Tuesday, August 7, 2007

i have to take insulin

Hi.  Wow.  I have gone through withdrawl from you all.  I've missed you.  You are a very important part of my life.  I've had time to read a few journals, but not post an entry.  So let me update.

Well, the moving is done.  I'm so glad.  It was hard.  A lot of people who said they would show up to help didn't.  But some did and we managed fine. 

Except for the fact that my legs got really swollen afterwards.  I ended up having to go to the Emergency Room.  I was given the diuretic Lasix.  It helped the swelling go down tremendously.  While I was there in the ER they did labs.  It turned out my glucose level was way too high.  I have diabetes so this isn't good of course.  The ER doctor told me that I needed to go to my diabetes physician.

When I went to my diabetes docotor yesterday, he was very upset about my visit to the ER and the fact that from the bloodwork he saw that I was beginning to go into ketosis.  So I have to go on insulin.  He insisted.  He told me that there was a strong possibility that I could get off the insulin someday if I lost weight.  I need to eat correctly and exercise daily.    

I believe I will be able to achieve this, at least give it a good shot, because I went to a diabetes educator last week.  She explained to me how to eat nutritionally and to lose weight.   She also explained how she wanted me to exercise.  I am very positive about what she wanted me to do.  It made sense.

I am not so happy about the insulin, but will do what it takes to stay alive.  I have to do this, according to Dr. Raquet.  I am going to have to give myself shots in the stomach and legs, alternating each day.  And for awhile I am going to be on both diabetes medication and insulin.

This will be a medical regimen where I will be taking blood sugar readings, writing them down along with what I eat, calling insulin readings in to the doctor, taking diabetes meds, giving myself insulin daily.  Ugh, another complicated medical regimen I will have to follow. 

I am feeling SO high maintenance right now.  I have to take care of morning and bedtime meds, an inhaler morning and bedtime for asthma, take blood sugar levels, take narcolepsy medicine, take my insulin daily, exercise an hour a day, eat right, and use my use my sleep apnea machine at night.  Oh, and take my blood sugar meds a half hour before breakfast and supper, as well as deal with recording my sugar levels and what I eat and writing them all down and calling them in to the physician's office.  I wonder if I am leaving anything out???  

I need to make a list up so I won't forget to do anything!  Gee, I am feeling somewhat overwhelmed. 

Does anybody else feel like they are high maintenance?  If so, how do they handle it?  And how does it make you feel?

Love you all,

Krissy :) 

33 comments:

  1. wow. sounds very complicated

    But you are right, you got to do what you got to do to stay alive!

    glad the move went good!

    xoxox,
    Christopher

    http://journals.aol.com/cmarlow330/ChristophersJournal/

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  2. Oh Krissy...that IS a lot...I feel badly you have to go through all that.  I feel high maintenance too...but in different ways.   Hang tough!

    nancy

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  3. So pleased to find you are back with us.Though you have been through the mill a little by the sound of all that exersize and meds you have to take and things to do.Good grief I certainly wouldn't be able to remember all that without a notebook hanging from my waist on a pce of string LOL!! If I put it down I would lose it Haaaaaaaa.Good Job my brains fastened down LOL!!No seriously so happy to see you back and I hope you are soon in fine shape and in top form.I hope John is well too.I am sorry you didin't get all the help you would have liked but it's done now so don't worry.Take Care God Bless Kath
    astoriasand http://journals.aol.co.uk/astoriasand/MYSIMPLERHYMES

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  4. Girl, I rattle when I walk! I take meds every two hours all day long. It's hard but you get used to it and do it without thinking. Just stay strong and you can do anything. The shots look and sound worse then they are. Not fun but mom does it twice a day and has for years. Once you get it under control you will feel better and have more energy. Still recovering from major activity all week but will be back soon! Tammy

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  5. (((((((((((gentle hugs dearheart)))))))))))))  I am sure sorry about the blood sugars being that high and needing to take insulin.  I am praying you will be able to take control of the exercise and eating properly so that the insulin is a very temporary situation for you.
    Congrats on getting moved!  I have been missing your alerts and updates!
    Re feeling high maintainence -- yes with lupus and fibromyalgia and bad osteoarthritis and the CPAP machine, I sometimes wonder what would happen if I couldn't handle all of the meds, supplements and machines myself.  One thing that helps me is to get a different perspective on me.
    If I have a new diagnosis or regimen or restriction adding to current health issues, I try to deliberately feel the emotions and think the thoughts --- whether it be disappointment, sadness, anger or feelings of unfairness or being overwhelmed for a reasonable length of time -- and I do it in prayer because He cares what I feel and think and gives me help to cope and a better perspective.
    Otherwise I tend to stuff all of the emotions and thoughts into a corner and not feel or think them and then later on they gang up on me and I tend to become depressed and less able to deal with them.
    loving you
    karyl

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  6. hugs!!!!
    Becky

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  7. Sorry to hear you have to take insulin now, i hope it sorts itself out soon and you can come off it.
    Jenny <><

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  8. Ron is very high maintenance, which I have to monitor. The important thing is not to stress yourself about the regime. Making a daily maintenance chart, with spaces for any further meds or changes of meds, sounds very sensible. Have you got a printer? If so, make a daily chart and run off a few extra copies. Pin a fresh chart up daily and tick off each regime as you do it. That way all you have to do is check it regularly, to make sure nothing's been forgotten.
    Take care my friend.
    Lots of love....Sylvia xxx

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  9. That's not very nice, having to take insulin, but if that's what it takes, so be it, Krissy. Hope you can come off it one day.

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  10. heavenlybama8/07/2007 12:07 PM

    Both my hubby & I are high maintenance medically but what can you do?  We just deal with it and don't let it stress us out.  I can't speak for him but it makes me feel terrible.  The only work I can do is online and he can't work at all.  I hate it.  I'd rather be out there working a full time job...something I like.  Sorry to hear you have to go on insulin.  My hubby was just diagnosed with diabetes 3 mos. ago and is only taking pills.  Who knows how long he had it.  He's been sick for awhile.  Hope you feel better.
    Hugs,
    D
    http://journals.aol.com/heavenlybama/journey-to-success

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  11. Sorry about the insulin.  I don't have diabetes so I don't know much about it other than a lot of people have to take it.  Hopefully, your levels will come down and the insulin thing will just be temporary. It's the same all over....people say "let me know when you're moving & I'll be there to help."  Then they never show up.  I've had the same thing happen to me.   But at least you & John are in your new place...how does Michael like his new digs ? Linda in Washington state
    http://journals.aol.com/lsfp1960/LindasWorld/

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  12. Praying for you and John...

    Michele

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  13. I'm thankful that what is wrong with you can be handled by medication and that you are ok.  Diabetes is nothing to fool around with for sure.  Until you get used to it, making a chart is a good idea.  Soon though , it will be like second nature.  I had to care for my Dad for awhile and at first I had to check the list, but after a few weeks, I knew what to do when.  Take good care, glad you are moved and now can enjoy your new place.  'On Ya' - ma

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  14. Krissy, My husband has had diabetes for years. He followed what he was suppose to do every day.  It became 2nd nature to him. Now he is off insulin and controls the diabetes with what he eats and a bit of exercise. It is a serious disease.  If he had not of lost weight he would stil be on insulin.  I know you feel overwhelmed
    but it will all work out.  My love and prayers are always with you and John.
    Has Michael adjusted to his new place?          Hugs.....Myke

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  15. rdautumnsage8/07/2007 3:07 PM

    Hi dear heart you have been missed. I sometimes get that way with my deafness. Having to follow certain things to assure I'm safe and what not. Lately I'm dealing with problems with my balance. (Your balance is located in your inner ear) That gets tripped up from time to time due to my nerves still fraying out. Both bring on severe headaches that get to the point opening my eyes and staying focused are not a possiblity. A couple of years ago they tried medicating the hell out of me for pain to numb some of the side effects. I was on 5 different meds just for pain. Finally I said enough.......It takes discipline but if it only puts me out a few days here and there. So be it. We do what we have to make our lives easier and to live longer. Some of us like you end up having to follow a medicated regamine to do that. But what would the option be otherwise? Yeah, not much of a choice. I'm sorry to hear you had to be put on insulin. But I also have faith overtime you will be able to get off it as well. Keeping you in my prayers on the smoke! (Hugs) Indigo

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  16. keeping you and john in prayer

    Deb

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  17. Krissy, glad you got moved and settled in.  So thankful you got yourself checked out and they could get you on the right meds.  Hopefully with the diet and exercises you can get off the insulin one day dear. Hang in there.  We all care about you and we're happy to see a posting from you. Arlene (AJ)

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  18. tendernoggle8/07/2007 5:51 PM

    Glad you got moved and Iknow you are glad that part is over! lol My son is diabetic but thank goodness he is just on the meds...no shots! He is scared to death of a needle...Hope yours lears up witht he exercise and such...
    love ya,
    carlene

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  19. So sorry to hear about all your troubles healthwise.  Just do what they tell you, get yourself more healthy and you will feel a whole lot better.  Take care.

    Phil

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  20. Glad you are all moved in, now make your list and get all settled in a new routine, take care of you, don't forget Michael on your list too and let John worry about you for a change...
    Special Thoughts Always!
    Linda :)

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  21. Good idea to make a list. Wow, thats alot for one person to do each day. (((((hugs))))))
    Cindy

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  22. lifesabench68/08/2007 9:59 PM

    Good Grief Krissy- I am glad to hear from you, but too bad about all the things you have to deal with now.  It all can be done though- and I know that you will!!!  My sister just found out last year that she had diabetes, and had to go on a diet, eat better and lose weight.  She did great, and lost a lot.  After losing some, it's always easier to get in the excersize too.  God Bless you- I'm glad you're all moved in.  Now is the time to relax a bit and look after you!  Love Carolyn :)

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  23. princesssaurora8/08/2007 11:45 PM

    Oh yes... I am now up to I think 8 pills a day not counting the vitamins and pain killers when needed or the once a week chemo pills I take for the lupus/ra too.  

    It is just part of managing your disease... I just tell myself it could always be worse!  And, I know you know that.  

    Sending you prayers... can't wait until you settle in and join the fun on the graphics group!

    be well,
    Dawn

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  24. Oh, Krissy!  My goodness.  You have a lot going on! I will definitely be keeping you in my prayers.

    I take 10 different "regular" meds each day (some only 1 pill per day and others, like seizure meds, I take 9 pills per day).  It was hard at first but now it is second nature.

    I am not diabetic but the elderly lady next door is (the one we feed dinner to each night) and her memory is starting to go.  She "forgot" to eat for a couple of days except what I was bringing her.  Usually she makes herself breakfast and lunch.  With her age, the first thing everyone thought was stroke; the paramedics didn't even think of diabetic coma until we informed them she is indeed a diabetic.  Amazingly, she was back home from the hospital within 6 hours of the ambulance picking her up.

    So, with her memory, I made her a little dated Excel sheet where she records blood sugar, bp, she checks off the meds taken, etc...all the stuff the doc always asks her when I take her. It seems to be working because short term memory is still okay.

    Good luck finding your own system and being able to get off the insulin again sometime.  I am sure exercise and weight loss will help.

    Marie

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  25. You poor dear!  You are suffering the fallout of pushing your own need and care asside for the sake of John's.  I pray being settled in your home, you can get into a routine that benefits you both.  (((((Krissy)))))  Tip:  since I start every morning with coffee as I check my email, I put an alert/reminder to be mailed to me each morning reminding me to take my bloodpressure meds and asprin.  
    You both remain in my prayers!  -  Barbara

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  26. hugsdoodlewacky8/09/2007 8:17 PM

    (((((((((KRISSY)))))))))))I hope and pray you feel better son.

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  27. Hey Krissy,
    I've been kinda out of the loop too. Trying to play catch up... if that is ever possible. So glad to hear you all got moved. Sorry about the ER visit, but I guess it was fate you needed to find out what was wrong with you. That list of stuff sounds very long. I would have to have an hour by hour list of what needs to be done so I wouldn't forget. I hope I don't become diabetic because I'm not sure I would be able to do the shot thing. I'm interested in what the doctor told you to do for weight loss.. if you have time I would love to know. I'm having some anxiety problems and heart problems right now and know I need to loose weight badly in order for me to be healthy. Please take care of yourself others are depending on you and would be lost without you around.
    Take care, Chrissie

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  28. Krissy,
    I finally had a chance to come by your journal and read some and post a comment.  Yes, I feel high maintence quite alot as well.  I handle it by remembering that the good lord above never gives you to much to handle even though it may seem like it most of the time.  

    I want to offer you a few words of encouragement.  I know that you can do this no matter how hard it may seem or, no matter how hard it gets.  YOU CAN DO IT!!!! I will always be praying for you as well as those closest to you.  

    I just posted new entries to my journal as well so come on by when you have a few moments if you like.
    Leslie & Brom

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  29.     You know with the other stuff, you got used to it. You will again. Good luck and feel better. Glad that you're in your new place. Take care.
    Jude
    http://journals.aol.com/jmorancoyle/MyWay

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  30. cacklinrosie1018/11/2007 9:16 AM

    Krissy you can and will do this.  LOL...there are many "high" maintenance folks in Jland who will encourage and help you get through this.  Hang in there.  Much love, Chris

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  31. I have sent you an email

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  32. Missed this one, too, darn it.
    Oh, you have SO MUCH going on!  Seems you are going to have to focus on Krissy for a while.  I suspect if you do everything you are instructed, you will get it all under control.  And if there is anyone I know who can handle this, it's Krissy!  I used to think I was a pain in my own butt, but compared to what you face every day, in the medical issues department, you have me beat.  My biggest issues lately are my body parts struggling to function.  Mostly joints.  Seizures are pretty stable, still in the process of switching meds, but all in all, I think I can take myself off the high maintenance list.
    I hope you are doing okay.  Keep us posted!  Love, Jae  

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  33. firestormkids048/20/2007 10:20 PM

    Sometimes I feel as if I am high maintenance, Krissy.  I take 10 - 12 medications a day.  I made a list.  It's the very best I can do.  Honey. I am so sorry that you have to take insulin but you will meet your goals.  I'm sure of it.  You are always in my thoughts.  Love and prayers, Penny  http://journalsals.aol.com/firestormkids04/FromHeretoThere http://journals.aol.com/firestormkids04/TimeforaLittlePoetry

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