Friday, July 01, 2011

Me & The Practice Nurse

I had my meeting with the Practice Nurse on Wednesday afternoon. I was really nervous about meeting her for some reason. Don't ask me why because I have no idea. Maybe it's because this was a new path that I will have to travel for the rest of my life. Some journeys just make you nervous I guess.

The nurse asked me all sorts of questions like are you taking any meds for your diabetes. Um No. Dr. F never mentioned it. She then asked me am I doing. I told her that I was watching what I eat. That I had bought a blood glucose monitor and had been randomly testing my BSL over the past week at various times of the day to check how I was going. How I was slowly working out what foods were not so good and didn't produce the best results. She said that I was doing a great job working that out so far.

I was booked in to see the dietitian that visits the clinic once a fortnight. I go and see her in two weeks time. The nurse was amazed that there was an appointment available so soon because the dietitian is usually booked out for weeks. Like I mentioned in yesterday's post I think our family is being smiled upon & we have been very fortunate in a lot of ways.

Once all the questions were done it was time for a quick check up. You know the horrible stuff like getting weighed (I HATE scales they make people cry), blood pressure, pulse, height [I'm not as tall as I thought I was :( which did not seem fair. I wanted that extra inch in height *sigh*] etc. She even measured my waist? not sure what that was all about. Maybe its to see if I lose some inches later on from all the healthy eating (wouldn't that be nice). The nurse even tested my BSL, which was fantastic btw, 4.7 mmom/L. My best reading since I started checking. I guess I was doing all the right things that day!

Just showing off what I have done on the pink & white baby blanket so far :)

I have an appointment next Tuesday morning to see my Diabetes Educator (DE). The nurse said that she should be able to help me out with getting more glucose test etc (I ran out of them last night) and not to worry about the fact that I wont be able to test every day. I'm not exactly sure what a DE does but I guess I shall find out next week.

Looks like I am going to be a little busy with plenty of doctors visits & other appointments over the school holidays (which start today). In some ways it makes me glad we didn't plan to have a 'holiday' during this break. We were due to go back to Adelaide & visit family around now. It's been two years since we were over there. I guess we could always go during the September holidays (or NOT) I just need to get a handle on this stuff first.


Maria said...

Love the new blanket. You really have me intrigued with that pattern.
Sounds like your on the right track to control the diabetes. Keep going

Jo-anne "Blossy" said...

Thank you Maria. If you do a youtube search for entrelac crochet you'll be able to find it. The one I looked at was by BethinTX if that helps :)

PoetessWug said...

WOW Jo! Sounds like you're wandering into this new stage with a real good handle on things! Great! And, as I have a little nursing experience, I'd say that your positive attitude is affecting things for the good too. I don't know if anyone mentioned it to you yet or not, but your sugar levels can be affected by stress and stuff like that...emotions. Go figure, huh?! Also, your belly area has something to do with the productivity of insulin, if I remember right.It's been a while, so take that into consideration with my comments...The blanket is beautiful! And boy did you whip it up fast!! You're rivaling me in crochet speed now!! ^_^ Keep up the good work! Maybe we can do a project together...kinda sorta...sometime! :-)

Jo-anne "Blossy" said...

Thank you Poetess. I am trying to stay positive but there are times where I just want to have something 'nice'. Some days are definitely better than others that's for sure.
I had read somewhere that stress can alter your BSL. Goodness knows that there is a lot of that here some weeks. I never knew that about the belly. Maybe I should ask the Diabetes Educator when I see her next week :)

I am still working on the blanket and making it feels like second nature to me now. I know I have the hang of this particular style. I think working on a project together sounds like a good idea. Kind of like a crochet-a-long?

PoetessWug said...

Yes, a crochet-a-long! We'll have to find a project we can do! :-)

Jo-anne "Blossy" said...

That sounds like a great idea. Nothing too complicated though because I'm still learning :D well sort of lol