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Offline Margaret

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Prodigal daughter
« on: 18 February 2017, 03:04:26 PM »
Prodigal daughter returning here after a very long absence. Life has been somewhat traumatic since I was last on here, but hopefully the way ahead is clear now.
My type 2 diabetes has got a little worse, probably due to two things...... eating all the wrong stuff and being stressed out of my mind! I am sure you will all help me to get back on the straight and narrow.
Margaret.

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Re: Prodigal daughter
« Reply #1 on: 18 February 2017, 06:56:49 PM »
Welcome back Margaret!

Sorry I'm so late in replying but I couldn't remember you from just the name, so I had to go back a read your older threads. You say your diabetes has gotten worse, do you you know your current Hb1Ac? It seems from your older threads you were diet only? Have I got that right? If you could give us an idea of your curent diet that would be helpful in us helping you.

Totally not related but how is your daughter doing? :) 
DX Type I 1994.    Novorapid Animas Vibe pump
HbA1c 3/10 10.2%, 7/10 8.1%, 12/10 7.5%.
2/11 7.8%, 8/11 8.6% 9/11 8.3%.
3/12 62 (7.8%). 10/12 67 (8.3%)
4/13 63 (7.9%) 6/13 59 (7.5%)
1/14 71 (8.6%) 7/14 59 (7.5%) 11/14 (6.7%)
3/15 56 (7.3%) 12/15 49 (6.6%)
Ramipril: 10mg Quetiapine: 550mg Metformin: 2000mg

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Re: Prodigal daughter
« Reply #2 on: 18 February 2017, 07:19:57 PM »
Hello and a big welcome back Margaret!  Course I remember you... what has been happening (bring us up to date) and we'll do all we can to support you.

How is your son Biggles?  Not seen him for ages either...
Patti


Type 1.  Mis-diagnosed T2 May 2003, finally had CPeptide test 15/7/11 and proper diagnosis 1/9/11.  Now pumping Apidra with Roche Spirit Combo pump. Hba1c 6.1 April 2016.


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Re: Prodigal daughter
« Reply #3 on: 18 February 2017, 10:42:52 PM »
Just a Hi again Margaret! from me too.
Jenny

T1 DX 1972, pumping Novorapid 24/05/11

HbA1c - 7/07 8.7, 1/08 7.8, 9/08 8.4, 3/09 7.3, 7/09 7.2, 12/09 7.3, 11/10 8.1, 2/11 8.6, 9/11 6.5 2/12 6.4  5/12 50/6.7  11/12 52/6.9  01/13 46/6.4  06/16 46/6.4  12/16 45/6.4

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Re: Prodigal daughter
« Reply #4 on: 19 February 2017, 02:13:45 PM »
Patti, Liam and Sedge, thank you all for the welcome back.
Margaret

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Re: Prodigal daughter
« Reply #5 on: 19 February 2017, 07:07:30 PM »


Patti, to bring you up to date..... in the last 2 years I have had both hip joints replaced, about 5 chest infections, one of which landed me in A & E on Christmas Day 2 years ago as it set off my asthma so badly. Then in October I saw the Dr and she decided to do a blood test. The following morning at 8.0am I had a phone call to say she needed to see me urgently. When I went she said " you are severely anaemic. The most common cause of this is bowel cancer so I want you to see an oncologist right away. I am putting you on the fast track list."  OH DEEP JOY!!
So, I saw the Oncologist, who ordered a colonoscopy, which was a total failure and had to be abandoned when I tried to climb the walls. Apparently I have a very narrow colon with acute angulations. Then followed a CT scan, an endoscopy, and the end result was clear....nothing wrong with me. While having one of the jaunts to the hospital I picked up a bug which went straight down on my chest, and after 4 lots of antibiotic and 3 lots of steroids has at last deigned to clear up. In the meantime they sent me for a chest x-ray which showed a shadow on my right lung. So another CT scan and that turned out to be nothing either, thank goodness. But I have to admit to having been a tad worried by it all. I said to Biggles the only place they have left to look is my head and I know there is nowt in there.

Biggles is fine thank you, working very long hours. His daughter whom you met, Eloise, got 6A*, 6A and 1B in her GCSE's. The brains of the family obviously.

Liam

Thank you for the welcome back.
When I saw the Dr and asked about my HbA1c she said it was 7/8..... not very specific. I had asked years ago about getting a meter and strips from the Dr but the reply was negative. I have got myself a free meter, bought some strips and yesterday fasting it was 7. Two hours after breakfast it was 7.8. This morning it was 7.5, as I was very late getting up I haven't tested again today [reading the paper in bed!]

Diet
Breakfast:- usually an Oatibix with one dessertspoonful of Bran, Linseed and Chia seed, semi skimmed goats milk. Half a glass of Cranberry lite juice, to assist in avoiding water infections, plus a hand full of pills. Cup of tea.

Dinner:- I am old fashioned and prefer my main meal mid-day. Something like a Sainsbury's braised steak with mash [48 grms carb ] or something of that ilk with veg.
Breaded fish or chicken, 2 tiny new baby potatoes and veg, gammon steak, today I had chicken en croute [26 grms carb] all followed by a Greek style yoghurt and a cup of tea.

Tea:- my biggest downfall. Usually a sandwich or bread bun with ham or cheese or something, fruit and cream sometimes, some form of cake, cup of tea. I eat berries and tinned fruit in juice at this meal.

9-9.30 a biscuit and a drink to take the Metformin. They say take it with food, Dr said take last thing at night.

I am a picky eater and at nearly 80 do not have a large appetite. The Nurse at the surgery does not think I eat enough. Rubbish......why don't I lose weight then? I don't subscribe to this idea that your body goes into famine mode. I have Hypothyroidism and it is notoriously difficult to lose weight when you have that, one of it's symptoms is putting on weight. Incidentally that and being anaemic go hand in hand. By tea time I am tired and really don't want to be bothered with cooking .

Exercise and I are not and have never been friends. Having said that my Fitbit [present from partner who is 84..... was he trying to tell me something??] says I walk about a mile and a half a day just in the bungalow. It is rather on the large side. Mind you I cleaned a pair of shoes and it told me I had dome 1000 steps, and on several occasions informed me I had been up 4 flights of stairs. There isn't a step in the place! Make of that what you will.

Medication

Metformin 500gr which I have to increase slowly until I am taking 4. Currently on 2. Thyroxine 100mcg, Adcal D for Osteoporosis, Omeprazole for acid reflux, Vit B12, Folic acid as I am low on it, Prozac a very low dose to keep me on an even keel, Cod Liver Oil. I took myself off Statins when I read that a slightly raised cholesterol is considered by a large body of people to be good for elderly people.....I qualify for that. Also Ramipril when I found my blood pressure only went up when I went to see the Dr, it was fine through all the operations etc. I bought a meter and tested at home and it was ok.

I really think that is enough about me for the moment. If you need to ask me anything else please do.

Sedge/Jenny
Thanks for the welcome back, nice to see familiar faces



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Re: Prodigal daughter
« Reply #6 on: 19 February 2017, 08:09:41 PM »
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Patti, to bring you up to date..... in the last 2 years I have had both hip joints replaced, about 5 chest infections, one of which landed me in A & E on Christmas Day 2 years ago as it set off my asthma so badly.

On my goodness me, how distressing for you!

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Then in October I saw the Dr and she decided to do a blood test. The following morning at 8.0am I had a phone call to say she needed to see me urgently. When I went she said " you are severely anaemic. The most common cause of this is bowel cancer so I want you to see an oncologist right away. I am putting you on the fast track list."  OH DEEP JOY!!
So, I saw the Oncologist, who ordered a colonoscopy, which was a total failure and had to be abandoned when I tried to climb the walls. Apparently I have a very narrow colon with acute angulations. Then followed a CT scan, an endoscopy, and the end result was clear....nothing wrong with me. While having one of the jaunts to the hospital I picked up a bug which went straight down on my chest, and after 4 lots of antibiotic and 3 lots of steroids has at last deigned to clear up. In the meantime they sent me for a chest x-ray which showed a shadow on my right lung. So another CT scan and that turned out to be nothing either, thank goodness. But I have to admit to having been a tad worried by it all. I said to Biggles the only place they have left to look is my head and I know there is nowt in there.

Last September I was diagnosed with Pernicious Anaemia... this was following a B12 test I had asked for because of symptoms that I recognised when a member posted on here.  The reason for the anaemia was that I was severely deficient in B12 and this can be caused by taking Metformin (though it is also common in older ladies).  The member who had alerted me to this had been sent to every specialist under the sun with all sorts of serious things suspected, but it was a simple case of B12 deficiency.  I had a series of 6 injections in 2 weeks and now have another injection every 3 months (which is not enough, but that is another story).  However, it would certainly be worth you asking for the B12 test, since lots of doctors completely miss this problem and send people for all sorts of tests and probings.

Seems to me that your diet is pretty good with the exception of the bread bun in the evening and the cake (have you tried the low carb cake recipes in the recipe section of the forum?)
Tinned fruit in juice may also be a problem, try frozen berries with cream or full fat greek yoghurt.  As you have some test strips why don't you try testing before tea and at one and two hours after?
Patti


Type 1.  Mis-diagnosed T2 May 2003, finally had CPeptide test 15/7/11 and proper diagnosis 1/9/11.  Now pumping Apidra with Roche Spirit Combo pump. Hba1c 6.1 April 2016.


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Offline Margaret

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Re: Prodigal daughter
« Reply #7 on: 19 February 2017, 08:55:32 PM »
Patti the Dr did say metformin can cause Vitamin B deficiency, and said it was good that I was taking it. It was a case of self medication actually as my nails were dreadful, broke at a touch and flaked off. So I googled it and it said Vitamin B12 and they have been better since I started taking it.

I will try testing before and after tea and see what happens. I will also have a look at the low carb recipes. I have thought for a bit that might help but felt to worn out to even look. I don't know if you are familiar with Pinterest, but they have some nice looking low carb recipes on there.
Margaret

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Re: Prodigal daughter
« Reply #8 on: 19 February 2017, 09:38:31 PM »
Blimey Margaret - you've been a bit busy since we last communicated - no wonder you've slightly slipped off the seat in the wagon - I really don't you've fallen completely off it and got left behind though - so you've done brilliantly really with everything else you've had to  deal with.

I wonder if Fitbit thinks the up/down, back and forth motion with giving shoes and jolly good clean - is actually the movement of your arms that you do when climbing up a flight of stairs?
Jenny

T1 DX 1972, pumping Novorapid 24/05/11

HbA1c - 7/07 8.7, 1/08 7.8, 9/08 8.4, 3/09 7.3, 7/09 7.2, 12/09 7.3, 11/10 8.1, 2/11 8.6, 9/11 6.5 2/12 6.4  5/12 50/6.7  11/12 52/6.9  01/13 46/6.4  06/16 46/6.4  12/16 45/6.4

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Re: Prodigal daughter
« Reply #9 on: 20 February 2017, 09:20:24 AM »
Margaret, the mechanism by which Metformin makes you B12 deficient is that it blocks the absorption of B12 in food from the stomach.  Equally it blocks absorption from oral supplements.  Injections are the only really effective treatment.  May I suggest you read up on it here http://www.b12deficiency.info/


Unfortunately you taking oral supplements may well skew the blood test results.  Anyway, do read the information on that site as it is very comprehensive and you may well identify with the symptoms.  It's actually a very serious condition and the NHS treatment is woefully inadequate.  After my initial 6 injections I was absolutely bouncing along when I walked and now I am back to dragging my legs and tripping over every bit of uneven pavement.  My balance has gone too and I am constantly tired.  Yesterday we went out for lunch and took the bus to the country pub so we could both have a glass of wine.  It is a 10 minute walk to the bus station downhill.  It took me over 25 minutes with lots of stops for rest to drag myself back up.  I need to start the battle of getting more frequent injections.


I sympathise with difficulty in losing weight, I too have an underactive thyroid and even though it is well treated, I cannot seem to lose any.
Patti


Type 1.  Mis-diagnosed T2 May 2003, finally had CPeptide test 15/7/11 and proper diagnosis 1/9/11.  Now pumping Apidra with Roche Spirit Combo pump. Hba1c 6.1 April 2016.


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Offline Margaret

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Re: Prodigal daughter
« Reply #10 on: 21 February 2017, 11:03:56 AM »
Patti thanks for the link. I will bring this up when I see the Diabetes nurse on Thursday.
Margaret.