Wednesday, January 20, 2010

A Week in the Life

I finally gave in on Tuesday of last week after having been sick off and on since the beginning of November and went to see the doctor. I haven't been to a non-fertility related doctor in ages and the one I used to attend was no longer in practice, so I had to find a new doctor. I chose one who is affiliated with the hospital I work for and called and made an appointment.

After receiving the requisite lecture for not having been sooner (seeing as I have been sick for 2 months, lol), he proceeded to examine me. It turned out I have bronchitis. Yup - two months of doing nothing about a serious respiratory infection.

That's me, though.

He also stated he suspects I may have asthma as well. Lovely.

He prescribed an antibiotic (Amoxicilian), a nasal steroid (Flonase) and two Mucinex daily. I'm currently on day 7 of the antibiotics and I don't actually feel much better. I have a follow-up appointment with him on Friday. I'm a little worried about what he's going to say.

In addition to the bronchitis and suspected asthma, we had a conversation that went a little something like this:

Dr - (In response to my noting I take Metformin for insulin resistance) "So, have you tested your sugar today?"

Me - " I don't have a monitor. I'm only insulin resistant, not diabetic."

Dr - (Looking extremely puzzled) "Who told you that?"

Me - (Looking around shiftily as if I had done something wrong) "My OB/GYN when she did my infertility work up."

Dr - (Looking at me bewilderedly) "Honey, insulin resistance is Type II Diabetes."

Me - (Feeling stupid) "Oh."

So, it turns out that I probably have Type II Diabetes and will be getting a blood sugar meter this Friday on my follow-up visit. He's going to be re-testing me to confirm the diabetes for his records. He's also planning to test me for rheumatoid arthritis. I have a lot of problems with my joints swelling and being extremely painful, so he wants to check that out.

I foresee many blood draws in my future. And not a single chance for a baby from any of it. That really, truly sucks.


So, following all that bad news, here is my joy for today:

I got a raise at work! And not just a small's an extra $1.50 per hour! In a recession! I'm extremely pleased and darned proud, if I do say so myself :D

Hope you're all having a great week! I'm going to try to pick my blogging back up some. Its been so crazy busy with work and school so far this year that I've struggled finding time to blog. But, I'm going to try harder to keep my blog better informed :D


Life Happens said...

I'm glad you were able to find out what all the sickness has been. I hope the meds kick in and you start to feel better.

I'm on Metformin too, for PCOS. I don't have to take my blood surgar at all. It's my understanding that insulin resistance, as it relates to PCOS, is kind of like pre-diabetes, but not the full blown type. But what do I know, there's not an 'M.D.' after my name.

Congrats on the raise!

A said...

Ugh, I'm sorry to hear about the upcoming testing and the bronchitis right now! Hoping that you'll be healthier for your little after all of this!

Kelli said...

What a mess!! I hope that by the time you read this that you're back on the mend. :)

Like one of the previous posters, I'm also IR due to PCOS (and take Met) and haven't had any blood sugar issues. My doc told me that if I had left the IR untreated that it would become T2 Diabetes but that as long as I was treating it and keeping my regular appointments to stay on top of it that we wouldn't have anything to worry about for years to come. I'm sure your doc is doing what is best for you...and if that means treating you for T2D, then by all means, do it...I had just never heard that before. I'm going to ask my doc about it at my next visit b/c you've definitely sparked my interest.

Super-duper congrats on your raise...what a blessing!! That's awesome news. Maybe it'll take some of the sting out of all those blood draws (okay, maybe not but you gotta look on the bright side, right??).

Glad you're back, my friend...hang in there and keep us updated! :) Hugs!

Suzy said...

Yay for the raise! I'm on metformin for PCOS/insulin resistance. I have never had a doc tell me that was the same as type 2 diabetes though. Might ask my doc about it next time I'm there.

Hope you're feeling better ASAP!

AKD said...

I also have insulin resistance, but didn't know it was Type 2 diabetes! They should tell us this stuff sooner! ;)

Yay on the raise - congrats, that's just amazing! That's just great!

NatalieLucy said...

I also have Insulin Resistance and was told it was pre-diabetes and as long as I treat it now and be careful with what I eat and exercise etc. Then I wouldn't have an issue. I goggled it as well and it's Pre-diabetes. So I don't know what your Dr is talking about maybe he just wants to double check. I have heard people say you should treat Insulin Resistance like Type 2 regarding what you eat.

NatalieLucy said...

Oh BTW congrats on that raise! :)

lowfatlady said...

Ugh, I really hope it comes out that you don't have type 2 diabetes. I hope the testing goes well and you feel better soon. Congrats on the raise!

Blondie said...

Blood draws are the worst! I'm sorry to hear about your appointment -- I know how you feel, and the fear the comes with PCOS and the health implications that can come with it. Lots of hugs!!

daega99 said...

Hope you feel better soon. Sorry the doctor's visit was tough.

Congrats on the raise!


Nicole said...

I think your doc is off his rocker!!! IR is the EXACT OPPOSITE of diabetes. IR means your body doesn't recognize the insulin it makes so it keeps making more and more. Diabetes means your body CAN'T make insulin. IR is pre-diabetic because eventually your pancreas gives out because it can't keep up with your body's demands. SO many people think they're the same because the treatment is the same...manage your blood sugar. If your blood sugar doesn't spike, your body doesn't think it need as much insulin, so it doesn't over-make it. If your on met, you probably have figured out the things that cause your blood sugar to spike...the things that you have to run to the bathroom 20 minutes after eating. Don't let him convince you that you need to be sticking yourself 3 times a day. It's unnecessary pain and cost for IR if you can get it controlled with Met!

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