Last month my doctor gave me a new medication to help lower my triglycerides called Gemfibrozil 600MG that I take twice a day. I was told to make sure I take them exactly 12 hours apart for it to be effective. I created a schedule on my cell phone to remind me twice a day, once at 10am, and then once at 10pm to take my pills. It has worked out so far and today is day 30. We went to the doctor’s office on Thursday and they drew blood to test it to see if it helped so I will find out on my next appointment which is May 24th.
In the meantime, he gave me a prescription for a blood glucose meter to check my blood twice a day. He told me to check it in the morning before I eat and before I have dinner at night. So far it hasn’t been that high. Thursday night I did a reading and it was 112 then the next morning it was 132, last night it was 100 and this morning it was 112 again. Why is that so important? Well, when they did that blood glucose test a few months ago I was near 200, so this just tells me that I have gone way down. I have been eating a lot of chocolate lately, this just shows me that it hasn’t really affected me as much as I thought it did. Although now that I have this meter, I have been staying away from the bad foods because I know if the number goes high, it will make me feel guilty. Perhaps guilt is the kick in the pants that I needed to get me to stop eating so much sugar.
This is my new meter, the One Touch Ultra 2. I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to do it because Chip has a meter, but it’s a different one with different strips. He couldn’t get the hang of his and he was going to just give me his since he stopped using it, but I didn’t want his, I wanted one of my own because, well I just did :p.
The needles that you use to prick your finger with (in the zippered pouch on the left) aren’t very painful. The skin on my fingers on my left hand are so thick that even at the highest setting, which is 7, hardly any blood comes out so I have to use my right hand. I have to really milk the blood out because even at the highest setting it still doesn’t penetrate enough. So when I say I am thick-skinned, I’m not exaggerating LOL. My first test was an error because I didn’t milk it enough, but I learned to really get as much blood out as I can so I don’t waste test strips. The wound heals up so fast that I am only able to get that one little drop, if I try to milk out any more after the test, nothing comes out. Not that I need to, but I was curious to see if any more would come out for S&G’s.
So this is what it has come to, I have to test my blood every day, as if the constant medication every day for 18 years isn’t enough. I really hope that the triglyceride medication and the guilt from the meter really helps me lose weight so I am no longer diabetic. I hope the day finally comes when I no longer have to go through all of this nonsense with health issues, although we both know when that day will occur, and it’s not going to be a good day. Oh well, life goes on.