Tuesday, April 15, 2008

What a drag it is getting old

Yesterday, I went to my Primary Care Provider, which is HMO speak for family doctor. Good news is my blood pressure is down. It was 134/76. The bad news is I gained three pounds since the last time, my blood glucose was high and my cholesetrol was high. I was given one more prescription for my diabetes.

One thing that goes along with the territory when you have diabetes is depression. This is especially true when people tell you about others with diabetes who are having heart failure, kidney failure, etc. you wish for someone to tell you a story with a happy ending.

I went into a depression yesterday evening and it carried into today. I called a health coach from the HMO, and they set up an appointment with my counselor. I had been putting off getting an appointment since the holidays, but felt that I needed this, especially since I've been treated for depression for over 1-1/2 years now.

Another problem is changing habits. Fortunately I don't consume alcohol, so that is something I don't have to worry about. My problem is things sitting around the house. My wife's number two vice is Reese's Peanut Butter Cups and she likes to have them around. My son likes to cook things, usually some sort of dessert. So sometimes my resistance is tested.

I'm hoping now that the weather is breaking that I can get my bicycle out and get some exercise. I can also take the WIXYcam with me and get some shots of Rittman to share with my blogging family. If I can drop a few pounds I may be able to shake some of the problems I'm having now.

Of course with the cholesterol up, the newest problem will be saying no next time the family suggests going to the chicken house. Let's see, no carbohydrates, no cholesterol, no saturated fats, no sodium, no taste.


wzzp said...

Hey let's go bike riding!!! When we're done we can get some Rego's fried chicken. Hope I got a chuckle there. Seriously, let's get on the bikes and getting losing.

Chelle said...

Having diabetes sucks...and makes it hard to fight depression. I am a diabetic and know that often times I just get depressed hearingother 'diabetic stories'...keep the faith and hop on that bike..meet ya halfway!

New post on my blog entitled "5 Word Memoir" and I tagged you, so please check it out.

Amias said...

Old age in and of itself cause depression, and depression causes physical illness.

I know how you feel Cliff, for we here at my place is in the same boat, so move over.

You will be all right, and you will be strong --- now that's a happy ending!

stacys1175 said...

happy to hear that your BP is down sorry to hear about the other things. My oldest daughter is seeing a conuselor for her depression. She has been seeing her for about 2 mounths maybe alittle more and it seems to be helping her. hpefuly it will help you (big hugs) P.S. We are a all chicken and turkey house it's not so bad once you get use to it.LOL!!-stacy

happy gram said...

i should hook my husband up with you (well not really but you know) because he was diagnosed with diabetis a year ago and has been depressed since. doesn't exercise (but never really did) and trys to eat well but i can't nag him all the time. do doctors tell you that depression is part of diabetis? is it any more frequent with diabetes than any other chronic disease diagnosis? just wondering. jan

JimOhio said...

there are good carbs and bad carbs. good carbs for example are carbs found in broccoli, cauliflower, walnuts, pecans, almonds and many more.. bad carbs are those found in most sweets, most breads, juices, etc.

there is a book called Good calories, bad calories, which goes into more detail.

also there are glycemic load indexes you can find on line.. foods with a low glycemic load index contribute to a slow rise in blood sugar, which i from understanding is a key to controlling diabetes.

just like there are good fats and bad fats, there are good carbs and bad carbs.

JimOhio said...

The book's name i think is Good Calories, Bad Calories, which goes into much more detail and the ratio of good cholestoral to bad cholestoral is important.

JimOhio said...

I am obsessing over what I said or thought I said.. I am just trying to be helpful in my posts and apologize for my Obsesssive Compulsive Disorder reason for posting the same book title twice but once I did not capitalize the correct wording. Diabetes can actually be cured, not just controlled.

I know you run a faith blog too and I would like to add that each of us are sinners and are in need of salvation. A person can become saved if they put their faith in Jesus Christ as their Savior, for the forgiveness of their sins.

On another note

JimOhio said...

i put "On another note" in the wrong place

JImOhio said...

I meant to say most juices.

JimOhio said...

I suggest reading the book, Good Calories, Bad Calories.