Thursday, November 12, 2009
Followup the Followup
I went to the doctor today for my annual physical (courtesy of diabetes!) and the followup to the biopsy I had two weeks ago. I don't mind going for followups, but I sure do hate physicals! This time I knew a lot of what was going on, because I had the lab send me a copy of my blood test results. It wasn't pretty, y'all.
My average blood sugar for the past 3 months (HbA1c) has gone above 7, which is the "magic number" for avoiding all those complications that go along with diabetes, such as heart disease, high blood pressure, blindness, kidney failure . . . and the list goes on. Of course, staying below that number doesn't guarantee those things won't happen, but it does give you a goal to aim for in managing blood sugar levels.
The bad thing is that I know why my A1c as gone so high: lack of exercise and discipline in eating. I sound like a broken record, don't I? So I began exercising faithfully again this week, and it's already working to bring my sugars down. It really is amazing what exercise can do. I'm also eating a lot better. Both things together are helping me feel a lot better.
The biopsy. It was inconclusive. Apparently the sample my doctor took was not large enough, so I'll have to have a second, larger biopsy done. I already had an appointment to see the dermatologist next Tuesday, so he'll take care of that for me. I was really disappointed not to get a definite answer today. To remove the entire lesion will take plastic surgery! I say just go ahead and do lots of work on my face - nip here, tuck there - while they're at it! ;) So we'll see what happens with that.
And that's that. The answer was no answer. We'll followup the followup with a followup! LOL Thanks for your prayers; please keep praying if the Lord brings it to your mind.