Jun 28, 2017

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I’m Now Insulin-Free

Patient-Story-Randy-AndersonRandy was diagnosed with Diabetes many years ago and has struggled to get his blood sugar under control for what feels like forever to him. A visit to his eye doctor and a suggestion from a nurse at that appointment started him on the road to being free of insulin and feeling the best he has in years.

Randy scheduled an appointment at Pella Regional’s Medical Clinic in Ottumwa with Molly Engelhart, a nurse practitioner and certified diabetes educator. “Molly is the 6th person I’ve seen for diabetes over the years,” said Randy. “And she is the only one who has helped me. She is a blessing.”

When asked what made the difference this time, Randy shared that he believes the change is because with Molly he now has a health care provider who takes the time to explain things and cares about her patients.

There was a difference from the start explained Randy, “My first appointment was pretty long. Molly takes her time and is very thorough. I talked everything through so Molly could work out a plan for me.”

A1C levels show long-term blood glucose control. Randy’s numbers were at 19%, which is way too high. For people without diabetes, the normal A1C range is 4-6%. After months of work, Randy got his levels down to 5.9%. At that point he got excited. “I asked Molly if I could get off insulin,” said Randy. “In the past, the other doctors had said I was on insulin forever and I should just get used to it. Molly worked with me and I slowly tapered down. My last shot was months ago on a Tuesday,” said Randy with a smile. “I’ll never forget it.”

Randy has made a lot of changes in his lifestyle since working with Molly and his primary care provider, Dr. John Kanis, at Pella Regional’s Medical Clinic in Ottumwa. He’s eating right and walking a lot, especially with his dog. He has also tried to let stress go and is living for today. He describes it as having a new mindset.

“I now see Molly for diabetes appointments once every 6 months. I used to call in my blood sugars every week but I don’t need to do that anymore now that the levels are consistently where they need to be,” said Randy. “That feels great. I really don’t want to go back to insulin shots. I didn’t think I’d ever be off the insulin but now I have support and a better outlook.”

“I thank God every morning. My whole like has changed,” said Randy. “I don’t have much but I’m happy. Days are brighter, not so gloomy. I like it and I’m not going back. This feels so good.”

Learn more about the Diabetes program at Pella Regional’s Medical Clinic in Ottumwa.

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