Doctor visit time!

GTU
By GTU Latest Reply 2012-04-18 13:49:58 -0500
Started 2012-04-16 09:01:41 -0500

I was diagnosed in January, and I go back to my doctor tomorrow for my first follow-up checkup. I'm a bit nervous.

At first it was easy to make myself eat the right things (as best as I knew, anyway), and exercise, and all that. I checked my BG regularly, tracked everything I ate, and tracked my exercise.

Now… not so much.
At one time, I had lost 11 pounds since my visit in January. But I've gained 4 or 5 back.
I don't check my BP at home. Ever.
I skip breakfast most days.
I allow myself to eat things I know I should avoid.

In spite of that, my average BG reading has been dropping over the last 90 days, and is at 115 for the last 7 days.

The combination of positives and negatives are making me nervous about tomorrow's visit. I guess I'll know in a couple of days what the real results are.


20 replies

GTU
GTU 2012-04-18 11:46:44 -0500 Report

Got my results! A1C: 6.2
But my LDL is high, so now I get to add a statin to the fistful of pills I take every day. Yay me!

Caroltoo
Caroltoo 2012-04-18 11:57:57 -0500 Report

Would your doctor agree to your trying to approach reducing the LDL through increased exercise, changed diet, and perhaps some vitamin supplementation?

GTU
GTU 2012-04-18 12:00:30 -0500 Report

I think I made it clear during my visit yesterday that I was exercising, and following what should be a healthy low carb and low fat diet. Apparently it's not enough, and so she recommended statins. I agreed to it. May as well try, and see if it helps. Better living through chemicals!

GTU
GTU 2012-04-18 12:00:30 -0500 Report

I think I made it clear during my visit yesterday that I was exercising, and following what should be a healthy low carb and low fat diet. Apparently it's not enough, and so she recommended statins. I agreed to it. May as well try, and see if it helps. Better living through chemicals!

Caroltoo
Caroltoo 2012-04-18 13:49:58 -0500 Report

Yes, I've tried them a number of times also. Always ended up in pain and dizzy, so gave up and started working on it nutritionally. Definitely slower, but working. Hope you have better luck with them! For some people, they do seem to work well.

GTU
GTU 2012-04-17 22:25:50 -0500 Report

I first was examined by a student nurse practitioner, and then my doctor. Both were happy with the BG levels on the charts I brought, and my change of diet. I should get the lab results tomorrow or the next day. I'm definitely more encouraged now than I was this morning!

I owe a lot to my friends here on DC. I've learned a lot this past month from all of you. Thanks for all the support!

jayabee52
jayabee52 2012-04-17 23:29:29 -0500 Report

FANTASTIC job, GTU!

We may have provided the information and encouragement, but YOU did the work! WTG, GTU!

JSJB
JSJB 2012-04-17 03:54:56 -0500 Report

Before I got or was told of this condition I NEVER went to a doctor. I felt they all told you bad news. Well my DC friend I got over it with the shocker that I was pre diagnosed with DB in Sept 2011. I have been working hard at it and my readings are about the same as yours. I have a blood test comming up in two weeks and a doctor visit in three weeks (not looking forward to the visit) and am hoping to get of one med.. I noticed that when I stick to my diet my BS stay in around 93 to 120 but when I cheat it goes up a few points. It is hard work but life is worth it. I do not think you will get the same reading every time you test but if it is in your range it should be ok. I know some people who have this condition for years and said my BS readings are great and wish they could have them. Keep up the hard word and you will enjoy the rewards. Oh, do not let discouraging news let you down. Just means a little more work to do. Remember diet and exercise, diet and exercise, diet and exercise. GOOD LUCK on the doctor's visit.

Denisency213
Denisency213 2012-04-16 21:23:41 -0500 Report

try not to beat your self bout it everyday is a day to start all over again take whatever is said at dr as the next step

MewElla
MewElla 2012-04-16 18:15:44 -0500 Report

It is always stressful for me to go to dr..Went last week, everything was great . I know stress is major problem for all of us. Best of Luck and be sure and keep us posted.

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-04-16 15:12:02 -0500 Report

Don't stress!! You are new at this and it takes some getting used to and finding the groove that works for you. It'll happen, baby steps will all add up. You'll get your A1c results and see what changes from the last one and go from there. You do wan't to get the control of bg early to prevent other problems, but you know that. I'm hoping for a good A1c for you:)

watson4042
watson4042 2012-04-16 14:53:13 -0500 Report

good luck at the doctors! don't feel bad, or beat yourself up over not following the guidelines perfectly. i don't either and i don't eat like i should and my a1c dropped. my diabetic educator has never told me what numbers i should strive for.

Lizardfan
Lizardfan 2012-04-16 12:08:26 -0500 Report

Sounds like you have done some things really well and others just so so. In other words, you are human. The true test of your BS control is how well you are doing when you are not testing, such as over night etc. and your post prandial readings. Don't stress over what has been, look forward to getting the feedback from your doctor and choosing your next steps in your journey to better health and improved BS control. Good luck! I am on my way to the endo's in about 5 minutes! Wish me luck too!

techguy87114
techguy87114 2012-04-16 10:43:27 -0500 Report

Sounds like everything should go well. Diabetes is unfortunately not an exact science. I know its hard to stay on the diet and do everything you should day in and day out. You do deserve to "cheat" on your diet once in a while. everyone deserves that.

hope all is well at the doc.

Best,

techguy87114

GTU
GTU 2012-04-16 10:55:30 -0500 Report

Thanks techguy. I think I'd be much happier about tomorrow, though, if I hadn't gained back the weight I did during that week surrounding Easter. But I can't undo that, so I guess it's time to just get back up on the horse.

techguy87114
techguy87114 2012-04-16 11:06:47 -0500 Report

you can always set a goal to lose it again and them some! Keep your chin up.. celebrate wins and dont sweat the small stuff. Use that free pedometer from Walgreens! LOL

Ive been using mine :)

Best,

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