I had my quarterly visit with my doctor, so I have new things to report.
Just a reminder about what I am doing. My doctor told me that it was time for me to go off of my Diabetes med, Metformin, during my last appointment with him – about 12 weeks ago. I was surprised that he would suggest it, but my A1c was at 6.1 and he knew I was taking less that the least effective dosage of Metformin. His thought: why not stop it completely? My thought: fear. I loved my Metformin. It allowed me to control Diabetes, or so I thought. I promised the doctor I would be off of the med within three months; I was stopped taking it in less than one month and I have not seen much of a difference in my daily glucose readings.
So, how am I doing?
- A1c test 12 weeks ago: 6.1. A1c test from last week: 6.1. The SAME!
- Weight 12 weeks ago: 184. Weight today: 182. The doctor says I don’t need to lose any more weight.
- Blood Pressure and Cholesterol: His words: “Perfect.”
The visit was better than I expected, actually, since I was making little adjustments for several weeks just to return to exactly what I had been doing and eating before I stopped taking Metformin.
New challenges: Well, the doctor now wants me to stop taking any cholesterol and blood pressure meds. The blood pressure meds are ACE Inhibitors to protect my kidneys. But, we don’t know if the BP is good due to them, or because it’s just good. The same goes for cholesterol meds. So, I am stopping both meds as of tonight. I will see the doctor in two weeks for a BP check to determine if I can stay off of the med. He will be ordering a full blood work-up in about 12 weeks to check on cholesterol.
So, as of this moment – I am med free. We will see if it lasts.
New discovery about myself: I am a bit obsessive about my fight with Diabetes. Like you hadn’t figured that out, by now. But you know what, it takes being obsessive to win the fight. I need to watch my diet at every meal and between meals. I need to get myself out and exercise five and six days a week. I need to be vigilant.
One other little change: the number of times I test my glucose each day. The numbers were driving me nuts because I saw these big fluctuations sometimes, but they told me how I was doing. My doctor said I didn’t have to test nearly as often – once a day in the morning would be fine. Even less often, if I wanted. He knows I rely on the numbers for near instant feedback, but his point is that I don’t need to check quite as often.
I think he has another goal that he isn’t telling me about. Just like when he wanted me to lose 65 or 70 pounds – he never told me how much in the beginning; he only said I needed to lose a little weight. I have this idea he wants me to relax a bit; not be quite as obsessive. And, that by checking glucose less frequently I will come to see that the numbers are steady and reliable as long as I am following my diet and exercising – the right numbers will just happen. And I will continue to win my War On Diabetes.
He’s a tricky guy.
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