Nurse check

This morning I had my not-diabetes nurse appointment, and met a very pleasant young lady called Jamie.
She apologised for her scales not being that accurate and weighed me in at five pounds heavier than my appointment with Doctor Happy. From an hour previously, I had put on 3kg compared to my home scales, and all I’d had was my breakfast!
Now for the good news:
My BP was 130 over 70 (big tick)
Oxygen in my blood 94, or could have been 96 % (tick)
Pulse 73 (tick)
Urine clear of proteins or sugar (tick)
As I’ve been having problems with my feet, she checked those, and I just missed kicking her in the face. Pain is due to arthritis ( 😦 ) but I have good circulation and sensitivity!

She took blood, and it was a very rich red, so Vampires R Us would be well impressed.
I asked her what happened next and she said if there was any problem, I would be called back to see the Diabetes Nurse. The one I saw last time, who was not worried about any of my blood figures, no longer works there.
I told her that my cholesterol level would be higher than they’d like, but still considerably lower than it was 7 years ago when I was first diagnosed as borderline Type 2.
I asked if she could make a note that if that was the only thing of concern and it wasn’t life threatening, to not call me back to have the age old discussion of statins as it would be a waste of time because I prefer not to take them.
She seemed surprised that I was well on top of it, watching my weight (yeah, going in the wrong direction, but I’m trying), knowing where my sugar levels are, what my cholesterol parameters should be, BP etc and controlling it all by diet.
There is still the possibility that my post-cancer meds could be interfering with my weight efforts (it’s in the small print on the leaflet in the box that weight can be affected), so all I can do is carry on the way I am, keep up the exercise and eat sensibly in the hope that I can maintain it at an acceptable level. I still want to lose fourteen pounds (one stone) but if I can lose half of that and keep it off, I’ll be happy.

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I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have an elderly dog called Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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21 Responses to Nurse check

  1. Good you got a positive report.

    • I was pleased. I just hope I don’t get any follow up silliness.

      • I know what you mean. I am constantly getting repeat information on things I have been doing for years. It gets me when I tell someone I can’t hear on the phone and the very next minute they hand me a slip and tell me to call that number of I am scared. You know they were not listening. I am looking forward to the hearing aid phone called Captain Call which is supposed to be install tonight. Woo! To use a phone again!

      • I hope it all goes well for your Betty Louise, and you can enjoy such conversations with confidence.

  2. fransiweinstein says:

    Well done!! Health management is a full time job (sigh). Does anyone get off easy???

  3. scifihammy says:

    Always nice to have some good results – and further, to know that it is because you are watching your weight etc. Well Done! πŸ™‚

  4. foguth says:

    I’m impressed with your figures. Also fascinated that they took your blood on the day of your appointment… Our doctor, has us do the blood and urine tests a week prior to our ‘official appointment’, thus, by the time we ‘officially go in’ she has the results to discuss with us.

    • This was how it worked at my last surgery. Blood test 10 days before the appointment and then the discussion. Here you have what I suppose is a pre-check up when they do all the necessary then send the blood off for testing. My figures have always been pretty good apart from the cholesterol thing, but my first ‘reading’ as a diabetic was practically the same as it had been 20 odd years ago. That surgery (the other Lincolnshire one, so 2 surgeries ago) was obsessed with the number 4 and kept pushing the idea of pills at me. Having read what side effects there could be, and it was the only bone of contention, I decided to try and control it all by diet. Over the years, it has reduced by almost 3 points, and now they are actually referring to previous results. Using those as a guide, at last I am being seen as an individual, not a statistic in a tick box. Last time, my sugar was below 4 and cholesterol 5.8, slightly up from the time before of 5.3 but our diet had been erratic over those past twelve months.
      I take an interest in the numbers as it’s a health issue and try to keep on top of it.

      • foguth says:

        Last year, my doctor told me my cholesterol was getting high, so I studied the issue — I tend to try to deal with things via diet. Basically, I focused on oats, beans, salmon, spinach and garlic as well as stevia for a sweetener…. Had my annual last month and Cheryl was impressed that my cholesterol had dropped 40 points.

      • That’s excellent! They’re using a different chart now and I can’t figure it out, but as long as it’s going in the right direction, that’s a definite plus!

      • foguth says:

        My doctor was super impressed. That said, I’m not nearly as fond of oatmeal as I was a year ago.

  5. Sounds like all good news (maybe except for that weighty breakfast you ate! πŸ™‚ )

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