Hey, everyone. I was diagnosed as being a Type 2 back in 2014 with an A1C of 7.3. I also had a very high blood sugar reading of 250 when I was in the ER in 2013 for a possible second round of blood clots. I guess the blood clot situation was so pressing that they failed to mention the high blood sugar. Which, looking back now, was probably why I was not feeling well at the time. I found this by performing a thorough review of my medical records. I have a lot of different really strange medical problems happening as well as the diabetes. I made some dietary changes, stopped smoking, and became slightly more active, but that had only dropped my A1C to 7.1. I have permanently given up all sugar drinks and swapped them out for Splenda. I also gave up alcohol. I gave up most sweets. I just can't give up bread and pasta. I'm a foodie and food is all I have left. If I do not eat some bread with a meal I will not be sated. Now, that being said, I only eat half of what I used to eat pre-diagnosis. Well, I was not happy with my BG numbers, so I decided to start meal time insulin on my own. I bought Novolin R from Wal-Mart without a script and 100 syringes. I carefully titrated up to the proper dose of insulin and began to have tight control of my BG levels. After a few weeks of this, I told my doctor and he then began to prescribe the insulin to me. I started with a lot of insulin, but over time my resistance started to go down. I have good BG numbers in between meals. I do not need basal insulin. I only spike into the 200's after meals.
Well, as of last week, after having a hypo into the low 40's. I have these sometimes, even when I am not taking any meds, so I always have candy bars next to my bed for this reason. I decided to stop using insulin like I did a few weeks ago when this happed. I have been able to eat whatever I want for over seven days now and my blood sugar has not spiked higher than 130. It is mostly spiking up to 112, and then back down to 100, or even 90 within 2 hours of eating. I know the test strips are not bad, because I know what it feels like to have high blood sugar and be all tired and feeling like death. I haven't felt that at all this week. I decided to test drive my pancreas today with a meal of 200 grams of carbs. I ate 4 servings of cereal with 4 cups of milk. This very meal not even 2 week ago would require 45 units of Novolin R just to keep my blood sugar at 150 an hour after the meal, then back to normal within 3 hours. My blood sugar was 112 an hour after the meal, and then 90 2 hours after that. I can't explain this. Now I did lose 30 pounds last year due to a bout of severe depression, but that didn't change my numbers. I know this is temporary, and I have not stopped my Metformin as that drug is the only reason why my BG remains normal in between meals. If I stop the Metformin, my fasting BGs will go back into the 115-130 range. I just wish I knew what was going on here.
A bit of family history here. My grandfather and all of his brothers, and even one niece had either type 1 or type 2 diabetes. They all had one form of the disease. I know it is genetic. I know this is why I have it as well. I am 80 pounds overweight, I was a truck driver in a stressful job and never exercised. These are some pretty big risk factors. I have moderate untreated sleep apnea. I have 20 apneas an hour with oxygen sats in the low 80's all night long. I have blood clotting disorders, gallstones, fatty liver disease as seen on ultrasound with high liver enzymes. I have supposed COPD and I suffer from chronic pain in my right leg. I have old calcified blood clots in my leg that are blocking off circulation to my leg. This has caused me to become very inactive as walking and standing causes a lot of pain and swelling in this leg. I also have a weird issue with my blood pressure. I have high blood pressure and heart rate when I am standing/walking. Sometimes it can go into the hypertensive crisis level. The highest reading was 170/155. But here's the kicker, my blood pressure and heart rate will be completely normal/low within 5 minutes of sitting down, and it will remain normal until I stand up again. I had to stop the BP meds; because they were working well when standing, but lowering my BP too low when sitting down. I just check my BP when I'm walking around, and if it is too high, I take a break. Now, what I'm thinking is that there is some type of problem with the nerves in my body causing my BP to be all whacked out. Maybe the same thing is happening with my BG. I really don't know.
I know I should be on a low carb diet, but food is all I have. I have cut back on a lot, but I still eat some bad foods. What do you guys think about the miraculous BG numbers this week. I test 5 times a day. All of my fasting levels have been normal. 100 and under. Today my fasting levels were 85. Also, on the eating thing. Ever since the clots in my leg an lungs, I have been sick a lot. I can't even force myself to eat as much as I used to eat five years ago. That is a big reason why I don't eat a lot anymore. Some days when I am really unwell, I can only eat Ritz crackers and drink water. I also stopped smoking because smoking makes me sicker than a dog now. I've been forced out of it. The last cigarette I had in 2014 made me sick for 24 hours. I think my lungs have been damaged. I know stopping the 10 sodas a day I used to drink has really helped, and also reducing my food intake. Any how, please forgive me for rambling and not making a lot of sense. I'm not good at describing things. I just wanted to know if you guys think this is a type 1 honeymoon period? I know I am also insulin resistant as my mealtime insulin can be as high as 50 units for 150 grams of carbs. Most type 1's are on a 1:10 ration and I am sometimes on a 1:4 ratio. I will keep you guys posted on all of this.
My last A1C was 5.4. My liver enzymes have returned to normal with Atorvastatin, and my cholesterol is also completely normal now. Thanks for any advice. I really appreciate it.