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Monday, May 23, 2011

After many questions from my health care provider's Pharmacist Department we cut back on another one of my Diabetes meds Actos. So Since my Lap band surgery i ahve cut back on 1 Metformin and 1 actos and 1 glyburide and am only taking 1 each a day now so I'm doing pretty good. Feeling better and so far no lows in the late morning and before dinner. they also provded me with a new glucometer that I really love. Pre surgery my numbers were 350 and now todays was 130. Not bad for me considering I'm almost off my meds.

I ahd a Dental check up this morning with cleaning. I am whistling dixie through my teeth. emoticon Can you tell how white and pretty my tusks are? "Look Ma, no cavities!" Actually I doan't ahve any cavities at all. I try my best to keep my mouth in good shape.
I am feeling lucky! & blessed.

Tomorrow I'm taking my little white terrier/mix tuffy to the vets. He is not walking. He ahs to be carried everywhere. So that appointment i at 11 am.

Have a great day everyone.

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NORASPAT 5/24/2011 10:20PM

    Thats great to hear DEBBIEANNE, less meds to deal with. It sure means you made another good choice for your self. I am so glad you are doing so very well. Way to go Pat in Maine. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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1TRULYBLESSED 5/24/2011 4:53PM

    emoticon You've been taking good care of yourself! Hope poor Tuffy does better after he sees the vet, poor little fella! Hugs for both of you!

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TEDDYBEARGIRL 5/24/2011 12:59AM

    So glad your diabetes is doing so well now!

Praying for Tuffy!!!!

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MEADSBAY 5/23/2011 7:57PM

    So much good news about your health, Deb!
Hope Tuffy makes out as well as you.

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JUICYLOVE2 5/23/2011 7:35PM

    Thank you for sharing your good news and emoticon.

I hope things go well for Tuffy.


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ARLENE_MOVES 5/23/2011 6:53PM

    Wonderful news regarding your meds. That is quite an accomplishment!! Do you think you'll ever be off totally?

Hope Tuffy can get some help. It is so sad to see our furkids hurting. Will be thinking about you - please let us know how it goes.


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SCOOTER4263 5/23/2011 6:30PM

    Yay for you! Fingers crossed for doggie.

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DEBGIL 5/23/2011 5:45PM

    ((huggles to poor Tuffy)))

Congrats on the no cavities!

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MARTY19 5/23/2011 5:08PM

    What awesome news! I am so excited for you. On the down side, I am sorry to hear about the dog.


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Thursday, May 19, 2011

A champion is someone who gets up when he can't.

-- Jack Dempsey

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    Nice Quote! Thank you for sharing.

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PJGABRIEL 5/20/2011 11:15AM

    Nice quote.
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MARTY19 5/20/2011 10:54AM

    I guess this week I am not a champion. But I will be soon.


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SCOOTER4263 5/20/2011 6:15AM

    Nice. Thank you.

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I'm hanging in there...

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

My cat, tirger catnapping on Leone's sheepskin bed. When she MEOWS the dogs fun for cover.

Today I put in another application for a house. Then we went by and visited with my daughter, Ashley for a while stopped and got tiger some cat food and came on home.

I found a mail from a Management company in Portland and my name is first on the list to be given out an application on a 6 floor high rise apartment complex in Portland in the south waterfront district right on the Willamette river where I paddle. If i don't get the hosue i am looking for with a ayrd for Leone I will take this apartment. there will be a hopefully fenced section for dogs or service animals.

I'm having a lot of Low blood sugar levels. Already one of my diabete meds ahs been cut down and i ahve a phone conferance appt tomorrow with my Pharmacist department at my health care center. they may be cutting more meds down. It's a yucky feeling when i get a low. My head spins and i can't walk right. Balance is all off and I can't see to save my life. I usually have 1 cup of milk or 1.5 c. of OJ or white lifesavers. Breakfast was cottage cheese w/ mandarin oranges and lunch was greek yogurt. Perhaps i need more protein.

Hope all of you ahve a great evening.

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METOBE 5/19/2011 5:06PM

    Hi DebbieAnne. If you don't find a house with the yard you're looking for a 6th floor apt overlooking the river sounds really nice.

So sorry you're problems having the low blood sugars. As Pat mentioned, checking your blood sugar level often is probably a good idea since it obviously can be dangerous if they get too low. Not to mention you could fall and hurt yourself when you're having those symptoms. Do you need more carbs than you're getting?

I haven't felt the balance and other problems you mentioned because my levels are too high but I sure do know what you're talking about with the vision. When I started really working on my blood sugar levels they dropped dramatically and my vision got horrible. It was scary. But apparently that's not unusual when blood sugar levels rise or fall dramatically. When I looked it up on the internet, i read that our cells (including the lens of the eyes) bring in more water to dilute high levels of glucose. The water in the lens actually changes the shape of the lens. Supposedly the soft portion of the eye can reduce (or increase) the water level more quickly than the hard lens. So for a while, it's like the lens doesn't fit the eye well, resulting in blurred vision. It took a couple months for my vision to get back to normal.

At any rate, I hope you get it all under control soon. Although you seem to do just fantastic considering. Kudos.

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MARTY19 5/19/2011 12:49PM

    Please take care of yourself. You don't need this. I'll keep my fingers crossed that you get the house or the apartment.


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LIZK007 5/18/2011 3:41PM

    emoticon I'm glad you're talking with your doctor(s) about this!

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GAARAMA 5/18/2011 12:52PM

    Debbie I hope you are feeling better today. Don't wait,call the doc and ask what you need to do. I am sure your whole diet has been revised with the surgery.
Keeping my fingers crossed that you get the home you want,near the water sounds like a really nice place to be. I am sure Leon would love it too.
Take care.


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HANNAH_CALM 5/18/2011 2:12AM

    Protein can actually lower your blood sugar. It's good for you, but you should also be eating more fruit, or fruit juice. Check with your doctor about how to do that properly. I hope you're feeling better!

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ARLENE_MOVES 5/18/2011 12:04AM

    Don't mess around with lows... Get some sugar fast -- don't need to fall. When my DH got a low, he got all dizzy and couldn't talk - kinda slured his words. Scary stuff -- so when you feel it, eat something with sugar -- glucose tabs if you can get them or like your doing, OJ is good!

You take care and hope you get the place you want... emoticon

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ONLYTEMPORARY 5/17/2011 10:55PM

    You just might need the protein, have you read SP's articles on Diabetes? If not, you might want to. Hope you get the place you want. emoticon

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NORASPAT 5/17/2011 10:31PM

    Are you able to use the new tracker. I do not like lows either, I do eat a lot of protein it really helps me to stay energised.
I also carry glucose tablets every where with me and if i go for the day I have glucometer with me too. That way if I feel I am low I can check it out. I know exactly how much glucose i have eaten. I usually take one and head for some protein right away.
I hope this conference will be of help to you. I hope you stay well.

The housing situation might be stressing you some. Being near where you do your boats could be nice though, very convenient, and undoubtedly a place for the dogs to run. I hope it all comes together soon. I am hoping you feel better soon too. HUGS Pat in Maine. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MR21965 5/17/2011 9:32PM

  Take care of yourself! I get a low too after weight loss! But i eat berries and yogurt or cottage seems to level things out! Best of luck on your house but hope you are settled soon!

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TWEETYKC00 5/17/2011 9:22PM

    i so hope you can get a house soon. your kitty looks pretty comfy on that nice fluffy bed for Leone! keep those sugar levels ok, you don't need anymore falls!

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MRSDELI 5/17/2011 9:21PM

    Take care girl!!!!! Hopefully. you will hear from the place you would like the most to live in!!!!!! All good things happen to those who wait!!!! emoticon emoticon

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MEADSBAY 5/17/2011 9:15PM

    Yikes- hope you get your blood sugar level issue resolved ASAP!

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"Over there..."

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Over There?

As my guide dog and I stood in line at the checkout of the River City

Market at CSUS, I asked the cashier what I considered a simple question.

"Where are the napkins please?"

Her response was hurried, but sincere, "over there."

Emerging from the light rail for the first time, I managed to catch the
attention of a passer-by.

"Please sir, can you tell me where I might catch bus 63?"

A kind voice offered a pleasant response before disappearing into the
cacophony of the early afternoon, 'You can catch it, 'Over there.'"

So many things reside over there -- napkins, bus stops, pencils, pens,
clothing racks, department stores and even my shoes!

A never ending supply of important and indispensable items and locales all
reside in

This place which is shrouded in mystery and intrigue.

I stand in perplexed silence after learning that something is over there.

It is a place I have never been and have no hope of finding on my own.

My guide dog is quite skilled in finding chairs, stairs, elevators,
escalators, helping me cross streets, and can even find me the

Diet Pepsi display at Food Town; however, when I tell her to find "over

her little bottom hits the floor and a small whimper tells me that she is as
confused as I.

We will not be going "over there" today.

Over there has caused me a bit of vexation, a lot of confusion and, on
occasion, made my heart race.

I have discovered that "over there" can be a dangerous place.

One day, while crossing a street, I heard a driver's irritated voice shout
out a warning of a truck bearing down on me from over there.

Shadow artfully dodged the oncoming vehicle and pulled me to the safety of
the curb.

Our hearts were both racing as we took a few moments to compose ourselves.

Close encounters with over there can be frightening experiences.

Although many blind people have wondered as to the exact location of, "over
there," few have dared to venture forth in an actual exploration of the
mysterious place.

One day, while standing in line at the supermarket, I asked the clerk where
I might find the aspirin. With a cheery smile in her voice,

She informed me that the aspirin was located, "over there."

With a weary sigh, I decided that I would take the extra step that Would
unravel the mystery, which had vexed my compatriots since the

Beginning of time.

Taking a deep breath, and attempting to look nonchalant, I smiled at the
clerk, "Where," I asked, "is over there?"

I imagined the girl's shocked expression. I felt her sharing condescending
and concerned looks with her fellows in the store.

The silence grew palpable as they mulled the possibility of allowing a
blind person access to the forbidden land.

She had no choice; she would have to tell me how to find "over there!"

I had won! Exhilaration swept through me as I waited in breathless
anticipation. A victorious smile crept to my lips,

my hand tightened on the handle of Shadow's harness, we would soon be going
over there!

The clerk's voice reeked with resignation as the decision was made.

"That way," she said.

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AEBROWNSON 5/17/2011 10:14AM

    So funny!!! And tragic! You remind me to be a little more sensitive to the people I meet...Thanks for that!!!

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BENTONHEALTHY 5/16/2011 12:52PM

    I am right with you Debbie. I grill people until they tell me exactly what I need because why else would I ask the question. I find this when I go to a new doctor's office. I ask directions until I know what I am getting myself into to. Only once in a while do they "offer" the information. You just ask until you get what you need and sometimes I suggest to them what I am looking for.
Is on the right, isle number, high - low, etc. You can help them give good service since most don't know what that is.

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HEYRED221 5/16/2011 11:50AM

    I can only imagine how frustrating that is and I big eye opener for so many. Thanks for sharing!

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JAK106 5/16/2011 7:59AM

    This blog was a real eye opener for me. Thanks for sharing. emoticon

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MARTY19 5/16/2011 7:14AM

    I never thought of "over there" like that before. But I will now.


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TEDDYBEARGIRL 5/16/2011 1:09AM

    You took a very frustrasting subject and was able to write it in such a creative way....very well said! It really is amazing how many people can be right in front of you and be totally clueless. You may be blind physically but so many are blind to their surrounding.

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NORASPAT 5/15/2011 11:39PM

    DEBBIEANNE, I truly hear your frustration in this and I am so sorry it is happening to you.
I hope there will be a solution fot this situation Love you Pat in Maine. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    Deb, it's hard for me to believe that you run into people who are, well, so blind, but of course I believe. I've known quite a few blind people and heard some loony stories about all the inappropriate behavior directed toward them by strangers, especially being treated like children. Your story about "over there" is a great example of the unconsciousness that's out there. I'm glad you spoke up. I'd think the girl would have felt stupid about her first reply to your question.


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MEADSBAY 5/15/2011 11:33PM

    Thank you for reminding us to be more sensitive to the needs of others.

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TWEETYKC00 5/15/2011 11:26PM

    it is too bad that us sighted people can take for granted what a simple thing it is to be able to point and gesture to each other without thinking much first. i'm sure that deaf people can be just as confused when us hearing people turn around and keep on talking while they are stuck and hopless to continue with any conversation. it makes us more aware of the things we do everyday.

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ONLYTEMPORARY 5/15/2011 10:46PM

    I think you have discovered a centuries old problem with people that can see. They are completely blind to way too many things. Even those right in front of their eyes. Too, many times their brains are on vacation emoticon emoticon

You have posetd this so well that hopefully, those reading it, will remember in the future to use their eyes and brains before opening their mouths and incerting their feet. emoticon emoticon

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CALEXICA 5/15/2011 10:09PM

    lol I love your profile pic. Awesome! Having a ball....

I must admit I am horrible at giving directions. Something in my brain just doesn't click right. I am such a visual thinker. I know what I want to say, I know what I mean in my head, but it just comes out all wrong and I just end up using my hands. I do my best, though.

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Thursday, May 12, 2011

There are obviously two educations. One should teach us how to make a
living and the other how to live.

-- James Truslow Adams

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NORASPAT 5/12/2011 9:21PM

    Now thats a fact for sure HUGS Pat in Maine. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MARTY19 5/12/2011 1:58PM

    Very True!

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