Patti, to bring you up to date..... in the last 2 years I have had both hip joints replaced, about 5 chest infections, one of which landed me in A & E on Christmas Day 2 years ago as it set off my asthma so badly. Then in October I saw the Dr and she decided to do a blood test. The following morning at 8.0am I had a phone call to say she needed to see me urgently. When I went she said " you are severely anaemic. The most common cause of this is bowel cancer so I want you to see an oncologist right away. I am putting you on the fast track list." OH DEEP JOY!!
So, I saw the Oncologist, who ordered a colonoscopy, which was a total failure and had to be abandoned when I tried to climb the walls. Apparently I have a very narrow colon with acute angulations. Then followed a CT scan, an endoscopy, and the end result was clear....nothing wrong with me. While having one of the jaunts to the hospital I picked up a bug which went straight down on my chest, and after 4 lots of antibiotic and 3 lots of steroids has at last deigned to clear up. In the meantime they sent me for a chest x-ray which showed a shadow on my right lung. So another CT scan and that turned out to be nothing either, thank goodness. But I have to admit to having been a tad worried by it all. I said to Biggles the only place they have left to look is my head and I know there is nowt in there.
Biggles is fine thank you, working very long hours. His daughter whom you met, Eloise, got 6A*, 6A and 1B in her GCSE's. The brains of the family obviously.
Thank you for the welcome back.
When I saw the Dr and asked about my HbA1c she said it was 7/8..... not very specific. I had asked years ago about getting a meter and strips from the Dr but the reply was negative. I have got myself a free meter, bought some strips and yesterday fasting it was 7. Two hours after breakfast it was 7.8. This morning it was 7.5, as I was very late getting up I haven't tested again today [reading the paper in bed!]
Breakfast:- usually an Oatibix with one dessertspoonful of Bran, Linseed and Chia seed, semi skimmed goats milk. Half a glass of Cranberry lite juice, to assist in avoiding water infections, plus a hand full of pills. Cup of tea.
Dinner:- I am old fashioned and prefer my main meal mid-day. Something like a Sainsbury's braised steak with mash [48 grms carb ] or something of that ilk with veg.
Breaded fish or chicken, 2 tiny new baby potatoes and veg, gammon steak, today I had chicken en croute [26 grms carb] all followed by a Greek style yoghurt and a cup of tea.
Tea:- my biggest downfall. Usually a sandwich or bread bun with ham or cheese or something, fruit and cream sometimes, some form of cake, cup of tea. I eat berries and tinned fruit in juice at this meal.
9-9.30 a biscuit and a drink to take the Metformin. They say take it with food, Dr said take last thing at night.
I am a picky eater and at nearly 80 do not have a large appetite. The Nurse at the surgery does not think I eat enough. Rubbish......why don't I lose weight then? I don't subscribe to this idea that your body goes into famine mode. I have Hypothyroidism and it is notoriously difficult to lose weight when you have that, one of it's symptoms is putting on weight. Incidentally that and being anaemic go hand in hand. By tea time I am tired and really don't want to be bothered with cooking .
Exercise and I are not and have never been friends. Having said that my Fitbit [present from partner who is 84..... was he trying to tell me something??] says I walk about a mile and a half a day just in the bungalow. It is rather on the large side. Mind you I cleaned a pair of shoes and it told me I had dome 1000 steps, and on several occasions informed me I had been up 4 flights of stairs. There isn't a step in the place! Make of that what you will.
Metformin 500gr which I have to increase slowly until I am taking 4. Currently on 2. Thyroxine 100mcg, Adcal D for Osteoporosis, Omeprazole for acid reflux, Vit B12, Folic acid as I am low on it, Prozac a very low dose to keep me on an even keel, Cod Liver Oil. I took myself off Statins when I read that a slightly raised cholesterol is considered by a large body of people to be good for elderly people.....I qualify for that. Also Ramipril when I found my blood pressure only went up when I went to see the Dr, it was fine through all the operations etc. I bought a meter and tested at home and it was ok.
I really think that is enough about me for the moment. If you need to ask me anything else please do.
Thanks for the welcome back, nice to see familiar faces