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So finally an update on my health....

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Well hello gals. So many things have happened since I was last here. I saw the Pharmacologist Dr. Vinson who works only with medications and as he grouped all of mine together he realized that there were 6 that I could go off of. WHY?? Because I was on 3 blood pressure pills that were almost the same pill so he took away 2. He took me off the Zocor which is one that helps keep your heart healthy but it also works against your cholesterol medications, so he took that one to. He took the Glybaride which I was taking for my diabetes but he said it makes my pancreas work over time and with me having chronic pancreatitis that was a NO NO pill for me. So that made 4 and I was jumping up and down with glee. Then he looked at my cholesterol medication and he said I only needed one of them but it needed to be a stronger does and I could go off the 2nd one. GOD bless his lil pea pickin heart I LOVE a Dr that does not want you taking a million pills. He then looked at one I am on because in 09 when I came out of the hospital I had tremors in my hands and they put me on something for it. He said that might have cleared it's self up as no other symptoms have shown up and he took me off of it, pending I do not get the shakes again.

So there went 6 of my 11 medications and I was pumped. Then he put me on prescription fish oil to help with the cholesterol and triglyceride's so that bumped me back up to 6 medications. I have not been on 6 medications since I went into the hospital way back in 09.

So I was thrilled with his work.

Next I want to see my brand new Endocrinologist who as some of you might know works with people that have diseases of the blood like diabetes. His name is Dr. Sarambasoth but he said call him Dr Sara and he is so nice, very young but he spent 3 hours with me going over my diabetes medications and he agreed with Dr Vinson about the Glybaride. We talked about some new medications out there like Victoza and Byetta but he said they both would over work my pancreas and that was not something I needed to do. He did increase my Levimer insulin to 90 units a day and said if that did not help keep my morning sugars lower he was going to put me on one that lasted a bit longer than 24 hours. He kept me me on the Humalog and on a sliding scale and NEVER once mentioned my weight. I could have kissed him as I know I need to lose this weight for better diabetes control without anyone "harping" at me about it and he never said a word. He did tell me he wanted me to see the Nutritionist about my meals. And I see him again the 25th of this month.

Next I met with the Nutritionist Pixie King and WOW did she tell me some new things about my eating habits YES I TOOK MY JOURNAL IN WITH ME AND IT HAS EVER BLT(BITE LICK TASTE) WRITTEN IN IT.................She said what I needed to do was cut my FAT intake down to 20 grams a day, now for a normal healthy person or diabetic who has their sugars under control their scale would be 50-60 grams so it is a DRASTIC decrease but if it will help me get my blood sugars under good control then so be it. I am going to change my tracker on SP to track my fat grams and then I am going to get back to tracking my food on here like I use to. That way I can be VERY HONEST with myself and see how I am doing. I go back to see her on the 23rd.

Now I have not been to see my regular MD but will see him on the 18th and I must have a fasting blood sugar so I made the appt for 9 am. That way I can go and then head home for breakfast or maybe I will make it a brunch with lots of healthy recipes.

I will say that on June 30th my A1C was 12.4 and then they took it again July 18th and I already had it down to 8.8 my DR was so pumped about this and he just sang my praises then he sent me to all the above Dr's.............ha He wants my A1C to be 7.0 or lower so that is what I am really working on.

I will say my biggest problem is my sleep habits, yep still being the night owl and then going to sleep in the early am hours and not getting up until 8 to take my blood sugars but then going right back to bed. I need to get in the habit of when I get up at 8 am I STAY UP. So I am really going to work on that bad habit first so I can get my meals back on track.
My 2nd worst habit is eating late at night. If I get up at 1pm and have breakfast, I need to have my *so called* lunch at 5 pm and then my *so called* dinner at 9-10 pm and then I am back in the bed at around 11-11:30. Yep it is a vicious cycle that I must break and there is no time like today to do it.

So there you have it ladies, for those of you that have been keeping up with me and what all is going on, this is it in a nut shell.

I am really actually doing good with my eating but I have to get some exercise back in my plan and with the weather changing here to cooler days I will be able to go outside and walk some. I can't wait until we move back to my home town and I can go walk with my mom around the park or anyone of my high school friends that walk. It will be great.

So there ya have it gals, Nimsy takes control of her healthy life. Now I just have to hang on like there is no tomorrow.


Love ya all dearly.
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    We are so much alike, you & I! I'm also a night owl, & a night eater. And I KNOW that if I can manage not to chew my way through the evening all the way up till I go to bed, my FBG is lower next morning. Easier said than done, eh?

    Congratulations on getting your A1C down so low so quickly! I'm working on that too, but haven't had quite so spectacular results as you. I'm doing the Low Glycemic Load Diet: no bread, no potatoes, no rice, no flour, and no sugar. It works too -- dropped my A1C 2 points in 2 months. But have had company, lots of stress & upset lately, so haven't been quite so rigorous lately. And it shows in my BG. SO -- back to the straight & narrow for me!

    And you'll be able to get the weight off once you're able to exercise again -- I've dropped about 20# in the last 6 months, can wear clothes that haven't seen the light of day in years! And all I do is water aerobics & walk.

    SOOO good to read how well you're doing! You go GF!!!
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    2768 days ago
    Oh, my goodness, OH, MY GOODNESS, Nimmie!! Why can't we have MORE doctors like your Dr. Vinson who "HELLO," sees 'they've' got you on THREE of the SAME - - - SAME - - - SAME blood pressure pills - - - what the DANG SKIPPY is THAT all about?!! SHEESH, Nim, no wonder you've been whacked with hospital emergencies and DEEP DEPRESSION and - - - I'll bet it's even got something to 'do' with your weird sleeping disorder!! YA, for Dr. Vinson!! There really ARE still heroes left in the world.

    Then... when he FOUND that you were on that Glybaride (which is an EVIL for you) plus that one that for your cholesterol - - - he made 'it' in the Book of Fame for me. SIX EVIL PILLS obliterated from your life!! Hallelujah!! Read what Dr. Mercola says about fish oils, when you can, Nim, just to be SURE the 'prescription' one is following the HEALTHY guidelines.
    I hope the increase in insulin is ONLY a temporary, Nim, and I'm VERY concerned about that HUGE decrease in your body's NATURAL need for healthy fats being restricted, so PLEASE make sure your teenie tiny pittance is the *B*E*S*T* natural fats i.e. coconut oil, you can possibly get.

    Like I said, Nimmie, the sleep problems could very well be due to the OD of twice as many medications as your body needed. You might be a 'night owl' but you also LOVE the day so this elimination may just give you your days back too.

    Don't beat yourself up about the odd hours for eating though. The Paleo has taught me that our bodies KNOW when they're hungry/starving and if we NEED a small bit of protein for the 'furnace' than GIVE our body the fuel and chances are VERY GOOD that it BURNS calories.

    Be gentle in getting back into your plan for exercise since your BACK needs a bit of favoritism right now and just keep moving - don't think of 'it' as exercise but movement and you'll get in way more that way, or... at least I do. Anyway... sooo WONDERFUL to hear your steps to having a long life FILLED with GOLDEN is the *H*A*P*P*Y* *N*E*W*S* m'dear.

    Just KEEP moving!! xoxoxo yer' Annie
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    Happy to hear your great news! emoticon

    2777 days ago
    Woot woot! You have a GREAT team on your side and YOU are doing the hard work Nimsy! I am so dang skippy proud of you! emoticon emoticon
    2777 days ago
    I am so glad you are getting so much better.
    2779 days ago
    Yay Nims! So glad you are getting good health news...and you are on your way to a happier daily life!
    2779 days ago
    I hate meds so I'm so happy you got rid of so many. It sounds like you found a really good doctor. Hubby and I have been getting back into walking too. Love the cooler temps.

    Loved the update! It was really interesting. Good luck with the changes you want to make!
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    That's emoticon !! So glad you got rid of so many pills.
    I'm not good with math but you sleep almost 13 hours - 11:30 - 1:00 pm.? I need some of that sleep. We need to switch sleep habits.
    2779 days ago
    Wonderful news! So glad that you have a knowledgeable medical person who knows how medications interact with each other and their impact on the body. That's great that so many of your meds have been removed!

    Wishing you all the best as you continue to work on healthier habits. Cooler weather will make walking easier. When it's hot or cold, is there a mall near where you live that opens before stores so people can walk? Great that you have plans for making your walks enjoyable by doing it with family and / or friends. Have you considered listening to music or audio books when they aren't available?

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    2780 days ago
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    Fantastic news! Congrats on the turn-around that you have already created. So glad you could get off some meds. Keep up the great work, Nimsy!
    2781 days ago
    emoticon at getting rid of some meds!
    2781 days ago
    Glad you were able to get rid of some of your medications! If you are like me, you probably hated taking that many prescription drugs!
    2782 days ago
    I am also happy that you are getting less medication!
    2782 days ago
    This is all wonderful news! It sounds like you have some wonderful health practitioners on your side, which I love hearing. You have great goals to work towards that will really help you continue moving onward and upward with your health. Luv ya!
    2782 days ago
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    Oh Nims! I am soooo happy for you. I know that being able to get rid of medicines when dealing with chronic stuff is MAJOR! I love the fact that you have a whole team working with you now and you are truly taking charge of your life.

    You sound so happy and pumped in this blog, in a way I haven't seen for some time. Good luck with this new path on your journey.
    2782 days ago
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    That is so wonderful!! How great to be on less meds. Sounds like you got some great plans set out and this is going to be going so well.

    2782 days ago
    Good for you - I believe if WE'RE not in control of our health we can't feel sorry for where we're at! Keep up the good work and here's to hoping to continued reduction in the pill intake emoticon
    2782 days ago
    Less meds - Yeah!!!!
    2782 days ago
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