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LaGuitariste's Blog – March 2011 Archive (9)

God bless rock-n-roll

I did NOT want to get suited up to go out and walk today, so I did the next best thing:

I got out my iPhone, set my timer for thirty minutes, shuffled through my "aerobic" playlist and danced from one end of my apartment to the other.

My feet are a bit sore -- note to self: put on shoes with orthotics in them before going hog wild to 80's punk!

It's OK, there were no witnesses -- no children were terrified by this brazen display of middle-aged insanity, and yes,… Continue

Added by LaGuitariste on March 29, 2011 at 11:16pm — 2 Comments


Slept all day. Went for a walk. Feeling a bit better.

Diabetes still sucks.

Added by LaGuitariste on March 27, 2011 at 8:53pm — 3 Comments

Ready to give up

Nothing I'm doing is working.

Nothing anyone tells me to try ever works the way they tell me it will.

Nothing my doctors do -- if they do anything at all -- seems to help.

Nothing my doctors tell me to do seems to help.

I'm so tired of this. Tired of fighting phantoms. Tired of battling alone in the dark. Tired of being judged and criticized for not trying hard enough when it feels like I've given up everything, tried everything, and nothing helps.… Continue

Added by LaGuitariste on March 26, 2011 at 8:47pm — 10 Comments

Good News from the Eye Doc

I went today to get my (overdue) annual diabetic eye check. I was plenty nervous, as my A1C's haven't been great.

After my cousin's recent, horrific bout with a retinopathy-related blow-out, I feel like I got a great big "get out of jail free" card. ;0) No signs of retinopathy, degeneration or any other complications except the faintest whiff of age-related cataracts barely forming (we already knew about those from last year). My eye pressure was even down, from 18/19 the last time… Continue

Added by LaGuitariste on March 17, 2011 at 8:07pm — 5 Comments

Feeling Obsessed and Sad About Crisis in Japan

Does anyone else do this? I feel very depressed about the crisis in Japan. I'm unemployed but I already made a small donation. I can't go there and help in person. There's nothing I can do to make it stop, make it better, comfort the people there. I can't hand anyone some water, make them a meal, wrap them in a blanket.

Instead, I just sit and watch the news and feel terrible, obsessed with it but at the same time knowing that watching the news endlessly isn't helping anyone, it's… Continue

Added by LaGuitariste on March 15, 2011 at 12:50pm — 7 Comments

My First Hypo While Driving Went Pretty Well, Actually

I felt hypo while driving home from the store today.

I was only about twelve blocks from home, but I resisted the urge to push for home. Instead I pulled into a parallel parking space on the street, put the car into park and tested:


Not terrible, but I was getting more and more shaky and my heart was doing it's hippity-thumpity thing and the sweat started forming at the nape of my neck. Ooops. I whipped out the dextrose tabs, chomped on a few and waited.… Continue

Added by LaGuitariste on March 9, 2011 at 7:30pm — 11 Comments

9 units - WTW?!?

I injected 23 IU of Lantus this morning in one site (I do two sites of 23 each) and held the needle in for ten seconds, pulled it half-way out and held it there for another ten seconds, pulled out the needle and then...watched a HUGE bead of almost-clear (very slightly tinged with blood) Lantus come right back out again.

I put on my scientist hat and drew the bubble into an empty syringe to measure it: NINE units. Almost half the dose.…


Added by LaGuitariste on March 8, 2011 at 7:30am — 2 Comments

Done With Dithering -- Wish Me Luck?

OK -- I have been dithering for months. Dithering about how low to go on the carbs. Dithering about trying to lose weight again -- really lose weight, as in bust my hump to lose weight. Dithering about adjusting my own insulin. Dithering about fearing lows if I go very-low-carb and up the exercise. Gah.

I decided this morning (after months of not just dithering but also reading, researching, studying everything y'all post on this site, reading some more, etc.) to go ahead and start… Continue

Added by LaGuitariste on March 7, 2011 at 10:18am — 9 Comments

This might be helpful - iPhone apps for diabetics

Here's a list from November 2010 of iPhone apps for diabetics:


I just downloaded on of them to test-drive: Glucose Buddy.

Added by LaGuitariste on March 5, 2011 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

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