I have been a caregiver my mom for about a year and a half since she had broken her hip. On March 26 of this year, I have taken the liberty to go for my physical. I told my doctor that I have been feeling very tired for over a year and experiencing a lot of stress due to financial and family health issues. He had done some blood work and an EKG which confirms that I have sleep apnea and very low levels of vitamin D.
My doctor had give me Phentermine for my weight loss and vitamin d pills and referred me to a sleep specialist. I am proud that I have lost a total of 24 lbs since I started my exercise and diet program in March. However, my family is another story. they have not been very supportive. All they do is criticism me for the way I had eaten in the past. I told them they are in position to judge me or anyone about their health. I just think mum is jealous because I am doing something about my health before it gets any worse. My doctor and the sleep specialist tells me that sleep apnea causes weight gain and diabetes. If I don't do something now, I will become diabetic and worse inmobile like my mom. My dad is the worse, he doesn't believe that I have lost the weight. He thought I was just making it up. Many of my friends, acquaintances and coworkers noticed that I have lost the weight. For some reason my family doesn't believe in praising peoples efforts. I guess they don't want me to be the person that I want to be. Maybe I am wrong that they probably just don't want me to be nothing than a nursemaid. There is more to me than being a caregiver. This weight loss have empowered me to see that I am not just a caregiver.