Category Archives: Drugs

My muscles still say owee…


I am still in a lot of pain from the classes. Simple as they are, I am just so out of shape I am in terrible pain.

There are 2 teachers and they both are different in style. One is harder than the other. I think I aggravated my Fibromyalgia as well.

I have lost 2.8 lbs since starting to eat low carb. I am not following the ADA (American Diabetic Association) diet and eating very low carb as most diabetics have found to work better than the high carb diet recommended by the ADA. I have definitely lost inches, moreso than pounds.

The dietician I talked to today has refused to help me because I refuse to follow the ADA diet and eat lots of milk, yogurt, fruit (is she nuts) other than berries, grains and some other things. The ADA diet is actually dangerous to diabetics who need to cut down on the carbs, not increase them. I have found a support group or 2 to help with this low carb diet. There are several drs who support the concept as well. Mine seems fine with it.

I am hungry. I think I will fry some eggs and sausage. No carbs, no shot of insulin needed. I will just take my long acting insulin tonight instead of 2 needles.

Teresa (Tessa) Dean Smeigh

-Advocate for Mental and Invisible Illnesses

-Author of Articles, Stories and Poems

http://www.tessacandoit.com

http://www.finallyawriter.com

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

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

How to Find a Good Pain Clinic for Fibromyalgia


How to Find a Good Pain Clinic for Fibromyalgia

If you are looking for narcotic pain relief you need to find a reputable pain specialist. Most regular doctors no longer prescribe opioids at all. It used to be you could go to your primary doctor with a backache and receive painkillers. This no longer happens and hospitals no longer just automatically prescribe opioids if you are in the emergency room for pain.

I am taking psychiatric medications that won’t allow me to have narcotics. I did have a pain specialist years ago though.

Teresa (Tessa) Dean Smeigh

-Advocate for Mental and Invisible Illnesses

-Author of Articles, Stories and Poems

http://www.tessacandoit.com

http://www.finallyawriter.com

Diabetes: Insulin ranges still unknown


I think the only one is the slow acting insulin that can be totally regulated. I think the one for each meal will have to be done and the necessary insulin injected, but what do I know?

My poor belly is getting so bruised from all the shots. I am trying to figure out how to use a different area each time so it isn’t as painful.

Teresa (Tessa) Dean Smeigh

-Advocate for Mental and Invisible Illnesses

-Author of Articles, Stories and Poems

http://www.tessacandoit.com

http://www.finallyawriter.com

Sometimes I wish I could just vanish…


As those of you who might have been reading the few posts I have posted lately know, I am in bad shape physically and mentally. This has been exceptionally worse the last few months.

I have been fighting my Diabetes and currently it won. I am now insulin dependent and still high. I am fighting it tooth and nail. And truth is that the prick of the blood testing is worse than the prick of the insulin pen needle. That being said I still have to prick myself 8 times a day if I follow the schedule (and I don’t always). I am nowhere under control even with the insulin.

My current antidepressant is finally working. I am out of the deep depression and I sleep (a lot still) without sleep medicine. I worked on my room this weekend. What a change and it hit me, I am not depressed. It is funny feeling when the realization takes over.

The biggest problem is physical. I have been sick for about 4 weeks straight. I have been to the ER to be rehydrated after a severe stomach condition (still have it a little bit and so will be seeing a gastroenterologist Tuesday). The food I have beenĀ  eating causes pain and other stomach issues. I have gone through bronchitis twice, gone away and then came back.

I could barely get out of bed because of one thing or another.

Right now I am not as bad. Maybe I will hang around longer this time.

Miss you all!

Teresa (Tessa) Dean Smeigh

-Advocate for Mental and Invisible Illnesses

-Author of Articles, Stories and Poems

http://www.tessacandoit.com

http://www.finallyawriter.com