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  1. 4 points
    kooka

    Nine months after DX....

    Wow very informative blog Bishop. Your A1C has gone down dramatically. How low do you want it? Too bad D is not a man we could grab by the neck and slap the crap out of!
  2. 3 points
    Vilya

    Very frustrating...

    Thank you so much for your kind words! They are very, very much appreciated. When I was dx'd 4 years ago, the only exercise I did was walking, but I did build up to doing at least a couple of miles several times a week. Now, though, it seems impossible, and I don't know why. I know it's not impossible! This disease messes with your head something fierce. It's such a roller coaster, and I can go for a long time feeling OK about it, and then suddenly be mad as heck and start feeling sorry for myself. It helps a LOT to have you and and other members of this board in my corner. No one can understand this except the people who deal with it day in and day out. Thanks for lifting my spirits!
  3. 3 points
    Bishop

    First 30 days....

    Two more lab results just came in: Insulin Fasting value is 6 (standard range is < 17 uIU/mL). C-Peptide is 2.0 (standard range is 0.8 - 3.1 ng/mL). Doctor’s note: “You c-peptide and insulin seem about appropriate now that your fasting sugar level has normalized. Your a1c still reflects 3 months of blood sugars, so should be much improved by the next check in 3 months.”
  4. 2 points
    meyery2k

    I could kill for a....

    You have been an inspiration to this new member of ClubD! I thank God I found this forum I was lost and clueless before I am still lost but I have the tools to find my way. Testing, testing, and more testing! More importantly real life advice. Thank you! ~ Mike
  5. 2 points
    meyery2k

    Living the royal life

    JD and a Bud sounds good. JD chased by the bud or shot dropped in the glas?
  6. 2 points
    meyery2k

    Very frustrating...

    Vilya, You are not pathetic. I also saw your blog about relapsing which, I think was a blessing to me. I was recently diagnosed as a T2 a little over a month ago. I am obese. I was 5'11 and 311 lbs. when diagnosed. I had not gone to the doctor for years so I don't know how long I have been diabetic. In some ways I am fortunate, my A1C was 8 and my first morning testing my BG was 291.I have changed my diet, exercise 1 hour a day by walking at least 3 MPH. My weight is now in the low to mid 290's and my fasting BG is in the 100-110 range. I sometimes get a 98 and am shooting for 90's consistently now (like golf). I have worked on reducing my carbs to around 60 a day from where I used to eat 200+, probably closer to 300 truth be told when I consider I would eat a whole medium pizza or a whole box of Stove Top stuffing or boxed mac and cheese in 1 meal and THEN have dessert. What has happened to you can happen to anyone. Life happens. I certainly do not judge you because I could easily see this happening to me. It took a lot of courage to post the truth. That says a lot about you and does you credit. Use the past to learn but do not dwell upon it. Yesterday is finished and today is always an opportunity to start or renew something whether good or bad. Tomorrow will just have to take care of itself. I could pine about how I should have exercised more or eaten better and maybe I wouldn't be obese and diabetic but I didn't. I have no regrets, I enjoyed all the food and I look at this as being a time to finally pay the piper a steeper bill than most others. Exercise - I certainly am not going to brag. I exercise because I have to. I hate it while I am doing it. I can become tolerant of it and work it in as a routine for the day but I don't think I will ever enjoy it. The diet, on the other hand, I am learning to adapt. If the DOCTOR orders me to eat more good lean proteins, that I can do. I love fish, chicken, and lean beef and the ways to prepare them are infinite. I am starting to see that the carbs I though were so great are just cheap fillers. I could be buying STEAK with the money I save not spending on carbs. I don't know if this will help but I certainly wasn't walking 5K in 1 hour when I first started. I started around the block at a slow pace with my daughter. I realized that, while this was a good start, there would be little benefit unless I pushed myself. I worked up to 1 mile, then 2 miles, then exercise for 45 minutes, now 1 hour at which I must keep a 3MPH average or better. I am at 3.4 or 3.5 on a better day and I now hope to start jogging slowly after I lose a little more weight since 290 lbs running on 50 yo knees doesn't sound like a combination to succeed and I need my knees to last! I have this horror of losing my feet to amputation. At this time, I have no reason to fear this in the short term. I have just seen this happen to people with diabetes and it frankly freaks me out. By God I am going to use my feet and legs before I lose them if it comes to that! Start slow, build up, try and redevelop it as a habit. Your BG may or may not come down as you like but it will benefit you. I would be a fool to say that I don't feel way better about myself today than I did a month ago. I look at a bag of potatoes and realize I don't carry that around anymore. Might I relapse? Yes, of course. That is in the future though and I have little control over that. I can look at today though and when 430 rolls around I weigh myself, put on the shoes, fire up the tunes on the BT headphones, set the exercise app, exercise, and hate it lol... I too do not want to take insulin. At this point, medicine, diet, and exercise are working but diabetes is progressive and this might not always be so. Don't look at taking insulin as a defeat. It might just be what you have to do to live with diabetes. Truth be told, as positive as I talk, I wish I was not diabetic. It has made me make some good changes that I otherwise would not have made but, it still sucks that I have it and always will have it whether well controlled or not. As much as life with diabetes sucks though it beats the alternative of pushing up daisies before my time. It has been my observation that the members of this forum are caring and encourage success. I wrote this reply with the same attitude. I hope I was successful. Please let us know how this goes. ~ Mike
  7. 2 points
    kayell

    i'm not entirely sure of whether i'm depressed or just burnt out...

    Hi Elizabeth. I'm so sorry you're going through this. Depression is rough, and there is an association between it and diabetes. If the docs haven't already gotten you on meds and therapy, be aggressive in getting them to do so. Be aware that it can take a bit of time to get the mix right, although in emergency cases there are some more things they can do. It probably doesn't feel like it now, but it WILL get better. Ask for any support that you need from the people around you. Also look for depression support groups in your area. This D is just as much a physical illness as the D you're used to. It's not all in your head and you can't "think your way out of it." If you can, get out in the sun every morning, take walks and be sure you're eating right. DON'T beat yourself up if you can't do it. I've been there and some days it was a major feat to get out of bed. This is a REAL illness. This post is kind of hidden here in the blogs. You may want to repost in a forum so you can get more peoples replies.
  8. 1 point
    meyery2k

    Living the royal life

    Hmmm, there is a bar not 1/4 mile from where I live...
  9. 1 point
    kooka

    Living the royal life

    Chased. Once had three boiler makers and drove home in my TransAm. Good thing I lived close. Oh yes. Lol
  10. 1 point
    kooka

    Very frustrating...

    Well the cravings will come back at their own will so you are doing good. I kissed rice goodbye 11 years ago. Such a sad farewell. It often knocks at the door but alas we shall never meet on a plate again. In a goofy mood. Have a great day!
  11. 1 point
    meyery2k

    Very frustrating...

    Kooka - Thank you. I love a challenge so being low carb is, in a way, up my alley. Today I saw an beautiful rotisserie chicken at the store and got it. They brush on a type of soy sauce here in Hawaii and there might be a miniscule amount of sugar in the small amount that is brushed on while they broil it. I don't even sweat that. In the past lunch would probably have been chicken, rice, and possibly mac salad (we call this a plate lunch in Hawaii) which is little wonder why we lead in obesity and T2 but I digress... I also found some nice asparagus. The nice slender stalks that will not be too woody. So I had the makings of a fine lunch with chicken and asparagus. I then had the idea to cut up the chicken, put the asparagus on top (after lightly steaming it), putting a slice of swiss cheese on top of that, microwave for 30 seconds to melt the cheese to bubbly, sprinkle black pepper on top and voila! I made a small side salad of kale and tomato and dressed with a little lime juice and red wine vinegar. Lunch was delicious and I know from experience this will hold me through dinner since I will keep too busy to be hungry lol... I feel "perfectly" full and I know there is nothing in there to wig out my BG. Total carb was 7.2 and a good portion of that will be fiber. In all honesty, some of these meals have been the finest I have eaten in a long time. It is so easy to crank up the stove and make Mac and Cheese or Stove Top. Pop a potato in the microwave. Even easier to throw rice in the cooker with some water and turn it on. While those were satisfying, I can honestly say I had the better lunch today with just a little brain work. Breakfast used to be tough but I have really come to like a kale and cheese omelet. Mushrooms when I can get them. There are so many ways to do an omelete that I don't need the rice, toast, or hash browns. If I want something simpler or quick, then cream cheese and peanut butter mixed together seems to work. Thank you for the encouragement. Getting off the carbs is a challenge but I am finding there are better ways to eat! 1/2C white rice or 1/2C of steak is a no brainer choice. Steak! After I lose a significant portion of weight, I might revisit allowing some carbs but, for now, they will not help me. ~ Mike
  12. 1 point
    kooka

    Very frustrating...

    Staying low carb takes work. Stress causes the sugar to rise. Just do the best you can on the LCD. Once you learn what foods affect your by's you will be able to add some more carbs on. It will be okay.
  13. 1 point
    meyery2k

    The never-ending story

    Kooka - I am glad. I like you! I can tell you that I am not into Buddhism or Islam. I seem to be "blessed" with the spirit of Thomas as far as it is easier for me to believe something that I can observe. I do believe in God. I believe the universe was created. There is too much evidence and it just does not make sense to me that the universe came from random chance. Jesus did exist and I believe he was the son of God. I will even go out on a limb and say it is possible the "Big Bang" (which is just a theory and is not proven by the way) could be evidence of the creation. Explanation does not diminish or take away from the wonder and beauty of Creation. But back to the world. We all need some cheese and "whine" from time to time. I will pray that God helps you through this trial. ~ Mike
  14. 1 point
    meyery2k

    The never-ending story

    Kooka - I am new to ClubD! so I am reluctant to speak up since I am ignorant to many aspects of this disease. I suppose I will learn in time since I have no choice. For what it is worth you brightened my day with your reply to my post referring to "pissing and moaning". I am not overly into religions but they all stress loving others. To me, a definition of loving another is making a difference in their day that makes it better than it was. You did that for me today and while I know it doesn't pay the bills, it is still productive in a far better way. Please let us know how you are doing. People that are new to ClubD! will benefit from your knowledge and experience. ~ Mike
  15. 1 point
    meyery2k

    Very frustrating...

    Vilya, I understand a little bit about this messing with your head. I went through something like the 5 stages of grief after I was diagnosed. Denial didn't last too long when I tested at 291! Then bargaining. I thought I could still eat anything I wanted, just less of it. That worked to a point since I did see overall improvement when I started exercising and trying to eat healthier. I figured I could still eat things like bread, potatoes, drink Coca-Cola, just way less. My observations quickly pointed out that these foods would not be compatible with losing weight and having good BG numbers. The choice was continue on and be more healthy than I was but less healthy than I could be or just try and change. I decided to try and change and there was anger and depression over foods I could no longer have very often. One day, though, I had a lunch with my son and saw that he had mostly cheap starches for his $10 lunch while, for $12 I avoided the carbs by purchasing some ala carte items. But, I hear you, you have diabetes 24/7/365. Test when you awake, after eating, before bed, watch what you eat. Stress when you eat something you know is not right. Don't get cut because they don't heal as fast. You might just have a heart attack or stroke just because! You might do everything right and it can still go all wrong. If that doesn't mess with your head, you are crazy... Please stay on the boards and let us know how you are doing. Every day you wake up is a win for us all. As far as exercise, start at a 1/4 mile and work up. Soon you will be doing 2- 1/4 miles or you might set a time limit. As you build again mentally and physically, increase the challenge. As much as I hate the exercise, I am supremely satisfied when I make my goal and even more so if my speed was faster than yesterday. On those days I am slower, I am still burning glucose so suck eggs diabetes! Exercise is more mental than physical I think. I would have quailed in fear at walking 3 miles a day when I first started even though I could probably do it physically then too. ~ Mike
  16. 1 point
    SweetAndBendy

    Nighttime thoughts

    It's a way for us to feel safe at night And we care a lot about each other! I wake up more at night than hubby does though, and if I wake up to the point where I'm truly awake and can't just fall back to sleep instantly, I'll at least check my pump to see how my glucose is doing. Sometimes I check manually as well. Now I'll also check hubby since his diagnose last week, and since he doesn't have a CGM, checking manually is the only way to go and there's no piece of technology that wakes us up if his glucose is out of range, for the most part hypos is a worry since he takes Levemir in the evening and the little peak it has, happens overnight. His doses aren't 100% yet either, and may go both up and down as he looses more of his own insulin production or go into the honeymoon period. Diabetes is never fully predictable, but in my personal experience, it's a bit more predictable once the honeymoon is over and you only get the insulin that you inject or pump. Needless to say, my D honeymoon was not a smooth ride
  17. 1 point
    Bishop

    Nighttime thoughts

    That's so sweet! =)
  18. 1 point
    Bishop

    Good news is not always "good" news

    Despite being the wrong term, I hit the like button for support - I wish I knew more about neuropathy or could otherwise help directly or even indirectly. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
  19. 1 point
    statdeac

    Does Coffee impact Blood Sugar Level? - A personal experiment

    wannabeat - thanks for posting this. interesting experiment and conclusions. i do believe, and I have read many articles that suggest that drinking coffee does impact bg, especially if carbs are on board. i think the impact for T1s may be a little different than for T2s. it seems that we are more sensitive to many impacts. ymmv
  20. 1 point
    shotgundad

    Scared & hungry

    You are not alone! I have been exactly where you are. The problem with diabetes is that you can go for years without noticing any symptoms. IMHO the leg swelling could be the onset of PVD. Have you lost the hair on your calves? That is often a sign. As for your blurry vision it could be many things. It could also be diabetic retinopathy. I don't know what type of medical insurance you have but it would be worthwhile to get the venous pressures and arterial pressures checked in your lower extremities. I also suggest a trip to get an eye exam, preferably from an opthalmologist rather that an optometrist. I have suffered from both of these conditions and luckily they have reversed. I wish you the best of luck in dealing with this disease, it can really suck sometimes. Keep your chin up!
  21. 1 point
    PNW_T2

    Scared & hungry

    Do you happen to like to cook? I went ten - no, more like 11 weeks without any treats because doing Low Carb/High Fat wasn't just an option, it was like the only choice that actually worked. So venturing into my first LCHF "treat" was scary to me. Last night I made some brownies that were actually pretty damn good and actually lowered my BG, which I couldn't believe. I followed the recipe here, except I didn't have the sugar free chocolate chips: http://uplateanyway.com/keto/chewy-fudge-brownies/ It's a great blog and I plan on trying more of her recipes. The one thing you do have to get used to is cooking more, which for me was a huge big thing to have to do. The day that I found out that I could go to KFC and get 2 grilled chicken thighs and it lowered my BG rather than raising it I could have cried. Had I known I probably would have had 3. I find that the best time for me to test with my meter is 90 minutes. You want to find out where your highest spike is, so test at 30 minutes, 60 minutes, 90 minutes and 2 hours - and then use the highest point as your testing time from there on out. I will tell you that liquid carbs will spike you much faster than other carbs, so be careful around juice, anything soda-like, mochas , etc. If you're into Iced Coffee that can be pretty good, though. You can get it with 1/2 and 1/2 so it's not as many calories as full cream, but a LOT fewer carbs than regular milk. Well, I hope you had a good day yesterday! TTYS!
  22. 1 point
    ChristyC

    Scared & hungry

    Thank you! I've had some great feedback on here, yours included! I'm glad I don't have to do this alone. Well, I mean I do, but at least I have this site! Very grateful for y'all right now! oxox
  23. 1 point
    moneymeister

    Scared & hungry

    Welcome. After diagnosis is a scary, unsettled time. You're in a good place to learn how to take care of yourself. IN a nutshell, learn to eat to your meter and test an hour after you eat. Try to keep sugar below 140 after meals. Kick carbs to the curb. This means sugar, rice, breads and high carb vegetables. Try Atkins or South beach or any low carb diet to get used to how your body works. Take a walk every day.
  24. 1 point
    Liezyl Butiog

    corporate disaster

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  25. 1 point
    steve74

    corporate disaster

    Hi i have found cutting out animal products and only eating fruit in the morning to be very helpful. I also stay away from processed foods as much as possible. Mosly eat nuts beans veggies(fr bozen). Oatmeal with fruit forbreakfast.


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