My numbers did run high for quite some time, but I have worked harder at controlling my diet and watching my numbers and coordinating them with my diet and insulin needs....now I am running fasting numbers of 100 to 120 or so, and mealtime numbers are staying within my goal range too...A1c is coming down, and weight is dropping. This latest illness was a rough one, taking nearly 3 weeks total to resolve, and I managed to keep my sugar at a good level throughout it....only a couple of times seeing fasting numbers around 130 to 140. I couldnt find a reason for the spike that sent me to the er....to be honest I thought it was the infection in my nose coming back and that was what worried me. Thankfully it wasn't, there are no signs of infection anywhere in my bloodwork, chest xray, urinalysis, or anything...so I still don"t know what caused it. Water under the bridge now I guess, and my numbers are back on track where I want them to be.View Thread
Hiya flutetooter. I may not have been clear enough in what I was saying, but my post was more of a wondering what spiked my sugar when things were close to being back to normal when it had held steady through my illness and stresses. It has been under control now for quite some time, maintaining good numbers with monitoring, proper diet, and medications combined. As sick as I was, and as messed up as my diet was (to the point of not eating at all for nearly a week) i still managed to keep my numbers within range. Then, out of the blue, with nothing I could identify as being a reason, my sugar spikes to over 600.
The watching it a little closer to see what it does simply means more testing than the 4-5 times a day I already test, and continuing to make sure I stay within my dietary limits as I continue to heal from my surgery. Since I made that post, it has come back within the range I need to keep and is staying there. You are right though...understanding and controlling my diabetes is key to my long term health...I have no argument with that at all. I am working hard to do just that, and managed to do so even through a rough illness and surgery. Thats why the spike threw me off...just couln't figure out where it came from.View Thread
Hello everyone, It's been a while since I've posted, and the last month has been chaotic to say the least. Beginning with the death of my father, and getting through his funeral and such, then about a week after that I developed an abcess in my nasal septum. After a week of not being able to eat due to pain and nausea, and not getting any better, I was seen in the ER 3 times in 4 days. The pain just got worse and worse, and eventually I couldnt move any air through my nose at all....finally a CT scan showed a 14mm abcess in the septum, and a specialist was called in.
He did an incision and drainage in the ER under local anesthesia and I had IV antibiotics overnight in the hospital, but within 3 days of being released, the abcess filled back up again and it was decided that surgery was needed. A week after surgery, I got the tubes taken out of my nose, that was last Friday. Finally, some relief...I was almost pain free, and the infection was gone, and the nausea was gone and my appetite began to come back. I had subsisted on cold liquids through a straw for 3 weeks, and what soft foods I could get my mouth open enough to accept. Suprisingly, my blood sugar stayed fairly stable....elevated in the 200 to 250 range, but stable.
Saturday I ate about a 40 g carb dinner, and the same on Sunday....checking sugars and taking insulin accordingly as I always do. Then last night, I started having symptoms of elevated blood sugar. Decided to check my sugar and all my meter said was "Hi" which means the sugar level is over 600. I took some insulin, drank some water, tried to be a little active in the house since it was dark out and not safe to be outside walking or anything. 2 and a half hours later, I was still getting a "hi" reading from my meter and had no idea where my sugar actually was, or whether it was continuing to rise, dropping....or what it was doing at all. I decided to go to the ER.
511 is the reading they got in the ER when I got there. All blood work and urinalysis was normal, blood gases were ok, chest xray was fine, no signs of infection anywhere. So 2 bags of IV fluids and a second dose of Novolog, 4 hours later I went home with a sugar of around 250. No real reason identified for the spike other than stress....I guess it all just finally caught up with me. Just going to watch it a few days a little closer than usual to see what it does, not sure what else to do at this point.View Thread
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
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