Was a big week here. A HUGE week actually. At least as far as my current state of well being goes.
First up, with hard work, determination and a sprinkle of whatever, I've managed to get myself back to what I will call pre-diabetes. At the same time, I also fired my doctor. Let's start there, but first, some back story.
- The doctor's office is about 50 miles away. It was awesome when I was only 4 miles away.
- This office let both of my prescriptions lapse. The first time was for Cymbalta. I'm not sure if any of you have had the opportunity to stop taking an antidepressant cold turkey, but it's very much not fun. The 2nd was for the Metformin that took 2 weeks to get refilled.
- I called about the Cymbalta script and was, essentially, yelled at for breaking some kind of protocol.
- I asked when I was in for my latest blood draw to speak to a doctor about not being on Metformin. Did not get to speak to any doctor.
All of that, plus not getting any solid information from that office made me feel like I was the first person on the planet to be affected by Type 2 diabetes, and that no one really knew what to do about it. They were, essentially, a prescription writing service, with the rest of the work being done by Team Burnside.
Now, about those numbers and what do I mean by pre-diabetic.
The number that we care the most about is the A1C. Remember, that is an average percentage of glucose in the blood for the past 3-4 months. Anything under 5.7 is considered good, with anything over 6.5 considered to be diabetic.
When I started back in July of 2016 I pulled a 12.4%. For the record, that is pretty much the top of the chart and equates to a daily average blood glucose level of over 300.
When I returned in October of 2016, I was at 6.0.
When I returned in February of 2017 (last week), I was at 5.6.
As mentioned above, that number includes 2 weeks of me not taking Metformin, the primary duty of which is lowering blood glucose levels. Now it took at least a week before it stopped being affective, and has taken another month to get completely out of my system. I will continue to monitor my levels at key parts of the day and correct where needed. I do have Metformin, just in case, but my goal is to leave those bottles un-opened for as long as possible.
And, prediabetes is essentially where I am at. It’s pretty long and boring, but if you are curious as to what it means, WebMD.com has a pretty good explination.
You guys might have noticed that I have gone back to doing science, especially in the morning. That is part of my correction. If I wake up and I'm over 120 (which I am most mornings), then a brisk 20 minute walk or bike ride takes care of that. At night, if I should spike and not recover (which I have, twice), then I take a shot of tequila and a walk around the block. That has not failed me yet. I mentioned this to my doctor and, as expected, he couldn't recommend it. But, at the same time, he gave me the 'well, if it works for you' talk.
New doctor shopping begins next week. I think I already have one lined up that will also be helping with my neuropathy as well as the diabetes, but I do want to have a Plan B, just in case.