I was all prepared to start discussing with you guys my struggle with fitness and weight-loss, but earlier today, it occurred to me that I’ve been telling you guys all about my life with Diabetes and I haven’t told y’all the worst part. While I was none too pleased that I had to majorly scale back my favorite foods and I loathe exercise while I’m doing it, the worst part about this whole thing is the medicine.
It would be one thing if I was just on medication for the Diabetes, I can handle that. It’s that medication plus all the other meds that go along with it. To treat the diabetes, I am taking 1000mg of Metformin, which is a generic form of Glucophage. This equals out to four (big ass) pills a day. My instructions are to take two in the morning and two at night. This is in addition to Lisinopril, a medication used to treat hypertension, Crestor, a med to treat high cholesterol, prescription Allegra, an iron supplement and two (big ass) fish oil pills. So if you are keeping count, that is 10 pills on a daily basis and an average of $50/month. Thank GOD, Jesus and Blue Cross Blue Shield that I have insurance!
Let’s run it down, the Glucophage is to obviously keep my blood sugar regulated. My doc put me on Lisinopril to protect my kidneys from the Glucophage because one of the side effects of that medication is kidney failure. I’m not trying to play with that because my paternal grandmother, who was Diabetic, passed away from kidney failure. So, I’m trying to help myself in every way I can.
I’m on the Crestor because like a lot of Diabetics, once I got my diagnosis and started trying to change my eating habits, I started cutting back on a lot of my simple carbs and (like a dummy) started eating more meat (and more processed meats) which raised my cholesterol. So, now, I need to regulate that so that my arteries don’t clog up on me. Simply put, Diabetes can cause OTHER health problems, but we’ll explore that later.
Add to that the fact that I’m allergic to North Carolina so I’m on prescription Allegra year-round (and two nasal sprays). I’ve had an iron deficiency since I was 16 and the fish oil is also to help with the cholesterol. Add that up and altogether, I swallow a minimum 10 pills every, single day. I gotta tell y’all, this is not the life I had in mind at 28. I never thought I’d wake up popping pills. I have to say though, I have never felt better in my life.
Before I got my diagnosis, I always felt bad. I was tired. Worn out. In pain. And my step-sister even said I looked “sickly.” Since I started the meds, I don’t feel so bad when I take them like I’m supposed to and I LOOK healthy. While the meds have certainly helped me, I’m damn-tired of taking them every day. As busy as my life is, I have to remember to stop and take my meds so that I don’t make myself sick(er) because they are not in my system. And if I miss a day, the entire next day, I feel like I’ve been run over by a Mack truck.
Tip: To keep track of your meds purchase a daily pill box. It makes it easier to sort meds once a week than to go through the process of putting them together every day at different times. Some stores even offer boxes with AM/PM boxes so that you can keep track of which meds to take when.
Because I take so many meds, I’ve started traveling with my pill box in my purse. This way, no matter where I am, I always have my meds with me. And it also reduces the embarrassment factor. Call me vain but I don’t like to explain to people why I HAVE to take an assload of meds at my age. It’s embarrassing. I will say that I am working on it and my goal is to be off these meds by Dec. 31, 2012. My doc says I can do it with hard work in the gym and on my diet. I have to. Poppin’ all these pills is deducting from my fabulous quotient and I can NOT have that. LoL!