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Offline Pattidevans

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Horrible week!
« on: 22 February 2018, 07:00:58 PM »
I was suffering a head cold last week.  Over the weekend it turned into catarrh, chesty cough and voice coming and going.  Oddly enough BGs were very good without too much effort.  On Monday I started on 3 days of prep for the "virtual colonoscopy" i.e. a specialist CT scan.  The first day was a "Low residue diet".  So all the things that are bad for D with the exception of clear soup/broth such as Oxo, Bovril etc. cheese and eggs.  Apart from that, white toast, mashed potato, white rice, white pasta, grilled fish and chicken were all that was allowed.  Had poached eggs on toast for lunch (the white toast was off a crusty loaf and surprisingly nice)  and poached Haddock fillets topped with cheese + mashed potato & vanilla ice cream (not all on the same plate!) for dinner on day 1.  Day 2 I had to swallow this med diluted in 500ml water 3 times during the day with 4 laxatives... so apart from the dire diet (repeat of day 1 except for poached chicken instead of fish) it was not the most comfortable day of my life and BGs were horrible, couldn't get below 9.  Day 3 no food allowed and chained to the bathroom until noon.  At 2:50 pm I had an appointment for a mammogram (ladies will sympathise as it's not that pleasant!).  Fortunately by then my tum had settled. 

4pm set off for hospital as traffic can be dire around 5pm in Truro.  Oddly there was none, so arrived far too early for my appointment and overheard the receptionist ringing people telling them not to come because the scanner was broken.  I was horrified that I might have to undergo another 3 days of prep, but fortunately the scanner I was to be scanned with was OK.  Phew!  The procedure, whilst not overly painful, was certainly at the top end of "extremely uncomfortable".  Interestingly when I asked whether I should detach my pump, it transpired that the radiographer's hubby is T1 and on the Medtronic pump from the same clinic as me... so I distracted myself talking to her about that.  Talk got round to pumps on hot climate holidays. Surprisingly he had apparently never heard of Frio bags, so maybe I helped a bit?

Anyway... after the procedure, feeling somewhat battered by things being inserted in unmentionable places... and dye being put into my arm (now severely bruised) from a cannula.  The dye makes you feel really really weird!  I was able to eat half a salmon sandwich that I'd taken.  I couldn't manage the other half, but Julian gratefully gobbled it down.. and he'd had brekky and lunch!

God knows why, as I'd eaten nothing all day, but I kept on having to bolus throughout the day to stay below 10.  Stress I suppose!  Plus the whole business of the catarrh etc.  Went to the local pub when we got home and I had fishcakes, but could only eat 1 and a couple of mouthfuls of peas.  Still trying to get BGs down today and all I have eaten is half an avocado with some tuna, lettuce and a couple of cherry tomatoes!  I'm just not hungry either!

So now nothing to do but wait for the results and try to find something to take for the catarrh and cough.
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 Sept 2017.  45 (6.3) April 2018.


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Re: Horrible week!
« Reply #1 on: 22 February 2018, 07:50:52 PM »
Patti, I bet you are pleased for that investigation to be over.  Have you got long to wait for the results? 

Weren't you risking it a bit by going for your mammogram after taking all those laxatives?  I went for one two weeks ago.  I was surprised to get the invite as I thought they stopped mammograms when a person reached 70.  I had to cancel my last one as I was in hospital at the time. I found out that the last one I had was 10 years ago.  When I arrived there I was told that they have now extended it as a lot of elderly people are getting breast cancer.  I decided to have it done this time as a friend of mine who is 73 found out just before Christmas that she has a tumour and the elderly friend we visited in Sutton Coldfield when we came to the Diabetes meetings, passed away with breast cancer a couple of years ago.  I was dreading the screening as it is always so painful but this time, I think they must have updated the machine in those ten years as it wasn't too bad at all.  Before I had the scan, I said to John that the breast scanner must have been invented by a man because of the pain.  He quickly retorted that if that was the case then the three way catheter that he has to have inserted fairly regularly was probably invented by a woman!

I am pleased that your head cold has gone and hope your catarrh and chesty cough clear up soon. 
Diabetes Type2 diagnosed March 2014.  Treated by diet only.  HbA1c 60 on diagnosis, 52 in June 2014, 50 October 2014, 44 December 2014, 48 May 2015, 50 Sep 2015, 53 Jan 2016, 50 Oct 2016, 56 Feb 2017, 50 Jun 2017. 50 Aug 2017. 47 Feb 2018  Pacemaker fitted 2008 - replaced 2017.

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Re: Horrible week!
« Reply #2 on: 22 February 2018, 08:07:05 PM »
Good luck with the results!
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Re: Horrible week!
« Reply #3 on: 22 February 2018, 08:50:01 PM »
I told the doctor who inserted Pete's 3-way in A&E that I sincerely hoped that when learning this procedure, all male medical students had to use each other for practice!
Jenny

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Re: Horrible week!
« Reply #4 on: 22 February 2018, 11:44:40 PM »
Pauline

Apparently they are running a study where they are inviting ladies between 70 and 73 to have mammograms.  I was told that if I want another in 3 years I can ask for one and get it.  I said how the hell will I remember that?  She said if I shopped regularly at the supermarket where the van is parked then if I see it ring up and ask.  It is our nearest supermarket which I tend to use as a corner shop, so I probably will!
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 Sept 2017.  45 (6.3) April 2018.


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Re: Horrible week!
« Reply #5 on: 23 February 2018, 12:01:00 AM »
I told the doctor who inserted Pete's 3-way in A&E that I sincerely hoped that when learning this procedure, all male medical students had to use each other for practice!

I can't imagine that happening, Sedge. 

One of the female consultants at the hospital said to John that he should be pleased that he doesn't live in New Zealand as the diameter of their tubes are much bigger than those used in the UK.
Diabetes Type2 diagnosed March 2014.  Treated by diet only.  HbA1c 60 on diagnosis, 52 in June 2014, 50 October 2014, 44 December 2014, 48 May 2015, 50 Sep 2015, 53 Jan 2016, 50 Oct 2016, 56 Feb 2017, 50 Jun 2017. 50 Aug 2017. 47 Feb 2018  Pacemaker fitted 2008 - replaced 2017.

When I get old I don't want people thinking
                      "What a sweet little old lady"........
                             I want 'em saying
                    "Oh Crap! Whats she up to now ?"

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Re: Horrible week!
« Reply #6 on: 23 February 2018, 12:03:09 AM »
Sorry to see your tale of misery. I hope next week is a better one with good results.

>The dye makes you feel really really weird!

Yep. I felt internally warm all over but radiating from the cannula point, very strange. On my first one the tech did not make sure the spiral tubing was clear of the mechanism so it was ripped out of my arm as the machine moved me. Blood and dye liquid all over the place. A mumbled apology, a sponge down, a clean of the machine and surrounds and re-started. Fun.
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Re: Horrible week!
« Reply #7 on: 23 February 2018, 12:05:02 AM »
I told the doctor who inserted Pete's 3-way in A&E that I sincerely hoped that when learning this procedure, all male medical students had to use each other for practice!

I can't imagine that happening, Sedge. 

One of the female consultants at the hospital said to John that he should be pleased that he doesn't live in New Zealand as the diameter of their tubes are much bigger than those used in the UK.

My instant antipodean smart reply to that one has been withdrawn as this is a family forum...
Cheers, Alan, T2, Australia.
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Re: Horrible week!
« Reply #8 on: 23 February 2018, 11:31:38 AM »
Sorry to hear about all this Patti.

Hope the results come through swiftly and offer some clarity.
Mike

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Re: Horrible week!
« Reply #9 on: 23 February 2018, 12:40:35 PM »
Sorry - I'm giggling at all the replies!

Pattti - I hope you get some answers that are helpful - when do you get to discuss the results?
Jenny

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Re: Horrible week!
« Reply #10 on: 23 February 2018, 01:56:23 PM »
My partner had a colonscopy last year. Same prep  but with no diabetes to contend with just visits to the loo. She was famished a few hours later when things had settled down. Fortunately, all clear but told to drink more and eat more fibre!
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Re: Horrible week!
« Reply #11 on: 23 February 2018, 02:49:18 PM »
I've always called the breast scanner a trouser press  :o
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Re: Horrible week!
« Reply #12 on: 23 February 2018, 07:07:03 PM »
Well a lady at work with little boobs reckoned it was more painful for small breasted women and a lady with big ones told me the opposite.  Here am I with medium sized ones to say I reckon it's just ruddy painful, end of story!  I like it when the radiographers keep chatting to try and distract you from concentrating on the pain and discomfort - but sure as hell whilst some have been more comfy and some less - with every single one I've thought exactly the same thing and that is if you don't stop in a minute you nasty old %^&&^&% - I'm going to damn well SCREAM! - then instant relief - and then the nasty old ^&$&%£& starts on the other one!

It's along the same lines as having warts etc burnt off with liquid nitrogen, which gets hotter as it goes and it's 'concentrated' but longer than the average accidental cigarette burn.  Just after the thought goes through my head 'if you don't bloodywell stop, right now, I am going to scream and then immediately slap you/punch you/poke you in the eye (whatever violence appeals at that juncture)

However - it can't possibly be THAT bad else we'd never go again, would we!  We go cos we feel we're better off doing that - much the same as those orrible cannulas or indeed cervical smears !
Jenny

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Re: Horrible week!
« Reply #13 on: 24 February 2018, 10:12:41 PM »
My MIL has related to me that apparently consuming caffeine has some effect on breast tissue such that mammograms are more painful. She regularly abstains from coffee, tea, etc. for the few days before a scheduled mammogram and apparently it makes a noticeable difference. Have yet to have the "pleasure" myself but will be keeping that in mind when the time comes!
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« Reply #14 on: 24 February 2018, 10:22:33 PM »
OOh! - I've never heard that before - it's worth trying anyway!
Jenny

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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