Tuesday, April 30, 2013

High A1c

Monday, a week ago, I had my bloodwork done for my primary care doctor. That's who I get my D-treatment from. Anyway, of course, he took an A1c and it came out at 8.2 which is way higher than I want it to be. I know it's just a number but the glyburide has me going low a couple of times a day so I thought my # would be better. Since I got the results I've been taking post prandial readings and now I know why my A1c was high. I must do something about the amount of carbs I am eating. So here we go, trying to change what I eat. Such fun. Will keep you posted on how it's coming.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Where did a year go?

Welcome to my world over a year later.

I have started exercising again and today is the first day I am experiencing pain. It's kind of in my hip and it doesn't feel like it's muscular in origin. Could it be the statin again? My cardiologist said to cut back on the statin if I started having pain. What to do? I don't want to be a wuss about this.

Read a good article in Runner's World. Have started labeling the healthy habits I am forming as "wins" and the stuff I forget to do or just don't do as "losses". I check to see how they stack up at the end of the day. So far many more wins. I've also started telling myself (it's my current mantra du jour) "Just do it!" Most of the time it works for me.

Am keeping a close eye on the events in Boston. I hope they catch the guy.

Happy Friday folks!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

On top of everything else...

I am a type 2 diabetic. I was diagnosed with diabetes around 14 years ago. I have taken various oral medications since then. I took the pills - faithfully but I didn't do much else. I seldom took my BG. I made up the #'s I told my doctor (like he wouldn't be able to tell I was lying from the A1c he was about to have drawn). That was then.

2 years ago I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease. This changed my life a lot. I had to go gluten-free and I was good about it. I attended support group meetings and I read all labels before eating anything.

1.5 years ago I had a heart attack.

Now, I am going all out and taking care of my diabetes. I'm testing. I'm eating well. I'm exercising. I'm happy. I found the DOC and I love it here.

More later... I just wanted to give this a start and to come out of the closet with my diabetes.

Thanks for reading.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Things I'm lovin' right now

  • Fall - taking long walks through the multicolored leaves
  • Barnes & Noble - just spending a Saturday afternoon browsing in the books and reading all the magazines I can't afford to buy
  • Spending time with my daughter and baby grandson, Ivan, who's 6 months old (see photo above)
  • Pumpkins - on my porch, in a smoothie, in pie, pancakes, in a bowl, in a glass or any old way
  • Coffee drinks - I'm addicted to skim, sugar-free, non-whip vanilla lattes
  • Twitter - mostly reading other's tweets
  • Cookbooks - I have 80 at last count
  • My front porch - I love to sit out there and read magazine
  • Magazines - I won't tell how many I subscribe to but it isn't enough no matter how many there are

What are you lovin right now?

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

The Mercury hit 112* F for the first time since 1936

No matter how you measure it, Yesterday it was hot in Topeka


"By Corey Jones Copyright 2011 . Tim Hrenchir Copyright 2011 ."

"If there is a silver lining in the searing heat wave scorching the Midwest, it is of its historic nature. Topekans can one day tell their offspring how they walked to summer school uphill both ways in temperatures that reached a staggering 112 degrees, melting the sidewalks.

Kids and grandkids may roll their eyes, but a portion of that story actually will be true.

Topekans on Tuesday sweltered through the capital city's highest temperature in nearly 75 years.

The National Weather Service reported the mercury topped out at 112 degrees Tuesday afternoon at its office near Philip Billard Municipal Airport.

Temperatures previously had last gotten that high locally on Aug. 15, 1936, when they reached 112 degrees, said Shawn Byrne, a meteorologist for the weather service's Topeka office.

The 112-degree reading also eclipsed the city's past record high for Aug. 2 of 106, set in 2010. The city's top heat index Tuesday also was 112.

The weather service reported Tuesday's temperature was among the six highest ever recorded in Topeka.

The other mercury readings on that list were:

■ The city's all-time high of 114, on July 24, 1936.

■ The city's record high for August of 113, recorded on Aug. 13 and Aug. 14, 1936.

■ 112, recorded on Aug. 10 and Aug. 15, 1936.

Byrne said Topeka set an unofficial all-time high Tuesday when the mercury reached 105 before noon, which was the city's highest such mark since the weather service in 1978 began keeping unofficial records of the highest temperatures recorded in the capital city by noon.

The weather service has been keeping weather records in Topeka since 1887.

Tuesday marked the 21st day this year that triple-digit temperatures had been recorded in Topeka. The city's record number of 100-degree days in a year is 59, set in 1936.

Topeka's highest number of triple-digit temperature days in a year since 1954, when it saw 30, came in 1980, when it recorded 24."

I'm praying that fall comes early.

How about you?

Friday, June 17, 2011


What's that you say? It's the fear of lightning and thunder and yes, I have it. I've been afraid of lightning since I was 9 years old. I remember walking beside an old brick building with my mother. A bolt of lightning hit the chimney of the building and bricks scattered all around me. I don't remember being hit by the falling bricks but my mother said that I opened my mouth to scream and no sound came out. I was struck dumb. Since then I cringe when I see lightning. It's a reflex. I don't run and hide under the bed like my cat does but I absolutely experience fear. Fortunately it's not bad enough that I need to seek treatment. I guess having a phobia makes me human and that's a good thing.

What's yours?

More later...

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Oh what a tangled web

Spent a few minutes this morning sitting on my front porch in the mid 60 degree temps, holding my big black lap cat, and watching a crafty little spider make its web. The web spanned several feet  from pole to pole. I watched quietly. No need to destroy all the work that went into spinning it.After all, spiders help get rid of insects and the web wasn't in my way. I simply enjoyed the early morning example of the glorious things we can see in the natural world.

Then I went to work.

More later...