My health news

Photo by Kevin GoodrichLast week I had my 30-minute annual diabetes check. Last year, the practice nurse was lovely. I hoped it would be the same one last week, because before her it was a nasty old battleaxe who clearly despised all type 2 diabetes sufferers, didn’t know or care that mine is steroid-induced, and made me feel so horrible I didn’t go back for two years. I think she might have retired. Haven’t seen her around for a good while. One lives in hope.

Anyway, last week it was a different nurse again, but she was just as lovely as the one last year. Unfortunately, the news wasn’t. Lovely, that is.

My condition is invisible and there’s little room for improvement in my personal management, so we’re talking new drugs added to the existing cocktail with the inevitable side effects, and with insulin injections now part of the discussion if these drugs don’t bring things back from the dangerous place they’ve reached in this past year.

Oh well.

On a happier note, I’m pleased to report that Gabapentin, a new (to me) drug my GP started me on two weeks ago to help me sleep at night and so with a bit of luck ease my chronic pain from ME and arthritis, appears to be working. At least for the sleep thing. I’m getting a regular four or five hours per night now. It’s like being human again.

If I continue to tolerate it and can increase the dosage gradually, we hope it might actually reduce my brain’s pain reception. But even if that doesn’t happen, the good sleep is enabling me to write more regularly.

I’m so hopeful about this (perhaps naively so but I can’t help grasping at this straw) that I talked with another author over the weekend about maybe co-writing something exciting. We’ll talk again in September when our calendars are more clear.

God, I hope I’m not setting myself up for a big disappointment with this.

Wish good things for me, please. ๐Ÿ™‚

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18 Responses to My health news

  1. Lydia says:

    Good luck, David. I hope your new drug regiment works well for you.

  2. This is good news compared to something like your condition is worse and there is nothing more we can do. So, I’m hopeful things will continue to get better and that you are getting some sleep. I hope sweet dreams are included.

  3. Erin says:

    Hugs on the unlovely news on the diabetes front.

    But hooray for gabapentin and sleep!

    Wishing all the best for you!

  4. Val Finnegan says:

    Mixed news but some hope that things will become more bearable. I’m pleased for you & that writing is becoming a thing you can look forward to. I’ll keep my fingers crossed xx

    • Thank you, Val. It’s such a blessing for me, after I’d resigned myself to the likelihood of having to retire when I was too ill to write for all those months. Thank you. xx

  5. Morgan Blackthorne says:

    Good luck with the gaba. I was on that for a while for my migraines but unfortunately didn’t get any pain relief from it… for some people it seems to be really effective on that front, but it’s very hit/miss with who actually benefits from it. Hopefully you’ll fall into the effective category.

    • Thank you, Morgan. I hope so. My GP reckons we might have to go all the way up to maximum dosage in small increments before we’ll know if there will be any pain relief. I’m sorry it didn’t work for you.

  6. Ashe Elton Parker says:

    *hugs* on the diabetes news, but Yay for a medication that helps you get some sleep. No one should underestimate the benefits of good sleep.

    And even more yay on the writing going better!

  7. Jenny Doughty says:

    Good luck to you David – hope the medication regime helps. Insomnia sucks rocks.

  8. Sue Roebuck says:

    I hope this new set of medication works to alleviate things, David. If you can sleep that really is a God-send (and if you need a little help in that department by taking the new medicine then that’s all to the good). Hugs.

  9. Glad something good has come your way. ๐Ÿ™‚

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