Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Telling a Little Bit More

OK, I've got about 5 minutes but I thought I'd let you all know that I finally was able to have the blood work done that I needed and I met with my Dr. yesterday. The test confirmed her suspicion that I am insulin resistant. And I'm OK. Actually, I'm relieved. First of all, there is nothing that is *seriously* wrong with me. And secondly, all of my symptoms aren't just in my head. And I'm grateful to have been led to a Dr. that looks for this kind of thing. According to her, we've caught it 15-20 years before I'd develop diabetes and I don't *have* to get it. You can retrain your body to use insulin properly and to produce the right amount. It also explains some things that have driven me crazy for years. For instance, why can I work out for two hours a day 5 days a week and not lose one-single-pound. It really was frustrating and I'd get upset with myself thinking, 'if I only worked harder I'd be able to do this'. And I'm not tooting my own horn but when I work out, I typically work out pretty hard. But my Dr. said that when insulin is being overproduced it makes your body hold on to every ounce and the only way to lose weight is to starve yourself or take some other drastic measures. Insulin resistance causes a whole lot of other things like irritability and depression, things you might associate with just being a girl along with scary stuff like high blood pressure and heart disease. So with the combo of medicine that she gave me, chromium piccolinate, along with diet and exercise I should get everything under control.

So, the only better news than that would be that there's nothing wrong with me at all. And now I have to go but I promise that I'll show you a couple of pictures of some things we did around the house soon. The new baseboards are so pretty!

7 comments:

Tisra said...

Amy, I can "hear" the relief in your writing! You aren't crazy and never were. I hope that this change, and this diagnosis equate to a better balance in your body.

Now, bring on those house pictures!

Julia @ Hooked on Houses said...

Hi, Amy! Thanks for the update. I hesitated to say this before, because I hate when you tell someone something and they immediately have 5 stories about themselves, but I have similar insulin resistance issues, so I do know some of what you've been going through. When the doctor finally figured out what was wrong with me, I cried, I was so relieved just to KNOW. And the medication has helped a lot. I no longer gain 5 pounds overnight while I'm sleeping, for one thing! ;-)

Hang in there!

Christy said...

I sure understand the relief of finding our your symptoms are not in your head! I'm so happy that you finally have some answers!

Amy said...

Julia- It's nice to know someone else has gone through this before. The weight issues are so frustrating! Along with the other stuff too. It's also nice to know that the medication is working for you. That was my other big fear- that this is just another thing I'll try that won't work.

Ms. Tee said...

Amy, I'm so glad to hear that the dr was able to help! I'm so happy for you! Can't wait to see pictures of your projects! :)

Mary said...

I'm so glad you got a final word on all of that. I hope that the diet and medication work wonders for you.

God is so good!

Tracy Wyatt Mock said...

Yeah! I'm glad the Lord had the right earthly physician for you! God is good! Love you girl!