Wednesday, April 16, 2014
I thought that Bazill, my basil plant was a goner. (Bazill is his name lol!)
While dealing with getting my feet under me after the diabetes diagnosis, I noticed my poor baby in to windowsill, forgotten. I watered him and left him alone for a few days and when I decided that it was hopeless and was going to empty his pot, I noticed a speck of green towards the bottom.
I cut him all back and waited a few more days to see what would happen....
Here he is! All sprouting and happy again, even if he is short now!
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
I put low in quotes because it wasn't like a trip to the ER or anything. I had a rough day at work yesterday, lots of unexpected walking, lifting, and moving.
I wasn't really prepared for it.
I had a 1.5 mile walk to the bus in the morning, not too bad, I ate breakfast and when I got to the bus stop, I ducked into the gas station and got a Muscle Milk....its like a flavored protein shake. 200-ish calories and around 10 carbs. I had a half hour on the bus and then a half mile walk to work.
We rotate positions at work a bit so yesterday was my first time filling in for other people to have their breaks. I ended up getting pulled to help out with shipment. I was supposed to 'babysit' the shipment while the others either took some to the sales stock room, or offsite stock. I was told to start unloading the remaining pallets, sort, and count the boxes against the invoice. No problem....?
I unloaded and stacked one and a half pallets by myself in about 30 minutes then was pulled to fill in for someone who had to leave a half hour early.
I got my break about 3 hours into my shift and had a splitting headache, almost bad enough that I didn't want to eat. I checked my bg and I was down to 77. I ate and felt a tiny bit better and muddled through the rest of my shift. After I clocked out, I ate a bit of fruit and some cheese while I waited for my sister to come pick me up. By the time I got home, I was feeling really grouchy and in a LOT of pain. The headache was like on the top of my head...not a usual place for me, it is usually behind my eyes or the back of my neck.
I made a rather quick supper and checked my bg right before eating. I was down to 73. I know that isn't super low I think 70 is the lowest of the 'normal' range (?), but it is the lowest that I have been thus far. My beau told me to get some orange juice before I ate (he is hypoglycemic), which I did and was surprised at how fast my headache disappeared. By the time I went to bed, I was up at 89 and feeling a lot better, other than the headache hangover.
Is orange juice the best thing to keep around for an unexpected day of extra work and not enough carbs? We have a refrigerator at work and I was thinking of keeping a small bottle in there 'just in case'.
I know they make glucose tabs and gels, but do those have anything other than glucose in them or work any faster than OJ? The OJ I drink is extra pulp with no added sugar. I figure that the OJ has vitamins and fiber, plus I LOVE orange juice. That is actually one of my sads since being diagnosed, limiting my OJ servings.
Friday, April 11, 2014
I went to the doctor today for a checkup and to have a couple of minor things checked on.
I told her all the changes I am making to my diet and exercise to keep the diabetes in check. I told her that I am terrified of the complications and the thought of having to go on insulin...ever!
She congratulated me on my weight loss last month (17 pounds) and said that I CAN have the white stuff, but have to watch the portions, but it is fine if I go without it, just keep a check on my calories.
I have been up around 1300-1600 a day and feeling pretty ok with that. My weight loss seems to have slowed down a bit, which is ok too, as long as it doesn't stop or come back!
She asked how I was getting along with exercising and I let her know that I try to get my 10k steps every day, I do ok when I have to work, but I get a bit lazier on my days off, I think my average for the last week was about 7500.
She said that I should be aiming for more than 10k every day...problem is that I have been in so much pain with my hip, it even wakes me up at night. She said it is bursitis and gave me an anti inflammatory but doesn't want to put me on a steroid because it could shoot my blood sugar up. I told her that I am more worried about my blood sugar right now and will stick with the anti inflammatory for now. If it gets worse, I might deal with the temporary blood sugar hike, I will deal with that when and if it happens.
I told her that I was doing pretty good on my anti depressants and have only had a couple of minor meltdowns since starting...mostly due to being frustrated with the diabetes information that I was finding. She told me to just let her know if I want to increase my meds, but I think I am good for now. I know I won't find happiness in a bottle of pills and I don't expect nor want to have NO emotions. The meds just help me to not get so overwhelmed. (It was to the point that I was having uncontrollable crying meltdowns almost every day)
Oh, I also have eczema! That is something new! It is just one little spot on my leg...it doesn't even itch much, but it irritates me because its not supposed to be there, lol! She gave me a script for that too.
I go back and get my bloodwork done in May to check my A1C again and my cholesterol. I really didn't make THAT big of a change to my diet, I cut out most carbs, I cut all white bread, rice, pasta, and got rid of most of the sugar and added sugar junk. It's been hard with Easter on the way, all my usual go-to junk foods don't really come in sugar-free form.
I did find a bunch of different flavor Voortman's Sugar Wafers that are sugar free...I even found lemon ones today! I think that in the last 6 weeks, the only thing that I have bought to eat that has added sugar was some key lime yogurt. I bought it today and hope it will be a satisfactory substitute for the key lime pie I have been craving. My older sister had key lime pie when I was there during the holidays, I had never had it before and sadly, I was hooked immediately!
I am (somewhat) enjoying walking for the bus lately, the weather is very nice here, it got up to 75 degrees today and there was a nice breeze too....WAY better than 50 below zero!!!
Give me a couple of months though, and I will be complaining because of the heat I am sure!
I am not sure where I will find time (not to mention energy) to get more walking in, I am hoping that when I get to biking to and from the bus will leave me with a bit more free time...and give my hip a break. I know I keep reading that walking is best for diabetes, but the pain is driving me nuts. I bought some of that neuropathy cream for diabetic feet, its an all natural one and it really worked! My beau rubbed some on my feet the other night and they really did feel better even if the cream does smell weird!
I have been posting a bunch of diabetes memes to my facebook...actually, my new profile pic is Wilford Brimley telling me to eat my damn oatmeal!
I will say that is one thing about my entire family....we all turn to humor to help deal with stressful situations! After my grandpa had half a lung removed for cancer, and he was doing ok in recovery, my dad said he had a lot of color in his cheeks after surgery...and the ones on his face too, lol!
And on that note....don't forget to take care of you and to love yourself!
Wednesday, April 02, 2014
I am tired today, not so much sleepy-tired, but worn out.
I have been worrying and working every minute of every day for the last month. I am getting tired of diabetes being the first thought on my mind when I wake up and the last before I go to sleep.
For the last month, I have had no sugar, white bread, white rice, simple carbs, pasta, chocolate, fast food, junk food, chips, soda, popcorn, etc... (Actually, except for today, I had some honey in my tea because my throat is irritated and I am getting a cough again.)
I have counted calories and paid extra attention to fat because I don't want to trade one problem for another problem.
I started the month eating about a thousand calories or less a day because the thought of eating made me nauseous, I trudged along and forced myself into eating between 1300-1600 cals a day which is where I am now.
The weight is almost falling off of me and I am still leery about it but also getting to the point of also worrying that it will stop coming off....yea, I am one of THOSE people, a chronic worry wart.
I'll get a handle on everything soon, I have to because if I don't, I may drive everyone totally insane.
Saturday, March 29, 2014
Well, March certainly lived up to its little idiom that I learned in grade school.
I started the month off with the news that I am pre-diabetic and have been working to get educated further about it.
Way back in the dark ages when I first started working, I worked as a CNA in a nursing home...so I know the complications that diabetes can cause. My dad also had it, but was not diagnosed until after I was grown and moved away on my own so I did not have much info on the diet portion.
I have been spending lots of time working and researching online this month...so much in fact, that I let my poor little basil plant die. The poor thing made it through the winter (basil plants hate the cold!) on the windowsill in the kitchen and I totally forgot about it. I just noticed it yesterday and it was all withered up. I watered it and brought it out of the window and set it closer to the heater vent to warm it, but I think I was too late.
I was thinking back about some things and its funny, in a way, because I had lots of bits of information, but it was always pertaining to my weight...f'rinstance....
I was cooking a pan of white rice and cheese one day and my dad and a friend of his (who is diabetic), came home and dad asked what I was making and when I told him, he said it wasn't healthy, I scoffed of course...after all, rice is a staple food and cheese has calcium!
He looked at his friend and said 'tell her', Rich proceeded to fill me in on how many carbs and fat grams were in my planned meal....which meant absolutely nothing to me. Everyone went about their day.
Looking back on the situation, if they had told me what happens to carbs in your body...or explained the process to me, it might be a different story now.
I have always been interested in medical things and I was the weird kid who checked out medical books from the library, but never came across HOW your body gets fueled by food.
Also, it was never really gone into in school, if I remember correctly, health class in high school consisted of sex, STD's, pregnancy, drinking and driving, and that's about it. Oh, and that we needed to wear a seat belt.
I have been super busy with picking up extra hours at work and deciphering all the information I can on diabetes. I will get another appointment with my doc in a couple of weeks and ask for a referral to a nutritionist and I will be calling the hospital on Monday to check out the diabetes center there and see if they offer any classes.
My weight loss still seems to be zipping along, I am down 15 pounds this month. When I told my mother about it, she said I should be happy, but I'm not. I am very apprehensive about it and not happy with the idea of losing a half pound a day. Major changes in my life are difficult for me to deal with. My mother says that I make things hard on myself, but I can't help how I feel. I am missing my dad very much and wish that I could ask him about all this stuff. He was always so supportive. IF he were here I know what would happen, he would give me all the information I needed, help me outline my choices, tell me what he thought and why he thought it, and then he would support me in whatever decision I made.
Knowing what he would say and hearing him say it are just not the same thing. I have always been the most sensitive person in the family and dad always had enough hugs and support for me.
Don't get me wrong, my beau and my sisters and brother are so great, they have been nothing but supportive and helpful, but...they aren't Dad.
I am looking forward to getting my bike out of the shed and being able to ride to the bus stop...I know I keep saying that, but then it keeps snowing! We got a couple of inches a few days ago and now we have had rain for the last two days. I think that next week is supposed to finally be in the high 40's and 50's and that will be alright for me to ride in.
Provided that there aren't heavy rains.
Which sets me up for another grade school diddy...April showers bring May flowers.
I am SO ready for some sunshine and flowers!
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