Color me happy

I’ve not been feeling well for a while now.  It’s probably all related to my diabetes.  Sometimes it’s just my feet hurting.  Sometimes it’s an overall blah feeling…and sometimes, well, I cannot quite describe how I feel, other than just….off.

So, I had my followup with my doctor in regards to my diabetes today and he said I deserved three gold stars.  Not only did my weight drop by 10 pounds (by his scale) but my A1C dropped from 8.5 to 7.4.

I attribute most of this to the medications I am on.  I take Glipizide and Metformin twice a day and I take Farxiga in the mornings.  Farxiga is outrageously pricey, and even with my insurance, was going to cost me over $900 every 3 months.  So, we got a coupon from the manufacturer and I now have a $0 copay. This coupon is only available to people with insurance.  So…why not lower the cost?  I really do not understand the price of medications in this country.

After I left the doctor’s office I started thinking about how good those numbers could be if I actually added in some exercise to my weekly routine.  And really cut out the foods I shouldn’t have.  I have been doing portion control though, and not buying the “bad” foods.  It’s definitely helping though.

I’ll take it.  Not going to complain.  My goal is to have all the numbers down again when I go back in November.

Getting a handle on diabetes…

I’m learning to monitor my blood sugar more, and learning about what i can and cannot eat.  It’s hard to change 50 years of eating habits.  it really is…even when your life depends on it.

I checked my blood sugar at 7 am, before I left for work.  i had 2 cups of tea with stevia, and 2 bowls of unsweetened cheerios.  My blood sugar was 323!  Yikes.  Around 1045 this morning, while at work, my sugar dropped all the way down to 76.  having your blood sugar slip low is not a good feeling.  I start shaking and sweating…i couldn’t focus at all.  Luckily my lunch break was at 11.  I took a bottle of water, a protein bar and a bag of peanuts to the breakroom and ate them.  by 1130, my blood sugar was way back up at 165.  not the ideal lunch by any means, but i didn’t think I should be behind the wheel of a car while I was feeling the way i was.

i really need to get this under control.  I really need to.

I am a diabetic

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Why is that my subject?  Because I need to own it. I need to come to terms with this diagnosis so I can better handle it.

I’ve known for a while, but my recent lab work showed that I wasn’t doing enough, so now, it’s a reality check.  So by putting this here, is a step towards getting it all under control.

I need to be more consistent with my exercise.  No excuses.  I need to set up a plan, even if its just starting with 3 days a week.  I need to drink more water (I have already started doing this) and I need to cut back on pop and junk food. Oh this part is so hard, but necessary.  I have never had good willpower, but now my lack of willpower can be detrimental to me.

I have to do this.  I should have done more sooner than this, but I did’t. So, now is the time.