By MicNeil Latest Reply 2014-01-24 18:24:12 -0600
Started 2014-01-18 21:19:42 -0600

Now on Day 4 of Glucocil. Thought I was doing really well. Numbers had not jumped over 300 in 2 days. At 10am today (3 hrs after Glucerna Shake) BG = 293
1pm BG = 243. Was hungry for Crm o Wht so had cup CoW with 3 biscuits. Went to sleep (usual after I eat anything). Woke up feeling awful!…same as morning. BG has spiked to 486.

Have taken an extra Glucocil. Any other ways you know to more quickly get reading back on downward spiral?? Am guessing that's the end of the Crm of Wht :-(

Drinking Coconut water for hydration right now…and walking.

101 thought this might be the ups/downs of newly diagnosed. Hope so. Am not taking any diabetic meds except Glucocil. Thought I'd try diet/exercise first. Don't want to panic but maybe I should rethink insulin or one of the other meds. What are your thoughts.

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MicNeil 2014-01-24 18:24:12 -0600 Report

Still bouncing up to lower 200s in morning…then lower to mid 100's. Received Glycosolve shipment today. Adding 2 capsules to regimen today.

Weight still bouncing from 191# (this morning) - 187#(2 days back). Started Glycocil @ 193# .Too much for 5'2" frame with diabetes :-( Hoping this will help weight loss.

Am eating healthier & counting carbs - so that's progress :-) Wasn't paying much attention before…sometimes waiting until evening to eat breakfast…then grabbing a pastry instead of fixing something proper. No pastry anymore…nor Crm o Wht with bisquits LOL.

Keeping Glucerna Shakes/bars with me for when I'm away from my kitchen. Changed quick snacks to Wasa cracker with smear of Tahini (9 carbs)or 2 Nabisco Choc Wafers (8-1/2 carbs) with Teas' Jasmin Green Tea w/Stevia (0Carbs) Feeling better …but still fatigued and sleeping at the drop of a hat.

Favorite quick salad is chopping up 1 cup leafy celery tops - chopped boiled egg - 1 TBlsp Rasberry/Cranberry/Walnut Frisco (found in Crouton aisle) 1 tblspn Real Mayo. Try it, you'll like it :-) approx. 6 carbs

Days getting longer. Weather has been alot better than most of the Lower 48…and we are set up to handle cold/snow, which makes a huge difference. So sorry for all you in the extreme cold. Up in mid 40s yesterday here. Suppose to be in Upper 40s today. Went to store with just a windbreaker on and had to take it off as it was TOO warm.

Have a good day Everyone…or evening.

MicNeil 2014-01-23 00:30:29 -0600 Report

Numbers won't make sense unless you know my Day/nights are turned completely backward…not by choice.

Bedtime @ 7am this morning with BG 247. Got up @ 11:30am with BG of 139. 5pm BG 186. Had sm Halibut/broccli/onion rings dinner. 9pm BG 283 1 cup choc almond milk & 1 choc wafer. 1:00 am BG = 157

Onion rings might not have been a good choice for dinner but the bag said 3/4 cup was only 12-1/2 carbs. 2 sml. pieces Halibut were 15 carbs…my only real meal of the day is in the evening. Otherwise have scrambled or boiled eggs…wasa bread with Tahini…Glucerna shakes (usually 2/day) Green Tea (2 per day) and Glucerna Snack bars (usually 2 per day). Water

Have lost 3-1/2 lbs since starting Glucocil. Yeeeaah! Would have been more if I hadn't taken that Crm O Wheat/Biscuit detour. Oh well, I'm back on the horse :-)

No I don't get by on 4 hrs sleep. I usually conk out in my recliner for a 2 hr afternoon nap …and an evening 2 hr nap.

Have tried to change sleep times, but husband is also on erratic sleep schedule (has MS) plus we are in Alaskan hibernation time.

I cannot take sleeping pills. They have the opposite effect they are suppose to have…I get VERY hyper/irritable and wake up in a Mad-at-the-World mood.

Anyone else dealing with sleep problems? Never thought of it before, but is this a Diabetes symptom/side effect?

GabbyPA 2014-01-23 10:00:51 -0600 Report

Figuring things out is half the battle. If your sleep pattern is odd, but at least consistent it should help. I am a weird sleeper too. Have been since I was a kid. And I hear you on the sleeping pills. If I take those, I am grumpy and I cry at the drop of a hat. I avoid them as well. Wonder why they do that to some people?

Oh, and I bet the Alaskan winter makes it hard to be awake. I was there in June and the long days were amazing, but I didn't live with it. I'm sure after a while, the novelty wears off. I can't imagine the dark winters.....brrrr.

MicNeil 2014-01-23 12:27:18 -0600 Report

Gabby, Am so glad to hear I'm not alone in this reaction to sleeping meds. My husband (nor doc) believes me. Inspite of me trying them - then getting off them and returning to normal, they just think I was having a bad day…even tho I'm normally a cheerful/optimistic person.

Wish I'd known you were here in June, I'd have invited you out to our Valley home. Always a treat to get to visit with someone from "the real world" :-)

Yes, in winter you are groggy because you feel you should be sleeping when it's dark (long nights) and in the summer (long days), you're exhausted because it seems you should be up doing something since it's light all the time. LOL But actually, the 2 -3 hr naps do add up to 8-9 hrs of sleep per day…and they do happen at approx. the same time of day. Makes it difficult to figure out if the fatigue is a side effect of COPD/CAD/Hypothyroidism/Diabetes, etc…or if my schedule is taking it's toll :-)

GabbyPA 2014-01-23 14:53:41 -0600 Report

Oh, it was June several years ago. I was there with a friend and we bed and breakfasted our way around the state. It was a wonderful trip. I really enjoyed it so much. The funniest thing I found was when I was in Anchorage, the bag pipers were practicing at 10:00 at night in the park. Beautiful to hear, but not when you were trying to sleep. LOL

The sleep meds, even just OTC stuff like Tylenol PM makes me wacky. I have never taken a prescription sleep aid. I think I would go nuts. I do not like who I am the day after I take any of that stuff. It took me a while to figure it out and if I take a half a dose it's not so bad. But it's also not really worth it then. So tell hubby you are not crazy....or if you are, at least you're not alone. LOL!

MicNeil 2014-01-20 03:00:10 -0600 Report

Today's Reading: 229 - 184 - 169 - 154 - 125

Sticking with Glucerna Shakes/ Grn Tea w/Stevia/ Scram/Boiled Eggs/ until this evening (after the 125 reading) for 1/8 cup Pork Chop bits in gravy over dietetic bread slice. We'll see in 2 hrs what that does.

MicNeil 2014-01-19 01:50:59 -0600 Report

Spike abated…that was fast! Won't freakout so fast if there's a next time.

5pm - BG489, 7pm - BG 413, 10:30pm - BG 185.

Anyone else ever have their reading come down this fast without meds.

Remedies I tried were taking an extra Glucocil pill - 30 minutes walking - 2 ltrs of coconut water - over 16 oz. of water - 2 scrambled eggs…and lots of peeing :-)

GabbyPA 2014-01-23 10:08:05 -0600 Report

Your body will work on getting numbers down for you if it can. Sometimes a huge spike brings on a huge drop. That is why it's better to try to avoid the spikes so you don't crash.

And did you really mean 2 liters of coconut water? That is a lot of carbs at 11 grams per cup. That could be almost 88 grams

MicNeil 2014-01-19 02:04:13 -0600 Report

Suspecting that taking that extra Glucocil pill and flushing it thru my system helped. But not going to instigate another spike to test this theory right now…too tired.

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101 Diabetics 2014-01-18 22:18:14 -0600 Report

MicNeil, I see you have found your way here now. Others will come along and post here. Make sure you check back, then you can reply to them!

There are really some fine people on here, and we all have one thing in common!

No question is dumb or stupid, and don't feel shy about posting!

kimfing 2014-01-18 22:05:12 -0600 Report

I found that cream o wheat didn't work for me either. My Dr told me non instant oatmeal would b the best. The one that takes five plus minutes to cook. My opinion you overloaded with the biscuits along w it. I don't know anything about med u r on.

I would suggest maybe lowering carb intake and more exercise. Good luck

MicNeil 2014-01-19 01:58:29 -0600 Report

Will work on less carbs/more exercise. Exercise is a tightrope walk for me. Have severe COPD so run out of breath before I get enough exercise to help diabetes. Then there's the also newly diagnosed hypotyroidism. All 3 of these things are contributing to my fatigue problem which I went to the doctor to find a reason for. Did not know before that I was diabetic or hypothyroid (now taking 120mg of Amour Thyro) Have not been using my cPAP machine every night like I am suppose to…but will get back on that.

Am sure eventually all this will shake out if I pay more attention to problems instead of expecting them to go away on their own.

Really appreciate the advice and support I've found here. Hope I will be able to return this as I continue to learn more.

101 Diabetics
101 Diabetics 2014-01-19 10:38:19 -0600 Report

I know when I was first diagnosed, my Blood Sugar was high. But after a few days it started fluctuating. Soon it was fluctuating at even a lower number. Then a few months back, it started averaging to where it is now 105 to 121.

I thank God that I didn't have a worse battle than that, and I hope that I can keep it this way.

But that is why I am staying plugged in here. I need to know more about this dreaded disease so that I can stay way out in front of it. I hope it never catches up!!!

I pray that everyone is able to conquer it as well…

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