Update regarding Doc appt this morning

By Eversinging1 Latest Reply 2010-12-14 20:10:44 -0600
Started 2010-12-06 16:11:11 -0600

Ok. so I've gained a couple of pounds, bummer. I got scheduled for the diabetic education class next month. I scheduled a mammogram and really trying to avoid the colonoscopy he wants me to do. ugh :) My BP was 137/82, which is okay. He did full blood workup and I go back next week to get the results and go over what we didn't go over today. The main thing today was my blood sugar being so high.

I told him I have always been the caretaker and didn't know how to take care of myself so he gave me a lot of good pamphlets on a diet plan and a fast food guide because I eat out a lot. He also put me on Janumet 50/1000. I told him I really didn't want to go on meds and if I learned how to take care of myself I shouldn't need them. He liked that idea but he said he didn't want me to go another couple of months with my BS being so high before I finally learned how to do what I need to do. He said it would be better to take the pills and once I got "educated" and doing what I need to do then I can get off of them. I liked the sound of that. Has anyone taken the Janumet? It's a mix of metformin/sitagliptin. I take one pill with breakfast starting tomorrow morning. I will take these for a month and go back and see how I'm doing and go from there.

I go back next week and we'll go over the sleep apnea and the foot problem. The nurse seems to think that I have planter faciitis (sp) which she had and she described the exact thing I have. She gave me some exercise/stretching pointers so I'm going to try that too.

All in all it was a productive meeting. So, now we wait to get my test results back and see what else is going on.

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Eversinging1 2010-12-14 20:10:44 -0600 Report

I go back to the doc in 3 weeks or so (can't remember the exact date) and he'll check my blood again and see how I'm standing. I am feeling better, most of the time! But I understand it's a process and I'm willing to work with that. Got my mammogram today..that's always fun! but better safe than sorry!

Eversinging1 2010-12-13 20:29:30 -0600 Report

Had my follow up appt today. My A1c is 7.5 not good, but I thought it would be worse than that. I'm finally starting to get adjusted to the Janumet. I had a day where it went really low (71), but the highs are way down too, so that's good. My foot feels better. My nurse told me to do some stretching exercises and doc says the more my BS stabalizes it will keep feeling better and better. I'm going to go have a sleep study done for my sleep apnea. Go back in a month to check my numbers again. Guess we're off and running. Can't believe how much better I feel.

GabbyPA 2010-12-14 18:13:47 -0600 Report

It is a relief just to know where you stand and not be guessing. 7.5 is not bad and I'm glad that you are seeing improvements already. So your next one will be much better. Good for you. That burden of doubt is off your shoulders now and you can move forward with lightening speed.

jayabee52 2010-12-13 20:47:25 -0600 Report

That sounds really Good, Nancy! Doesn't it kinda make you wonder why you put it off?

Blessings to you and yours ~ James

Eversinging1 2010-12-13 21:36:28 -0600 Report

yes and no. It's scary when you know things aren't going well but you don't want to hear how bad it may be. And then not knowing how they're going to treat it or if it can even be helped. For me it was hard to even admit that there was a problem I couldn't take care of on my own. It sucks. But yes, I'm glad I went and things are greatly improved and I'm feeling very optimistic! I'm thinking seriously about trying to get prepared to go singing again. If my foot keeps getting better I'll be able to do a gig! That's exciting! Thanks for all your support!!

jayabee52 2010-12-13 21:50:27 -0600 Report

Well, "break a leg!" ( you certainly know what I mean by that - good wishes for success with that ).

and IMO there's no shame in admitting that there are things we can't handle alone and seeking help for that. (That's from someone who grew up in the midwest, and didn't want help with anything - a huge breakthrough for me to admit that.)

Eversinging1 2010-12-07 21:24:22 -0600 Report

ok…was feeling better…went to class…felt fine..got home felt fine…ate dinner..feel like crapola again! I wonder if this will pass or if it will happen every time I eat? At least I guess I know I don't have that "rare and serious condition" lol

Eversinging1 2010-12-07 15:43:25 -0600 Report

Well, I was excited to start the meds and get my BS down (BS is standing for something different in my mind right now! lol ) I woke up this morn and my BS was 215. OUCH! So I made breakfast and took my first pill. About 45 minutes after I took it I began to feel like I had taken a diet pill. All jittery inside and kinda wired and my head feeling funny. My BS went from 215 to 112 in 3 hours. wow! But I didn't exactly enjoy the ride. So I ate lunch and about a half hour after I ate I started feeling jittery again..I felt like my throat was tightening up although I could breathe and swallow fine. It wasn't severe, just annoying and it didn't last long. came and went in waves. Got the jitteries again, my hands got real cold and I got a little bit of diarreah (sp). Felt so bad I left work and now am at home waiting for my doc's office to call and tell me if this is normal while my body is adjusting to the meds or if I am having some type of reaction to it. I could just be making too much of it, I was paranoid about taking the meds anyway and made the mistake of reading the insert…if you experience this you may have a rare and serious condition…if you fart you may die…blah blah blah Ok…it didn't really say that, but those things are written to scare the crap out of people and some of the things from that rare and serious condition include things that are on the common side effects list. geez…

Anyone else ever have an experience like this when you started taking this type of med? My boss said everytime they changed his meds he felt like crap and then got used to it. Or will this happen everytime I eat?

CaliKo 2010-12-07 16:17:44 -0600 Report

I'm so sorry it's making you feel bad. I don't know if that's common or not. Hope the doctor's office calls you back soon.

Eversinging1 2010-12-07 16:25:31 -0600 Report

I'm starting to feel a little more settled, but it's been about 4 hours since I ate. I'm kind of afraid to eat again! LOL Guess this humongous pill will make me lose weight! haha

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2010-12-07 11:58:55 -0600 Report

Hi! I haven't been in touch with you for awhile. It is good to know that you are working closely with your healthcare provider, getting a treatment regimen in place, getting educated... taking good care of yourself. You're comment about being a caretaker was especially interesting to me. I have often found that being diagnosed with a chronic condition brings up a lot of issues around self-care. Basically, chronic conditions force us to take better care of ourselves even to put ourselves first, rather than being totally focused on caring for others. Sometimes chronic conditions even force us to ask for help from time to time! Talk about a monumental role reversal! This will certainly be a learning experience, but also an opportunity for growth! It is great to read how optimistic and empowered you are. Congratulations!

realsis77 2010-12-07 11:56:24 -0600 Report

Good luck to you! Sometimes people DO need medicine to help care for there diabetes. It doesn't mean you have failed in any way. For me diet excercise and pills wernt working at all. I needed insulin. Now I'm on two different insulins and feel better tan ever! I now have a very tight control of my bs and things are going well! So sometimes we need meds or insulin and its nothing we have done! Its not a failure at all! I really hope the pills work out well for you. For me, it didn't work at all! I'm not over weight I'm 110 pounds and a size four and my eating habbits are good. I just couldn't control my bs. I was raising in the 200 /300 range all the time no mattter what I did and on the pills so insulin was the correct choice for me! Its been a God send! I wish you the very best and hope things work out for you! Remember sometimes we can't do it alone no matter how fit we are! Sometimes medicine or insulin is the only way to go. It was a good choice for me because now I'm under control. So if you do need the pills do think you failed in anyway because sometimes diet alone just doesn't work! Let us know how your doing ok ? Keep us posted and I truely hope the pills help you! Good luck and God bless

Pynetree 2010-12-07 08:56:57 -0600 Report

Yep, jump up on the healthy wagon…any inflamation..(ie:planter faciites) will hike up your BG.Sometimes inflamation somewhere triggers it else where. So I agree, take the meds, eat healthy, let that foot heal up, and wait to see what next bloodwork shows.

GabbyPA 2010-12-07 08:21:52 -0600 Report

Well, for the getting back on board, that sounds like a good first meeting. You will do fine and once you get going and start seeing some results, you will be amazed at how much you WANT to do as things improve. Good for you, you are on your way.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2010-12-07 00:43:57 -0600 Report

Sounds like you and your doc are very thorough. Getting answers will really help you. I ignored the colonoscopy until this year, even though my Dad had colon cancer. It wasn't too bad. The prep was the worst part. They found pre cancerous polyps, so I'm glad I didn"t postpone too long. Hope you learn why your feet hurt. Dealt with that several years back and enjoy them not hurting now. The stretching really helped.

CaliKo 2010-12-06 16:55:05 -0600 Report

Excellent! I'm glad you are taking charge and working towards learning what you need to do to take care of yourself. I have to say, its difficult to eat fast food, but some of the restaurants have some choices.