Category Archives: medication

New diabetes pen has sugars all over…

It is called Tanzeum. I was wrong with the name the other day. They decreased my oral meds and said it will take a couple of weeks to settle down. I was only 74 the other day than today it was 159. Crazy.

Got my new diabetic shoes. Took forever. The smallest pair is too big for my feet. She had to rig them to fit.

Teresa (Tessa) Dean Smeigh

-Advocate for Mental and Invisible Illnesses

-Author of Articles, Stories and Poems


Happy Mother’s Day! New Diabetes Pen!

I couldn’t take the Victoza daily pen, sugars too low and no appetite. So I went back on oral meds only. Sugars rose at night, but were fine in the morning then all of a sudden they started rising in the morning too.

Went to my Endocrinologist Friday and now I have a once weekly pen which is called Tambien I believe. Very difficult to set up to take. Huge directions to follow.

I got it ready and took it. It didn’t hurt, but my sugars were really high that night and I had very little carbs. This morning woke up feeling lightheaded and shaky. My sugar was low, only 74. Grabbed some applesauce and then retook it and it was 125, much better. I might have to take a snack at bedtime every night to avoid this, but then again it is a weekly dosing pen and may not act that way all the time. I need to watch the trends. The good thing is my appetite is back. Thank you God! I have been praying over this situation.

Teresa (Tessa) Dean Smeigh

-Advocate for Mental and Invisible Illnesses

-Author of Articles, Stories and Poems

What’s up peeps? Not me, I am still down. New med again.

Had an emergency appointment today for the psychiatric nurse. My meds aren’t working and I am still dragging myself around surrounded by depression. It sucks. I don’t even want to be on here and I love my blog. I force myself to write poems for the other blog. I don’t want to stop completely or I  might not start up again. It is rough when you stop.

We are going back to a low dose of Cymbalta and see if that works. It worked before until we got to the top dose. Wish me luck!

Teresa (Tessa) Dean Smeigh

-Advocate For Mental And Invisible Illnesses

-Author Of Articles, Stories And Poems

Psychiatric Drugs and the Med Resistant Patient

I need psychiatric drugs for my  mental health conditions:

Bipolar, borderline  personality disorder, anxiety, panic, PTSD, OCD and ADHD.

However, I happen to be med resistant. I am constantly trying new drugs and cocktails trying to find one that will give me some relief.

My anti-psychotic (mood stabilizer) has been the same for almost 4 years now. We keep tweaking the anti-depressants, but nothing works for long if at all. I have been on Wellbutrin for over a week now and nothing good or bad is happening. I am on the lowest dose and that leaves room for more experimentation. I also take clonazepam for anxiety at a pretty high dose.

I am so tired of the constant tweaking and changing of medications and gaining nothing, but grief. I am depressed. My mood stabilizer keeps the mania away, but makes me depressed and if this is stable, I don’t want to be stable. Life just plain sucks right now and thinking positive will not bring me out of this. I am trying to work through It and not spend all day and night in bed and keeping my 2 blogs running and creating stories and poems.

Teresa (Tessa) Dean Smeigh

-Advocate For Mental And Invisible Illnesses

-Author Of Articles, Stories And Poems

5 Ways to Manage Fibromyalgia

Things You Should Do Every Day with Fibromyalgia & Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

A lot of people with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome have days where we can’t do anything, whether it’s because we literally don’t have the energy to move, or whether activity causes searing pain that breaks us down physically and mentally. We never know when this might happen.

On these days, we need to limit ourselves to the basics of survival without setting ourselves up for more days like this. How’s that possible? There are some things that I have to do every day or else I pay the price with more days in bed.

The first three are things we should all do, every day, no matter what.

#1 – Take Your Medications & Supplements (if prescribed)

Many of the medications we’re prescribed have to be maintained at certain levels to be effective. If you take them erratically, you’re not going to get the full benefit. During a flare is the absolute worst time to make your meds less effective!

#2 — Eat Something Healthy (or drink at the very least)

If you’re like me, “cooking” is a bad word even on a good day. On my worst? Forget it! Some days, it may seem like too much just to lift the food to your mouth.

If you’re often alone most days, it can help to keep nutrient-packed drinks like Ensure on hand. At least you’re putting important things in your body to fuel important processes. Keep a handful of almonds, a few slices of cheese, or some yogurt handy. I also know that I feel better when I eat more fruits and vegetables.

Of course, I can’t eat a perfect diet every day – it takes far too much work. By keeping healthy foods available as much as I can, I give myself a better chance of at least eating something that’s good for me every day.

#3 — Get Plenty of Serious Rest.

This is by far the most important thing. On active days, your body probably tells you when it’s had enough. On down days, you might think all you’re doing is resting. Make sure you take time to turn off the electronics, close your eyes, and really rest. If you end up asleep, that’s even better!

#4 – Light Exercise if Possible

Our doctors tend to recommend exercise – yoga, walking (just a few minutes a day to start) or stretching if possible.

As always, start slowly and do the bare minimum for a while, then increase your time slowly and carefully as you’re able. If it makes your pain worse than STOP!

#5 — Laugh

Laughter is good medicine. You don’t want to overdo it! Not only does laughter pick up your mood, it changes your brain chemistry. They say it actually has effects that are similar to exercise, only with less exertion.

Taking Baby Steps – Start Everything Slowly

Remember, these are things to do every day to give you the best possible chance of making improvements. And yes, these are things that I do every day, with very rare exception. They’re part of the self-care that can make the difference between getting better and staying the same.

Every time you adopt a good habit or change a bad habit, you’re taking a step forward in your illness management which is important as you work toward your goal of feeling better.