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Doctors, Doctors, Doctors

Since I was diagnosed with diabetes, it's been an merry-go-round of doctors and other medical people.  A diabetes specialist.  A dietician.  (Carbs are the Food of Doom for diabetics, but fats are the Food of Doom if you want to lose weight, so apparently I'm only supposed to eat proteins.)  A liver specialist.  A GI specialist.  I still have to hit up the medical supply company.

I supposed I should be glad that I have good insurance and access to good health care, and that I'm not writing right now, so I have more time to for all these appointments.  But it gets wearing, going through my medical history yet again (especially when each new doctor should have my records from my GP), explaining what's going on, and getting still more instructions.

It also feels like I take great handfuls of pills.  Metformin twice a day.  Lisinopril to protect my kidneys from the Metformin--and since Lisinopril is a blood pressure medication, I'm supposed to take my blood pressure three or four times a day to make sure mine doesn't drop too low.  (After a week of that, I stopped doing it--my blood pressure stabilized just fine.)  Topamax to keep my migraine headaches at bay.  Vitamin D tablets, a staple if you live in Michigan, where the sun doesn't shine enough.  My doctor suspects I should take Lipitor because no matter how much I exercise and avoid fat--I seriously don't eat much fatty food--I seem genetically disposed to have high cholesterol.

My new exercise regimen--running 6 times a week for 20 minutes--has lost me weight.  This is good.  My goal is to get off the diabetes medication altogether.



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Oct. 2nd, 2016 04:10 pm (UTC)
Keep a computer file of medical history. Print out a copy to take along when you have an appointment. And a separate file for medications.
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