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.
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?
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: http://www.rhinecycleroute.eu/UK_front-pag
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!
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.
Thursday, December 13, 2012
This new friendship started with a few bumps. First, the new medicine did not bring my sugars down enough, and the doctor authorized me doubling the dosage a few days ahead of schedule, from 500 mg to 1000 mg, since I had not had any gastrointestinal side effects. That's when it started. I expected stomach aches, maybe bloating, but I was not prepared for that level of nausea. Just thinking of food made me sick - and I have strong stomach. Thankfully, it subsided after a couple of days, like a big wave of relief, but then I got a migraine, so I was not able to blog - or exercise.
My sugars are not about the same as they were before we switched meds, so I called the doctor's office again. I was told that it would take 2 weeks to take full effect, so I'll wait until Wednesday's doctor's appointment.
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