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.
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.
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