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Which dragon? I don't know yet. In 2017, I managed lose 17 pounds, get my weight under 200 pounds and have a normal lipid panel without any statins. Pretty good year in my book. However, as part of those blood tests they did last week they also did an HbA1C test, and apparently the reading was high. Unfortunately, my grandmother was a non-insulin dependent diabetic and my mother's blood glucose levels bordered the high side of normal her entire life. Last time the doc did an HbA1C test it was 5.7% (normal is 4-6%). They didn't tell me anything on the phone other than it's high. High enough that the doctor wants to re-do that test and a full metabolic panel. That test is Monday. Depending on those results, I will have different goals for the upcoming month. So, for now, this is a place holder until I find out who I'm battling. It will be either 1) default the sugar breathing dragon or 2) default the dragon of the forever weakling. So, I'll either have this geared around lowering my blood sugar levels or getting stronger and lifting. The one goal that is going to be the same regardless of the outcome is:

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1) MOAR SLEEP!! - I currently get around 7 to 7.25 hours of sleep a night. For either dragon, 8 hours of sleep a night would go a long ways towards having the energy to defeat them. Last year I changed my morning and night time habits to add another hour of sleep. I'm gonna need to do that again. That's going to be difficult and still make it to work on time, but I'll need to figure something out to make my mornings more orgranized and prepped so I can just roll out of bed and go and therefore sleep another 30 minutes or so.

 

And goals 2, 3 and 4?

 

TBD

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On 1/6/2018 at 11:58 AM, Elastigirl said:

Sleep is always a great goal. As for the high blood sugar, you've got that too.

Thanks! I actually slept 8 1/2 hours today since it's the weekend and no one needed to get up early for anything. I gotta tell ya, it felt pretty good!

 

My #2 goal is going to involve lifting of some type. A) I want to B ) exercise of any kind is good one's blood sugar and C) it was going to be my winter plan anyway. Plus, I want to. I have a feeling my other goals will revolve around diet and stress. So, I need to figure out what lifting regime will work best with me getting my sleep (i.e. I can't spend an hour+ in the gym), but I think 3-4 times per week is doable if I stick to more compound movements and keep the rest time between sets from getting too long.

 

But, first, tomorrow's blood test...

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1 hour ago, Marauder said:

Good luck today on your test!  How long do you have to wait for results?  

 

Thanks! At least this time, they didn't stab the needle through the backside of my vein. I guess that's the difference between an appointment at the lab with people who do this all day long versus someone who doesn't. I'll probably find out tomorrow. At least with the last one, they called me the next day. So, I'm figuring I'll find out tomorrow. Although, I have their app on my phone which is supposed to give me access to my charts and tests. I was hoping I'd see it there and would have actual numbers instead of someone saying it's high, but the original test is still not showing up there. I guess the speed of information is a bit slower in the medical field than Twitter.

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On 1/8/2018 at 11:15 AM, Marauder said:

One day is pretty good turnaround.

Sadly, I have heard nothing today. They got my hopes up with their efficiency the last time around. Very nice trickery on their part.

 

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So, today at lunch I did some interval running and some dumbbell shoulder work and then ran out of time. Sleeping routine remains elusive, but I do have a plan now of doing more stuff at night. We'll see how it turns out.

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3 hours ago, Xena said:

Hoping for good results with the metabolic testing. And great to see you back around these parts!

Me too! Its good to be back.

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On 1/10/2018 at 11:19 AM, Marauder said:

Darn their shenanigans!

Maybe they only run the lab on Thursdays or something because I still haven't heard back from them. I'd like to think that means there is nothing I need to concern myself with, but my experience with doctors has not been that way. They never want to let me me revel in the fact that I have improved and always seem to find something that I need to improve lest impending doom come upon me.

 

I have arrived on my lifting plan for the winter and began executing that last night. It dovetailed nicely into my new nightly routine in which I hope to free up time in the morning allowing me to sleep another 15 to 20 minutes. I think it will work, but I'm on call this week and got paged early in the morning before getting my extra sleep. Oh well. We'll see how tomorrow goes. So far I am averaging 7.4 hours of sleep this week. That's not 8, but its better than the 7.25 I was getting, so progress.

 

Today I through the exercise programming plan out the window (that didn't last long did it?). Why would I do such a thing? Because it is 53 degrees outside, in Wisconsin, in January. Tomorrow the high is supposed to be back in the teens and the lows headed towards zero again for the next week. After 3 weeks of staying inside due to the cold, I just had to take advantage and my boss and I ran 5+ miles at lunch today. Last time I was outside for a run was December 16th. Felt good great to be outside exercising again. Sometimes I wonder why I live here and then natural disasters strike other areas of the world, or someone talks about some insect or reptile they have to put up with. I guarantee you there are no iguanas falling out of trees or alligators on the golf course or bomb cyclones or mudslides or sand spiders or hurricanes dropping 50+ inches of rain in a matter of days in Wisconsin. An occasional polar vortex or tornado maybe but that's about it. Deadliest animal in Wisconsin is the white-tailed deer. How's that deadly? When you hit them with your car at 60 MPH, they make it hard to stay on the road.

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1 hour ago, jstanlick said:

Sometimes I wonder why I live here 

For the hiking, skiing, camping, whitewater kayaking on great rivers + one of the best man made courses there is in Wausau, lakes, mountains, rivers, etc.  I love coming up to Wisconsin.  (Found out I am classified as a FIB in Wisconsin, lol).  If I had to move somewhere, that would be my choice (besides maybe Colorado).  Oh, and they have more adult books stores along the highways than just about any place I've been to (just an observation).

 

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19 hours ago, jstanlick said:

. I think it will work, but I'm on call this week and got paged early in the morning before getting my extra sleep. Oh well. We'll see how tomorrow goes. So far I am averaging 7.4 hours of sleep this week. That's not 8, but its better than the 7.25 I was getting, so progress.

 

Oh yeah, being on call has a lovely way of thwarting ones lifting plans! 

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17 hours ago, peelout said:

For the hiking, skiing, camping, whitewater kayaking on great rivers + one of the best man made courses there is in Wausau, lakes, mountains, rivers, etc.  I love coming up to Wisconsin.  (Found out I am classified as a FIB in Wisconsin, lol).  If I had to move somewhere, that would be my choice (besides maybe Colorado).  Oh, and they have more adult books stores along the highways than just about any place I've been to (just an observation).

 

Ah, I see you have traveled I-41. It's great driving to northern Wisconsin in the summer with the kids in the back of the car. It's the only time that I'm happy they can't seem to take their eyes off the screens in front of their face.

 

I don't know if there is another place I'd rather be than northern Wisconsin in the summer time. Crystal clear lakes and just peaceful quiet and brilliant skies full of stars at night that aren't blocked out by all the city lights.

 

46 minutes ago, jonfirestar said:

Oh yeah, being on call has a lovely way of thwarting ones lifting plans! 

Or plans to get 8 hours of sleep in a night. Take this morning for example. 1:30 AM, phone lights up. Get up, fix the issue, 30 minutes later go back to bed. 5:30 AM phone goes off again. Get up, fix the issue, an hour later realize you might as well just stay up. I'm supposed to lift tonight. Leg day. Feeling very unmotivated for that as I'm feeling unmotivated for a lot of things at the moment other than a pillow and a blanket.

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10 hours ago, jstanlick said:

Ah, I see you have traveled I-41. It's great driving to northern Wisconsin in the summer with the kids in the back of the car. It's the only time that I'm happy they can't seem to take their eyes off the screens in front of their face.

Actually, I think it is 39 on the way I take to Wausau.  There was one place that my friend and I always laughed at where there were 2 buildings in the middle of a long stretch right next to each other.  You could buy cheese in one and get porn in the other.  There was also a sleazy run down motel next to them.

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On 1/11/2018 at 6:19 PM, peelout said:

  Oh, and they have more adult books stores along the highways than just about any place I've been to (just an observation).

 

I grew up in the Chicago area and have relatives in Wisconsin. When we drove up to visit them, we would joke that it was the state of "cheese and sleaze"

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1 hour ago, Xena said:

 

I grew up in the Chicago area and have relatives in Wisconsin. When we drove up to visit them, we would joke that it was the state of "cheese and sleaze"

lol  I like that.

 

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On 1/12/2018 at 9:33 PM, peelout said:

Actually, I think it is 39 on the way I take to Wausau.  There was one place that my friend and I always laughed at where there were 2 buildings in the middle of a long stretch right next to each other.

I'm trying to remember if that is before you get to Stevens Point, or just after. Anyway, yes I-39 has its share as well, and then there's I-94/90 near the Illinois border -- not as many billboards, but plenty of stores with the Cheese Palace in the middle.

 

On 1/14/2018 at 8:53 AM, Xena said:

I grew up in the Chicago area and have relatives in Wisconsin. When we drove up to visit them, we would joke that it was the state of "cheese and sleaze"

I'm sure the tourism board would love that slogan.

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So, the question of which dragon I'm fighting is still up in the air. I left them a message Saturday morning about an ETA on the lab results. I got a reply in less than 15 minutes from someone at the clinic. It read:

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Dr did get the results back and they still were elevated. Dr would like to call Monday to setup an appointment and discuss these. The A1c came back elevated as well. If you need anything else in the meantime, let us know.

 

Now I am confused as the person who called the first time said the labs looked normal except an elevated A1c?!?! I also am not sure at that wording as to whether their office is going to call me or if I need to call them. Seems unlikely their office would call me. Why is good communication so elusive? I guess to get to the bottom of this, I need to talk to the doctor and not their lackeys. It would be helpful if they actually would post the test results so I could see them. Then I would know what is elevated. The dragon I may end up slaying just might be my goals. I might actually know what they should be by the time this is over.

 

Anywho, leg day didn't happen on Friday. So, it happened Saturday instead. I then fought a terrible headache on Sunday and prepared for "all the snow" we were supposed to get overnight. Must be for people that live closer to the lake because when I got up there were only of couple inches of snow in the driveway. Still not enough for the blower, so I shoveled the driveway out, took a few minutes to enjoy my coffee and then got the kids up and off to school. Gave me 7.5 hours of sleep last night after 8 hours the night before. This nighttime routine is starting to help me in the mornings. Stuff is just ready to go and not as hectic. Plus, I don't need as much time in the morning to get ready. Still not enough for an 8 hour average, but it's helping nonetheless. Sleep goal finished last week with 7 hours 9 minutes of sleep on average. Being on call is not sleep conducive. But, as of 8 AM today, I'm no longer on call and currently have the 7 hour 45 minute average for this week. I sure am hoping to keep that going.

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On 15/01/2018 at 7:14 PM, jstanlick said:

Being on call is not sleep conducive. But, as of 8 AM today, I'm no longer on call and currently have the 7 hour 45 minute average for this week. I sure am hoping to keep that going.

Always nice to roll off of the on call rota. How often are you on call? I tend to do a week out of every month but it's not regular. 

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On 1/17/2018 at 6:54 AM, jonfirestar said:

Always nice to roll off of the on call rota. How often are you on call? I tend to do a week out of every month but it's not regular. 

Yep, once every 4 weeks. It used to be fairly quiet, but the last two rotations I've pulled the short straw and my on call has coincided with production patching which tends to have some unforeseen bumps in the road. At least with the Meltdown and Spectre hacks, we didn't get as much testing time as we would've liked with those.

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Let's see, where did I leave off with this? Ah yes, the confusion with the doctor's office. So, I called them and got an appointment shortly after my last post, and I went in to talk to the doctor who proceeded to confuse me more and admit they didn't have an answer yet either. So, with the first test my resting blood glucose was 294. I didn't even know the scale went that high and the doc assured me they've seen it as high as 700. That didn't make me feel that much better. The second test had it at 280. I was further confused as I had thought I was dong the right things, exercising more, losing weight, I've never smoked, I rarely drink, etc. The last glucose test I did (2 years ago because I didn't make it a priority to go see the doc last year) was 98 and it was the highest of the glucose tests I've had done over the last 10 years. Everything else was in a normal range. The doc concurred with my confusion because everything else looked normal and they thought this presented more like Type I diabetes as a result, which doesn't usually happen to people in their 40's. I had one of the typical risk factors: my grandmother was diabetic.

 

So, I have spent the last couple of days trying to get my head around this, reducing my carb intake and checking my blood glucose with my shiny new glucometer twice a day at various times to figure when it is higher and lower. That part is making things even more confusing because the numbers were getting progressively lower. Over the last couple of days they have been 208 before lunch, 199 after dinner, 198 waking up, 118 before dinner and this morning it was up to 184 waking up. All lower than the test they did, but obviously much higher than 100, except that one yesterday before dinner. Oh, and they took another test before I left on Monday (they drew more blood to check for antibodies to confirm whether or not this is Type I) and they came up with 230. So, everything I've taken at home is lower than what the clinic had. Also, that 230 was at 3 in the afternoon after I had eaten. And the numbers have been coming down from those original fasting tests. I'm not sure what's going on. I can't imagine reducing my carb intake has had that immediate of an effect on my numbers, but maybe? To me that would also suggest something closer to Type II as well. But, who knows? I've just stepped on one hell of a roller coaster ride. Doc wants to see me again next week after taking these readings and then probably an endocrinologist. So, we'll see where this goes I guess. However, I now have some real measurable goals and one I may or may not have control over.

 

1. Still got my sleep goal, which is not going great this week, but oddly still better than last week. (Current average for the week is 7 hours and 27 minutes)

2. Keep my carbs to under 100g per day. Stick to carbs that also come with a lot of fiber. (Average of the last 2 days is 108.5, Tuesday was under 100, yesterday was not as there was more carbs in some things I chose to eat than I thought there were and I ended up at 121g)

3. Modified exercise goal: 30 minutes of exercise (lifting, running, KB's, circuits, etc.) 5 days a week. (Yesterday was a good exercise day. Other than that, this week hasn't been good)

4. Get my blood sugar under 150 -- I'm working on the assumption of control here in that this can be fixed through further lifestyle changes and not that my body is attacking my pancreas and will stop producing insulin altogether at some point in the future. At least, that's my assumption until proven otherwise. I don't think that's called denial, its more of being optimistic until something comes by and crushes your spirit.

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Oops, I realized I forgot goal #5: 25+ grams of fiber/day. As I'm finding with My Fitness Pal, this is harder than I thought it would be. Grains seem to be more fiber dense than veggies. I have to eat a much larger volume of veggies than grains to get the same amount of fiber it seems. Or at least the fresh veggies I currently have in my fridge.

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well, let me see

I'm no doctor; but an elevated a1c and a high sustained glucose number?

 

This is Surely type II diabetes.  (what ELSE would it be)  I don't understand why your doctor is so reluctant to call it that.  

I just have the feeling it does you NO good to wait on specialist while you continue to have 150+ numbers. and while that starts to destroy your body.

 

my experience is that my wife IS diabetic and I've seen what its done to her.  the nerve damage alone is excruciating.

 

 

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the "NEW" normal is good with me! as Life was Never really Normal anyways....

 

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