I wish I didn't have to visit here..I'm a nurse but I have symptoms..oh no!!

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ocdgirl2000
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   Posted 8/24/2009 3:25 PM (GMT -7)   
I never thought in a million years.. I haven't been diagnosed yet. I got my blood work back (after 2 years of not having it done) 3 weeks ago, and fasting 12 hours... 105... it was H. I never saw that in my life!! My glucose was always 60's 80's throughout my lifetime..when I was younger, thinner.. non menopausal.. oh no!!

Is that what those severe cold sweats were, when I was stuffing those carbs down after starving a whole day, then feeling like I was woozy and ready to sleep afterwards? Is that why I've been up all night going to the bathroom and drinking non stop? No! Not me! That was my ex! he was the diabetic, He was the sick one! I was always the healthy one! I exercised, ate right, did all the right things...until my mom passed in 1998..everything kind of went downhill. Work, stress, growing kids, my Dad to take care of, more work stress, sick boyfriend with diabetes, dad passes too, oh what the heck, eat what you want! No time for exercise! Boyfriend leaves cause you got fat, yeah...70 pounds is pretty hefty...but who cares, after menopause,it's ok? right? Can't be skinny and young forever?

This weekend..a reality check. Yeast. WHAT??? where did THAT come from??oh NO!!! shocked after eating lunch today, felt terrible, there was rice vegetables and soy chicken strips, then vanilla fat free yogurt, greek yogurt. YUM. heart beating faster...hot, dry, thirsty again...wait 4 hours...go to the clinic office next door to ours...hey..can I borrow your glucometer??

108. not too bad. not too good either. after 4 hrs. wonder what it was when my heart was beating fast...

As an RN, and after living with someone who had an insulin pump for 13 yrs..I know too much. I just haven't faced it or done anything about it yet. I am on medication to help me lose weight. I lost 7 lbs. so far..this is just a mess... The doctor wasn't concerned over the 105 fasting..says..oh..that's not bad.. I know better.
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ocdgirl2000
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   Posted 8/24/2009 4:54 PM (GMT -7)   
I guess I should add I haven't shared any of these past and present symptoms with my Doctor. They are only here, and I've shared a few with my co-worker, who is also a Nurse. My grown kids (32 and 27) have no idea.
"If you always tell the truth, you won't get caught lying." (pop-pop's proverbs)


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   Posted 8/24/2009 5:30 PM (GMT -7)   
OK, I think it would be a good time to take a step back, slow things down a bit and look at everything in proper perspective.

You won't find a lot of medical people around here; probably very few, if any (I'm certainly not one); but your numbers don't sound all that bad in my personal experience. You will find people with problems, some similar to yours, some worse, some not and lots of good advice and support. It sounds like the worst of your trouble is aging and as far as I know, there's no cure for that yet but believe me, you have lots of company wink
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ocdgirl2000
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   Posted 8/25/2009 5:14 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm only 56! LOL! I do feel older than that! No really, I challenged it last night (why???) ate 2 big bagels. was sooo thirsty, drank and drank.. in the bathroom alllll night. VOlumes of fluid. Im telling you..not normal for me! I'm going to get a glucometer anyway. I'll see? After that. if there is any question, will mail away for the aic. still need to lose the weight and stop the carbs.
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ocdgirl2000
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   Posted 8/25/2009 5:31 AM (GMT -7)   
I've been a yo-yo dieter for years, so drinking 0 calorie vitamin water is the fluid of choice. I know how to do this. I don't like doing this. I went on strike....( after teaching aerobics for 13 years, doing the Sargeants program, being a diet and exercise freak, gym rat, diet guru, nutrition major before going to Nursing school, ...omg, hanging head in shame) I was running 5 miles/3 days a week in my early 40's. When my mother died, I just dropped everything. I had too much to do, too much to think about..it seemed so selfish after a while..now look..70 pounds and 10 years later...sitting at a computer, gym membership not being used!!!
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Phishbowl
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   Posted 8/25/2009 6:52 AM (GMT -7)   
OK. You can stop beating yourself up now :-) You're working through the denial stage and trying to come to grips with some more news you're not sure you're ready to deal with yet. That's OK. You've made the first step; coming here/telling someone about your fears. You need to hear that those sugar levels you posted.... are NOT BAD. They are a LITTLE on the high side but not enough to get overly anxious about.

"It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows" - Epictetus

You know a lot of stuff! You may even know that it would only take some minor changes in lifestyle to see yourself to better health. Start small and simply but start. That's the key. Choose to eliminate a bad food habit (like chips or soda or pasta) or start a good new one (like a 10 minute walk after lunch and dinner every day). Chris (TVEditor) has a great "Newbies" post you should read. Small changes can have huge consequences; some being pleasant surprizes :-)

You can't "fix" overnight, the possibility that you may be entering the pre-diabetes stage but, you can start to accept that "today is the first day of your new life" and start to make some small lifestyle changes that will hopefully prevent full blown diabetes coming on. You can do it!

We come from a variety of backgrounds and we're here to help motivate and support - now put one of those feet forward :-)
Cheers,
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Natava
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   Posted 8/25/2009 9:26 AM (GMT -7)   
You are going through the same stage I am right now. 
 
Don't feel too bad about your levels though.  My fasting was over 200 and my doctor didn't freak.  He did an A1C (which you can try getting at Walgreens - not sure how accurate they are but that is one way to check yourself before you fly to your doc's office).  My average was 170.  He didn't freak about that either.  My first reading on my meter was over 270.  Now after some dietary changes and glucophage, I am lower, but probably not ideal yet.  We caught it early.  You will defininitely want to bring your doctor into it eventually if you keep getting these readings.
 
Now it's getting over the emotional troubles like being angry that you can't go to a pot luck because all that is okay to eat there is the veggie tray. 
 
Don't think of yourself "sick" like your ex.....you aren't sick...you just MAY need a modified way of life to stay kicking.    
 

ocdgirl2000
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   Posted 8/25/2009 9:41 PM (GMT -7)   
rolleyes It was very odd shopping for a Glucometer, strips, lancets, etc, and thinking to myself, if I had to instruct another patient what to do, how would I teach them, and where would tell them to go to get the best deal, especially if they were doing this "not on the advice of their physician"??

Since many physicians would just as well be "Big Daddy" and have the lab work done in their office, have the patient be dependent on them for results, and when their blood sugar becomes "out of control", be highly re-imbursible when they are sick and need RX's and treatment?

I started to feel a little angry. The pharmacist had no idea what he was selling to me, had no idea what was in the kits, and what the best ones were as far as pricing with strips. I had to figure this out myself. I was not going to submit this to my insurance. Heaven Forbid!!(this is a secret for now!LOL!)

I purchased a Bayer Contour with the "normal" solution inside, since so many of the kits do not have them, I didn't want to get stuck having to call someone to order some over the phone to activate my meter!Anyway..we've come a long way since I worked in hospitals even when my ex tested, his was an antiquated model compared to this one!

I tested tonight 4 hrs PP, after light high carb meal, not one of my worst, I can tell you, and I didn't really feel too bad, went out for a walk first, with the dog, about 3/4 mile. result:129.
yes, I was upset. I was drinking and bathrooming a bit today..not as much as last night, but a bit.

I won't go into what I ate tonight, but lets just say, I don't think I'll be buying those in pints any more, even though they are fat free, they are not sugar or lactose free!
"If you always tell the truth, you won't get caught lying." (pop-pop's proverbs)


Jeannie143
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   Posted 8/26/2009 12:27 AM (GMT -7)   
ok, girl,
You're doing ok. Just switch to a simple first morning check and then pick one meal a day to do a two hour PP, not a four hour, and you will have some numbers to take to the doc. None of your numbers seem out of control and I think you are gonna be just fine. Don't panic. We have all done this and we're just fine and here to help. Hang in there girlfriend!
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Natava
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   Posted 8/26/2009 5:57 AM (GMT -7)   
I am new. what is PP? pre or post something....I assume.

LanieG
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   Posted 8/26/2009 6:42 AM (GMT -7)   
PP refers to "postprandial" - after eating, so 2 hours postprandial would mean testing your blood sugar 2 hours after you start eating the meal.

Lanie
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ocdgirl2000
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   Posted 8/28/2009 2:07 PM (GMT -7)   
ok, trying and trying with my diet. oh, this is going to be so nasty! just about everything in my house is carb-loaded! even the soy burgers in the freezer! You think you are a real health nut, and what you are- is a carboholic! LOL! Who did I think I was kidding with the Kashi rice mixes in the heat up bags?

Anyway, frozen string beans with meatballs on top will just have to do! Blood glucose has been PP 2 hrs in the 105-110 ranges and some fasting in this AM 116, and today, my very best was 101 2 hours after lunch. Mind you, I had no breakfast either, and worked straight through taking care of patients, after waking up this morning at 4 am, getting dressed, driving to work, I didn't eat until 11 am... I was sooo hungry I thought I would DIE! I haven't had any breads or sugars, no fruits, no good things at all...(sigh...) is this how it's going to be????
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TVEditor
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   Posted 8/28/2009 2:25 PM (GMT -7)   
I've said this before but I think it bears repeating; I found that after a few weeks off the carbs, I no longer craved them like I used to. Things will get better :-)
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ocdgirl2000
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   Posted 8/28/2009 2:51 PM (GMT -7)   
yeah, I know, I've been off carbs before.. I was ok...somehow I always manage to wander back on them again. How does that happen? Someone offers it? You go to a party? You get stuck somewhere with nothing to eat? A craving where you just give in on one thing? How do we always slip back into it again? It really is like alcoholism is for alcoholics... I mean.. I am totally addicted to carbs!! I should know better I work with "addicts"OMG!!!!****!!! "people places and things" so I guess I can't go into any grocery stores or restaurants!!(just kidding!)
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Jeannie143
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   Posted 8/28/2009 10:03 PM (GMT -7)   
The carb thing sure is strange... I mean did you ever hear about someone craving radishes or pigging out on celery? I love cucumbers but if I don't have them for a month or so I don't dream about them. I have actually had mashed potato dreams!!!! NO LIE! They are always there... lurking in every food item you see... (sigh!)
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   Posted 8/28/2009 11:39 PM (GMT -7)   
*coughs* Medical here... LOL

Now, go get your blood work STAT. Now, start watching your diet STAT, now count your carbs to 3-4 units a meal (15 carbs is 1 unit) STAT, now go tell your pcp STAT.

If you eat the 3 units you can have some snacks then.

On the brighter side, 108 is fine. Usually its anywhere from 90 to 130 is normal range. Now, I not only suggest my stats but also, to go to Fred Myers get yourself your own meter and test when you first get up, before you eat, 2 hours after you eat, and when you feel "weird". Record them. Share them with your PCP, and if you want us LOL.

And please do not code blue on me, I have not figured out how to perform CPR through computers yet.
 
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   Posted 8/29/2009 8:32 AM (GMT -7)   
Eating, breathing, eliminating, and procreating....the basics of human existence. Breathing and eliminating, we don't have to give much thought process to, as it's a function that happens independent of thought. Leaving the procreation part out, eating is something we conscientiously do every day from the day we're born till the day we die; multiple times a day. It is the reason for our continued existence from day to day. Stands to reason that's why food is always on the mind :-)
Cheers,
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   Posted 8/29/2009 4:22 PM (GMT -7)   
I don't eat that much, but what I eat is BAD! Breakfast- biscuit with ham, sausage, or chicken patty. Lunch-school lunch (carb loaded) usually 36 carbs everyday. Dinner- 6oz protein, cup of veggies. I'm prone to a sweet snack everyday. My morning blood sugar is avg. 154. Once and awhile it's as high as 174. My doctor says I'm pre-diabetic.

Joy

LanieG
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   Posted 8/29/2009 9:01 PM (GMT -7)   
Joy, if I were you, I'd get another doctor.  Those blood sugar readings are in the diabetic range.  Extended and repeated readings over 140 or 150 can lead to organ damage, including heart, kidneys, eyes, circulation among others.
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couchtater
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   Posted 8/31/2009 3:05 PM (GMT -7)   
The fasting test at his office was 125 two months ago. Of course I had been sitting in his office for two hours and had been awake two hours before that. I was starving.


Joy

ocdgirl2000
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   Posted 4/2/2010 8:22 AM (GMT -7)   
cry I'm back. And I'm afraid I've been a bad girl. Not THAT bad. But bad enough to be in denial. breads, flatbreads, matzah, potatos, rolls, beans, bean soups, cheese...oh, how I love cheese!Too much cheese! toppings on my soups and salads! off to the grocery store for more STUFF! no cookies or cakes, no candies, thank goodness, the topamax I take for appetite control was supposed to HELP with that.. rolleyes although my appetite is still pretty good, the topamax is supposed to bring blood sugar down?..well.. I haven't been testing...

I don't wanna LOOK!

Bad boss at work problems were so stressful, nothing else could be on my mind but that..so..I got some infections too. Urinary tract, started in January, partly because boss was bully, no bathroom breaks, too much work...well, I reported it, she's gone now, and there is still too much work, I've had 3 more infections in 2 months! Strong antibiotics!The Doctor is so suspicious!And rightfully SO!

I figured I better start testing again.. shakehead Skipped dinner, skipped breakfast, had lots of sugar free drinks before bed, still with the infection newly diagnosed again, on Cipro 500mgs...but nothing to eat or drink in the morning.. fasting...124..not good...not good at ALL!.. smhair

I've been in such denial.

I can run, but I can't hide.Just want to cry and cry...
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   Posted 4/2/2010 8:36 AM (GMT -7)   
ocdgirl, infections raise your blood glucose level. Cipro raises my BGL even more. Plus, my morning BGL is normally the same as or higher than my 2 hour. I assume I have dawn syndrome, because on the nights I can't sleep if I test it at 6 AM when I've been up all night, it's lower. Heck, three hours after breakfast it's lower than my fasting.

Take a deep breath, then start doing the BGL twice a day. I keep mine in a spreadsheet that automatically figures an average for me, so I always know how I'm doing over the long course. I do eat carbs, but try to balance my diet out with proteins also. I can't do a lot of fats or fiber because I have IBD, so it's a balancing act and we're all different.


Oh, and if it makes you feel any better, I'm a retired nurse with a diabetic husband. Somehow our training just doesn't exempt us from life's adventures.

ocdgirl2000
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   Posted 4/2/2010 8:50 AM (GMT -7)   
my research...very troubling..because I have no family history, REALLY, of type 2's!! and I'm only 56, my weight is 194, 5'3, fairly well developed, used to exercise a LOT! never had a sick day before any of THIS!!geeezzz!..

http://www.lumrix.net/health/Latent_autoimmune_diabetes.html

could this be LADA?
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ocdgirl2000
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   Posted 4/2/2010 8:56 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm not ALLOWED to get sick! 4 UTI's in 2 MONTHS? levaquin 1 week, levaquin 2 weeks, levaquin 5 days, then cipro (now,1 week..) since January,21st. this is ridiculous! I am so washed out, I can't seem to have energy to do a thing..
"If you always tell the truth, you won't get caught lying." (pop-pop's proverbs)


ocdgirl2000
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   Posted 4/2/2010 9:03 AM (GMT -7)   
oh, my meds are:synthroid, prevacid(acid refux..hehe) lozol (mild diuretic/BP) topamax 100mgs 2x a day and phentermine 37.5 mg in the morning. Dr just started me on LASIX for fluid retention in my shins...GASP!!
I've lost 7 pounds. big deal. My daughter is getting married in August, I have to lose weight!!OMG!what am I going to do?I'm sick,DIABETIC, AND FAT!
"If you always tell the truth, you won't get caught lying." (pop-pop's proverbs)

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