Tuesday, February 07, 2006

A Kingdom for my Health!

I moan and groan about my headaches and various other ailments, but things took a decided turn for the not-so-good this morning.

I'd gone to get some lab work done a few weeks ago and hadn't yet heard the results. So when I called and talked to the nurse, she promised to get back to me. This morning I heard what I really didn't want to hear.

Very high triglycerides, high cholesterol, elevated liver functions, and...a glucose tolerance test.

Y'know, I was in relatively good health until July of 2000. That was when I took Depo Provera, the birth control shot "that you only have to think about four times a year." Yeah right. I finally had to get over being angry at myself for taking that shot simply because I have never been the same since. I won't bore you with the details, but gaining 50 pounds in a year should tell you something. :-)

Now I'm looking at a possible diagnosis of diabetes. To tell you the truth, this doesn't surprise me. In fact, if that's what it is, then at least I know what to target, y'know? I can fight it. I have a history of diabetes in my family so at least I'll have a good support system. :-)

Anyway, the whole point of this post is this: I want to be healthy so I can be there for my daughter, for my family, and for my writing. I have all these goals and dreams and desires, but I can't accomplish any of them unless I'm healthy.

So let the tests begin. Let them poke and prod and do what they will to figure out just what it is that is keeping me from accomplishing my goals. I'm ready!


  1. Hugs Melissa and good luck. I blogged about sporting heroes today and check out Johan Lomu's story. Amazing.

  2. I wrote one of my best scenes during a glucose tolerance test. Nothing like denying a pregnant woman food for three hours to get the juices going.

  3. Hey, I'm a friend of Savannah's, and I happened on your blog via her. You are not the only one who's had Depo related problems. I took it without any real probs, but I only took it for about eight months. My best friend, on the other hand, took it for about four or five years, and when she went off, she developed excruicating migraines, partially due to allergies, and hormonal fallout from the Depo.

  4. Just letting you know that we're with you Melissa.

  5. Thanks for the hugs, Toni. I need them! :-)

    Rene, maybe I'll bring my laptop with me when I do the test. Hey, it's two hours of my life. What else am I going to do? Read one of those crappy outdated magazines in the doctor's office?

    h.s. - Thanks for stopping by! I could go on and on about what Depo did to me, but I figure no one needs to hear me whine THAT much. LOL

    Jason - Thanks so much for your support. It means a lot. :-)

  6. That's good that you're not scared of the results, but you're willing to battle whatever the doctors throw at you. That's half of the battle.

    I'll keep a prayer out there for ya!

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  8. Thanks, Dana. The power of prayer is always an amazing thing. :-)

  9. Good luck, Melissa. I hope they figure out the problem and how to fix it.

  10. I agree that knowing is good, Then you can fight it head on! All the best.

  11. I hope they get it all figured out, and that it really is something you can control, like diabetes. I know that diagnosis would suck, but I agree with you that it's better than not knowing.

    I'll be thinking of you.

  12. Kelly, Nienke, and Rachel - Thanks so much for the good thoughts. I really do appreciate it. :-)

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