This wasn’t a good week. Monday I went for a physical/check up. As typical, I had my blood drawn for a cholesterol test. The nurse also pricked my finger and took a little more blood. A few minutes later the Physician’s Assistant comes back and says “you have diabetes”. He’s got an Indian accent but not very thick. I asked “what?” He repeated. I was very, very, very shocked. In fact, I was speechless. I said, “I don’t understand. How’d we get to this?” He said he told me at my last check that I was heading this way. He prescribed a med, and said the front desk had literature for me.
Now I have to tell you. I don’t remember anything serious like this. Yeah, I remember being told to lose weight. Maybe the word diabetes was mentioned? But if it was, it certainly wasn’t made to sound important or scary.
I got my 10 or so page report and left. I was upset. Later, I looked at the report and saw where it said my A1C was at 6.7% I also says, normal range is between 3.9 – 7.0. OK, so I’m high but how is that diabetic?
I did some Googling and checked reputable sources like WebMD, American Diabetes Association, etc. So I read that if my test is 6.5% or higher 2 times in a row, even if it’s below 7%, it’s still considered diabetic. I call the doctor’s office and a day later retrieve my previous result. 5.9% 15 months ago (1/2014). ?????? First off, I’m very annoyed that if this was bad back then, then why’d we wait 15 months to check it again? Meanwhile, another source says > 6.5% = diabetic.
“When the A1C test is used to diagnose diabetes, an A1C level of 6.5 percent or higher on two separate tests indicates you have diabetes. A result between 5.7 and 6.4 percent is considered prediabetes, which indicates a high risk of developing diabetes.”
Here’s what I know. Diabetic or not, what a wakeup call. Pretty much immediately I signed up for Weight Watchers. This time, I won’t be rewarding myself with Weight Watchers snack cakes and ice cream bars every night. Complex carbs aren’t too hard for me since we already eat whole wheat pasta and brown rice. I’m going to lose weight, I’m going to take those meds.
I also feel like the Physician’s Assistant failed me. I was scheduled for a follow-up with him in a month but have called and rescheduled with my regular doctor. AND if my regular doctor continues not to be available, I’ll need to look for a new doctor.
I said at the start, it wasn’t a good week. Maybe having this issue is just the motivation I needed. Wish me luck!
In other news, my boss gave his notice. He’s staying with the company but going to a different department. I’m bummed. He’s a great manager. He gets stuff done. I’m going to miss him.
Back update… It’s made a lot of improvement. The pain is very tolerable. I hope it will all be gone soon. Maybe those pounds I lose will ease up that issue as well. No doubt.
I started Weight Watchers on Wednesday, 3/18/15. My Mom asked, “why’d you start it midweek?” It felt good to tell her that putting it off until Monday wasn’t beneficial. Starting the diet was a “sooner the better” situation.
On Saturday I had to work. I hate working Saturdays. It kills our weekend plans.
Coming up this Monday, Jim’s hours change from 9:30 – 6:30 with 1 even later night in the week to 8-5, no late nights. After a year of a craptastic schedule, he’s back to a better one that will enable us to get to Augusta earlier on Friday. Now he has to get used to getting up earlier!
We picked up season passes for Carowinds. Strangely, we’ve lived here 5 years and have never been there. It’s only 45 minutes away from us. We drive past it on the way to Augusta.
On Sunday we met Jaime and Ruby for brunch at On The Border (Mexican chain). I resisted a Bloody Mary (5 points). I didn’t eat a single tortilla chip. I ordered a grilled chicken, rice, veggie thing on their “Border Smart” menu. It was delicious.
That’s all I’ve got. Any dieting/diabetic tips?