Category Archives: Diabetes

Stretch those muscles…ouch


Today was stretch day for the silver sneakers.

I am in bad shape and was surprised how much I did. Of course pain is setting in on top of the normal pain. The class is kind of fun and most of it is done on a chair. Surprising what you can do on a chair.

My sugars started high this morning, but came down with my morning insulin and stayed down. I am doing a very low carb diet which helps.

My grandson’s birthday party is coming soon and there will be a carb issue and I want at least the cake if not the pizza too. I am probably going to have one or the other, most likely the cake which is my favorite. Unless she puts some vegetables out or something equally low in carbs. This is the hard part. Normally if I wasn’t following a low carb diet I would just use the insulin and bring it down the next day. I still might. You have to cheat at least once or twice or go nuts I say. I am doing good, but last night I had a piece of candy to 3 tiny cookies. That is why my sugar was high this morning.

Teresa (Tessa) Dean Smeigh

-Advocate for Mental and Invisible Illnesses

-Author of Articles, Stories and Poems

http://www.tessacandoit.com

http://www.finallyawriter.com

Morning sugar reading was 118


Saw endocrinologist yesterday and he upped my insulin and I joined a 50 carbs or less group on Facebook.

I asked about getting off of insulin and he flat out told me I had to lose a lot of weight. I wasn’t insulted by it because it is true and I have come to terms with my weight. Maybe the low carb diet will help like before. Doing great til I quit, but this time there is no quitting. I am in it for my life. I want to live.

Tomorrow is my first silver sneakers class. I am so out of shape just walking a few feet takes my breath away. This class is for seniors and done on a chair. Sounds like what I need to get started.

I am happy, content, wealthy in ways other than just money.

Teresa (Tessa) Dean Smeigh

-Advocate for Mental and Invisible Illnesses

-Author of Articles, Stories and Poems

http://www.tessacandoit.com

http://www.finallyawriter.com

My Health Pledge


I pledge to be held accountable for my health. I will exercise (silver sneakers at a local health club), eat right and cut out sugar, get rid of the insulin and diabetes pills and eliminate my diabetes entirely and lose weight so I can get rid of my myriad other illnesses and pills.

Teresa (Tessa) Dean Smeigh

-Advocate for Mental and Invisible Illnesses

-Author of Articles, Stories and Poems

http://www.tessacandoit.com

http://www.finallyawriter.com

Using less insulin


I have been instructed to take fast-acting insulin 3 times a day with my meals and at night a long acting insulin.

Now if I don’t eat a meal I don’t take that insulin injection. If I don’t eat carbs, I don’t take that insulin injection. I am talking about the fast-acting with the meals. Therefore if I skip a meal or eat no carbs I can use less insulin.

I have been told by many of my friends and WP friends that they were on insulin and got off of it. I see my doctor Monday and hope to ask him if there is a possibility in his opinion that I can get off of insulin and even off of diabetes pills. I have decided I will do it, but wonder if I have his support or if he is just about using insulin to control it or ready to help me do this.

I had 2 meals today and 2 fast-acting shots. At 9 PM (shouldn’t eat later unless no carbs) I had my slow acting injection and then had eggs (considered no carbs). My morning reading should be lower. I have about hit my projection for the long acting insulin. Most morning readings are now in range so I shouldn’t have to increase it anymore. If I continue with lower day readings and low carb meals I will actually have to lower it.

This is my plan anyhow no matter what the doctor says. I have been doing my own research. I don’t intend to do insulin all my life and I don’t intend to increase it either which they say is usually what happens.

Teresa (Tessa) Dean Smeigh

-Advocate for Mental and Invisible Illnesses

-Author of Articles, Stories and Poems

http://www.tessacandoit.com

http://www.finallyawriter.com

Light, Love and Energy


I am sending you light, love and energy from our Lord, Jesus Christ!

I have been busy. Joined a health club with my silver sneakers membership and it is no cost to me. I used the bike for 5 minutes today and could barely breathe. Heart rate was high and took close to an hour to come down.

Struggling with the insulin shots as the more I do the harder it is to find a spot that is not sore. May have to switch from my belly to my thighs. Need time for my belly to heal.

Determined to work out and get back into shape so maybe I can reduce or eliminate the insulin and other maladies I suffer from, plus losing weight will eliminate a lot of health problems too.

I am happy, satisfied, content, healthy and getting wiser.

Teresa (Tessa) Dean Smeigh
-Advocate for Mental and Invisible Illnesses
-Author of Articles, Stories and Poems
http://www.tessacandoit.com
http://www.finallyawriter.com

Hate giving myself injections. Some do hurt!


Finding an uninjected spot is hard. My belly hurts at times and pressing against something hurts.

My sugars are still not level. I have to work harder at it.

I am happy (manic right now)

I am content

I am wise

I am going to find the perfect place to live and be able to afford it

I am healthy

I am pain free.


Teresa (Tessa) Dean Smeigh

-Advocate for Mental and Invisible Illnesses

-Author of Articles, Stories and Poems

http://www.tessacandoit.com

http://www.finallyawriter.com

Negativity be gone!


This is a bad time to be working on my positivity. I know I didn’t want to blame my bipolar for everything that is wrong with my life, but I am sinking deep into a depression. My mood stabilizer isn’t working on the mood swings. I am still saying my mantras of “I am” and trying to not think negatively.

I am happy.

I am healthy.

I am prosperous.

I am content.

I am going to find housing that fits my needs.

I am so tired of sticking myself with needles every day. Some really hurt, although most don’t. Today my glucose readings were super high including my fasting sugar. If I eat three meals the last one is in the early evening. Too late obviously, I am not going to get up early to eat in the early morning either. So might only have 2 meals a day.

Teresa (Tessa) Dean Smeigh

-Advocate for Mental and Invisible Illnesses

-Author of Articles, Stories and Poems

http://www.tessacandoit.com

http://www.finallyawriter.com