Clean(er) Bill of Health

If you’ve read my story, you know that this wellness journey that I am on started with a pretty swift kick in the pants by who I consider to be the best doctor I’ve known, Dr. Christopher Crow at Village Health Partners in Plano, TX. Because of my actions, or lack of action, my Type-2 diabetes had reached dangerous levels a couple of years ago. My A1C tested at a 9.3 at the time, which is alarming on its own, but even more alarming was the fact that it had gone up to 9.3 from 6.5 the year before. At 6.5, I was still considered “borderline” diabetic, which is managed with diet and exercise, something that I wasn’t doing obviously.

I now go see Dr. Crow every three months. He takes my A1C as soon as I get there and draws what seems like two gallons of blood to check out a bunch of other stuff like cholesterol, liver function, etc. That A1C test has become like taking a final exam for me. I get nervous waiting for the results. Well… I got some good news this morning. My A1C results from this morning was a 5.5, down from a 6.5 three months ago. Normal range is around 6, so with medication I am well within normal range. My goal in all this is to eventually get off the diabetes medication altogether.

Getting to this point is sort of a big damned deal to me. Dr. Crow is a great doctor. He’s easy to talk to. He’s gives great advice. All that said, he is no-nonsense when it comes to this stuff, so having him tell me that I could cut my meds in half meant a lot to me.

I share this on the blog because this is a milestone for me. A red-letter day of sorts. I also want people who read it to realize that I was exactly in a lot of your shoes not so long ago. I wasn’t healthy. I was out of shape. I was down in the dumps. It’s a lot easier to live this way that to live healthy, and to get yourself in shape, mentally and physically. I have a long way to go, but I am committed. I am committed because I am learning to love life again. I am seeing things in a new light. I want a long, healthy and happy life where I can grow old and see my kids grow up. Heck, maybe even see their kids grow up. That would be a dream come true.

I owe a lot of thanks to a lot of people who have been with me on this journey. They know who they are because I have told them in person how they have inspired or supported me. I am thankful for that support structure. Without it, I’d likely slip right back into my old bad habits, but then where would I be? Certainly not here!

Parting shot – If you didn’t already realize, I am motivated by something else. Something critically important to me. My ability to help and inspire people. If you need my help, reach out to me. I am passionate about sharing what I have learned. Sharing my experiences and there aren’t many days where I don’t get a text, call, message on twitter or Facebook from someone and I love helping. It’s highly inspirational to me. I have always lead by example. If I am helping others, I have to be practicing what I preach.

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