I had the appointment with my GP today and asked a ton of questions about where I stand with Diabetes. I asked him point blank if I had pre-diabetes or actual Diabetes, and he said I have Type II Diabetes. I hastened to assure him that that did not upset me, that I just wanted to know, so I could read more intelligently about topics related to Diabetes. This diagnosis is a walk in the park compared to being told I had Parkinson’s, so it doesn’t upset me at all.
He stressed the importance of following a good Diabetic diet, and we explained that we have been eating very healthy diets ever since dear hubby was operated on for colon cancer. Add that to the fact that we both have Alzheimer’s in our family history (mother and grandfather for me), and that I have a Neurological disorder, so we have been consciously eating as many Super Foods as possible for several years now.
The biggest difference for me now is that I must exercise portion control (I have lost some weight already!), and I can’t have chocolate. Of course, he said I could have a little, but he laughed when I explained that I don’t know how to eat just a little chocolate. For me it’s going to have to be all or nothing. Other sweets I’ll be able to take in small amounts probably, but not chocolate!!
He tested the bottom of my feet for feeling, and I am definitely not feeling as well on the bottoms of my feet as I do in my palms. My A1C test came back as 5.5%, which is very, very good! That means I’ve done a good job of keeping my blood glucose under control, and it hasn’t been spiking for very long. They sent off a urine sample to check for albumin levels, which is a measure of kidney health. He has now run every test I know of that is recommended for diabetics.
He looked over my Blood Glucose testing results for this month and was pleased with the numbers. So he suggested that I could test before breakfast and 2 hours after Lunch and Supper every 3 days, unless I was feeling weird. That means a whole lot less finger pricks, and a bottle of test strips will last a lot longer. Those things are VERY expensive!!
I also asked his reasoning for putting me on Glipizide instead of Metformin. He said he chose Glipizide, because he was afraid of the gastrointestinal side effects of Metformin. But I would welcome a medicine that tended me toward diarrhea! I could stop some of my other meds if I did get help in that direction from the Metformin. So he gave me a prescription for it to try, taking only one pill with supper until I see how I do on it.
Since I have an appointment this Thursday with the Diabetes specialist, I’m not going to change anything until I get his view of things, but I was very pleased with the time that my GP took to examine me and answer all my questions. My GP is faxing all the information about my tests, etc., to this specialist, so that will make the appointment even more helpful.
I feel very good about the information I received today. I understand the diagnosis, and I know what I have to do to stay healthy. I am confident that I will be a good patient and will take care of myself, now that I know what needs to be done.