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By Anonymous Latest Reply 2011-03-17 14:26:02 -0500
Started 2011-03-09 20:53:53 -0600

Help it's so hard to remember what's good and what's not.

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cograndma 2011-03-15 14:06:31 -0500 Report

with eating, you can also use a smaller plate and mentally divide it into sections. Half of the plate is either salad and/or vegetable 1/4 can be brown rice and 1/4 can be your meat. sometime visualization works

blindbluesmama 2011-03-16 00:09:14 -0500 Report

Hik Neto and cagrandma. Thanks for your words of encouragement. I'm not feeling so much like I want to cry any more, well unless you're talking about earlier tonight when I was trying to do my own blood sugar. That's not easy. I'm blind so trying to poke my own finger and get the darned blood on the stupid strip just sucks and I had to poke every one of my fingers just trying to get a reading. I guess it's time to call my friend Tracy. Trace for short. We've been friends since forever, known him all my life and he is also diabetic. Darrell and I just can't work together in high stress situations. Then when I get the results he totally freaks out. I told him that it was only really high because I checked it right after eating and I was supposed to wait two hours. I just wanted to see how my meter worked. They really need a better better way of doing this. They need to make the meter with the poker inside it and it I were doing it it would be like a rucker build into the needle which would kind of attach itself to the strip. The idea would be to make it one smooth motion, stick and done. No squeezing your finger and waiting then picking up the thing and trying to get the blood in the exact right spot. I don't know, I've said it before and I'll say it again. I'll be mighty glad when they come out with that glucous watch. And a talking model would be even better. Anyway thanks for letting me vent about getting my fingers poked a million times.

cograndma 2011-03-16 12:16:46 -0500 Report

keep your chin up.. I don't know that I would be doing as well as you in your situation. Just a suggestion, but do you have an assistant of some kind that could come and help you during the day when Darrell is not there,like maybe a health aid…good luck and keep plugging away…God bless

blindbluesmama 2011-03-16 16:27:14 -0500 Report

Health aid? I'm blind, not invallid! Besides, I have no insurance and you really can't trust most of those people that do that stuff. No pun intended, byt they'll steal you blind if you aren't careful. Besides, like I said I have no insurance, and really no need of a health aid. I don't think I'm the first independent blind person with diabetes. It's an understandable thought though. But I'll really have this down in a week or two… I hope. My fingers still feel sore and achy. I might check it at bedtime but I just can't stomach the thought of checking two hours after eating which basically means bright before you eat again. As for doing well, I hear some of your posts, not just you but everyone, about how they don't eat bread or potatoes and I'm like wow. I hear all this talk about no fat low fat and I'm like wow. Myself, I tend to choose smaller portions of real food, fat included. Well, natural fat. Cheese VS French Fries. I will say that I have cut 0out the obvious stuff like chips and cokes and I don't get the midnight munchies any more. So I guess I have my own list of no-no's but it's not as impressive as some I've seen. I even ate *grape* yesterday but I just ate 14 of them instead of a big bunch like I really wanted. I think those cin caps are really helping. Despite my earlier snappiness, truthfully, it would be much easier if I had a little help. But the reality of the situation is that everyone I know has real lives and real jobs and they can't cater to me. So thank goodness, I've got a mind and I can think and learn and eventually change my evil unhealthy ways.

cograndma 2011-03-17 06:34:44 -0500 Report

I do eat potatoes and bread, just in moderation. Look for bread that is not made with enriched flour and use yukon gold potatoes or sweet potatoes, they are lowest in natural sugars.

cograndma 2011-03-17 06:33:11 -0500 Report

I was thinking that if (maybe) you had insurance that would help. I don't have insurance either, so I can relate. As for sore fingers, have you tried sticking your forearm? Sometimes when you stick it you have to push down on the lancet device to make it bleed enough, but there is no pain!! I love it..I used to use fingers and I know how sore that can be…
Hope this helps

jayabee52 2011-03-17 14:26:02 -0500 Report

but when you do that, be aware that for some reason you get "older" blood that way so the BG readings may be off a bit. Also, she is BLIND. She can easily find her finger, but a blood droplet on her arm? Good Luck!

jayabee52 2011-03-16 16:51:35 -0500 Report

Jem didn't call them health aides but she hired a student or a senior citizen who needed a little extra money to do the things she just couldn't do.

Her mom lived with her and helped with her book keeping for her social worker therapy accounts, reading and such.

She had another woman who went shopping for them because Jem's mom didn't drive, never did. Jem gained several lifelong friends from those she had at one time hired. In fact Lori, who had been a reader for Jem remained her good friend even when Lori had moved on to a better job. Lori screened fellas on the Dating4Disabled website and brought the ones she found interesting to Jem's attention. I was one of them. (Jem contacted me and we "clicked" but that's a whole other story, for another time)

Please don't take me as saying you should have everyone cater to your wants or needs. I didn't cut Jem any slack if she wanted me to do something I knew she could do. I didn't want her to become helpless, to be sure. And as a CNA (now retired) I had been trained to not let ppl become absolutely dependant on me. I should do ONLY what my client was UNABLE to do.

I commend you for trying to learn how to take your blood glucose numbers.

But don't get yourself all frustrated if you cannot do something.

blindbluesmama 2011-03-16 20:30:13 -0500 Report

Thanks. I have also had good helpers. I couldn't have made it through my divorce without them. But I really think this is something I can learn to do. Putting a rubber band around my finger helps. And being patient. It takes a few seconds after the stick for the blood to come. It takes a few seconds after you put the rubber band around your finger for your finger to get all filled with blood. I learn a little more each time I do it and my girls are also being very helpful

realsis77 2011-03-10 09:38:30 -0600 Report

Hi and welcome to DC. I'm assuuming your talking about food. For me what really helped me get a good idea on how to eat was diabetic cook books! You can get them very cheap off ebay or amazon. I know the big rule is low carb! Carbs are not our friends! Usually if its white don't eat it again pertaining to carbs. High carb foods raise blood sugar fast! So to get great meal ideas I relied on the diabetic cook books and diabetic recipies you can find online for free! They are delious and even have diabetic dessert options for you! And they are really yummy! I remember going into the gorcery store after being just diagonsed and wanting to cry! The cookbooks really cleared up that feeling for me! Then you get a better idea on what's good for you! Good luck and God bless and I hope you come back to visit our community soon!

GabbyPA 2011-03-09 21:41:27 -0600 Report

Welcome to the community. I hope that as you feel more comfortable here that you will be able to share with us more specifically your questions and needs. If you give us a place to start, we will be glad to take your hand and help you through things, just like people did for us.

blindbluesmama 2011-03-13 13:49:00 -0500 Report

Hi. My name is Michelle and I wdid my fasting blood sugar for the first time on ash Wednesday. The good news is that it was 235 but it's lower now. The bad news is that it isn't much lower. Over the past few days it's been anywhere from 197 to 207. So how long before I start to see a real drop? If it doesn't just drop automatically am I doing something wrong? I've been trying to watch it and not eat sugar but messed up I think because hey rome wasn't built in a day, so one night I had pizza. It was only a slice. And I did have a bread stick. That was thursday, the day after my first fasting. Then yesterday I was just hungry and we didn't have a lot of healthy choices, so I had some pizza rolls and a salad. I guess I should try to stay away from pizza and probably shouldn't have so much yogart. But I'm supposed to have a serving of milk with each meal and I absolutely hate milk in a glass. So if I have yogourt does that mean I don't get to have a carb? I also had a couple bananas. Anyway, since I just started, how long before I see bigtime changes, like maybe a fasting bs which gets called other names when I'm annoyed, of 140. What about this glucose watch, does it talk? I'm blind and currently have to depend on my fiance to check my blood sugar. Wonder if it wouldn't be easier to wear a watch. One more thing that's concerning me and probably everyone is going to tell me I have to just get over it. I'm getting married in a month. How the hell am I supposed to go to hawaii and be an angel? If I'm not an angel then what? I keep thinking I should have just waited till after my wedding to start getting brave enough to do the fasting bs. Anyway please please help PS sorry for the typos. I haven't figured out how to edit what I type, as my screen reader doesn't seem to be friendly. Can I just email my posts, as I'm sure I'll be posting a lot? Oh yeah, just so you know, since I found out I have made a lot of changes. I am not drinking cokes any more. My daughter tossed me a reecses egg yesterday and I didnb't open it. I* had a fit in fact. We have exercised for three days in a row and so far my legs aren't in agony. We're just walking. I have an eliptical but my arthritis makes it torture to use. I'm working on eating better and using the create your plate method from ada. That seems to make the most sense and is easiest for me to do independently, but with yogourt being a whopping 36 mgs of carbs maybe I'm not doing as good as I thought, but I'm writing down absolutely everything I eat and drink and bought some of those pecan delights for when I absolutely have to have something sweet, but I only eat one or two a day. This morning I had a slice of sugarfree coffee cake. My bf has been ultra supportive of me, checking my blood sugar and all. Well that's really all for now. Thanks for listening.

cograndma 2011-03-15 14:21:46 -0500 Report

one thing that really helped me was getting a glycemic index book. you can look up things like a banana and see that it is high on the index and so are grapes, watermelon and potatoes, although yellow potatoes (yukon gold) are the lowest.
then you can know what you want to have just a little of and what you need to stay away from. I also eat lite yogurt (Kroger brand) and find that I do pretty well with it. The most frustrating thing with this disease it that there are no definites, each of us is different and sometimes I could scream…one thing, if your sugar is high, go for a walk. also I bought a gazelle,( for about $100 at walmart, not off TV) and it is very gentle on my joints. I use it infront of the tV and the time goes by quickly. I love walking on it!! maybe this will help.
Another thing, Lipton makes a diet, citrus green tea. I buy the big gallon size and I love it..It helps me stay away from pop as well…I buy Blue Bunny sugar free ice cream when it is on sale…good for that "sugar"fix but does not raise my sugar significantly.
also you need to know that in the low carb world when they are talking about"a carb" they mean 15g of carbohydrates. so for example 45g of carbs = 3 carbs.
THINK GREEN AND STAY AWAY FROM WHITE. Also do not eat bread with ENRICHED FLOUR. enriched flour will raise your sugar.
my endocrinologist said, no more that 45g of carbs,(with lowest % of sugar) at each meal. meaning that 45g of carbs with 10g coming from sugar is better than 45g with 40g coming from sugar…Does this make sense.
Hope all of this helps…

GabbyPA 2011-03-14 11:29:17 -0500 Report

It sounds like you are just adjusting and not knowing what has carbs and how they work.

The meals you have listed here are almost all carb with some fat or protein. If you have to have dairy in your meal, you may want to consider 2% cheese instead of yogurt. Yogurt has a lot of sugars in it, even if it is sugar free (which I don't recommend eating)

Bananas are one of the highest carb fruits. 1/2 of a banana is typically 15-20g of carbs, so eating two in a day might be trouble.

The other thing is that just because something is sugar free doesn't mean it's carb free. You really have to read labels to see what a serving size is and how many carbs it has in it.

Using the ADA plate builder is great and should help a lot. Fill it with green, green and more green. That helps with feeling full and getting you a satisfied feeling with the rest of the meal. Always try to include veggies, a carb, protein and some good fat in each meal. A balance in each meal will help keep the numbers more steady and less like a sling shot.

Getting married and all the planning and life changes that go with that are surely causing sugar spikes as well. I know that will calm down eventually and hopefully you will have a great first year with as little stress as possible.

blindbluesmama 2011-03-14 12:26:38 -0500 Report

Hi Gabby. Hey the chicken breast has begetables with it. Remkember, Carrots and a belpepper, well half of one. And the Carrots were raw which is better than cooked. I did check the carbs and a serving of the pecan delights is only 19 grams of carb and I can have two. I was, no pun intended, delighted. But I have been trying to eat vegetables salad mostly with lunch and dinner. I always eat them raw because I absolutely don't like cooked ones. I may not eat as many veggies as I should, but I *am eating them. When I ate the dreaded pizza rolls, I had a huge salad with them and I stayed within the serving size. Well, no I had one more than the serving size. but my plate was like three fourths salad and the pizza rolls were kind of burried. But Yesterday I had no pizza rolls and no bananas and no yogourt. you mentioned first year marriage and all but compared to this, marriage will be a breeze. We have been living together for a year anyway But we both are having to adjust to this diabetes. And that's what sucks. It's like when you get it, your whole family gets it too. Look how many people in my family are involved with my care. Darrell has to be woken up to check my blood sugar, has to go shopping, read labels for me, whatever. And as I said before, I only found out about this less than a week ago and haven't yet been to the doctor or dietician. Today has just been really horrible for me because I keep having to fight with my hopeless feeling like, gee it doesn't matter how hard I'm even trying and, if I were trying to lose weight I'd be doing good. Heck I am trying to lose weight. And I am succeeding But only by a few pounds. I guess my question is should I be seeing immediate results or does it take a little while? I mean, I only found about this last wednesday. So is it realistic that I should expect my blood sugar to start coming down right now, or is this going to take a while before I get within a decent target range? Is it possibly an indication I need some medicine to help control it? Could it be because I'm all stressed out about this too? Also totm. One more. I am not really crazy about green vegetables, especially not cooked ones, but I like raw ones? Any advice? What about the v8 splash which is sugar free and has 0 carbs and 0 calories? I just figure that will help when I get tired of salad. I do also enjoy grilled asperugus (sp) but can't stand vegetables that come from a can and absolutely don't like cooked broccoli or coliflour or green beans. Well that's not true, I sometimes like fresh green beans if they are done right. Any tips? Is weight watchers soup a good idea even though it has potatoes and carrots usually? When I make that soup it usually has corn and beans too. Well I'm going to eat my salad with half a banana now. Darrell is cooking out tonight and I plan to eat some steak. Best choice, probably not. Will I eat the proper serving size, probably not, but I'll skip the baked potato, or I'll skip something else that's particularly carby. In any case, I'm doing better than I was befrore I ever started checking my blood sugar, when I'd just get up in the middle of the night and snack on chips or coke or whatever… cookies, whatever. I completely stopped doing that. Anyway thanks for the reply and encouragement.

GabbyPA 2011-03-16 08:46:19 -0500 Report

If it has been that short of time....give it time. I was told to eat my "normal" way for the first week, and test to see what was going on. After that learning, I could pick out things that were troubling for me. I did a lot of purging of the pantry as I learned new things. It takes time. Don't beat yourself up.

Your body is used to the higher levels and it will fight you at first. With just diet and exercise I was able to drop my numbers about 125 points, but it took me a few months. There are some members here that seem to drop them easily in a few months. Everyone is different and our bodies will react differently. For me to have any kind of success with diet alone, I have to all but eliminate carbs. It is hard and once I started on meds, I let carbs come back. But I really feel I need to drastically cut my carbs. Others can eat normal amounts. So just keep experimenting and test your levels after you eat to see what foods are bothering you or working for you.

We have a garden and that helps a lot. We get very fresh and raw veggies that way. YUM. If you like them raw, that is far better than cooked so that is good for you. I stay away from sugar free foods and most processed foods. They are full of things you don't really want to eat. But if you need them to help you get through, use them as tools. I kind of avoid canned soups because they have a lot of things like food starches, potatoes, and noodles in them. I make my own, and know what is in them that way. You can freeze that for future uses.

blindbluesmama 2011-03-16 09:35:10 -0500 Report

Hi Gabby. Hey celebrating, my fbs was 140 this morning. Of course, I poked myself about 15 times, at least before I gave up and let my poor bf do it. So far what's worked for me was simply cutting out the really obvious stuff… candy cokes, and just using portion control and no alcohol. As for the soup, I was referring to making my own, sorry for the confusion. I'm very proud of myself, considering that I only found out a week ago. I have dropped my fbs from 235 last wednesday all the way to 140. I did notice that while pizza effects my fbs, apparently chicken strips and fried chicken on a McDonalds Salad does not. Yogourt thaqt's regular effects it and probably bananas too but grapes, which I've heard was bad for diabetes don't bother it much. Of course, this is fasting and no telling how high it is two hours after eating. The other thing I've noticed is that adding one or two snacks seems to have been helping. I have to kind of always remind myself about snacks. Because while I've always heard snacks are your friend, cuz my mom is also diabetic and was on the diet roller coaster for years, it always just seemed counter productive to me to say I'm going to lose weight by snacking. I am just trying to remember to make every bite count. That's why no chips. I know I could have just a serving size of them, but I know they don't have lots of nutritional value. Grapes, on the other hand, may have high carbs but also provide nutrients. The other thing I learned is that a snack is *one* thing not two or three. Or maybe at the most two, like cheese and crackers. So far, I've been doing okay with the regular cheese. Just one serving. Someone had talked about moderation. That's pretty much what seems to be working for me. For instance, yesterday I had a salad, and Darrell put a few toppings on it, even *gasp* glazed pecans, but he only put a few not burying the salad in a mountain of toppings, rather just kind of putting them in so they were little hidden nuggets. I have never been a strict dieter, so being able to have just a little wiggle room has always helped. Also there's only one gram of carbs difference between regular and fat free italian. I'd rather have the regular I suppose, but they both taste the same so it doesn't matter. It's a good thing I don't love ranch or bleu cheese. I know that right now I'm only getting part of the picture, and that eventually I will have to check my blood sugar more often, but it's almost impossible to do that unless I can do it myself. Right now I have trouble because as helpful as my sweety is, there are times when he doesn't sound very happy about having to get up to check my blood sugar right out of bed. It's important to me to learn to do it myself and he's not helping saying "It's gonna be hard for you to check your blood sugar." He's still in training. He's only been with me two years. It's not like he's just going to automatically know how to think like a blind person. He's still thinking "If I couldn't see" Anyway thanks for listening. Bottom line, even though it's only been a week and I haven't even seen a doctor or diabetes educator, I've managed to get my fasting bs to 140 from 235 a week ago.

GabbyPA 2011-03-16 09:44:58 -0500 Report

Well good for you! That is great and you are on your way. Just keep working at it and you will do great.

cograndma 2011-03-15 14:27:57 -0500 Report

If you like cauliflower you can make what they call cauliflower mashed potatoes. I think they are wonderful. cook the cauliflower until done, drain and put in a blender. add salt, butter and milk..they don't absorbe like potatoes so add these things very slowly so you don't come out with mush…for extra flavor you can add a cheese slice or two and stir in..they are a wonderful substitute for potatoes.. my kids love them.

GabbyPA 2011-03-17 07:41:00 -0500 Report

I don't use milk, but low fat sour cream instead or some mayonaise. That way it won't get runny. It is also really good if you roast the cauliflower first, That adds a lot of flavor and helps get rid of the "smell" of cooked cauliflower that so many seem to dislike.

blindbluesmama 2011-03-16 10:40:43 -0500 Report

Nope, don't like coliflaur. But I will keep that in mind for those who do. I'm always storing up little facts and tidbits. Well that's not true. I do like it just not cooked. I'm blind so don't like to eat things that smell nasty. This is why I never ever eat any veggies that come from a can or broccoli or coliflaur. I will eat green beens if they are in a stirfry though. And I like the green stuff if it's in salad. I almost forgot, another thing that's been helping is those cinamon capsules.

blindbluesmama 2011-03-14 07:39:31 -0500 Report

I am so frustrated! FBS was 217 despite my best efforts to be strict, pay attention tos erving sizes. I am starting to understand that it's not the same as going on a diet to lose weight. I feel like everything good I do,m like going into a yogourt place and *not eating yogourt, or making a chicken sandwith only using one piece of multi-grained bread or doing 30 minutes of excerise are knocked down because it doesn't seem to even matter. I mean it's only been a couple days. But since I can't check my own da**ed blood sugar, I have to have my fiance do it and so when he does it and it's a reading like this, he starts talking about how I don't exercise enough. How if I don't sweat more it's bad, like I'm still reeling from the shock and all things considered, I've made some very drastic changes. I just want to hear somebody say Hey I know you're frustrated because your blood sugar hasn't dropped to acceptable levels but you're doing fine, not get on to me and make me feel worse than I already do. I mean I felt accomplished last night because I actually got a good night sleep… so even though yesterday I did good, at least so I thought, today I will try and do different. Right now my breakfast looks kind of lonely on this plate. Only two saucage patties and a hanbdfull of strawberries and cantaloup. For lunch perhaps I'll have that chicken salad from McDonalds but remove the fried chicken and replace it with some of my chicken filets. Later this morning before lunch I will have 1/4 cup mixed nuts. I have not thought further than that. only that I'll skip my special treats. No diat soda or sugar free pecan delights. Here's the nagging question? How am I supposed to handle the checking of the blood sugar if I can't check it independantly. I mean Darrell would have to practacally q2uit his job just to help me check it five times a day. I grant that pizza rolls wasn't the best choice, but my blood sugar was lower yesterday than today. And yesterday I was trying to be very stricked. No yogourt, though I did have some chocolate mousse that was sugar free, but I don't think that had a lot of carbs. I can't remember. I had Melissa look. Besides it's not the degree of sweat that makes you know you get good with exercise. If that were the case, we'd all be skinny in the summer. I just know from very hard experience if you don't build up to lots of exercise, like an hour a day or something, you may start out good but then you'll burn out quick and that's worse. I think I'd rather be only doing thirty minutes of exercise every day for a few weeks than trying to do an hour, then finding out my muscles are too sore and then giving up. Anyway, my apologies to anyone who might be already depressed, frustrated or angry for probably making it worse. Most of the time I find that writing about my problems helps put them in perspective. I just hate this because right at this moment, I feel like once again I'm having to depend on everybody else, whether it's going for a walk, reading labels or checking my blood sugar and so then when I have to let them in, I also have to listen to them tell me everything I'm doing wrong or whatever. I'd rather just be dealing with this by myself so I can think clearly without all the clutter of everybody's conflicting opinions. Of course, you might ask, why post to the list? Well because several reasons. Admittedly mayb e a little bit of wanting to hear certain affirmations. But more than that, though it's very hard to let people who are close to me try to help, strangers are kind of neutral. You don't get so mad at the stranger who tells you to man up and get over it. At least I don't think you would. Well, no one has ever told me to man up, but there have been several instances when Darrell has told me to get over something or other. I try to forgive him, this is hard for him too. It hasn't even been a week since I did my first fbs. I wonder if pain medicine effects that? I took a benadryll before I went to sleep last night becasue my nerves were getting the best of me and I was absolutely determined not to stay up half the night. Then later on I woke up and my legs were hurting because of the rain that was coming, so I took a tramidol. I wonder if that could have accounted for the spike in blood sugar? I mean I eat multigrain bread and not all that much of it at that. I had a lean cousine dinner for lunch yesterday and it had Macaroni and cheese, but I figured since it was portion controled it owuld be okay. I also had some fruit with it, and that's when I ate the chocolate mouse to try to make up for the yogourt I was not eating. Well no more of that. From now on I'm just going to snip away even more. Eat the dinner, for instance and skip the mousse just have fruit. Well, okay I am spent now. Still frustrated but figure the rest of you have lives you'd like to get on with. If you made it all the way to the bottom, that's impressive. And thanks. Please don't let my earlier comments get in the way of you responding to my post. I want to hear advice even if it's Hey you're doing it all wrong. Like I told Darrell, I may not be receptive but I'm processing everything… slowly.

cograndma 2011-03-15 14:39:02 -0500 Report

also, another thing, tortillas, corn and carrots are some of the other things that can make your sugar rise. If I want an enchalada or taco, I use corn tortillas, they work great for me…just a few suggestions

cograndma 2011-03-15 14:35:49 -0500 Report

here is a wonderful recipe for pie that will help with the sugar cravings and actually has almost no sugar…buy any kind of premade crust in the store. I like shortbread. you can get 2 boxes of sugar free instant pudding mix ( I use white chocolate) make according to pie directions and fill the crust, refrigerate. also buy hersheys individual sugar free chocolate and sugar free peppermint disks. put the chocolate in the fridge for 1/2 an hour making it easier to chop. put the mints in a plastic bag and crush. when the pie is ready, sprinkle the mints around the edges and sprinkle the chocolate pieces over the top… you can also add sugar free cool whip when serving. don't tell the sugar free skeptics in your life and they will never know. I made this pie for my grandson's third birthday and everyone loved it…

blindbluesmama 2011-03-16 16:38:02 -0500 Report

Hey that sounds wonderful. You could do so many different things with that. You could, for instance use reecses sugar free peanutbutter cups or a little unsweetened coconut. My bd is coming up soon and any ideas would be helpful. I haven't had anything real sugary or sugar like except those pecan delights and they are sugar free and I limit myself to one or sometimes two a day. When I was in the middle of my totm I had three one day. But that is better than going out and buying something loaded with sugar. I see that someone mentioned the explosive effect. I had that happen to me today but I can't figure out why. I had three of those tuna patties, some salad with italian dressing and a few croutons.. I know I know carbs carbs right? and a banana. And immidiately after, I mean literally right after I finished I was in the bathroom and then had to go lay down for a while cuz I wasn't feeling well. I didn't even drink a soda. Whatever it was, I sure don't want to do that again. Too many vegetables I think. Who knows.

jayabee52 2011-03-15 14:47:16 -0500 Report

Oh if I were served the SF items, I'd probably know in about 45 min, because the SF items would have an EXPLOSIVE "laxitive effect" on me.

cograndma 2011-03-15 22:06:26 -0500 Report

I was under the impression that this effect would only happen if the SF chemical was molitol and not splenda or stevia. I have had the same problem with molitol. did you know that there are two different chemical compounds called molitol. one of them has an extra chain on the end of the molacule and can actually raise blood sugars, but they don't differentiate the two on packaging. tough for us!!

jayabee52 2011-03-16 10:13:08 -0500 Report

Well splenda does it to me too. If I drink more than 1 soda with splenda in it, I get the laxitave effect. In fact any of the sugar alcohols, except eritherol will do it to me.

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squog master 2011-03-15 22:34:06 -0500 Report

I have that problem with some of the sugar alcohols but w/maltitol I get severe stamoch cramps. Bad enough to double me over.

cograndma 2011-03-15 22:41:37 -0500 Report

I find that if I buy individual candies with mailtol I can only have two or three pieces or I will get diarrhea within several hours.

squog master
squog master 2011-03-15 23:06:09 -0500 Report

I discovered my problem w/maltitol almost right away after being diagnosed w/T2. 1 of my t-ball players had a grandma that also had T2. His Mom bought me some sugar free candy that she would buy for her Mom. After 2 pieces I was doubled over in bed for about an hour.

GabbyPA 2011-03-14 11:37:23 -0500 Report

Here is something that might help. Don't look at it as being right or wrong in what you do. Just look at it as learning what works for you. Everyone is so different and lumping people together in one big ball doesn't work with diabetes. As you grow in knowledge your confidence will grow and so will your ability to make choices that work better for you. This all takes time.

You understand that Darrell is going through things as well, and that is a great step to keeping the relationship healthy. My husband tries to help me out a lot, and other times he just forgets. But when he says things like "I don't want to be without you" that makes me realize that he is vulnerable to the effects of my diabetes and my ability to take care of myself the best I can. It is not a disease that effects only you. Sometimes that is hard to remember.

Some meds do affect your sugar levels. Pain also effects them. So do some research on your meds with and see if there are side effects of the meds that you take for now.

Keep on processing, you will do fine. There is a lot on your plate (no pun intended) right now. So hang in there and always keep an open line of communication with your beloved and your doctors.

blindbluesmama 2011-03-16 16:45:25 -0500 Report

Thanks Gabby. I didn't see this one before. Times like these I really miss my friend Brenda. She was a hoot. She lives in CO now but I have no idea where. She's diabetic also and the thing about her is that she always had a sense of humor about it. And she would have probably said the same thing you did except she would have probably quipped that boyfriends are so hard to raise. Or she would have used a line from steel magnolias… "I know you worship him more than your luggage." Or, I know he worships the quicksand you walk on. I guess if you can't tell by now I'm looking for my friend, so if anyone knows of her whereabouts… *sigh* that is probably the longest shot in the history of long shots.

jayabee52 2011-03-13 17:06:24 -0500 Report

Howdy Michelle!

My beloved bride "Jem" had been totally blind since age 14 due to a bad case of retinitis pigmentosa, so I know second hand how much a pain it is having Diabetes ("DM") t2 and being blind. And I have watched her use her adaptive computer equipment. In fact that equipment was useful in getting us together because we met online in a website called Dating4Disabled. And I know how the adaptive equipment (Jaws 7 & a braille reader) cannot read parts of websites.

As far as the glucose watch, I really know nothing about it. In fact I think it is not even available to the general public now. They do have a talking glucometer, but Jem didn't want to use it because it was not accurate (she said). I've seen advertisements on TV about a talking glucometer, but don't remember the advertiser, so if I see it again, I'll write the phone number down and put it in this discusssion.

I don't have an answer for you about your homeymoon in Hawaii. You may want (I may get some flack for this) to give yourself a vacation from eating like a person with DM, but, of course don't go overboard. And keep track of your Blood Glucose numbers ("BG#s") while there.

As far as eating goes, from what you shared with us, I am not all that surprised that you're having trouble bringing your BG#s down. The bread on the bottom of the pizza and the pizza rolls and the breadstick are carbs! Carbs are necessary to provide glucose to fuel your body and your brain, but too many carbs are NOT your friend, and it seems like you're eating a lot of carbs.

And 2 banannas? Even more carbs. There are lower glycemic index fruits, but banannas, grapes and oranges have a lot of carbs too.

The pecan delights, even if they're sugar free, probably have almost as many carbs as the ones with sugar. Have a sighted person do a comparison check of the nutrition labels.

And as each person's DM is unique to the person, what foods or drinks may shoot my BG#s through the roof for me may not affect you all that much, and vice versa. But there are general guidelines we can use until we do the testing of which foods/drinks raise our BG#s and which don't affect us all that bad.

To do that, you need to get a baseline BG# (can be fasting BG# or not). Then when you decide what food or drink (is best if it is a single food/drink not a combo food like a soup ) and then look up the suggested portion of that food on a site like: . 2 hrs after you consume the item you're testing, then take another BG reading. Compare that number with the baseline reading. If your reading is 50 pts over the baseline, you have a choice of either retesting later, or deciding to not eat that food at all.

Then I would recommend you make a notebook of the food you tested, and the results of the test. (I am taking for granted you can read braille & have access to a braille writer of some kind - if not, have a sighted person, {fiancee?} make a written notebook for reference).

In this way you can tailor a eating plan to what your body can tolerate, and what sends your BGs into orbit.

I've just sent you a friend request. When you accept it (if your screen reader will read it - if not ask your fiancee or sighted person to look for a little red number by "friend request" near the header of the page ) then we can email one another on the DC system and can talk about our experiences.

I pray God's richest blessings on you and yours!


jayabee52 2011-03-09 21:01:53 -0600 Report

What kind of information on the good and not good are you asking about? There are a lot of things which could fall into those categories.

blindbluesmama 2011-03-16 12:05:16 -0500 Report

I'm glad they work as well. I'm going to figure out how to start another discussion and tell about what I'm learning about being blind and testing my own blood sugar.

jayabee52 2011-03-16 12:38:58 -0500 Report

Yes, Michelle, of course! Please do. That could be very valuable! I tried to get Jem on DC when she was alive, but she never really wanted to do so. But there are, I'm sure other blind people who are out there who might enjoy a discussion like this