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I started this journey back in 2009 and have lost a little over 20 lbs but that is not nearly enough. I have been told by my dr recently that I must lose 50 lbs as if I don't I am going to be a full blown diabetic. Well, that is enough to scare me into doing something drastic as I lost my 1st husband to diabetes nearly 25 years ago and I know first hand all the complications that it can cause because he pretty much had them all.
Up until Dec of 2011, I was caring for my dad. He passed away December 26 and I have managed to get his affairs settled. Now I am just dealing with my dear DH's health issues. He underwent radiation for prostrate cancer and is now deemed cancer free but still dealing with several other health issues.
I am starting on a new phase of my life - Mon, Oct 1 is my target date and I am not thinking of this as a diet, but a new way of eating to make me healthy for life.

Member Since: 8/25/2009

Fitness Minutes: 304,335

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Ultimately I would like to lose about 70 lbs but my main goal is to eat healthy and get into a healthy weight and BMI range. Diabetes runs in my family so I hope by living healthy I can avoid that.

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I walk at least 5x a week for 3 or more miles and try to swim several times a week.
I eat vegan 1-2 days per week and watch my salt intake.

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Born and raised in a small town in central Ill. Moved to Edwardsville, IL to attend SIU, and got my degree from Webster Univ in STL, MO in 1985. Lived in the STL area for about 30 yrs before hitting the road and living in an rv for 6 yrs. Settled down due to health issues of my hubby. I have 2 sons, 2 step-daughters and a step-son. Between us we have 14 grandchildren and 8 great grandkids. I was forced into early retirement when the company I worked for was sold in 2000. Was able to enjoy it as it allowed us to travel and had we waited, the health issues would have kept us from doing that. I am blessed to have been maried twice to wonderful men. I married my high school sweetheart at 18 and he passed away at 41, due to complications of diabetes. I am happily remarried for 25 yrs now.

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Have had to table my love of reading for now-eye sight has been a real problem for the last couple of years.

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  • v FROSTY99
    Bill is not an easy stick and his veins run & hide so he always drinks at least 1-2 bottles of water before a blood draw as it seems to help. Years ago a nurse told us being well hydrated will always help and one should drink a lot of fluid the day before you are having a blood draw as well as the day of the draw.
    7 hours ago
    The sulfa drug is helping. Waking up in the morning, my urine is between the color of tea or bloody. As the day progresses, it comes back to being yellow. When I went to the hospital on Sunday, there was so much blood in my urine that it was the color of beet juice.

    Thank you for putting me on your prayer list at church
    17 hours ago
    If I feel okay today, I will try to type up a new list of the medications that I take. I intended to do it yesterday when we came back from the VA Clinic, but other things crowded that out.

    I didn't try to find out who manages The Urological Center. I am not an assertive person and I don't want to get upset before the surgery, but believe me, just like the Patient Advocate from the hospital called ME, God will see to those things. Someone will be in trouble over sugar being served to a diabetic.

    My VA doctor asked for the nurse practitioner's name that works at The Urological Center. She may be upset about the list of medications. Thankfully, a scheduling nurse called ME and we went over what I am actually taking. She was not happy that an antibiotic had not been ordered for me before the surgery. I am taking a sulfa drug for a bladder infection caused by the kidney stone. I told her not to accept any other list of medications for me and what the nurse practitioner had done. I don't know whom the woman that was transmitting information about me at The Urological Center, talked to, but the hospital hadn't received anything.
    18 hours ago
    The hospitalist I had while in the hospital seemed very thorough. His instructions weren't followed about having solid food before I was discharged though. He also said one part of my blood pressure pill could contribute to uric acid and he changed my prescription.

    I'm sorry to hear about the doctor being killed. My best friend in high school was an ER nurse and was killed in a head-on collision. I felt the hospitalist did a wonderful job of taking care of me.
    19 hours ago
    I am hoping that my experiences with the VA will be better. I listened to veterans today as they sat in the waiting room of the local VA clinic. I learned that if you drink a couple of glasses of water before having your blood drawn, it won't hurt as much. It rarely bothers me, but in the hospital my vein rolled and the nurse said she blew out my vein. I have a bruise about the size of a 50-cent piece at the base of my ring finger on the back of my hand.

    Most were praising their care by the VA to each other and talking about liking the doctors they had. I am truly sorry for the care here in town. Doctors and nurse practitioners with attitudes instead of doing their job correctly. I told about my experiences to my primary care doctor through the VA, the VA protects their veteran patients and she asked me the name of the nurse practitioner and I showed her the paperwork that showed the errors and lies.

    My daughter called tonight and she was going to have a nurse talk to me about what to expect. I told her I didn't want to know. God knows what is ahead and He will see me through. He has seen me through 65 years of life here on Earth.

    I was told to tell The Urological Center that I don't want the nurse practitioner again. We have the right to see whom we want to and that is what I was thinking when I read your post about Bill and the gastro doc.
    20 hours ago

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