Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Test Results= Diabetes

Recently I found a doctor that would come out to my home and see me. They even have the lab come out to my home and collect blood for blood tests. I hadn't seen a doctor in 4 years because I have Agoraphobia and have a really hard time leaving my home. So when I started having symptoms of diabetes, I knew I needed to find a doctor to see and find out if I indeed had a problem. 

A couple of weeks ago, my doctor came back out to see me and told me that I do indeed have type 2 diabetes. I kinda already knew that, or at least guessed I might. 

So I've been told to cut out bread, rice, potatoes and sugar. I started off slowly and cut out all of the potatoes and rice and am now cutting my intake of sugar and bread in half. I switched to several different sugar substitutes or I should say I am trying out a few to see which one I like. 

Thankfully I don't have to give myself shots. I just have to take a couple of pills each day. Metformin is a medicine that helps control diabetes so we are trying that out for now to see if that helps. 

For those of you that know the numbers, my fasting blood glucose was 152 and my A1C was 8.2 and my doctor wants my fasting morning blood glucose to be under 120. So that's my goal right now. 

I've had a blood glucose meter for about 15 years because I was diagnosed with low blood sugar (hypoglycemia). The meter I had was 15 years old so the doc told me to get a new one. I looked online and found that CVS had one for $17.99 and the test strips are only $6.99 for 50 of them. That is a whole lot cheaper than what I used to pay for them. Last time I paid for test strips using a brand name meter and getting brand name test strips I paid $50 for 100 of them. My insurance wouldn't pay for them even thought my doc had written me a prescription for them because I didn't have diabetes. But the new ones I found are even cheaper than what my insurance would pay for since my co pay would be $6 for 50 of them and this way I don't have to worry about getting a prescription for them, I can just order them online. 

So you might be seeing more vegetable type recipes as I try them out to replace the rice and potatoes that we used to have with dinner. I've been trying out a lot of new recipes. lol 


  1. Another of my blogger friends was just diagnosed with diabetes last month. Have you found a sugar substitute that you like? I think Pure Via is good and use it in my tea.

  2. I'm sorry to hear that, I know quite a few people who live with it.

  3. So sorry to hear about the diagnosis but I'm glad you caught it in time and are on your way to getting healthier. I think it's becoming easier for diabetics. I know they're coming out with technology that will make those wearable meters more advanced than ever.

  4. Good you caught it before you had to take shots for it. Hopefully with proper eating and such it will stay that way. Crappy disease indeed

  5. Bijoux- I've tried Sweet N Low, Truvia and Equal and I don't like any of those too much. But Equal is looking like that I will be using since I tried some of the others a while back and didn't care for them either.

    Adam- Thanks. I have a few family members who have it also and I figure it could have been worst so I'm not gonna complain.

    Stephanie- I am glad too. Pills are much easier to take than shots. Cutting out some potatoes, rice and sugar and eating healthier isn't as hard as I thought it would be.

    Pat- I hope so too. I've been eating a lot more vegetables.

  6. sorry about the diagnosis, but at the same time, i'm glad you got it! so now you know more to control it. and bless the doc who would make a house call!

    (as for your comments at my place, i always got them before, but now they're not delivered to gmail anymore. grrr...)

  7. I love that I found a doc who would make house calls. And yes, I'm glad I found out sooner rather than later so I can try to control it.

  8. Exercise and watch your carbs. I wasn't so luck--as a middle aged man I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes four years ago and went from taking no medicines to giving myself 4-5 shots a day as well as pricking my fingers 4-6 times a day (depending on if I exercise). But I haven't yet found anything that I can't do, especially since insulin no longer has to be refrigerated and they have water-activated cooler packs. The book "Diabetes for Dummies" is good (I think I reviewed it) Take care of yourself.

  9. Sorry to hear about the diabetes diagnosis, Mary. My BIL and niece both have the same type as you. You were lucky to find a doctor who makes home visits. They're a rare beast.

  10. That's really awesome you were able to find people who would come to your house.

  11. Sage- Yep that's what the doc said too. Thank you and sorry to hear you have to give yourself so many shots.

    Shelley- Sorry to hear that. And there are actually several doctors that will make house calls now. I was quite surprised to find so many online and in my area.

    Anna- I know, I wasn't sure it was real until I called them.


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