Doctors, Prescriptions and Glucose Readings

Dr Who

I know it’s Dr. Who, but it was a far more interesting image than those of medical doctors…so, I went with it.  Besides, I like Dr. Who.

I have been fighting something for about a week.  Coughing.  A lot of body wracking coughing.  Not sleeping well.  A bit of a sore throat (probably from the coughing).  And, I lost my voice about two days ago.  So, I decided that I better get into my doctor’s office to get treated.

I get there and am brought to the scale – and climb right on.  Eureka – within one pound of my weight goal which puts me at a BMI of 24.9.  (Don’t know about the BMI – read about it here.)  Blood pressure was 126/76 – not too bad.  So, the visit started well.

Now, you should know this is the first visit I have had to the doctor’s office for something other than a regular check-up or diabetes check-in since I was diagnosed three years ago. I just don’t get sick any longer.  I know it sounds strange, but between a much better diet and a bit of exercise, I feel better and am healthier than I have been in the last 30 years.  What a wonderful side-effect of controlling Diabetes for me.

Anyway, the doctor gave me some meds and a shot.  The shot was a miracle worker – I was feeling better in under an hour.  But – and here is the thing you have to be aware of – two of the meds (the shot and one of the prescriptions) could well raise my glucose readings a bit.  I don’t know how much they might go up; just that I should not be surprised if they do go up.  I know this because I contacted Dr. K, reviewed the type of meds and she told me what to expect.

Keep this in mind if you have to take an extra med or two and ask your doctor or pharmacist – what will they do to your glucose readings?

I just checked my glucose.  It’s been about three hours since dinner and I ate my basic lower carb dinner.  The meds added over 50 points – 50 points.  I suspect the culprit was the cough syrup – it didn’t taste bad enough!  I hope it works fast and well.  For those of you who are the least bit interested, my normal reading for this time should have been about 85; it was 136.

As always, thank you for reading.

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I am not a doctor or health professional. I am just a guy who is working everyday to control Type 2 Diabetes. My goal is to offer hope, help and solutions for day-to-day living for the diabetic. The disease can be controlled. It can be managed. And, you can do it!

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