The Journey: Episode Thirteen

JUNE 8, 2020

So I had my doctor appointment on May 28. I was given an insulin limit of 85 units. On May 29, I went up to 75 units and decided to stay at that dose, mostly because my pens have about 300 units each and that gives me four doses per pen. Since I have to pay about $100 per box of five pens, I can’t really afford to increase.

I have tried out taking my insulin literally within an hour of going to sleep and I have seen my blood sugar go down in the morning. Not down to the goal level, but pretty close. So far I have been under 150 mg/dL so that’s at least a win.

I kind of hit a plateau. My weight, my medication, my blood sugar, all kind of hit a level plateau for the last couple of weeks. It’s not great, but it’s not bad either. Now I just need to bring all of these numbers down instead of going up. I hope that I can do that. I need to get my health and diabetes under control.

This pandemic isn’t doing me any favors and not being able to work is really bringing me down, but I can get through this. I can make it through this and come out for the better. I know I can.

On another note, my sister is back home from visiting with her husband. The plan is for her to completely move out and in with her husband by the end of July. Then my husband and I can move in to her room and we can actually sleep on a bed again with a little bit more privacy. I think I’m going to miss her, but she’s so annoying that I think it’s going to take a while before I miss her at all. I know I’m going to miss her cat, Penny, because she hunts the cockroaches in this house and she does a good job at it.

I know this one is a little short, but I have to take my dog to the salon now. Thank you for sticking around and enjoying the content. Stay safe out there!

The Journey: Episode Eleven (Memorial Day)

MAY 25, 2020

I want to take the time right off the bat to thank all the men and women who are serving our country past and present. Because of their selfless sacrifice, we are able to enjoy some of the freedoms and liberties we have today. Take that how you will, I still have mad respect for those who are willing to put their lives on the line for their country. I could never make that sacrifice even though I had wanted to join the Navy or Coast Guard when I was in high school.

Memorial Day, in my eyes, has kind of lost its meaning especially this year. Our mayor just reopened the county beach parks and everyone has flocked to the beaches, regardless of the rainy weather, and they’d all much rather enjoy the freedom they have from quarantine than the freedom they always had because of our veterans. Now it’s all about beaches and BBQs. I mean at least everyone is spending time with family right now, but it feels a little lackluster for our veterans.

But I digress. Today, I’m spending it working. Not just on my blog but also at my Office Manager job. We have a meeting this afternoon and I’m going to be busy.

Now about my health. It’s not going so well. I woke up this morning with a fasting blood sugar of 161! That’s pretty high considering I ate before 6:30pm last night and I took 1000mg of berberine before bed so I’m very suspicious of my blood sugar right now. Something is wrong. I think I may need to monitor more for the next week or two and that means I have to monitor at bedtime, 3am in the morning, and when I wake up to see if I’m being affected by the Dawn Phenomenon or the Rebound Effect. I suppose I should do a post about those two just in case for those who want to know, but that’ll be at a later time.

On the bright side, I’ve re-clarified my weight loss goals. I am currently 210 pounds, which is very disappointing, but I can’t let that get me down. I want to lose 30 pounds by the end of the year. There are about 31 weeks left in the year. For a healthy and sustainable weight loss, I need to lose and keep off one pound per week to make my goal by the end of the year. That means weekly weigh ins, daily exercises, healthier food options, and portion control. I’m starting to get the hang of it while I’m stuck at home so I think this is completely do-able.

I will need to do a lot of hard work from here and I’m not going to lie, it will be really tough for me to follow through with all of this. But I have a lot of dreams that I want to accomplish one day and I need to see these through.

I’m going to be losing a part of my support system soon though. My sister is going to be moving in with her husband by August. So because she won’t be able to support me as much as before, I would love to get your support, fellow diabetic, and I would love to support you too. Please feel free to reach out to me and we can support each other.

The Journey: Episode Nine

APRIL 25, 2020

So I just got my new glucose meter and MyID Medical ID. I’m super excited about both of them. This Thursday I’ll post a review of the One Drop Meter. I’m very excited about it. If you want to see the unboxing video, I posted it up on my Instagram. Besides that, it’s pretty much business as usual.

Thanks to the One Drop app, I have a diabetes coach named Rachel. This past week she’s been getting to know me and my diabetes a little more to see exactly how she can help. I’ve learned a bit about diabetes from her too.

With 55units of insulin as my current dosage, I can inject about 5 days per pen and I’m down to my last three pens before my next appointment this Thursday and I don’t know how long after that I’ll be able to get my next prescription.

Unfortunately, 55units isn’t working. My doctor said that my max should be 65 units so I’m getting pretty close to that. I’m a little afraid of upping it to 60units because 55 takes so long to inject as it is and it hurts even if I go slowly. Last night was weird, I injected on the right side of my piko (belly-button) and it was a little sore, but when I tried to push the plunger down, it was having trouble going down and started to hurt a lot. I think I managed 5 units before I couldn’t push anymore. So I stopped and pulled it out before trying in another area close by. There was a bit of blood from the first site. The second site went in less painfully and was easier to push down. I wonder what was blocking the first injection that it didn’t go down well.

I had my A1C blood test this past Thursday and I should know the results during my appointment, which will be done over the phone because my doctor is on Oahu and they’ve had a lot of cases in the past month and a half. Super scary to travel to Oahu with diabetes right now. Plus I’m unemployed now and couldn’t afford a plane ticket.

I hope my A1C reflects well on my insulin usage. This quarantine has really messed me up. Before the quarantine, 45 units was doing really well for like three weeks and then it wasn’t working anymore and I had to up my dosage to 50 and now 55. I might have to up it to 60 units before my doctor appointment so I can see if that brings my numbers lower. My fasting glucose reading has been over 140mg/dL with a couple under 125. I don’t know if 60 units is going to help but I want to see anyway, even if I’m afraid of the paid of a prolonged injection speed.

APRIL 26, 2020

Last night, I upped my insulin to 60 units I first tried to inject and it was too painful so I stopped and removed the needle to inject in another site. That one was a lot easier and less sore. However, my fasting blood sugar was reading at over 170mg/dL. I am very upset with this reading. My weight has dropped 5 pounds in the past week so I’m glad about that which means I’m eating better and getting good exercise. I’m definitely eating more veggies, mostly pickled veggies but veggies nonetheless. I am so excited about the One Drop meter and the app.

So now I’m just waiting for Thursday’s doctor appointment to see how well I’ve been doing or not doing on my insulin. Not gonna lie, when I saw the plunger go up to 60 units I was like holy cow that’s a long way to go.

Other than that, quarantine is really messing with my eating habits and my mental and emotional health. I live in a house with zero privacy and can’t enjoy a night alone with my husband just relaxing and enjoying each other’s company. Our wedding anniversary was on Wednesday and it was the most alone time we’ve had in two months and it was spent not at home. Plus, we were both rejected for unemployment and the letter said we had to contact the office for an appeal, but I can’t get through on the phone and no one has answered my email. I’m getting very frustrated and losing hope.

BUT the other day we got approved for SNAP benefits and that is the best news we’ve gotten this year so far. We don’t have to worry about food now just the bills we still have to pay for unfortunately. We might have to cut off Netflix and Disney + and just stick with Amazon Prime, just to make bills easier for us. We’ve gotten deferments for most of our bills until July but there’s some that we can’t get deferments on, like our cellphone bill. We have to get in contact with our bank about deferments on our loans there.

This is a crazy time and we’re all just trying to survive. Be smart and be safe out there everyone.

The Journey: Episode Five

MARCH 29, 2020

I haven’t made any progress in losing weight lately. I’m very upset that I had regained all the weight I had lost. I regained about 16lbs from 183lbs. I’ve been eating healthier and exercising more, but I think portion control, my old enemy, is striking me again and again. Food is just so delicious!

My grandma was recently doing an ornish lifestyle program and she shared with me some of the food they had recipes for. I don’t think I could give up meat or animal by-products altogether, but I am contemplating taking red meat out of my diet and putting in more tofu. In fact, tonight my husband is gonna try to make Tofu Long Rice. If I remember to take a picture of it, I’ll post up the recipe. A couple nights ago, he made chicken long rice for us and it was so delicious, but I forgot to take a picture of it.

Whatever my husband and I try to make, I want to share that recipe with you folks so you can make it and eat it too. I’m not sure if you’ll be able to find all of the ingredients though, but I’d like to share them with you anyway.

For exercise, my sisters and I take my dog and my mom’s two dogs walking down at the park. If the weather’s good, we’ll go down, if not, then we just stay inside and I’ll use my sister’s resistance bands just to do something, you know?

Yesterday, we took our dogs down to a little island just off the shore called Coconut Island. With the lockdown/quarantine, the island was pretty much empty except for a homeless man, so we took the dogs off their leashes and let them loose on the island. They had so much fun. My dog had so much things she could sniff and smell. She even chased a couple of birds near the water and ran across the island three times! She’s 15 years old! I even ran with her one of those times. They had so much fun.

We were hoping we could take them again today but it was raining almost all day and there was even some thunder. So today is not a good day to go down, but the next clear day, I’d like to take them back to Coconut Island and let them run free.

Hopefully, this healthier diet and walking the dogs will help me lose some weight. But I also know that I need to watch what I’m eating. I’ve been so hungry lately and I’m not even doing anything! I need to tell my stupid self to stop being so damn dumb and stop eating!

I’m kind of glad I have this Journey blog to keep me accountable and be able to put it out in writing to keep track of my thoughts. If you’re ever thinking that your journey isn’t working, maybe you need to write it down in your own journal, diary, or even a blog. If you decide to make a blog, let me know, I’d love to follow along with your journey as well!


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