Good news without having to fight for it.


Today I was reading my email and my deletions couldn’t be done without deleting just one or reading one. I had marked a huge amount to delete and I hate when it does this.

Anyway I decided to read one and it was my notification of my Medicare Advantage program payment. I have it taken out of my bank automatically.

I was surprised to see just $2.40 on there. So I immediately called Aetna. It was good news. My state which gives me extra care due to the minimal SSDI check I get, had retroactively given me a refund. My new bill is almost $20 a month less. Can’t complain about that. I am thankful for any help I get.

Teresa (Tessa) Dean Smeigh

-Advocate for Mental and Invisible Illnesses

-Author of Articles, Stories and Poems

http://www.tessacandoit.com

http://www.finallyawriter.com

Exercising with Diabetes – testing due to possible raising or lowering of blood sugar levels.


For the last few weeks I have been exercising in a class for seniors called Silver Sneakers. It may be for seniors, but it is as hard as a regular class just no floor exercises and the chairs also are for balance.

My morning blood sugar readings have been low (usually under 100) in the mornings. Most mornings lately I have been around 84 or so. My readings are pretty good right now so I have a pretty good grasp on my insulin shots finally and how much carb I can eat which is very little. I am following a low carb/high fat diet and try to keep my carbs in the Keto range (under 20) per day.

Exercise can be hard to regulate. It can make your levels go up or down and also depends on where your levels are when you start. According to one article they shouldn’t be below 100 and if they are then you should bring them up first. I am working hard to get them down there to 80 or so and won’t add carbs to increase my reading.

I am one of those who for the most part have blood sugar increases after exercise and only 1 where it stayed where it was at fasting.

If you are diabetic, test frequently – before, during and after – during exercise. Don’t exercise alone either. It is best to have others around in case you pass out while working out. There is no way to predict how your blood sugars will react to exercise.

Teresa (Tessa) Dean Smeigh

-Advocate for Mental and Invisible Illnesses

-Author of Articles, Stories and Poems

http://www.tessacandoit.com

http://www.finallyawriter.com

Fasting sugars were low at 84 after yesterday’s party


I was surprised that my fasting sugars were only 84 this morning and didn’t even rise much from the exercise like they usually do. Of course they could hit me today or tomorrow as some things take more than a day to stabilize.

Stopping sugar is supposed to stop pain. Sugar causes inflammation. I hadn’t noticed a difference until today. My long time, always with me Fibro pain is lessening. I can touch the spots without causing terrible pain. Maybe it is true.

I may have to go off the grid again. My dad is tired of his internet service and they keep raising the prices practically every couple of months so he is looking for something else. I can’t blog on a phone even though I have unlimited data. Now there are things called hot spots I think that said I can use the data on my phone to run my computer. Will check into that once he does away with our current cable plan.

Plus once he has something I will have to figure out how to set us up and the wireless network. I reminded him that changing will affect our tv’s, computers and phones, also the kindle fires we have. My son has a notebook or notepad I think it is.

He pays the bill so we do what he wants. I will leave a message via the phone if I have to and maybe a post now and then, but for the most part I hate doing things on a phone. That includes Facebook and my groups.

Teresa (Tessa) Dean Smeigh

-Advocate for Mental and Invisible Illnesses

-Author of Articles, Stories and Poems

http://www.tessacandoit.com

http://www.finallyawriter.com

Low fasting blood sugar to high blood sugar due to party and I didn’t eat like I usually do at parties


Fasting level was 91 and It was 278 when I got home. I had 2 small pizza slices, ice cream sandwich and cupcake. It was a party and so I splurged a little. Should come down by tomorrow sometime. Can’t do this everyday for sure.

Even eating low, low carb i still run high at times. Might have to go to no carbs, well below 10-20 anyhow. No carbs would be all meat. I have to keep them as low as possible. I am using less insulin so they have come down some.

Teresa (Tessa) Dean Smeigh

-Advocate for Mental and Invisible Illnesses

-Author of Articles, Stories and Poems

http://www.tessacandoit.com

http://www.finallyawriter.com

Can Calcium Deficiency Lead to Fibromyalgia? – Do you need Calcium Supplements?


Can Calcium Deficiency Lead to Fibromyalgia? – Do you need Calcium Supplements?

I have tried many things for the cramps. I have not tried Calcium and I am most likely deficient as I don’t drink milk or eat yogurt.

Teresa (Tessa) Dean Smeigh

-Advocate for Mental and Invisible Illnesses

-Author of Articles, Stories and Poems

http://www.tessacandoit.com

http://www.finallyawriter.com

Bipolar mood swings, fighting with my diabetes


I am deeply depressed. Usually doesn’t last long due to my antidepressant and mood stabilizer, but currently suffering deeply.

I know I need to take care of my diabetes and eat right, but even foods I used to eat (low carb of course) don’t taste right.

I just threw away a bunch of food I couldn’t stomach. I know I have to take the insulin needles, but I am starting to freak out about that as well. It has been 2 months of needles, why now?

My numbers are higher than they just were. I was doing good keeping them in the low 120’s during the day and around 80 to 100 fasting. Today’s fasting was 124. Means I am eating too many carbs, but not sure where they are coming from. Need to get back under control. Over 140 at any time is causing damage that is unseen, but still happening.

I am still doing the silver sneakers exercise program 3 times a week. My body hurts. New pain on top of the old chronic pain. I haven’t given up yet and am struggling along.

Hard to think positive when you feel like this. Bipolar sucks.

Teresa (Tessa) Dean Smeigh

-Advocate for Mental and Invisible Illnesses

-Author of Articles, Stories and Poems

http://www.tessacandoit.com

http://www.finallyawriter.com

Love, Light and Energy


I had a healing last night and the healer sent love, light and energy from the Lord through my body. He releases the bad and brings in the good.

I have them periodically.

Still struggling with my blood sugars. They are better when I keep it low, very low carb. Too many carbs and the numbers skyrocket. This morning my fasting number was 78. Almost to the danger zone.  Keeping it so low carb limits my diet tremendously. I can have a lot of the vegetables, but fruits are no-no’s except for berries and just a few of them.

Hard to take insulin when you eat so low carb. I don’t have to take as much and if I don’t have any in a meal I don’t need the insulin shot.

When one needle runs out I have to use 2 to get a full shot. I hate that. That meant 3 shots last night and the long-acting insulin which was the 2 shots burned  like hell.

Teresa (Tessa) Dean Smeigh

-Advocate for Mental and Invisible Illnesses

-Author of Articles, Stories and Poems

http://www.tessacandoit.com

http://www.finallyawriter.com