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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:

http://www.sparkpeop
le.com/resource/fitness_article
s.asp?id=225

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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: http://www.rhinecycleroute.eu/UK_front-pag
e?set_language=en
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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Indulging

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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X5X52000 12/15/2012 5:29PM

    emoticon

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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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Metformin - My New Best Friend?

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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MOVEITMARY 12/15/2012 12:58AM

    I'm sorry you have had such trouble with it. I hope that you and your doc find the right balance for you soon!

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MPETERSON2311 12/13/2012 10:07PM

    hope you feel better soon!

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THESUBY 12/13/2012 7:55PM

    Thank you, Chum48! I always want instant results, I have to learn how to be patient - and a good patient.

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CHUM48 12/13/2012 7:46PM

    Hang in there! Medical issues are always a challenge when you have to loss weight! Hang in there, just hang in there!

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