By MicNeil Latest Reply 2014-04-02 20:32:28 -0500
Started 2014-03-30 06:42:20 -0500

Had already taken my 7 BG checks for the day (not as good as yesterday's 129, but 139 isn't too bad for a daily average) when I started feeling a little funny. Little tiny pupils again…not for sure what's causing that.

Checked BG again and found it up to 266. Didn't panic. Knew I was well hydrated so did some marching in place for 15 minutes…down to 225…marched another 15 minutes…down to 185.

Took a break and answered emails/posts for awhile. Ready to go to bed so checked again and it was back up to 202. Marched 15 more minutes and it was down to 175. I'm thinking this could go on all night and I'm tired already.

Fairly sure it started because I had 2 small deserts too close together…carb overload. Didn't feel like fixing/cooking dinner, so grabbed some peach shortcake w/cool whip (small portion)…after a scoop of choc ice cream snack a couple hours prior.

At least I'm learning what to do when I goof up.

Tomorrow I'll do better.

Any advice -thoughts - hints?

13 replies

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-03-30 18:52:06 -0500 Report

The marching in place worked. However, skipping meals and eating deserts isn't the best idea. Have you tried to fix enough food for two meals? Do you have tuna you can fix or salad fixings? Those are fast meals that can be filling if you add meat or tuna to it. Hope you find something that will work for you.

Glucerna 2014-04-01 09:24:09 -0500 Report

I like your ideas to make meals ahead of time, or look for quick and easy meals that are simple to prepare. A roasted chicken from the grocery store can be part of a few meals. Sometimes it's helpful to eat your main meal at noon, and have a lighter meal in the evening. ~Lynn @Glucerna

MicNeil 2014-04-01 12:37:07 -0500 Report

Good Reminder. Haven't had one of those rotiseerie chickens for awhile and I love them. I will make a point to pick up one a week :-)

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-04-01 09:48:30 -0500 Report

I agree, you can buy half a chicken and roast it and get two meals. I buy ground beef and make it into hamburger patties and freeze them. I make some into chili and freeze that. You can put a frozen patty in the broiler and have it for dinner or lunch. You can zap chili in the microwave.

My doctor told me the dumbest thing a diabetic can do is skip meals. I have two neighbors who are certified dietitians and one with a PhD in nutrition. They have been nutritionist for years. They both told me the worse thing for diabetics to do is use salads as meals. They both said if you eat salad for lunch you should have a meal for dinner. They both told me not to eat Iceberg Lettuce because it has no nutritional values and is harder for the body to digest. I basically don't eat salad and if do it is small with a meal.

MicNeil 2014-04-01 12:43:18 -0500 Report

Very interesting. I didn't know that about iceberg lettuce…which I love when my dentures are OK. (BTW picking up relined denture today) I've never been much of a salad eater but I do like to nibble raw veggies including iceberg lettuce…but it takes so much time to do all that chopping. In the past, Haven't been organized enough to get it done ahead of time.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-04-01 12:51:17 -0500 Report

I go in Super Wal-Mart or the supermarket and buy a bag of Field Greens and baby spinach. If you have a food processor you can chop celery, radish, carrots and add them and your salad is made. You can even add nuts, chopped apple and some of your roasted chicken and you have a salad. Make sure you first was the greens and spinach. They also have bags of greens for different kinds of salad.

Glucerna 2014-04-02 18:43:52 -0500 Report

I use the bagged salads all of the time, and like to mix different varieties together. Great idea to include chicken or other types of protein like cottage cheese, tuna, kidney beans and hummus in a salad to make it more of a complete meal. ~Lynn @Glucerna

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-04-02 20:32:28 -0500 Report

I never use salad as a meal. I have found that if I eat just a salad I am hungry 2 hours later. I have never been big on salads.

Glucerna 2014-03-30 16:10:42 -0500 Report

I really like the way you're tesing your BG levels and then trying out different strategies to get the results you want. I think you're right that eating dessert instead of dinner was the initial cause of the elevated BG. What can you eat for dinner the next time you don't want to cook that will help you keep your BG in a better range? ~Lynn @Glucerna

MicNeil 2014-03-30 17:10:50 -0500 Report

I'm reading alot of recipes trying to make a list of easy things to fix fast.

The problems are, I'm really tired when it's time to eat because I want to finish what I'm doing (I know, oldsters shouldn't take on such big projects) and, at the moment, I'm dealing with a remake of my lower denture so chewing is painful so look for something quick as well as soft.

Hopefully denture problem will be solved next week and that will make it alot easier to grab some quick raw veggies to nibble.

Thanks for the encouragement :-)

Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2014-03-31 00:28:25 -0500 Report

I went through the same problem with new dentures. Hang in there, it will get better when you get your dentures fixed. It sounds like you are working on solving the problem. I liked hearing that marching in place helped. I have had to do that this last winter because of the weather, all the snow and ice outside.

GabbyPA 2014-03-30 11:11:29 -0500 Report

It is great that marching in place is working for you that way. I don't usually see such a drop so fast, but that is really good. Keeping an eye on things and knowing what to do is a huge help.

MicNeil 2014-03-30 17:18:53 -0500 Report

I march and swing arms and punch air overhead. No special equipment or space needed.

I think it was one of your posts, Gabby, that said to do things (take glucose for low BS or exercise for high BS) in 15 minute intervals…then check number…repeat as needed. I go in the bathroom with my kitchen timer for a quick fix so I don't disturb husband.

Hopefully all this checking and fixing will make a good difference in my next A1c. Am looking forward to seeing that.

Thanks for the feedback :-)