I returned from North Carolina and Virginia with an awful, awful cold. It’s not fun. And of course, I haven’t been over to visit my dad in the nursing home as I certainly don’t want to infect him or any of the other residents. I’ve spoken with the staff and they’re supposed to explain to him, but – he forgets – so I’m hoping the sneezing, coughing, dripping will stop soon so I can go spend some time with him.
We stayed with some old friends one night. The husband has been a T2 for several years. He’s doing well but, he asked me what foods especially “do in” my BG. I replied that I had to plan if I wanted to eat pizza. His reply, “Yes, I find that carbohydrates really effect my blood sugar.” I kept my mouth shut (very unusual) and just said, yup we have to keep an eye on the carbs.
Another friend that we stayed with was recently dx’d with T2. She’s hitting it full force, working on weight loss, reading labels, eating properly and testing regularly. Her husband will ask what her meter says and when she tells him, he says, “Oh, that’s bad. That’s terrible!” So, this time the (my) mouth didn’t stay shut – and I told him to cut out the criticism as it wasn’t going to help. I also told her that no one gets to “ask” me my numbers but I usually let my husband know if there’s a problem. She just started meds about 2 weeks ago and so, it’s still a learning process for both of them.
Saw my regular doctor (ARNP) this week. I’d done the labs before I left on our trip. All is pretty good. I have to continue a monthly B12 shot for awhile. Cholesterol, etc… were all fine. After a fantastic set of BG numbers in February and March, April has gone down the tubes. And it started before we went away. I called the Endo but never got a return call. So she (my ARNP) and I upped the glimepiride. I hope it works but, I’m at the point now where I’m ready to start shots. I told her that and so, we’ll meet again in a month. She could tell I had a cold but I told her I thought I was over the worst – not! The coughing last night was awful and so today I asked for drugs. I now have codeine which usually works for me. I’ll see tonight. I really, really would like to get some sleep.
Back to the Endo issue. I’ve only seen him 2 or 3 times. He’s pleasant, seems to know what he’s doing. I asked him about emailing questions and he said he doesn’t use email as he can’t type. I’m very disappointed that he didn’t call me back, especially as it’s the first time I phoned him. He’s one of only two Endos in our area and apparently the other one is not so great. I’ll see him again this summer but then may have to make a choice to go elsewhere. Elsewhere means an hour south or – an hour north.
Meanwhile, to add to my fun —- this morning I started going through some mail and opened a hospital bill for my dad. He spent 3 days in the hospital in February. Dad has Medicare & Tricare. After 30 years in the Army, Tricare takes very good care of him. The bill said he owed over $10,000. Ummm, I don’t think so. After speaking with the hospital, it turns out it’s a Medicare issue and I was told to ignore the bill. How are our parents and older people supposed to deal with issues like this? The paperwork is daunting. The terms are confusing. And trying to phone someone can be a challenge with “press one” or voice mail.
It’s still quite chilly up here in New Hampshire. The snow did disappear while we were gone but I really, really need some nice, warm, sunny weather.
As always, thank you to everyone who takes the time to blog and share the ups and downs of managing our diabetes. I continue to feel more informed and more knowledgeable about this disease and so, I thank you.