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janetlee
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   Posted 4/22/2010 9:49 PM (GMT -7)   
I went to the doctor today. I've gained about 4 lbs. He tells me that if I wanna lose weight, I'm going to have to basically stop eating carbohydrates (no more than 20 carbs a day!) Since I am diabetic, I've already cut way back on carbs, compared to once-upon-a-time, but it isn't keeping my blood glucose readings as low as they should be. So I have insulin resistance and my metabolism is practically non-existant. Starting tomorrow, I am going to try to be on this extremely low carb diet. It will be sooooooooo hard because I do love my frozen yogurt. One helping is 18 carbs!
You can say I'm feeling sorry for myself...I can't seem to help it though. In all sincerity, about the only thing I look forward to is enjoying my yogurt... I don't travel. I can't visit with friends (a long story involving my mom's OCD traits and dependency on me), I am always somewhat depressed. I have sleep apnea that keeps me physically exhausted. I feel abandoned by my brother Bert that I've talked about here. I'm worried about my mom's health. She's got asthma and is always short-winded. She has no insurance so won't go to a doctor. She's been slowly losing weight and it scares me Thank goodness it's not an extreme fast weight loss or I'd be in tears! Our income is not what it needs to be any more. I can't find mom any other jobs. I did try so hard! but when I mention going out and trying again, she says we're getting by okay...actually, I think that she dreads the possibility of taking on more jobs. Like I said, she's not well.
So you see, I am feeling bad about having to give up my one last "joy in life". And may I add that despite the fact that I am obese, it is not from gorging myself or anything like. I've always been overweight since I was 8 years old. My sister ate rings around me and was skinny! eyes
Oh well, I know that there are many people all over this earth that have it way worse than I do, but I still can't help but feel sad. sad
Thanks for letting me vent.
jl


 


vestabula
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   Posted 4/23/2010 4:55 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi Janet!  My husband had to go on a low carb diet due to a glucose reading of 360, which was weight related....20 carbs a day just like your new diet.  Yes, it was hard but only for the first week.  I found ways to be creative with food using Splenda so he didn't feel deprived when it cames to having something sweet.  He ate meat and vegetables, eggs, salads, cheese and nuts which sounds artery clogging but when not combined with sugar, it actually is just the opposite.  He lost 55 pounds in three months.  Blood sugar went down to 95, cholesteral which was 310 went down to 180.  His triclycerides were a screaming 1250 and they went down to 110.  After he lost the weight, he went on a maintanence diet and was allowed 50 carbs a day.  Of course, you should have your blood work checked periodically as low carb diets can effect your liver and kidney's.  But it was not the torture  he thought it would be and his body adjusted to the change almost immediately...and he has never been healthier.

As for your mom...I don't know where you live but maybe you could find a clinic that will see her with charges based on a sliding scale.  When I didn't have insurance, I found a clinic through the United Way that didn't charge at all and only accepted donations.  My friend is an NP and works at our County Health Department and they charge according to income also.  I think you can find one of these options easily, make an appointment for your mom and let her know that the stress of her refusing to see a doctor is creating anxiety for you.  When The Hubby refused to see a doctor, I made an appointment, told him we were going to lunch and took him to the doc instead.  Sneaky yes, and I'm not suggesting you do that but it was the only way I could get him there!

I wish you well with your diet...you can do this!

 

Donna


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janetlee
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   Posted 4/23/2010 5:46 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you Donna for the excellent input! I'm going to do my best! As for my mom, there is a clinic like you mentioned in our town, but she won't go because of the way they treated me. The physician's assistant didn't want me to get a sleep study done, despite the fact that I had ALL the symptoms of sleep apnea (which can be deadly in short-term or long-term!) He only acquiesced AFTER I left the exam room in tears (tears of anger and shock! He had said that since I can take a nap during the day, I didn't NEED a sleep study! That hasn't anything to do with it! WOW!) The office manager went and talked to someone and I got the sleep study order. I went for it and I had SEVERE sleep apnea. I was put on oxygen and a cpap machine at night. I tried to adjust to the cpap, but like MANY other patients, I could not tolerate it and boy, was I disappointed! When the clinic found out that I had signed a paper saying I wasn't using the cpap, they sent me a letter of dismissal, in other words, they fired me as a patient! I called and the office manager that had maneuvered it so that I got the sleep study told me that "You're the one who wanted the sleep study in the first place!!!" I told her that I couldn't tolerate a cpap and although it was a shame about THAT, I was still using the oxygen! That I didn't think it was right that I be punished for being UNABLE to use cpap! Anyway, I now have a different doctor and quit clinic is out of the picture. So now my mom hates the place. They really did treat me like a piece of garbage!
jl

janetlee
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   Posted 4/23/2010 3:11 PM (GMT -7)   
It's been a looooooooong day already. I HATE this! But I'll carry on. There's nothing else to be done.
jl

stkitt
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   Posted 4/23/2010 4:34 PM (GMT -7)   
JL,
I sure do understand lonnnnnnnnnng day. It has been a long week IMHO. Hope things smooth out for you.



Gentle Hugs,



Kitt

janetlee
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   Posted 4/23/2010 8:02 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you CS and Sweet Kitt!
You are both so sweet to this ol' gal and y'all deserve to be happy too!
BIG Hugs!
jl

Howlyncat
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   Posted 4/24/2010 5:52 AM (GMT -7)   
I am sure you will be able to do this go for small walks keep busy
lyn

Howlyncat
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   Posted 4/24/2010 5:57 AM (GMT -7)   
...yes jl there are so many ppl worse off than you ...keep that in mind n go forth beating this as i know you can.........
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