Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Closing up shop (at least, for a while) . . .

Since I seem to be spending so much time on Facebook and can do anything over there that I can do over here, I don't see any reason to keep this blog going at the same time. If anyone can think of a compelling reason for me not to abandon this blog, please leave a comment and let me know (or send me an email if you have my address). If you'd prefer to keep up with me on Facebook but you're not on my Friends list over there yet, please send me a request. The link to my profile over there is:

Even if I do decide to abandon this blog and do the small amount of blogging I do over at Facebook, I'll leave the posts that are already here and find some way to periodically keep the site updated (by adding to my lists of movies and books, if nothing else) to keep my account from being closed due to inactivity--just in case I find some other way to use it later on.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Blood Sugar Blues--Not So Blue

I had finally had my long-awaited appointment with the endocrinologist on Monday, and so far the news is all good.

One of the nurses took the usual fluid samples for the usual tests, and I'm expecting to hear more about the test results sometime in the next few days (assuming there's anything unusual to report, and there may not be). Another one checked my blood pressure and said that it's a little high, but not bad. She also did a "pin prick" test to check the degree of feeling in the big toe on each foot. They're mostly numb, but I was able to feel a little bit of what she was doing, so they're not completely numb yet.

The best news is that my blood sugar is low enough that the doctor feels I should be able to keep it under control with diet and exercise (which is what I've been doing for the last few months) and I can continue checking it just once a day.

The not-quite-so-good news is that I have poor circulation in my legs and feet (which isn't really news to me) and I've got a prescription for something that may help with that, but I'm supposed to hold off on taking it until I undergo a "Doppler test" (a form of ultrasound) to determine what sort of circulation problems I'm having. Since there's a history of heart problems in my family, I'm also going to have a stress test done to determine how well my heart is working. I don't know yet when I'm going to have either test done--someone on the doctor's staff is supposed to check on that for me and contact me later.

More news later when I have something else to report. Meanwhile, I have a front lawn that desperately needs some attention.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Blood Sugar Blues, Part Deux

If you haven't kept up with what's been going with me for the last year or so, you really need to read my August 22 post so you'll understand what's going on. Go ahead, I can wait.

Caught up now? Good.

Things went along okay for a while, then started getting worse around the first part of December when the weather started getting colder. My feet and legs began to hurt more, and my feet and ankles began to get uncomfortably puffy. My doctor said I was probably suffering from peripheral neuropathy and possibly arthritis, but only gave me medication for the arthritis and some new medicine to help bring my blood sugar down.

By the end of the year, I was starting to have more trouble walking and more trouble sleeping. By the middle of January, my feet were so puffy that walking was very awkward and uncomfortable, and wearing any kind of shoes was usually out of the question, never mind getting out of the house to do any driving or run any errands. I was housebound for a couple of months and had to rely on my brother and my friends to run errands for me (and I'm extremely grateful to all of them for being loving and supportive and helping me out as much as they could). Another doctor I visited back then confirmed the diagnosis of neuropathy and suggested I might have some other problems as well, and recommended I see an endocrinologist to have some tests done to find out what exactly might be wrong with me. In the meantime, the only thing he could do to help me sleep was prescribe some Vicodin for a month, which helped immensely.

Which brings me to the present . . . I'm doing a lot better and getting around more. I'm not currently on any medication for my blood sugar or anything else, but I suspect that will change very soon. I'm keeping my blood sugar down with diet alone (not quite as low as I'd like it, but not too bad, either) and I'm finally losing weight (I'm currently hovering between 190 and 194, which is the lowest my weight has been in a long time). I finally figured out that the swelling problem was mainly due to fluid retention (which I seem to have been prone to for a long time) and got into the habit of drinking a lot more water, tea, coffee, diet soda, etc., to keep it under control. I'm getting around better, feeling better, and able to wear shoes (suede loafers) for longer and longer periods of time, which allows me to get more house work and even some yard work done. I still hurt a lot if my blood sugar gets a little too high or the weather turns cold and/or rainy (and it's been doing a lot of both around here for the last several weeks). I'm sleeping better most of the time, and rely heavily on chamomile tea (and/or occasionally Dramamine, but NO Vicodin) to help me relax during those rare bouts of insomnia.

I'm due to see an endocrinologist in three weeks to have some tests done. I would have liked to have seen her sooner, but almost all of the endos around here work out of one clinic across town, and she was the only there one who's seeing new patients right now. On top of that, the appointment was originally scheduled for May and had to be rescheduled twice because she kept having to be out of the office on the days I supposed to be there. (Keeping my fingers crossed and rubbing a rabbit's foot and hoping it doesn't happen a third time, and hoping as well that there isn't too much wrong with me.)

More on this after my endo visit in three weeks. In the meantime, any prayers, happy thoughts, warm wishes, etc., would be much appreciated.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Wednesday Postcard Blogging

Today's postcard:

The caption on the back:


Night views of the entrance to the fabulous Will Rogers Turnpike connecting Tulsa, Oklahoma and Joplin, Missouri. Will Rogers Turnpike was opened to traffic on June 28, 1957 and named after world citizen and native son Will Rogers.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Thanksgiving Greetings

Something appropriately silly for today:

I hope everyone reading this has a safe and happy Thanksgiving.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Wednesday Postcard Blogging

Today's postcard:

The caption on the back:


Main entrance to the Will Rogers Turnpike, connecting Tulsa, Oklahoma and Joplin, Missouri. This Turnpike was named in honor of the world-famous humorist, Oklahoma's native son, Will Rogers.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Vegetarian Chili

Just tried a recipe for Vegetarian Black Bean Chili that I stumbled across on Yahoo! about a week ago. It's very good, pretty easy to make, and surprisingly satisfying for a meatless dish.

The recipe doesn't say whether or not the beans should be drained. I got the impression from the pictures of the finished dish that they should be, but I didn't drain mine and the chili came out okay. I guess it depends on how thick or soupy you want your chili to be.

The recipe suggests serving it over quinoa, a baked potato or brown rice. I had mine over instant brown rice and it was really good. (Yes, I know that instant rice is an abomination to some people--I can already see my friend Bev making a "yuck, phooey" face at her computer screen--but it's what I grew up eating and I still like it.)