Eat Less of everyghing if you are overweight, and especially eat less sugary foods such as breads, cereal, pasta, rices, desserts, sweets, potatoes; and starchy vegetables such as potatoes, corn, peas. It is more about what you DON'T put into your mouth, than what you DO put into your mouth.
Any particular food by itself will not lower your blood sugar once you put it into your mouth, but a lower carbohydrate (starches and sugars) diet and a good exercise program, and appropriate medications will.View Thread
Beta, your "prebowling" sound like my pre-arm weights, prehydro strength class, and pre massage that I crammed into the few days before surgery. I am keeping my gym membership active so I have a place to walk inside.View Thread
My goal over this spring, summer and fall, is to get back to as much exercise as is safe. #1 goal is relaxed kayaking!!!!!! In Florida this spring I will go along for the ride in a two person kayak and take photos with my new camera. Baby steps......View Thread
Deb, the pulse was paced at a minimum of about 60 , sometime down to 55 at complete rest, which is a good deal better than the usual 42-48 I had most of the morning and down to the 30s at night. It feels normal but I have to remember that when I climb stairs a NORMAL pulse (like mine is now) will go up higher than my old pulse. It is a learning experience every day. The BP wil take a little longer to adjust as my body gets used to all this. I do feel great, and then I get tired and take a short nap, then great, then sit in a chair for a while. I think it all gets more normal over the weeks.View Thread
I had a sort of pretty blue paper half balloon over my head and face (not close enough for claustrophobia) so they could work 2 finger widths below my collarbone area and me not see them. It was really interesting! No pain at all. If they needed to do something and discuss somthing they didn't want me to hear, they could just put al little more "joy juice" into the IV for a few minutes. That procedure eliminated the dangers of complete anesthesia. I treated myself to a 30 second "pity party" just before starting bell.!View Thread
After dealing just fine with bradycardia (low heartbeat) for 15-20 years with no noticeable symptoms, it was finalyl time to get a pacemaker. It was implanted Tues. a.m. by the U. of Chicago hospitals heart rhythm director and large team) and I came home at noon on Wed. All went well. I have to limit movents, especially any left arm movement above the shoulder or frontwards and backwards at the shoulder or lifting, stretching, pushing for many weeks.
Prebiabetes wise, I am limiting my total calories to be in line with my total energy output - which is not very much. amd keeping to my limited carbohydrate plan. I have a little more energy every day and almost no pain except sore ribs (from the tiedown straps?) it will be another totall consuming life style change for a while avoiding all magnets and many motors for the rest of my life. Just like living with diabetes, It Is Doable! Just put one foot in front of the other and make the changes! p.s., I'm in pretty good spirits and talked to the doctors almost all the way through the 3 hour procedure being awake or under very light "happy drugs" .View Thread
Thanks Auriga. I am glad it is getting done this Tues. so I don't have too many more days to worry. I will not be put under - just a slight twilight effect so I can still respond while they are setting the pulse rate and other numbers. My current vertigo may be a problem in lying flat and not sleeping on my left side.View Thread
Thank Deb. This is supposed to be an easy one, but that doesn't help with the anxiety, which of course raised the blood pressure. I went to swim class, had a massage, went shopping and other things I will have to avoid for a while. The freezer is loaded with frozen dinner for HD and plain veggies and lean meats for me.View Thread
Thanks Dave. That A1c was a surprise. I have read that pacemakers are more "productive" with less body trauma from the relatively mild surgery if they are implanted before age 80 or so. It depends on the patient and the doctor. My heart and EKGs are fine, but the pulse for years has been 31 to 110 (rarely 120 with exercise), with an average rate of 51. I just never did exercise very hard or fast, and I do the same moves in the water aerobic classes with a heart rate of 60, that the others do with a heart rate of 120. I thought that was normal for me. I did however have trouble keeping up with the fast water walking, although I could do the twisting, jumping, floating , kicking stuff. I wasn't until the last several months that I have gotten dizzy in the mornings and run out of steam. So...now I believe that it is time. The batteries now last 8-10 years. I remarked to the doctor that meant it would be good until I turned 60, He never cracked a smile.They have really fancy combinations of defibrillators and pacemakers that manage many conditions. Look up those words on the internet and see if any look like they would suit your mother.View Thread