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The 15 minute mile

Okay. If you are not particularly an exercise type and early in the morning you decide to do a 15 minute mile, on arthritic knees and toes , a bad back, nerve damage and neuropathy in ankles and legs....you are in pain! You don't even care about your sugar or what you'll have for breakfast because you want to take 5 Tylenol and sit in a tub of Epson salts all day.   Rant over. Pain not over. Ugh.

kooka

kooka

 

Testing one two three

Okay. Last night I decided to have tuna salad. 1/2 can albacore tuna, 1 boiled farm egg and mayo. Made two lettuce wraps and that was my supper. This morning my sugar was 165! I exercised yesterday and ate a plant based diet as usual except for the tuna.   Ate old fashioned oatmeal with sunflower seeds and butter for breakfast and the 2 hour reading 106. Now today I'm sticking with plants for the rest of the and maybe try beans. Tomorrow will tell the tale.   Meanwhile I am upping the water, watching the salt whilst trying to get rid of my water retention. I am determined to improve my health. My skin looks awesome I must say.

kooka

kooka

 

Water without an oar in site

I have water retention plus its going to rain all week. Must be empathy from the sky. Anyhoo Anyways my ring will not budge, the scale went up 1.2 pounds and my legs hurt all night. The veggies shouldn't be the cause of that so I could fool myself and say it's not due to way to much salt but it is. Veggies without salt. Ugh. I figured if I ate fresh veggies and cooked them myself adding the salt at the table it would be fine. Wrong! Anyway today no salt and lots of water and lemon. We shall see.   Yesterday other than vegetables and nuts I had half an orange, half an apple, a small bag of popcorn, a few chips, one square of dark chocolate, a wasa cracker with peanut butter, sprouted grain toast with yogurt spread and a fried egg. This morning fasting was 112. Metformin 2x500

kooka

kooka

 

Morning is for celebrating

This morning my fasting was 124! I almost fell over. It's never been that low even on Atkins induction of 20 grams of carbs a day. My foods yesterday was a bowl of oats with almonds and seeds, a bowl of mixed fresh greens and salad veggies with lemon and olive oil dressing, bowl of veggy soup. Slice of Ezekiel sprouted grain bread with butter, bag of popcorn, small bag of potato chips, half an apple with pb, 4 Austin cheese peanut butter crackers, a small square of dark chocolate with walnuts and coffee with cream. I was busy all day in the house and the yard so today I am going to try and stay active despite my legs and feet. Need to drink more water too. Hopefully in the next few weeks I can cut the Metformin down again. Meanwhile I have no idea how many carbs I'm having a day but plenty of fiber for sure. Bless the beasts and the children.

kooka

kooka

 

Had I only known

That a diet of vegetables, nuts and seeds woul improve my sugar in only a few weeks I'd have done this years ago. Cut the Metformin down to 500 twice a day instead of 1000 twice a day, sugar average down from 178 to 137, and I have lost 4 pounds! Hopefully once I can get into exercising daily I can cut the meds to 1-500 a day. Not rushing it though. One day at a time and many sticks to decipher exactly what will or won't trigger a rise. Breakfast old fashioned oats with seeds and nuts. Fasting: 137 ...2 hour : 97! Just had a slice of Ezekiel sprouted grain toast with natural peanut butter and on the way to make a big mixed salad to last for a few days and having a bowl. Cutting down the olive oil and butter. Too much fat! Dr. Bernard is right and I am living proof of it.

kooka

kooka

 

Yesterday was a bust

Bah. No doubt the whole grain sammich flat bread is not going to cut it. Had a french toast yesterday and my sugar stayed up all day around an average of 150. Lunch was a big green salad and supper was a vegan chicken cutlet and green beans. Snack was a rye wasa cracker with hummus and spinach. One or more of them contributed to a higher bg. Not that it isn't still consistanly lower than the last 11 years but it was still higher than the last week. My fasting was 139. Higher than yesterday. Anyway today I'm going to get some Ezekiel seed bread, walnuts, hemp seeds, vegan butter, low fat dressings, pasture raised eggs and pan spray. Plus multivitamins. Having old fashioned oatmeal with almonds and sunflower seeds for breakfast. The last time I had that the sugars were good. We shall see. The only way to be a winner is to stay in the race. I will never eat meat again!

kooka

kooka

 

Should have done this years ago

Last night I took half a pill with a supper of tossed salad with plenty of high protein veggys in it and this morning my fasting was a first time low of 126. Had breakfast of two french toasts using high fiber flat bread and one egg, butter and a bit of sugar free syrup. Two hours later bgs were 102. This was with half a pill. Oddly enough my bloating is gone, excessive gas, exhaustion and I am sleeping all night for the first time in many years. I doubt if I will ever go back to eating meat and eventually will eliminate dairy. I will stick with the pasture raised eggs until my boy has his hen house built this spring. I need to cut back on the olive oil and butter yet but all changes take time. Meanwhile I am feeling great and positive.

kooka

kooka

 

First day of reduced meds.

This morning my fasting was 134. I attribute this to eating a pk. of peanut butter cheese crackers and half an orange after church and close to bed time. Ugh. Live and maybe learn. No Metformin this morning. Ate 2 fried eggs, sauted green and red peppers and leeks. Coffee with cream and 2 glasses of water. Sugar....2hour readin....97. Has my sugar ever been under 100? Maybe five times in 12 years. I intend to have quinoa and leafy greens for lunch. Since my Metformin is 1000 I may take half of one and see how how my body reacts to a carb load. Taking half my pill again with supper but supper will be vegetables and a veggie burger. Time will tell the tale. My reading average over 2 weeks is 138. Much better than the prior 2 weeks before my lifestyle change was 174. :-O My goal over the next month is to cut my Metformin to 2x500 instead of 2x1000.

kooka

kooka

 

Quote the Kooka. Nevermore. :-)

Ate a salad and half an orange yesterday for supper and a snack and this morning my fasting was 135! Doing the happy dance because it's not been that low in over a year. On the breakfast. Had a bowl of old fashioned oatmeal with a few almonds and sunflower seeds. Two hour check: 102! Maybe this vegetarian plan is the answer for me. I also started on a B12 yesterday since I no longer eat animals. Hopefully I will soon be able to gradually lower my Metformin dose. We shall soon see.

kooka

kooka

 

Fake. The new food group. :-D

Okay I just ate a hotdog that tasted like a hotdog but was not a hotdog. Last night I had vegetables cooked in chicken broth made out of chicken bouillon that wasn't chicken. For supper tonight I'm gonna have chili with hamburger that's not hamburger. Haha! Thing is so far it's all been good except for those not sausage links. I would compare the taste to maybe tightly rolled cardboard including the look as well as the taste. Blech! The good thing my sugar is finally getting better. I have energy. I sleep all night with little if any leg cramps and today I shopped for almost 2 hours without my toes doing weird cramping and my calves barely hurt right now. Bad thing? Wasting a ton of money trying to find stuff I like plus being winter no farmers markets are open so organic plus gmo is hard to find. I am quite happy with this meatless lifestyle. :-)

kooka

kooka

 

The blog of blah

Food is good. Weather is lovely for winter. House is clean. Laundry is done. I want a brownie. I want a bag of potato chips. I want a banana split. A banana sandwich. A malt. A chocolate soda. I want to fall in it and eat it all. One of those days. Blah blah blah Going to take a relaxing bath, lay out my clothes for church, go to bed and read a good book and hopefully tomorrow I'm over it.

kooka

kooka

 

Through the garden

Went to bed with bgs of 120. Fasting with the DP 135. Ate the same smoothie for breakfast as yesterday but added a handful of fresh spinach for added protein and....2 TBS. of organic plain yogurt. 2hours later....138!! That will teach me one thing. If it aint broke don't try to fix it. Why I just "had" to have yogurt is beyond me. I don't even like yogurt but yogurt advocates praise it to the moon. I for will stick to Krogers Carb Smart which never affected my sugar if that is I decide to have it again. It never added any flavor so it was pointless. Just made a big bowl of garden, because yes it contains 10 lc veggies, to have handy for a few days. Be prepared. Be determined. Be confident that with hard work you can and will succeed. Grandma Greenie signing off. :-)

kooka

kooka

 

To eat or not to eat that is the question

Having breakfast. Smoothie with sf almond milk, strawberry, 7 almonds, 2Tbs. Smart Balance peanut butter, 1 wee slice of frozen banana, 6 blueberries, 1tsp. Coconut oil and a drop of banana extract all blended and in my glass. Anxious to see what my reading is in 2 hours. Yesterday was great. That Boca chicken burger with soup stuffed me to the gills. I never craved anything afterward much less meat and got all my required protein in to boot. Remembering as a child in a coal camp never having meat. In fact I was around 8 years old when we first had chicken once a week and a beef roast once when I was 9. Hunmm come to think of it. Guess I have been a lacto-ovo vegetarian longer than I knew. Let-us leaf cabbage head. Hahahaha Back with the two hour after a breakfast of that smoothie. 102!!!!! Wow the lowest it's ever been after a meal . Cooking lentils no chicken bouillon broth to have with supper tonight. Hopefully......

kooka

kooka

 

Cows are my friends. :)

Well so are chickens but cows are easier to pet. Lol I am loving salad today and how do I make them? Let me count the ways. I am sure I could burn out really fast on salad so I am trying the meatless soy free meat substitutes to break the monotony. Good thing it was on sale today. Since Vital eggs have less calories and cholesterol I do plan on two of those a day. Plenty of water and made my own salt free seasoning with a variety of spices I had already. Finding non gmo is hard though. Shame on the government. As for my bg's it's to soon to tell the long term effect. I am sure over time it will work itself out. It's not how long we live but how well we handle the journey.

kooka

kooka

 

Let the vegetarian life begin!

I feel better already knowing I am not responsible for a laying hen to live in a 12x12 inch cage so I can eat an egg. Buying pasture eggs cost more but it helps me swallow easier. Now to get the protein without grains, beans or starch. Hey wait. Does starch have protein?? Study more and eat less. Lol I can't believe I ate 1000 calories today in vegetables. Musta been the olive oil and coconut oil. I did have 35 grms. of protein. Not enough. I need 9 more but still proud of myself thus far.

kooka

kooka

 

First Entry

This is a new experience for me. Diabetes has really sucked for me. Never been overweight, or indulged excessively with sweets of carbs. Prescribed Metfomin originally, absolutely could not handle it. Tried to control blood sugar by diet, not working so good. Trying Januvia......Hoping it works well.....

fillmanw1

fillmanw1

 

Holidays

Been rather busy over the holidays so I haven't had time to check in here much. Had a great Christmas and New Year's, just busy with in-laws visiting and various family gatherings in general.   The holidays did however go pretty smoothly even with both me and hubby indulging some and paying for it later when neither of us got the insulin dose right the first time But I was still both surprised and impressed with how smooth everything has been, this was after all the first holiday season for my husband as a diagnosed type 1 diabetic, and on January 1st we celebrated his diaversary. And yes, we celebrated. He's doing well and he's managed that first year with type 1 diabetes very well, that is worth celebrating! That first year can be the worst one as you're trying to learn everything, learn how your body reacts to certain things, all while your pancreas might decide to be a twat and start working randomly and you don't know when. My husband is still in his honeymoon phase, but we're noticing a trend that he's needing to take a bit more insulin so looks like it may be ending. And I guess both of us will be relieved about that because his diabetes has been rather unpredictable for months now. Not that diabetes is ever predictable, but when you're 100% dependent on injected insulin with zero own production, at least you might be able to get an idea unless something unexpected happens that changes the whole situation, be it just a car backfiring outside the house so you get scared, and those glucose levels can be all over the place.   Either way. Busy but smooth holidays in my family, and both my husband and I are so grateful that he got his pump and CGMS a couple of months ago because that definitely made the season easier. Husband is having fewer hypos since he got the pump, much thanks to the Smart Guard that stops the insulin delivery when risking a hypo, and resumes it when back at safe levels. And yes, my husband and I have the same model of insulin pump Only his is black, mine is pink. He was tempted to go with Animas and the Dexcom but in the end went with Medtronic because it's a system he was familiar with before, from me, and he knew how useful Smart Guard can be so he wanted to have that as well.   I'm kinda sad that the holidays are over now. Christmas time is my favorite time of the year because it's so cozy with all the lights and decorations. January is just boring and gloomy and I wouldn't mind doing like the bears: hibernate!   But now, one last look at the CGMS and one last fingerstick of the day to compare the two, then some sleep!

SweetAndBendy

SweetAndBendy

 

Type 1 Diabetes and Antibiotics Survey

To all type 1 diabetics and parents/guardians of type 1 diabetics,   The "Type 1 Diabetes and Antibiotics" survey was created especially for you to answer! The survey is composed of 26 multiple choice questions, which should take approximately 20 minutes, maximum, to complete, regarding your or your child's previous antibiotic use. The goal in creating this survey was to see if antibiotics could potentially increase the risk of developing type 1 diabetes in those who are genetically predisposed. If you are the parent/guardian of a child diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, you are encouraged to answer on behalf of your child. Here is the survey web address: www.surveymonkey.com/r/type1diabetesandantibiotics If you have any questions, comments, concerns, or feedback, please email type1diabetesandantibiotics@gmail.com Your time is greatly appreciated.   Many thanks for your dedication,   Joy J.

Joy J.

Joy J.

 

Being friends with diabetes

Having lived with type 1 diabetes for about 11 years there are some things that are just auto pilot, and other things which are still difficult in managing. But regardless of any struggles that type 1 diabetes brings, I don't actually mind living with it, it has become part of who I am and even though I was diagnosed later in life (at 20) rather than in childhood I barely remember life before diabetes theses days.   I really don't mind the needle aspect of diabetes, it has never bothered me actually. I may not particularly enjoy CGM changes but even those aren't too bad. Injections, finger pricks or infusion site changes doesn't phase me the slightest, I just do it. But something that does bother me at times is the constant thinking you have to do when living with diabetes, estimating the possible outcome of an action and countering it to stay within range, things a non diabetic body does on its own. The whole constant thing about diabetes can get to me as well at times, especially on days where I struggle to keep my glucose level in range and may have it go up and down more than the elevators of Empire State Building despite my best efforts to have my glucose levels be more like a smooth ride on a gondola in Venice.   I am friends with my diabetes, not best friends of course but we tend to get along pretty well and I do think diabetes has made me a stronger person and hopefully a better person as well, I'd even feel very lost without diabetes to be really honest and I'm not sure I'd take a cure if a cure is ever found for type 1 diabetes, there are others who struggle more with their diabetes in every way that needs that cure more than I do. I do however consider diabetes to be that annoying friend, you know... That friend who doesn't understand the concept of personal space, the friend who keeps calling you about stupid things even when knowing you're sick and just want to rest, the friend who will talk all the time when you're trying to read a book or watch TV or a movie, the friend who'll keep you awake all night talking about everything between earth and the outer rim of the universe when having a slumber party, the friend who walks in on you when having an ummm intimate moment with your significant other. But even with all that and the annoyances it's still a friend and you do have fun together even though that friend is driving you mad at the best of times. Not to mention that the friend might sleep walk and empty the fridge at night. Sometimes it would be nice to just be allowed to have some me-time without that friend disturbing, wishing the friend would just leave you alone if only just for a few hours or a day. Unfortunately this friend doesn't leave you alone, you can't just mute your phone to be left alone because then the friend will come over to your house instead and knock on the door until you open and then walk straight to raid your fridge or play Candy Crush in your bathroom. Sometimes you just want to shout at that friend to just leave you alone for once, but they don't listen with that ear.   As I'm typing this I'm rounding off a day of riding the elevator of Empire State Building and the friend just raided the fridge, in other words, I've just had to correct a hypo after a pretty rough day diabetes wise. I still don't hate diabetes, but do hope it will shut up and let me get some sleep now, and behave better tomorrow...

SweetAndBendy

SweetAndBendy

 

Sleepless thoughts

So it's one of those nights where I just can not sleep! I'm tossing and turning, my whole body is feeling distressed and in a sense, agitated and my legs are pretty spastic fantastic. Usually this is a sign of being in a lot of pain, pain that is sending signals that it's there and my body responds to it, but I can't physically feel the pain. It's pretty difficult to describe and a very odd sensation and not at all pleasant.   So here I am, just trying to write down some thoughts about things in general. Trying to remember what life was like before I got diabetes and before I got my injury. It's easier to remember the time before injury even though I was disabled then as well, but after 11 years with diabetes, I don't really remember much details of life pre diagnose. I just know life was a whole lot easier back in the days, no thinking about carbs, no testing, no highs, no lows, no needles etc, and I could go where I wanted not having to think about accessibility and so on. But was life really better back then? Was I more happy then than now? I honestly think the answer is no. While life has its struggles living with diabetes, genetic condition and SCI, happiness is so much more than what you live with. I'm an optimist and always look at things from the bright side when I can and as odd as it may sound, all the "crap" life has dealt me has made me into who I am and hopefully turned me into a better person as well. I'm the kind of person who makes the most of what I have rather than being bitter about things and a positive attitude can get you a long way no matter what. I have my struggles but it does not stop me and I'm grateful for the people around me and being able to do the things I do. I'm very happy with my life just as it is and the only thing I'd like to change right now is the fact that I'm awake still at almost 6 in the morning when I should have slept hours ago. But this too shall pass. I've taken some extra medicines so hoping my body is behaving better and legs will be less spastic in a bit. I'll get some sleep sooner or later.   But yeah, I have a loving husband, amazing parents, a comfy home that is adapted to be accessible and has some extras that are good both for my physiotherapy and when hosting guests, and I have the most loving cat! What more could you ask for? You can live well with diabetes, my genetic condition is monitored and managed as well as possible and you don't have to be able to use your legs to be happy!   With this I shall start watching another movie and hope sleep will arrive soon.

SweetAndBendy

SweetAndBendy

 

ARGH! Gusher!

Soooo, I've had some issues keeping my blood glucose in range today. I couldn't really pinpoint as to why that was as I wasn't eating anything unusual, don't feel a cold coming or anything. Anyhow, earlier tonight I was due to change my infusion set and fill my pump, and as I take the old infusion set out I also got the answer as to why I've been running high today: GUSHER! OMG!   Now I've had the odd gusher in the past but they're thankfully far apart. Now this particular one got pretty nasty as I am unable to stand up at all due to spinal cord injury- see where this is going? Yeah, you guessed it... There I was, sitting in my wheelchair going about to change my site when I suddenly get a splash of blood on my lap when I removed the old site and it just wouldn't stop bleeding for a while even with holding paper firmly over the "blood volcano"There was blood on the floor, blood on my pants, blood on my hands, blood on the wheelchair! Complete, utter mess to put it simple. Guess it would look like a murder scene in the kitchen if someone was to spray Luminol there... Nope, not a crime scene, only a T1 changing her insulin pump site.   Finally got the bleeding to stop and had to get help from my husband and parents to wash away all the blood and change clothes before finishing the site change and starting a load of laundry to hopefully not have to toss away my clothes because of big blood stains. Clothes are clean and dry now (thanks heavens for tumble dryers!) and looks like we got rid of all stains.   New site is in and my blood glucose is doing better! I really should have thought about changing my site earlier today when my glucose levels started to go up a bit, but as an old timer with T1 it was one of those simple solutions that just slipped past my mind because that site had been working fine up until today and it wasn't an overused site, nor had the set been in for too long. Just never learn to check the site first, before trying to find another 100 excuses as to why glucose is running too high. I mean it is after all cold season, I did have a kinda carby meal some hours before (nothing unusual, and I covered for it) and I'm a woman so hey, it could have been hormonal etc. Just didn't cross my mind that it could be the site because it looked fine- I can't really say felt fine as I don't have sensation in the area, and I was due to change sets today anyways so I was just going to do it later.   Hopefully I'll think of checking the site next time I'm running high without explanation, it really should be the first thing to check, along with tubing. Just never learn...   I really greatly dislike running high. Living with SCI further complicates things while running high because you know... The bladder is affected as well... I normally go on a schedule to avoid accidents as I don't feel my bladder and have little to no control over it and it works fine when my glucose levels are behaving. When running high enough to start peeing more I can't rely on my usual schedule and it greatly limits my ability to do things when running high as I'm not using an indwelling catheter but using intermittent ones each time I go. Have often been thinking that indwelling and leg bag would be easier at times, but the risk of UTI is so much higher with indwelling than with intermittent so my doctors and I prefer to avoid indwelling as much as possible   Oh, and I think I'll start to put a thick towel on my lap when changing infusion set in the future, to hopefully save my clothes from gushers if they happen...   At a nice and comfy 6.8mmol/l with stable arrow right now, so time to get some sleep, I'm beyond exhausted. Just wanted to make sure new site is working fine, and get my sugars down to better levels (they were hovering around 12-15mmol/l earlier. UGH) before going to sleep.   I really greatly dislike running high. Living with SCI further complicates it as well because you know... The bladder is affected as well... I normally go on a schedule to avoid accidents

SweetAndBendy

SweetAndBendy

 

Nighttime lows blows...

So I had finally fallen asleep, hoping for a whole nights sleep... Only to wake up within 3h because my husband seemed pretty restless. Sure enough, he was having a hypo and woke up pretty much at the same time as I did. Both of us just rolled our eyes and he had some juice and a sandwich to get his blood glucose back up again. We can not wait until he starts pumping as well! While the pump isn't a guarantee for hypo free nights, at least it can prevent some of it thanks to the CGMS and the pump in question suspending insulin delivery when trends are going down. Long acting basal insulin is good and works well most of the time, but it doesn't stop working just because your blood glucose goes low, it will be there until it's done and there's nothing you can do about it except dealing with that hypo if it happens. Guess my husbands pancreas also decided it was a good idea to squirt out some of its own insulin in the middle of the night- his honeymoon is anything but a smooth ride *sigh* The path of a hurricane is more predictable than his blood glucose levels at the moment... And while diabetes is never fully predictable as there are so many factors affecting blood glucose levels and insulin sensitivity, at least it can be a bit less unpredictable when you don't have to deal with an erratic bum of a pancreas that works only when it wants to and you never know when that's gonna happen...   Now we're just awake for a while to make sure his levels aren't going to the moon instead of being low. So far so good and I hope the rest of the night will consist of undisturbed sleep for both of us. We're both very tired after a long day and have things to do tomorrow...   Nighttime lows blows!

SweetAndBendy

SweetAndBendy

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