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Blood Sugar numbers all over the place


I think the dr decreased my insulin too fast. I am having highs again and no sense to the numbers I am getting.

I called again. They want me to stay on the current doses (I told them I did go back to my original fast-acting Novolog for meals) of Tresiba long-acting of 25 units for several more days and give it some time to settle down.

They are fine with my numbers being between 90 and 130, but I am not. 90 fine, but 100 and above not so fine. I was down to 80’s and 90’s except for the morning and evening lows for about a week. I think they decreased it too much.

After a few days I have to start increasing my long-acting Tresiba by 2’s every 4-5 days.

I hate this. The research is out there that low carb and lower numbers in the normal ranges are the way to go, but the drs stand by the American Diabetes Association and their high carb, high numbers way of life. The ADA  has not changed this in the 20 years I have been diagnosed. They are keeping peoples numbers high and the damage is fatal eventually. I don’t want to die because they are not with the times or suffer other damage.

The decrease in sugar has helped my pain, my bipolar and my diabetes. Sugar is my enemy and so are high blood sugar readings. If I have to humor my dr and do it the more healthful way I will.

90 – 130 is not acceptable. I will finagle my insulin myself if I have to.

Teresa (Tessa) Dean Smeigh

-Advocate for Mental and Invisible Illnesses

-Author of Articles, Stories and Poems

http://www.tessacandoit.com

http://www.finallyawriter.com

Insulin has been lowered a lot due to low blood sugars


My sugars are now low enough that a decrease was needed. My slow acting Tresiba was cut from 50 to 25 and they lowered the sliding scale on my fast acting Novalog for meals. This morning I was117 and at lunch I was 115.

I am following a low carb diet called Ketogenic or Keto for short. It means 20 carbs or less per day. Most drs don’t like it, but it works for me and my drs, nurses and one of my dietician are ok with it.

Why should I eat the high carb American Diabetes Diet and take more meds. I just decreased them.

Less than 20 carbs can be hard to adjust to. It means going without a lot of my favorite foods, but my life is worth it.

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 blood sugar levels due to low carb diet for diabetes


I have had lows for the last couple of days. Obviously a medicine change is needed.

My very low carb/ketogenic diet is working. Already I am seeing a need to lower some of the insulin needs. Will talk to the dr if it keeps up. Luckily I have been home when it happens – night time and fasting.

Most days I eat less than 20 carbs, some meals are no carb therefore no insulin. So I am down to the low numbers on my fast acting insulin for meals and my Tresiba slow acting all day insulin also needs adjustment. Just not sure where I should make the adjustment.

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

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