Cutting Meds

Saw the doctor today. My blood test numbers are so good that she removed one of my two blood pressure medicines, and cut my cholesterol medicine in half. I haven’t taken a metformin (diabetes) pill since December, and I only use my long acting insulin about once a week now. Amazing!

Diabetes meds – less and less

Another evolving non-scale victory: I have not had to take my diabetes pills (metformin) for 3 weeks. (I take it based on my fasting blood sugar.) I’ve had to take a few doses of my nighttime insulin during that time, but I’m pleased so far.

Another NSV: Diabetes Medications

A year and a half ago I was taking 5 metformin pills a day for my diabetes, 2 in the morning, 2 in the evening, and 1 at noon. I now take it only if my morning blood sugar is high enough to warrant it. Over the last 17 days, I have taken 2 metformin pills. Doing the comparison, a year and a half ago I would have taken 85 pills over that same time period.

Similarly, a year and a half ago I was taking 180 units of long-acting insulin a day for my diabetes. I now take it only if my evening blood sugar is high enough to warrant it. Over the last 23 days, I have taken insulin only 3 times, totaling 21 units. Doing the comparison, a year and a half ago I would have taken 4,140 units over that same time period.

Further Reduction in Diabetes Meds

It is now a week since I needed to take my once-a-day Metformin pill, based on my morning blood sugar measure.

Over the last 2 weeks I have had to take insulin in the evening only twice.

While the weight is coming off agonizingly slowly, I’m clinging to the non-scale-victories (NSV’s).

Reduction in Medication

Every morning I check my blood sugar. Depending on the level, I take a Metformin pill. Almost every day since surgery I’ve had to take one. However, this week there have been three days when I didn’t have to because my blood sugar level was low enough. Another NSV!

No Insulin for 2 weeks!

I just realized that it’s been 2 weeks since my blood sugars were at a level that I needed to take insulin. However my A1C is a bit higher (6.2), so we may tighten controls so I will need to take it again. We’ll see. But I’m still happy with the progress.

Diabetes Meds: great progress

Every morning and every night I check my blood sugar. Based on those values, I might have to take one Metformin in the morning and some amount of Lantus (insulin) at night. The wonderful news is that since 6/16 I have taken Lantus only 3 times, totaling 53 units, and one Metformin on about 2/3 of the days, for a total of 14 pills. During that time period last year I would have taken 3,780 units of Lantus and 105 Metformin pills. Amazing!

9-day Update: Food, Pain Meds, Diabetes Meds

I’m continuing pureed foods, what Dani calls my “goop”. I’ve added small amounts of cottage cheese (pureeing that too), and I seem to be tolerating that well. Will slowly add in some other foods over the next few days.

The best news is that I’m off pretty much all pain meds. Even those I was taking before surgery! I still have back pain, but the pain level is about what it was before the surgery, but without meds! I’ve lost about 10 lbs since surgery, but I’m having a hard time believing that just that amount of weight loss can make so much of a difference. So I’m not sure what’s going on, but I’m not complaining.

No major changes in terms of diabetes meds. I’m having to take 500 mg of Metformin just about every day, and still take Lantus some days.

I have my post-op appointment with Dr. Foster on Tuesday; will let you know how that goes.