I don’t normally post twice in one day but in my last post I mentioned an appointment to the endocrinologist this afternoon. I thought it would be a standard check up but it turned in a memorable direction quickly. As part of the check up the doctor asked me some questions in regards to my general health, and I explained my continuing symptoms of fatigue, light-headness and inability to lose weight.
For the last month I have been keeping track of my blood sugar and most of the time I have been in normal ranges; however, I did not feel normal. He said I was having hypoglycemic responses to normal levels. This was a red flag of more serious problems. Then I told him that only twice had it been over 200. One time as a test I ate candy to see what a high would be and it was 309. The minute my doctor heard this he said “you have diabetes. That’s it.”
This is the diagnosis I’ve been dreading and as the words exited his mouth I felt shock, despair and surprise. Why had this not come up in all the blood work we did? Well, its hard to say for sure but I had already been on the metformin for over a month when I did the work so that could be part of it (as well as already working out regularly and dieting).
I got a bit emotional as he talked and as he noticed my reaction he said “no, no, this really is a good thing. It really is.” He also said the PCOS was probably still a correct diagnosis but this was a new level added to it. (He explained a lot that was over my head especially because I was so overwhelmed with the diagnosis. I mean to ask many more questions next time).
The good news is with the diagnosis we can get more aggressive with medicine and treatments. I’m a little scared but there are two injections I will need to give myself after I am trained next time. They are shots in my abdomen and the doctor said they are a tiny needle and you don’t have to find a vein. I’m still a little freaked out but we’ll take it a day at a time.
He went on to say this diagnosis could be the key to helping me finally lose weight and once that happens my body will be able to self-regulate. I won’t have to take the injections forever and may get to a point where I am down to just metformin. At the very least I should finally see results from all the work I’ve been doing.
The other good thing is aside from injections the diagnosis does not require lifestyle changes. I’ve already made those changes- no white carbs, no sugar etc. Hopefully this will help me to feel good and experience the benefits of this healthy lifestyle, instead of feeling haggard and tired all the time.
To tie into my earlier post I think there is a side of me that was a bit embarrassed when I first heard the news. There seems to be this stigma associated with diabetes that it is caused by neglect of the body and binge eating. While I have had my moments over the years, in general I have tried very hard to improve my body to no avail. This is where the insulin resistance made life more difficult for me. I couldn’t lose the weight; therefore, I couldn’t radically change my insulin levels.
There may be people who cause their own diabetes but for me I know it is mostly genetics. I just have to work through these feelings and I feel confident in the end this diagnosis will be for the best. As my bishop said ‘it could wind up being the best thing that has ever happened to me.’ I hope and pray he is right!
Anyway, I have tons to learn and absorb but I’m trying to remain positive and take each day as it comes. I will keep you all posted as I go on this journey. Thank you for all the support and for everyone’s calls/emails/facebook posts expressing love and concern. It means everything.