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First Name
Carol

State/Province
GA

Country of Residence
United States of America

Health Interests
Healthy Aging, Heart and blood vessel disorders, Kidney and urinary tract disorders, Men's health issues, Women's health issues

Posts (392)

Mon, Sep 9 9:50am · Why do glucose numbers range so different? in Diabetes/Endocrine System

@kateia I understand your situation. We live in the county and our PCP and my endo are 30 minutes away. Sometimes being your own dr. which is what I say I have to be for my diabetes, is the only way. Our PCP knows nothing about diabetes; the lab computer discovered that from a routine blood check. I have my last appointment with my endo a week from today. He is retiring at the end of Sept., so I will be my own dr. He is the only endo in the area so I will fly solo. I don't have a gym either, so my exercise is house walking. I do have a two story house so up and down the stairs works too. I also have exercise DVD's and can use those for a workout, and I have a treadmill, but I don't use it because my feet are causing problems. The one thing you do need to know is what your A1C is. Can your husband's dr. check that? It is important to know. You are doing well. Just stay on target.
Carol

Mon, Sep 9 9:28am · Taking Norethindrone and Metformin at the same time, not for pregnancy in Women's Health

@bec77 Good morning and welcome to Connect. I am Carol, a Type 2 Diabetic for 3 1/2 years. I am not sure that I can give you any answers since I am 75 years old and from when I was diagnosed for diabetes 2 I have never taken any meds. So I am 30+ years from menstrual cycles and have never taken metformin. One thing I always do if my PCP gives me any meds is to check with my pharmacist. The person who fills the prescriptions knows if there will be a problem when the PCP usually doesn't. Unless a dr. is also a trained pharmacist, he/she may not know. So, before taking anything new, I always check with our pharmacist. He can run the interactions and cross refence the make up to see if there will be a problem. There have been a couple of instances where the dr. prescribed and the pharmacist said there would be a problem, so it does happen. I have never had any of the problems mentioned and was never a prediabetic. One day I was fine and the next blood work up, I was a diabetic. But as I researched, I found that the numbers are not in line with all doctors. My PCP said 7.0 was diabetic, and my endocrinologist said 6.0 is diabetic, so I go with a number lower than 6.0 or somewhere in between 6.0 and 7.0. What is you prediabetes A1C? I wish I could give you an answer. I can address the diabetes, but I have no idea about the bleeding problem. I am sorry I that I don't know; perhaps someone else can be more help.
Carol

Sun, Sep 1 3:33pm · Why do glucose numbers range so different? in Diabetes/Endocrine System

@kateia Congratulations! It sounds as if you are doing everything right. You say your doctor doesn't care. Can you change doctors and find one who does? The dietician I saw was part of my endo's practice, so she was free. I didn't see her but two times and then researched and worked out my own foods. Now, I am still fighting the high/low numbers. But, they are lower after lunch; then they start up again. I don't know what has caused the change, but I'll talk to my endo when I go in three weeks. I am an anti-med person so I am not ready to pop a pill so that I can cheat/eat. I think most of us reach a point where we splurge. The more we can't have something; the more we want it. That's just being human. Keep on the track you have set and see if you can find a good doctor. Don't you think you need someone who can help you? Can you research and find information on your computer? I have good luck with that. Post again when you can. I'll help, if I can.
Carol

Fri, Aug 30 5:50pm · Why do glucose numbers range so different? in Diabetes/Endocrine System

@kateia Your roller coaster numbers are probably more common than we know. I am not a doctor, but I have Diabetes 2 and know from researching and going to an endocrinologist that there is no "written in stone" answer for the up and down numbers. The person who can tell you about your numbers is your doctor. One of the problems with Diabetes 2 is that every person is different. What spikes my numbers may not phase someone else. There are just too many variables: age, activity, food, family history, other medical problems, and on and on for as many people as there are who have this disease. It is interesting to read what happens to other people, but it may not ever be the same for you. I tried an experiment on myself to eat the same exact food three days in a row and do the same things to see if the numbers would be the same, and guess what? They were different every day! My endo said there are just too many other variables; it's not just food or activity, but even the temperature and other meds are a part too. Many other things. So, I read the personal experiences but mind myself based on what my doctor tells me from tests for me. Have you asked your doctor about the numbers? That would be good to do to see what he/she says. As time consuming as it is, it's not just one food; it's the combo of what you eat that makes a difference also. Do you check your food numbers? Can you make an appointment to see your doctor and ask? He can help you understand the why better than anyone else. I'm in the same boat with you and would like to know if you see your doctor.
I'll check back with you.
Carol

Wed, Aug 21 9:29pm · Art for Healing in Just Want to Talk

@marvinjsturing I am sorry your sister is having to go through all the treatments. I wish her well. I think it would be a great idea to put your name on every list you can. Nebraska sounds promising. You can't be on too many. I am glad you are doing well and getting stronger as you wait for the call. It would be a blessed joy if you got your transplant for Thanksgiving or Christmas. I continue to pray that everything will come together for you.
Carol

Sat, Aug 10 10:24am · Living with Neuropathy - Welcome to the group in Neuropathy

@summertime4 When I read your post, I felt as if it was one I wrote several years ago. However, my dragons are Diabetes and other problems that go along with it. I was diagnosed three years ago with no symptoms. I had a regular blood profile and a week later received a letter from my PCP saying, "You have diabetes." Then she didn't know what to do. So, I was left to my own devices to read and research and doctor myself. I was raging mad and ranted and raved and couldn't believe it. I found Mayo Connect and started asking questions, and the Volunteer Mentors and other members jumped in to help. I stayed mad for a long time until the Connect angels talked me through what I needed to do to help myself. It isn't easy, especially when doctors don't know and you get passed around. If you are lucky, you may get a doctor who can help. It would be wonderful if we could just take a pill and the pain and grief and anger could be cured. Life isn't that easy. I am sorry you lost your husband; that just adds fuel to the fire. My husband and I are still together, but he has heart issues that keep me on guard all the time. My feet are so painful that I sometimes cannot walk without crying. But, I think there is a bottom line. Each day if you can find something to be grateful for or something that made you smile, those little things eventually will become bigger and help you feel better mentally so that you can deal with the physical. If you stay with Connect, you will be able to read and know that you are not alone in your quest to feel better. Eventually, as angry as I was, no one in Connect gave up on me. Today, over three years later, I am still a Diabetic 2; my feet still hurt; and I also deal with kidney issues, panic attacks, and fibromyalgia. That along with my husband's heart problems; his eye stroke, his skin cancer keep health problems in the forefront of our lives. But, I know there are people who have so much more to deal with, and I am thankful. If you will, continue to share on Connect and let us know how you are doing, or if you have questions and no answers, ask on Connect, and someone will try to share an answer. We are not doctors, but we have had similar experiences and can offer what was done that helped us. Will you stay in touch? We all care.
Carol

Fri, Aug 9 3:03pm · How do I lower my morning fasting glucose levels? in Diabetes/Endocrine System

@trishanna Welcome to Connect and the Diabetes/Endocrine Group. I am Carol, a Volunteer Mentor who has Diabetes 2. I am not a doctor; I am a retired teacher who was diagnosed three years ago. I knew nothing about the disease but have had to learn. The first fact is that every diabetic is different. It depends on too many factors for everyone to have the same things work for everybody. You have to trust your medical team and see if what they tell you works. I have read and researched to find out everything I can. I have always had high morning numbers. My endo says as long as it goes down during the day, he's not concerned. I do not take any medicine, but have worked to control my numbers. I've experimented with food and counting calories and portions and carbs—you name it. This all went well until a couple of months ago. I have had some infection and low grade fever and developed problems with my feet as a result of diabetes. Now my numbers are higher, and I have a month to wait to get in to see my endo. I know how concerned I was when I was first diagnosed, and I still am, as diabetes is different every day for me. My main point is to see what works for me and read the Connect members' experiences of others for information. Mayo has a really informative paperback book that helps with understanding basics. I bought that at first and still refer to it three years later. The title is Mayo Clinic Diabetes Diet. It explains the numbers and gives a two-week menu plan, and shows just about everything you need to know when just beginning. It seems as if you are off to a good start. If you have questions, can you call your doctor and ask? If things feel wrong, be sure to get in touch with your medical team. Diabetes is an unpleasant disease and calls for a lifestyle change; that's not easy, but it is doable.
Carol

Thu, Aug 8 12:43pm · Hypoglycemic in Diabetes/Endocrine System

@trellg132 You are on the right track. Good for you.
Carol