Got my lab tests back. Not good.

By redglitter Latest Reply 2010-04-25 17:20:36 -0500
Started 2010-04-24 05:41:34 -0500

Hi All.
This week I saw my doctor about my lab test results. My A1C was 230.
Cholesterol- can't recall if it was triglycerides or one of the others but whichever one that should be at 100 for normal range, clocked in at 899. I'm not kidding. My weight is beginning to affect my liver as well. Dr. said if I continue this way, I will have problems with heart, liver, kidneys and vision. He upped my Lantus to 35 units 2x daily, added some pills and increased some others. I am now taking twelve (!!!) pills, a couple of them twice a day! I have only just turned 44 and I feel that's too many pills. I am lax with everything. Lax with my insulin, lax with my diet. I eat with little thought to my health. I don't know why. Is it because I have a disease I cannot see? Is it because I'm tired of having it? I don't want to die and I don't want to be sick so I am embarking on a new plan that includes going back on Weight Watchers and fitting in some exercise. Specifically, walking and Pilates/yoga/dance DVDs. I lost twenty pounds two months ago and put ten of it back on just the past month. I am disgusted with myself. I just wanted to share my update with you guys. Thank you.

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redglitter 2010-04-25 17:20:36 -0500 Report

Thank you Donna and Karen. I need to watch my carbs better too. That may be a downfall of mine. I'll check on that A1C too. In fact I'll do that tomorrow when they're open, and ask for a copy. Thanks. :)

redglitter 2010-04-24 13:14:40 -0500 Report

Hi LadyDi, thank you for your support. I appreciate it. Yes, I think I must have gotten something wrong. I just remember seeing that 230, it must have been something else. I will call Monday and ask Dr. for a printout of the results. I know you're right- the effort it takes to be well is a lot easier than the consequences of doing it wrong. I think I just needed to be set back on track. Thank you! :)

donnamf 2010-04-24 20:03:27 -0500 Report

I can understand your frustration I am overweight and my sugar has been out of control for a long time.I just recently started watching my carbs and my numbers have come down.It does take alot to keep things in check but the end result will be worth it for all of us that suffer from this disease.I want to control my diabetes not have my diabets control me.I too get very frustrated.Hang in there things will get better.

KarenH 2010-04-24 22:52:20 -0500 Report

Sometimes my doctor will tell me my AlC and will then point out what average that is. Also, I think blood tests will also reveal what your actual number was when it was taken.

LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2010-04-24 10:56:00 -0500 Report

I feel your frustration! We all deal with it, unfortunately. First, I believe you are confused about your numbers. I've never heard of an A1c anywhere close to that! I feel that has to be wrong. When I have lab work done, I have the doctor's office provide me with a copy of the results. On that sheet you will see the results of your work, but it also shows where you SHOULD be in each category. That shows you where you need to get to work and do better, and with that info you can monitor your progress (or lack of progress) after each bloodwork. You need to understand the numbers and where you should be in each area. Check with your doctor's office about that A1c. That just can't be right.

Doing what we're supposed to do to control our illness is anything but easy. It does take some work and determination. When you mess up, don't get discouraged or "disgusted" with yourself, because we've all been there. Just determine to get with it and do better moving forward. Always keep in mind the horrendous consequences of letting your diabetes run wild and go uncontrolled. Much worse than making the extra effort to control it each day. Good luck!