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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

I'm all Sensored Up ~ My Journey Living with Type 2 Diabeties

Hey Friends, How are you today?

I have decided to try reeeeally hard to come in
and share on a daily basis with you what's going on
in my life. 
I don't know about you but
sometime I wonder if anyone really cares or
wants to know. 
But,
I do know when I see
some of my dear friends post,
I love to read know what's going on,
what they are creating
or how they really are doing on a
more daily basis. 
I am going to try and
use this as a way to journal my life and
share where I am on a more frequent basis.

DISCLAIMER...if you are squeamish don't go any further.

So...
Yesterday I had my bi-annual check with my
Endochronologist(sp?).  I'm never sure what to
expect, or say when I go.  This time it was
very different from the past 5 years of appointments.
This time  I talked with a Endo Nurse Practioner.
I really liked her and felt like I actually got
a more thorough visit.

What came out of my visit was me being
given and Dexcom Sensing Unit.
Now when I say given, I mean they
inject a needle into your side which has a sensing device,
and this reads glucose leves between 280-300 times.
Its a way to chart what your glucose levels are doing
and see more clearly what is going on.
She encourage me to do this because they are
finding out, that patience like me, who's
A1C's (monthly reads of how your glucose is doing)
isn't always an accurate picture of what really is going on.

Please don't get grossed out...this is the actual monitor
that is on my left side...

I am to wear this sensor for a week.  Check my blood
glucose once every 12 hours and then add that to my
monitor, that is collecting the data.

Here above, is the monitor that is giving me a read of 120.
This is so cool cause I can click OK and see at any given
time what my levels are.

For those who have never seen an actual Blood
Glucose Kit this is the one they actually gave me.
You have your needle, Glucose Meter, see the
strip in it? and the strip container.

It's something you have to get use to as a Diabetic.

Now, right now I am considered Pre-Diabetic. 
I had early simptoms, excessive peeing, drinking
fluids, and extreme weekness and being tired.
I have always maintained an normal weight and
was very taken back with this diagnosis as
many like me, assume that it usually shows
up later in years when you add extra pounds.
Me, well, I have the genetic link...

By watching what I eat,
(Yes you can eat sugars, just keep it small)
monitoring my glucose levels,
seeing my doctor regulary and taking my meds...I am
able to keep myself in a PRE-Diabetic state.

I go back next Thursday to turn in my
monitor.  I am REALLY excited to
see what they have to say about what is going
on.  And, if need be to help me tweak a few things.
Isn't Modern day technology AMAZING?

If you have any of the symptoms I described,
please read further or see your doctor about early detection
of Type 2 Diabeties.  It could save your life.

Be Blessed,
Lorena




7 comments:

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Lorena,
Thanks so much for your visit the other day and I see that you are dealing with your own health problems too.
Diabetes runs in Joe's family. His sister was a diabetic since she was 13 years old but did not take care of herself which unfortunately led to severe complications, an amputation and she died about 2 years ago at the age of 53 y/o. I am so glad to hear that you are on top of your disease and keeping it monitored. Adult Onset Diabetes is easily controlled once you know what works for you. and how to monitor your levels.
I think it is great that you are joining in with some of us that have decided to keep our blogs real and share what is really going on in our lives. Everyone has problems and no one lives in a perfect house and has a perfect life.
We are real people behind our blogs and I feel it is so much better to know the real person, don't you?
Let us know how everything went after your week of monitoring is over...

Hugs,
Deb

GARAGE SALE GAL ~ Deb's Earthly Delights said...

WOW..who knew??!!
My mom was "pre" too and with diet changes she is better. She was overweight..I have my dr appt in Sept and I'm sure she will check this for me.
Take care.
Warmly,
deb

Princesa Nadie said...

Delighted to meet you
Your dining room is a lovely place and you have a wonderful collection
Visiting you has been a pleasure
Hugs

Martha's Favorites said...

Hi Lorena: Your blog convicted me. I need to check my counts and I always forget. I am pre diabetic too. Thank you for the advice on the urns. Now how do I make the tea? I am really stuck. I usually pay to have someone do this for me, but this time I can't. Thanks for your help. Blessings, Martha

Antiques And Teacups said...

Hi...this is my first visit. Thanks for visiting me and your sweet comments about my grandmother's teacups. My youngest grandson (now 15) was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes at 3 months. It can be tough...forces us into diligence and order in our lives...and to value all the other blessings we have.
Ruth

Shannon @Cozy Home Scenes said...

I just found your blog and want to thank you for sharing your personal information. There are many people who will
change their behavior from reading your story. Sometimes
It just takes a gentle reminder and that is what you did.
Have a great rest of the week. Shannon

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Wow, that is amazing, I have never heard of it...yep technology is amazing!!!

Carol