Went to see my Doc Today - "Excellent!" said he

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TVEditor
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   Posted 8/25/2008 1:20 PM (GMT -7)   
He had the results of my blood test from a couple of days ago (just a fasting BG I think) which showed 10.7 at the left side of the graph (last month's reading) and sloped down to a 6.2 on the right side. 
 
"What did you do?", he asked.
 
I told him I lost 14 pounds, stuck to a diet recommended by Lanie, Sandy, Jeannie & everyone else around here, started a bit of exercising and even stopped (greatly reduced) the caffeine intake just for something else to do.
 
"Excellent!" said he. tongue
 
He went on to say that at this point, since he considers 6.2 'only 2 points out of normal range', he wasn't going to order the A1C test just yet.  Also, if I keep going with the weight loss and increase the exercise, he promised a drop in my blood pressure and no need to take the pills for that any more. 
I owe it all to you guys yeah yeah yeah
 
Thanks a bunch!
 
P.S.  He's ordered some kidney tests and I see him again in 6 weeks to check my progress and if that goes well, I'm putting my name in for the next olympics. 

LanieG
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   Posted 8/25/2008 2:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Wow! shocked   That's great news on a rainy day here!  Congratulations!  tongue   Another success story!  Isn't it great to have some control over something in Life?  And I hope your doctor also learns something from your experience.  I'm due to see my doctor September 19 for my annual physical, the day before I fly to NYC for a mini vacation.  (And I'm not taking my meter with me... :P wink )  Interesting what you mentioned about the BP prescription because last month I was having dizzy feelings every day around noon.  I thought it was the heat since I was working daily in the yard/garden but then I started to take my BP and it was low for me (ex. 101/60), so I halved the dosage and it's been ok.  I haven't told the doctor yet and figured I'd just wait till I saw her.  In the meantime, I'm recording all the readings.  Can't wait to see her face when I come in with all my charts and appliances for the visit.  cool


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Post Edited (LanieG) : 8/25/2008 3:42:03 PM (GMT-6)


TVEditor
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   Posted 8/25/2008 5:27 PM (GMT -7)   
"Isn't it great to have some control over something in Life?"

Yeah, that's what attracted me to this forum. You and others were trying personal, selfish things that appealed to me. (Who knows 'me' better than 'me'?) I had always blindly followed doctors' advice, trusting that they were wiser. This is, to some degree, true but I have a bigger stake in 'me' than they do and doctors are not as available as us 'common folk'.

Objectively, diabetes is an interesting disease, in that, although it is not curable, it is 'delayable' and logical. I, for example, still smoke; a stupid, inane addiction but I find that logic doesn't apply to an addiction. What you and others say around here not only makes sense but it works!

I know WHY I should quit smoking, I know WHAT is insane about the activity, I know HOW to do it (personally, selfishly). Strangely enough, the method is becoming clear to me from, not the 'Quit Smoking' forum but rather here, where common sense rules!

EAT RIGHT EXERCISE MODERATION BE HAPPY CHEAT ONCE IN A WHILE

I will write more tomorrow ... Hunnybunch Snookums (actually, mean as a snake ;-) just yelled down the stairs that 'Low-carb Pizza & a glass of wine is ready!'

Life is good -- & getting gooder turn

Jeannie143
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   Posted 8/25/2008 6:21 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm so happy that you are getting good results! It's so rewarding to be in a better place health wise. I'm one of the lucky ones who has an understanding doc who will go along with most anything I want to try to help me be better. KOKO!

P.S. I want to send a big "Thank You!" to Peter, the owner/administrator of this site. He started it to help people with health problems share ideas to improve their life experience. You are a walking, talking example of what this man wanted to happen.
~ Jeannie, Forum Moderator/Diabetes & Fibromyalgia
I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish that He didn't trust me so much. ~Mother Teresa

"People are like stained glass windows: They sparkle and shine when the sun's out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is light within."- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

Post Edited (Jeannie143) : 8/25/2008 7:25:06 PM (GMT-6)


LanieG
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   Posted 8/25/2008 9:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Chris, everything you've accomplished, you've got yourself to congratulate.  We just showed you how to fish and you took it from there.  It's puzzling to me why doctors, nutritionists and the "official" diabetes associations believe that using the food pyramid with its wide grain base is beneficial to diabetics.  The pamphlets I came away with from the doctor's office and the nutritionist's would keep my blood sugar raised all the time just as it was when I went in there.  The only difference was they emphasized "low fat".    confused eyes   Anyway, I'm happy this is working for you.  Now..... let's see about that smoking! nono
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TVEditor
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   Posted 8/26/2008 5:21 AM (GMT -7)   
Now..... let's see about that smoking! nono
 
Yes, now there's a topic for a whole new forum.  To stay on topic here, I only make reference to the distinction between an addiction and a controllable disease.  My doc's pretty cool about the Big Picture.  He told me "The smoking, the blood pressure ... let's not worry about those for a few weeks.  Let's concentrate on the diabetes and get that stabilised.  Once the weight starts coming off, the blood pressure will drop and you'll be healthier.  You will WANT to quit smoking."  He's right.
 
I gather from other things he told me that doctors must see a lot of people that just don't do anything with the advice they are given.  He was genuinely happy about my visit.  Made me feel good because he's a nice man; a nice man with leukemia.
 
"Men!", he said.  "You tell men to lose weight or change their lifestyle and most of them do it.  Women, on the other hand ...,".  I guess that's from his perspective, based on his practice.  I told him about this forum and how all the smart people seemed to be female wink   ( <----- I hope this doesn't start a war! )   The doc thought this was great.
 
Oh, another thing, I mentioned in another message how the weight was coming off in unexpected places?  Well I was running my hand along my newly visible collar bone last week and found something asymetrical.  Got real concerned about this lump.  When the doc looked at it, he said "(No worries.)  You have a prominent clavicle.  Probably always had it but once the fat tissue disappered, it became noticeable."  Got some x-rays just to make sure but .... WHEW!  I feel better now.  In fact, I kinda like the sound of it ... prominent clavicle ... I may change my name ...
 
Ladies and gentlemen, may I introduce Mr. Prominent Clavicle
 
(whuddyathink?) tongue

LanieG
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   Posted 8/26/2008 7:03 AM (GMT -7)   
Your doctor says "you tell men to lose weight ... and most of them do it."  Yeah, well, that's if you can get a man to the doctor in the first place.    cool   And.....it's easier for men to lose weight because they have more muscle than women; muscle burns more calories.  Don't get me started. tongue   This is one of the reasons I've been doing strength training to build up muscle.  But also, stronger muscles support our skeleton better and help avoid injuries down the road.  We're not talking bulky muscles here.  An interesting book you might enjoy is Good Calories, Bad Calories by Gary Taube.  It covers everything.  (Mr. Prominent Clavicle?  And just when are you appearing in Carnegie Hall?)  (or, is it the Ed Sullivan Shoe, Show?)


Lanie
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diabetes controlled so far by low/no carb diet and exercise; no meds

Post Edited (LanieG) : 8/26/2008 8:14:22 AM (GMT-6)


TVEditor
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   Posted 8/26/2008 5:37 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey! Don't shoot the messenger shocked I was just repeating what HE said. I found it surprising too. Maybe it is just a local thing or a Canadian thing, I don't know. My point was that he was happy to hear I'd found a forum where women were actively attacking the disease.

I think it was a personal thing because later on he talked about a patient of his that didn't take his advice and shortly after had a stroke. Even though he sees lots of people, he told me, he felt bad to see her in that condition. Refreshing, I thought, to be fortunate enough to be under the watchful eye of a physician who still cares. Hope he sticks around for a while.

I admire your exercise regimen and hope to get one organised for myself soon. Walking is my main activity right now. I remember reading a long time ago that using the big muscles (legs ... or was that 'head' ?) produces the most weight loss and so far, my summer golf rounds are proving that true, but it gets cold up here in February! ... so I'm trying to find a cheap treadmill to make the routine less routine and viable in the winter.

Prom (Chris)

P.S. My friends will call me 'Prom' (after the name change). You can call me Prom cool

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   Posted 8/26/2008 5:43 PM (GMT -7)   
"P.S. I want to send a big "Thank You!" to Peter, the owner/administrator of this site. He started it to help people with health problems share ideas to improve their life experience. You are a walking, talking example of what this man wanted to happen."

Thank you Jeannie for the encouraging words and yes, thank you Peter for providing this forum. For me, it has replaced fear with perspective, personal experience and grassroots knowledge. Extremely valuable.

Prom

LanieG
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   Posted 8/26/2008 6:41 PM (GMT -7)   

Prom cool , funny you should mention "fear".  Last year when I returned to my doctor for a follow-up after my great lab work results and a total of 30lbs weight loss from the year before, she was happy and amazed and nearly speechless.  When she asked me how I was able to do all this, I told her fear was a great motivation.  It is that simple.  As I've said (at least a hundred times here, sorry), diabetes killed my grandmother, and my mother after amputating her leg.  So, now life is my motivation.  I wish the doctor had prescribed the glucose meter years ago when she saw my fasting blood sugar creeping up.  This gadget is a life-saver.  I joined one of the gyms with card access that's open 24/7.  Their new treadmills, steppers and ellipticals all have TVs, so with my little earphones, an hour passes very quickly.  Every other day, I lift weights and work on the machines.  And then, because I must have lost my mind smurf , I did a 5k race walk in June and am doing another one on the 6th.  There are runners and walkers so it's not an imposing atmosphere.  It's for charity and we all win.  I finally made the decision I had to take control of my health.  I love my doctor but she would only give me slaps on the wrist and a copy of a "heart-healthy diet" in the past.  She should have had me committed to a health asylum.  Oh!  Doctors can't do that.   shakehead   

This might not be what men do, but you could get an exercise DVD and work out for 30 minutes.  I've even seen tai bo on DVDs.  We have a dinky TV in our guest room that I use for that.  Anything helps. 


Lanie
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diabetes controlled so far by low/no carb diet and exercise; no meds

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