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Offline Claireabell2

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Another Returns
« on: 08 November 2017, 06:44:54 AM »
Hi.  I used to be on this site many years ago. Predominantly on the pregnancy section. That was almost 11 years ago so I'm thrilled this site is still up and running.  It was a bit of a life line for me back then. I also made good friends on here, some I still see occasionally, others it's been a while x. 

Anyway, I've come back as Claireabell2 just for logging in reasons but no real big change to profile name so some people may remember me.

I'm currently using apidra on Medtronic minimed pump...due new pump this week, I've forgotten exactly what make now but it looks very impressive lol.

I've had a bad year health wise. Had a nasty fall 12 months ago and snapped my arm, emergency surgery and pins, damaged sacroiliac joint and torn ligament in shoulder...that plus a rare complication called Regional Complex Pain Syndrome in my arm which was excruciating. I still haven't got full mobility back in arm, hand or hip even after physio. They've now discovered I tore a tendon in my wrist which wasn't found at the time too. So I've had 1 steroid injection to the wrist 3 months ago and possibly require a second then surgery in the new year. On top of all this hormones are very erratic so making blood control difficult. Generally on 30% extra basal insulin at the moment which isn't good as I'm struggling with weight now as I've put about a stone and a :( on in 12 months...in a viscous circle. My HbA1c was 7.9 a month ago so that's crept up from 6.9 last year before the accident.

I've just started to low carb...trying Dr Bernstein which I had great success with many years ago but I'm struggling to do 6g carb at breakfast so tends to be 12,12, 12 but other than that find it ok...just bloods still around 10 so going to increase basal some more. I'm joining the gym today as very conscious I'm not exercising now as hip hurts to walk and I used to walk a lot...proper cross country. I'd like to get back to that in the future.

My endo wants me on metformin but I take imperative for a non specific stomach problem and when I took them 18 months ago they flared it up. So not sure what to do about that...well other than try exercise instead.

So I'm back really for some motivation etc. Hope that wasn't too long an introduction.  See you on the main forum.  :)

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Re: Another Returns
« Reply #1 on: 08 November 2017, 10:12:05 AM »

hi there Claire
welcome back.  :)

as you are already on a pump perhaps you should revisit basal testing before making the adjustments.

link here https://mysugr.com/basal-rate-testing/


I tend to do this every few months to ensure my rates are tweaked to suit me as the seasons change ( my insulin needs do change as weather gets warmer or colder )



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Hba1c - 06/2013 6.1 02/2014 43(6.1) 07/14 42(6.0) 08/14 40( 5.8 ) 12/14 39 (5.7) 08/15 41 ( 5.9) 10/15 44 ( 6.2 ) 03/16 49 (6.6)
cholesterol --nov 2011 4.3 june 2012 4.4 June 2013 4.1 Feb 2014 4.1 dec 14 4.5 oct 15 4.4
Dafne grad. necrobiosis lipoidica on legs
laser treatment on both eyes 2002 and 2012, injections left eye 3 , wearing Noctura mask since oct 2014

Offline sedge

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Re: Another Returns
« Reply #2 on: 08 November 2017, 11:38:15 AM »
Hiya Claire - long time, no see!

How lovely to hear from you, even though it isn't great you're struggling a bit.

You and Clare WROTE the pregnancy section of the original forum between you, whilst the likes of Patti, Terry G and I were (personally) clueless about being diabetic and pregnant.  It's been of brilliant use to no end of ladies ever since.  And utterly fascinating to share your journeys.  I don't think either of you will ever be completely forgotten - so you can't escape!

(We happened to need to go to Pensnett Trading Estate not so long ago - and must admit when passing Russell's Hall - I did wonder how the hell you and yours were!)

I'm sorry to hear about your arm/shoulder - they're ruddy tricky things they are - and very difficult to get to heal 'just right'.  Pete's eldest daughter AND son in law have both done a rotator cuff and had to have pins and plates and this that and the other - and are on first name terms with their consultant at UHCW they've seen him that flippin often.

I share your pain at the mo, though I've broken a kneecap not an upper limb.  I broke it on 14th Oct, had it wired on 18th Oct - and I'm still on 120% TBR and needing to correct a few times a day.  I have absolutely no idea whatsoever how long the effects of such things affect our BG but Hey! - it's the body's reaction to pain and inflammation.  I refuse to change my basal more permanently on the grounds I'm determined it isn't going to last very long - but I think I might be wrong there .......  I'd be interested to hear anyone else's experiences with broken bones.

Why the heck your consultant thinks it isn't that, (Pain and inflammation) is a mystery to me - especially as they've only recently found the tendon damage - which will have been affecting your BG ever since you fell, unbeknown to everyone, won't it, to be completely logical about it?   I reckon it all must need to heal, completely, before the body stops letting us know by needing more insulin.  And unfortunately Claire - though I'm damn sure neither of us wants to acknowledge it - neither of us is getting any younger, are we!  LOL

I don't see that the very low carb diet you've embarked on can possibly harm you - though that's a bit 'very' low for me.  For weight loss do you need to also cut down on fat too?

While we're on this tack - if our bodies need more insulin because of pain, other illness etc so we oblige by giving it more - does this extra insulin cause us at the same time, to put on weight?  Or - does the pain etc actually NOT increase our need for insulin per se, BUT increase (or instigate) our insulin resistance instead?

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: Another Returns
« Reply #3 on: 08 November 2017, 11:40:26 AM »
Hi Claire! I remember you :)

I'm sorry to hear you've had such a horrible time. Honestly I think you are doing all the right things, and balancing lots of complex and different needs, of which diabetes is only one part! It's good to see you back and I hope you'll find lots of good motivation and support by being here :)
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"I suppose anyone can fall," said Shasta.
"I mean can you fall and get up again without crying, and mount again and fall again and yet not be afraid of falling?"
"I - I'll try," said Shasta.
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Re: Another Returns
« Reply #4 on: 08 November 2017, 01:47:12 PM »
Hi and welcome back Claire, good to see you except for the circumstances.  I have some thoughts but it needs a longer post and just about to rush off to catch a bus for an appointment.  Back later!
Patti


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Re: Another Returns
« Reply #5 on: 08 November 2017, 07:19:17 PM »
Welcome back. I read it all, just two small tips.

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I'm struggling to do 6g carb at breakfast

My own this morning was typical: a small pork sausage, a half-rasher of bacon and an egg fried in the fat from the other two. Some more ideas here: Breakfasts

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They've now discovered I tore a tendon in my wrist which wasn't found at the time too. So I've had 1 steroid injection to the wrist 3 months ago and possibly require a second then surgery in the new year.

So sorry to read of your injuries from the fall. My wife had a similar but not quite so severe fall a couple of years ago which broke her radius near her wrist. It was months later they realised she had torn a tendon. The bone healed well but she needed physio from a hand specialist and regular exercises squeezing and releasing a substance similar to plasticine for several months to help it heal. She still gets twinges but it is much better now.

Cheers, Alan, T2, Australia.
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Re: Another Returns
« Reply #6 on: 08 November 2017, 10:39:18 PM »
I've seen loads of middle aged ladies with broken wrists, constantly squeezing tennis balls in that hand. At our camping club, we had two VERY well used tennis courts, and they were usually the culprit - I gave it up after 'doing' my shoulder hitting an ace flipping serve.  I've stuck to petanque ever since!  LOL
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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: Another Returns
« Reply #7 on: 09 November 2017, 08:42:19 AM »
Good morning everyone. Thank you for all your replies..lovely to see familiar (and some not so familiar faces!)
Sorry I didn't reply sooner I was out yesterday in Manchester and didn't  get back til 1am this morning.
Some great comments for me to think about and Alan
..hi...I will look at the breakfast ideas. I find breakfasts the most difficult.
Sedge...hi! Yes i loved the pregnancy section back in the day and im really pleased uts been so helpful to ithers after. A few of us off there still keep in touch.  You were only 5 minutes from me them when you were on that trading estate lol.  Sounds like you have been in the wars yourself! I hadnt thought of inflammation and blood suhars althoigjim constantly in pain so though that might be contributing. When you write it all down and think objectively you can see all the problems.  Plus e >:D >:D :rolleyes: :ugh:xactly what you said is what I'm worried about. All this extra insulin when I'm trying to take less...I'm worried I'm making my weight and insulin resistance worse but I know I have to get the blood glucose right priority. I increased basal another 5% last night and I'm 4.9 waking this morning so thays promising as I haven't seen many of those for a bit.
Himtoo - I regularly perform night time and then morning til lunch fasts several times a year with the intention of then following up with afternoon and evening ones but that's where I struggle...I seem to get too busy or whatever but I will make the effort, your right thank you. Nytquill17 I remember you too! Thanks for saying Hi! It feels good to be back. I follow a few pages on Facebook but never comment and I don't thinknthey are as helpful a you lovely bunch. Patti no problem. I'm in that situation this morning as need to get out for guess what...physio appointment at 10 so need to get up and get a move on. Speak to you all soon.

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Re: Another Returns
« Reply #8 on: 09 November 2017, 10:24:41 AM »
 Hi Claire


Sorry I didn’t get back to you yesterday.  Got home at 5:30to be greeted by hubby saying that he was pleased I was home as I could help him unpack boxes still sitting unpacked after recent move.  By the time I’d cooked and eaten dinner I sat down and fell asleep!


First thing, and I think it’s been covered is that a body under stress e.g. fighting inflammation, pain etc, produces Cortisol a natural steroid, which pushes BG up and causes IR  I think your Endo is well aware of this hence him suggesting Metformin.  I’ve been on Metformin for ages.  Came off it last year for a few months, increased insulin and put on 10lbs.  Went back on it again and lost the 10lbs with little effort.  I cannot tolerate any make other than Glucophage SR as I also have tummy problems, but Glucophage seems OK.


A friend of mine on FB, also a T1 is/was in the same position as you due to an accident and nasty shoulder injury.  She persuaded her Endo to put her on one of the T2 injectable drugs - ah just got her response to the message I sent her.  It’s Victoza and it’s working well for her, she’s using less insulin, losing weight and BGs are much better, but [size=78%]she said she had to go private to get it.[/size]


I do see you and your lovely family on FB.. the girls have grown so much.  I remember you bringing them to a few meets and particularly the one where lots of ladies from the preggie  section came with their little ones.. including the other Clare and her 3. The preggie section used to have the rest of us in hoots, especially Hayley and her antics.


 Sorry to hear of your present difficulties and hope my suggestions might help a little bit.





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: Another Returns
« Reply #9 on: 09 November 2017, 05:03:08 PM »

hey claire--- yeah,  basal testing is a bit of a bug*er to keep revisiting  -- I find afternoon to evening difficult too -- so you're not alone there !!

i was just pleased that you were totally aware of it as many T1's aren't.

glad you got to 4.9 this morning  --  go you !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! it's just one day at a time and little steps -- you'll get there !!!


himtoo --- ( real name paul  :) )
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T1 Dia Aug 1972 -pumping omnipod since 29/09/15  Losartan 100mg , simvastatin 40mg,Furosemide 40mg, Omeprazole 80mg , Doxazosin 8mg
Hba1c - 06/2013 6.1 02/2014 43(6.1) 07/14 42(6.0) 08/14 40( 5.8 ) 12/14 39 (5.7) 08/15 41 ( 5.9) 10/15 44 ( 6.2 ) 03/16 49 (6.6)
cholesterol --nov 2011 4.3 june 2012 4.4 June 2013 4.1 Feb 2014 4.1 dec 14 4.5 oct 15 4.4
Dafne grad. necrobiosis lipoidica on legs
laser treatment on both eyes 2002 and 2012, injections left eye 3 , wearing Noctura mask since oct 2014

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Re: Another Returns
« Reply #10 on: 09 November 2017, 08:19:07 PM »
Paul - I think Claire (and Clare) actually started off - like Patti, Terry G, Avocado (I think?) Alan and I all did - on Diabetes Insight prior to the inception of the original DSF which was hacked!

It's such a shame we had to dump it cos there was SO much really brill intelligence on the forum.
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: Another Returns
« Reply #11 on: 09 November 2017, 09:36:16 PM »
Hi Patti. No that's really helpful info thank you. I've made a note of the type of metformin and the other drug ready for next weeks appointment.
I know, the girls are 10 now! And son 17!  I haven't seen Clare since we all met at the water park near Birmingham but message occasionally.

Hi Paul, (love people's usernames and yours doesn't give anything away lol). No I'm surprised people don't and that even my dr and nurse discourage it to an extent...madness. The elusive 4.9 steadily increased throughout the morning and kept creeping all afternoon on next to no carb so on top of the % increase I'm already doing and a few corrections I've increased some specific basals and will fast tomorrow morning. Good to be reminded and encouraged though and you don't know much about me so don't mind at all the query.

Sedge, it is a real shame so much was lost. Years I presume then...plus a recepie for little choc brownies I used to make lol....crying shame that!


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Re: Another Returns
« Reply #12 on: 10 November 2017, 09:34:59 AM »
I hate basal t3sting.  Can easily do overnight and morning, but like oth Sr have said evenings/afternoons are really hard and to confess, I can’t recall when I last did one at that time of day.


Claire, Clare pops up now and again on FB.  Building a house I think and general chaos which she handles without turning a hair, as usual.


Do let us know how things go, don’t just disappear in us!


Also.. the choc brownies recipe is not lost, it’s in our cookbook here. ]http://diabetes-support.org.uk/info/downloads/dsfcookbook.pdf Under the snacks section. 😀
Patti


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Re: Another Returns
« Reply #13 on: 10 November 2017, 10:39:10 AM »
welcome back Claire, I remember you from the preggie section too. Hope all the kids are well. I'm sure you'll soon get all this under control again.
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Re: Another Returns
« Reply #14 on: 10 November 2017, 12:36:40 PM »
What's Dan doing with himself, Claire?  Still at school, further education, teenage layabout LOL (they're all liable to that whatever else they are sposed to be doing; let's be realistic!)
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