Home from the hills, the rolling hills of white sand dunes that is. ♫  ♪ ♫”Over the water and through the dunes to the Doctor’s house we go.” ,   ♫“The truck knows

Does this method of administering insulin seem a bit strange??

Does this method of administering insulin seem a bit strange??

the way, She shouts an ‘OLE!!!’ and does her impersonation of Charrrro….”Tceeeeeeee-yow!!  Chitty-Chitty Bang Bang—Aiiiiii  yiiiii…” ♪  ♫

Today was “I” day. And for you who know not what “I” Day is, It’s Insulin day! The day when we all dump what’s left of our saline out in the parking lot flower beds and fill our reservoirs with Pure sparkley drops of insulin, jab the big needle into our tummys and set that cannula. Then we are plugged in and ready to go. I have to call her within 24 hrs. (by 8:30 tomorrow morning) and let  her know I am still alive and kicking and read her my numbers and times. For the first few days she wants me to take readings 10 times during the night and day. What’s that…Uh, Before meals and two hours after is 6 so that means 4 times during the night. With my sleep and pain problems that means no sleep for 4 days. Yep. That’s do-able. Sure… And Terry usually has to help me because those non-functioning numb hands look like they are massaging something and getting nowhere. How that is going to play out during the night and when he is at work is anyone’s guess. And yes, feel free to guess if you want. I will check in periodically and let you know how I’m doing with the  cannula in me delivering what I need to survive, the numb hands and the most perplexing thing of all, the numb head. That one wouldn’t surprise Dad however. 😀 Oka y, time to check the blood. Over and out. Kath

Addendum:

Well, the numb hands are wo rse (right one swelling) and now the right side of my head wanted to get in on the fun and it is numb. Right arm and hand are now swollen. The neurologist has set a brain MRI for Wednesday to see what it shows. If nothing we will chase down the nerve endings that are involved.  Some days it’s a little harder to get to the humor. Wednesday – brain scan Thursday – diabetes appt. (pump is doing well and seems to be keeping the numbers lower.)

All Sweetness and Light People…FRONT & CENTER!


It’s now time to pay your dues, you who thought you were getting away with those bags of fries, those doughnuts with powdery white goodness on top (an NO, it’s not illegal drugs. It may well be for you and I now, it’s powdered sugar. You know, quit playing dumb, that white stuff on the doughnuts that you love slowly licking off of your fingers after the doughnut is gone. mmmmmmmmmmm

We weren’t addicted, not back then, but look around you and about 30% of your friends are standing behind you, with that telltale ring of frosting at the corners of their sweet little mouths. Yep, it finally got you and now it’s payback time. Take a seat and follow along in the booklets in front of you. AFTER you take that insulin pump out of its box and hook it to that round rubber looking affair over there using that plastic tubing.

And that is exactly how it began with me last Tuesday at the training session for my new insulin pump setup. I had taken delivery of the items in a large box a week and a half before and dutifully looked through it as instructed. Then began a home course on it’s operation along with lots of information that I didn’t know concerning diabetes and its beginnings and it’s ravages on the body if not controlled. I didn’t know how quickly you can die from it, nor how persistent it can be and the numbers (growing every day) of those of us blinded, without kidneys and without limbs. A whole host of other ailments and maladies are there waiting to jump onboard also so we are lucky that we still have time.

Stars who died of diabetes

‘Sweet Joe’ Russell, singer with the Persuasions, dies 72

“Sweet Joe” Russell, who spent half a century harmonizing with the Persuasions, an influential vocal group widely regarded as the “kings of a cappella,” has died. (May 5, 2012)

Joe Russell Cause of death
Joe Russell in a Brooklyn hospice after a long struggle with diabetes.
Joe Russell was 72 years old at the time of his death

David Peaston, R&B Singer, Apollo star, dies 54

David Peaston (1957 – February 1, 2012) was an American R&B/gospel singer who in 1990 won a Soul Train Music Award for Best R&B/Soul or Rap New Artist. He is mostly known for the singles, “Two Wrongs (Don’t Make it Right)” and “Can I?”, the latter of which was originally recorded by Eddie Kendricks.

In the late 1980s, Peaston, a former schoolteacher, won several competitions on the Showtime at the Apollo television show, winning over the audience with a powerful rendition of “God Bless the Child.”

David Peaston cause of death
David Peaston died from complications of diabetes on February 1, 2012 in St. Louis, Missouri.
David Peaston  was 54 years old at the time of his death.

Marvin Isley, Isley Brothers, dies 56

Marvin Isley (August 18, 1953 – June 6, 2010) was one of the members of the family music group, The Isley Brothers and a bass guitarist. Marvin Isley the youngest of the brothers grew up in Englewood, New Jersey, and graduated from Dwight Morrow High School in 1972.

Death of Marvin Isley
Marvin Isley died on June 6, 2010, from complication of diabetes at the Seasons Hospice within Weiss Memorial Hospital in Chicago, Illinois, at the age of 56

Evel Knievel

Robert Craig “Evel” Knievel, Jr. (October 17, 1938 – November 30, 2007) was an American motorcycle daredevil, a well-known figure in the United States and elsewhere since the late 1960s, and arguably the most iconic motorbike stuntman of all time. Knievel’s nationally televised motorcycle jumps, including his 1974 attempt to jump the Snake River Canyon at Twin Falls, Idaho, represent four of the top 20 most-watched ABC’s Wide World of Sports events of all time.

Death of Evel Knievel
Evel Knievel died of diabetes.
Evel Knievel was 69 years old at the time of his death.

Evel Knievel died in Clearwater, Florida on November 30, 2007, at the age of 69. He had been suffering from diabetes and pulmonary fibrosis for many years. Longtime friend Billy Rundle reported that Knievel had trouble breathing while at his residence in Clearwater, but died before the ambulance could reach the hospital. “It’s been coming for years, but you just don’t expect it. Superman just doesn’t die, right?” was Rundle’s reaction

Billy Henderson, Singer in Spinners

Billy Henderson (August 9, 1939, Detroit, Michigan — February 2, 2007, Dayton Beach, Florida) was an African-American singer. He was an original member of The Spinners, a soul vocal group.

Billi Henderson’s Death
Henderson died of complications caused by diabetes.
Billi Henderson was 67 years old at the time of his death

The Spinners were formed in 1954 by five friends including Henderson from a High School in Ferndale, Michigan. They had several hits, especially in the 1970s, such as “I’ll Be Around” (1972) and “Could It Be I’m Falling in Love”, “Then Came You” (with Dionne Warwick) and “The Rubberband Man”. The Spinners were nominated for six Grammy Awards and they received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the second star for a musical group consisting of African-Americans.

In 2004, Henderson had to leave The Spinners after he tried to sue the corporation and the business manager of the group for financial reasons.

Curtis Mayfield – Soul Musician “Superfly”

Curtis Mayfield (June 3, 1942 – December 26, 1999) was an American soul, R&B, and funk singer, songwriter, and record producer best known for his anthemic music with The Impressions and composing the soundtrack to the blaxploitation film Superfly. From these works and others, he was highly regarded as a pioneer of funk and of politically conscious African-American music. He was also a multi-instrumentalist who played the guitar, bass, piano, saxophone, and drums.

Later years
In February, 1998, he had to have his right leg amputated due to diabetes. Mayfield was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame on March 15, 1999. Unfortunately, health reasons prevented him from attending the ceremony.

Death of Curtis Mayfield
Curtis Mayfield died on December 26, 1999 in Roswell, Georgia from Diabetes
Curtis Mayfield was 57 years old at the time of his death

Category: Deaths from diabetes

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Deaths_from_diabetes

This is a list of noteworthy people who died from diabetes-related complications. I could go on and on of course talking of what I have learned lately, but there is time for that later on.

So there I sat with one other person in the training class with me. Her white knuckles on the table and the ruddy hue to her face along with her statement, told the story. “I DO NOT want to do this. I can’t stand the thought of wearing something that will be dispensing things into my body. I LIKE the shots, they are fine, let me continue to do them for Heaven’s Sake!”

By this time I am thinking this was her doctor’s idea and she had no part in it. I smiled at her and said “You will do fine, we just have to get used to the idea.” The low growl with clenched teeth told the trainer and myself it might be wise to move forward. So we did. Without boring you with details, we are learning how to program the monitor, how to fill the meter with insulin, how to check our blood with one meter which then relates this number to the main meter hooked to us using wi-fi, (we are techies) and then watch it go through it’s figuring and finally come up with a dosage to dispense over time called a bolus. We are wearing our new pumps which are filled with saline this week so we don’t kill ourselves 🙂 It will be changed out at the next appt. For the real stuff! That is in a week and a half. Then finally a third visit and that’s it. It’s a little weird feeling it hanging there on your waistband (or wherever you want to wear it comfortably.) It beeps at me and vibrates and is generally a fun date other than the part that is under your skin.

I will let you know how it goes. I’m taking suggestions for a name. After all something held this close to you all the time needs to have a moniker worthy of it’s position.

In other news, the right leg is giving out which means more time in the chair and also a new appt. With the dr. who is giving me a shot in that knee. He had to bail on me due to something that came up. Now I need him I’m afraid.

To all a Merry beginning of holidays soon and keep the shiny side up!!!

Kath

I Fall To Pieces…♫


I fall to pieces,
Each time I see you again.
I fall to pieces.
How can I be just your friend?

Patsy dropped by again this morning and you can see what effect her morning coffee visit had on me. I told her to please head on over to San Antonio Rose’s house next time. I’m afraid one day she will show  up singing “Crazy Arms” and then another malady will be sitting at the kitchen table too.  Instead I fell again twice. On the good side, My bones have got to be as strong as steel to hold up under this many falls, crashing to the floor and no breakage results. I do count my blessings.

And now for the real reason I am here bright and early this morning, last night at suppertime, a knock on the door and delivered one day early… you guessed it, my insulin pump!! And here for your viewing pleasure is that sweet bit of equipment in all it’s shining glory. Tons of it! The pump, a heavy thick book of instructions and explanation, Tubing, a “Quick Set Infusion Set”, a “Reservoir”, a “Quick-Serter” (looks like the part that goes next to the body and holds the insertion items, and a Revel, Paradigm,Real Time Mini Med. (Looks like equipment for when you are on the go. ) Wow. And this is supposed to be easier. Doc said in my last visit to just go on as always now and when the classes start to teach me   all about it, we will be switching over to the pump. He thinks this will be a saving grace for my runaway numbers and I hope he is right. The cost of this beauty in a box?? Over $8,000. Now I am going to be afraid to breathe for fear of breaking it. 🙂 Here’s a picture of another. I also have instructions to  play the DVD that came with it  and take a small test afterward. Then, pack it all up in your carry bag and bring it to the first training session. We lined up the three sessions which are all in November and ending right before Thanksgiving, then I am on my own.

I imagine there will be lots of others there taking the training and we will all sit there craning our necks forward yelling, “Huh? I didn’t catch that! Can you talk a little louder, I NEED TO KNOW THIS STUFF!!!”  And here are the images.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Coming Attractions” in the month of November…

  • Ultrasound on legs and possible surgery on them.
  • Shot in right knee and  maybe more
  • Physical Therapy with emphasis on traction
  • Training for the “Pump” and beginning to use it

Have a Shot on Me


This day has been the pits. I’ve had worse, but while this one is not right next door, it is definitely in the neighborhood and ranks up there on the same block actually. It began with my numbers in the 350’s upon awakening. I have no idea why, other than it has a mind of its own. :-/. My new specialist has me under some new rules and one of them is when my glucose reading is over 300, I am to immediately give myself a big shot of Novolog, the fast acting insulin, and the one most dangerous due to the fact that it can cause you to crash.

CRASH: Definition: Hit bottom, numbers lower than a pregnant Daschund’s tummy. Be shaky, become unconscious, and at the end if not treated…DIE!

So, following doctor’s orders and not for the first time, I took the 25 unit shot and sat back and relaxed. Within 20 min. I was feeling a little shaky but not to worry, it wasn’t bad and I knew that I would feel a little something from the numbers coming down. Soon after, it was more than shaky and I felt sick, weak and a bit spacey. I thought “no, I can’t be crashing” and promptly took another reading. I think my eyes bugged out a little when I saw the number had dropped like a stone and they were now 118. To drop from 353 to 118 in such a short time was why I was feeling like Mork of “Mork and Mindy”…just a bit out of my own personal galaxy.

After another 15 minutes another reading revealed 112. So, this wild ride was headed for a crash landing unless I stopped it. ROADBLOCK!! There was a dish of pasta in the fridge and I tossed it into the microwave. I made short order of that dish plus a couple of half teaspoons of sugar. At the fifteen minute mark afterward, the reading had slowly crawled up to 116. Finally! A U-Turn in the road to Hell. A bit later and we were up to 144, then 228. “Okay, you can stop now” I yelled as she flew past me in a cloud of dust and empty Splenda packets. When she finally slowed to a crawl, I checked again and lo and behold she tipped the scale at a big bold 329.  And what do we do if she is over 300 friends??? You are correct. We give her another shot of liquid gold…that pure nitro that goes into race cars…Novolog. And this time, she rests at 187 and all is well in for now in SugarLand. Except me who is worn to a frazzle from highs and lows and in-betweens.

Before I leave you to lick my wounds, Dick Edwards found a wonderful site and let me know about it. It is  where I will be spending a lot of time learning and enjoying some good solid facts and meeting people. Also, the second link is to a great informational site where a teacher will instruct you in why insulin therapy is not good and what is good for type 2 sufferers. You can also email him for his new book  (I believe it is an e-book) for free. I think you will be as surprised as I on the way insulin works, what it does and why it may be contra-indicated for diabetics.

See you next time,                                                                                                Kath

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Am I Blue…Am I Blue…


“Am I blue… Am I blue… Ain’t these tears, in these eyes telling you?”

It seems that planning meals for me is a pain in the neck. First of all, it’s not cheap to stock up on the items that are recommended. Second of all, it’s difficult to stick to a plan when your hunger, taste and feeling ill get in the way. My plan suffers from all of them. For some reason, I can be ravenously hungry, fix something that sounds so good and when I lift the fork to my mouth in anticipation of good flavor, my stomach churns and my body shouts “In your dreams, doll!!! If  you don’t drop that fork and walk away” (I know, it could be a remake of dead man walking) “you are going to upchuck all over your pretty jeans and sweatshirt!!!!.” So I sit there with a puzzled look on my face and wonder what in the world is happening here.

Other times, I am so hungry that I eat my meager portions that the diabetic book recommends and all it did was whet my appetite for more. What a guilt trip that is after I load up and have all I want. Homemade Spaghetti and meatballs, pizza and some veggies are the biggest culprits. And don’t forget the all knowing all seeing, sugar. I have never been a sugar freak. I could go for a year and never eat a piece of candy, pie, cake or cookies. I baked for my boys and hubby and could easily pass on all of it, The items I listed before that I can hardly eat without over eating are a few of the things I loved instead of sweets. But now???? After diabetes moved in that extra room down the hall??? I crave sugar like a madman or woman. I crave ice cold milk in big tumblers, any form of candy or cake or pie or cobbler. If you set a large baking dish of rhubarb or cherry cobbler in front of me you had better get out of the way or get hurt. I am not worried about weight so it makes sense that I can eat that, right? Wrong! Those are some of the things that make my glucose levels spike. I now know the feeling bad signs that I have had too much. I feel out of sorts, bordering on full out depression, tired and weak, and more. And I can correlate it with what I had eaten over the last 12 hrs. or so.

How do we fight that? How do we re-train ourselves to love the new diet. I  know that I am already changing since I can’t eat half of what I used to without feeling like I will burst and all that sugar will scatter itself all over the dining room table. Fortunately I have found some excellent sites across the internet and I will be adding more as time goes by. If you know of some  I have  missed, please list the url’s in your comments and I will add them to the list and give you credit for finding it/them.  With out further yakking from me, check out the page of diabetic resources at the top of the home page. See you later!

Kath

5 Biggest Diabetes Management Mistakes


Over seven years and millions of interactions on Diabetes Daily, we have seen many people make the same mistakes. Here are five of the most common ones along with potential solutions.

What mistakes are missing from the list? Share your experience in the comments and help spare your peers some difficult days.

Mistake #1: Thinking Only Food Impacts Blood Sugars

Carbohydrates, and to a lesser extent fat and protein, impact blood sugars. But food is just one of many factors.

  • Stress – whether it is caused by pain, a fight with a loved one, or intense exercise – increases blood sugars.
  • Activity typically lowers blood sugars, but many forms of exercise can also raise your blood sugar, such as strength-training and sprinting. Exercise that is causing negative stress on your body can also raise your blood sugar. Little known fact: if a 20 minute, pain-free walk regularly increases blood sugars and you haven’t eaten recently, call your doctor and ask for a stress test. This can be an early sign of heart disease. Something is causing that stress.
  • Sleep patterns can change your insulin sensitivity throughout the day. Not getting enough sleep can make you more insulin resistant and lead to higher blood sugars.
  • Hormonal changes can cause your blood sugars to rise and fall. These hormones could be from things like increased stress, growth-hormones, menstruation, and menopause.

As you learn about why your blood sugars change, it is critical to look at factors beyond food.

Mistake #2:  Guessing Your Blood Sugars

People are horrible at guessing their own blood sugars. The key problem is that the symptoms of high and low blood sugars are not always consistent. Are you sweating and hungry because of a low blood sugar or because it’s 90 degrees out and you skipped breakfast? Are you irritable because of high blood sugars or a friend said something that’s irritating? The symptoms of a low on an exercise bike could feel very different than the symptoms you experience when you’re watching TV. If you want to know for sure what’s going on in your body, use a blood glucose meter to test strategically. (See  Blood Sugar Testing 101: Why, When and What to Do.)

Mistake #3: Guessing Carb Counts

It is extremely difficult to guess how many carbohydrates are in portions of food. Studies have shown that we are lucky to be within 50% of the right answer. So it’s important to read labels and measure out foods until you get better at predicting how it will impact your blood sugars. This is especially true of foods that have hidden carbs. For example, many sauces are thickened with simple carbohydrates like corn starch. Even though it’s simply drizzled on your plate, that doesn’t mean there can’t be 15 grams of sugar in the sauce.

Mistake #4: Not Taking Responsibility for Your Own Success

Your medical team is important, but they can’t be there to make your decisions for you. You spend 99.99% of your time on your own. So take ownership of your diabetes. Learn what causes your blood sugars to change. Understand how your diet, medication, and activities fit together. Make sure that you are pushing your medical team rather than expecting them to push you. At the end of the day, this is your life to live.

Mistake #5: Embracing Extremes: Perfection or Failure

Diabetes is a marathon, not a sprint. Pushing too hard for perfection leads to burnout. Giving up altogether leads to certain disaster. Find a middle path: seek to improve your management processes, do the best that you can, and forgive yourself for being human. Nobody’s perfect.

What other mistakes should we put on the list?

Article Credit: Diabetes Daily

Photo Credit: SiamEye

Just When You Think it’s Okay To Fight Crime…


Things are just so fluid, they shoot around every which way and cause you to flip from bad to good and then throw another bad in. Speaking of yesterday. I woke early (4am) and felt so bad, I didn’t want to get out of bed. In fact I didn’t After Terry left for work, I just slept, woke, took a drink of water, and slept again. Terry called me every 2-3 hours to make sure I was okay and didn’t need him, and then I would go to sleep again. Finally at noon, I ate a bite or two of the night before’s pasta dish and didn’t know if I should call the dr. or tough it out.

About an hour after eating I felt a little better. Then mid afternoon, I ate a little again and by the time Terry got home, I felt quite a bit better than I did in the morning. Slept soundly last night and today is starting off well. Dang, I wonder just what causes all of this flipping around? I am either sick or well, DON’T PLAY TRICKS ON ME, YA HEAR???!!!  🙂

I am counting on it being a good all around day.