Today was my consultation and lab follow-up appointment with my new doctor. Wow – I like her! She has PCOS herself (I thought that was nice – she can identify with what I’m going through) but says that they’re calling it PCOS less and less and simply referring to it as Insulin Resistance. . . or even pre-diabetes (yikes!).
She didn’t have my progesterone, testosterone, or estrogen checked like I thought she would. She checked my thyroid and my fasting insulin (and the a1c) instead. While the insulin was at a “normal” level of 12, she said that was way too high considering that I’m on 1500mg of metformin a day. It should have been much lower. Supposedly it’s supposed to be 5 or under.
Then she informed me of my new lifestyle changes. Basically a low-carb diet and 30 min of exercise a day. She said fruits and veggies are ok (I asked her how it compared to Atkins since I’m somewhat familiar with that diet), but no rice or pasta or bread. I told her that I’m famous for my homemade bread and she just laughed at me. I asked her about the exercise (we just got a treadmill and an exercise bike in the past couple of weeks) – she said that I have to sweat for 30 minutes. . .so I told her I hate to sweat. . .she told me that that’s what showers were made for. :laugh_tb: She’s pretty no nonsense, but you can really tell that she cares.
She switched me from the extended release metformin and put me on the regular (which is cheaper, yay!), but upped the dose to 850mg a meal, so I’m going from 1500 mg a day to 2550 mg a day. . . :blink_tb: (the tummy fun began about an hour after eating dinner tonight) She did tell me that the fewer carbs I eat the fewer GI problems I should have, so we’ll see.
I was concerned about picking up the medicine today because this week is one of the tighter weeks of the month (because of where bills fall in the month). I prayed that God would provide the money for the medicine, and picked up the phone to call the pharmacy to see how much it would cost. It was $3 less than I had mentally allotted. I couldn’t help but smile – God was proving to me that He indeed would provide. It was just a small thing, but it was a reminder that I needed, especially after the medical bill that came in the mail today from the testing I had done last month.
So. . .Stephen is changing his diet too. We started tonight. I don’t mind changing our eating to low-carb, but it’s going to take some getting used to while I get new ideas for meals. . .