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92 Years Ago...

Thursday, November 11, 2010



'In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row...'

Today is Armistice Day, commemorating the end of The Great War with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles at 11 AM on the 11th day of the 11th month.

Great Britain declared war on Germany in 1914, and young men in their thousands enlisted - schoolmates, brothers and cousins, work colleagues, neighbors, all encouraged one another to sign up as a group. Friends who'd known each other since childhood joined together, trained together, went together to the front - and died together, leaving many villages throughout the British Isles bereft of an entire generation of men.



The UK slogged through the trenches for four long years, and the numbers tell a grim story: nearly one million men died, over two percent of the entire population. Of the men who were mobilized during the war, more than 30% - roughly one-third - were seriously injured. But they lived. A full thirteen percent of the troops who fought for Great Britain didn't come home.

Other countries - Canada, America, Australia, New Zealand, among others - also fought and suffered and died with the Allies. They, too, have memorials and observances.

Britain remembers: every cemetery and churchyard has its own version of The Cenotaph, the monument in London built to commemorate the fallen.







Each year, on the weekend nearest 11th November, the UK marks Remembrance Day. People - military and non-military alike - gather at Albert Hall on Saturday night. It's an emotional evening, culminating in the recital of the 'Ode of Remembrance,' a passage from a poem by Laurence Binyon:

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.

Then, in a moving tribute, there follows two minutes of perfect silence, while over the assembly thousands of poppy petals - one for each person who has died in war - drift down.



A few days ago I watched a documentary entitled 'The First World War from Above,' featuring contemporary aerial films and photographs taken in Belgium and France. The images are stark, illustrating the ravages of shell holes and trenches and the destruction of entire towns. The presenter, journalist Fergal Keane, concluded,

'Those four years, between 1914 and 1918, would change forever the way war was fought - but couldn't alter a fundamental truth of the battlefield: war is fought between individuals. And to them belongs its courage, its terror - and its sacrifice.'

The people - men and women - who served in conflicts deserve respect. Those who died - who gave all, whether by choice or circumstance - deserve remembrance. Today, spend a moment in contemplation, in gratitude to those who died so others might live.



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Canadian physician John McCrae wrote 'In Flanders Fields' in 1915, after attending the funeral of a fellow soldier killed at the battle of Ypres. Ironically, McCrae himself died in the last year of the war, in France, following pneumonia during the influenza epidemic.

  
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4DOGNIGHT 11/24/2010 10:59AM

    don't know how I missed this but thank you! We are always grateful for Veterans' Day! That cemetery wall pictured at the top, is that in Madingly near Cambridge? My Uncle Charles is buried there.

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REJ7777 11/12/2010 7:38PM

    Thank you for this tribute to the courageous men and women who paid such a high price so that we can, today, live in freedom! emoticon

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SUSANISBACK 11/12/2010 2:32PM

    Wonderful blog Kasey. The moment when the poppies fall in the Royal Albert Hall is the moment the goosebumps and the tears fall as well

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DEBRITA01 11/12/2010 8:29AM

    A nice tribute and history reminder...thanks for sharing, Kasey!

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LEANJEAN6 11/12/2010 6:14AM

    What a beautiful Blog!!! ----- So nice to have you back on here!--Loved the pictures too-- Peeps===== Lynda

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LJCANNON 11/12/2010 12:47AM

    emoticonThis was a beautiful History Lesson and Tribute and Reminder of WHY we need to be so grateful to our Military Personnel every day that we wake up in a free Country.
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MONAMOM 11/11/2010 9:41PM

    This is a beautiful tribute Kasey!! Thank you for sharing it with us. emoticon

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THIAGRAM 11/11/2010 9:12PM

  My Dad is a vet of WWII. He is 85 and still going strong! Thank you for a beautiful tribute to those who died in war!

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SUNNYWBL 11/11/2010 6:31PM

    Beautiful!

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PENNYAN45 11/11/2010 6:05PM

    This blog is a beautiful tribute.

Thanks for posting it.

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SHAWWB 11/11/2010 2:08PM

    Thank you for the history reminder. We should remember more than once a year. My husband is a veteran of Vietnam and lost a lot of friends over the years. It's awful how many lives are affected with the wars and how many people don't even think about it. Thank you for a beautiful blog.

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DEBIGENE 11/11/2010 1:43PM

    Beautiful Poem, also Veterans Day today here in the USA.

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LOVES_ANIMALS 11/11/2010 11:59AM

    I have missed you!!

Hugs,

Sally

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JUNEBUG4967 11/11/2010 11:09AM

    It's been a while since I have seen/read the entire poem In Flander's Fields. The British traditions for this I was unaware of , but here we do have our own celebration. I have veterans through all the family I can remember-great grandfather was in the Spanish American war 1895, 2 uncles and my father in WWII, stepfather in Korea, hubby and friends in VietNam and still friends that have been or are over in the Middle East. They all deserve our thoughts and prayers along with those who have gone on before us.

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BUGGYS 11/11/2010 10:44AM

    Thank you for your blog and the history lesson...most of which I had forgotten! Here's to all of our veterans throughout the world who have made a difference for your country and ours! emoticon

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MTULLY 11/11/2010 10:13AM

    Some of this I already knew; some of this is new information; all of it was quite interesting to read. I truly appreciate your clear, detailed narrative. Very thoughtful of you to share.

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ONEKIDSMOM 11/11/2010 10:07AM

    Wear that poppy proudly. And here's to silence... there is far too little of it these days.

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ANDI571 11/11/2010 9:23AM

    I love history, thank you for sharing. emoticon

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TURTLETALK 11/11/2010 9:13AM

    Thank you for the lovely history lesson. Have a lovely Rememberance Day/Vetran's Day

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SROUS1340 11/11/2010 9:10AM

    That was lovely, thank you for writing it.

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The Power of Positive Thinking?

Monday, September 13, 2010

Ask yourself: Can it be done? The answer, in nearly all cases, is yes.

Can I - me, myself, I - can EYE do it?

Only you can answer that question.

  
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JAKEANDNELLIE 10/4/2010 11:08AM

    Yes!
We are all the driving force in our own life. We are responsible for where we have been and where we are going.
Thank you for reminding me that I am in charge of me!
Sheila

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TKADEEPBREATH 10/4/2010 8:30AM

    I so completely agree with that. Once you get the ball rolling, others will come along to help anyway. That's what I've found.

Great blog . . . Jan

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SHAWWB 9/30/2010 10:17PM

    Good questions to ask ourselves, along the lines of your status "is".

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LOVE_2_LAUGH 9/30/2010 3:43PM

    Yes -- the power of "I"!

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MEDDYPEDDY 9/26/2010 2:06AM

    I think that I have to let go of those world "positive" and "negative" - they are values andjudgements and I have come to the conclusion I canīt afford them.

When I had breastcancer I sort of hysterically parroted "if I survive, this will be the most learning experience I have ever had" - and it was true. But the truth is also that you need a process, when something overwhelming happens you have different stages - chock, fear, wrath, acceptance and consructive thinking - and if you let the process work on it will help you to move on. I am trying to accept all my thoughts, whatever they are and have the attitude of "what can I use this thought for" instead of "this thought is wrong because it is not positive"...

I am getting very tired (and negative emoticon) of people telling me that I shouldnīt think or felle this or that. I do the best I can, I love the challenge of life and I am happy to go woth the flow!

Thanks for this blog, it was great food for thought!

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BEGONIAC 9/24/2010 10:24PM

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts Kasey. It IS the pairing of thought and action that has power. Learning to recognize and reject the worrisome negative thoughts is my challenge. And I'm doing much better at that. Mainly due to the fact that I am actively choosing to change so much in my life. emoticon

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THIAGRAM 9/23/2010 4:37PM

  My husband was saying something so similiar to all this. Being mindlessly positive and positively mindless could easily overpower the true spirit of truth. Thanks for sharing!

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JILLINWONDER 9/22/2010 6:22PM

    Wonderful blog! Thanks for spawning all the thought, Kasey.

I utilize positive thinking all the time, but I'm cautious about verbalizing what I'm thinking... Notice there's never been a remake of the movie Pollyanna, and with good reason. Haley Mills was so insufferably chipper it grates on the nerves, and how does that benefit a situation?

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WINE4GIRL 9/18/2010 1:03PM

    Wonderful blog - so thoughtful and though-provoking. Years ago, I learned the power (for me)of positive thinking. I came from a family that was emotionally and physically abusive. Sometimes I have to quote affirmations to believe in myself. I know that if I allow their negative comments to bounce around in my brain, I give in to their power. But I have to believe what I am saying!

Some folks use mindless quotes because they can't think of anything else to say. That is sad. But - you've made me think of how I address others. Thank you for that!

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ONEKIDSMOM 9/13/2010 8:45PM

    Amazingly wise: positivity backed up by action is a powerful thing. Affirmations that I am what I aim to be followed by steps to "make it so". But just saying without doing is hollow.

Here's to actually putting those steps together to move along the road! emoticon

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ACROSONIC 9/13/2010 8:27PM

    Very good!
This "Law of Attraction" that's gained popularity lately raised too many questions in my mind. "You attract into your life whatever you think about"...So if I think hard enough about losing weight, I'll lose weight? Thinking won't do it. You have to do it, put some action behind the thoughts. Sometimes you have to look at things the way they are: why did I gain weight: laziness, lack of caring, lack of knowledge, boredom, frustration....Why am I losing weight now.....hard work, exercise, learning what my "traps" are and planning a strategy to not fall into those traps.

We are responsible for our actions. Sometimes bad things will happen to us. It doesn't matter why, and you can't tell me it's because we aren't thinking hard enough that only good will happen to us. What matters is how we handle the bad things in our life, and what we learn about ourselves during the bad times. And how we use that knowledge to take us further along our path in life.


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BLONDWUNN 9/13/2010 7:08PM

    I read the book myself many years ago, but I never took it apart the way you did, Kasey, to carefully consider its merits. I think I fit along the lines of April's comment in that, although I'm buoyed temporarily from motivational phrases and stories, my personal journeys with the Lord is what sustains me and gives me hope for the future. It's with Him that I have 'peace that passes all understanding'. Even then, I still have to use my mind and determination to achieve and carry on day-by-day.

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MONAMOM 9/13/2010 5:59PM

    emoticonThat is awesome, Kasey!!

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FIGHT2SURVIVE 9/13/2010 5:22PM

    First of all, your background is absolutely beautiful! And all the quotes that you posted really made me take a good look at myself as I started my day and you really made me kick myself in the butt. And God bless you for it!
Erin

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APRILLSCOTT 9/13/2010 4:29PM

    For me thinking positive keeps me going, gets me over the worry part! I have a tendency to worry about things I have no control over! It gives me food for thought and I don't know what one iota of negativeness ever did for me or anyone else! The reality is always there-- positive or--- negative!

I think the real answer is not in positiveness or negativeness I think it is in the Lord. My worrying over things that can not be helped or that I do not have the answer to and He does is not the answer! I have to stay positive because "When we put our cares in His hands, He puts His peace in our hearts." Author Unknown
"Peace is not the absence of affliction, but the presence of God." Author Unknown
"In nature we see where God has been. In our fellow man (ME), we see where He is still at work." Robert Brault

Forgive me friends if I cling to a quote that gives me hope, peace, or just gets me through the day. "I am still a work in progress." Perfect, no by no means! BUT

"I could not say I believe. I know! I have had the experience of being gripped by something stronger than myself, something that people call God." Carl Jung

Thanks for the blog, it has helped put a --lot-- of-- things into perspective for me!

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LOVES_ANIMALS 9/13/2010 3:43PM

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BUGGYS 9/13/2010 3:36PM

    Great blog! I think positively most of the time...I don't really let things get me down and sometimes find fault with people who constantly whine and complain...such wasted energy! I try and use my positive energy to change my ways and to move forward.

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REJ7777 9/13/2010 1:52PM

    When I read The Daily Mail article, I thought of Scrooge "Bah! Humbug!"

I tend to be a positive thinker. And I do believe that often, important life lessons are learned during suffering. (Not necessarily so, though, some people just get bitter because of the pain.) I don't know if positive thinking can cure cancer or not, but I do believe that a hopeful, positive person has more of a chance to survive it than a pessimistic fatalist

I agree with the Daily mail article when it comes to the danger of denying reality and out-and-out lying to yourself. I do NOT believe in "magic thinking"! But if there's a half-glass of water on the table, I personally think that a person is better off if he or she sees it as half full rather than as half empty.

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DCATNAPPER 9/13/2010 1:07PM

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts. It has given me food for thought. Am I a pessimist or an optimist? I think I am somewhere in the middle, too. Mindlessness is a problem we must avoid, and mindfulness is the answer. You are so right!
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4DOGNIGHT 9/13/2010 12:44PM

    I always try to think positive. Negativity just makes you feel worse. I have a copy of that book personally signed by Mr. Norman VIncent Peale himself!

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LIFE_IS_SO_GOOD 9/13/2010 11:58AM

    Great food for thought!

I'm not sure what I think of all the positive affirmations out there. I think people use the pollyanna one liners a bit too much but ...

I do tend to think positively. I do have hope. I am one of those cancer people who have learned much from it, gained meaning and think of it kind of as a gift ... and it did bring me closer to God. At the same time I knew that what I 'thought' was not going to be what kept me alive ... people die ... people with good attitudes die.

I think maybe the author of the first article was a bit of a pessimist. I would like to read book mentioned though.

Anyway, thanks for making me think!


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SROUS1340 9/13/2010 11:52AM

    As always, it's so good to hear your voice.

Mindfulness is the key isn't it? In all aspects, to live mindfully in the moment, aware of what you are doing, saying, thinking and feeling. Of what your goal, dreams, desires are and how each action, word, and thought are in conflict or cooperation with your committment and determination to live the life you want/have/ dream of.

It's a great blog as usual Kase. Lots to think about.

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CHERRYB6 9/13/2010 11:38AM

  A really inspirational blog. A positive mindset is the only way to succeed in anything. If we always look at the "glass half empty" our goals will always be out of reach

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ANDI571 9/13/2010 11:25AM

    I definitely think positive thinking plays a part in our well being. Mom always called dad a pessimist. If we would get lost on vacation he would say, We are in for it now. Luckily, I take after my mom. I think positive thinking motivates me. I don't think it keeps bad things from coming my way, or that I don't have to put effort into my life to be happy, or lose weight or whatever. But positive thinking helps the ride not be as bumpy.

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NEEDSHELP4EVER 9/13/2010 11:21AM

    I like the idea of middle ground and also realistic thoughts as well. Some things we can change and some we can't so go for the ones we can, however long it takes to get there

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PEGGIET 9/13/2010 11:21AM

    Well done!! Add to those quotes - "God Helps Those Who Help Themselves." That one rings more true. We still have to get off our butts if we want to accomplish something in life!

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A to Z for Clara

Thursday, August 12, 2010

A - Age: 57. So far.

B - Bed size: I think it's a queen-size, but in the UK, they call it 'king.'

C - Chore you hate: gee, it's so hard to pick just one...

D - Dog's name: no dogs. No cats. No pets. emoticon

E - Essential start-your-day item: COFFEE. Just need one cup, but GOTTA HAVE IT!!!

F - Favorite color: palest pink. Angel's wings.

G - Gold or silver: platinum. I don't deal well with with either / or, in case you didn't notice. :-D

H - Height: five-foot-two (eyes aren't blue)

I - Instruments you play: I keep 'em with the pets

J - Job title: Jill-of-all-trades, retired

K - Kid(s): Dev (29), Kate (27)

L - Living arrangements: just Himself and me

M - Mom's name: Franny

N - Nickname(s): none, really.

O - Overnight hospital stay other than birth: hmmm, yes, I've seen this one before - it confuses me. Hospital stay other than my own birth? Hospital stay other than when I was giving birth? Mmmm... a few surgeries, really bad miscarriage (not that there are any good ones), long bout of jaundice / hepatitis... dunno. That might be it. Certainly enough--!

P - Pet peeve: unkindness! It really annoys me when people are unkind. Not the thoughtless, unintentional type (tho that can be annoying too, as you just want them to wake up and become aware), but the deliberate how-mean-can-I-be type, the premeditated type.

Q - Quote from a movie: hmmm, there's quite a few... 'People liked me. I liked myself.' (Amadeus)

R - Right or left handed: right

S - Siblings: none living

T - Time you wake up: 8 AM; rarely later but occasionally earlier

U- First word that comes to your mind for "U": unicorn

V - Vegetable you dislike: kale. I'd eat a turnip before I'd eat kale, and that's saying some!

W - Ways you run late: nope, I don't, unless it's an act of God and totally outside my control

X - X-rays you've had: oh, you do NOT want a list! First one when I was four, most recent March, and so many points in between for so many reasons I couldn't begin to remember.

Y - Yummy food you make: fudge. I don't want to dwell on it as it will only cause me to drool all over the keyboard.

Z - Zoo favorite: orangutans. No question.

  
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NURSECLARA 10/19/2010 5:28PM

    Cool! Can you believe I just noticed that you posted this? 2 months later? I'm really sharp these days... emoticon

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DOTTYLADYBUG 9/13/2010 3:30PM

    Oh I loved this! x

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LIFE_IS_SO_GOOD 9/2/2010 11:39AM

    It's nice to learn even more about you ... and I love your sense of humor! And you are kind :)

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PEGGIET 8/29/2010 4:01AM

    Hi Kasey, Finally just got around to reading this one! Great job! I'm going to do one too! It's good to get to know a bit about each other!

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ME_FIRST 8/26/2010 7:49AM

    Thanks for giving us some insite to you. It's great to get to know you better. I had wondered why you go to bed at 7:00 my time, but now I understand that it's later in the UK! Yvonne

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JAKEANDNELLIE 8/23/2010 9:38AM

    Thanks for sharing!
I love learning about my friends here on Spark!
Sheila

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JILLINWONDER 8/13/2010 6:43PM

    Hi Kasey, So good to read all this about you! I'm absolutely with you on orangutans -- they are the coolest! An old friend says they look as ancient, kind and wise as God, and I know what he means. Hope you're doing well!

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LOVES_ANIMALS 8/13/2010 12:19PM

    Always a pleasure to learn more about you, honey!

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APRILLSCOTT 8/13/2010 10:04AM

    Great answers! You always keep me and others smiling with your witt and charm! Your kind of blog!!!! Ones we get to learn more about you though and that is great! Hope you and Himself have a great weekend! emoticon

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JUST_TRI_IT 8/13/2010 9:36AM

    You are much fun! Your pet peeve is something my DH calls "rudely oblivious" and your quote... LOVE THAT MOVIE! I finally understood how music is its own language once I saw that.

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JUNEBUG4967 8/12/2010 2:32PM

    I'm with Patrisna - love to read 'em - hate to answer 'em!
Gloria

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NURSECLARA 8/12/2010 1:57PM

    Thanks, Kasey! You make me smile! emoticon

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THIAGRAM 8/12/2010 12:24PM

  I sure enjoyed reading this! You always make me smile! Bless you! I love the way you look forward to what is after 57! Let me know if you find some cats playing violins in your closet!



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MARENAMOO 8/12/2010 10:06AM

    Ah Kasey - I love your sly wit. We will have to raid those closets of yours to find the violin playing cats.

Thoughts: Even with the x-rays and hospital stays - you are really working towards health and fitness. You are a determined persistent person. I knew about the coffee - me too. I need a lot more than one cup however. Humm - orangutans - they look like spiders with fur and faces to me - not my favorite. I would say that I am more of a Panda/elephant/hippo/giraffe person.

Nice to know a little more about you Kas

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RITAROSE 8/12/2010 9:40AM

  Kasey, you never fail to make me emoticon! You are full of emoticon(fun)! I hope you have a wonderful day in the UK!
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4DOGNIGHT 8/12/2010 9:17AM

    Interesting but too much work for me to copy and answer myself!

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LINIS_THIN 8/12/2010 8:53AM

    I LOVE C!! I soooo agree!! Lol
U love these things don,t ya!

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LECATES 8/12/2010 6:23AM

    Cute, I might do one of these myself later today.

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PATRISNA 8/12/2010 6:08AM

    Great blog Kasey. I love reading these, but hate answering them myself.


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Has this happened - UPDATE

Friday, July 30, 2010

Okey-dokey, first: a huge THANK YOU to all of you who responded. Even if you hadn't had any of these experiences, you were all so supportive and encouraging that it really helped.

Second: as most of you said, the important thing was to see the doctor and bring up these questions and concerns and find out what could be done. So I had quite a struggle about the Metformin. Doogie (I know, but he IS such a 'baby' - I think my kids are older than he is) did exactly what I thought he would do: I no sooner started describing the slow-but steady increase in my blood sugar levels than he was reaching for the keyboard (since these days they don't use prescription pads) to print out an Rx for me to increase the Metformin. After much discussion (!) he finally allowed as how reducing it a bit probably wouldn't hurt. I'm not on 750mg/daily instead of 1000mg/daily - which suits me fine as I'd rather do a very gradual reduction and monitor how it goes. This AM's FBG was 6.2 / 111.6. This is only a couple days of the lower dosage, tho, so it may not be significant. Time will tell, and I will keep you updated.

Third: to those of you who pointed out 'Yogurt has carbs' - THANK YOU. I honestly didn't know. For some reason I had it in my head that as long as it was 'plain' yogurt with no added sugar (which would be sucrose / carbs) or added fruit (which would be fructose / carbs) then there would be no carbs as milk doesn't have any. Well, duh on me. Lactose. Milk sugar. Uh huh.

Fourth: cutting out all carbs is not good for overall health, least of all for diabetics. The trick is to work with them. Changing from grain-based or fruit-based carbohydrates to vegetable-based carbohydrates is okay on a short-term plan. (And for those of you stalled on weight-loss plateaus, if you substitute veggies for other carb-sources, it might jump-start your weight-loss again - doesn't hurt to try it for a few days.) Those of you who addressed the carb issue - whether from the low-carb, Atkins diet to the complex-vs-simple carbohydrates - gave me so much great information. I am still doing some research and checking links you sent and so on. Again, can't THANK YOU enough!

Fifth: plantar fascitis. Difficult term for a difficult condition. I have good days and bad days, and very slowly (!) I seem to be having more good days than bad, so for those of you who said '--and then it finally went away and I haven't had any trouble since,' you give me real hope that this may go that way. To those of you who said '--and then I had cortisone injections, and DON'T DO IT,' believe me, after hearing what you had to say, I won't. I am checking into orthotics and reading up on the condition for some of the exercises / PT that help. I had already started doing some stretching exercises, so maybe that is helping to improve it slowly. One of you (you know who you are, lol) ended up having surgery, and if my foot doesn't improve, I will talk to the GP about going that route. If it continues to improve, I may not need to do anything more about it, so... meanwhile, I will try to be patient.

The pharmacist advice is brilliant, and I will be going to a large drugstore next Tuesday so I can consult with one of their people. Depending what comes of that, I may then meet with another at a different place just to pick his/her brains and see how the advice compares.

Again, you have all been so incredibly helpful. What a wonderful community SP is! And how lucky I am to be able to post something like this and have so many of you respond! THANK YOU, from the bottom of my heart.

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NURSECLARA 8/11/2010 4:22PM

    I had PF in 2001. I wore gel inserts in my shoes, but it still hurt like hell. It eventually went away on it's own and hasn't come back.

I wouldn't wish PF on my worst enemy!

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A10TIVTRTL 8/7/2010 4:40PM

    Arch supports, arch supports, arch supports. I also did have the extremely agonizing shots (the only times in my life that I ever SCREAMED at a doctor to STOP, but thank goodness he didn't, because with the shots and the arch supports I've never had another problem with it, and it has been years. I walk 3 miles a day now, no problem. I've also used rolling foot on the bottle of ice water trick - Coca Cola bottles work best for this, because of the bump on the bottle.

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REJ7777 8/6/2010 5:45AM

    I'm glad your doctor's appointment went well. Glad he was listening! It'll be nice to see how well the lower dose of Metmorfin works for you and if the PF improves. emoticon

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PEGGIET 8/3/2010 9:03AM

    So maybe there's hope for Doogie afterall!

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PENNYAN45 8/2/2010 11:34PM

    My severe plantar fascitis was completely cured by having physical rehab twice a week for 6 to 8 weeks - including an ultra sound treatment. (This was all prescribed by the doctor.)

That was ten years ago. The condition is kept away by my wearing arch supports in my shoes -- all the time. I am able to wear Dr. Scholl's brand that can be bought at CVS. Whenever I don't use the arch supports, the fascitis returns.

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LINIS_THIN 8/2/2010 7:26PM

    It seems things are on the mend now.
Sorry I missed your cry for help.

Take care, love!

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JAKEANDNELLIE 8/1/2010 7:26PM

    Keep being proactive and questioning your doctor.
I used to keep a can of cola in the fridge and would then roll my foot (under your arch) on it to relieve the pain. Someone on another blog suggested doing the same thing with a plastic water bottle that you fill partially and freeze. I would also do some foot and ankle stretches before I got out of bed every morning.
Stay positive!
Sheila

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WINE4GIRL 8/1/2010 8:05AM

    Great job on following up with your Doc. I know it's tough sometimes to go up against them, but good for you for not just caving and doing what he wants. It's your body!

I learned something - reading the responses! I'll be trying the frozen water bottle on my PF. Thanks!


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LOVES_ANIMALS 8/1/2010 12:12AM

    Great!

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JUST_TRI_IT 7/31/2010 2:51PM

    You are so proactive and persistent. I think it must be a huge challenge to be a medical provider given ALL that they have to know. So it certainly can't hurt to be a patient who is well informed and has done their research .. like you!

Hope the conditions all improve :)

Hugs,
D

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MARENAMOO 7/31/2010 9:04AM

    Kasey - I am glad that you are researching and sorting all of this out. Like I said I know nothing about BG but I think orthotics, stretching and the suggestion about the frozen water bottle and rolling your foot are all good suggestions about the PF. I had this thing called iontophoresis - which is an ionized cortisone. They put some of this liquid on a pad and attach it to your foot and then wave a machine that pushes the cortisone into your foot through repulsive charges. I think it helped my foot. I would seriously look into orthotics though - my doctor suggested Superfeet brand - I can ship them to you if you can't find something similar.

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APRILLSCOTT 7/30/2010 10:42PM

    Glad you got back and seen someone to answer all your questions! I am glad also that you are slowly coming off your meds. That is wonderful news! Keep up the good work! He will take you off soon completely hopefully! emoticon

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LECATES 7/30/2010 9:54PM

    ONe thing to help with the foot problem---freeze a soda bottle or water bottle and roll your foot on it---it will help with the inflamation plus the pain.

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THIAGRAM 7/30/2010 7:22PM

  Thanks for the update. I am familiar with all these things, but I haven't experienced them. I admire the way you always research things out and you know what you are talking about! And you are right, time is the biggest tattle teller I know!

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MONAMOM 7/30/2010 6:37PM

    emoticonJust hope you get everything settled and feel great!! Hugs, Mona

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ACROSONIC 7/30/2010 5:29PM

    Good luck with the plantar fasciitis. I have that. I've worn the orthotics, and they helped. I had the injection: believe me, it helped! Right now I'm wearing inserts from New Balance. Started having trouble again a couple of weeks ago when I was running in place and doing jumps for an exerciase routine. Sigh. Have to stay away from that, as I like to walk. Icing it does help. As do stretches for the tendon. Good luck. Unlike people who say it went away and never came back, I've suffered off and on for about 5 years.

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BOOKLOVER60 7/30/2010 11:16AM

    Thanks for the follow-up. Good job! I have no experience with your health issues, but I have friends who do. They have to work hard to stay balanced in that optimum place where everything is working right.

BTW, my daughter has a pretty bad case of plantar's fascitis, and she gets a lot of help from her orthotics. She's very active (although she can't run anymore, she still skis and does a lot of fast walking). Again, working with professionals has REALLY helped her.

Best of luck to you!

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LJCANNON 7/30/2010 10:46AM

    I am so glad that your Doogie is willing to listen and work with you. And SparkFriends are a Blessing especially when they are open and willing to share their experiences on their Journeys.
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4DOGNIGHT 7/30/2010 10:38AM

    Glad you got some help. Have a great weekend!

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BLONDWUNN 7/30/2010 10:33AM

    Thank you for your transparency in describing your discoveries. Even if we don't have the issues, we could in the future or we may know someone else who does. It's great that we can share what works and what doesn't.

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    emoticon to you and thanks for the update.

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ANDI571 7/30/2010 10:30AM

    Glad you got some info you needed to help.

Try taking a golf ball and rolling the bottom of your foot across it. It's one of those pains that hurt, but feel good because it stretches it out. When I was having all that trouble last year with my feet, I found feet exercises on www.youtube.com. Another one I did was massage that tendon in the bottom of your foot, while moving my toes back and forth. Then the PT had me doing lunges, squats. going up on my toes, etc.

A friend of mine, her husband has that, and he found a pair of flip flops that did the trick for him. I saw him out walking in them, and he said they did the trick, but they have quit making them now. I remember her saying how much pain he was having.

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Saturday, July 24, 2010

Thanx to everyone for responding to this blog. I'm removing it only because I don't think it's fair to have people read it and reply now that I've made some choices. Depending where things go (and I WILL try to be patient and give it time!) I will post updates from time to time. First one is today, so see the blog entry for 30 July.

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LINIS_THIN 8/2/2010 7:22PM

    hey!!!
It seems I lost my subscription to your blogs!
I was wondering why I have not heard from you then see you HAVE been blogging and now I missed this!

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JUNEBUG4967 7/27/2010 12:00PM

    Kasey - Sorry I just got to this. I have had the PF (self diagnosed)-a change of shoes was a major help , you know where I am on the T2 diabetes and in the past, I lost 50 lbs and got so dizzy that even going to half on my BP med was too much so I quit. Everything stayed good until about 1 1/2 yrs ago when the BP started back up. That was when stress and gaining weight back became an issue. I had some leeway with an in between time on the BP vs. weight. I was going to the dietician and trying to eat the # of carbs they were recommending-gained weight so I talked to my dr. and got the okay to start reducing carbs. It doesn't seem to be having the effect I wanted on my bg numbers. Then again-I'm not as diligently on program as I should be. If you check the Atkins info more closely-carrots are not a recommended veggie. Too much natural sugar and also the same with beets. If the problem is B-12 depletion, you should also feel extra tired. The tingly sensation may be related to the carpal tunnel-could be a pinched nerve, but not necessarily at the spine-that can be where the nerve goes through the muscles also. Since I am not a dr. you had best work with "Doogie". There is a world of things that can help through food and supplements rather than pharmacy. Let's hope we can all get better.
Hugs,
Gloria

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MONAMOM 7/25/2010 10:50AM

    NO diabetes~~So I can't help but think your seeing your doctor is the first best step. Take care my friend and hopefully you can get answers to your questions.

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LECATES 7/25/2010 10:01AM

    My grandmother used to get B12 shots---they really helped her feel better. And yes, you can improve sooo much that the meds can have the opposite effect. But if your foot is bothering you more, that can also set your blood sugar levels higher as pain and stress do affect it. That is an inflamation and problems in the body do affect the sugar levels.

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PEGGIET 7/25/2010 6:13AM

    Kasey, I just entered "Metformin B12 Deficiency" and it came up with several websites, the first being the "Diabetes Self Management" website. You might find this informative.

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PEGGIET 7/25/2010 5:46AM

    Kasey, I have read your whole blog post, and I think it deserves a lengthy response. I am not a doctor, and I can only say what worked for me. Each person is different and you must trust the doctor you are dealing with. However, I firmly believe that we know our own bodies better than anyone, and if something doesn't seem "right" there is likely a cause and solution for it. It's a scary feeling knowing that something isn't right.

Treating diabetes changes all the time depending on your current circumstances. Doctors are getting much smarter now about what is happening, but they need to know all the facts. Explain everything in detail when you see your doctor. Print out your blog entry and take it with you if that will help you remember all the issues you need to tell him about. He may need to send you to a specialist to get more detailed info and treatment for some things. All the various symptoms you mention may or may not be related to the same issue.

My mother lived with me for many years with full blown diabetes, balancing medications and diet constantly. I was following in her footsteps. I was 240 lbs, BP 200/140, diagnosed as pre diabetic, when my doctor put me on one medication, then another, and I took them both for two years with not much change before I learned about how to do low carb. At first my doctor didn't agree that it was the way to go, but I explained my difficulties and he agreed it wouldn't hurt. I started low carb by reading the Atkins book to fully understand how it works, and went really strict low carb. I continued taking my meds until gradually my doctor weened me off the medications. It didn't take long, about 6 months but I was only on two medications. And yes I had many of the symptoms you describe.

I also had the vibrating in my foot just a couple of years ago, and occassional numbness and tingling in my hand. It feels bizarre! Mine was caused by a pinched nerve in my neck that was affecting the nerves all down the arm and leg and foot. I needed a chiropractor for about a half year for that, but for you it could be something else.

As for going low carb, I agree with the previous comment that the Atkins website has excellent information on how to do low carbing. I have browsed it severall times, but prefer my dog-eared printed version. Carrots, oranges, oatmeat, and low fat yogurt are not really low carb, but you are working in the right direction. I understand wanting to use up things in the cupboard, and that's OK, but keep in mind that any one of those foods could cause a spike. They are all "high glycemic" foods, meaning that they are rapidly absorbed to the blood stream. You also need to get enough fat in daily and drink lots of water. It will quite often very quickly make a difference in some medications you are on, and you should let your doctor know that this is what you are doing. My doctor had to decrease one after one month, and eliminated the other after 3 months.

I don't know much about medications and their side effects, so regarding Metformin and how it relates to B12, I hope you can find the answers you need. It seems like for every medication, there is a good and a bad effect, and you may be onto something. Good Luck!

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SUNNYWBL 7/24/2010 10:56PM

    Yes, I read the whole thing! emoticon

No, I don't have diabetes but several of my friends do!

Your health care system is different than in the US, but why are you only being treated by a GP. Here there special classes you can take on dietary choices. I DO like the advice of talking to a pharmacist about this even before the doc. If possible talk to 2 different pharmacists to see if they both agree.

Try to get a referral to a diabetes specialist.

The tingling in your feet might be due to Peripheral artery disease, common in diabetics. Look this up in Spark's A-Z medical reference, go to SPoints, go down to A-Z thingy, click on info under the letter P. emoticon

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IAMANDARAMA 7/24/2010 7:45PM

    Hi there Kasey. I was sorry to hear how difficult things are at the moment. I am not a diabetic, but am tested regularly because Type 2 is in the family. I do wonder about the carrots - they are very sweet, as veg go, and might possibly be enough to undermine your sterling efforts. My uncle used to drink V8 (made from 8 different veg), thinking it was better for him than fruit juices - but had to stop as it had a too high sugar content.

Good luck with it all, in any case. Taking control is the only way forward and seeing the doc seems like the best plan. Do you get referred to a nutritionist, on account of the diabetes? If not, perhaps you could seek one out.

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JAKEANDNELLIE 7/24/2010 5:17PM

    Goodness! I've been taking 500mg of Metformin once a day for about 6 months. Thanks for the heads-up on the possibility of a B-12 depletion. I have a doctor's appointment and blood work scheduled for August, so I'll be sure to discuss it with her.
I was diagnosed as pre-diabetic 6 months ago. My brother has type 2 as did my grandfather and 4 maternal aunts, so I do have that checked at least twice a year. My numbers were down 2 months ago but the doctor had me continue on the Metformin. I don't do any daily checking at this time and the doctor was pleased with the improvement at my last appointment.
Sometimes I just phrase a question and type it right into google - it will get hits from the combination of key words. It's worth a try, anyway.
I am truly sorry that I don't have any words of wisdom to give you to help find a solution to your difficulties. However, I am sending healing thoughts your way and keeping you in my prayers that you find a solution to the medical problems!
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JWADDELL2 7/24/2010 4:51PM

    Wow, you have a real deal going on!!! I am glad you are going to the dr, but I would suggest a long talk with a pharmacist - they know SO much more about the medicines we take than most doctors do! We have a store here called Ideal Feet, where you go in and have them examine your feet then you put in the inserts that fit your problems...if they work, you can buy...if not, you say no thanks. They made an immediate difference in my PF and I swear by them! They aren't cheap, ($300ish), but to be able to walk and not hurt was worth twice that! (don't tell my DH I said that!) Keep us posted!

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CAWESTY 7/24/2010 4:37PM

    Dear friend, I sure wish I could help. I have had PF, and was able to get rid of it with stretching exercises and a good massage therapist to work on it. I hope you find relief from it. It has never come back for me, so I think you can get rid of it.

I don't have diabetes, so I'm no help there, I very sorry to say. I hope you get some wonderful help from the community. Why don't you post this on a community board - I think you'd reach a wider audience. Best of luck!

Carol

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LOVES_ANIMALS 7/24/2010 4:10PM

    Hi Kasey,

I know exactly what you are talking about.

If you are going low carb, it is easy to use the food tracker to measure your carbs. From the details that you wrote, you were high on carbs. Even low cal treats like carrots are high in carbs.

I go lower carb to reset my blood sugars once in a while.

I am supposed to take Metformin twice a day, but it gives me a tummy ache so mostly I take it just in the morning.

To read about low carb, the new Atkins website is really good. www.atkins.com.

I get cranky on low carb, so I don't do it for very long.

Hugs,

Sally

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PATRISNA 7/24/2010 12:20PM

    Kasey,
I don't have diabetes so I can't help you with that. I do have plantar fascitis (I never can spell it either) and I recently noticed some weird sensations in my feet. I haven't had the pain or flare up from plantar fascitis so I don't know why the weird tingles. Mine feels like something is crawling across my foot. Sometimes my toe or toes feel numb. I thought it could be poor fitting shoes.

About decreasing the medications. The doctors have decreased a lot of my husbands medications because of his weight loss of 50 pounds. He had the fasting blood test for diabetes, but it was negative. Our PCM decreased his cholesterol medication yesterday. She couldn't believe how low his cholesterol numbers were. He eats oatmeal every morning. He was also put on vitamin B-12 shots a couple of months ago. They said he B-12 was low back when they took the first blood tests.

He had tarsal tunnel syndrome in his foot and a bad foot injury. He had two surgery on that foot. He said he would get a sensation that felt like electricity running through his foot. He also said his toes feel numb on the end.

I don't know if any of this helped. Take care Kasey and hope you get this puzzle worked out.

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SROUS1340 7/24/2010 11:30AM

    Kasey, I'm so sorry you are having these issues. I can't offer insight or experience on either problem. I have had the tingling-in my shoulder, arm, nect and hand, docs said it was nerve pressure and damage from bad joints and the knife-I hated the thought-did fix it. Sounds like yours is related to something entirely different. I'm glad you are seeing the GP, I hate to go too, but better to x the problems off the list, than stick the head in the sand. emoticon

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JUST_TRI_IT 7/24/2010 11:29AM

    Golly.. Most of that is Greek to me. I take B12 shots for pernicious anemia but that is it, my dear. I am going to read all the responses so perhaps I can learn something. This sure is a good place to start though! And you have your data... and data speaks!

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APRILLSCOTT 7/24/2010 11:06AM

    Kasey,
My advise of course is usually useless as you know me and you seem to be about opposite in this area! But I do know that when I am in pain my BG is crazy and it goes rather high! I have experienced this type of pain with both feet and have had several injections. I also had to wear a boot for this also I can't remember how long! After this treatment I was fitted for orthotics since then I have been able to walk better with this help and until I tore the ligament in my left foot it alleviated the pain!

So my question to you is are you in any pain? Even pain that you are just ignoring? Because like the UTI I had and didn't know it makes a difference in your BG!

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WINE4GIRL 7/24/2010 11:02AM

    Kasey - A friend of our has diabetes and has cut his meds in half by taking Reservitol. You can get it from red wine, but the best option (unless you want to be an alcoholic) is to get it in capsule form. It activates via oxygen, so if you try it, don't get the kind you add water to. That just dilutes the effect. We are going to try taking it even though we don't have diabetes because of the proposed wellness effects. I'm not big on meds at all, so this is a concession for me.

For the PF - I have that too and have read with growing interest how others have treated it. I have orthotics and see the podiatrist about every six months. I also have a fatty tumor on the bottom of one foot that I had acupuncture on. It really helped, but I quit before it was totally gone so I need another round. Insurance doesn't cover, so it was all out of pocket. The doc said if I has surgery to remove it, it would probably come back even bigger, so acupuncture was my only option.

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RITAROSE 7/24/2010 10:43AM

  OH dear Kasey! My friend I am so sorry to read about your trials, I can see that it's very frustrating and you are trying very hard to get your BG in line. I hope that you will find just the right balance in your diet. Hopefully, you get some advice that will work for you! Sorry I'm no help whatsoever, except to offer you my love and support! God bless you! Hugs, Rita

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4DOGNIGHT 7/24/2010 10:16AM

    Can't help on the diabetes situation or on the foot one either. The Fit Flops I got are supposed to help foot problems but not sure if yours is included. You are definitely doing the right things. Reading your nutrition, I would think adding whole-grains to your diet but those are carbs but not white sugar carbs. Good luck. I would check the tingling for sure. Women can have heart attacks with symptoms that don't include pains in the chest. Good luck. We're always here to help.

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ANDI571 7/24/2010 9:57AM

    I wish I could offer some help Kasey. Diabetes runs in my family bad, (dad, brothers, grandparents, aunts, uncles, you get the picture). My dad always had problems keeping his under control, but he also didn't know about nutrition. My one brother made up his mind he would do whatever it took. He lost like 50 pounds. He eats good, but takes the top bun off of a sandwich, eats only 1/2 of a baked potato. He will take 4 or 5 fries off of his wife's plate, etc. He has done a wonderful job of controlling his numbers. I am so proud of him.

How is your stress level? I know whenever my dad would get under stress, those numbers would shoot up. Also, cortisone shots will make it go up. Have you been on anything like that?

Make sure you see that Dr. Keep up posted. emoticon

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SHERYLDS 7/24/2010 9:45AM

    I thought carrots, tomatoes, and onions were off the carb diet lists because they are higher on the glycemic chart. That and the yogurt might be the reason for the slight increase in glucose. I'm not a medical or a nutrition expert, but I would look into that.

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ME_FIRST 7/24/2010 9:41AM

    If you're thinking about a very low carb diet for a few days, you could go into the Atkins website for their induction diet which calls for 20 carbs a day and they give a food list and the amounts of veggies to have each day. A small orange or a cup of plain yogurt has the same number of carbs as a small boiled potato.

I've found that the BG numbers sometimes don't make any sense. The other day my pre-lunch was 113. I had a salad with turkey breast on it and 2 hours later it was 157. I think due to work related stress because I had eaten only about 10 carbs for lunch. Then last night I had a few slices of pizza and this morning my BS was 134 when I was expecting a much higher number. Who knows?

I do take supplements, a few prescribed by my dr. and a few that I take because I think they're good for diabetics. I do take a B-12 that is chewable so that it is absorbed in the mouth instead of the intestines. I'll send a list of the other to you and the name of the book I read (it's in my car right now).

Good luck with your low carb experiment. Let us know how it goes.



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LOVE_2_LAUGH 7/24/2010 9:25AM

    Kasey, I know nothing about diabetes and BG levels, etc. As you said, most everyone will tell you to see your doctor. So it's a good thing you went and made the appointment.

I do, however, know about plantar fasciaitis (I still can't spell it). I had it in both feet (along with bursitis and arthritis) and suffered for several years. I had a total of 4 cortisone injections in each foot and had customized orthotics made. Nothing would help. Then, wonder of wonders, I had surgery where they disconnected the fascia from the bone/tendon. It was outpatient surgery and I was off work only 2 weeks with each surgery. That was back in 1992 and I haven't had foot pain since. It was truly wonderful. I know people shy away from surgery, but for me it was a God-send.

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MARENAMOO 7/24/2010 7:17AM

    Kas - I know nothing about diabetes or blood glucose. I had plantar fascitis (and yes I need to check the spelling also each time) 2 times. The last time it was horrible and I wore a boot for about 4 months and did one cortisone shot. Then I did was months of physical therapy with just stretching and I think ultrasound. The second go-round was about 40 times of a iontophoresis solution of cortisone.

What is Iontophoresis?
Iontophoresis is an effective and painless method of delivering medication to a localized tissue area by applying electrical current to a solution of the medication. The diagram below illustrates the basic mechanism. Like electrical charges repel. Therefore, application of a positive current will drive positively charged drug molecules away from the electrode and into the tissues; similarly, a negative current will drive negatively charge ions into the tissues.

I also have orthotics - the doctor recommended a brand called Superfeet Trim-To-Fit Green Insole.

It was also recommended that I do daily stretches - stretching the calf and bottom of the foot - you can google that.

I also wore a strasburg sock ?. It was a nighttime contraption - I did not wear it for long.

All of these finally after 14 months - it was better. And now I don't run or aggravate it in any way.

It is so annoying - I hope it gets better.

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REJ7777 7/24/2010 6:53AM

    Hi Kasey. I never researched the side effects of long-term Metformin use. I'll look into it because I've been taking Metmorphin for about 7 years now.

The two times I've lost a significant amounts of weight, the doctor has reduced the amount of Metmorphin I take. She lowered my b/p medication too. When I had re-gained weight a couple years ago, she had to increase the meds.

Before I knew I had diabetes and started medication, I sometimes felt tingling in my hands and feet and sometimes pain in my feet. When my diabetes is well controlled, it rarely happens. You really do need to talk to your doctor about this. You sure do your homework before your appointments with the doc! I hope you find the answers you're looking for.

I plan to look that up about B-12. emoticon

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RENA1965 7/24/2010 6:04AM

    As a diabetic you may not remove all carbs from your nutrition- ask your doctor about this! If you want to control your diabetes better you have to get down and nasty with your nutrition and follow the nutrition requirements to the letter and every full stop.
Diabetes type 2 means your body has said stop- you have done a great job lossing weight but you have to continue to get your weight down so insulin resistance is less of a problem..
The fact you have a higher fasting blood sugar may be a sign your diabetes meds are not working at their best so insulin can pass through fat cells to open cells with their chemical key..
If you have problems balancing your food- you may need to see a nutritionist at a diabetes clinic at hospital..
I found asking for a referral to a diabetes clinic wonderful- they gave me advice and education so I could keep my husband from being admitted all the time.. My husband eventually came under a professor whom studies diabetes- it was a real huge help to have contact to someone whom knew everything about diabetes.. It costs in the states to get this help- but the price of lossing our good health and being dependant on help is higher...


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ONEKIDSMOM 7/24/2010 6:03AM

    I read it but unfortunately have no advice. Not diabetic myself, but I know how dicey medication can be and that it can be affected by weight loss. Hope someone with similar experience speaks up and gives you a hand.

btw... the tests I was waiting on for thyroid? Came out normal... so no answers for me right now and I'm still tingling... ech! Right now just logging my symptoms, meds, food, exercise... data helps find patterns.

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