Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Had an appointment with a new Endocrinologist yesterday. Really hate Breaking In a New Dr.! But, seems like this will be a good connection for me.
She is young ~ this is a good thing. The Office is very easy to access, for me. I have trouble walking far. And today at least, everything moved well...I signed in 20 min. before my Appt. time, and 2 minutes later they took me back in to begin weight, height, and update. Dr. came in a bit before 9:00am . Hope it goes as efficiently on most of the following appointments.
Two areas of concern ~ one, I have been TOO good at controlling my Blood Glucose! I have strived to keep my A1c below 6.0 ~ been pretty successful at it too. My A1c's have been under 6.0 , testing 4 times a year for years. Now, she suggests that I let it get to an A1c - 7.0 !
Seems that latest studies show that there is NO benefit to "Seniors" keeping such tight control of their Diabetes. And, some studies suggest tight control, low A1c has links to early death.
Seems "curiouser and curiouser" to me! So she cut one of my Diabetes medicine doses in half. But I am having a hard time wrapping my brain around learning to be comfortable with higher numbers. I guess 20 plus years of hearing how well I've controlled by Blood Glucose, has me used to "low # is good"! Now if I see a reading of 130 to 150 it is OK .
Then she praised my good BG numbers for having such good pulses in my feet, for someone who has been diagnosed as Diabetic for over 20 years. Dr. said she has patients that have only been diabetic two years and she can't feel pulses in the feet.
Another concern is my Calcium levels seem to be higher than optimum, only slightly..1 point high. But it is a concern. She ordered additional specialized blood tests. We will discuss the results after the New Year. Depending on what results show...we may have to do more extensive tests. But for now, she has told me to stop taking my Vitamin D supplement.
Funny as Vit. D was just recommended by my Primary Dr., and by the Blue Cross/CVS Health team~ that I continue to take it! Even going to cover cost for Vit. D by Rx , starting Jan. 1, 2014.
So, new changes to wrap my old brain around!
Have a Happy, Healthy New Year Everyone!
Thursday, November 22, 2012
We were getting ourselves all wrapped up in the big meal planning, shopping, prepping. Feeling like it was a big pain when we were all alone for Thanksgiving this year...just hubby and I, and the dog. Then it seemed like the big thing about the holiday was the Feast.
When reality smacked me upside the head...it's not about the food on the table, but who is around the table.
So while we were moaning about our two daughters, and three grandsons, 1 Son-in-Law not being here today....we still have them with us.
My husband has had a rough year and a recent surgery, but he's here. Our oldest daughter's car was totaled in an accident last month...but they all survived with minor injuries. Our youngest daughter was home for almost all of October, and can't come for Thanksgiving, but will be home for Christmas.
So having them all, happy, healthy is the first thing to head the list of things I'm grateful for.
I am feeling the loss of my parents, my sister, Husbands parents, dear friends, and in June, I lost a Beloved Aunt. But the memories of them tied to Thanksgiving and Christmas are all good memories. So I'm counting them in the things I've been blessed with.
You know, when you actually start listing all that you are blessed to have had, and what you still have...the list is immense.
So I am wishing you a day where your list of gifts, are greater than all the food on your table. Happy Thanksgiving!
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Well, We have survived the worst of Sandy! Rain yesterday was relentless! Raining still today, but not pounding, sky is brighter. Winds still gusting, but it is amazing how today's 30 mph gust feel like just a breeze...compared to last nights recorded 60 to 80mph GUSTS!
But the creek in front of our house stayed in it's banks. The old Oak tree, 15 ft. in back of our house, is still standing. Although almost all of the leaves are off it, and just a few small branches came down!
And while the power flickered, it never went completely.
So we are feeling a lot less stressed about the tail end of this storm. Much more confident that all will be well!
Hope Everyone in Sandy's path fares as well!
Sunday, July 29, 2012
So in the course of Human Events...it has been driven home to me, innumerable times, - -Go with your first thought..do NOT go with husband's great idea! And yet again, I weakened!
I said OK, Stop at those damn golden arches...so you can use your coupon.
It's 2:30 pm...I haven't had anything in the last seven and a half hours but a few water bottles. We were at my late Aunt's house...trying to empty it for sale. Long ~Hot~ busy day. Too long for my diabetic self to go...I was shaky, sweaty, and had a bad headache. So he got big mushroom swiss Angus burgers, and McCafe's...Almost equal to what my daily limit is for calories...over for fat and sodium. Then, after I had almost finished drink on the drive home, he informs me that this McD's did NOT have the Sugar Free Syrup, I usually get for this drink...so as a diabetic I was in double trouble!
Got home, turned on A/C, and ate burgers..I shared 1/4 of my burger with the dog, plus only ate half the Bun.
I know, sort of like skipping the cherry on a big Sundae! Too little to have been any help!
But, I rationalized it that this would be lunch and dinner...I really needed to eat...plus it was Easy... fast..and tasted wonderful!
Within the hour, I was violently ill ! Both directions. Stayed that way next 6 hours! Miserable!
I so PAID the price for this caving in to what I knew was not the best plan...and just taking the easiest, lazy, hungry way. Some of the blame goes right to my low blood glucose...I do get stupid when I'm having a low. And after being Diabetic for the last 23 years of our 38 year marriage, you would think I'd have learned that DH rarely has "good ideas" that will be to my benefit!
Hoping that being "too late smart" as old Amish used to say..will be a lesson that sticks. Stop taking the easy way out...it not often the smartest way.
Don't fall blindly for, right there, right now, fast food! I could have been home and fixed a salad in 30 to 45 minutes. And felt good the rest of the day.
Telling myself to look on the bright side..I lived...I didn't blame him OUTLOUD...I tossed some of those calories...and sure got a whole lot of exercise, that I don't normally get!
And today is a new Day!
Wednesday, May 02, 2012
Most things have labels - filled with all sorts of helpful information.
To get this info, you must read the label.
Some people are readers. I am a label reader...my husband is not.
Which is why, when he shops, we end up with Lemon Cake mix...when the list asked for yellow cake mix. Have a cupboard full of "close" , but, not exactly what I wanted. He doesn't bother to read the words, when the picture shows what he wanted...it is yellow.
But, I digress..
You can't believe, everything you read on labels either. This morning I showered with a new "Invigorating Shower Gel", and followed up with a matching "Invigorating Body Creme", so, while I smell fresh and citrusy, as promised on the label, I don't feel a bit "Invigorated". Still laying here, playing on the computer, waiting for the "Invigorating" part to kick in...
And the dog, has relocated to the other side of my bed...so, he isn't a fan of the "fresh citrusy scent".
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