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Medication Frustration

Thursday, December 20, 2012

I went to the doctor because my sugars are still elevated. The good news is that they are not in the danger zone. She upped my meds, but I'm supposed to wait until Monday. I did find out that the recommended amount of carbs I'm supposed to be eating is lower than I thought - between 100 and 150 grams! So I thought I had been doing everything right, but I need to cut the carbs even more and up the protein. Ugh.

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AZULVIOLETA6 12/27/2012 5:51PM

    I am pre-diabetic and I generally eat between 100-125 G of carbs per day. You may see improved weight-loss results when you start doing this too.

You can do it! Good luck!

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LINDAKAY228 12/23/2012 1:24PM

    You can do this. I know you can. My mother suffered from and died with complications of type 2 Diabetes. I try to make sure I don't develop it. I also work with so many diabetics in my job (doing case management for elderly and disabled on some forms of Medicaid). It's a hard disease, but with care you can keep many of the complications from developing. I'm supporting you on this!

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MPETERSON2311 12/23/2012 10:46AM

    it's a step and one step at a time is all we can really do. I'm rooting for ya!

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LINDA! 12/20/2012 8:31PM

    emoticon Take care of yourself.

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MAMISHELI53 12/20/2012 11:58AM

    Good for you in being proactive concerning the diabetes. My late husband developed type 2, and preferred just to take more meds and eat whatever he wanted. I am sure had he taken steps such as you are doing, he would have lived beyond his 58 years.
Spark is an excellent resource. I highly recommend the different articles. I've been going down the list of ways to earn spark points each day - it's fun, and informative. Blessings on your journey to better health.

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Doctor's Visit tomorrow

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

So my morning glucose levels are still above the recommended range every morning. They vary throughout the day, but whether I eat too much or too little the day before, whether I exercise or not, they are high the next morning, and I can't possibly go swimming every 3 hours to get my levels back to normal.
I made up a pretty graph from all the data for my doctor (finally all that data analysis at work comes in handy for other situations, too). It's pretty clear that the medication (metformin) needs to be increased. I'm at the point where I want it doubled, or tripled, or something. I'm doing everything right, and the sugars are still too high. At least I'm only 2/5 to the maximum dose, so hopefully we can just increase it. I also want to be able to quit taking the second medication, Actos, because that's what's keeping me from losing weight.
I'm sure we'll get it adjusted, it's just a big hassle right now.

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PATSYB7 12/20/2012 5:52AM

    Good luck! You are doing the lifestyle changes that I'll bet your doctor wishes every diabetic would do! emoticon

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MOVEITMARY 12/19/2012 10:58PM

    Praying for your success with it.

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68ANNE 12/19/2012 7:11PM

    I hope your appointment goes good. I think your dr will appreciated the data chart and all the hard work you have done.

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Early Morning Leg Cramp

Monday, December 17, 2012

A terrible leg cramp ripped me out of my dreams at 6 a.m. I haven't had one of those in months. I wonder if it's because I've eaten less fruits, veggies, and milk products in the last week because my stomach got upset so easily. Any ideas what causes leg cramps and how to prevent them?

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MOVEITMARY 12/17/2012 5:36PM

    There is a good SP article about muscle cramps:


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Virtual Trip Down the Rhine - Who's Coming Along?

Saturday, December 15, 2012

For the new year, I've decided to go on a virtual trip. I've looked at the hike across America groups, but here's the thing: I like to swim! And even though it's virtual, I have a hard time picturing myself swimming across the Rockies. So I've decided to find a route along a river, and I came across the Rhine river in Europe.
The Rhine actually has a hiking/biking trail almost all the way from the source to the ocean, so you could actually make this trip for real. (Even though it wouldn't be practical to swim it, of course.) There is a very nice web site that describes the route and the many cultural, natural, and historical highlights, so you can see pictures of all those places.
I'm from Germany and have seen many of these places, but some are new to me, so it will be great to virtually revisit them and learn about new ones. So, here is the info:

WHEN: Starting date (for me): January 1, 2013
WHERE: From the Rhine's source in Switzerland past Vaduz, Austria, France, Netherlands - here is the link to the route:
HOW FAR: About 1300 kilometers, or 800 miles.
HOW: Any forward movement: walking, running, biking, swimming, skating, etc.; log your daily distance and see your progress along the route.
WHY: To get fit, picture how far you've come, and see a different part of the world.

If you want to join, just respond to the blog! I'll post more information as I plan it out!

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SUSANBEAMON 12/16/2012 12:52AM

  interesting idea. i may do that later. too much planned right now to be adding more.

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X5X52000 12/15/2012 5:27PM

    emoticon I'm there with you!

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MOVEITMARY 12/15/2012 3:47PM

    I'm not exactly sure how this works, but you have got me curious... :)

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CAROL494 12/15/2012 2:56PM

  Sounds great! emoticon

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Saturday, December 15, 2012

My overall attitude is getting better. After only eating small amounts of food due to the nausea, I was ravenous today and had a footlong meatball marinara at Subway. I felt a little guilty afterwards and then laughed at myself; sure, it was too much food, but all healthy (spinach leaves, olives, bell peppers, onions, wheat bread) - I didn't even have chips with it.
If I think that too much healthy food after a few days of being sick is indulging, I'm definitely on the right track.

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MOVEITMARY 12/15/2012 3:44PM

    Glad to hear you are feeling better!

And definitely a better choice than a tub of Ben and Jerry's.... in fact, the whole sandwich was still probably a healthier choice than half a sandwich with chips and a large soda.

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CASTIRONLADY 12/15/2012 7:04AM

    Yes, if you think it is too much, it probably is. Like my sister baked cookies yesterday and I must have eaten 4 or 5, not quite a bag of oreos but my stomach told me is was just too miuch.

Have a great day.

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ZRIE014 12/15/2012 2:21AM

  eat healthy and look to the future. emoticon

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