:32:24 -0500 Report

Awesome report from the dr about the lab work. You have been working so hard and it sure shows…I am so happy for you…well done, my friend…

Kirla 2011-09-24 13:15:19 -0500 Report

Congratulations. You did a great job.

MEGriff1950 2011-09-24 13:42:17 -0500 Report

Thank you very much. Three months ago I would have told anyone they were crazy if they said I could get a report card like this.

Kirla 2011-09-24 22:18:15 -0500 Report

I have been posting my story here for about 2 years now. I know it can be done. I went from 14.1 to 5.9 in about four months. My numbers went from the 300-400 plus range to almost normal in less than 8 weeks. I stopped all meds after 7 weeks because of the side effects. I know a lot of people can do it. They just have to make the right decision on what they eat. I don’t even exercise. My A1C’s have remained at or below 6 for over 2 years now. Diet only. Lately have been 6, but I have put back on most of the weight I lost after being diagnosed. Maybe if I lose a few pounds my numbers will go back down. When they ran good I hardly went over 100. Lately has been around 80-130 most of the time. I know it’s not from eating so the extra 40 pounds has to be at fault. You’re not the only one who has come and went from whatever they started with and got their A1C below 6 in 3 months or so. Keep up the good work and your A1C might even approach 5. My lowest was 5.2. Just wished it stayed there.

Good luck

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