Monday, May 09, 2005

Lovely Doctor

As I was getting home from work on Friday I got a call on my cell phone from a number I didn't recognize. I answered and it was my endocrinologist calling with my lab results. (First off, let me just say how impressed I am that my doctor makes personal phone calls to his patients!) He said my a1c is 5.7 (last time it was 5.6). He also said that my c-peptide was 1.5, which isn't good enough to go off insulin and just take oral medication, but is still better than a diabetic who is out of the honeymoon phase. Again, I need to read up on this so I understand it better. All in all it was good news.

I think I'm going to try out my own version of the South Beach diet. I've read a little bit about it and the first two weeks you are supposed to eat no carbohydrates. Um, I don't think I can do that! But I can definitely cut down on excess carbohydrates. I won't cut out fruit though. Makes no sense to me that the fresh pinneapple I bought this weekend could in some way make me gain weight. I have a co-worker that's going to let me borrow her book so I can read through it and see what I think will work for me. I won't get dramatic results, but hopefully I can devise a diet that is healthy and also allows me to drop about 10 pounds.

I got a message from Violet from Pumplandia (i'll add you to my links today!) about going over the glucagon shot with my roommates. I live with my 27 year old brother and a friend of his from college. I've sat down with both of them and shown them the glucagon kit. I've made an emergency note that's posted on our bulliten board that goes through what to do if I start acting really bizarre. It's really reasuring to know that it's my brother that would be there in the event that I needed help. When we are out during the weekend he is always there to pester me with 'have you checked your blood sugar lately?' or to crack a joke about my 'gear'. So, as far as feeling comfortable with my roommates and their knowledge about what to do, I feel pretty good.


At 11:13 AM, Blogger Sandra Miller said...

Congratulations on the excellent a1c!!

5.7 is awesome!

Keep up the good work.

And, as far as dieting goes, just don't do anything too dramatic (sounds like you wouldn't anyway). From everything you've written it seems like you have a really good handle on what constitutes healthy eating. I realize that being in the honeymoon, and thus having to treat the frequent lows that tend to go with it, makes losing weight an even greater challenge. But hang in there.

At 7:45 PM, Anonymous terrilynn said...

As the mother of a six-year-old boy with "the 'betes," let me congratulate you on your excellent a1c! I would be thrilled to pieces if my little one's was anywhere near that good this time.

At 7:49 PM, Blogger Violet said...

Wonderful wonderful results T! Good for you. So glad you're seeing rewards for your hard work. And that you have your brother watching over you...It sounds like you're doing a fantastic job of taking care of yourself.

At 6:14 AM, Blogger Tekakwitha said...

Thanks for all the supportive comments! I'm really happy with my a1c as well. As are my parents! I think they're most happy with the fact that my doctor calls me personally with this news. :)


At 6:43 AM, Blogger Shannon said...

Excellent A1C's! I went on the South Beach diet and if I were you, I would go to phases 1 and 3. Phase 1 is just to get you off of the cravings for junk carbs. It's a nice diet because it makes you pay attention to the quality of the carbs rather than just cutting them out or sharply reducing them.

At 6:43 AM, Blogger Shannon said...

Whoops, I meant skip phase 1 and go to phases 2 & 3.

At 7:34 AM, Blogger Tekakwitha said...

Thanks Shannon,

That's pretty much what I'm thinking of doing (phase 2 & 3). Did the diet work for you?


At 3:54 PM, Blogger Shannon said...

It would've worked for me if I stayed on it haha. I wound up getting some kind of virus with a fever while I was doing phase 1 and I had noooo energy. So now I'm trying to find the "right time" to start up again. I wasn't too keen on the Dr's logic, but I liked the foods he chose...they seemed the healthiest in my opinion.

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