Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Blood sugar wake=up call suggests strongly that I need to do something other than what all I am now doing to adjust my diet and exercise. I HAVE been lax during the last few months..too hot and struggling with "wants" and desires that conflict with my efforts at better health.
So, my friends, do YOU have any good suggestions for ME? I am finding I am mentally resistant to changes I know I should want to make. How can I ignite this process! I don't really even have that much to lose...and I am not convinced that the 8 on my HbA1c is an accurate test.
Fresh start ahead?
Monday, August 15, 2011
Guess I got a wake up call today. Last week I had my checkup to get my Rx renewed. Told Dr. I would have to come back for the fasting blood test. He said it wasn't necessary..go ahead and do it. So I did. Wish I hadn't though I know ultimately, it would not have mattered. ( I DO believe, however, that it DOES make a difference what you have eaten in the few days prior and whether you have eaten already when that 3 m. test is taken..I really think it DOES affect the test).
My blood sugar tested high..I had just had lunch after all. BUT I was not expecting to hear that my HbA1c (three month average) had shot up to 8! And I do mean shot up. SO, now I have to redirect all my efforts and get that back down. I am not a good food manager really...and this summer it has been so hot, that cooking and eating properly have just NOT been high on my list of interests. Blech.
I am so tired of worrying about calories, food choices, blood sugars and my weight. I want to just not care...but I DO care. Obviously, I need to do something more radical than I have been...but I don't want to. In this case, though, that HbA1c MUST come down. Dr didn't tell me to, but I have already decided I will go back before next app't for check up blood tests...perhaps every month. I don't know, but I definitely do NOT want complications from Diabetes...so I must get this turned around.
That's my story (and situation) and I hope I won't be sticking in it!
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
This is from an email making the rounds ...I enjoyed it. I didn't include the usual pass-this-on-to-everyone-you-know stuff. Enjoy!
A Spanish Teacher was explaining to her class that in Spanish, unlike English, nouns are designated as either masculine or feminine.
'House' for instance, is feminine: 'la casa.'
'Pencil,' however, is masculine: 'el lapiz.'
A student asked, 'What gender is 'computer'?'
Instead of giving the answer, the teacher split the class into two groups, male and female, and asked them to decide for themselves whether computer' should be a masculine or a feminine noun. Each group was asked to give four reasons for its recommendation.
The men's group decided that 'computer' should definitely be of the feminine gender ('la computadora'), because:
1. No one but their creator understands their internal logic;
2.The native language they use to communicate with other computers is incomprehensible to everyone else;
3. Even the smallest mistakes are stored in long term memory for possible later retrieval; and
4. As soon as you make a commitment to one, you find yourself spending half your paycheck on accessories for it.
(THIS GETS BETTER!)
The women's group, however, concluded that computers should be masculine ('el computador'), because:
1. In order to do anything with them, you have to turn them on;
2. They have a lot of data but still can't think for themselves;
3. They are supposed to help you solve problems, but half the time they ARE the problem; and
4. As soon as you commit to one, you realize that if you had waited a little longer, you could have gotten a better model.
The women won.
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
I posted this on one of my teams, but then realized it is suitable for a blog...and might alert someone else to pay attention to eye symptoms!
I found a new eye doctor today. I wasn't planning to do that today. Yesterday afternoon, as I left work I had a huge floater appear in my left eye. Nuisance value but I wasn't concerned. Yesterday evening, I picked up family at the airport. On the last leg of the drive home we were out in the country and I kept seeing (I thought) lights in the outside rearview mirror...but there was no car behind me!! When I got out of the car, I realized the light flashes were IN my eye...peripheral vision on one side. I looked up those symptoms and was horrified to learn that it is recommended to seek emergency care..treat this as a medical emergency since symptoms could signal an eminent detachment of the retina!!
First thing this morning, I contacted my usual opthamologist..only to learn he is not available today...another Dr. could see metomorrow morning (my initial plan anyway) but my daughter said I could probably get in today at her eye dr....and MY dr's office said GO. So, I did.
I am greatly relieved to report that all is well...my eyes are healthy. Because I am diabetic, my insurance may pay for this visit (eye care not usually covered) because it was a medical visit. Dr checked both eyes. I can't explain exactly what happened, but it is not uncommon. Dr. said 9 our of ten times, it is like my situation...but that one out of ten IS a medical emergency...so they are always glad when someone comes in to be checked. It could prevent permanent loss of vision in that eye. Whew...I am so relieved!!
PS edit....I am going to switch to this Dr. for my annual eye check ups..not because I don't like my other Dr. but because THIS Dr. is much more accessible. He took his time, explained things well. Office staff was so nice, also. Best of all, I don't have to make an app't weeks in advance and the office is conveniently located near my work. Yea!
Monday, July 11, 2011
Funny that someone should ask me "what's next" since my heart is touched by a dilemma a sister in my DD's cong. is having. Nonbelieving husband doing all he can to support his family, but they are in dire straights...living on peanut butter sandwiches. Her work is not bringing in much income either. How to help when the husband's ego is in the way? How to help without being obvious? Our sister is in need. My daughter was in tears over her dear friend's situation. My heart IS touched..but how to help????
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