You know how people say sometimes something has to scare you into bettering yourself, well that is exactly what happened to me. Last Friday, I went to my endocrinologist for my routine thyroid blood work. As always this makes me nervous for some reason, I guess because it just takes me back to that place long long ago when I was first diagnosed, and then the surgery, and then recently the parathyroid stuff. Luckily, the doctor's office I go to emails you the results from the previous visit, so I always go in there knowing if something is up.
Well this time they threw me for a major loop!!! Typically, the doctor sees you, goes over what blood test he is running , then they take you to the lab and your done. Previously, my endocrinologist had informed me that he would be monitoring my A1C levels since thyroid medications can increase your chances of diabetes, not to mention I do have a family member with Diabetes so that increases my chances even more. In case you are unfamiliar with A1C it is a blood test that is run that measures your blood sugar over a 6-12 week period and gives an average. The fact that he runs this test, scares me but it also makes me "glad" to know that if something is up they would catch it!
Anyway, this time they wanted to take me back to the lab to run my blood work before I got to see the doctor. I went into panic mode, because I know they usually only do this with people who have diabetes that way the doctor will have the results when he sees you. I immediately freaked and said, why are you bringing me back here, I don't have diabetes, he always sees me first. The nurse said well, are you sure , I said "Yes, I reviewed my previous blood work and A1C was fine, another nurse walks over and says "So you aren't diabetic?" Again, in a panic I said no, then she said well go back and sit down and then I heard a whispering ..."It says prediabetic on the chart." I said no I am not prediabetic either he has never told me that. Eventually, I went back again so they could go over my medications and stuff, went back to waiting room and then the nurse came out, they want you to do your blood work before, the chart says prediabetes.. Again, I hit the panic button, "NO" I told her my blood work doesn't say that. The nurse said, "The doctor just wants to run the test, he wants to monitor you" So off I went. The remainder of my wait I sat on edge, on the verge of tears thinking why didn't I exercise more, eat healthier, I don't need any more problems. Luckily I was put to ease once I actually spoke to my doctor and he said everything was fine. He reminded me that one time it came out on the high side of normal and out of concern he wanted to monitor me. I felt like jumping up and screaming, YIPEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE .
It was this whole experience that brought me to the realization, it is time to be very serious. I escaped this time but what about next time or in the years to come, so with that I called a friend and we decided enough is enough! I went out and bought a book by Dr. Furman, I have posted about him before he has another book called "Eat to Live" and he recently came out with a book called "The end of Diabetes", no I don't have diabetes but I am going to read this book front to back as a preventative measure, while I will admit his "Eat to Live" plan is a good one, it can be hard to follow as it's focus is mainly on fruits and vegetables, but I think there are some good things that can be take from it.
So with all this being said, I am off to go exercise!