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TammyGrl0528
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   Posted 10/17/2007 11:55 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi there guys.  I normally don't post here on the diabetes board, but I have some questions that I hope some of you can help me out with.
 
Diabetes runs in my family, on my Moms side mainly.  Her father took insulin, and had to watch his diet, and the whole 9 yards.  Anyway, my Mom is a sickly woman.  The past year and a half or so, she has been in and out of the hospital, fighting to live...mostly contributed to her Chron's Disease.  Anyway, her newest health concern seems to be diabetes.  Her blood sugar readings have been anywhere from 150 to 200.  She brought the concern up to her doctor, who did her fasting glucose levels.  I guess that reading was 171. 
 
Evidently, he put her on some pill...she says she doesn't know what it's called...I guess she didn't fill the prescription yet, and can't read his writing...I am going over there in a little while to look.  Anyway, I guess she is sposta take this pill and keep tabs on her sugar levels.  She said she isn't sposta get concerned unless her reading is above 400.
 
My questions are...
 
Has anyone heard of readings that high being OK?
 
Does anyone know what this pill could be?
 
If her readings are never over 200, and he says anything up to 400 is fine, why would he put her on yet, another pill?
 
 
I apologize for the lengthy post, and I appriciate all the help given to me.  If I get the name of this pill today, I will post again.
 
Thanks everyone!
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   Posted 10/17/2007 12:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Tammy,  I hope everyone can help you here with the questions regarding your mom.  There are several kinds of medications she could be on so I wouldn't try to guess.  When you get the name of it, be sure to post it here so some other members who are on it or know about it can give you some good advice.  Those numbers you mentioned are too high.  Having high readings like that, or above 150 for lengths of time, can damage internal organs including the heart, kidneys, etc. eventually.  The doctor really said not to be concerned unless the numbers were over 400?  Yikes, I hope he didn't say that!  Fasting blood sugar (the first one in the morning before eating anything) should be under 100 but it might take awhile to get down there and that all depends on the diabetes medication, diet, exercise, and other medication she might be taking.  All those factors can affect blood sugar throughout the day, too.  Stay with us.  There are several members who'll be here to help, too.  Good luck with your mom and I hope everything can get under control. 
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TammyGrl0528
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   Posted 10/17/2007 12:15 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Lanie so much for your answer.

I am on my way over to her house now to check out the name of this med. As of right now, I only know it's a pill. So, yes, we will see.

YEs, the doctor really did say not to be concerned until her numbers are like around 400 or 500. I was shocked too, cuz I thought that seemed seriously high. I will re question her to assure she understood him right, but this is what she told me.

Mom doesn't exercise much, as she is physically unable. Her diet is pretty poor, especially because she is already so sick. She is stubborn. Eventhough she knows she needs to eat better to survive, she doesn't...but taht is a whole different topic for a different board...LOL.

She is on Seroquel, which I heard can up your blood sugar levels. Oh, I dunno. This is frustrating.

I love healingwell though, and I knwo you guys will be good to me here. I will be back later with more details, I hope.

Thanks again Lanie!
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andrew1948
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   Posted 10/17/2007 1:16 PM (GMT -7)   

Tammy if your mothers doctor said not to be concerned unless her reading is 400, she needs another doctor.

Readings at 150 or 200 is too high and will cause a lot of problems down the road. Diabetes affects all vital organs and your mother needs help in getting in better control..As for the pills, there are many different medications so it is hard to guess what he gave her.

I treat my diabetes with herbal remedies, vitamins, minerals and etc. but that comes after years of experience and research on  my part. The big advantage is there are no side effects with herbs like prescription meds..

Good luck and keep us posted

 

 

 

 


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TammyGrl0528
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   Posted 10/17/2007 1:57 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Andrew...thank you for the reply.

I just got back from my Mom's place, and I can't read the prescription either...Doctors write so sloppy!!! Anyway, they are filling the prescription in the morning, so I will post it then.

I was shocked that her doctor seemed so not concerned about her high readings. I reasked both her and my Dad if they heard him right when he said such a high number, and they both said YES. I am shocked...and scared, for her, and his other patients...including myself...he is my doctor.

It is odd...he is amazing. He saved Mom's life on 3 different occasions. How could he be making such a huge mistake?

I guess her reading AT HIS OFFICE was 255.

What in the world is going on here?

Thanks for the support. And thanks for understanding my many posts...LOL
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   Posted 10/17/2007 2:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Tammy,  your mom is lucky she has a caring daughter!   yeah   When you get the medicine and the directions from the doctor sorted out, you (and your mom) may need to re-assess her care because if this doctor really said not to be concerned about numbers that high, your mom's health will deteriorate more.  Controlling her blood sugar means it should never be consistently above 150.  She or someone needs to monitor her blood sugar daily with her glucose monitor and I hope she understands how important that is.  If the medication for Crohn's is driving her blood sugar up, perhaps the doctor can prescribe another one.  (Is this the same doctor?)  If you can get her to cut down on carbohydrates like potates, rice and bread, this might also help her blood sugar to come down.  As far as exercise, even if she sits on a chair, she could do a series of arm and leg lifts as these would really help her circulation and give her some strength and energy.  These exercises can even be done in bed, on the back, on one side, etc.  If she watches TV, have her do them during commercials only.  It would be wonderful if she has a buddy to do them with, anyone, because that helps keep us on track.
Take care,
 
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TammyGrl0528
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   Posted 10/17/2007 2:14 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for all the help Lanie...and I will post again when I know more. I am going to get to the bottom of this.

I am actually going to research all of her meds too, as she is on quite a few, and I am going to see what I can figure out.

Thank God for the internet...LOL

And thanks to you guys!
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Currently taking 20 mg of Lexapro at bedtime.
 
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Best Wishes to ALL...
 
~Tammy~


itsme
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   Posted 10/17/2007 4:23 PM (GMT -7)   
Tammy-
Is she taking any steriods for the Chron's?  That would definately raise her blood sugar
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