Two weeks ago we got some (expected) but still shitty news. N went to the doctor for blood work and a physical for the first time in ages. At least 10 years.

(He rarely ever goes to the doctor unless it’s a complete emergency so it is always very focused on a severe issue.)

Overweight ? ✅

High cholesterol? ✅

High blood pressure? ✅

Diabetes? ✅

When I say high blood pressure, I mean the doctor literally told N he was surprised he wasn’t in the hospital with a stroke, most people are when it’s that high.

When I say diabetes, I mean N’s sugar was more than twice what is considered a high but healthy level.

I guess if we’re going to do something we’re going to go all out? I don’t know.

There wasn’t much explanation. It was here’s a ton of drugs. Talk to a dietician. Talk to a pharmacist. See you in a couple weeks if you don’t end up in the hospital before then.

To put it lightly, he was pissed. I think part of it was frustration with himself for getting to those levels but also frustration about lack of discussion or advice. No “don’t take salt substitute with this medication because it’ll make you dizzy” no “keep your carbs at 60 per meal” and certainly no “this is how you inject insulin after using this glucose monitor like so…”

It’s a lot of information to digest about where he’s at, and a lot to learn about how we need to change.

Author: J9

I run, and run terribly. This is my journey to 40 years old and my first full marathon.

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