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  2. meyery2k

    2019 Morning Fasting BG Readings

    95 this morning. Finally another sub 100!
  3. meyery2k

    Daily Chat

    Couldn't agree more. If I am told something won't work, my reply is always try. While sometimes I fail to accomplish things, it is never because I didn't try. Fail to try and you have already planned to try to fail...
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  5. Hooterville

    2019 Morning Fasting BG Readings

    78 this morning.
  6. Diana_CT

    2019 Morning Fasting BG Readings

    112.
  7. dowling gram

    Daily Chat

    Hammer I have fallen a couple of times in winter and usually ended up on my back. What I do is try to relax my muscles, roll over and get my knees under me and look for something where I can use my arms to help me up. That's usually the stairs or my car. The reason most elderly can't get up is because they try to do it with muscle power alone and they do it with tensed muscles. After my hip replacement I watched younger people get out of a chair. They don't do it with just muscle power. They raise their feet slightly off the floor and use the momentum of the movement of lowering them to stand. I was trying to use just the muscle power of my legs to stand--much more difficult. The elderly are afraid of falling so they don't do that. I tried it while holding on to one chair arm and found it so much easier so that's the way I stand up now and it's second nature since I've practiced it. There is a way around everything. You just have to think outside the box and observe.
  8. Hammer

    Daily Chat

    Yesterday, Monday, I decided to change out my tractor's mowing deck for my snow blower attachment. Monday was a warm day with little wind, so I figured that it would be a great day to swap out the two attachments. Being an old man with limited mobility, proved to be a problem. While I was able to change out the two attachments, it was very difficult. When you are my age, and you have to lay on the ground to attach things, then have to get up....well, getting up isn't all that easy. I am seriously thinking about having the dealer come out and do the swap for me. I don't know what it will cost, but as long as I don't have to lay on the ground, then get up, well, it would be worth the cost. This year, they are predicting a very harsh winter, with lots of snow, which is why I wanted to change out the mowing deck with the snow blower. Years ago, I was caught off guard with a freak snow storm, and I didn't have my snow blower attached. It was called the Halloween snowstorm, because it happened at the end of October, and we NEVER get a snowstorm that early in the year. I mowed the grass on Friday afternoon, came in and took a shower, then read the headlines on the internet, and they were calling for a heavy snow storm that evening. Jeez, it was 70 degrees, so how could we have a snowstorm Friday night, but we did. It was a wet, heavy snow, and it damaged a lot of my trees. Since I didn't have the snowblower attached to my garden tractor, there was no way that I could clear the snow off of my driveway. That was when I decided that I would attach my snowblower to my tractor, regardless of what the weather report said, just so I wouldn't be caught off guard again. My snowblower will clean off my driveway in less than 5 minutes, and remember...my driveway is 140 feet long. (42.6 meters). If I tried to manually shovel my driveway off with my bad back, well, it would never get done. So, again, I am now ready for whatever winter brings....even a blizzard! We had a blizzard a few years ago, and knowing the we would be hit with a 36 inch (.91 meters) snowfall, I went out in the middle of the snowstorm, and used my snowblower to clear off the snow that had already fallen. I did this because, if I had just waited for the full 36 inches of snow to fall, it would have been too much for my snowblower to handle, but by going out in the middle of the storm and clearing off the already fallen snow, it made it easier for me to clear off the snow that fell after I had cleared off my driveway the night before.
  9. Kit

    Any bookworms out there?

    The Last Conversation by Paul Tremblay wow wow wow wow wow
  10. Kit

    Japanese restaurant

    You know now I'm really craving hot pot. I had it once at a restaurant many years ago and its a wonderful group meal. Basically a pot of broth is put on a burner or hot plate on the table and allowed to keep at a low simmer. Then you have your ingredients that are raw and cut small, sliced thin to assure quick cooking. Meat, fish, seafood, veggies, noodles and similar. Everyone pops in a bit of what they want (not all at once) and when things are done serve yourself. As you go, the broth gets more concentrated and flavorful and everything that has been cooked previously in the pot also helps to continue to flavor it. Due to the nature, the meal takes a while, slows down your eating speed (great for those into mindful eating) and encourages conversation with your companions.
  11. Kit

    Any bookworms out there?

    I had the benefit of getting Veteran's day off. Downside, no Christmas Eve off. Not my choice, oh well. Anyway, there has been an amazing convergence in the universe which culminated in me not having very much that needs to have gotten done this weekend. Whoohoo!!! Idle three day weekend! And, because I didn't have to be constantly on the move, I put my audiobook on hold and been reading ebooks and doing a lot of snuggling with Mr Fuzzy in the mornings. Ha! Another benefit of not having to eat breakfast anymore. I finally finished A Blink of the Screen. I can't remember if I mentioned before, but I picked up the Forward Collection. A group of 6 stories by 6 different authors and published by Amazon. Its available on Kindle Unlimited for free. Might also be free with Prime. Its rarely I hit a collection of stories where I like most or all of them. I've read four, two more to go, and the worst thing I have to say is "its excellent". Emergency Skin by N. K. Jemisin Excellent story, and as it progresses, everything takes a different view. I literally started laughing as I saw where it was going. I've loved everything of hers I have read. Summer Frost by Blake Crouch. Yep I've mentioned him before. In fact, the audiobook I have on hold is one of him. Wow, just wow Ark by Veronica Roth A somewhat melancholy story that makes one somewhat introspective. Randomize by Andy Weir Quite creative look at quantum computing Two more to go by authors I haven't read before. Hoping they are just as good as the others.
  12. adiantum

    Thrift-ing

    I threw my 7ft tree out two years ago when I first decided to sell here. I didnt decorate last christmas assuming I'd have the agents here taking photos & xmas decorations dont look good in real estate ads after the season. I've had so many obstacles in getting ready to sell & now most of the locations I've been considering moving to is burning up with some 50 houses burnt & 3 lives lost. This is the second time Ive planned on moving & both regions have been burnt out. I'm not impressed with having those apple trees increased in price, even from their factory outlet. So, no apple trees for me.
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  14. ran23

    Thrift-ing

    I had a 7 1/2 ft tree for many years. donated that last week. Mini-tree in the house and decorations hanging all about. still festive.
  15. adiantum

    2019 Morning Fasting BG Readings

    Tightening the budget is happening here too. Until last year we needed one referral from the doctor claiming we needed test strips & that enabled us to get ultra cheap strips without limitations. Then they changed it... now we must get a referral from the doctor every six months to get the gov subsidized strips. I dont know if theres a limit but I get heaps...60c for 50 & I usually get 300 strips at a time at $3.60
  16. Hammer

    Japanese restaurant

    I frequently meet a good friend in town for dinner. She really enjoys eating at Aki's, which is a sushi restaurant...she loves sushi. Myself, I won't touch uncooked meat, especially seafood. When I go there, I get the filet mignon hibachi, which is cubed pieces of filet mignon (I get it medium rare), a variety of sauteed vegetables, and some fried rice. I give the fried rice to my friend, and I eat the rest. Sometimes I'll get their scallops hibachi, which swaps out the filet mignon for scallops, or the shrimp hibachi, or the chicken hibachi.
  17. Hammer

    2019 Morning Fasting BG Readings

    An 81 (4.5) today. If you are using insulin, you're allowed 3 test strips a day (like that's going to tell you a lot), if you're not using insulin, you're allowed 1 test strip a day (which will tell you even less). If you need more than this number of test strips a day, you need to have your doctor fill out a form that the insurance company will send him/her, explaining why you need more test strips a day. Most doctors don't want to be bothered filling out yet, another form, so they just won't give you more test strips a day. Diana, Cheerios (20 carbs for ¾ cup)....bad....blueberries (10 carbs for ½ cup)....bad.....egg salad sandwich, egg salad is good, the bread is bad (carbs vary depending on the bread). Most of us here would have high BG numbers if we ate those foods.
  18. adiantum

    2019 Morning Fasting BG Readings

    6.1 but I certainly wont test again after just having maccas for breakfast. I had to shop early for birds food & before the heat of the day. I got a bacon & egg mcmuffin & the dog eats the bacon. 26.5 carbs in that muffin. There'll be a sad child in this region... on the sides of the road for about 2Km I saw 2 dolls & 3 teddy bears. That precious cargo wasn't secured for transport.
  19. Kit

    Daily Chat

    @meyery2k Glad to hear you have been headache free for a day. I really hope it keeps up for you. The year before I started collage, three students at that university died from bacterial meningitis. The incoming class was required to be vaccinated during orientation. So while I do not understand all the potential variations and how serious they can be, I do know at least some forms can be very serious. I have to agree that the medical establishment is more interested in treating symptoms instead of actual causes. I actually ran across something interesting but I'm not sure where, may have been a Peter Attia podcast in that medicine does not follow the scientific method. For those not familiar with what the scientific method, it is basically the following. A theory is developed, usually from observation or (in some fields) pure mathematics. From there an experiment is designed and then performed to prove that hypothesis. Results are published and subject to peer review. Other scientists will critique the experiment design pointing out potential flaws, such as other factors which could cause the results received. Other groups will attempt to repeat the experiment. Repeatibility is a vital factor. If necessary, rinse and repeat a few times. Einstein is an example of a theoretical physicist. We weren't able to design experiments to prove his theories until well after his death. The medical field, however, go by what is called "evidence based medicine", which is apparently not what it sounds like. I can't remember the details, but can have some serious flaws. Actually I did run across this: https://www.bmj.com/content/362/bmj.k2799/rr-1 One quote from the above that I feel makes an excellent point. "No evidence of effect is not the same as evidence of no effect." So if no experiment has been performed to show how a low carb diet helps diabetics, it is treated the same as if the experiment has been run and shown to have no helpful affect. And if the community is already biased towards believing that a low carb diet is not helpful or even harmful, no experiments are run. And most funding for these studies comes from groups who benefit from the status quo. I think the ACCORD study is a great example. As soon as the treatment group started having negative affects, it was stopped (understandable) but then instead of trying to figure out why the results were worse, they made the assumption that aggressive control in diabetics caused heart attacks with no interest in looking at why. And then this filters down to the clinical level and a doctor yelling at me that there was no reason for me to have an A1C under 7.0 and that I was going to give myself a heart attack. Just because I take my condition seriously. What no one really did, was peer review the experiment and point out potential flaws, such as the methods that were used to gain that aggressive control, large amounts of insulin (either by stimulating insulin production or injecting insulin itself). or the medication that had been banned in multiple countries due to increase heart attack and stroke risk.
  20. meyery2k

    Daily Chat

    One full day with no headaches. Finally, I seem to be going in the direction I want to. With all the spare time I have found, I have been checking out viral meningitis on the Internet. While not usually as serious as the bacterial variety, there are some stories where people have had significant bouts of it. I am not 100% sure if I had meningitis or encephalitis but the symptoms seemed to match quite well and that was the working diagnosis in the ER. When I came home, I felt great, then seemed to go downhill a little, but seem to be bouncing back. I suppose it is possible the steroids were masking the problem since they would reduce swelling. When I stopped taking them, the headaches flared up temporarily. I don't know for certain but it would fit in with my understanding upon how these things work. I think medicine is a wonderful art that incorporates science. It is to me, however, an art. I think there is a tendency to mask symptoms and pronounce the trouble as solved rather than to try and work out what might actually be wrong with a patient and seeing if the underlying cause can be solved. Diabetes really brought that home to me. The emphasis is to control glucose no matter what when there could be other factors that are equally important such as hyperinsulinism or insulin resistance going on. The existing model of health insurance in the US, the spectre of malpractice suits, and the closed minded thinking of large institutions will not allow for an easy or quick solution to this.
  21. meyery2k

    Daily Chat

    https://www.msn.com/en-us/video/lifestyle/uss-grayback-discovered-75-years-later/vi-BBWyYVK?ocid=spartanntp&fbclid=IwAR1x-fcxcPredNm8Y6fSBB-ydvvv0ruuzob8fBVg5mV3Y4sRANebDQd0KI0
  22. meyery2k

    2019 Morning Fasting BG Readings

    @Diana_CT - We are family so we can, I hope, speak frankly. I agree with Kit. My numbers have been higher than I like since coming home. I have been testing randomly through the day and am somewhat comforted that I am at least staying stable in the low 100's. I am hopeful that getting back on my bike will help shave 10 points off the recent fasting readings I am seeing. I would consider the $20 for 100 strips a necessary expense for me and, if I were on a fixed income, I would manage to do whatever I could to scrape it up. The peace of mind is worth it to me.
  23. TX_Clint

    2019 Morning Fasting BG Readings

    88 today. I get three test strips a day on medicare.
  24. Kit

    2019 Morning Fasting BG Readings

    https://www.amazon.com/s?k=Blood+glucose+test+strips&ref=is_s Not the cheapest solution but would allow you to at least be able to test a little more often to see how meals are affecting you. https://www.walmart.com/search/?query=Relion prime Been personally using these for over 5 years. No one dictates how often I can or cannot test. There is no excuse for not testing.
  25. Diana_CT

    2019 Morning Fasting BG Readings

    Unfortunately, Medicare only pays for one test strips a day.
  26. meyery2k

    2019 Morning Fasting BG Readings

    101 today. One full day with no headaches
  27. Kit

    2019 Morning Fasting BG Readings

    84 here. @Diana_CTwhat do your pre and post meal numbers look like? I would let that guide you on what your body can or cannot tolerate. Personally I'd never be able to get away with eating like that.
  28. Ahnanimus

    2019 Morning Fasting BG Readings

    102 on Motivational Monday. Hoping to be sufficiently motivated to do some yard work
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