I met with my doctor yesterday afternoon, after receiving the lovely phone call yesterday. Basically, they are testing for blood in the stool. I get it – and it actually makes me a bit nervous because my heredity with colon cancer, and that is why she is testing for blood in the stool. But I feel rather confident in the fact that it is my female issues, and I hope it isn’t anything to worry about.
It is going to be a horrendous test, 3 separate stool samples; it will probably take me a week and a half to do. Since losing weight, I’ve not been all that regular. *sigh* Anyway, after the test is completed I start on an iron pill twice daily; which seems to cause constipation issues, so I get to also take a stool softener. Oh my god. I feel old. I probably failed when I didn’t take a multi-vitamin to start with when I decided to lose weight.
The rest of the blood results came in, and they were actually pretty good. Here’s the run down (because by god I want to have a benchmark somewhere, even if it is after losing 150 pounds.)
Waist: 33 inches
Blood pressure: 110/70
Glucose: 98 (I realize this is on the cusp of insulin resistance, but I *was* insulin resistant when I started this way back when. I also had gestational diabetes. Although I'm not super happy with the high range of normal, I am happy that I am no longer insulin resistant. Now to just get it even lower for next year.)
Total Cholesterol: 122
Iron Saturation: 3% (lolz – major fail. Most likely the cause of my dizziness when I stand up.)
Other than the iron issue and lowering the blood sugar, I need to raise my HDL somehow. The problem is the only way I’ve read to raise them I’m already doing: diet, exercise, not smoking. Any ideas?