A Little Bit Sad, A Little Bit Happy


Hi,  Checking in again, and sorry I’ve  absent for a bit.

It’s been a long couple of weeks and it’s far from over. I’m not going to go into great detail,  Instead I’ll just list short descriptive items.  First of all, after my GP, I had to go to the neurologist. I was out of pills and it was overdue. She re-prescribed the pain meds and asked me if I had fainted since the emergency room and I had. I told her I fell forward out of my chair and was out until my head hit the floor hard. I was a little worried about it since it had been a couple of weeks or more and it was still swollen and hurt to brush my hair or touch it. She came over and pressed pretty firmly on the spot and made me holler Ouch! and then she called for a CT Scan of the brain and lumbar and an MRI after the monitor is off of the heart.  And so the day after Christmas I go to do that and see what’s going on in my head and  back.

The GP also prescribed therapy for the leg and foot which is handy by being in the same building as she is here on the Beach. I went two days ago and wasn’t thrilled but I knew I had to. It actually turned out ok since she thinks she  can get the swelling down in 7 treatments of one day after another and  mostly it will be wrapping each day. So that actually sounds good. I know when Home Health did that at first it felt good. So here’s hoping that it works and I can get back to the compression boot. As for the heart monitor, that is turning out crazy. The cardiologist had to be out-of-town for my last appointment to see him and they have to be done in three’s. 1) attach the heart monitor 2) in 30 days Terry takes it back so they can get the readings off of it and see what they show 3) go in a  few days after that to visit with the dr. about the findings. So I couldn’t walk on my leg that day and called to tell them so we could reset the appointments once again. A new person answered that I hadn’t spoken to before and I said I needed to reset and why…that I had other ailments that sometimes interfered. She got angry sounding and said, “No, we’re not resetting it and you will come in on the 15th to see the dr.” I let her know we hadn’t had the monitor on yet, so it  wasn’t supposed to be with him until all was done and he read the results. She said “You will keep this appointment anyway.” I said Okay…fine and that’s how we ended it. Should be a strange meeting with no results.   

I guess that is it…no more until the day after Christmas. Oh yes, I did forget to tell you about the bad couple of nights I had this week during all of this appointment setting. It really was getting to me and causing me to feel almost strangled with the stress as one appointment piggy-backed with the other. The GP called also for a sleep apnea overnight at my house testing while I sleep. I reminded her I don’t sleep anymore, only in “once in a while catnaps” during the day. She said that’s one thing they will see is why you can’t sleep. Sometimes you can get like a new baby home from the hospital who gets its nights and days turned around and its hard to fix, but it can be done. I didn’t like it at all and when I got home the phone rang and it was them wanting to set it up. I immediately hit the stress wall and started crying and told her it was just too much, too many specialists doing too many things to me too fast. She said did they tell you it was at your home so you could sleep more relaxed? I said yes, but you don’t understand, I don’t sleep! Only during the day off and on and not every day. She got quiet then and realized it wasn’t going to work and she said very nicely, “I will put this in your file and there is no pressure here. You call us when you are feeling better and think you might want to try it.” I thanked her and that was that. That night I sat up and cried all night and wasn’t sure why, but couldn’t stop. Release of pressure valves I guess. The next night I sat up at the computer working on my 3D models and would stop off and on and cut my hair off until morning when it wasn’t long anymore but short. I am not sure why I did that either but I’m struggling valiantly to get my sense of humor and positive outlook back on track. I feel a little better today but not too thrilled it will be next summer before my hair is long again like I prefer it. 🙂 I guess I could order one of those cheap dynel wigs.      😉

Okay, I’m signing off for now. Have faith in me, I’ll get back to a good place if they just back off and let me breathe a little. Wishing you and yours the best of Christmases in whatever way you celebrate. I’m going to close my eyes and listen to a little Christmas music online tonight and pretend I am seeing fluffy white snow instead of lights in palms and Santa in shorts.

Kath

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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 Go Out Walkin’


♫ ♪  I’m always walkin’
After midnight
Searching for you
I stopped to see a weeping willow
Cryin’ on his pillow
Maybe he’s crying for me
And as the skies turn gloomy
Night winds whisper to me
I’m lonesome as I can be
I go out walkin’
After midnight searcin’ for youuuu  ♫ ♪

An old fave by the late great Patsy Cline. Did she sound depressed?? Before I go off on that tangent, the latest medical update straight from Dr. Kildare’s office. By
the way did anyone else notice that name and feel someone was playing little tricks on us… like do YOU want your Dr.’s name to be Kill – Dare? Not I said the little red hen.  Medical forecast from the skinny little island in the Gulf. Late next week a fun filled two days spent at the diabetes doc’s and the shot in the knee capping it off with more pain and less comfort. Sounds like a bust to me. Oh well…I will keep you informed since I shouldn’t have to bear this alone.

Now, back to the great subject to end the week on while we supposedly enter into a hilariously fun weekend – Depression & Stress. (I knew you’d like ’em) Some people cover with baking, some with mindless hours spent on the computer, (huh?), some with humor (double huh?) But stress, heart attacks, stroke and related illnesses are dropping us like flies in this fast paced (better?) world we inhabit.

Quote from:

Human Diseases and Conditions * Stress-Related Illness

Stress is an intense physical and/or emotional response to a difficult or painful experience. Stressful events can range from taking a test in school to dealing with a loved one’s death. Reacting to such events, the body’s stress response system can cause a rapid heartbeat, a rise in blood pressure, and other physical changes. Stress-related illnesses are physical or mental problems that sometimes seem to be brought on by or made worse by stress. They can include headaches, stomachaches, sleeplessness, depression, anxiety, and many other conditions.

Stress Is Not All in the Head

Imagine Alicia, the goalie on the traveling soccer team, with the opposing team barreling toward her with the ball in possession. Imagine Eduardo at 7:59 a.m., running for the school bus that leaves at 8:00 a.m. Imagine Maria, whose dog has just been run over by a car. Anyone who has been in situations such as these knows what stress feels like: The pulse quickens, the heart races, breathing becomes heavier, and muscles tense. Some people feel nauseated and start to sweat. Others freeze and feel a sense of dread.

hormone is a chemical that is produced by different glands in the body. A hormone is like the body’s ambassador: it is created in one place but is sent through the body to have specific regulatory effects in different places.

The stress response

All these changes in the body happen because stress sets off an alarm in the brain. This alarm triggers the release of hormones , which trigger the release of oxygen and glucose, which send emergency energy to the brain and muscles. This is called the “fight or flight” response because it prepares the body to fight or run.

The stress hormone response: When the brain perceives stress, the hypothalamus releases corticotropin-releasing factor (CRF) (1), which triggers the release of adrenocorticotropin (ACTH) (2) from the pituitary gland. ACTH (2) travels through the bloodstream and (along with signals from the brain sent through the nervous system) stimulates the adrenal glands to release cortisol and epinephrine into the bloodstream (3). Cortisol and epinephrine (3) help provide energy, oxy-gen, and stimulation to the heart, the brain, and other muscles and organs (4) to support the body’s response to stress.

The hypothalamus is a part of the brain that produces hormones. When the stress response begins, the hypothalamus sends a hormone called corticotropin-releasing factor (CRF) to the pituitary gland, which then sends a hormone called adrenocorticotropin (ACTH) through the bloodstream to the adrenal glands. The adrenal glands produce cortisol (in response to ACTH) and epinephrine (in response to signals sent from the brain through the nervous system), which help the body produce emergency energy and support the “fight or flight” response. As long as the brain perceives stress, it continues to produce CRF. The body’s stress response ends when the brain relaxes, allowing hormone levels to return to normal. Scientists think the “fight or flight” response developed because it helped primitive humans deal with such threats as attacks by wild animals. In many cases, the stress response is still helpful—it may help Alicia react more quickly to block the ball and Eduardo race to the bus stop in time. And a certain amount of stress helps keep life exciting and challenging. But in other cases, like Maria’s grief over her dog, the natural stress response may not be helpful at all.

Chronic stress

Events that trigger the stress response usually do not last for very long. When long-term problems with school or family or illness create chronic stress, however, they keep the body’s stress response system activated over too long a period of time. This can contribute to many psychological disorders. Doctors think it also can lead to physical problems, such as chest pain, headaches, and upset stomach. Researchers suspect that, over time, high stress levels can contribute to more serious illnesses, such as high blood pressure and heart disease. They also suspect that chronic stress may suppress the immune system, the body’s natural defense against infection, leaving people more prone to illness, perhaps even to some forms of cancer. Much work must still be done, however, to determine whether those suspected links are real and to unravel the complex relationships between physical and psychological factors in health.

chronic (KRON-ik) means continuing for a long period of time.

Which Illnesses Are Stress-Related?

It is hard for researchers to establish a definite cause and effect relationship between stress and specific physical symptoms or illnesses. Not only do people’s minds and bodies react differently to stress, but there also are other factors at work when someone gets sick. The following conditions are known or believed to be stress-related (as opposed to stress-caused):

  • Pain caused by muscular problems, such as tension headaches, back pain, jaw pain, and repetitive stress syndrome. Pain of many kinds seems to be caused or made worse by stress.
  • Gastrointestinal (gas-tro-in-TES-ti-nal) problems, such as heart-burn, stomach pain, and diarrhea.
  • Insomnia, or difficulty sleeping.
  • Substance abuse, including smoking, drug addiction, and heavy drinking of alcohol. Substance abuse, in turn, can lead to other ill-nesses, including heart disease and cancer.
  • Asthma attacks in people who already have the condition or who are susceptible to it.
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder, a mental disorder in which people repeatedly relive a terrifying experience in dreams and memories long after the event has passed; and acute stress disorder, in which they have similar symptoms immediately after the event.
  • Other mental disorders, including eating disorders, anxiety, depression, and possibly schizophrenia.
  • Cardiovascular (car-dee-o-VAS-kyu-lar) problems, such as irregular heartbeat, hardening of the arteries, and heart attack. Stress makes the heart beat more quickly and increases blood pressure temporarily. Although long-term effects have not been proven, many scientists suspect that they exist.

The Mind-Body Connection

Why do scientists believe that stress plays a role in causing illness? Although they still are unraveling the complex relationship between physical and psychological health, many studies suggest links between stress, illness, and the immune system’s ability to fight off illness. Some examples:

Studies have found that people who recently lost a husband, wife, or other loved one—which causes intense stress—are more likely to die themselves, from a wide variety of causes.

Workers who reported high levels of stress were estimated to incur nearly 50 percent more in health care expenditures.

Researchers reported that two groups of people under stress—medical students taking exams and people caring for Alzheimer’s disease patients—showed decreases in their immune system activity.

Learning to Deal with Stress

Stress is inevitable, but people can learn how to cope with it. Doctors sometimes suggest the following strategies for managing stress:

  • Exercising takes the mind off stressful thoughts, and causes the release of chemicals called endorphins (en-DOR-fins) in the brain that provide feelings of calmness and well-being.
  • Making time for hobbies and enjoyable activities outside school and work can decrease stress levels.
  • Relaxation techniques such as deep breathing, visualizing pleasant images, meditation, and yoga can lower the heart rate and blood pressure while reducing muscle tension.
  • Scaling back on activities and responsibilities and managing one’s time effectively can head off stress-causing situations.
  • Participating in support groups or sessions with professionally trained counselors or psychologists can help provide an outlet for emotional stresses.

Using drugs, alcohol, and smoking to cope with stress can make stress-related problems and illnesses worse.

Relaxation Meditation

Many people find that relaxation meditation is a good way to relieve some of the stresses of everyday life. People who meditate regularly recommend the following:

  • Finding a quiet room or place away from disturbances.
  • Sitting in a comfortable position with the spine straight.
  • Repeating a special word or phrase throughout the session.
  • Keeping eyes closed or eyes focused on an object.
  • Clearing the mind of distracting thoughts, repeating the chosen phrase, and concentrating on the chosen point of focus.

Read more: Stress-Related Illness – body, last, causes http://www.humanillnesses.com/original/Se-Sy/Stress-Related-Illness.html#ixzz27lgV7lXw

Where does this leave us?? I feel we are standing in the middle of the road, headlights bearing down on us and we are in the “fight or flight” mode. We need to get a handle on all of this stress and take back control of our lives. Do you know how once in awhile we remember something we did as a kid and how it makes us smile wistfully wishing we could have that peace and fun again? That is because our lives at that time was short a basket load of something. What were we short on? “Ya got stress, my friends, stress right here in River City. With a capital “S,”
And that rhymes with “Mess” and that stands for STRESS!” (Forgive me for butchering a song from “The Music Man”.

What can we do?? I think the starting place should be “Simplying” our lives. Just give a good old heave ho to the complications in life. Don’t feel like going to Aunt Bessie’s for a huge meal and hours of mindless babbling after? Don’t go. Don’t feel like getting upset over your co-workers smirking at the water cooler over how you lost out on that promotion? Whisk them away like yesterday’s dust bunnies under the couch. Kids in too many activities at school or out and they have you doing a road race to get to all of them on time?? Cut them back to 1 or 2  a ctivities that don’t require instrument fees, miles of travel that YOU have to do, sessions held during the dinner hour. And speaking of the dinner hour, and I was, make it a point, as in have a family meeting and lay down the law, no radio, no tv, no ipods, no cel phones during mealtime. We will all attend all meals unless otherwise excused by YOU and YOU alone. We will not bring up any touchy subjects that are sure to be the Prologue to a fight of the year. Now, that is just a start. Will you be the most favored parent of all time or will you be the recipient of dirty looks, tongues sticking out and “the hand” up showing they do not want to engage in anything with you. Isn’t the peace and quiet at mealtime a dream come true??? Ahhhhh………….

Kath

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

She’ll Be Coming ’round the Mountain When She Comes


She’ll be ridin’ 5 white horses when she comes… Ah would that life could be so sweet once more to be riding round that mountain. And on 5 white horses no less. Possibly even her Stallion who was a beautiful dappled grey, with is coat shimmering in the early morning light and his hot breath trailing in spirals upward while he awaits his Mistress’ call.

He looked forward to these morning runs, they cleaned thinking, released endorfins and forged a further bond between Mistress and horse. As she appeared around the copse of trees on the far side of the pasture, he snorted loudly and raced to her side. soon she would be off and racing madly through the hills that formed her Father’s estate, secure in the knowledge that Mistress and horse were as one.

Well, that was a nice daydream but all too soon we have to head back to that tortuous place called “reality”. Which means that… Tomorrow I am set up to go to an orthopedic surgeon who will dispense a big ol’ shot in the knee. My common sense tells me this could and probably will be extremely painful and will cause much lip biting to hold back the blue air response to the administering of said SHOT! There, that’s over. The local evening PCB news will print the results of the day for you tomorrow night.

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.

Finally, Success on the Table!


Monday afternoon it happened, I made it through the last of the full MRI’s. It was the lumbar one, the one I had to quit on a couple of weeks ago due to pain and RLS.  Hallelujah! Next is an appt. on the 21st to see what they showed. And one tomorrow to see about the diabetes numbers I have been having. They aren’t good. Mostly in the 300’s and 400’s no matter if after eating, what I eat or don’t eat. I predict that the insulin amount will be raised sharply. So far it’s 30 units in the am and 29 in the pm and a unit for each 8 carbs I eat during the day, right after I eat them since it is fast acting.

Thanks for following along!

Kath