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Trish if it was just DH and I I wouldn't worry about the amusement park but the last time we went with step daughter and her DH they hardly got to ride anything because of my slow walking. DGS will be there with a friend and they won't want to wait around with me. Maybe after we eat DH and I can go off on our own and take our time.

I decided that I can't take this med at bedtime because you have to drink a lot of water with it. I don't usual drink in the evening because I would be getting up all night for the bathroom. Maybe the drowsiness will stop in time. I took a nap again today.

I could not be outside long at 97 degrees because we get humidity too. The last 2 days have been perfect. In the 70's with sun and a breeze. 50s to 60s at night. Rain coming back tomorrow.

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FBG 100. Acceptible. Last night I noticed that my foot pain has decreased but not hand pain. I am still taking Tylenol Arthritis. I keep seeing references to my new BP meds being known to increase UA. I asked the pharmacist and she said No. But this pain started around the time I started taking it. Unfortunately, it is the most effective BP med I have ever taken. I am going to stop.It for a day or so and see what happens. I also read that gout can affect the hands and can lead to " gouty arthritis. ". Maybe it just takes longer to improve in the hands. The little finger that was swollen is smaller and is no longer red. I will be so happy if I can get to the bottom of this.

Aha! Metformin doesn't increase UA but it inhibits the body from releasing it. It seems that the meds you take to improve your health can sometimes work together to destroy it. I take the highest dose of Met allowed.

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I didn't fast yesterday. Having had carbs again, I am having trouble about them. They do trigger me. I will fast at least until supper tonight. I am making supper for the little girls and their parents, before their soccer game tonight. The game may be cancelled for thunder/lightening, but will likely go on even if it's raining. I figure I will have the supper hour with them, and then if the game is cancelled I will have had time with them anyhow though. It just takes a little time, and then I will make a plan for next week.
I am working to get out of the habit of daily weights, after being away for a week, so I didn't weigh this morning. I will get back on plan and go from there.

Ladies, doesn't it cost a lot just to get into the amusement park? How does that work when you don't go on rides? I assume there are seniors discounts, but is it worthwhile? I have not been to one for a long time, since I get sick on many rides. I have been to one that is more like a zoo, where you go through on a bus or drive through, and has a few gentle rides (like a little train and a boat ride to see some other animals) . It is also quite expensive, but so is running a large open park like that. I have taken the little girls there a couple of times.

I hope you have a good time planning for your picnics and fun days. It is now raining pretty hard here. Will see what the day brings.
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Mad, there are no longer general admission tickets to the park, only "Ride All Day." This is to keep trouble out, so to speak. It's really unfair for grandparents who want to take their grandchildren to the park. Tickets are regularly $54. Senior Discount is $37. Still steep for grandparents to pay just to take grandchildren, when they themselves are not going to ride. In our case, this is my step-daughter's employer's annual picnic and the company is paying for the tickets. That is the only time we go. When DH and I were growing up you could get in free and just walk around if you wanted. You bought tickets if you wanted to ride. Then they started charging $7 for general admission and had Ride All Day for a higher price for those who wanted to ride. I don't remember what it was. It has gone up every year since then. This park is known for having the best roller coasters. I wouldn't know. LOL I haven't been on one for years.

I think it would be appropriate to have a general admission ticket for seniors accompanied by a child under 12. But if people are willing to pay more, why should they do that?

My body is fickle. Certain carbs trigger me to eat more, and there are times when I can have a small serving and be satisfied with that. Even so, it is nowhere near the way it used to be. I can just imagine how high my blood sugar would go before I was diagnosed. When I was diagnosed, I didn't know to ask what my A1c was and I don't know if there is any record after all these years.
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Quick flyby for now and will check back in when I get home and settled. We are headed out to meet Daddy, DS & BIL for meeting with facility staff. I hope Dollar General sells cartons of sodas because I want to get Daddy some big red or cokes since he only had 3 or 4 day Tuesday.

FBG was 130 not sure why because I didn't think I ate many carbs yesterday. However, sometimes when I fast, it is a little higher I the morning DP I guess. Any way fasting again this morning and not hungry so won't eat until we go out with DS and BIL after our meeting. I hope I can continue to fasting in the mornings again and just drink coffee until we eat around 3 or 4. Weight is back down to 214 this morning so I consider that good.

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I'm not sure our meeting was very productive, but not bad. We were told that he is in an exercise program they are doing to help him learn to help the nurses etc to make transfers for him. He tried to tell us that he goes to the bathroom and showers etc all by himself and he hasn't seen the people to help him with transfers but one or two times. DS and I talked to his nurse at the nurses station and he told us that they have to help him with everything because he can't do any of it by himself. I think he just can't admit that he can't. As I always thought he probably isn't getting therapy because he tells him he is okay. I would think a therapist could see that he needs therapy because even I can see that. We only saw 2 people and the activities director and not sure exactly who the other lady was. She just brought us up to date on his meds which we knew CHF had increased his Lasix last month and we go back to CHF next Thursday. She told us when they see him regressing that they will put him back into therapy. So that is all we know. He didn't get to go for 2 outings and he was upset that he wasn't told about them and the activity director told him that she didn't know he hadn't been told and she would get on it right away.

When we left Daddy, we all went to Golden Coral. I don't know what my bs was before I ate because I don't check when out. I ate the foods I like and even finished the meal with a small slice of carrot cake topped with a little bit of ice cream. I told DH that we don't go there much and since that is the only time I get to eat my the carrot cake I just consider it a treat. Carrot cake is my favorite cake and use to buy the little ones WW used to sell, but of course they don't make them any more. What shocked me is that we came home so I was able to check my bs reading about 1 hour after eating and it was 150. I checked it again 2 and 1/2 hrs after and bs was 124. I totally expected it to be much higher. I don't know if it is the IF or what but something is suddenly working.

I told DS I have no idea what I eat at Golden Coral or what they put in their food because I seem to always have potty issues after I go there. Barely made it to the bathroom about and hour and half after eating. So strange. I only about a spoonful of each... popcorn shrimp, fried okra, a small piece of fish (too salty), a scoop of green beans, a small piece of roast beef and 1 little piece of potato that was cooked with the roast beef and a few fried onion rings plus the cake with ice cream. When I eat at Golden Corral, I never eat a whole serving of anything so that I can have a taste of each of the food that I eat. I'm wondering if it is what they fry their food in. If I see my nephew Sunday who used to work there, I will ask him about it. I also wonder if maybe they us MSG although I thought it had been banned. Any way I seem to be better now.

fatmad You said something the other day about IF and EF works with any diet plan and I agree. I have just about decided that the best way to eat especially for me is to just do IF. I don't know if I will every do an EF although I'm not going to say that I never will. All of a sudden I am learning that I can fast at least 12 hrs or more with a minimum of 5 hrs between 2 meals and then a small snack at night. In fact, for todays I ate 1 meal and a small snack. I start out my day without a real plan except to eat only if I get hungry. I really planned to eat a little bit of something before we left today because I wasn't sure when we would eat, but I actually got busy with phone calls and we were on the highway going toward the Nursing facility when I realized that I had forgotten to eat. I've done this for at least 2 days and plan just make it a routine. Your experience has been a great example and inspiration to me.

Carol Sue You know I wondered what I would do with my walker if I went to Disney if I rode the rides because I would rather use it than a wheelchair because of the exercise I would get. I wouldn't want to leave it sitting somewhere for someone to steal it. I had thought about the fact that I wouldn't have to ride the rides. The nice thing about my Hugo is I can carry things in the container under the seat and I can sit down when I need to rest so my feet won't hurt. That way I could go to some of the shows etc and have my own seat as well. We won't be going this year and hopefully if I can get some of this weight off maybe we can meet the kids next year. I hope your pain is getting better. I notice mine is better if I remember to drink more water.

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Trish, we have that walker that we bought at Goodwill. I think it was $15. It is not a Hugo, which is a brand name, but it has the seat with the storage compartment underneath. DH used it one time. I thought I might take it to the park if we go, and if someone steals it, it only cost us $15. For the most part I think people are honest and it would be like stealing from an invalid. I know it happens. People around here have had electronic scooters/wheelchairs stolen from in front of their house. If my feet continue to improve, I might have zero pain by that time, as it's sometime in July. Even without the pain, I still have some difficulty walking. I probably won't know until the day if I'm going or not. I know DH wants to go.

I think you only ate a bit of this and that so your blood sugar didn't spike, and I agree it's because of the fasting. That was what was happening to me when DH was in the hospital and I was not eating dinner at all. We have both made great strides with this, after all these years. I would like to try Golden Corral but it is in a bad area and DH won't go there. They are building some new businesses around our new Walmart so maybe one of them will be a Golden Corral.

It would be nice if your Dad continued to get therapy. I am surprised that they cannot see that he needs it.
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Hi friends: the issue with the holiday is there are many social events and they involve food. I did OMAD yesterday though. I made burgers and took them over the little girls' place and we ate supper there, then went to the soccer game. It didn't rain but was fairly cold. All fun though, with the youngest just playing like a whirling dervish while her older sister played in the mini match. Too cute all around.
Today I am having lunch with a friend before she moves to the East Coast (Nova Scotia) in July. It was a bit of a wrangle, she was trying to get together as couples, but I truly don't like her husband, and she and I need a confab, so I talked her into a girls lunch. Going to a gluten free restaurant at least. So I won't get sick from the food.
Tomorrow we are going to our former neighbours, out in the country. She gets migraines from drinking alcohol, so I am making "Rhubarb Water". Its the "IN" summer drink this year. Basically you boil rhubarb with lots of water and some sugar, then strain out the solids. I will mix the syrup stuff with some soda water and take that along with wine as a hostess gift. Good to add to the fancy drink but non-alcoholic repertoire for times out. I am not a big drinker, and when I go out if I am on call, its nice to have alternatives. I also find that alcohol adds to my insomnia, so I am avoiding it more often these days.

Trish: even IF won't work if we eat horribly, but it does allow for more slacking. I was thrilled to see you adding more fluids and good stuff to your WOE too. This makes IF more manageable. Whenever I get hungry, I drink first. Then wait 15 minutes, and eat if still hungry. Most days I don't eat before 11 or 12. Yesterday I had no trouble getting to 5 pm. Just, tea, water, soda water. Pickle juice is for EF only.
You could get a low priced bicycle lock (the kind with the wire covered by plastic) to lock up a walker or wheelchair while on a ride.
I am going for a walk this morning with my friend who got the puppy earlier this year. Rosie is about 10 months now, and she really likes to see me, and I love to walk with her, and its a good visit with this old friend. We have really reconnected since I moved back here. We never had a problem, just drifting apart and life going in different directions for a while. We still have lots in common though, and I am happy to have the company. Gets me moving more.
Carol: hope the foot pain keeps getting better. I know plantar fasciitis is a tricky thing, and the pain does move around, at least for DH. But for you, there definitely seems to be something going on with pain and your blood sugar. Maybe its PF and something else. I am still getting some neuropathy in my fingers of the left hand, from time to time. I think it may be related to the shoulder issues, from the nerve plexus that comes down to the hand. Likely still some inflammation somewhere. Nothing I can't manage, but I am mostly pain free now, so I notice it more than I used to when I hurt everywhere.

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Mad, you are definitely involved socially and it seems to bode well with you. You are good at working out the food issues so that's a plus. The time spent with the little girls is good practice for when you may have grandchildren.

This morning I found a lot of info online about the connection between pain and blood sugar. I don't know why I didn't find this before. Just not doing the right searches I guess. It seems that these issues arise after you have had diabetes for a while which explains why I haven't had these problems before. I am at 11 years since diagnosis and I probably had it for a few years before that. These articles specifically mentioned hand pain and there's even a name for the pain I get in my left thumb! I have had tendon pain for years off and on and that was mentioned too. I believe that continuing to keep blood sugar low will help especially now that I know the connection is real. Also, now that the foot pain is improving I can get back to exercise on a regular basis. I still have a twinge of foot pain now and then but nowhere near what I had before. I was beginning to think I would finish out my life like that. We went to the casino yesterday and it was a joy to walk without wincing with every step. And I came right up the cellar steps with no problem. I am seeing a big bright light at the end of the tunnel.

Diabetic educators and doctors don't tell you about this. Some don't even mention diet and exercise, just test and take your meds. I have read many books about Diabetes and none of them discussed physical.pain being associated with blood sugar.

Trish you mention some people in the low carb groups saying they got pain when they ate sugar. They could possibly be pre diabetic but not diagnosed. I am just amazed. This is different from the pain you were getting from gluten, Mad, but on the same track. You start out your life giving no thought to eating other than hunger, not realising the impact it will.have down the road.

I am excited to know that my new treadmill.is finally going to get some use, and maybe I will be able to wear some of my other shoes.

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No Father's Day plans now except to go see Daddy for a bit that day. All the park areas around where Baby sister lives were all booked so she cancelled. No one has a house big enough for everybody any more. That is probably good since everything I've seen says the temp that day will be any where from 93 to 101 depending on who is giving the forecast and I'm not sure I can handle that kind of heat and I don't think it would be good for Daddy. DS and I will go back to original plans. They always go on Sundays and I already told Daddy that I would see him Sunday instead of Monday because of it being Father's Day. He always says he doesn't care about holidays, but we learned from experience after Mama died that he doesn't mean it. So we will go any way.

fatmad Daddy had a cousin who only ate one meal a day and had to have most of his colon removed. So when I told my Daddy that sometimes I ate only OMAD when I lived in SC he begged me to promise him that I would not do OMAD because he thought that was what caused his cousin to have the problem. After I moved here and we learned about Dr. Fung and IF, I had Daddy to release me from that promise because IF is very healthy thing if done right. I told him that he didn't know what his cousin ate so you couldn't just decide that OMAD was the problem. I firmly believe that OMAD is good for me if I eat healthy. There are times when I may not make the best choices, but I really believe that if I eat mostly healthy foods that I will be fine. Thanks for the reminder. I am finding that I can eat some things once in a while or in smaller amounts and not affect bs, but I don't want to change a lot any more.

I've read a lot about eating more vegetarian, but I know I'm not a vegetarian person because it wouldn't be long until I would want meat so I'm leaning more toward less protein and more veggies plus some fruit, but I don't want to make any changes in what is working until after my A1c test at the end of July.

Carol Sue I think eating all the candy and sugary junk foods my Daddy eats is why he is where he is physically but he never would believe that and still doesn't. I've never understood why he has never been diagnose diabetic or pre-diabetic. The info you have learned about the connection of sugar and pain makes sense because I think it probably is what causes the inflammation in the body.

I'm glad your pain was better. Good job coming up the stairs with no problem. Do you thing the medicine is helping with that?

FBG was 122 less than yesterday and weight was only up .8 lbs which may not have even been up but I got up early and weighed earlier than usual. Headed out to the beauty shop and to store. Told Daddy I wouldn't be coming on Fridays much any more because my appointment is later. I may pick a different day to just go see him not sure. He has 2 or 3 buddies out there now and the weather is nice and they will start taking them places more too so he will get busier. I just have to have to take a picture of the monthly calendar on my cell so I can remind him of their trips.

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Trish, I am definitely having less foot pain than before. I think the new med is playing a part, along with drinking more water. Not a lot because I won't drink much after 5pm. About 6 cups instead of 2 cups before. I drank more coffee before but that's not the same as water. I will know more after more time taking the med. I get a twinge of foot pain now and then.

The book I am reading about plant based eating says you don't have to give up all animal products but just have more plant food. I will never give up animal foods either. I do value the nutrients in plants.

I think you will have a nice day with your Dad on Sunday. I don't know what step son has planned but if they come here I have to fix lunch for them. I never know what to make. If I make what they like DH won't eat it, and it IS his day!
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Not sure what weight is as scales were wild this morning. It must need new batteries because I know I don't weight 207 and might weigh 217.4 but I don't think I should weigh that much. LOL FBG is still coming down as it was 120. So all is well.

Nothing to report here so I will just say and y'all have a nice day.
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Carol: what is the med you are on now? If that is what is working, and you have less pain that is amazing. You are getting your legs back!
I have not slept well lately, and its affecting my mood and ambition for sure.
Maybe its eating everyday, instead of fasting this week at all. I think I will wind up fasting tomorrow, even though its father's day, DD will be here to make brunch for him, so he will have company to eat that. other DD has a called booked for us, so we will all have the update of her plans.

Trish: hope father's day goes ok for you with your father and family.
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Mad, my uric acid tested high so the doctor put me on Allopurinal even though I don't have typical symptoms of gout. I felt better for a few days but then yesterday was terrible sgain. Actually my wrists and hands are worse than my feet. I still feel it gets worse when my blood sugar goes up. Over 125 and I notice it especially after dinner. We ate at 3 yesterday and nothing after so I got a longer overnight fast and feel a little better todsy. I was so hopeful for a few days.

My FBG was 99 this am.

Missed hearing from you Trish. Hope all is well. I hope you get new batteries for your scale or a new scale whichever you need. 207 would be very nice but I know what you mean that it is not realistic. I have not been getting on for a few days because I feel fat! Hope to do better with food today. Having this pain is incentive to eat better.

I made chicken cacciatore yesterday. It turned out very good. Long slow cooking and the meat was very tender, sauce thickened up nicely. It is a favorite of mine but must be preplanned for the long cooking time.. Not a favorite of DH but he will eat what I like once in a while.

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Ate too much when out for dinner with our former neighbours. She always cooks too much. two appetizers, (charcuterie and sushi) and a wonderful main meal of salmon with all the veg and potatoes, and ice cream with berries for dessert. I won't bother weighing today, also had wine and that makes me hold fluids. I will fast today. DD will make brunch for DH when she gets up. We will enjoy having her for the day. Other DD will call in from Alabama about 11 am.

I will take the dog out for a walk soon, and otherwise will have a lovely sunny day here.
Wishing the best for everyone else, and a Happy Father's day to to Dad's and their families.
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