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5 days ago · Good reports from Dr. visits promote motivation in Diabetes/Endocrine System

Not yet. I’m still trying to be friends with it. 🙂

retired teacher

5 days ago · Good reports from Dr. visits promote motivation in Diabetes/Endocrine System

I hope it will help ease the concern of new diabetics. I knew nothing about the disease when I was diagnosed except it had something to do with sugar. All the rest was totally new. This disease sneaks up on people when they just don’t even think about it. We are bombarded with Cancer and other problems, but I didn’t know anyone with it when I was growing up, and never even was around anyone who had it when I got older. So, I started at Ground Zero and had to go forward with just my husband to help. I researched for hours. I purchased Mayo Clinic books and read and learned terms and what to do and what not to do. Trial and error. The one thing that is really important is that I learned every diabetic is different.
I hope that posting my positives from today will help others realize they have to be their own advocate and ask questions and see what works for them. Sometimes medical professionals tend to blanket a group of people under the one umbrella. Diabetes doesn’t work that way so it’s great to be part of the diabetes group and get general information, but be an individual diabetic too and see what helps singular profiles.

retiredteacher

5 days ago · Good reports from Dr. visits promote motivation

Sometimes I get angry about having diabetes and sometimes it makes me sad. I love sweets; always have, and to give them up and other foods I love has been one more struggle for me as a “still new” diabetic. The positive event for me is that I was not so far over all ranges that I had to have intervention from multiple areas. So, when I was sent to my endocrinologist by my PCP, I was not that far over the lines of pre-diabetic to full blown diabetic. My numbers were just a few points over, so I refused any meds and researched diet and appropriate exercise instead. My endo gave me three months to see if that would work. Fortunately, it did work, and I had no other problems in any area.

So, I continued to control my diabetes 2 with diet and exercise. But, at my age I am not a person to exercise. My going and coming and being in the house doing chores compromise my exercise. I have a beautiful treadmill which sits in the corner of the den, but I just look at it. I have turned it on one time. It’s just not pleasant and I find it frustrating because I have never had to exercise.

After 22 months of being a diabetic, I had my first 2018 endo appt. today. I am so happy because every test was in range or below. My A1c is 5.9; Dr. wants it to be 5.7 by next time. My blood pressure was 124/60. My glucose is 115. Only my weight is too high, so I will work on it. All the other tests were in range or below. My next appointment is not for six months. Dr. said I am doing so well that I don’t need for him to check every three months; we’ll wait six months and see. He has been calling me a controlled diabetic for over a year since I have done well; now he says I will always be a diabetic, but I have everything in check. He was very pleased and so am I.

An appointment with all positive results makes me even more motivated. I might even turn on the tread mill and give it a walk!

I wanted to share my short journey to date with you to let you know that diabetes can be handled. It does take patience and determination and self control, but eventually it gets easier to make the right choices.

retiredteacher

Sun, Jan 28 4:12pm · Fasting blood sugar in Diabetes/Endocrine System

I do believe that the major influence groups in our society have discarded all sense and concern and decency for our fellowman. From education to religion to political to medical; all we see is that money is all that matters. Of late, the criminal abuse of young women by powerful men has sealed the deal that we are living in a modern Sodom and Gomorrah. It is not a good time for younger people, but I don’t think the problems will ever be solved. It has gone too far.

retiredteacher

Sun, Jan 28 3:53pm · Central retinal artery occlusion in Eye, Ear, Nose & Throat

Thank you @rosemarya. We are grateful for all the positive thoughts and prayers we can get. Our greatest hope is that he has not lost his sight in that eye.

retiredteacher

Sat, Jan 27 6:53pm · Fasting blood sugar in Diabetes/Endocrine System

I was not forced (?) from the classroom; I believe age discrimination is against the law everywhere. I had some personal family matters that caused me to have to make a choice. I am not interested in returning; it would only make things worse.

retiredteacher

Sat, Jan 27 6:42pm · Central retinal artery occlusion in Eye, Ear, Nose & Throat

Hello, Scott. I don’t have any exact information at this time except for what I know from a routine eye check appointment two weeks ago. I do not have the situation; my husband does. He told me several weeks before that his eye felt as if it was swollen. I looked but nothing was different on the outside. When we went for our checks, he could see only blurs with his left eye. The dr. ran some tests and came in and showed us the photos of his eye—- the blood pooling, the swelling, like a wave, the blood vessel crimped—all causing him not to be able to see clearly. That led to the procedure he will have Monday to dissolve the blood and help it be absorbed and have several needle injections to reduce swelling. He told us that it would not improve the damage, but it should keep it from causing more problems. He called it an eye stroke. My husband’s problem is a result of high blood pressure which caused the pressure first and then the crimping to blur his vision. We won’t know until after more tests and the procedure with injections into his eye what the result will be. I will be in touch as soon as I find out more. I have been researching and preparing us for his appointment.

I hope you can have some reversal. Thinking of you as you see a retinal specialist.

retiredteacher

Sat, Jan 27 6:00pm · Fasting blood sugar in Diabetes/Endocrine System

Thank you for your kind words, but teaching was my life and when I had to retire, I lost part of my soul. I still mourn every day that I could not continue, as I had planned to die teaching. The Good Lord had other plans. I have hours beyond my Master’s degree to a doctorate, but that, too, could not be completed. I still have a valid teaching certificate, and if there were a miracle, I would walk back into the classroom Monday. I was fortunate to teach in a time when teaching meant an educated person providing knowledge to students. Today, it’s mostly fun and games. That makes me very sad.

I attended an excellent private university and received my AB degree in English with minors in sociology and education. There were no diplomas for general education, where a teacher could teach any subject; those exist today and have watered down the strict requirements for learning. My Master’s degree is also in English with an emphasis on composition and British Lit. The hours beyond my Master’s are also in English with composition and British Lit. My students were seniors in high school and freshmen in college. I taught Advanced Placement English Lit. and Comp. and Advanced Placement English Language and Comp. for my high school students and taught composition for college students. I taught in an exclusive private school. I loved teaching and I miss it every day.

retiredteacher