What a difference a day (and doctor) makes!
I got into work yesterday morning and immediately hopped on the phone to call this new doctor recommended to us by family friends. I was calling at about 9:40 am and after explaining the situation to the receptionist he said, "Can your husband come in at ten?" I stuttered out a, "Uh, uh, no, he can't get there that quick. Anything later?" So he said 11:15 am. SOLD!
I called Daryl and told him the good news and off he went to the new doctor's office.
He snuck in a quick text message to me while waiting to be seen, saying pretty much how he already liked the atmosphere better at the new dr. office, and BONUS the receptionist who was having him fill out paperwork was showing lots of cleave! Nice.
So after a complete and thorough check-up by Dr. Mike ("call me Dr. Mike" he said) diagnosed him with Type 2 Diabetes. He laid out a plan for Daryl of medication (daily diabetes and blood pressure meds, and one baby aspirin daily), healthy diet (no sugar, more fish, pork and chicken, limited red meat, and little, if any, carbs) and monitoring his blood glucose level every day and keeping a diary of each reading. Another doctor's appointment is already scheduled for October 1st. He laid out how he plans on lowering Daryl's sugar levels in two stages. He was very precise, very informative, very friendly. Daryl really liked him. I haven't even met him and I like him! Like Daryl said last night, "It's nice to have a doctor actually care about my health."
So things are looking up. I know Big D is pretty bummed about what he can't drink (beer! at least for now) and eat (candy! He's a sugar-fiend!) but it's not a death-sentence and it's not the end. If anything, I view this as a wake-up call for him, for us, to pay better attention to our health. You only get one body so take care of it while you've got it. We want to grow old and wrinkly together , enjoying our marriage and each other for many, many years to come. And obviously, we want to start a family and both of us want to be healthy and be able to enjoy it! So things can only get better from here...