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Hi there, and welcome to my Sparkpage! :) I'm Pat, and I started out 2014 having a check-up with a new doctor. I figured I'd just stroll in, be told that I'm fabulously healthy--but should probably work on the weight loss--and march back out the door in about 15-20 minutes. Well, that didn't happen, BUT...I did walk out happy. Why? Well, my doctor is fabulous and kept me talking for 2-hours about how to improve my health. Two Hours! Can you imagine a doctor who takes that type of time ...
Hi there, and welcome to my Sparkpage! :) I'm Pat, and I started out 2014 having a check-up with a new doctor. I figured I'd just stroll in, be told that I'm fabulously healthy--but should probably work on the weight loss--and march back out the door in about 15-20 minutes. Well, that didn't happen, BUT...I did walk out happy. Why? Well, my doctor is fabulous and kept me talking for 2-hours about how to improve my health. Two Hours! Can you imagine a doctor who takes that type of time with you these days? It's definitely rare. I also found out that there were lots of healthy changes I had to make.

Basically, my thyroid, cholesterol, blood pressure, and blood glucose levels were off, as well as my weight. I was 326 that day. I was given 3 months to see what I could do through diet changes, and I was referred to an amazing dietician. I'd never seen a dietician, but this one is so amazingly helpful.

From January to April 2014, I lost 18lbs. I would have lost a bit more, but I lost my Dad at the beginning of April, and well, being an emotional eater, I derailed a bit. Life happens. :)

When I saw my doctor in April, he told me my thyroid and cholesterol were back to normal, and my blood pressure was so good that it wasn't even on his radar of concern. WOW! My fasting glucose had gone down, as well as my A1C, but not as fast as he would have liked. Basically, he says that my age and family medical history are working against me most likely.

So now I'm dropping my carbs a bit more, still working with my dietician, and I'm on a low dose of metformin to help bring my A1C down from 6.8 to something in the high 5's to create a good buffer to fight against the age and family history as they try to take over. :)

Oh! And my doctor also wants me to lose 24lbs by late July when I see him again. No pressure. LOL!

So that's the story of what I'm doing here on Sparkpeople. :)




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5/4/2014 8:48:53 PM

Hi there honey and a warm welcome to the Survivors Team. I am having a bit of a problem finding my way round this new system in Spark. Just a little while till I get used to the changes.

Look forward to getting to know you.

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1/27/2014 12:30:30 PM

Hey Pat in FL from Pat in PA. There is also a Pat in ME who goes by the name of Noraspat. You may see her blog on the feed from time to time. She is a sweetheart so don't hesitate to introduce yourself to her responding to her blog. Or for that matter, don't hesitate to introduce yourself or comment on a blog for anyone on this team. It is a really great team. The people are just wonderful. Staying connected on a daily basis really helps with staying on track!! It is a great site with great tools to keep one motivated!!!

Welcome once again and if you have any questions, just ask!!

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1/27/2014 9:30:14 AM

Hi Pat...I am also Pat. I live in PA and was diagnosed with DM about 2.5 years ago. I just wanted to say welcome and look forward to getting to know you!!! emoticon



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