Just wanted to say I am now a non smoker. I am 6 months out without a cigarette. I do use an electronic, but am weaning off it as well. I feel better, i breath better, and i wheeze less. This has been a good change for me and I am proud of myself for having made it. I have not cheated and had a cigarette even one time.View Thread
Well, finally had my visit with an endocrinologist. I came away from it quite impressed with the level of care. She spent a good hour with me, and I gained a lot of useful information as well as a diet/exercise plan I can live with. Also got my Lantus decreased and a tighter sliding scale that increased my Novolog, as they want to bring the two in balance with eachother more.
My a1C is still 10.2, but so far I am sticking like glue to this diet plan so I expect it will drop by the next check. They've also made me appointments with a nephrologist, neurologist, and gastroenterologist. My liver enzymes are elevated, my kidney function is falling more, and I've developed neuropathy in my legs. I think that getting my diabetes under control will have a positive influence on all these other matters...if not improving them, then at least slowing the progression.
I am already seeing better numbers. I am hovering around 130 fasting when it used to run around 180 to 200, and running about 150 to 200 at mealtimes when it used to run 250 or higher all the time. I also have a glucagon kit now, as they expect I may have a few lows in the process of adjusting my insulins. I hope not...but it's a just in case sort of thing. I have it if I need it and I've taught those closest to me how to use it...even my 7 year old grandson. I babysit him a lot, it is often just me and him here, and I think he's old enough to know. He already knows how to check my blood sugar...knows what is high and what is low and what is ok....knows how to inject my insulin and we are working on learning to draw the proper dose. He also knows my address and knows how to call 911...another just in case thing.
Anyway...just wanted to post and let everyone know how things are. I hope all of you are doing well and feeling good.View Thread
I suffer from chronic leg pain, bothering me mostly at night when I am trying to go to sleep. My legs ache and burn and have an irresistible urge to move a times. This pain is in my feet and ankles as well as my calves. I have been told I have neuropathy as well as restless leg syndrome and fibromyalgia. Sometimes it is nearly impossible to get to sleep because of this pain.
However, my indigent care physicians have a policy against prescribing pain meds, and do not cover referrals for pain management. I cannot take any over the counter pain med other than Tylenol because of being on some other medications. I have spent many many sleepless nights because I had no way to deal with the pain.
So, I started doing some reading on home remedies for chronic pain, and found an article, I don't remember where, that recommended compression socks for chronic leg pain. I ok'ed it with my doctor and got a pair to try and see if I could find some relief.
Miracle of miracles, my pain for the past week has been under control. Not entirely gone, but quite manageable. Estimating, I would say 75 percent of my nighttime leg pain has been relieved and I can now, most nights anyway, fall asleep without breaking into tears of pain and frustration.
Please remember, compression stockings, while they require no prescription, are still a medical device. If you think you would like to try them please PLEASE check with your doctor first.View Thread
Finally, a bit of progress. My A1c, which had jumped from 6.9 to 10.8, is back down to 8.6. Still not where it needs to be, but at least a step in the right direction. I just have to keep working to get it down even more. My doctor has also finally decided to send me to an endo, since I seem to be so hard to get under proper control.
I have been monitoring sugars and carb intake closely to get this measure of success. She still has yet to give me firm guidelines on carb intake, though I have asked...all I get is "keep cutting back". Maybe I'll get some more definite goals with an endo, I don't know. At any rate, I have made some progress to feel good about.View Thread
Well, call me dumbass or whatever...( I already have, so it's ok, lol), but I made a big mistake last night that could have been really dangerous. I was taking my nighttime meds...and fixing a snack, and talking on facebook, and playing a video game, and making coffee...all at the same time. Lo and behold, I didn't check the label before injecting my nsulin and injected the wrong kind. 100 units of Novolog instead of Lantus. I realized what I had done and my chin hit the floor. Didn't take but a minute to realize I belonged in the ER for at the least some monitoring of my blood sugar. 100 units is a lt...I usually take small amounts of 2 to 8 units or so based on a sliding scale. I usually take 100 units of Lantus in the evenings.
Went to the ER and they countered the lows by feeding me basically. They said it was just a matter of keeping up with the lows until my body metabolized the Novolog, which took about 5 hours.
Anyway....lesson learned....one thing at time, especially when it comes to taking meds. I am not so complacent about dosing myself with insulin now. Just wanted to share my dumbass moment with everyone. Anyone else ever made a similar mistake?View Thread
You are right, I did learn a valuable lesson...one I knew but had become lax about. No more multitasking at medication time.
I have made some lifestyle changes though, as you can see in my reply above. I no longer snack...at all...other than a low carb snack with my evening Lantus. No eating between meals and very rarely now do I indulge in seconds at mealtime. I've cut enough out of my meals to be starting to slowly lose some weight and bring my sugars where they need to be for the most part.
Now I am focusing on continuing to lose weight, and hopefully decrease the amount of insulin I need, in addition to being more careful not to make medication mistakes like that again.View Thread