I cut my dose of Metformin in half (with the blessing of the pharmacist/diabetes educator I’ve been working with at the hospital). My A16 was down to 6.2. I began having out of range readings, but I was still in range 76% of the time. Not more side effects, and I was very happy.

But my blood work showed low kidney functioning. So now there’s no more metformin for me. This is great, actually. I woke up this morning with no weird abdominal gurgling. This is my third day without the medicine. At the moment, I don’t have a bad taste in my mouth, even.

My blood glucose is out of range, though — 149 this morning. I had eggs, berries, and yogurt for breakfast. No bread. I had been increasing carbs, but I’m backpedaling on that. I don’t know if that’s the right thing to do, but I’m going to try it.

The kidney damage is upsetting, but apparently you can live with kidney disease for many years. It kills you horribly in the end, but most people die of heart disease before getting that far.

There are other medications, but I am going to try increasing exercise and decreasing carbs and see if I can control my blood sugar without medication.

I was planning to do this, but not so soon. And not with the kidney disease, though I guess that was an issue before I knew about it.

I am feeling stressed.