What do you do when your sugars are high?

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Mary E.
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Date Joined Feb 2006
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   Posted 2/19/2006 2:19 PM (GMT -7)   
I've just found this forum today and have gotten nothing done because I've been browsing!!


I'm type2, found out about two years ago when I crashed during surgery (due to low blood pressure). In the recovery room one of the docs tested my blood sugar and realized I was diabetic. I take Metforim twice a day 500mg. In the last several days my readings have been over 200 several times. I was reading a post about how different everyone is when their levels are low or elevated. When mine are high, I feel weird -- hard to explain, sort of like my brain is heavy and my muscles are weak. Yes -- I haven't been too good with my diet. I'm bored with my food and have been snacking on the wrong stuff. [img]/community/emoticons/confused.gif[/img]



My question to you is what to you do when your levels are high? Are there standard procedures to lower the reading? Thanks for your insight.

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(I added a subject so more members would find your post, Mary. By the way, welcome to Healing Well!)

Post Edited By Moderator (Jeannie143) : 2/20/2006 12:28:55 PM (GMT-7)


AM_BD
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   Posted 2/20/2006 10:24 AM (GMT -7)   
Dear Mary,

Kindly take this advice. GO see a neurologist. I had a few similar sypmtoms & it transpired that I have carotid artery narrowing. My one was not very severe as it was only in the begening stages. But you should immediately check out that possibilty.

I hope that you do not take offence from my morose outlook, but I would be as happy as you would be if the results come out OK.

Regards,

AM_BD

Mary E.
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   Posted 2/20/2006 12:08 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Am BD.  Thanks for your post -- no offense -- it's better to be aware of possible problems.  I'm going to see my doctor in a couple of weeks and will discuss with him.  He always refers me to specialists when I have problems, and if he doesn't, I can go to Neurologist without a referral. 

Jeannie143
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   Posted 2/20/2006 12:27 PM (GMT -7)   
Mary,

Try downloading a calorie counting program online. (I use calorieking.com). It will show you what the foods you are eating are doing to your total daily count. Also, when you sugars are over 150 more than 2 hrs after a meal you are doing permanent damage to your retinas, kidneys, the nerves in your feet and hands and the whole rest of your body's systems. I'm not telling you this to scare you. I'm telling you this because it is a fact. There are a whole series of emotional steps you go thru before you really admit to yourself that you have a life-threatening disease. It took me almost 10 years to own up to the fact that I couldn't keep on fooling myself... 10 years plus going on insulin and finally ordering the little 'medical alert' bracelet that I wear 24/7 in case I pass out and nobody knows what's wrong with me.

The best thing to do for yourself to fix the high sugars is to not get them. (I know I sound like a smart @$$ but it's true!) If you find you have overindulged you can take a heaping tablespoon of psyllium fiber (I use sugar free Metamucil) in a large glass of water and drink it down. This will help level out your spike but wont' stop the absorption of the carbs you ate... just slows it down a bit. Follow this with another glass of water and an hour later one or more glasses of water. The water dilutes your blood and helps you kidneys with their extra load of sugar to plow thru. Also, a walk around the block or a ride on your exercise bike will help you bring the sugars down, but if you are having readings like this very often you need to make an appointment with your doctor to check if your meds are still effective, if maybe they need to be changed or dosages raised.

Having diabetes is not for sissies and that's why this forum is here. We all encourage each other to take our meds, do our exercises, visit our doctors, follow our programs and generally understand one another. We sometimes fuss and fight about methods and medications but we all want the best for each other and that's what's most important.

So I don't have to repeat something I've already written please click here and read this past post. It might help you with your situation. Best wishes to you and hang in there girlfriend!
~ Jeannie

"People are like stained glass windows: they sparkle and shine when the sun's out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is light within."

- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross


Mary E.
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   Posted 2/20/2006 5:14 PM (GMT -7)   
Jeannie -- thanks for your post. It's what I needed to hear. I need (and feel I'm ready) to get serious about managing my blood sugars. I'll keep checking back here to educate myself and get support. Thanks to all who share.

Jeannie143
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   Posted 2/20/2006 8:00 PM (GMT -7)   
Mary,
Another thing... My hubby lost his job last July so we've been without health insurance. I had to find a new meter that didn't cost me $1.00 a test because I could barely afford to do my testing! If finances are one of the things holding you back from sticking to your program we have lots of folks here with tons of great ideas about saving money while coping with diabetes.

Sometimes it's a real pain to be good... because it's not like someone comes along at the end of the day and says, "Good girl, Mary! Now you may have a nice big piece of pie!" The reward for being good is that you get to be good some more! I have three grandchildren under the age of 6 and they are a great motivator for me to stick to my program. I want to be able to read them stories and go for walks and be healthy long enough to be a positive influence in their lives. Both of their grandmothers have diabetes so the chances that they will get it are pretty strong. I have to be a role model for them. Somehow this makes it a little easier. I'm not just doing it for me, I'm doing it for them, too.

I hope we can become good friends. It's always easier to cope with something when you can share.
~ Jeannie

"People are like stained glass windows: they sparkle and shine when the sun's out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is light within."

- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross


Mary E.
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   Posted 2/21/2006 12:01 PM (GMT -7)   

Jeannie --  Unfortunately, I can't blame insurance for my non-compliance -- can only blame myself.  I retired last year and have health insurance as part of my retirement, thank goodness.  I know what it's like to not have coverage.  My BIL was unemployed for nearly a year several years ago when his kids were small.  Many of their decisions were based around the lack of insurance.  And my Dad retired on less than $400 in the 1970's (high inflation).  He couldn't afford his medicines for his back pain. 

I'm one of those folks that wish this country would have government health care like Canada and the UK -- I believe everyone should have access to health care.  The rich could still have their private doctors, etc. 

I've been rather lax in my eating and monitoring because it seemed that taking my meds, and giving up sodas, and most sugar allow me to have fairly good bs readings.  In the last week or so things have changed dramatically, and I'm not sure what's causing it.  For instance right now, my reading is 188.  Morning reading was 138.  Had coffee and a breakfast burrito at about 10 so I would expect that it would be much lower by this time.  I'm going to take my readings regularly for the next two weeks and schedule an appointment with a diabetic counselor.  It's been a year since I've seen anyone, so it's time to get going!!

Jeannie -- thanks so much for chatting with me and being here.  It nice to have found a group who understands the ups and downs. 

 


Warren
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   Posted 2/21/2006 1:53 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Mary,

I was reading through your post again and it occurred to me that no one has told you about the meds you are taking.  Metformin is one of those drugs that seems to have a definate lifespan.  It is the drug usually prescribed for the first diagnosed diabetic.  You are on a basic beginning dose and may need to have it increased.  Aside from that as you move on with metformin and its effectiveness starts to wane, you usually have to add one or two other oral meds to it.  It may be time to look into this for you.  Discuss what is happening with your doc and he may put you on an additional med that will keep you in the normal range. 

Let us know what happens after your appointment.

scool Warren
It's not that some people have willpower and some don't. It's that some people are ready to change and others are not. - James Gordon, M.D.
What some call health, if purchased by perpetual anxiety about diet, isn't much better than tedious disease. - George Dennison Prentice

I can only please one person per day, today is not your day...tomorrow doesn't look good either.


Mary E.
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Date Joined Feb 2006
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   Posted 3/3/2006 8:01 PM (GMT -7)   
After appointment follow-up:  My A1C is actually lower than it was 10 months ago 6.4 down from 6.8, so that is good news. I'm also down 12 pounds!!  Dr. upped my Metforim to 3 pills a day from 2.  He said if the numbers don't come down, go to 4 a day.  So far 3 seems to be doing it.   He also referred me to a nurologist so I need to call an get an appointment.  Hopefully, they'll find a brain in there!!  I downloaded CalorieKing as suggested by Jeannie.  I love it, and it has really helped me see where I could make some changes, but still eat what I like.  I'm feeling much better, now that the stress is reduced due to getting to the doctor and taking action to make some changes.  Glad I found this site -- thanks for the help! :-)
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