Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Yet more problems

I was thinking about my sister-in-law and PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) a few days ago, and it got me to researching. I doubted that I had the same problem since I don't think I've ever had a cyst, but I've had a ton of fibroids. I looked at the symptoms or PCOS and saw that I had a few of them. This led me to researching about Insulin Resistance. And I found that I had more than a few of those symptoms. Rob called me a hypochondriac for looking up symptoms for diseases to see if I had it. But how else would you find out?

Well I decided to go see my family doctor, Dr. C, today to get checked out. I've gone to him for about 18 years so he has my most extensive medical history of any of my docs. He checked and guess what? I'm a diabetic. What the hell?! If I didn't already have a enough shit going on in my life. Can't I catch a break sometimes? But I should have known. My parents, and all of my grandparents had the disease. So it was just a matter of time I guess. Dr. C didn't want me to go on medicine right now. He's always been the kind to try to control some things with diet and exercise. So I'll be starting the IR (Insulin Resistant) diet or South Beach diet tomorrow. I haven't decided exactly which one yet, but it's my choice. He gave me a blood sugar meter, and I have to test twice a day. I'll go back to see him in about a month.

All my online buddies keep telling me that I'm one step closer to my BFP now, and I really hope they are right. Dr. C did mention that he will venture to guess this is why I'm having such a hard time getting pregnant. When I got pregnant with Madison I was over 50 pounds lighter than I am now. That just sucks donkey balls. This diet is going to be so hard for me. I love sweets. Just love, love, love them. I love carbs. I think I might chew off my arm in a couple of days without my beloved rice, potatoes, corn, and pasta. What the hell is left if you lose those things? I have to try to look on the bright side, and I'll let you know as soon as I find it. :(


Anonymous said...


Thank you for taking that proactive step.
This is how I found out about my PCOS.
I too am going to be making a serious diet switch in June.
My doc's got me enrolled in a class for new diabetic patients that is supposed to teach me how to eat and take care of myself.
I'm not diabetic yet, but 40% of women 40 years old with PCOS are,... so with the family history, there is a good chance I will be one day too.

AND YES,... think of this as a POSITIVE, now you know one more thing in your arsenal to help you conceive.

I'm going through testing on my thyroid right now.

Tell my baby bro to "STUFF IT!" You're NOT a hypochondriac,.... for the record my hubbie said the same thing,... but when I got the diagnosis he shut up.
If you don't take charge of your body, no one is going to do it for you.

*HUGS again and does a cheer*

Yes, it is going to suck having to test,.... but it explains why you have to struggle to lose weight, your body doesn't work the same as everyone else... this is a BIG step in fighting.

I love you both.

Emily said...

I have insulin resistance - I do think this is a positive step.

If you have any questions about the Insulin Resistance diet just let me know - I've been on it for a few weeks now. And guess what... you can have SOME sweets, and carbs.

mesa said...

I'm so sorry Ashley.. I really am glad you found this out though. that is VERY important to control it.

Patty said...

Thank GOD you look out for yourself so well!!

Diabetes sucks ass. I know I am at HUGE HUGE HUGE risk for it, one reason I'm working so hard to be OP. I'm sorry, sweetie. :(