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msOuchie
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   Posted 7/14/2016 10:53 PM (GMT -7)   
I posted new here, so I wouldn't derail Worriedgirl's thread like I unfortunately did in Don's thread.


Well, my musculoskeletal system is falling apart but most of my organs seem to be hunkey dory(touch wood). My lungs and heart are supposedly okay. It really made me appreciate all the hard work and heck that my heart has gone through during my 55 years with Diabetes, when I saw it pumping away "diligently" on the screen beside me.

I found out on Wednesday that my eyes are good. I just went for lab tests yesterday afternoon, so I'll see tomorrow morning if my kidneys, etc. are okay also. My Endo retired, so I meet my new Endo tomorrow. Wish me luck! Of all the organs, my eyes and kidneys have always made me the most nervous. Do you have certain organs(or limbs) that always concerned you most because of Diabetes, Lanie?? Oh, I also have my surgery for CTS on the 20th. Not looking forward to that. I'll have to eat my Hubbies cooking. :P Plus I'll be off the net for a while, so I have to make sure to get my mail, etc. all caught up.

What's been new with you Lanie? Hopefully everything is going well for you and in your area. You must be really feeling the heat lately. Does the heat affect your blood sugars much? Have you planted anything this year? We had a scary storm this evening but thankfully it didn't last long. Our Daughter managed to get caught in it while walking to a Friends' place. She is safe thankfully.
Type 1 Diabetes - Severe Rheumatoid Arthritis(RA) - Asthma - Hypounawareness - secondary Raynauds - Osteoarthritis - other stuff

Coversyl - Pantoloc(as irritation preventative) - Levemir - Indomethacin - Morphine - Salbutamol - Prednisone - Humalog - Xeljanz - Refresh Ultra - Aspirin(81 mgs.) - Cod Liver Oil Caps - Vit D other OTC

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Lanie G
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   Posted 7/15/2016 6:36 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm glad you're taking care of these appointments! What a bother to go through but you know how important it is to make sure everything is working right!

Since my mom (and grandmother) both died of diabetes complications, I have been more mindful of blood sugar levels after I first got my meter over ten years ago. I do have high blood pressure and I'm on a medication for that called an ACE inhibitor which controls it and protects the kidneys. I see an ophthalmologist twice a year for glaucoma and use those eye drops without fail. I'm very concerned about vision and neuropathy/circulation being affects by diabetes and so far there is no evidence of circulation problems or neuropathy.

This summer has been brutal in some areas here. We've had temperatures in the 90's and our share of rain with some bad storms but honestly we haven't been in the worst of either of these. I don't think the heat affects my blood sugar.

Good luck with your surgery! Keep us updated! yeah
Lanie

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diabetes type 2 controlled by diet and exercise and
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Post Edited (LanieG) : 7/17/2016 7:39:27 AM (GMT-6)


msOuchie
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   Posted 7/17/2016 4:37 AM (GMT -7)   
That is very sad about your Mom and Grandmother. I sort of know how you feel since both of my Brothers died early mainly due to Diabetes complications also. Indeed, I also tried to empower myself as you have since their complications and deaths. The internet, blood glucose meters and carb counting have all helped me a lot with my Diabetes care.

Hmm, I didn't know that ACE inhibitors lower blood glucose. I didn't read that about the one I am on.
I was on Altace years ago but it caused me nausea and I came close to fainting while on it several times, so my former Endo had changed my med and to a lower dose.

I'm sorry that you were dxd. with Glucoma. How long have you had it? I'm glad that you are being consistant about your important self care too. It's just what we need to do.

Oh, I also met my new Endo. She's a sweetheart. I'm guessing about age 34. She seems quite knowledgeable although she didn't know what NLD was....so I showed her(dxd. at age 19). She has more to learn. She was excited to meet me since she doesn't have any other Diabetic patients as old as me(she said it nicer though...long term Diabetic). :D I told her I'd bring my 50 year D medal to the next appt.

She is not just a "book" Dr. and doesn't force her opinions or treatments. She had suggested that I take a statin but when I made a face and commented, she said even a low dose a couple times a week and if I got more muscle pain on top of that from RA, then I could go off of it or change to another one. She was 1/2 hour late but she had picked that day to check in with some of her new patients since they are some of my former Endo's clients. She was taking her time and not rushing us. She was thrilled that I had given her a list of all my medications and other conditions and present and prior complications and treatments. She gave me a year prescription for all my Diabetes meds and equipment. Sorry this is so long. I'll add my test results next time.


Many Diabetics do not agree with taking statins and I've been on the fence. What do you think about that topic, Lanie?
Type 1 Diabetes - Severe Rheumatoid Arthritis(RA) - Asthma - Hypounawareness - secondary Raynauds - Osteoarthritis - other stuff

Coversyl - Pantoloc(as irritation preventative) - Levemir - Indomethacin - Morphine - Salbutamol - Prednisone - Humalog - Xeljanz - Refresh Ultra - Aspirin(81 mgs.) - Cod Liver Oil Caps - Vit D other OTC

Post Edited (msOuchie) : 7/17/2016 5:41:27 AM (GMT-6)


Lanie G
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   Posted 7/17/2016 6:38 AM (GMT -7)   
I am going to rewrite what I wrote in my post about the ACE inhibitor because I see that's not what I wanted to say! This class of blood pressure meds only control blood pressure (not blood sugar) and it also helps protect the kidneys, which is why my doctor prescribed it. Instead of writing I had high blood "pressure", I wrote "sugar"! Sorry! Don't know where my head was. The ACE inhibitor meds all end in "pril", accupril, benazepril, etc.

Lots have been written about statins, especially statins and women and when my present doctor suggested that I go on them, I told her I had read some negative side effects in women and I was concerned about taking them. She understood completely and said that now the dosage is three times a week, not everyday. So, I cut them in half and I take a half three times a week and that has controlled my cholesterol. And of course I know that's not what I should be doing and I'm not saying anyone should do that because I'm not a doctor.

We're lucky because we have so many sources available to us today. When my grandmother and mother were alive, they didn't have blood sugar meters and had no idea what their blood sugar was at any time of the day. And of course they didn't have the Internet with all the information (and misinformation) available to them either.

I'm glad your new endo is good! It really makes a difference when you have a good doctor and one who like and trust!
Lanie

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diabetes type 2 controlled by diet and exercise and
metformin
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Post Edited (LanieG) : 7/17/2016 7:41:40 AM (GMT-6)


msOuchie
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   Posted 7/23/2016 2:06 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey Lanie:

Sorry, it took me a bit to get back after my CTS surgery on the 20th. Thank you for the good wishes btw. :)

That's okay Lanie. We all make boo boo's. I almost said in my post in the RA forum today, that I wanted to get my knees x-rated at my next RA appt. LOL! :D Thankfully, I reread and corrected. Sometimes, I do not.

Yes, you are correct. Altace is also known as Ramipril and Coversyl is also known as Perindopril.
Thus ACE inhibitors.

Well, that's interesting that it's only given 3 times a week. I didn't know that. Thank you for the info.
You'er most likely doing yourself a favour by cutting them in half.

I just read on a site that statins can cause mild blood glucose increase. I did not know that either. Did they check every Diabetic in the world taking statins, to see if the statins only cause mild blood glucose increase? No! It is supposedly enough to cause some people to get Type 2 Diabetes. Mild bg increase wouldn't cause Type 2.
Type 1 Diabetes - Severe Rheumatoid Arthritis(RA) - Asthma - Hypounawareness - secondary Raynauds - Osteoarthritis - other stuff

Coversyl - Pantoloc(as irritation preventative) - Levemir - Indomethacin - Morphine - Salbutamol - Prednisone - Humalog - Xeljanz - Refresh Ultra - Aspirin(81 mgs.) - Cod Liver Oil Caps - Vit D other OTC

Lanie G
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   Posted 7/23/2016 7:31 AM (GMT -7)   
I think it was about a year or two ago that my doctor told me about the change of statin dosage for women. I can't remember if she said it was also effective for men, too. In any case, it was found that taking a statin only three times a week was effective in women and that's what she recommended. And, you know, that doctors want diabetic's cholesterol lower in all cases. At the time I was in her office, my results were within the normal range. confused So, as I wrote, I'm doing it on my terms.

If we were talking about blood sugar or blood pressure, I would absolutely strive to follow directions to get them both to the normal range though. It really bothers me that the medical field not only accepts but recommends that a diabetic's blood sugar aim to elevated levels. A non-diabetic's fasting is in the mid 80's but doctors are looking for anything under 100 and will not diagnose diabetes until fasting is over 125 on several occasions. That doesn't make sense to me. By the time that diagnosis happens (as it did with me), that person can already suffer from some side effects of diabetes. For years my fasting hovered at the upper 90's and between 100 and 110/115 and then I was finally prescribed a meter. In the meantime I was diagnosed with glaucoma. Thankfully this is controlled by eye drops as it was caught by my eye doctor. I feel it may have been prevented if my doctor had been more concerned about bringing my blood sugar down to normal levels years ago. But that's past history.

Anyway, I hope your arthritis (and your sexy knees! tongue ) are doing better!
Lanie

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metformin
very low carb way of eating

msOuchie
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   Posted 7/24/2016 11:43 PM (GMT -7)   
Nice to hear that your cholesterol was/is in the normal range and yes I've heard the lower than normal because of Diabetes. I actually was not concerned too much about my cholesterol since my last Endo said that my HDL was always high, so I was okay. This of course, gave me a slight, "Are you sure?" thought on occasion. Now with my new Endo she pointed out the LDL Cholesterol Random and said that she would like the number down to 2.0 from 2.6. Of course, that is the only test result that has no Reference and I didn't ask, if it was really that bad. My other Cholesterol results were
fine. Like you say, they want them lower for Diabetics. I was always more concerned about my other test results.

Yes, I've tried keeping my blood sugar levels in the good playing field or close to it for a good number of years. That Pred. kicks my butt sometimes or going to a restaurant or to get togethers or going away on vacation, that puts my routine out of whack until I get back home. My BP was normal to low most of my life. I was inbetween 90/56 - 116/68 - 122/82. Depends what was going on and what medication I was on. Of course, there were times in between that I do not know what they were, like everyone else. There was one time many years ago, that I thought I was having a heart attack, so I went to the ER and my BP was 177/90!!! The Dr. said I was having a Panic Attack not a Heart Attack. I had no clue what it was, so looked it up. I haven't felt those scary symptoms since. After that my BP was back to normal range until about 5 or 6 yrs. ago. I had a physical and my BP was 136/87. My Dr. and I agreed that it was time for medication.

Thank goodness alright that your Dr. caught the Glucoma(sadly too late Diabetes-wise) and that the drops are working well for you. That's another scary condition, for sure.


"Anyway, I hope your arthritis (and your sexy knees! tongue ) are doing better!"

LOL! Thanks Lanie! :D
Type 1 Diabetes - Severe Rheumatoid Arthritis(RA) - Asthma - Hypounawareness - secondary Raynauds - Osteoarthritis - other stuff

Coversyl - Pantoloc(as irritation preventative) - Levemir - Indomethacin - Morphine - Salbutamol - Prednisone - Humalog - Xeljanz - Refresh Ultra - Aspirin(81 mgs.) - Cod Liver Oil Caps - Vit D other OTC

Lanie G
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   Posted 7/25/2016 5:36 AM (GMT -7)   
I think it's really important to be aware of our health (duh) and thank goodness that there are a lot of resources today for us to use. Of course, I know there are also a lot of junk out there, too. Lots of opportunists.

Glad you're doing well. Stay cool. It's been too hot here but we do get rain so we don't have drought conditions. Humidity? Well, now, that's another story. tongue
Lanie

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Chaul22
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   Posted 7/28/2016 12:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey, Lanie, I'm still around too. I've also had BP medication for years and a part of it was for "protecting the kidneys", said the doctor, but I don't even know what an ACE inhibitor is, hmm.

I spotted one touching text written by an 18-year-old girl about what it's like to live with diabetes and then I remembered, "wait, didn't I use to frequent this one discussion board."

Lanie G
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   Posted 7/28/2016 1:07 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi there, Chaul! I'm glad you're still around! How have you been? We missed you!

Here is a site that explains a little about this class of blood pressure drugs called ACE inhibitors: www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/high-blood-pressure/in-depth/ace-inhibitors/art-20047480

I hope everyone is staying cool this summer. cool
Lanie

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diabetes type 2 controlled by diet and exercise and
metformin
very low carb way of eating

Chaul22
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   Posted 7/28/2016 11:59 PM (GMT -7)   
Ok, I had to look around a little bit. Thank you! The naming is different over here but it seems that mine has something called enalapril in it, which is found on that list. My blood pressure is good with this medication and I can't identify any side effects.

I have finally moved out and am living on my own! This is kind of a big change to me because I have to be more careful. I also have a medical check up in a new place in a few days because I also moved out of town. I just lost the doctor I've had for the past 19 years..

As for the weather, we have just survived a heat wave (by local standards) and the temperature inside the apartment rose a little bit too high for me. I'm missing the heat pump that provided a little bit of cooling in the old place.

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   Posted 7/29/2016 5:39 AM (GMT -7)   
Congratulations on living on your own! Be careful and you'll be ok - I hope! Good luck with your new doctor, too.

The US is also experiencing heat waves, even in the north which is usually cooler than more southern areas. Where I am, it's been several degrees hotter than normal but we've had a lot of rain which makes it really humid. Can't order the weather we like!
Lanie

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Chaul22
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   Posted 7/31/2016 11:21 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks, it's been just a little bit hectic with the new place. I meant to write earlier that I've enjoyed this forum, also learned a lot from here, and intend to pay a visit more often. :)

So far so good, but I still haven't pulled a full week straight of living here though. At first it was the furniture still in pieces on the living room carpet, then we got a heat wave just when it was supposed to already start getting cooler for the year. So, I have just stayed at the old place cooling down every few days. It's not that bad actually, but takes a little bit of getting used to.

Oh, I did try one of those continuous glucose monitors again. This one had a display and it was supposed to last for one full week, but the sensor battery ran out after 5 days or so. They weren't too happy to learn that because now they have to order a new sensor and those things are apparently very expensive for the public sector. Anyways, this was timed for the first week after move-in. In the end it didn't quite work like that because I had nothing to sleep on at the new place. But at least I got some very useful data to show to my next nurse/doctor.

Lanie G
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   Posted 8/1/2016 6:50 PM (GMT -7)   
Sorry about the battery problem on it. So, this was an insulin pump, right?
Lanie

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diabetes type 2 controlled by diet and exercise and
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Chaul22
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   Posted 8/2/2016 4:29 AM (GMT -7)   
No insulin in this thing. The needle stayed in my abdomen until the battery died and only measured my blood glucose.

Edit: Did I ever write about our road trip here? That was last year, but I did in fact travel from east coast to west coast. Five weeks it took, and 10 000 kilometers. Luckily I had two friends with me but I still consider it an achievement for me.

Post Edited (Chaul22) : 8/5/2016 7:29:06 PM (GMT-6)

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