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General discussion / Re: Sedge has had an accident
« Last post by sedge on Yesterday at 11:09:26 PM »
Hi all  Jenny has been given a pair of crutches today she is doing quite well and is fairly stable on then but not as fast as she was on the zimmer frame, but I guess that's down to gaining a bit of confidence on them.  The physio dept are going to try her on some steps tomorrow.  They have a large variety apparently.  They just need to know she can get her leg up enough to get over the door step and hopefully then they will say she is OK to come home.

Pattie the answer is no there is not really any alternative parking everywhere is double yellow lines, I could get there by bus I suppose but it takes ages.  Hopefully there wont be too many more visits before she is home. 
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Introduce yourself / Re: A lost stray is returning ...
« Last post by Pattidevans on Yesterday at 02:11:06 PM »
Nellie


What a bloody awful saga.  I hope things improve a lot from here on in!  Sounds like they are starting to from what you've said.
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Insulin and medication / Re: Insulin & Tablet Combunation
« Last post by Pattidevans on Yesterday at 02:08:12 PM »
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My typical daily diet consists of the following:
Breakfast - Porridge, unsalted and unsweetened
Lunch - Home made bread (so I can control salt and sugar portions), meat and salad, Tortilla crisps and fruit like green banana and apple.
Dinner - Meat, mixed veg, 3 small potatoes (sometimes no potatoes)
Supper - May have some dark chocolate or a small treat.
Booze - Guinness (depending if im out) or a bottle of wine at weekends. 

I cannot help thinking that you are focussing too much on sugar and salt and not enough on total carbohydrate.  After years of preaching low salt they have now discovered that salt doesn't substantially affect BP at all and that too little salt is bad for you.  I certainly would find that bread, fruit and tortilla chips in one meal would be far too much carb for me and I am able to supposedly match carbs with insulin.

It sounds like your nurse is one of the old fashioned type who hasn't yet caught up with newer guidelines.
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General discussion / Re: Lantus
« Last post by Pattidevans on Yesterday at 02:03:27 PM »
Blueduck

I recommend our savoury muffins in the recipe section here http://diabetes-support.org.uk/diabetes_forum/index.php/topic,1304.0.html
If you scroll down you will see lots of variations in flavour.  I think my favourite is Parmesan, sun dried tomato and basil.  At 1.5g carb each they are quite substantial and satisfying and you could even have 2.

Oh and if you made a batch or so they freeze well.
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General discussion / Re: Sedge has had an accident
« Last post by Pattidevans on Yesterday at 01:58:13 PM »
Hi Pete

Thanks for the update.  Glad to hear she's managing well with the zimmer frame - oh the taste of things to come!  Hopefully she'll be even better on crutches and will be able to return home sooner rather than later.

Know what you mean about car parking charges as our county hospital is the same.  Is there no public car park nearby?  Or a supermarket or anything?  Fortunately the diabetic clinic at our county hospital is a separate building some way off with it's own free car parking.  Otherwise we sometimes use the retail park about 100 yds away.
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General discussion / Re: Sedge has had an accident
« Last post by sedge on Yesterday at 11:15:14 AM »
Good morning all. 

Went to visit yesterday and Jenny has now progressed to a zimmer frame with wheels on the front!  Today she tells me that the physios are getting her onto a pair of crutches, she has experience of those as she was using mine when I took her to the hospital.  She was walking quite well yesterday, and on the second visit to the ladies powder room she was almost walking normally when we returned to her bedside. 

So its all looking quite positive at the moment and I am hoping she will get an early release for good behaviour! 

Its costing a fortune in car park charges as the visiting hours are 11am till 8pm.   I don't do the whole time but 4 hours or so costs a £5 a time.  I can understand now why some of the more elderly patients who are there for some time don't seem to get many visitors as the costs to some people would be crippling.

Pete

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General discussion / Re: Sedge has had an accident
« Last post by Blueduck on Yesterday at 10:09:50 AM »
Oh sorry to hear about sedge’s accident, best wishes for a speedy recovery. X.

On the thrush issue, I usually get it too, when on antibiotics. Then I read an article on pro bio tics, and the last two times I had antibiotics I had a pack of actimel probiotic drinks. No thrush. It was miraculous. Had to increase insulin though as 10 carbs per bottle. Worked both time, so hope it wasn’t a fluke. :)
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General discussion / Re: Lantus
« Last post by Blueduck on Yesterday at 10:00:42 AM »
Nytquill17,
Yes I do eat breakfast, readybrek and blueberries exactly the same every day, very boaring  but good as a constant. Only a small portion I find at breakfast I need more insulin to carbs; food = 24 carbs, and I have 3 units of humalog.

Good result after your protein snack suggestion, had some cheese and a cup of tea at 9.30 and my lunch time bs was the same as before breakfast. Not quite as filling or appealing as half a cereal bar, but it was a good result.

What I thought was quite a difference then, from what you and Patti said, is not too much as all.......that’s good to know thank you.
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Introduce yourself / Re: A lost stray is returning ...
« Last post by Alan on 21 October 2017, 10:29:41 PM »
THanks for the encouraging words, everyone.

Alan - yes, I did have a meter but I had to buy it myself and pay for the strips.

I snipped for brevity but read it all. As an outsider looking in I'll say nothing about the NHS, just sympathise. Did they ever do the extra testing for T1?

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I still have my meter and use it but can't do the intensive testing I did when first diagnosed because I'm now retired and on a much smaller income.

This may help: Testing on a Budget
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Insulin and medication / Re: Insulin & Tablet Combunation
« Last post by Alan on 21 October 2017, 10:23:44 PM »
Hi Alan,

My typical daily diet consists of the following:
Breakfast - Porridge, unsalted and unsweetened
Lunch - Home made bread (so I can control salt and sugar portions), meat and salad, Tortilla crisps and fruit like green banana and apple.
Dinner - Meat, mixed veg, 3 small potatoes (sometimes no potatoes)
Supper - May have some dark chocolate or a small treat.
Booze - Guinness (depending if im out) or a bottle of wine at weekends. 


Hope this helps  :)

Please consider finding when you peak after meals and testing to see the effects of those meals, especially the porridge, bread and potatoes. That does not mean you should not eat them but portion size is critical. Starch matters just as much as sugar. So does fruit, especially bananas.

Also note the carb content of Guinness. I like it but have to be careful when I drink it and limit myself to a half-pint. Similarly, I have no problem with dry wines but there can be significant carbs in sweet wines.

My limits may not apply to you; the only way to know is to test after meals or drinks at your peak time.

These are the techniques I use:

A cautionary note. As you are on insulin-stimulating meds and may go on insulin if you decide to give that a try do not make drastic changes to the menu. Modest changes made consistently will still work without risking hypos. You may need to discuss reducing meds or insulin with your doctor as you reduce the carbs. If you are not sure of your peak time use one hour after your last bite until you discover your peak.
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