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Old 07-16-2005, 04:27 PM   #1
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Diabetes

Thank you for everyone who helped me on this subject. Thank Heaven that the way I was raised, the way Mom cooked, was ahead of her time. In fact, I haven't had to change a single bit the way I already cooked! We simply took all the bowls and plates we normally eat out of and measured them, so hubby would know how much he was taking. I knew I cooked pretty healthy meals, and now I know I serve superbly healthy meals. Hubby just had to learn to spread the carbs out throughout the day. His numbers are great and we're hoping for another decade without meds.

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Old 07-16-2005, 04:57 PM   #2
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My thoughts and prayers go with you and your hubby for many many many many many many many more years of health and happiness.
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Old 07-17-2005, 08:32 AM   #3
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Claire; Just remember that diabetes is a progressive disease. I have be a diagnosed diabetic for about ten years now. As time goes on, it get harder to control blood sugar, and those carbs that your husband can now safely ingest, might be overtaxing his pancrease 3 years from now. Monitoring is essential. I don't do it enough. I'm guilty. But I try and eat very healthy, use sugar substitures whenever practical (usually Splenda or sugar alcohols), and use cooking techniques an meal plans that put nutrition and great tasting meals as a common goal.

Take care of your hubby. He'll need your support in comming years. And besides, that's what a wife is supposed to do, just like it's his responsibility to take care of you .

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Old 07-18-2005, 06:46 AM   #4
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Luckily Hubby does NOT have a sweet tooth (neither do I), so sugar subs aren't much of a problem since he literally never reaches for the sugar bowl. He puts a little honey on a piece of toast in the morning, but that's because he is trying to INCREASE the carbs he eats for breakfast to hit the right numbers. He tests every 2-3 days, and the numbers are pretty much in the "Excellent" range on the scale he was given. We have a very collaborative marriage. I just hate math. So I cook, he does the math. I pay the bills, he balances the checkbook. It works. This is just another case where we had to split up the responsibilities! I'm trying to get my diet more in line with his at this point because diabetes can happen to anyone overweight, and believe me, slim does NOT run in my family! The hardest part is coming up this winter, when good fruit becomes harder and harder to find. I told Jer not to eat any apples, because that's going to be what he's going to be living on come November, so enjoy the melons and such now.
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Old 07-21-2005, 07:46 AM   #5
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You always have such informative, detailed, thought provoking posts. I just want to take this time to thank you for the time you take to let us know. My question: I have a dog that is only 9 years old. She was diagnosed when she was 6. I hesitated to start shots but I figured to give her a chance as she loved life and her sisters and brothers. She is slowly going down. The vet said she now has Cushings disease that affects the liver. Personally, I don't think the vet likes to let me know about the future. I am the only one who takes care of her. I have given her shots everyday 12 hours apart. It really bothers me to give her the shots. Bothers me in the pit of my stomach but I know if I want her live another day I have no choice. it is a committment that I have to keep as I am the one who is her owner. As everything else people have told me to get another dog. This is just a throw away society. Seems people do not have concern or heart for others but themselves. Sorry if I sound resentful but it is more obvious everyday. My own church has disappointed me. I just can't explain why people have gotten so self centered. As usual, I am getting off the topic here so I would like to know if you were in my place what would you do? She is blind, cannot hold her urine, at times she doesn't eat, starting to drink water more. It is costing almost $100 for the medication. I have to go to pharmacy so much that they call me the dogs name. The dog is so smart that she knows when it is time for the shot and the medication for Cushings. I know she can tell this all affects me. Dogs are so smart. This is the hardest thing to let go but I just don't know when. I thought when she acted depressed but she seems to take it in stride. Dogs always amaze me. Thanks for your time. I know it is only a dog but it is part of the family with us.
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Old 07-23-2005, 07:30 AM   #6
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I know you addressed your question to Goodweed, but I will chime in here. Whether or not you put down your pet is a personal question only you can answer. How much pain is she in? How much shame is she experiencing? (I know that sounds foolish to some, but a house trained pet can definitely feel shame when they mess the house). I have two elderly dogs, and i love them dearly. But I wouldn't consider it "throwing them away" if I felt they needed me to do the humane thing and put them down. In fact, under some circumstances, I hope someone would do the same for me. It isn't the inconvenience factor to you so much as it is the way the pet feels, and its quality of life. Mine hate to go to the vet, and hate getting shots (to the point where they cry piteously). If I had to give them a couple of shots a day, I'd take them in to go to their eternal garbage dump in the sky ... not because it was inconvenient to me, but because they would live in absolute terror of the twice a day I had to give them shots. If your beloved pet is in pain and terror and shame, then it is time. If she takes well to the treatment you are willing and able to give her, then bravo for both of you and keep up the good work!
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Old 07-23-2005, 07:57 AM   #7
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Claire; You are a sensitive and sensible lady. Thanks for your input. KitchenElf & I have been having a private chat about her post as I didn't know whether or not it should be included in your own thread.

You have, like so many others aboard this site, shown yourself to be a friend. Again, thanks. We all learn so much from each other.

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Old 08-14-2005, 08:52 PM   #8
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Claire,

As a Type II Diabetic of 10+ years you need to have your husband test his blood sugars several times a day. It is the high average blood sugar level over time that will cause great damage to his system. The main test to determine the average blood sugar over a 3 to 4 month period of time is called a Hemoglobin A1C test. This is a blood test that your doctor will order or there is a newly release over-the-counter HA1C test that is now available for about $20.00.

I test my blood sugars 4 to 5 times a day. I have kept my blood sugars under excellent control for the past 5 to 7 years but a constant and regular monitoring is required. You hubby should also see his physician at least every 3 to 4 months.

Simple sugars can be from many types, but they are all sugars requiring insulin from your body to digest:
  • Sucrose – Table sugar, brown sugar, confectioners sugar, raw sugar and turbinado
  • Glucose – Dextrose, corn syrup and glucose syrup
  • Fructose – Fruits, vegetables and honey
  • High fructose corn syrup – Liquid sweetener that contains 42-90 percent fructose
  • Honey – Made up of glucose, fructose and water
  • Sugar alcohols – Sorbitol, mannitol, xybitol
  • Lactose – milk and milk products
  • Maltose, dextrose – cereals and some baked goods
Also keep in mind that starches such as flour, bread, rice, corn, oats, barley, potatoes, legumes, fruits and vegetables are turned into sugars by the body and insulin is needed to break down these starches after your body turns them into sugar.

Diabetes is not just the inability of the body to produce sufficient insulin, but also the inability of the body to use the insulin efficiently or correctly.

Type II Diabetes is not just a disease of the generously proportioned, but as people age even thin folks can be afflicted.

Best wishes and best health you and hubby.
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Old 08-14-2005, 09:33 PM   #9
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These posts have interesting reading for me for several reasons. First, my husband was recently diagnosed with diabetes and he is one of the thin ones, and I like to think we are not that old. I am concerned because I don't think his Dr. orders an A1C often enough. We went to diabetes education classes and this test was stresses as being very important. Also, he is not testing nearly as often as he should. He was hooked up with a mail order company out of Florida that was absolutely terrible. They sent the wrong supplies and because they didn't come until he was almost out he had to go almost a week without testing because it took that long for them to get it right. Then they did not send enough. They did not bill my insurance correctly. When he called them the person said he was paying too much for them. We refused the next shipment and were billed for them anyway. This mess has been going on for 7 months. Meanwhile, he doesn't see his Dr. for a few more weeks. He wouldn't call for a prescription so we could get what he needs locally. Does anyone have a diabetic supply company they are happy with? Second, the post about the dog, I understand completely. When people ask if I ahve children I say I have one human child and have 3 living furry ones, plus I have a Jacqueline Russell grandpuppy.
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Old 08-14-2005, 10:13 PM   #10
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You can get all of your prescriptions from any local pharmacy or if you are a Costco or Sam's Club member you can their online pharmacies.

You don't have to rely on your doctor to order a Hemoglobin A1C test.

Costco has a home HA1C test here:

http://www.costco.com/Common/Categor...th=589*&Browse=

The price is $14.79.

I've spoken with my Endocrinologist and my sister-in-law who is also an Endocrinolotist and they both say the home tests are very accurate and reliable if you follow the instructions carefully.
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