Well it was time to go for another round of blood work last week. For the past year they have put me on medication to help get my sugar count down to where they felt comfortable with it. It was not high enough to put me on diabetic meds and I have been borderline for quite a few years and the Dr decided to try to get it closer to normal range so it doesn’t damage or interfere with my kidneys.. Being over 60 I said.. sure.. I had lost 40 pounds over the year but that didn’t seem to make any difference with my counts so lets do the meds and see if that works. He started out with the lowest dosage and every three months he would check and up the dosage. He was quite happy in November. So much so that he said.. let it go until May and we should see a significant decline in the sugar. I was good with that and honestly the way I was feeling that day (bad cold) I was like.. yup,,,,anything you say, I just want to go home and lay on the couch.
So the Christmas festivities passed.. January,, Feb.. March.. and wouldn’t you know it.. I had so many colds hit me this winter I could not for the life of me get out of my own way. Now knowing me, if you know me, I tend to hibernate for the winter but this winter all I wanted to do was sit in the corner and do nothing. I lost my concentration and had so many stupid moments I was getting worried. As my mother-in-law once said after her strokes and had memory loss, “All that brilliance gone!” haha.. that was exactly how I was feeling. I even had a difficult time trying to design a pattern at one point and I was thinking.. WTH!!!. I can do this.. I have done it so many times before this should be a piece of cake, so what has changed? There was no knitting, no crocheting, I had no craft shows to organize as I had decided that last year would be my absolute last year of organizing, dealing with some of the entitled vendors and dealing with venues that choose not to work with organizers at all. I had enough and said.. nope.. I am done. Now this was the best decision I have made in a long time. No stress for shows.. no sleepless nights worrying about all the ins and outs of doing a show. It was going to be GREAT!.. However.. instead of enjoying my free time, I was sick many times, sat and watched movies and basically pulled away from the world. I felt miserable and the arthritis in my knees and ankles flared up and there were days I could barely move my legs. I was so tired it was stupid crazy. It was a particularly long crappy stressful winter so that did not help the psyche at all.
Along comes May and time to go for blood work. I was a bit concerned because I could not for the life of me figure out what the heck was going on. I just kept saying to myself.. “for God’s sake…snap out of it!” I watched my eating, I took my meds, and I put 7 pounds back on (ok that was probably from doing nothing all winter, so I will take responsibility for that) Well yesterday I went in to get the reports. He said..Your thyroid is good ✔ and, well your sugar is the same as November ✔ .. odd because I had upped the dosage of the meds.. hmmm.. My cholesterol was up. WHAT!!! it has always been low to great now it is up? my kidneys were good ✔,, no infections detected✔ B12 was good ✔.. but wait! my Vitamin D was almost non existent!!!!!!!!!!!!.. So I said.. what does that even mean?
Well after some thought and discussion he said to me .. “ok so this makes sense now. Vitamin D deficiency causes cholesterol to increase, when that is up it messes with your sugar count, if that hadn’t happened more than likely your sugar would be almost ideal this time. Seeing that it was identical to the last time he was convinced it would have been down”. Ok I felt good about that part but what the heck is with the Vitamin D. Is this something I have always had? He said “I just wanted to make sure this time and run a few different tests and Vitamin D and B12 were in the mix this time”. Well good thing as I would not have picked up on the Vitamin D thing for sure.
So the symptoms of low Vitamin D are
*FATIGUE — you may feel tired all the time and fatigued even when you’re getting a good night’s sleep.
*INFECTIONS — greater risk of catching colds and developing infections
*BACK PAIN AND BONE PAIN — insufficient vitamin D3 can cause pain in the back and leg bones, joints, and ribs.
*MUSCLE PAIN — may cause muscle pain
*OBESITY — Malabsorption may also cause obesity
*COGNITIVE DISORDERS — risk factor for disorders such as dementia and cognitive impairment, especially in older adults
*DEPRESSION — 65 percent of the people who had depression also had low vitamin D3.
*SLOW HEALING —-if you get injured, and it takes a long while for you to heal, it might be because you have an inadequate amount of vitamin D3.
*HAIR LOSS — If you’re losing your hair, you may have a vitamin D3 deficiency
*BONE LOSS — a lack of vitamin D3 can inhibit the absorption of calcium, causing bone loss
So that is it in a nutshell. I am not crazy… I am Vitamin D deficient. With my Vitamin D being almost non existent I was a walking poster girl. Looking at the symptoms it was any wonder I was so miserable. So I am starting to take 1000 IU of Vitamin D a day until September.
All my other meds I am taking will stay the same. And for those that say, just get out in the Sun. Nope that just won’t cut it unless you live in the south where you can get out all year round and even then it is not enough.
So that is my report for the day and I hope it helps some people get some answers in how they are feeling. I just thought I was having a miserable winter when that was only a small part of it.
Here is to a better summer and no more colds, cold sores, achy bones, fatigue and countless other symptoms to deal with. I will do a follow up of this post in Sept after my next round of blood work. I am predicting a better one next time.