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Have To Change My Mind Set ...

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Had an appointment with a new Endocrinologist yesterday. Really hate Breaking In a New Dr.! But, seems like this will be a good connection for me.
She is young ~ this is a good thing. The Office is very easy to access, for me. I have trouble walking far. And today at least, everything moved well...I signed in 20 min. before my Appt. time, and 2 minutes later they took me back in to begin weight, height, and update. Dr. came in a bit before 9:00am . Hope it goes as efficiently on most of the following appointments.

Two areas of concern ~ one, I have been TOO good at controlling my Blood Glucose! I have strived to keep my A1c below 6.0 ~ been pretty successful at it too. My A1c's have been under 6.0 , testing 4 times a year for years. Now, she suggests that I let it get to an A1c - 7.0 !
Seems that latest studies show that there is NO benefit to "Seniors" keeping such tight control of their Diabetes. And, some studies suggest tight control, low A1c has links to early death.
Seems "curiouser and curiouser" to me! So she cut one of my Diabetes medicine doses in half. But I am having a hard time wrapping my brain around learning to be comfortable with higher numbers. I guess 20 plus years of hearing how well I've controlled by Blood Glucose, has me used to "low # is good"! Now if I see a reading of 130 to 150 it is OK .

Then she praised my good BG numbers for having such good pulses in my feet, for someone who has been diagnosed as Diabetic for over 20 years. Dr. said she has patients that have only been diabetic two years and she can't feel pulses in the feet.

Another concern is my Calcium levels seem to be higher than optimum, only slightly..1 point high. But it is a concern. She ordered additional specialized blood tests. We will discuss the results after the New Year. Depending on what results show...we may have to do more extensive tests. But for now, she has told me to stop taking my Vitamin D supplement.
Funny as Vit. D was just recommended by my Primary Dr., and by the Blue Cross/CVS Health team~ that I continue to take it! Even going to cover cost for Vit. D by Rx , starting Jan. 1, 2014.

So, new changes to wrap my old brain around!
Have a Happy, Healthy New Year Everyone! emoticon emoticon
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    Keep seeing your medical team regularly
    536 days ago
    Great visit with the MD. Why is it they want us to make changes when we're so 'used to doing it' the way we've been doing it? I guess the better question is: Where do I begin making these changes?

    You're going to figure it all out. I know you will!
    2463 days ago
    Wonderful news, Congratulations to you!
    2464 days ago
    Just like trying to learn anything else, Theresa, try a little bit at a time. You'll get it figured out, I'm sure. Just read where the experts are now also recommending that we not treat blood pressures as stringently as earlier recommended (for some of us older people). Good work on the great glucose control, however. You have worked hard and it shows!!! Merry Christmas, Theresa!!!
    2465 days ago
    Congratulations to you!
    I also have type 2 Diabetes. I have changed my life through exercise and diet. I have the healthy changes that come my way!
    2465 days ago
    ...or How To Teach an Old Brain, New Tricks! emoticon
    2465 days ago
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