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By BIRDY Latest Reply 2013-01-14 13:36:43 -0600
Started 2012-12-19 15:30:49 -0600

Hi everyone.A few years ago I've been here as a caregiver and now have come back with problem of reactive hypoglycemia.I've been diagnosed two days ago.Fortunately I'm familiar with the required diet and having my meals fine so far but still I know I'll need to learn more.
I just wanted to say hello to everybody and I hope there are still some old friends from those old days.
I'II try to get here often cause I need to refresh my knowledge.Sorry for my English , I'm not a native speaker , I'm writting to you from Istanbul-Turkey.

21 replies

PaigeRCD 2012-12-24 08:38:44 -0600 Report

Yes, sorry, my phone was being fresh and just posting wherever it pleased! I like all of the above, but I think I'd be most interested in the historical places. The United States doesn't really have many historical places, so I always enjoy them in other countries. Mosques, palaces, any of that stuff that I can't find back home. And then of course I'd have to spend at least a couple of days at a beach and in the mountains. And I'd like to explore the city. Haha, sounds like this will be a long trip whenever I manage to make it over!

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2012-12-23 22:45:41 -0600 Report


Nice to see you. I also have reactive hypoglycemia. And yes, you gotta watch that diet! Glad you are here. Istanbul? That is on my list of places I want to visit.


PaigeRCD 2012-12-20 12:11:25 -0600 Report

Jayabee, all i have to say is wow. What a crazy couple of years you must have had. It's inspiring to see (or read, rather) how positive you've stayed throughout. It absolutely makes all of the difference, but is unfortunately another one of those things that are easier said than done. We're all here if you ever need to vent! Btw, totally don't blame you for moving. I've lived in New England and NYC my whole life, and I will never get used to the winters! And they last for like half a year! Gross. I've actually been looking into a few places in CA. This time next year, i will be living in a place where the temp rarely drops below 60, fingers crossed!!

jayabee52 2013-01-14 13:36:43 -0600 Report

Paige, Las Vegas is IMO easier to live in than anywhere in CA. The cost of living is extremely high in CA and then you get taxed to death. The summers in LV may be scorchers (but it is a DRY heat. LoL _local joke) but the cost of living is so much better than when I lived in the SF bay area. Great climate there but that is why everyone wants to live there and is so much more expensive to live there.

BIRDY 2012-12-20 12:48:57 -0600 Report

He is amazingly nice and helpful …

sloane 2013-01-14 12:51:22 -0600 Report

Keep sticking to the diet and make sure you carry glucose if your health care team has suggested. Glucose tablets or the newer quick sticks(which are a rapid dissolve powder) can be helpful. Have a great week!

jayabee52 2012-12-20 12:45:49 -0600 Report

actually I had lived in the SF bay area of CA to be with my 2nd wife "Jem". She had great Drs and med insurance and didn't want to take that away from her. She was totally blind and had many "medical challenges" (as she laughingly called them) She had diabetes and heart problems and we believe the medical team at the heart center kept her going for the 20 yrs she lived with it. She passed in July 2010

The downside to living in CA is the cost of living. After living in LV abd the SF bay area of CA I would say the climate is nicer than LV, but the cost of living is not. Since I have limited income I chose LV, besides I have a son living here also.

You may wish to consider moving to LV instead of CA. Taxes are high in CA abd there is no state imcome tax in NV.

As far as being positive, Jem helped me to become that way in large part. And now I am on DC I find that this place keeps me focused on the positive. Thanks for the offer of venting here. I have done a little of that in the 4+ yrs I've been a member here, and know if I get down I have nearly 5000 friends here to which to pour out my heart, should I need to.

Blessings to you and yours

James Baker

PaigeRCD 2012-12-20 11:54:45 -0600 Report

Ah, it must be beautiful! Any places in particular you'd recommend seeing?

BIRDY 2012-12-20 13:22:20 -0600 Report

Well , yes there are lots of things to see.What would you like specifically ? Historical places , seashores , mountains ? All are available.

MAYS 2012-12-20 08:17:10 -0600 Report

Hello, and Welcome back!
We are all so very glad that you have returned, in short, "We missed you!"
Many hugs to you, and may you be blessed in all that you do in life!


BIRDY 2012-12-20 12:45:04 -0600 Report

Hi Mays , I'm so happy that you are still here.How are you my dear ?
Thank you for your sweet wishes and huge hugs to you too …

jayabee52 2012-12-19 16:21:07 -0600 Report

Howdy Birdy, I was just wondering about you the other day. Yep, I'm still around.

And as I have told you when you are on here before, your command of the English language is fine ( at least as it is spoken in the USA)

Good to see you back. Sorry it was under these circumstances.


BIRDY 2012-12-20 05:24:02 -0600 Report

Jayabeeeeeeeee ,I'm soooo happpy to see you again my friend…How are you doing , how is your health ? Are you still in Vegas? Yes I've been promoted to the next step but I'm not sorry , It was going to happen at the end.

jayabee52 2012-12-20 10:47:47 -0600 Report

Well other than needing dialysis soon not much has happened for me helth wise.
I believe you know that my wife "Jem" has passed into eternity in july 2010.

I had been living for a time (about 3 mos) in Milwaukee WI for a potential romantic relationship, but it turned into a friendship instead. I was helping her recover from getting a 3rd degree burn where she needed 2 skin grafts to correct that burn. I ended up being her cook and assistant, doing things she was unable to do because she was too weak from the surgeries.

I had to come back here because those Milwaukee winters can be fierce and when the temp goes down below 75 degrees f, I start shivering severely. So I am now back in Las Vegas.

It is great to see you posting here again. Please don't be away so long next time!


BIRDY 2012-12-20 12:43:34 -0600 Report

I'm sorry for the dialysis issue and remember that you had kidney problems at that time.I hope you don't have any difficulities for transport to the dialysis centre.Here there are private shuttles.
And yes I know that unfortunately sweet Jem passed away but she is still in my heart.I still remember your wedding photo.By the way new photo looks fantastic.Why don't you come to Istanbul ? I believe you can find many good girls for a romantic relation.

PaigeRCD 2012-12-19 16:01:19 -0600 Report

Welcome back! Sorry to hear that you're having issues with hypoglycemia, but I'm glad you know the basics about what you should be doing to stay healthy. I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes a little over ten years ago and I'm still learning new things—some of which aren't even related to advances in the field! It can definitely be a struggle getting stabilized, especially since it seems like every little thing, from stress, hormone levels, heat, etc etc, can affect blood sugar in ways which are often unpredictable (which of course is frustrating). Best of luck to you. On an unrelated matter, I really really want to visit turkey! It's number one on my list!

BIRDY 2012-12-20 05:32:29 -0600 Report

Thank you Paige :) Yes you are right , there are millions of things to learn and diabetes is a long term issue that we need to learn to live with.As you said everyone is unique and we need to find out what works for ourself.I hope all will be fine for all of us.
By the way , you are welcome anytime in Turkey and today we are having the first snow of the year in Istanbul.It came surprisingly earlier :)