A year ago today, you performed the DS surgery on me.
You did a fantastic job - I've had no problems, and I
will be eternally grateful.
I wanted to give you a few details:
- In a year, I've lost (numbers deleted to protect the easily shocked)
- My endocrinologist has taken me off all insulin and
pills and my glucose levels, both daily and my last
hbA1C, are completely normal.
- My hypertension is still present but easily
controlled by medication.
- I can walk and can do many things that I couldn't a
year ago because of my limited mobility.
I don't want to take up too much of your time, but I
wanted to send this to you today.
I promised wordplay that I would post, but in some ways, I don't even feel capable of the task. How do I sum up the ways my life has changed in the past year?
* As I said, walking. I can walk!! It's easily the single most amazing thing - and the thing I wanted back the most. A couple of weeks ago, I walked around the mall near where I live three times (this mall is HUGE, btw) and was fine. A few weeks before, I walked up 4 flights of stairs. Last week, I went to a party at a friend's house without thinking too much about it, whereas before I probably wouldn't have gone at all because I wouldn't have been able to park close enough OR make it up the stairs to his apartment.
I can stand in queues; I can take a walk on my lunch hour; I can use the treadmill at the gym.
Of course, the corollary to these good things is that my knee went out again, likely from the extra use. I saw the ortho yesterday and he gave me the news I expected - surgery is inevitable. The official diagnosis, eight years after the Great Kareoke Injury? A torn ACL. Wheeee! We're going to try physical therapy first, but he warned me that it likely won't help - apparently it usually doesn't for this. Imagine my joy.
* Health stuff. The diabetes, which was heading towards doing me serious harm because it couldn't be controlled, is basically non-existent now. I only take three actual medications - everything else I take is a vitamin of some sort. I still use the CPAP at night, but only because I want to wait a while longer to have a sleep test.
* Clothes. I've dropped a bunch of sizes, but I'm still all over the board, which only proves that sizes are inconsistent as hell. Shopping is FUN now, which is dangerous. Except for shoes - still hate shoes. Blah.
There's probably more, but I'm tired! Tomorrow, I'll have more plus pics.
But I really want to say thanks to all of you who've been supportive of me during the past few years as I struggled to get the insurance company to approve and then actually had the surgery and then had to learn to live with everything. I feel very lucky to have such wonderful people in my life. ♥