Category Archives: Living with Diabetes

What is a normal Blood Glucose Level?


It is harder to figure out than you think…

confused kittyI’m headed to my doctor’s office on Tuesday, so in preparation for that I’m printing out reports from my Blood Glucose Meter.

I was looking at the reports and started to wonder about those “target ranges”  and what exactly did they mean.  I wanted to know:

  1. “What is a normal blood glucose level?” (the answers I found are in this post)
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  2. “Given that there is a normal RANGE… is it OK for a person who is diabetic and on medication to be anywhere in that range?” (couldn’t find an answer from a trusted source so I’m gonna ask my doctor on Tuesday)

Getting a “good” “reliable” answer…

Depending on where you look, you get different answers.  sigh  And it MUST be correct because it’s on the Internet!  Right?  sigh

All kidding aside, some sites are better than others when it comes to reliable information.  But even with sites you trust, there can be differences.

Take it from a retired Librarian with over 30 years of searching experience: check and double check when doing “research” on the web.  Then check it again, just to be sure.  Not all information resources are created equal.

The ones I’m sharing with you now are, in my professional opinion, on the “reliable” end of the spectrum.

Bayer (as in Bayer aspirin) the maker of my Blood Glucose Meter says:

Bayer Contour Next Blood Glucose MeterThe meter I use is the Bayer Contour Next.  The default settings are:

  • 70 – 180 mg/dL — Overall
  • 70 – 130 mg/dL — Fasting
  • 70 – 130 mg/dL — Before a meal
  • 70 – 180 mg/dL — After a meal

I’ve been testing consistently for about 3 months now and my doctor wants to look at the data when I visit her on Tuesday — which is what prompted my questions and this post in the first place.  🙂

One of the questions I have for her is whether or not the default settings in the monitor are what she wants me to use as my “target” ranges OR does she want me to use something different.

WebMD says:

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My not so “quick” “quick post” about good stuff that is happening!


Random bits of “good news

Awesome Thumbs Up Sketch (CC)OK folks, I have NOT had my morning coffee so this may end up being a bit of “free association”

HOWEVER… I wanted to share a random assortment of things that have happened in the past little while that are AWESOME.

So in no particular order…

My blood glucose number was 119 this morning…

…well below the 130 max my doctor has set for my “fasting” level.  “Fasting” means “just before breakfast” YAY!

I woke up this morning at a teeny tiny bit just past 9 am.

Yes, you read that correctly.  OMG!  Of course it probably helped that I went to bed last night around 11-ish.  But this is unusual for me.  My normal range is 2am – 10/11 am.

And recently, over the past month and a half, I’ve not been able to get to sleep until 4 or 5 or 6 am after which I sleep 8-10 hours and wake up waaaaaaaayyyy after the “day” has started for most folks,

So… getting up at 9am where I’d really LIKE my wake up time to be so this is great.  YAY!

And this has been the case now for almost an entire week! So my sleep patters may be shifting back to the “typical norm”  YAY!

I went to my doctor yesterday…

…and I had dropped 8 lbs from my last visit to her office.  YAY!

Ringing-In-My-EarsI had gone to her because I have ringing in my ears.  She is trying a couple of things and said she’ll send me to a specialist if the stuff she is trying doesn’t work and stop the ringing within a couple of weeks.  YAY!

Since I was there anyway, she went ahead and did the “follow up” stuff — monitoring my diabetes and high blood pressure and weight management stuff.

I showed her my chart from the blood glucose testing meter and I’ve been 95% within the target range that she has set for my blood sugar.  She was all happy about that!  Woot!

And the reason this “doctor stuff” is unqualified “good news” is because thanks to President Obama and thousands of people who worked very hard to pass and protect the ACA, I am under medical care.  Before qualifying for the ACA subsidiy I would have just ignored the ringing in my ears, and my diabetes and … well you get the picture.  Health insurance is good.  YAY!

Not having health insurance.  BAD. – not “yay”

AND this is “good news” because when I called up to make the appointment, she said that she would bill me for the $20 copay.  She said I could pay it after the first of the month when I get my pension check.  Which is awesome because if she had not said that I would have not been able to go.

My checking balance, the day before yesterday, on Monday, when I called her to make the appointment, was sitting at 67 cents.  Yes, under a dollar.  So having a doctor who cares more about getting me in to see her when I need care than about making me wait to get that $20 copay is a good thing!  A very good thing.

YAY!!!  in fact DOUBLE YAY!

Slllluuuurrrrppppp……  Ahhhhhhhhhhh  — first sip of coffee.

c2013 TxCowboyDancer DesignsYou know that you are officially a caffeine addict when you whole body gives this little shudder of anticipation as soon as you have that first sip.

There is no way the caffeine can have hit your system yet, but the taste buds let the rest of the body know that the fix is on its way…

Oh-so-YAY!

By the way, the cute cat clutching a mug of coffee over to the right is one of my designs from my store: TxCowboyDancer Designs (yes this is a shameless plug) — but check it out when you get a chance.  🙂

My doctor also ordered a standard 3 month blood work panel…

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Janumet, Invokana and Diabetic Discount Drama!


How I got Invokana
and Janumet for “Almost Free”

For those who are regular readers of my blog, I ask for your understanding.  Alas, this post will be DRAMA free!  Eeeeeekkkk!  Aaaaaiiiieeeeee!  Yes, I know, it is hard to believe that I can do a post with no drama… … well with a minimal amount of drama, but tis true.  🙂

So… about getting drugs for “almost free” …

It helps if you have insurance

Actually, it REALLY helps if you have insurance.ACA image 

If you are a low income individual without insurance; or if you are a small business owner who wants to see if you can get a better deal; or if you are just curious, then head on over to Healthcare.gov and get all the information on how to use the insurance exchanges and perhaps qualify for subsidies.

It may, depending on your circumstances be possible for you to sign up even though open enrollment has closed.

Also, it MIGHT also be possible for you to get your health insurance for FREE or for you to receive substantial subsidies from the Federal Government (US Residents only) to help you pay for your health insurance.
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Speaking from a personal point of view, without the insurance that I get thanks to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, my life would be in mortal danger.

No drama.

No kidding.

100% truth.

If you have insurance, the insurance should pay MOST of the cost of these drugs

Drug Formulary Yes and No

But every insurance policy is different; you need to check to be sure.

Using myself as an example: when I first tried to fill the prescription for these two drugs, I discovered that my copay for each drug, after the insurance was applied, was $100 (100 x 2 =$200 per month).

Eeeeeeeekkkk!! oh, oopps I said no drama.  My bad.  Moving on. 😉

To find out how much your copay is going to be before you go by the pharmacy, ou have to check something called a “drug formulary.

You can usually find the Drug Formulary in a PDF file or as a searchable database on your insurance company’s website.  Or you can call the customer service 800 # for your insurance company and ask for a paper copy be mailed to you.

Check the back of your

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I’m featured in Diabetes Health Magazine!


They Like Me!  They really really Like Me!

Applause KittyI’d like to thank the Academy….  😉

Ok, ok, so it ain’t an Oscar, but it does feel pretty good!  You, my loyal readers, should know by now that I’m a shy retiring wall flower…

What?  Do I hear howls of disbelieving laughter from the galleries?

Ok, ok,  tis true…  I love to talk about uhmmm, well “Moi” so when this very nice reporter Tanya Caylor from Diabetes Health Magazine emailed me and said she wanted to do a “profile” of me, I thought “This has got to be a joke”

So, before replying I checked and discovered that “Yes” there really is a magazine called “Diabetes Health” and yes there really is a reporter named Tanya Caylor who has written for them and who also blogs online and who writes a column called “Adventures in Food and Fitness,” which is  published every other Monday in the Health Section of The Fort Wayne News-Sentinel.

So, having determined that this was not a phishing attempt and not spam, I replied back and set up a phone interview. She called me; I had a lovely conversation with Ms Caylor.  And that was that.  Then about a week ago, I got an email saying….

Tah-DAH!

…the article had been posted on the Diabetes Health website.  It will be appearing in the next paper issue of the magazine as well, but it is now live on their website:

Screen shot of my profile on Diabetes Health website - cropped

Woo Hoo!  Uh-huh!  Doin’ a happy dance while typing!  Woot!  YeeeeeeeeeeeeeHaaaaaaaawwwwwww

I invite you go go check it out.  And click the “share” buttons!  Woot!  You can click on the image up above or if you like here is the text link: Diabetes Diagnosis Gets Derailed Dance Champion Focused on Health

And, for the record, the lovely and very talented lady in the photo featured in the article is one of my dance coaches, Natalja Sawal. We danced together for two years.

See ya on the dance floor!

307.4 OMG! OMG! OMG! 307.4!!!!!!!!!


307.4 lbs!!!!  OMG!

 

Calvin and Hobbes Dancing

Did I mention that my weight today on the scale was 307.4 lbs?  I did, oh, then that’s it .  I now return you to your normally scheduled…

BUT WAIT!  307.4!!!!  Didchagetthat?!?!

That, my dear readers, is LESS THAN 310!!!!!  OMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMG!

swooningI do declare I may faint from happiness! The vapors; the VAYpoors…. I haz tha VAYpoor….    Swoooooooon

[yes, the image of a hairy balding 50 something white dude swooning
like an old time silent film star is going to be stuck in your head for the rest of the day]

But I haven’t seen 310 in AGES! let alone been UNDER 310 — that, my friends, is swoon worthy!

THIS IS HUGE (pardon the pun)

BIG

COLLOSUL…  COLLOSEL ?  COlluseaoul?

REALLY REALLY BIG!

Darn you spell check! You failed me when I needed you most!  How do you spell that word anyway!

For those of you keeping count.  That makes my total weight loss just a teeny bit under 25 lbs — close enough to round to 25!!!

Woot!  Uh-huh!  WHO da man?  Huh?  WhoseYerDaddy?!!  Take THAT foul fatness!

Why the sudden and dramatic downward trend?

apothecaryDude, I’m doin’ drugs.

Don’t getcher panties in a twist.  They are legal “diabetic” drugs.  But because my body is starting to behave the way it should, it is no longer sending FEED ME messages all the time

Which means that I’m not eating as much.

Which means that I’m using the abundant supplies of food I have stored in the subcutaneous and intramuscular spaces in my body and TAH DAH!  WEIGHT LOSS!

Whew! I’m worn out! I need a cigarette.  Well not really, but you get the gist… wink wink

Did I mention I weighed 307.4 lbs today?  Oh, I did, ok then.

See ya on the dance floor!

 

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