Thursday, March 3, 2011

Being Diabetic

First off, sorry there will no pictures in this post, all about my most recent news at the doctor, being diagnosed with diabetes. But I'll back up to about middle of January when all this started. So about mid January Sam's Club was offering free health screenings for members so naturally I went just to see what all my numbers were like definitely not expecting what I got. They did my blood pressure, blood sugar, body mass index, and cholesterol, my blood pressure was good, body mass index was good, but my blood sugar and cholesterol was much too high and was very concerning. That particular day my blood sugar was 295 and my cholesterol was 280, this was about 1:00 in the afternoon with only eating breakfast much earlier that morning, I had not had any lunch or other snacks when these tests were taken so naturally the nurse that did was a little worried and told me I needed be following up with this with my doctor. So I decided to make an appointment and to start watching what my sugar intake was like.

Fast forward to a few weeks later going to my doctor's appointment I tell her everything, my specific numbers and a few strange symptoms that I have been dealing with such as excessive thirst, extreme hunger, somewhat more tired than usual, and very weak, & nauseous. So my doctor decided to run some blood tests to figure out what is going on and why some of my numbers were so high. So now fast forward to yesterday when I went back to the doctor to talk with my doctor about my test results. As I sat in the doctor's office waiting for her to come into the exam room I cannot really explain it, but somehow through waiting on my test results I just knew I was going to have diabetes, I don't know I just had such a strange intuitive feeling about this. So when she finally came into the exam room I could tell by the look on her face what the test results were. She said I do have diabetes, my blood sugar was way way too high especially for someone my age and my weight. Most likely I have type 2 diabetes, but it could also be a combination of type 1 & type 2 diabetes, which would make it even more difficult to treat/manage. So yesterday she prescribed me with an oral medication of Metformin to take every morning and a prescription for a blood glucose monitor, lancets, & test strips to start taking my blood sugar every morning before I ate or drank anything and every night before I go to bed. She also referred me to an endochrinologist/diabetic specialist and a nutritionist who I will be seeing within the next week.

This all is very shocking, but at the same not shocking at all, I know that doesn't make alot of sense, but throughout my life I feel physically all these diabetic symptoms that have now been diagnosed have always been around at least for most of my life. It still is very intimidating, a tad scary, and a little bit nervewrecking because of knowing how much I will have to change my life. It is taking alot of getting used to when it comes pricking my fingers twice a day to check my blood sugar levels, but for now I am having Jake prick my finger because for some reason I just cannot bring myself to do it myself quite yet.

So that is my most recent physical/medical update, I will keep posting as new things come about and as I see new doctors and such...

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