So yesterday was a visit to my regular doctor for a follow up on lab work. Most of my lab work was elevated far beyond the healthy range and way up from the last labs in March when I was in the hospital with Acute Kidney Failure. The Acute Kidney Failure is still unexplained by all doctors involved with my care. I expected my glucose and A1C to be elevated as I had been monitoring at home. Diabetes does run in my family, typically with older adults, however my oldest daughter; Heather, was with Hypoglycemia (opposite of Diabetes) and had a seizure at 3 months old that was almost fatal.
At 1 year old, in 1995, the Endocrinologists at Lucille Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford removed 95% of her pancreas. The surgery was necessary as the medication she was on was in trial stages to be used for Hypoglycemia and could cause brain damage. The surgery had a 50/50 chance of success. She could have come out of it with the Hypoglycemia being turned to Diabetes if the doctors had removed too much or she could come come out of surgery without either. We were fortunate with the success and Heather was no longer Hypoglycemic or Hyperglycemia (Diabetic). She was monitored a good year or so because the Pancreas, although you can live without it, when removed, if all cells are not completely scraped clean, it can in fact grow back. Heather for the most part was healthy and had no issues until the age of 13. We were at a camp-out and she broke out due to an allergy to something that was never found, we had to rush her into town into the ER where she was given Benadryl and placed on a steroid. The steroid is what we believe crossed her back over to then be a Diabetic. After approximately 2 years of being on Metformin, a common Diabetic Type II oral medication, her Diabetes disappeared like in remission or something. She is now 18 and is currently Diabetic and Hypoglycemic free.
Back to me, the doctor straight out and sternly advised me and then my husband that should I continue with my lab work numbers including my Triglycerides, Glucose, Cholesterol etc rising, it would "KILL ME!" So, as you can imagine, this scared the %%%% outta me and I know now I need make a change in my diet. The doctor explained that she understands due to my chronic pain, Fibromyalgia Pain, Severe Arthritis and Bulging that brings pain to my low back, my exercise is very limited, so diet is going to be severely hard with an extreme change immediately. I'm going to be using My Fitness Pal to update my loss and to monitor my daily calorie intake. I will also be posting recipes on my other blog The Mystical Kitchen if you would like to follow, would love to share with you too and here I will be sharing tips, my progress and looking for support and ideas.
Here's to a healthy lifestyle change for myself and family, cheers!