Sunday, December 31, 2017

If there were no calendars would we notice?...

Or would we use each day to start over, remember, reflect,
forgive, rejoice, learn, move ahead, appreciate ...?

                       Happy New Year

Sunday, December 24, 2017

It's been a while...

Doing holiday only posts is pretty lame.
Even though I still visit your blogs and sometimes
comment, I just haven't found any interest in posting
here. Guess I need a kick in the ass. Volunteers?  

Carol has been doing fairly well. They told us a
few months ago that the cancer was spreading again.
They originally diagnosed her with inflammatory
breast cancer. Now they call it metastatic.
The new chemo is Tykerb. It's a pill and she takes
five once a day. 

It took a while to get her started on the new meds.
The hospital knew it was expensive, so they did a
search for the cheapest pharmacy and found it in
Flint, Michigan. Even so, the co-pay is over $1000.
Fortunately, the pharmacy hooked her up  with a
grant that will help for about a year. 
Wash, rinse, repeat.

This is what she has to look forward to and it's beginning
to wear her out mentally. I headed to the grocery store
and asked her if she needed anything and she said,
"Yeah, a new body."  She's been cooped up for two
weeks, trying to get over a cold and that's adding to
her worrying. I should've asked Santa for a magic
lamp with a genie to grant wishes. 

As far as my diabetes, I finally got to see an 
endocrinologist back in September. I want him to take
me off insulin completely. I asked for metformin instead.
He won't do cold turkey, so we're lowering the dosage
gradually and added metformin. I hate insulin.

I understand insulin can be a life-saver in many cases but
what they don't tell you is that it makes you gain weight.
And then they tell you how bad it is to be overweight. 
My first year on insulin I gained 65 pounds.
I've been trying to lose weight for a year and a half.
I've lost about 7 pounds. Seriously. Insulin has to go.

I have one cup of coffee with half and half for breakfast.
I don't eat lunch or limit it to eggs.
Dinner is protein, veggies, limited carbs.
I drink water all day. A diet soda once every week or two. 
Can't remember the last time I had a cookie or a donut.

I will say that taking metformin and reducing insulin has
kept my glucose level in a very good range. 80 to 115 unless
I cheat on the carbs, which is rare.
And my A1c has gone from 6.7 a year ago to 5.7 when it
was tested this week.  I'm happy about that.
I see the endo-guy again in January. 
The man better make some serious changes this time because
if he doesn't I will continue to make the changes my damn self.

In the mean time, I'll be glad when the holidays are over.