Health Update (Pre-Thanksgiving Consumption)

Yesterday, I paid a visit to my P.A. for another health checkup. If there is anything I am thankful for this year, it is that i have this opportunity at all. In April, I was in an induced coma, suffering from bacterial meningitis. By all accounts, I should not have recovered the way I did. I was fortunate to have had the chance to recover at all.

Turkey in the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge, Oklahoma

After finding my feet and giving my brain some time to heal from the associated encephalitis, there were a few major concerns:

  • Blood glucose – initially diagnosed as having Type 2 Diabetes, my P.A. declared me, at worst, pre-diabetic at our first meeting. My numbers on this count improved greatly by the second appointment in August.
  • Cholesterol – it was unsurprising that these numbers were high. Of the five measures provided, all had improved and at least three were approaching a normal range rapidly.
  • Weight – starting at about 236 pounds in April, I had broken 200 by August. My goal, for several years, has been to reach 175 pounds. My hospitalization was a major catalyst to making it happen.

After the August checkup, I felt positive about my recovery. I continue to feel better, stronger, more stable, and my weight continues to drop. How have I done over the last three months?

  • Blood glucose – my A1C levels continue to drop. What was 6.3, then 5.4, is now at 5.3. Anything below 5.7 is considered normal.
  • Cholesterol – this update will have to wait for the testing to be completed, but I am confident that I have improved across the board.
  • Weight – I continue to push and it is paying off! As of this morning, I am pushing 185 pounds. That is a loss of over 50 pounds in seven months!

I am happy that I am able to share this health update and I am very thankful for all of the support I have been given throughout this ordeal. It is my hope that my story might serve as inspiration for anyone who may be fighting their own health battles.

I will also take this opportunity for a shameless plug. Don’t forget about my Forty-Five or Sixty-Four session special! The pounds are dropping and time is growing short!