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Health Stats Blog, Day ...(start-over at day 20)

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

I actually got overwhelmed with words throughout this time--too *much* to write about in regards to health and thoughts about it. I _have_ been exercising, sometimes I've been away from the computer, and I've also gone through a month-long testing period that confirmed that I have Type 2 Diabetes.

This morning's stats:

~ weight: 252.4
~ fasting blood sugar: 123
~ took morning synthroid
~ used 2 puffs of flovent

I woke up late, and got distracted by chores and life details, so all I've had so far are liquids: green tea with blueberries and 2 oranges freshly juiced. As soon as I finish this I'll make 1 cup of 8 grain cereal (I like the 10-grain better, but that's all the store had). I usually add blueberries, and sometimes have it with hemp-milk.

In the paragraph above is a long-term issue (long as in, since I started taking synthroid when my thyroid was ablated). Synthroid is supposed to be taken on an empty stomach (fine, first thing in the morning) and then a person is supposed to wait about an hour until eating. What has been happening since 2009 is that, if I haven't just gone back to bed from exhaustion, I've gotten distracted during that time and often don't end up eating until my family is around---which could be when my younger son gets home from school at 2:30pm. Then I've eaten the family meal at dinner, stay awake past when others go to bed, and then eat random snacks during the night.

Solution starts with adjusting bedtime / wake-up, and then being aware of the time in order to eat breakfast.

Goals for today:

after eating a good breakfast, and taking metformin (500mg),

~ figure out some of the finances;
~ go to the bank with my housemate
~ talk to my disability lawyer (re: severe PTSD, filing an appeal)
~ take my son to voice & piano lessons

Other than that, I'd *like* to: go to the new building of the health food store, Honest Weight, in Albany, mow a portion of the back yard (but it's sooo humid)....and we've been too busy to see "Monsters University" until recently and would love to see if that can happen soon~!

So here's to a good start emoticon

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
WRITEAWAY 7/19/2013 5:44PM

    YES!! It's at least a part-time job to keep up with the pills, and to do it without mixing things up!!!

I have a pill box for nighttime, but the rest ....I just do.

Thank you for being a friend who understands!

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LVZ617 7/17/2013 9:48PM

    I've read about and seen alarm clocks that actually wake you up slowly by having a light that gets progressively brighter. The only problem is that they are incredibly expensive - like $60!.

Since I take medication 6 times a day, I have everything laid out in pill boxes. If I didn't, I am sure I would forget something, and I would spend all day opening and closing pill bottles. I do this every 2 weeks. That is also when I check to see if I need any renewals. It takes me at least an hour and sometimes two, depending on how my concentration is that day.
I also keep my thyroid and the other pills I take first thing in a daily pill box in my nightstand. Thyroid medication is absorbed better in the acidic environment of an empty stomach. Since coffee is an acid, I decided that that should be OK, and has been born out by my blood work. So, I get up, take that set of pills, and have a cup of coffee with my husband.

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WRITEAWAY 7/17/2013 12:08AM

    Thanks Cindy.

My nightstand is FULL of meds, as well as my blood sugar meter. I think I have to get myself a "kinder" alarm clock first (to transition to your good idea). I'll put it on the list emoticon

Thanks for understanding and encouraging.

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CINDYAST 7/16/2013 5:37PM

    What works well for me as far as taking my thyroid med, keep them next to you on the night stand with a glass of water and take it a half hour before you get up. I have an alarm clock that plays music, I've turned the volume down so it's a nice quiet wake up call to take my pill. My husband has his own alarm clock that blasts us up a half hour later! lol! That way I can still have breakfast when the rest of the family does and an added bonus, I get to snuggle with my husband a bit longer before we start the day! Win, win!

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