• Taking the Plunge

    After publishing the post, Excited for Nothing, on May 16th, I put in a call to my doctor’s office about the medication issues that I had been experiencing. I explained to the nurse that while the stomach issues I had been dealing with while on Janumet had subsided, the Glipizide was doing nothing to help lower my blood glucose levels.  They had, in fact, shot up.  Something needed to be done about it, and fast. I told the nurse that I had previously mentioned to the doctor that I would be willing to give injectable medications a try, but that the doctor hadn’t wanted to put me through that if it wasn’t necessary.  I basically told her to tell the…

  • Excited for Nothing

    Today’s Garfield cartoon over at www.garfield.com seems to be the perfect illustration for how I’m feeling about the problems I’ve been having with my blood sugars and medications lately. My doctor discontinued my use of Janumet because of the nasty stomach side effects that were wreaking havoc on my life.  That medication was doing wonderful things for my blood glucose levels, but the side effects were too much to deal with. When the doctor said she was putting my back on Glipizide, I was excited about the change because I knew the stomach side effects would go away, and that I’d be on a medication that had worked well on my blood glucose control when I was initially diagnosed.  I…

  • It’s OK to Need Help

    In previous blog posts and conversations over the last two years, I’ve made no bones about the fact that I’ve battled with bouts of depression and anxiety since I was diagnosed with congestive heart failure and type 2 diabetes. The daily routines of medications, blood sugar testing, meal planning, and other related bullshit, combined with the constant worry of trying to figure out how to pay for all of those medications and testing supplies, are simply overwhelming at times. Add to that all of the typical stuff that goes along with every day life, you know… work, bills, chores, relationships, etc… and you’ve got yourself a great big barrel of fun. Then top that off with dealing with a loved…

  • As I Expected

    So here we are, one week after my visit with my primary care doctor, and I’m just now getting around to writing about how it went.  Better late than never, or some bovine fecal matter like that. This was a follow up appointment, and I was to receive the results of my latest A1C.  And I went into it expecting to hear bad news.  And, as I expected, that’s what I got. The result was 7.1 this time around.  And despite how prepared I thought I was for hearing that my A1c was back above 7.0, it still came as a shock.  Considering where I started out at two years ago though, at 9.6, that 7.1 is still looking pretty…

  • The results are in

    Well, this post is definitely more than a day late, but better late than never.  Here goes. I went to the doctor  last Thursday to get the results of all the lab work that was done last month.   You know, the lab work that I had a hell of a time fasting for.   Anyway, the results of those tests were a mix of good and bad. My A1C, which had been 6.0 the last couple of times it was check, was up to 6.4.  Not a bad number in the grand scheme of things, but certainly not the third 6.0 in a row that I was going for.  In reviewing blood glucose logs I gave her, the doctor…