Sunday, June 12, 2016

Summer is just flying by!

Busier than ever!  Maybe it's good that there's just not time to worry about diabetes.  :)  Things are fairly stable and that's great!  My flower beds, sisters, art - all keep me busy.  Decided to take some classes this summer.  That might have been a mistake!  :)  

To Tom's wife - how was the surgery?  My youngest sister has developed what is called a "frozen shoulder".  She is doing PT and massages and everything in order to avoid surgery.  Her docs said it might take 3 years to "unlock".  She's pretty frustrated!    So glad to hear you made it to Israel - my favorite vacation spot.  Couldn't go this year as sis can't travel.  Maybe next year.

Hubby is declining slowly.  He has started having trouble walking.  His knees give out after a few steps.  So he walks, then sits, then walks.  He has had several sugar lows this spring.  Most of the time he recognizes them.  Tonight - not so much.  His activity level has come to a halt.  He continues to have optical migraines where he goes blind for 2 hours.  I am doing all of the driving these days.

I'm still walking 3 miles every day.  Between that and my gardens I think I'm pretty active.

Have a good friend her who's hubby is diabetic.  We compare notes a lot.  He had to have a pacemaker put in a couple of years ago and I think he's under age 60.  He has been on a pump for quite some time.  Oxygen is not getting to his brain and he has developed dementia/Alzheimer's.  He walked away from their home, caught a ride with complete strangers, ended up on the edge of town, but safe, so now she is looking for a home to put him in or hospice.  The doctors want to turn off his pacemaker.  So sad.  Just 3 years ago he was still working.  It can happen so fast! (She's self employed in retail and has to keep her business open to pay the bills).

It's going to be a hectic summer as I'm speaking at a conference in Seattle and have lots of prep for that.  I'll try to check back in from time to time.  We are doing ok.



whimsy2 said...

You know, it didn't have to be this way. I've been following your blog for probably 10 years now. I'm a type 1 diabetic -- adult onset, at age 60 -- for 18 years now. I have no diabetic related complications, and this is because I test 10x daily and adjust my insulin dose to match the carbs I'm eating at each meal. I don't eat between meals. I write everything down so I can base my dose on past results. My computer has been a godsend, because it makes it easy to access my old records and chart my progress. Yes, it requires discipline. But the tradeoff is well worth it. I feel like my life since my diagnosis has been dictated by the disease. But I don't have any complications, and this makes all the work worthwhile. I'm 78 now and very healthy. I'm saddened that more people don't know this is possible and make the effort.

Diabeteswife said...

Yes, whimsy, I know very well that it doesn't have to be this way. But he refuses to take the steps that you take, and I can't do them for him. I applaud you on your discipline. Wish everyone would do that!