Friday, September 18, 2009


Instead of being in bed now and sleeping the sleep of the innocents and the unworried, I am up being slightly agitated. Only a minimal amount, but just enough for me to feel wide awake and not feel like going to bed yet.

I told you that I was so thirsty all the time and that I had to go to the toilet so often. Well, another thing was, that my eyes had been bothering me, but I thought that might have been allergies, but now I think differently about this.

I have taken 6 glucose tests over the course of the evening and I'm afraid that my diabetes is back. I tested it especially two hours after I had eaten and drank anything and all times my glucose levels were way too high. Now I have to test myself sober in the morning and see what it is then and also weigh myself, so my GP will know what my weight is, because if my fasting glucose level is up, I will call and make an appointment right away.

I'm sure my eyes are bothering me because of the diabetes and that scared me so much, that I immediately put on my glasses and I will be wearing them from now on. I haven't had diabetes in more than two years, I think, and it is surprising that it is coming back now, but with advancing age it can, if you have that tendency. I hope it can be treated with pills, because I'd rather not start using insulin again, as that was a real bother and I was using so much of it in the end.

I'm lucky I still have the glucose meter and the test strips to go with it and the pen to prick my finger. I bleed easily enough, so that was no problem. Your fingers do get sore after awhile from poking all those little holes in them, although I have a special pen to ease the pain.

I can deal with physical problems, it's just the complications of diabetes that I worry about, so I have to get this under control as quickly as possible. I stick to my old adage: when there's a problem, you think of the solution and go and apply it, hopefully it will work as easily as that now.

I'm getting tired now and need to go to sleep. I've already taken my medication, including my sleeping pill, so I should be out cold soon. Tomorrow I have creative therapy and I will be working on my second painting. That's something to look forward to. I will have to make an appointment before I leave the house.

Most of you will be asleep now, but those of you who aren't I wish a happy evening. Keep your fingers crossed for me.



Friend of the Bear said...

Hi Nora. So sorry to hear about this. You are so right to take immediate action. I admire your clear headedness. No panicking, just move onto the solution.

I think cutting down on the fruit juice may be necessary. I know it is fruit sugar but it is still a lot of sugar hitting your system in one go. I read about the negative impact of juice recently in the paper. You could try diluting it - I usually do about 1/3 juice to 2/3 water - that's just the way I prefer it. But 1/2 and 1/2 would be better than neat. But they said it's better not to drink it at all. You could try juicing veg instead.

I am the opposite of diabetic - I produce too much insulin. I'm hypoglycemic. It's pretty horrible to live with but much less damaging.

Hope you get an appointment with the doctor quickly. I'll be thinking of you,
Bearfriend xx

Anonymous said...

Oh dear. One more thing for you to deal with! It sounds like you're right on top of it, though, as you usually are.

I didn't know that diabetes could come and go. I thought that once you had it, you had it for life, except for the gestational type. And I'm pretty sure that you wouldn't have that type of diabetes!

Maggie May said...

Sorry to hear this, Nora.
You are wise to get this sorted very quickly with the doctor.
I am surprised that you were able to leave off insulin in the past, once you had started taking it. Hope they might get you to be able to extend that time.
Cut out the sugary things..........
Fingers & toes crossed for you! X

Babaloo said...

Fingers crossed for you! Let us know how you get on.

Frances said...

I can't look at your old posts because you abandoned your other blog when you had the original troubles with Ubuntu, I think - but I do remember you having a lot of trouble with your eyes and I do remember that it was something to do with some other issue, a reaction to one of your meds? Maybe it was the diabetes - but wouldn't you have been given something like glucophage to control that? Anyway, get it sorted out and let us know what the doctor says.

John said...

Take care of yourself - I am no expert and shouls do what I preach - diet and excercise.

My best. You beat it once - horrible.

Wisewebwoman said...

Oh I'm so sorry to hear this my friend. I, too, am diet and exercise controlled diabetic so this post rang for me. I don't eat sugar at all in anything and avoid juices. I struggle with white fresh bread though and feel the overwhelming tiredness when I do indulge.
Our bodies tell us everything. We need to pay attention. I'm so glad you're seeing the doc.
let me know how you're doing.