David Heuben was so strict on his regimen for diabetes too. Wow. I knew Michelle Hall was battling cancer for some time, so she is not really a surprise. Does someone of their friends or family at home notify the forum when they are gone? I keep a list of my forums and passwords and all. I would hope my family would let my online friends know.
Before they put me on insulin, my A1c test kept getting higher. The pills never helped my blood sugars at all. Since I am on insulin, which was about January 05, I believe, my sugars have leveled off, and usually behave. Sometimes I have a few spikes, but not too major. Before I started the insulins, my sugars were up in the 400 neighborhood. Now they are mostly in the low 100s, or 90s. I cannot handle my sugars in the 50s and 60s, and my doctor does NOT want me so low. It does take awhile to learn how to eat to control one's sugars, and everyone is different in what works for them.
I do a lot of gardening and walking my dogs for exercise. And keep busy with my church and family. Speaking of whom, my dogs are waiting for their evening walk. Talk to you later. I will try to pop in a bit more often. I need to stop in at several other forums too.
I am glad to hear from you. Missy and Hubby are up in Alaska someplace. I hear from her now and then. I remember Kate also. I used to hear from her also, but have not heard from her in several years.
Diabetes is a strange creature. Some can get it into remission--we were always taught that there is no cure-- and do quite well. Others just cannot seem to get there. I learned more from the Old Timers and this board than I ever did from any of my doctors. You can have it for years, and it will not show up on tests, despite all of the symptoms. By the time you are diagnosed, you have a lot of complications. That was me. Even so, my A1c was not that high at dx because I had been skipping a lot of meals trying to loose some weight. I was not very heavy, but more than I wanted to be. A certain PA did not believe that skipping meals would throw the A1c test though. Long story there, but we parted ways. I was UNDERWEIGHT when I had the gestational diabetes that never was caught. I was small for many years, so it does not always have to do with being overweight. Certain medications made me way overweight, and I have had a terrible time trying to loose the excess weight they caused. I refused to take those meds once I figured out the cause. NO medication is good enough to be worth 50-70 lbs of excess weight! This weight gain was AFTER the diabetes and complications were DX'd.
Anyhoo, I am glad to see a few folk that I know from before.
It is sad about those who passed away. I do email a few really 'oldies', not that they are that old, but they were here when I first came here back in 2003 when I was first dxd with diabetes. Too many new changes discouraged a lot of us. And some of them are gone that I know of.
I am glad your cat bite healed up okay, despite the trauma. I have had a few cat bites, but no major infections or complications from them. I have been a cat person and a dog person all of my life. I was partly raised by a German Shepherd. Seriously. She was not ours, but our landlord's dog. No one could raise a hand to me while she was around.
I had undiagnosed gestational diabetes with my kids back in the 70s, and then symptoms off and on until 03, when it was FINALLY dxd. By then I had high blood pressure, diabetic neuropathy and a few other problems. I try to take good care of myself. Allergies are rampant in my family, as are some other problems like hypertension and heart probs.
Who passed away? Maybe I knew them too? I know FlashGordon is gone. Nixie is gone. Tom is gone, but I forgot his board name. I still keep in touch with Dnorvell, and Missy and Jane. Sometimes I email Dusty, but have not heard from her in awhile.
I am not sure what the forgetfulness issue is either, be sure to ask your doctor right away. You could have some other issue going on.
How long have you been on the insulin? It does take a few weeks to 'kick in', if I remember right. I think it took about a month to get my sugars and insulin doses regulated when I started insulins. My blood sugars were around 400 when I started insulin--finally! I had had to change doctors to get one to put me on insulin, because the pills were making me sick as could be and not helping at all.
What insulin/s do you take? I take Lantus and Humalog, though lately I have not needed very much Humalog. That is a good thing. Lantus is a long acting insulin, and you take it once a day. Humalog is a fast acting insulin that you take with meals and for spikes in your sugars. Most doctors will give you a sliding scale to use when you have spikes in your blood sugar. If you are careful, you will not usually need much in the way of correction doses.
There are other brands and kinds of insulin out there.
Hi Auriga, nice to see you again. There are so many people I do not know on here any more, and I miss the old crowd. I email some of them.
ANYONE can get allergies, whether or not it is in their families, and no matter how old you are.
I am glad you got that cat bite treated. Usually, that does not happen with a cat bite, but none of us can see the germs around us. Be sure to thoroughly wash and treat with antiseptics any kind of wound, bite or otherwise.
I had to get a tetnaus shot while in the ER too.
High blood pressure is another problem I have, but the meds do nothing much to help it. My blood pressures usually go all over the place.
Another reason I was scared of the antivenom-- I can no longer take Benadryl because it sends my bp into orbit and drop dead numbers for over a week. And I cannot have epinephrine either. If I have another anaphylatic reaction, I could easily be DEAD. No thanks!
I hope everyone here takes care of their health as best as they can, including their diabetes.
I havent been here in awhile, but thought this would be relevant on here. Healing of any wound, has much to do with how well you control your blood sugars. I am not perfect at it, but thankfully, mine have been fairly stable and my A1c's around 6.+. My latest was 6.2. I am on 20 units of Lantus daily, plus PRN Humalog.
Recently, I was working in my yard and reached for some grass to pull. I did not see the vermin because it was a bite and run accident. He bit my right index finger, thankfully, only one fang got me. I called some family and friends, but no one could come so I called 911 right away. Even so, by the time EMS got there, the swelling was half way up my hand. I had put ice on it, but found out later that has fallen out of favor?
I was in the ER 6 hrs that night, and had an anaphylatic reaction to one of the meds they gave me. I am VERY ALLERGIC to many things. My heart rate dropped like a boulder almost as soon as they put the medicine in the IV, and set off the alarms. They already had me hooked up to the monitors, so the doc and nurses were all over me. That was too scary!
When I was slightly stabilized they sent me to ICU and I was there 28 hrs. I cannot sleep on my back, and I could not sleep for the pain. They wanted to try some new antivenom, but I was so afraid of another anaphylatic reaction, that I refused it. My arm swelled above my elbow. They kept saying they did not want the venom to go to my heart, but I was so afraid of another allergic reaction. It might have, because when I did get home and showered, I noticed the swelling had gone to my armpit and breast and was all black and blue. They had me on a clear liquid diet, YUK. I hate jello--dont do boiled hides, hooves and bones.
I kept asking for some scrambled eggs and toast. Finally, after they had me in a regular room, I refused my breakfast tray with more liquid junk. Then the doctor finally let me have real food with some scrambled eggs and toast. They sent a surgeon in to see me, because I had a huge purple blood blister on the bitten finger. I finally talked him in to letting me go home around mid morning.
The surgeon checked my finger a few days later, and the wound had gone necrotic from the poison. I had surgery the next day in the OR to remove the dead tissue. He did it with a local, which was my request. BTW, the local did not deaden the pain much. He wanted to have the means to help me if I were to have a bad reaction to any meds.
I had to hold my BP meds for over a week because my heart rate and bp was so low and erratic.
I chose not to use the triple antibiotic salve because I am allergic to some of the ingredients in it. I used A&D ointment instead, and sterile water at first to cleanse the wound. Then I remembered a herb growing in my yard called 'heal-all'. It is prunella vulgaris L officially, and a pretty little plant with blue flowers. I made a tea with it, and used it. Then my wound began healing quicker. Both my regular doc and my surgeon were very happy with how fast it healed up. In eleven days, it had healed nearly 100%. It is still tender and a bit sore, but otherwise very good. I may not even have a scar before long.
I am very thankful it healed so well, and I can still play the piano and organ.
The nurses at my doctor's office were all bragging how well it healed. And my doctor told me of several copperhead bites her other patients had, plus about a dozen more bites on patients of other doctors in our area. Be careful if you live in an area with snakes.
And be careful with your diet, in case you do get injured so it will heal up better.
Sometime this past year I began having odd symptoms that might be neuropathy related, but I am not sure. I get a severe burning sensation all over my body like a really severe sunburn. The other day it happened in the daytime, and my skin is also a very bright red color with it. Before it was only in the night and would keep me awake. I think it is happening several times per month so far. It is NOT the same as my female hot flashes at all--those make me hot and sweaty only.
The symptoms for this: 1.extremely painful burning sensation, like a 2 or 3d degree sunburn 2. over most/all of my body 3. skin hot & dry & dark red during the episodes only
Any ideas on what it could be?
I did tell my doctor about it during one of my visits. And I emailed her over the holiday about the dark red color of my skin. She was not real sure what to make of it either.
Diabetic neuropathy is very painful. I had it for three years before my PA dx'd the diabetes [2003>, then I went to my neuro because he kept misdiagnosing my problems with my legs and feet. [I also changed doctors a number of times since then.> I was already an established patient of my neuro, so I did not need his say-so to go to her.
Currently, I am on 1600 mgs of neurontin daily for my neuropathy. I might go back to my neuro early next year, as I think it may be time for a bigger dose ? Keep walking even if it is painful, it will help in the long run.
There are numerous meds for diabetic neuropathy, so if the med you have is not working, it is good to discuss it with your doctor/s and try either a higher dose if the med can be done in higher doses, or different meds. Sometimes multiple meds could be the answer.
I have read on here that keeping one's sugars under control is helpful to relieving neuropathic pain. My sugars have been under control for a long time, but if it helps, I cannot tell it is helping. Then again, the nerve pain and damage could be worse, so perhaps it is. My meds help, but they are not 100% on relieving the pain. Perhaps they are about 80% or so.