I agree with all you say and do, including kayaking and pottery! My "counting" carbs is just mental, as I know from past experience which things are not for me and generally don't even like cookies, cakes, etc -- too icky sweet and therefore easy to avoid. Just on this last week's vacation, a few goodies strayed off the path to the garbage can and into my mouth. My body reminded me big time why I shouldn't eat them.View Thread
Thanks, Beta, for the jump "restart" on managing my carbs. I have been a low carber for four years and have kept my glucose numbers in the "Pre" diabetes range, but on a recent family vacation at the beach I had two cookies in the same day and my after meal number jumped to 175. It takes quite a while when you are first diagnosed to digest all the information and to make a decision as to how "well" you want to be. Most doctors allow far more carbs than my body can handle. I have also found that all my other medical conditions, such as arthritis, get much better when the sugar count is lower. Friends who choose the path of eat what you want and take more and more meds, have not fared so well.View Thread
What was your blood sugar in the hospital this time and what was your last A1c? You have been posting with similar emergencies for the last three years, and possibly before that with a slightly different name, and have not seemed to be on a regular diet and exercise program and consistent diabetes medications. Recently you wrote that you were off your meds and fine at the time.
I think that if you and your doctor can agree on a regular diabetic program, your other health issues would be much less. I seem to remember that you are still fairly young and Yes, your body will continue to break down and crumble at least 10 years sooner than if you stay on a healthy program.View Thread
This is a very individualized topic. Mostly read, read, read - Blood sugar 101 book and web site, and Dr. Bernstein's Diabetes Solution if you are technical and which to keep your numbers low. It mostly depends on if you have the desire to be as well as you can for your particular situation or just want an easy fix.
Yes, I always keep about a 4 hour emergency supply in my purse, which for me is several glucose tabs (4 grams each), two pieces of string cheese, and some nuts. I add 1 Glucose bar, or 1 Clif's Builder 20g protein bar, or 1 hard boiled egg if I am going to be gone for more hours. The thing I use most often is popping 1/2 glucose tab in my mouth as soon as I feel myself getting a bit light headed while shopping in a store. Within 15 minutes that gives me about 1/2 hour more to shop and look for lunch. I am just pre-diabetic and watch my numbers very carefully. This has worked for about 8 years and I have just been using 500 gm Metformin pill once a day this last year only.View Thread
Thank you for answering. My concern for you is that your "normal" numbers seem very high. I have learned from research that when numbers are in a very high range, they tend to "jump around" much more from high to low and back again much more often than for people whose fasting sugars are around 100 (70-126). It doesn't take much of an incident of eating more carbohydrates, or a lot or a little exercise, or illness, or stress to send them completely out of wack. Go back and reread your posts for the last two years to track your health concerns. (Click on your picture or name to find this.) You have had one emergency after the other plus weight fluctuations, and a lot of stressful situations. Reducing the amount of carb intake at each meal with the help of your dietician and doctor in changing your insulin to match may help.View Thread
I am reply to a post of mine 6 mos. ago, just a few days before my husband slipped on the ice and hit the back of his head, causing a brain hemorrhage and hematomas. This resulted in 5 days in ICU, 1 month the the hospital, 1 month in a rehab center, and a third months driving back and forth to the rehab center for outpatient therapy.
The next 6 months up to now have been very grueling for us both, but everything is mostly O.K. now, although he is still not able to drive. I have been doing pretty good at keeping my A1c from 5.7 to a top of 6.4 when I couldn't get out to exercise because of all the ice.
What has amazed me on my return to being more active on this site is that there seem to be NO experts, and the questions submitted seem to indicate a total lack of understanding of the disease. Has anybody else noticed that, or have all the people I used to see here left?View Thread
I hesitate even to reply. I went back and reread your posts over the past two years and found excellent information in replies from Nutrijoy at your 1 yr and 12 mo. discussions. Diabetes takes constant monitoring and understanding of how one's body does not handle carbohydrates normally. Just watching blood sugar "a little closer than usual to see what it does" will not do the trick of controlling your diabetes which to me seems much more serious to your long term health than you realize.View Thread
Wow, long time no see. How is the pot throwing? We just weathered a 3 month recuperative period for hubby after a head bash Hemorrhage and hematomas from a fall on the ice. All is well (99%) now. It was a job keeping my sugar numbers down without our usual exercise and with all the snow here. You are right. It is worth every bit of the effort because in the long run it makes for a happier, healthier person.View Thread