Meanwhile, back at my visit with the doctor…
I won’t bore you with the actual numbers, but all of my other numbers were in line with where he wanted them to be – they were ‘normal.’ In fact, they were almost sickeningly normal. And, even though my A1c was 6.1, higher than I wanted it to be, he brought out a chart and said it was too low for me to be considered a Diabetic. I started laughing at him and said, “Doc, I am a Diabetic and will be the rest of my life.”
His response was a smile and then he said something that surprised me, “We have to consider taking you off of Metformin.” Aren’t those the words any Diabetic yearns to hear? Aren’t they the goal of one who tries to control their disease? It can be done! And, you would think that I would jump at the chance, right?
Welllll, it was at that moment that I discovered I loved my Metformin. I needed my Metformin and did not want it taken away. It was what I needed to maintain my glucose levels. I need Metformin to be a ‘healthy’ Diabetic.
As I write that I see how ridiculous I must sound. I had just come to accept that I would be on meds the rest of my life and had become used to taking, and in someways dependent of them. Now, he’s telling me that I may not need the meds.
I just looked at him without speaking for a moment. First, I was counting my blessings because I had such a great doctor who wants to treat me using the least amount of drugs. How fortunate can I be? The next thought? A whole bunch of thoughts centered around, “How am I going to do it?
I asked the doctor to give me the next three months to develop and enact a plan to reduce the Metformin to nothing as I make changes to my diet and exercise. I kind of figure there will need to be changes to both. He agreed with the goal of me being off of Metformin at the end of the three month period.
What am I going to do? Change my diet, but not sure how right now. Fewer carbs? More vegetables? Protein. Fish and poultry a bit more often. I think those will be the major changes, but I am not sure. I do know I will be turning to the Food Diary, again, to guide me as I make the changes.
The other big change is the type of exercise I do. Last weekend – one day before the visit with the doctor, I was given a Bowflex machine by my neighbor. They weren’t using it and knew I wanted to start doing some resistance training. I can see now that it was part of a much bigger plan. I have to clean the garage a little. Move a few things around and it will have a new home on Saturday or Sunday. I found an owner’s manual and workout plan for that machine, so I can use it correctly.
So, in about three months I may well be off of Metformin. My plan is to reduce it over a bit of time and monitor my readings even more closely than normal. Of course, I will keep you informed.
A new adventure just when I became used to the old one. Who said life was boring? I am at war with Diabetes and I am winning! Remember, everything I do to battle Diabetes can be used in the fight against Prediabetes. You can win that war!
As always, thank you for your time and for reading. There is hope – if you work to control your Diabetes.