Thursday, October 22, 2009

Finally, a doctor's visit!

Waiting 45 days for Medicaid to kick in was obviously not an option. So today, finally, at last, I got myself to the local clinic to get myself checked out and receive refills on various prescriptions.

I was there three hours! But at least a few things were done that have laid out my work for me.

My blood sugar was 177. Compared to where it usually is, that was pretty good. They also stunned me by doing a Hemoglobin A1c right there, in the office! The result that most doctors want is a 6.0 (as far as I know). My last was a 10, which is entirely too high. Today, I was a 9.2. Better. MUCH better.

I saw a nurse practitioner, and she examined my feet. My left foot...doesn't look so good. Mind you, she could easily see the damage both feet were experiencing, but my left foot...Well, the left big toe still appeard to be swollen and red; this was what I was told to ignore back in AZ by my new podiatrist. At the clinic, she didn't like it. Then there was the toe next to it. She said it either looks thoroughly infected or broken. How it came to be so is a bit of a mystery, and I simply can't afford to run to specialists to find out. The best I can do right now it keep an eye on it and wait for Medicaid to get started.

Other stats include a BP that was 142 over 80 (a little high due to the pain I'm in), pulse 76, and my weight...oh, my weight...198 lbs. I must start doing something about that, but the NP was quick to agree that with my current meds, I may not be able to do much. My metabolism is being slowed to a crawl.

In short, it sucks to be me.

Honestly, I don't know where I stand on one aspect of the examination. I mean, I'm glad I didn't have to endure countless tests to prove I have one problem or another. On the other hand, all it took was a visual examination for the NP could SEE the damage occurring to my body. The latter has me on the cusp of blowing an emotional fuse...and I think that's what I'm off to do.

I hope the rest of you are working to BE WELL. I'll be here, trying to do the same.

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