My doc pronounced me dead.

iVillage Member
Registered: 10-24-2002
My doc pronounced me dead.
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Mon, 10-22-2012 - 8:33pm

I had an appointment with my doc this afternoon to go over the blood work I had done last week.  When I got there, they wanted to check my blood pressure and used the machine that takes 6 BP pressures and then gives the average.  After more than a few times, the doc changing the cuff, replacing it and putting it on differently, the machine was not registering my blood pressure.  Meanwhile he had my chart on the computer and while looking at it, he said I've got some bad news for you.  "According to this machine, you are clinically dead."  He went on to say that since I was sitting in his exam room and talking he could only assume that the machine was broken.  LOL....That's a new experience for me as I've never had a doc say that I was clinically dead.  Anyway after we went over the blood work he did take my BP again using his stethoscope and that machine on wall and pronounced me alive along with telling me that my BP was perfect.

However, my blood glucose levels are on the high side, but still within the 7 range but heading towards 8 and need to be lowered.  LOL.....He did put me on a guilt trip for not taking my metformin on a regular basis and not getting enough exercise.  He also went on to say that I'd have to reduce my wine intake to one glass a day, lose 5 pounds within the next 3 months, get more exercise.  On the upside, I have last five pounds in the past six months.  He was happy with that as my weight is heading in the right direction.

Instead of giving me another script for more blood work, he gave me a quest or a better yet a challenge.  I have to take my blood glucose levels at different times of day for the next three months, lose 5 more pounds, get more exercise and make sure that I take my metformin every day according to the prescription.  He did however say that I couldtake the metformin 3 times a day instead of 4 pills twice a day. 

Admittedly, that was not one of my best appointments, but it looks like I'll have to be more careful with regards to diet, exercise and taking my meds.  Not to mention losing 5 pounds within the next three months. 

On the upside, I'm not dead just yet and I can do something about bringing the glucose levels down. 

All the best,

Patrick (RIP but not just yet)

 

iVillage Member
Registered: 05-20-2003
Mon, 10-22-2012 - 10:33pm

Wow your my first dead person that I've ever posted to on a message board.  My dr always uses the old type b/p machine with the stethescope and her nurses use the fancy digital one.  She says she doesn't trust the digital and she prefers taking her patients pressure again with her machine.  I hope they take that machine they used on you today and get a big repair sticker on it before they declare anyone else RIP.  LOL

You should always take your metformin in case you want to cheat on dessert.Wink  Maybe the 3 times a day will be better for you.

Looks like he gave you a big homework assignment to do.

 

 

 

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iVillage Member
Registered: 01-13-2005
Mon, 10-22-2012 - 11:00pm

Wow, what alot of stuff to do!!!  I hope you will continue to lose the weight and hopefully will be just fine!! 

Dead???  OH MY!!!!! 

Community Leader
Registered: 12-01-2003
Tue, 10-23-2012 - 7:55am
Well I am glad you are not dead. You have 3 months to do what he said so I think you will make it!!!!

Community Leader
Registered: 03-24-2000
Tue, 10-23-2012 - 9:41am

I bet that was quite a surprise to you to be declared dead!  I'm glad the doctor changed his mind when he took your bp with the old fashioned machine.  My doctor alway uses the old manual machines.  That's excellent that your bp is perfect after the doctor gave you such grave news.

It sounds like you have some homework to do to get your self back on track.   I hope that you can bring down your blood glucose.  You really don't want to have to give yourself insulin shots.  The metformin is much easier and better for you if it's working.

 

 

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iVillage Member
Registered: 10-24-2002
Tue, 10-23-2012 - 7:26pm

LOL....It looks like I have a lot of homework to do over the next three months.  I've already started with the diet but will have to start gettiing out walking. 

All the best,

Patrick

iVillage Member
Registered: 10-24-2002
Fri, 10-26-2012 - 9:37pm

LOL....I'm still alive and kicking and will be around for a little bit longer.  I guess it will be up to the Creator to take me from this life.  Anyways I'm still here.