I had been told I was slowly dying by Dr. Bonnie Nowak, MD in 2010. She gave me two choices: (1) Start planning my funeral; or (2) Change your lifestyle for the better. I opted for #2.
I had extremely high glucose sugars (560 were the average); extremely high blood pressure; my triglycerides were off the charts (over 1500+) and my cholesterol could not be measured because of my triglycerides.
I had massive joint pain in my ankles, knees, hips. Constantly my legs and hands would go numb. I had severe sleep apnea and was dependent upon a CPAP and a mask since 2004. I took it everywhere and for any type of sleep too. When I wasn’t at my job, I would be sleeping any time of the day, for excessive amounts of time.
Energy levels were zero. I was tired all time. I was angry all the time. I realize my zodiac sign is Cancer. And that being a moon child and all, we tend to be moody but I was beyond moody.
I developed almost a secret world of being a hermit. I absolutely hated going out in public, let alone any type of family function. Once upon a time, I was a social butterfly but I was nothing but a large mass of a barely breathing human being.
Also at that time, my insurance company kept telling me that I was wanting the Gastric Band surgery for glamour purposes. I had 14 specialists/providers write in on my behalf to the then-said insurance company urging them to reconsider. But to no avail.
Fast forward, April 2012.
I changed providers after Dr. Nowak moved to Fort Collins, CO … and found a Super Hero PA-C named Lori Ranek. She is a true champion to fight for the underdog (aka me).
The photo to the left was taken about 8 months ago in January 2013.
Changes have been huge.
All of my joint pain has vanished. My feet have shrunk a full size and two widths. All of my edema is gone. I barely could fit normal size socks over my then ginormous calves, now anything fits. I went from a size 36 (5x) to size 16 (0x) as of June 2013 and still losing inches.
April 2013, ALL of my sky-high deadly numbers for my Type 2 Diabetes, etc …. Normal range. I went from taking 14 pills to 5 pills as of now, August 2013. While I still wear my CPAP, I have been sleeping without it and have not woken up choking. And I now only take naps when I am really really exhausted, which is rarely.
I want to exercise — and I want to learn how to run successfully too. I have shed my hermit lifestyle. I am more vocal, active and more social.
I am a completely different human being now. And I like the person I have become.
August 20, 2013, I received my 5th fill in my lap band. I welcome all the new changes that are to come ….