STATE OF EMERGENCY Continues...
The flood waters are receding and some people have been allowed back to their homes. However one week after we still have over 11,000 displaced people in Calgary alone who are not allowed back to their homes. There are areas of the city still without power and major repairs are underway.
The Town of High River is still evacuated almost in it's entirety with people living in emergency shelters; homes of other family, friends and strangers. It is hard for them especially with still not "knowing" if their homes are salvageable or not.
The First Nation's on the SIKSIKA Reserve were hit terribly hard with over a thousand homes destroyed.
So many animals were displaced, lost & injured.
Despite all the sadness surrounding the floods, there is so much to admire and so many people to look up to.
The number of Random Acts of Kindness & love that are happening is astounding.
Just the thought of how many helping hands there are; how many shoulders to lean upon; how many volunteers show up to do what is needed; the list goes on and on.
This picture sums it up...Cookies on a police car to help our first responders and volunteers.
My heart is full with the joy of seeing the kindness of others, it helps soothe the sadness.
On another note just before the floods happened, last Wednesday to be precise, I had a needle inserted in my body for a Continuous Blood Glucose Monitoring system. This little device read my blood sugars every 5 minutes to check for patterns and to see how good my diabetic control is.
On the surface my control is good, a few unexplained things would happen, like not understanding how an insulin dose (I am diabetic type 1 if you didn't know) would work well one day and do nothing the next.
My health care professionals are wonderful and based on the information I had to give them they always wanted to increase my insulin for 'tighter' control. It always seemed to just bump my numbers higher not lower, which only seemed to confound them.
My Doctor & I wanted answers.
That is why I was hooked up to this machine.
Now because of the last weeks events I did not have the strenuous workouts that I normally do. I had mild exercise and lots of stress, so I was prepared for something, but not what I found out.
I found out today after the device was removed that I have way too much insulin in my body. My body is in a constant state of 'carb dumping' from my liver. This is so I don't have a hypoglycaemic (blood sugar low) and lose consciousness.
Maybe I am not explaining this quite right, according to this device EVERY SINGLE NIGHT AND LATER AFTERNOON I AM LOW.
I am aware of 1 out of every 5-7. The other 4-6 times my liver is forced to dump carb's (sugars) into my blood stream to bring me out of it.
This explains so many things for me.
*** The biggest being why I can't lose weight! I am eating to replenish the carb's my body needs to recover from the low blood sugars.
*** I am so tired, well this to put it plainly is an 'energy drain'.
*** Now all those wacky meter readings for my blood glucose can be explained as either the downward trend of falling into a low or the upwards trend of rebounding from the carb dumping.
Now imagine what was happening even the week prior to the test under 'normal' circumstances and I threw exercise into this. OMG!! I can't even imagine how low or how much stress my body has been under. I asked for this test in February!!
I am just thankful that my body is in a position that it has been able to 'fix' itself so far. I have always had the fear of never waking, if this was left untreated for who knows how long, my stores could of run out and this could of been a possibility. Thankfully it isn't.
Well, I am glad I know this and can now take steps to rectify it. I hope this does kickstart my weight loss again, as that has been frustrating for me.
There are so many things to be thankful for.
Love and hugs to you my friends.