Tuesday, June 23, 2009

I went to the doctor and the doctor said....

Hi folks! The series I promised you about the inspirational people in my life is still cooking and mulling around in my mind. However, I've been a little distracted with some heavy duties at work. A short summary of one week: College president faced the regents in a challenge by some staff members; restaurant closed by health department after a lengthy legal battle, with the largest fines ever assessed; 21-year-old shot to death and subsequent family battles; and all the normal, everyday ordinary stuff on top of that.

Oh, and I had to go to the doctor today.

The insulin I've been using wasn't doing the job to bring my blood sugar down, even at a bumped-up dosage. Today she changed me to a different insulin, which is a mix of long-acting and fast-acting insulins. I'll be giving myself two shots a day instead of just one; testing twice a day and oral meds twice a day.

She said that my pancreas has just "pooped out." Whoa Nellie, that's not something you want someone, especially a doctor, to tell you about your innards. Anyway, we're going to work hard to take the load off that ol' pancreas and try to keep the rest of me from "pooping out" too.

Last week I went in to have lab work done. Well, guess what. They lost one of the vials of blood so they didn't get the tests done that they wanted to have done today. So ... I had to give up another blood sample.

They did run some of the tests. And it seems that I also have another little problem that I wasn't expecting. She checked my Vitamin D levels. She told me that they consider someone is doing pretty well if their levels are about a 30 or better. Well, being the underachiever I am, I have a level of just 15. Huh. I got a D on my "D!" So instead of taking summer school, she's going to make me take a makeup D once a week in a mega dose. Great, another pill to swallow along with the diabetes pills, the high blood pressure and cholesterol pills and the blood thinner pill.

At least this explains the leg cramps! They have been fierce since the heat has rolled in. And frequent! OWW!

Let's see... I believe that's all of this organ recital. Nothing is as boring as reading about someone else's health complaints, and for that I apologize.

I could have told you about the killer vines that ate my back gate. Maybe I'll tell you that story tomorrow. You'll just have to come back and see, won't you?


TECH said...

I'm glad to see a post, but sorry to hear diabetes is still giving you fits. I know several people on the fast/long insulin, and they think it's wonderful. I hope it does good for you!

Do you spend much time in the sun? 15 minutes a day in the sun allows our body to make Vitamin D. Because of my office job, I have to really work to get that time in. My D is low often. I wonder if that has something do with diabetes?

Anyway, good to see a post, and I'll watch for the killer vine story!

Kirsten said...

Tech beat me to it: was going to suggest a little time in the sun. But only a little, mind--no sunburns!

Hope the new insulin works for you.

Trixie said...

Unfortunately, all of the medicines I am on make me hyper photo-sensitive. I can get a pretty major burn in about 5 minutes.

The doctor said they have found Vitamin D plays a critical part in many metabolic disorders, including diabetes. That's why she's putting me on a weekly megadose prescription for it.

Anonymous said...

I hope the new stuff does the trick for you! And as for your grade, are there artificial light therapies that might work even with your hyper-photosensitivity?

Looking forward to the killer vine story!