INFLATED's SparkPeople Blog INFLATED's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community At last! I took my Trulicity shot yesterday afternoon. It is a 1.5 mg dose injection of dulaglutide. <BR> After supper my blood glucose was 206 and this morning 174 and after breakfast 195. At last, the readings are below 200 and I only have to give myself the shot once weekly. I have been waiting so long to get close to 180 after meals. <BR> <BR> The oral surgeon told me above 350 that I should go to the Emergency Room. I have been above that many times after supper and I do try to stay within m... Sat, 2 May 2015 16:45:42 EST Snaggletooth. Day 15 <BR> For Thursday, 4/30/2015 <BR> Walked around the block 15 minutes 69 calories burned <BR> I went today to the oral surgeon and he pulled my tooth. It was the third one from the back, upper left jaw. He had a nurse check my sugar. Well, guess what? He was the first doctor to ever do that and I have been doctoring for diabetes since 2006, I think. <BR> <BR> He also did blood pressure checks and asked how I was doing as he did his work. He numbed me in three places, pulled ... Thu, 30 Apr 2015 16:53:18 EST Black screens at start-up. I just got back from my doctor. I lost another pound and am at 237 lbs. My blood pressure was good, I think it was 120/70. <BR> <BR> I will be starting a larger dosage of the Trulicity beginning this Friday (my shot day). My blood sugars have not been below 200 and are above 300 after meals. <BR> <BR> I haven't been blogging because my computer takes over 2 minutes for the screen to lighten. I have black screens when I boot up. It overheated the other night and shut itself off. <BR>... Wed, 29 Apr 2015 11:08:01 EST Winner, winner, chicken dinner. Day 14 <BR> For Sunday, 4/19/2015 <BR> Walked around the block 11 minutes 63 calories burned <BR> <BR> We had our gathering after church today and we took AC&T fried chicken. Others brought mashed potatoes and chicken gravy, pasta salad, macaroni salad and sodas or water. <BR> <BR> It isn't anything fancy, just people bringing what they want to and us sharing a time together. <BR> <BR> I got January's spreadsheet finished during the wee hours of this morning and have February's and Mar... Sun, 19 Apr 2015 18:34:45 EST My husband's forgetter is working overtime. I am working on my January spreadsheet for this year. I had to look for something online and saw where hubby had withdrawn money from checking totaling $60 (a $20 and a $40 withdrawal) and hadn't entered it on the check register. He also moved $750 from savings to checking for our upcoming house refinance and had not put it in as a deposit into checking. <BR> <BR> He and our son washed cars today. They also went to a store out of town and purchased meat for grilling this summer. Chicke... Sat, 18 Apr 2015 21:38:43 EST Thinking of my Dad today. Day 13 <BR> Walked around the block 12 minutes 66 calories burned <BR> <BR> I had my cystoscopy done this morning and the doctor said, "It looks good." I am glad that procedure is over with! <BR> <BR> I came home and called Lily company about the pens for my diabetes because they had been out at room temperature. I just had to be sure that they were not over 14 days old. I had to call my primary care to see if they had kept the pens refrigerated and they had. I really want to get a new... Fri, 17 Apr 2015 22:49:20 EST My tooth hurts. Day 12 <BR> Walked aroung the block 13 minutes 72 calories burned <BR> <BR> I went to the family doctor yesterday. I weighed in at 238 lbs. after they took off two pounds for shoes. That is another pound gone. My blood pressure was elevated and my heart rate was up. I think because I was sure I was going to have to take insulin. Anyway, my A1C is up to 12 and the Metformin was not doing anything. My glucose readings rarely are under 300 and I have had two at 496. The doctor gave me t... Thu, 16 Apr 2015 22:22:37 EST Our income taxes are finished. Whew! Day 11 <BR> Walked around the block 13 minutes 72 calories burned <BR> <BR> I worked today looking up the addresses of all of our doctors and our pharmacy and the hospital where my husband had surgery. We claimed mileage to and from each place. Just with the pharmacy we had run over 360 miles. <BR> <BR> Well since I am on Social Security and with what my husband made, it was taxed at 85%. <BR> We are getting a refund from state and Federal, but this year, I had to work to try to get ev... Mon, 13 Apr 2015 21:45:28 EST Venting. Day 9 <BR> Saturday, 4/4/2015 <BR> Walked around the block 16 minutes 74 calories burned <BR> <BR> Day 10 <BR> Tuesday, 4/7/2015 <BR> Walked around the block 12 minutes 66 calories burned <BR> <BR> Van repairs: $773.78 PAID <BR> <BR> <BR> We went to the dentist today and I have a place above a crown that is decaying. Implant and a new crown cost, $5,000. One of our old dentists put a crown in every time he looked at me. The last time I went to him, I was given an application for... Tue, 7 Apr 2015 19:11:50 EST Waiting Day 8 <BR> Sunday, March 29, 2015 <BR> Walked around the block 13 minutes 72 calories burned <BR> <BR> Our son came over Saturday and he moved some furniture around for me. <BR> <BR> I took my van to a mechanic Friday and haven't heard anything yet. He did mention the transmission and I prayed that it might be something else that is not so costly. I have an appointment Wednesday and may have to reschedule that if I don't hear by tomorrow. <BR> <BR> I haven't heard anything about my... Mon, 30 Mar 2015 15:25:10 EST CT scan with contrast and a monkey bump. Day 7 Walked around the block 13 minutes 72 calories burned <BR> <BR> I am home from the CT scan. I had to drink 2 1/2 cups of water prior to the scan. I am thanking God because 3 people in the waiting room had to drink two cups of contrast. I was allowed to use the rest room. An IV was put into my left arm and it began to hurt. They did the contrast and it was on an interval basis that I was x-rayed in the CT scanner. I told one of the nurses that my arm hurt at the site of the IV. After i... Tue, 24 Mar 2015 19:58:06 EST I might need to study for my lab tests. Day 6 Walked around the block 13 minutes 72 calories burned <BR> <BR> <BR> I got a lab slip for my urologist on Saturday and had one for the primary care physician which required a 12-hour fast. My mouth gets so dry that my plan was to sleep most of the fasting time away. <BR> <BR> The testing place where I am to go in the morning called and asked if I had the lab work done yet. I told her I got the slip on Saturday and had fasted for another lab test today. I left to go to the lab... Mon, 23 Mar 2015 19:08:41 EST Queen For A Day! Last week my printer quit working. It would go into "sleep mode" and wouldn't print. Our son came over and said the computer was not communicating with the printer. I found a wire that I had put in a drawer and he was able to hook up the printer to the computer and take it off of "wireless." It worked! <BR> <BR> I figured I was ready to go back to working on the spreadsheets, but I started to get a blue banner across the screen that said I could update from Windows 8 to 8.1 version. I d... Sun, 22 Mar 2015 15:06:30 EST The best birthday surprise! We had snow yesterday and it was my husband's birthday. We went to our son's house and there was a gift bag from our daughter with homemade shortbread cookies, a Wyoming T shirt and a Wyoming sweat shirt in it. My husband was trying on the sweat shirt and we were singing Happy Birthday to him, when I saw his jaw drop. Our daughter came home from Wyoming to be there for his birthday and she hid on the stairs at my son's town house and came running into the kitchen. <BR> <BR> It was just ... Sat, 21 Mar 2015 00:09:09 EST A Misty Day Here. Day 5 Walked around the block 11 minutes 63 calories burned Sat, 14 Mar 2015 20:30:25 EST The visit with my podiatrist. Day 4 Walked around the block 11 minutes 63 calories burned <BR> <BR> Hubby got the results of his CT scan, everything was okay. The doctor said he thought hubby had a concussion. <BR> <BR> I had an 8:15 AM appointment this morning to have my feet measured by a podiatrist to get some shoes that fit properly on my feet. I was given a catalog to look at, but the shoes were ugly. I chose a pair of Mary Janes because I don't have any dress shoes. The doctor said she didn't think they would... Thu, 12 Mar 2015 20:59:52 EST Getting medical tests scheduled and over with. Day 3 Walked 2.34 Miles 56 minutes 310 calories burned <BR> <BR> I had an appointment today with my urologist. He was in surgery so I was seen by a nurse practitioner. My doctor always catheterizes for a urine sample, this woman didn't. They also did a sonogram on the bladder to see if it was empty and so I had a pain free visit. <BR> <BR> I sent in a change of address in 2008 and they never changed it. It is now 7 years later and I am getting caught up on things I have let go. Sinc... Wed, 11 Mar 2015 18:16:11 EST We are in the red. Day 2 Walked around the block 13 minutes 72 calories burned <BR> <BR> I was having a normal day today until I started reading my e-mail. I had one from the online book seller saying that my debit card had been denied. I called the number on the back of the debit card and the woman I spoke with, said to contact my bank. I got online and had a look and we are overdrawn. I thought this might happen when hubby took off to have his foot operated on. <BR> <BR> His first pay check since goi... Mon, 9 Mar 2015 21:22:35 EST Starting to exercise with caution. (Explicit blog) Day 1 walked around the block 12 minutes 66 calories burned <BR> <BR> I wrote too soon on Friday. The effects of the Metformin hit while I was in the basement and I soiled myself, had to shower and do laundry. Fun, fun, fun! Let me tell you, if you have been told that you are pre-diabetic, work hard to lose weight and eat within the guidelines here at Spark People. I had 5 bouts of diarrhea with this, 4 after showering. <BR> <BR> Our son invited us to his house today after church for ... Sun, 8 Mar 2015 21:26:24 EST I am working on lowering my carbs. A doctor that has been a Type 1 diabetic since his youth and invented a portable blood glucose meter, said to try to keep carbs at 30 for a whole day. Just pick up a piece of food that is packaged with a wrapper or that comes in a box and see how hard that is to do. Diabetics count the total number of carbs per serving which is on nutrition labels. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I tried and my blood glucose was 215 before supper. I had 75 carbs for the whole day. Today when I tested my blood gluco... Fri, 6 Mar 2015 14:41:56 EST Battling hyperglycemia. It's Thursday and though my husband left to go to work, later the government announced a shut down and he turned around and came back home. He doesn't work for the government, his company does government contracts. We had snow today, a lot of it. Right now, it isn't snowing and I don't know if that is the end of it. We are to have very cold temperatures after this. It is 21 degrees now. <BR> <BR> ... Winter Storm Warning remains in effect until 7 PM EST this evening... <BR> ... Wind Ch... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 17:09:38 EST Slip Slidin' Away Winter Weather Advisory <BR> Statement as of 4:54 AM EST on March 03, 2015 <BR> <BR> ... Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect from 10 am this <BR> morning to 10 PM EST this evening... <BR> <BR> * locations... the eastern West Virginia Panhandle and western <BR> Maryland. <BR> <BR> * Hazard types... snow... sleet and freezing rain. <BR> <BR> * Accumulations... snow and sleet accumulation of up to 1 inch... <BR> along with up to a tenth inch ice. <BR> <BR> * Timing... late this... Tue, 3 Mar 2015 06:11:13 EST Nineteen days until Spring. Elliptical Trainer 3 minutes 30 calories burned <BR> <BR> I discovered that my elliptical has a 10,000 step program. I was working on that today while waiting for Princess to come inside. She went out and was lying in the snow. My husband was upstairs and I asked him to bring a pencil and a piece of paper to me. By the time he did, the screen cleared and my readings were lost. <BR> <BR> We went to church this morning and the weather was worse in Maryland than in Pennsylvania. This was ... Sun, 1 Mar 2015 19:52:37 EST Plans for today, be the Lord willing. This morning, I am going to the foot doctor. My husband has his appointment first. After that we plan to return home, let the dog out and meet with our son's girlfriend for lunch. <BR> <BR> Wednesday, my husband slipped on ice at his work place and hit his head. He was seen at a medical facility near where he works. He didn't break the skin and there was no bleeding, but he has a place about the size of a nickel that is red on the crown of his head. He was given an ice pack that looked ... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 03:09:19 EST Today's forecast. Washington Severe Watches & Warnings NOAA Weather Radio <BR> Winter Storm Warning <BR> Statement as of 10:14 PM EST on February 20, 2015 <BR> <BR> ... Winter Storm Warning remains in effect from 6 am Saturday to 6 am EST Sunday... <BR> <BR> * precipitation type... a mix of snow... sleet... and freezing rain Saturday through early Sunday morning. <BR> <BR> * Accumulations... 5 to 8 inches of snow... locally higher amounts at elevations above 2000 ft up 10 inches. Ice accumulations of a tra... Sat, 21 Feb 2015 04:20:45 EST We are keeping warm. Washington Severe Watches & Warnings NOAA Weather Radio <BR> Wind Chill Advisory <BR> Statement as of 8:54 PM EST on February 18, 2015 <BR> <BR> ... Wind Chill Advisory remains in effect from midnight tonight to <BR> 10 am EST Friday... <BR> <BR> * wind chill... 5 to 15 degrees below zero tonight into Thursday. <BR> Wind chills on Thursday night are expected to drop into the 5 <BR> to 15 below zero range. <BR> <BR> * Temperatures... lows tonight in the single digits. Highs <BR> T... Wed, 18 Feb 2015 23:36:43 EST Our last day together before my husband goes back to work. It's 5:05 AM here. We had gusty winds yesterday and very low temperatures during the day time. <BR> <BR> Hubby goes back to work tomorrow (Tuesday). We both go to his foot doctor on Friday. He is talking more and more of going to part-time work and drawing Social Security. Somehow he split a toenail on the foot that was operated on. He said his jeans caught on it. It split from side to side and I think he will have to have it removed. <BR> <BR> I didn't get all that I wanted to do,... Mon, 16 Feb 2015 05:19:34 EST I was mistaken about my husband's date to return to work. My husband told me yesterday, he goes back to work February 17th. I don't know why, but March 17 got stuck in my brain. <BR> <BR> I have weighed myself shoeless for two days in a row and my weight is at 241 lbs., that is 3.5 lbs lower than it was at 244.5 lbs. I attribute it to falling in love with ice water and I drink a lot of it. I eat what I want, when I want, but this seems to be the difference. <BR> <BR> Also a half of a raw lemon in the morning. I squeeze the juice into my water ... Tue, 10 Feb 2015 15:33:30 EST My husband will return to work March 17, be the Lord willing. I went with my husband to his doctor's appointment yesterday. He had a stitch in his foot that was missed when she took the stitches out. He is to use a necktie or exercise bands and stretch the tendons in his foot. <BR> <BR> She wants him to build up slowly to walking on his foot without the boot. He has to wait for new nylon braces before he goes back to work. If he has any pain, he may have to go through physical therapy, but we are expecting everything will go well. He returns to ... Sat, 7 Feb 2015 01:11:34 EST Mouth in the foot disease. Thursday, January 22, 2015 <BR> Shoveling Snow 19 MINUTES 233 CALORIES BURNED <BR> <BR> Yesterday, we got up at 7 AM to get ready for my husband's 10:30 AM appointment with the podiatrist. It had snowed on Wednesday, so I had snow to shovel. I did our walks and the neighbor's and cleaned the snow off my van. We ate breakfast and left at 9:45 AM to give us plenty of time for any bad road conditions. <BR> <BR> Hubby's cast was cut off, the stitches removed, and he is now walking with... Fri, 23 Jan 2015 02:11:59 EST My husband has passed the one month mark from his surgery. I went shopping this evening. I went to four stores: CVS, Lowe's, Weis and Food Lion, then I came home and unloaded the van, put the groceries away and made a new list of things that I didn't get. <BR> <BR> Things are going well except that the Metformin makes me nauseous and I haven't been taking it. I will make an appointment when hubby goes back to work. <BR> <BR> On January 9th on Facebook, someone posted two pictures of my Dad which I had never seen. He died January 8, 1971, so 44 ... Wed, 21 Jan 2015 01:26:27 EST Baby, it's cold outside! The temperature high today was 18 degrees. The overnight low was 4 degrees. I thank God that we have a warm house, food on the table and that we have each other. <BR> <BR> My son interviewed for a new job today and he called this evening to tell us that he got it. I am happy for him and hope there will be many advantages for him. <BR> <BR> I feel a lot better since I quit the Metformin. Sometimes, I still have urgency, but none of the cramping or nausea. <BR> <BR> I finished filing m... Thu, 8 Jan 2015 19:38:07 EST Shovel operator. Shoveling Snow 20 minutes 245 calories burned <BR> <BR> I stopped my Metformin Sunday evening. I went 4 times between 7 AM and 10 AM and another two times after supper and had an accident. My blood glucose was over 240 daily, even on the Metformin. <BR> <BR> The first day without it, it was 254 and today it was 187 before I ate anything. <BR> <BR> I just went out to shovel snow and my husband or son or both of them got rid of our snow shovels. I had to use a flat shovel to shovel the... Tue, 6 Jan 2015 17:30:56 EST My New Year's Resolution. My New Year's resolution is simply to remember to write 2015 instead of 2014. <BR> <BR> Sun, 4 Jan 2015 19:19:02 EST Time to myself tonight. Heavy Cleaning 80 minutes 736 calories burned <BR> <BR> Our son called us this evening as we were eating supper. He wanted my husband and I to come over. They were going to watch a football game in the man cave on the first floor of our son's townhouse. <BR> <BR> I had some things I wanted to work on, so my son came and took my husband to West Virginia and I vacuumed the main level. Princess fought me the whole time I was trying to use the wand in the living room. I had the idea of ... Sat, 3 Jan 2015 22:19:42 EST I am tired. Hubby is off all of his pain medication-oxycodone, but still has ibuprofen to finish. He gets one dose at 2:30 AM. He had a cast put on his leg Wednesday and we go back in three weeks to see if he is ready to wear the boot he had from his last foot surgery on his right foot. The doctor said that she removed two bones and she said the swelling was down on his foot and it looked good. <BR> <BR> I have been doing little projects daily and maintaining the housework. I have all the receipts f... Sat, 3 Jan 2015 00:34:56 EST Detail cleaning. Day 148 of exercise in 2014 not a streak <BR> Around the block 13 minutes 74 calories burned <BR> <BR> I didn't feel well yesterday evening. My stomach hurt. <BR> <BR> Today I wiped the counter tops in the kitchen with bleach water and cleaned the mirrors, vanities and toilets. I bathed hubby and took a shower and we had leftovers for supper of chicken rice soup. <BR> <BR> Little by little, I am getting some projects done such as filing monthly receipts and I want to organize my pantry... Sun, 28 Dec 2014 21:15:00 EST Some friends dropped by today. December 26th <BR> Day 147 of exercise in 2014 not a streak <BR> Heavy Cleaning or house cleaning 28 minutes 258 calories burned <BR> <BR> Some friends of ours called this morning at 9:44 AM. We were both sleeping and in the Providence of God, it was a good thing because hubby was due a pill at 9:45 AM. They bought subs and we had lunch together and read the Bible together. <BR> <BR> We talked about the current situation in America and we wonder how long it will be before our Lord ret... Fri, 26 Dec 2014 22:10:11 EST Keeping track of my exercise. December 25th <BR> Day 146 of exercise in 2014 not a streak <BR> Around the block 14 minutes 66 calories burned <BR> Elliptical Trainer 2 minutes 20 calories burned Fri, 26 Dec 2014 01:06:14 EST Tending to those things left undone. Day 145 of exercise in 2014 <BR> Around the block 14 minutes 66 calories burned <BR> <BR> Our son came over today and took me to Staples to get a new toner for my printer. He said he hadn't bought a birthday present for me, so he paid for it. It was $84.88. Then we went to the meat market and I bought meat. After that, we went to Food Lion for groceries and with the two of us getting the stuff on the list, my grocery shopping was finished quickly. He stopped at Burger King and I bough... Wed, 24 Dec 2014 19:20:42 EST Day 5 of hubby's post-op. Hubby had his first post-op appointment today at 11 AM. We decided to get up at 8 AM. We ate breakfast and then I helped him to bathe and washed his hair, then I took a shower. Yesterday evening was the first that I got to shower since Friday. If I could trust my husband not to get up unless I am there with him, I could get a lot done. <BR> <BR> This morning the battery on my food scale was low. I took our dirty clothes to the basement and the light bulb over the washer was out. Yeste... Tue, 23 Dec 2014 15:58:09 EST Day 3 of hubby's post op. Yesterday morning my husband called to me that he needed to use the bathroom. I have been sleeping in the living room on a recliner on the love seat. There is a recliner at each end of it with cup holders and a storage area in between. My husband sat down on the toilet, but managed to urinate all over the bathroom floor at 4 AM. I had to clean it up with paper towels, then mop the floor and launder the mop head. <BR> <BR> Last night I washed his hair at the kitchen sink and used the spr... Sun, 21 Dec 2014 20:41:06 EST Post Op, Day One Day 144 of exercise in 2014 <BR> Around the block 13 minutes 74 calories burned <BR> <BR> We left the house this morning at 9:30 AM. My husband drove to the hospital. Our son let us off and parked the car. My husband was taken back to be prepped a little after 11:00 AM for his surgery. Then the nurse came back and said that his surgery wasn't scheduled until 12:30 PM. My husband was sleepy and he said for me to go eat lunch. When I went back to the waiting room, my son was not there.... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 23:34:17 EST Tomorrow is the day of surgery. Day 143 of exercise in 2014 <BR> Around the block 12 minutes 68 calories burned <BR> <BR> The hospital's operating room called today after Noon. My husband is to be at the hospital at 10:30 AM. <BR> <BR> Tonight we took the dog for our last walk together this year. I pray all goes well and that my husband doesn't have any falls or ankle twists during his recovery. He will be off work for two months. <BR> <BR> He had a ruptured tendon on his other foot and an extra bone in his foot.... Thu, 18 Dec 2014 20:11:43 EST Counting down the days. Day 142 of exercise in 2014 <BR> Around the block 11 minutes 64 calories burned <BR> <BR> Last night, my son and his girlfriend came here for supper. We had tacos. I had cleaned out the night stand in our son's bedroom and picked his stuff up out of his bedroom as best I could and I put everything on the bed. I filled up a laundry basket of stuff and he took that home with him. There is still clothing, a mirror, some books and a computer screen. <BR> <BR> We are expecting company fr... Wed, 17 Dec 2014 16:59:04 EST Clarification about the broken arm. I posted my sister's e-mail to me about her broken arm. She had a picture of the bruise in the e-mail, but it wouldn't print on Spark People. <BR> <BR> She is the one with the broken arm. She took a fall before our birthday celebration and I noticed that she was not moving much. I don't know what day she fell or how long it was before she went to a doctor. Her arm was black above the elbow in the picture she e-mailed to me. It looked like a giant fingerprint on her arm. <BR> <BR> I pos... Fri, 12 Dec 2014 14:31:13 EST My sister's fall. went to doc today after seeing the ugly bruise on my arm. <BR> <BR> arm is broken and tendons torn in hand. <BR> <BR> I have a sling and a brace on my wrist. <BR> <BR> Six weeks and I should be good as new LOL <BR> <BR> sorry, one hand typing <BR> <BR> <BR> Thu, 11 Dec 2014 20:51:57 EST Surgery is 10 days away. Day 141 of exercise in 2014 <BR> Heavy Cleaning or house cleaning 20 minutes 184 calories burned <BR> Around the block 13 minutes 74 calories burned <BR> <BR> Our son phoned this evening to tell me not to cook supper. He and his girlfriend bought stuff to cook and then came here and cooked supper for us. She made chicken tortellini soup and garlic bread. <BR> <BR> The weather was icy this morning. <BR> Tue, 9 Dec 2014 22:35:15 EST The old gray hair, she ain't what she used to be. Day 140 of exercise in 2014 <BR> Around the block 12 minutes 68 calories burned <BR> <BR> We were out last night shopping at different stores for things. We didn't get home until around 10 PM. <BR> <BR> Today, our son was here and he checked the gutters for leaves and I think he cleaned the dryer pipe from the dryer to the outside. We all went and got hair cuts after we had lunch together. My hair was to the bottom of my shoulder blades and I wanted a pageboy hair cut. It doesn't look... Sun, 7 Dec 2014 21:39:09 EST Food and Fun. Day 139 of exercise in 2014 <BR> Around the block 13 minutes 74 calories burned <BR> <BR> I have made a list of things to get done before hubby's foot surgery on the 19th. <BR> I add to it as I think of anything else. <BR> <BR> Our son came over today and they took back a pan that had corn pudding in it to my one sister-in-law and a big bowl that had fruit salad in it to another sister-in-law. Hubby also got his prescription for B-12 and needles for his B-12 shots. We both have to get... Sat, 6 Dec 2014 22:50:20 EST