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Friday, April 3, 2009

Drinking Too Much Water?

I had an appointment to see my doctor this morning. I'm not really sure why they even bother to make appointments. Mine was at 1100. Okay, so I get there at 1045, and sit, and sit, and sit. I was in the waiting room for 45 minutes. Than I was in the office for 60 minute. Finally, Doc C. came in and was in the room for 15 minutes. I mean, if you wanted to see me at 1230, why did we make an appointment for 1100? Anyone know the answer to that conundrum?
Anyway, so last week I had my blood test done, so Dr. C could check on my HA1B levels. (I might have that down wrong, but basically it is my 3 month blood sugar levels.) First, she tells me that my sugar is going up. Um, no it isn't. I started at 14, last November I was at 13, and this past test, my number was 11. I wasn't really great at math, but doesn't the number going down mean my sugar is going down, too?
Oh, right, she tells me. I was mistaken. But your sugar is still too high. I agree there, it is too high, but like I said, it is going down, slowly but surely. Not fast enough, in her opinion, so she wants me to start taking double the medicine. We tried this before, and double the medicine leaves me light headed and sick. Well, okay, we will give you one extra 500 mg pill of glucophage a day. That shouldn't make me feel too sick. Alright, I will try.
Than, she tells me that my sodium levels are too low. She tells me I am drinking too much water. I do not see how that is possible, because I only drink about 64 oz a day of water. She tells me I can add a package of jello mix or koolaid mix too my water, or- get this, drink more Diet Soda. Has anyone out there in computer land ever been told by their doctor to drink more soda, less water? My Mom was in there with me, cause she had an appointment, too. It's a good thing she was there, because I don't think that anyone would ever have believed me otherwise.
So I am on a new plan, one to get my sodium up, my sugar down, and my weight down. My blood pressure was fine, if a little low. Seems I can't win for losing.
By the way, I do not like her scale. My scale at home this morning said I was 300.8 lbs. Alright, I thought, almost at that magical number of less than 300. Oh, no, according to her scale, i weigh 305 lbs. I hate her scale. I truly do.
How have you been doing this week? Anyone else ever had conflicting messages from their Dr.?
Till next time,
Donna M. Clark


  1. Well Donna your doc sounds a little fruit loopy to me:( But believe it or not I have heard a Doctor say someone was drinking too much water depleting their sodium level, but too recommend drinking more diet soda???? Ahemmmm???? Me thinks you got a cracker luck and do what you are doing, seems to be you are going in the right direction:)

  2. Hi Donna, just an fyi, the test is an "HA1C", like you, I get the every 3 months and mine is around 9 at the moment. Still too high. Yes, my doctor does say conflicting things sometimes, doctors are, after all, human. As far as the diet soda, I am assuming this is to help get your sodium level up. Soda contains alot of sodium, that is why they usually tell you not to drink too many of them, but in your case, it seems you need the sodium. Low sodium is probably why your blood pressure is low, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. Keep up the good work that you are doing, if you don't feel like your doc knows what she's doing, maybe you should get a new one.. just a thought. Cheers! :)

  3. Hi Donna,
    I just don't think drinking any kind of soda is really good for us. Would be good if you could get your sodium up, by a different way. I was always told to try to drink at least 8 cups of water a day. I am not a doctor, just hope everything works out for you. Wishing you success in your health! :-)

  4. Hi Donna,
    I agree that your doc is nutty. But doctors get little training in nutrition. Ironic that they give out diet advice. There are plenty of healthy sources of sodium, here's a link to a list:

    Good luck with your healthy goals.

  5. I hate all that waiting and waiting and waiting too at the doctor's office - so frustrating!

  6. I hope your doctor gives you sound advice next time!