Dave I had my right hip replaced in 2001 when I was 48. I'll be 61 in a few days and no problems. Overall it's been great. So wonderful to be without that kind of pain. I have over the years developed, according to my doctor, some sciatica issues which causes my legs to get numb if I walk around too much and they feel like they're going to collapse. Pretty scary. I need to discuss things further with my doctor and ask if some physical therapy might help or even chiropractic.
Sorry about going off on a tangent. I had my surgery on a Thursday and went home the following Monday virtually pain free. Just some some soreness from the incision. I had lost about 80 pounds before the surgery. You'll be fine.
Congratulations and kudos to you Dave! What is your A1c now? I'm on about the same amount of medication as you but glyburide 10mg per day. Depending on what my bs is at night I may only take half a pill otherwise I'm too low in the morning.
You're so right about moderation. Too much of anything will eventually kill you. Even too much water.
Well Bruno what can I say. It's not often that I go 'gaga' over something. I'm usually pretty simple - a jeans and t-shirt kind of girl but sometimes I've got to get extravagant...lol. Besides my little 'deals' have been working for me so that counts for something.
Thanks Lynn. I really don't feel that I've given up anything. For a long time I had a problem with soda. I didn't have it every day but still too often. I made a deal with myself that if I could go a month without full sugar soda I could buy myself a new pair of smaller pants. So far it's been five months. What is surprising to me is that I really don't miss it. I'll have a diet soda a few times a month but it's not something I have to have.
My next deal with myself is when I get to 'onederland' (under 200 pounds) I get to buy myself an Anuschka purse. Look them up online - absolutely beautiful - like art you can carry with you. Maybe by Christmas.
I think a lot of people get stuck in their attitude towards food. They're afraid of change. As diabetics we've got to expand our food horizons and make those necessary changes for our health and hopefully longer lives. We can still have fun with it like my deals. Whatever works, right?
You're right nutrijoy. I inserted my own frustration. It boggles my mind how many people don't learn more about diabetes or any other chronic conditions they may have. I wanted to learn so I did. I'm still learning thanks to people like you.
I'm still going to try to educate my diabetic friends and coworkers who are amazed at my A1c of 5.6. They want to know how I did it so I tell them I rarely eat rice, tortillas or pasta. Most of them are Hispanic. None of them appear willing to give up their traditional foods or even cut back. Hey I love Mexican food too and I do indulge but not every day. I love Italian food and I haven't had any pasta since last November. I get Chinese food but don't have any rice. It works for me. It's more about the flavors anyway imo.
People are always worried about having to give up something. What? Give up poor health for better health. I'd rather be healthier than have rice or pasta or ice cream.
Thanks Bruno. I keep trying and imo that is the important thing. I'm not trying to be 'perfect' I'm trying to be healthier in what I eat and the things I do. BTW I still enjoy the occasional beer or dirty martini...lol.
I've been eating sugar snap peas almost every day for the past few months. They are 7 carbs per serving. They provide the crunch I like and much better than chips...lol.
As for fruit I usually have blackberries or blueberries. Since cherries are in season I've been having some of those too. I quit peanut butter a month or so ago because I felt I was eating too much of it at a time. I was under the impression that sweet potatoes were not so bad for us diabetics. Several years ago I was eating quite a few of them and they didn't affect my bs that much.
I hear you about the 'orgasmic flavor explosions'. Things I used to love don't have the same lure they once did because they don't taste the way they did in my memory. That's a good thing imo.
In the summer I do like the sugar free popsicles. Very refreshing. Artificial sweetners are not the best thing but.....
Keep bringing on the exellent information and perspective.