It’s been a long time since I logged in here. When I was hospitalized, diagnosed with Diabetes and put on insulin, this place was like my bible. You all are such warm, beautiful people and have all contributed to my recent successes. I am logging in today to give credit (and thanks) where credit is due! Last August, I was hospitalized for five days with a heart flutter. That flutter was caused by an A1C that was so high it was un-measurable. I was put on insulin, given less than 5 minutes of instruction, a badly copied food suggestion sheet and sent home. A life changing event for me but I was herded through the medical system like just another head of cattle. I was terrified and uneducated. I turned to you and everyone here gently guided me to become educated and gave me support to alleviate the paralyzing fear. With your help and support, since August, I have lost 40 pounds, signed up for Belly Dancing on Mondays and Boot Camp Tues, Thurs & Sat. (I also tried out chair dancing and Zumba). I completely came off the insulin in February and this month have cut my Metformin in half. My A1C in December was 5.3 and 5.5 in February. My cholesterol has dropped 40 points. I fully (and realistically) expect to be completely off Metformin by the end of summer. My advice to any “newbies” on here – and to the “oldbies” too… Watch your body, learn your body, and believe in yourself. When I was on insulin, and I set the goal of getting off the insulin, my medical doctors all told me, repeatedly, that the goal was unrealistic and that once you’re on insulin no one hardly ever comes off. When I was having lows in December, at my January appointment with the diabetes specialties clinic, the doctor said if I was having lows to eat more food. She wouldn’t even consider cutting or removing the insulin, so I had to take a chance and do it myself. At my February appointment when I told them I quit insulin and my A41C was still pretty good, they dismissed me from the clinic. Now I’m followed by my regular doctor (have an appointment next week). I still test my blood every morning, so I’m confident the A1C is still in a good range. It has been hard. I have had to be strong. I have completely changed my life, made sacrifices and pushed myself to what I thought was my limit – then pushed a little more. I have had sad days trying to cope and have had happy days realizing my goals. It’s a hard journey, but you can reach your individual goals, too. Just gotta’ Keep on Keeping on (and forgive yourself when you stumble – but make sure you get right back up and Keep on Keeping on…). Love you all! And thank you for helping me reach my goals!
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