Today was my 3 month checkup with my endocrinologist and it went very well. My A1C was down from 6.4 to 6.1. I was glad to hear that! After being sick for 3 months our of 4, I was afraid it may have creeped back up since I’ve not been exercising as much. My doctor told me that if I was just coming in to see her for the first time today, she would tell me I don’t have diabetes. She says many of her other patients ask her if they have to be on medication for the rest of the lives and she tells them that they don’t have to be on medication at all. She also said she uses me as an example. That made me happy. That’s why I’m trying to tell others about how I am handling all of this.
She said my cholesterol was great, my weight was down a few pounds and my blood pressure was also great. She said keep up the good work. She asked if I had been tired lately and I said yes. In fact, my husband butted in and said, yes yes yes! He said that I have complained of being tired but can’t sleep. She said my thyroid was a bit out of what, so she adjusted my medication up a little, but it takes over 6 weeks for it to show any effects. At least I know why I’ve been so tired.
So once again, my suggestion is if anyone is diagnosed with diabetes, start exercising slowly and build up, eat a low-carb, low-sugar diet with lots of fresh veggies and you should see some results. It has worked for me. It takes work to make sure you eat the right foods and not get too many lows, but you can do it. Have a support system. My family helps with my eating and exercising. They encourage me all the time, as you can read by my daughter’s posts. They also make sure when I visit that I have the right foods in their houses for me. My husband has even stopped eating bad foods and is used to my new way of life now. I love them all and thank them everyday!
Hope you all have a good Wednesday. Disney is open 24 hours tomorrow night, so we are going over late in the night to make some history and have some fun. Everyone come on down and go with us!
I don’t know if any of you ever eat Stonyfield yogurt, milk, eggs, etc., but I love their products. And they have farm cams on their website. If any of you know me, I was raised out in the country and used to have chickens. I love the video from one Stonyfield’s farm cam where he is collecting eggs. I also used to milk cows with my Great Aunt Lizzie, and they have lots of those videos, too. They show what it’s like to live on an organic farm. They have several videos on organic food, which has taught me a lot. I know if I had eaten better early in my life, I would not have this blog on managing your diabetes. Enjoy and visit their site at www.stonyfield.com (the farm cam is on the bottom right)! And their yogurt is yummy!
This article from Prevention Magazine shows 12 ways not to set yourself up for Diabetes. I think they are all pretty much true.
Since I’m on immunosuppressant medicines, my cold has lasted longer than my husband’s. I was supposed to go to see my children and granddaughter in North Carolina this past weekend and I was going to stay a few weeks, but here I am, still hacking and blowing my nose. I am convinced if I would have taken good care of my health, mind and body long ago, I would not have needed a kidney from my daughter and I certainly wouldn’t have diabetes. But I’m lucky that I’m taking care of myself now and that I have family and friends that love me. Hope everyone has a nice Wednesday.
Apparently, they are trying to come up with a special kind of potato just for diabetics. If it’s not chemically altered, I’ll be fine with that. It should be interesting to see how it tastes. Read the article here.
I don’t know if any of you are like me, but I can’t live without Chapstick. The plain simple Chapstick is my favorite. And if you are a bargain hunter, Walgreens has it on sale for $.99 through tomorrow (Saturday the 18th). Now, when you walk in the front door, they have their weekly ad and usually beside or underneath they have their monthly coupon book, which has a $1.00 off of Chapstick (it shows a special kind, but it works for any regular kind), so I got free Chapstick. When the pharmacist rang me out (I had to go in to get some Walgreens Brand Mucinex-D which is behind the counter), he said, “you just got that Chapstick free. After I’m finished ringing you up, I’m going to get some, too. I didn’t know it was free with that coupon. That’s a great deal!” And I agreed with him and went on my way.
My blood sugar was 100 today. I am still running low on energy and went through a lot of stress here last night, but tried to keep my blood sugar under control and eat some veggies, fruits and nuts to keep my energy up but my blood sugar down. So I’m tired today and didn’t sleep well, but it was not too bad.
Hope everyone has a great weekend. Hope it’s nice and sunny where you are so you can outside and get some fresh air and sunshine. Enjoy!
My husband took this at the Outer Banks a few years back
I would like to know how others handle extreme stress? I am not good at it and it affects my blood sugar. I am going through an extremely stressful time at this exact moment and I am sick and do not know how to handle my anger and blood sugar. So any advice from others would be greatly appreciated. Stress, as many of you know, can make your blood sugar drop, especially after you calm down. So right now, I’m measuring my blood sugar as I try to breathe deeply and type this blog.
This article from Diabetes Life Online.com shows that you can have chocolate in moderation when you have diabetes and which kind is best. I eat a couple of Dove Dark Chocolate Promises everyday. They actually are very good for you. Hope everyone had a wonderful Valentine’s Day!