Yesterday afternoon I had my follow-up check-up for the appointment I had three months ago. (Operation Crazy Owl continues.)
At that time, my triglycerides were up and my cholesterol wasn’t where it should be and my blood sugar was higher than it should be and it just wasn’t good blood-work all the way around. I had three months to do something about it.
At my appointment yesterday, my triglycerides were much lower than they had been (by about half), my cholesterol was much better, and my blood sugar was much better. My weight is still bad. And a few of those numbers could handle going a little further toward the “good” side of things. But it’s doing better. I’ve been taking fish oil pills with my multivitamin every day, and I think that’s had a lot to do with it, plus regular exercise.
So now I just have to work on logging my food better and actually work on getting my weight down.
One of the other things I talked with her about was my asthma. Do you remember that terrible cold I got back before Christmas? (I’ve been sleeping.) It’s was a bad cold and it settled into my chest and did unpleasant things. Since then, I’ve had to take an inhaler almost every time I exercise. And sometimes just because it’s cold out and I’m feeling short of breath. It hasn’t been fun and I don’t like this relapse of my asthma symptoms.
My current doctor hasn’t actually had me as a patient with asthma symptoms – they recessed back around 2005-ish. So at my appointment, she’s explaining to me the differences between emergency inhalers and maintenance inhalers and all these other things that I know SO WELL by now, let me tell you. It was kind of funny. Seriously, I’ve dealt with asthma for well over half of my lifetime. I understand how it works.
Anyway, she gave me a prescription for Symbicort as a maintenance inhaler and a refill on the emergency inhaler and we’re going to try and see if the maintenance inhaler can fix whatever problem has been happening down in these lungs of mine and see if I can’t get the symptoms to go away again. I think I damaged them a little bit with the cold and they haven’t been able to properly heal – if that’s even an idea that works medically. I don’t know. But I think that taking the meds for a little while will help heal my lungs enough that I can go back to being asymptomatic again, and non-medicated again, which would be lovely.
I have a return appointment in 6 months to check on my progress with getting my numbers even better – my cholesterol, triglycerides, blood sugar, and, most significantly, my weight. We’ll check on the status of my asthma, too. But for the most part, I’m in better health than I was the last time I went in to see her and that makes me feel good.