New Endocrinologist...Way Better Results!

By monkeymama Latest Reply 2010-08-14 16:25:35 -0500
Started 2010-08-13 16:48:57 -0500

Hello there to all! I know I haven't posted in a while but the jury is in on my 3 month follow-up with my new Endocrinologist. I am sooooo happy and pleased with this doctor I found close to where I live. I got to my appointment on time and well prepared with everything I knew I would need. I even made sure I modified the reports from my insulin pump download for him. Brought a extra copy of the testing reports, just in case he was not able to get them on time (I do my labs where I live).

My Endo walked into the room with a neutral mood with me. Asked me how I was doing and explained I was hanging in there; despite being sick. He took a look at my weight, new 3 month lab tests, and my current pump settings. Explained the new medicine (from different doctor) was REALLY helping me in more than just the other medical factors and how. After seeing everything, he went from neutral to a very proud and happy doctor. I lost 10 lbs. since the last time I seen him. I have managed to bring my blood pressure "WAY DOWN" and is now normal. I brought my last A1c from 10.9%-11% all the way to a whopping 8.3% (8% overall). My Cholesterol level went from being high over 200 to a wonderful 189. AND…My Triglyceride levels…are now normal at 143 from close to 300 3 months ago. I have been waiting for this day with my Triglyceride levels for over 6 years and I DO IT. My doctor was very pleased and happy to see these numbers. We still had to make some changes to my insulin pump settings. We're pretty much in fine toning mode now. Along with the fact, we're going to try one more time with a different "Stain" drug to lower my cholesterol a little more. We both agreed that if I got another serious side effect to this, we would focus on only using the Omega 3 I have been using consistently for 3 months now (maybe just up the amount). My doctor listen to me, I listen to him and his suggestions, and we came to a common ground and worked together as a TEAM. We're going to recheck my numbers in 2 months and see where I am at from there.

I was honest with him about the frequencies of my testing and the food binge thing but also explained I was getting help with it. He was telling me how pleased he was with my efforts and appreciated my honesty with him…my efforts are clearing showing. my new doctor praised and acknowledged my positive efforts. When there was an issue of something not being good, he did not make it be negative, rather he used positive approaches. Which in return helps me feel more positive overall. He had to remind me though, not to be too hard on myself when I do have a bad day with my BG number(s). I do get upset when I have a bad BG. I have a high standard of expectations for myself now but I am also having to realize I am not always going to have good days with my bad. I am learning to rise above those…

My Endo also reminded me that I need to make sure I eat at least 3 meals a day. Getting my snacks in between my meals are not a big concern. Because of my one medication, I don't have a big appetite anymore; until they ware off in the evening time. He's okay with my protein bars and shakes for one I am not hungry. The interesting part of my appointment came when we settled the debate as to what type of diabetes I have. Theoredically, I am a type 1.5 BUT logistically I am a type 2. I fall into the type 1.5 diabetes but it is a matter of ADA excepting and viewing 1.5 diabetes as a form of diabetes classification.

After leaving from my doctors appt, I was thinking about the overall appt with everything. I was feeling very accomplished, successful, and wanted to push myself to continue to do more to improve. I am almost there and I know I can do this. I have faith that I can get everything under control and balanced. Seeing is believing (one of my favorite expressions)…is REAL. I mean, my clothes are starting to become looser on me. I am feeling more active and alive. I have more zest in me that I didn't have before. I am signing up for a fitness class in the fall, getting a personal trainer, and getting my groove on some more here. I found my groove, a great medical team, new and better attitude, and a new outlook to life.

After my husband heard how my appt went. He was happy but worried about the house thing with eating. Since I have been making changes to ALL of our eating habits. LOL…he just found out I changed the mayonaise! He was serious but jokingly begging me to not change his coffee to decafe' and his ice cream (unless I am going to frozen Fro-Yo). I gotta love him but these changes are going to help all of us; as a family. Seeing them eat all of the new healthier recipes, I am seeing LOTS of happy faces and "yummy mommy". My middle daughter is making better choices and VERY SLOWLY getting better results for my families health.

All I can say is…we can do this…and we are going to do this as a family.

9 replies

alanbossman 2010-08-14 07:15:57 -0500 Report

This is great, you are doing such a good job, my family is also on board with me
to eat more heathly which helps me alot.

monkeymama 2010-08-14 08:50:20 -0500 Report

In a small way, they don't have a choice because I shop and cook the meals most of the time. On a positive note though, we have an understanding and and deal with the changes I am making. They choose 2-3 things I will not take away/change on them (within reason). Like my husband and I have an agreement I will not change his coffee, soda, and ice cream (unless it is frozen fro-Yo). It makes for a mutual "compromising" on the situation. I still get some grief but they are learning they "still" have tastey foods without all of the nasty unhealthy garbage.

RAYT721 2010-08-13 19:04:46 -0500 Report

You go girl! I am really thrilled to hear the excellent news. It's great to have the family on board but the reality is that good foods can be good when they're made with love and shared with family. :)

monkeymama 2010-08-13 19:10:41 -0500 Report

That is very true! My true test is coming when I start back to college in a few weeks here but I know I can do it. LOL…I like being on my doctors good side. It put him in a better mood after I left.

RAYT721 2010-08-13 21:28:20 -0500 Report

I find that even though I am not a doctor, my employer is in a better mood after I leave. I'm just sayin' :) :) :)

monkeymama 2010-08-14 16:25:35 -0500 Report

LOL…Thanx!!! You're probably right but just trying to give this dude the benefit of the doubt here…LOL.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2010-08-13 17:21:52 -0500 Report

Congrats on the good results from all your good and hard work.

monkeymama 2010-08-13 18:39:12 -0500 Report

Thank you, it has been a big help here from everyone and all of my wonderful friends. I've had my moments but I pushed through with the help, guidance, encouragement, and reminding myself of a few phrases I live by each day.
* Believe and have faith in yourself… (from my wonderful & wise dad with type
type diabetes)
* Seeing is believing… (from my favorite Christmas movie)
* I can do this…I will do this… (I have to want to do this and do it right)

My dad is my inspiration and my doctor encourages me in a positive way, making feel the desire to WANT to change. Again, thank you and best of hope and faith to all in their journey's.