Doctors Visit

JadeyJ
By JadeyJ Latest Reply 2014-01-29 19:54:07 -0600
Started 2013-09-26 16:11:50 -0500

Its been a month since i last checked in and today i am off to the doctors to see if my new meds have made a difference to my A1c.
I have no more pain in feet (neuropathy) but i have suffered itchy palms, so maybe thats telling me im in for a good windfall lol or something else diabetic related.
I feel good and have dropped 29 kilos ( 63 pounds)
Still not doing a great amount of exercising but doing what i am able to.

I will let you know what my doctor says when i get back :) wish me luck and have a good day yourselves.


9 replies

JadeyJ
JadeyJ 2014-01-29 19:54:07 -0600 Report

Hi everyone, its been a few months since i was last here. I just thought id drop in and update you and see how others are doing.

Well, where do I start, ok how about the beginning… When i was first diagnosed of having diabetes (type 2) i felt like my world had ended, it was an array of feelings from denial and rebellious, depression and OMG what do i do.

Looking back now, i see i really had an over reaction and rather than stay in denial, i need to take control, and i now look at being diabetic as a blessing in disguise. You see, if i wasnt diagnosed, id be still doing harm to my body, i would not be changing my life style and dropping pounds.

So thank you diabetes, for giving me the biggest wake up call of my life so far.
Im 53 yrs old this year, and quite honestly heading to an early grave. I had no regard for my body and all the strain and abuse i was doing to it over the past 30 years.

After a lot of researching, trial and errors and just getting to know my body and how it handles all types of food i am happy to say i now have my diabetes under control, with the help of a good lifestyle (i refuse to say diet) and the correct medication (metformin and Gliclazide). It also helps i have a wonderful doctor who has been with me from the get go and has been nothing but supportive in my achievments.

Not only have i regained my life by being more energetic, positive and happy i have managed to shed so far 32 kilos (74lbs) and still dropping.
So i say this to those that struggle day and in and out and find it hard to come to terms with being diabetic, if i can change, so can you, you just have to believe in yourself and make the changes.

Good luck to you all and I hope i have managed to inspire at least one person here and show them that diabetes is not a death sentence, merely a wake up call. xox Jadey

Gabby
GabbyPA 2013-09-30 09:39:46 -0500 Report

Congratulations. that is great. I love to hear the success stories here. It inspires me and gives me hope. Thank you

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2013-09-29 22:16:39 -0500 Report

Hey JadeyJ,

This is really good to hear. Wow, that is quite a weight loss. Sounds like you are taking good care of yourself!

Please keep us posted!

Gary

john3347
john3347 2013-09-26 20:28:19 -0500 Report

My lowest A1C (7.0) was recorded when I was on Metformin. I have been on insulin along with Metformin mixed with other drugs and in spite of all of this, my lowest A1C was recorded when I was on no diabetes medicine other than Metformin. I am fixing to change Doctors again and go back on nothing but Metformin or have a solid reason why not.

JadeyJ
JadeyJ 2013-09-26 23:05:06 -0500 Report

I think we have different measurements as yours were 7 and mine was 58 and he said they were good for a person with diabetes, i can only strive to get it below 40 :) Good luck finding a good doctor,mine is awesome and despite ive moved a fair distance i have kept him as my doctor cos i like him that much

john3347
john3347 2013-09-27 00:42:18 -0500 Report

A1C is an average blood reading over several weeks (approximately 3 month average). The number is a percenatge of something and the doctors want A1C to be below 6. I do not know what the number is the percentage of. My A1C has been as high as 14 and the doctor had a fit. He was ready to call a hearse. The numbers you are quoting in your statement here are instaneous blood sugar readings in milligrams per deciliter (mg/dl). (I think that is correct.) Somehow they can take a blood sample and process it some way and come up with the A1C number. Your doctor may be converting your A1C to an equivalent blood glucose (blood sugar) number to not confuse you with the two scales. There is a direct relationship one to the other. If your blood sugar had remained steady for 3 months at 58, your A1c would have been a very low number. Perhaps something like 3. I have gone into diabetic coma at a blood sugar reading of 60. 58 is dangerous.

JadeyJ
JadeyJ 2013-09-27 15:33:08 -0500 Report

to clarify my old visit
HbA1c eAG (estimated average glucose)
(mmol/mol)[24] (mmol/L) (mg/dL)
108 16.5 (13.3–19.3) 298 (240–347)
my new test
53 8.6 (6.8–10.3) 154 (123–185)

JadeyJ
JadeyJ 2013-09-26 20:12:16 -0500 Report

UPDATE: last blood test i recorded 108 with ac1 or whatever it is and today it was 58, so huge improvement there, doc is happy with my current meds for BG but has cut down my BP meds as im reading too low , all in all im so happy with results and im finally getting my head round this condition

I hope everyone else is doing great and thanks everyone for this ongoing support.