Maintaining My A1c Levels

Sometimes we make and keep our New Year’s resolutions. Mine this past January was to get and keep my A1c blood sugar levels under control. In case you’re now aware of what an A1c blood sugar level is:

The A1C test measures the glucose (blood sugar) in your blood by assessing the amount of what’s called glycated hemoglobin. … An A1C level below 5.7 percent is considered normal. An A1C between 5.7 and 6.4 percent signals prediabetes. Type 2 diabetes is diagnosed when the A1C is over 6.5 percent.

Just after Thanksgiving of last year I had my annual physical and my A1c was measured at 10.2. That’s not even going to get you any “atta boy” votes from your doctor. I was handed over to a diabetic dietician working out of my VA Pharmacy to see if she could do anything with me. I was addicted to carbohydrates, ie. sugar. I had to give up all sweets whether they were directly associated with sugar or turned to sugar when digested. Thus I had to drastically cut back on bread, pasta, rice, potatoes and other starchy foods. Trust me when I tell you I’d rather give them an arm than give up those foods. With diabetics, like me, you could wind up going blind and lose both your legs if you don’t change your eating habits.

The first thing to go were the sweets. There’s a “goodie tray” of cakes and cookies put out every day at the Senior Center. They place it on the counter directly behind where I sit. Torture! I was able to go “cold turkey”  on that tray. I still allow myself the tiny desserts served after each lunch as long as it isn’t piled high with pure sugar icing. The workers there always pick out the piece with the least amount of icing for me.

The end result of my 4 months of being on the wagon is that now my A1c is reading 6.6, not perfect but a far cry from 10.2. I got an official “atta boy” from my diabetic dietician. I don’t have to return for another checkup until June. I continue checking my blood sugars at home every couple of days just to make sure I’m staying with the program. I’m doing great so it’s getting easier to look at that goodie tray as poison to me instead of goodies. 🙂

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Share Your World – March 26, 2018

Share Your World – March 26, 2018

What is your favorite color of hair? You can name your hair color or a color that you just like.

Hair! What’s hair?

List at least 5 things that you are good at.

  1. Photography
  2. Woodworking
  3. Drawing
  4. Table Tennis
  5. Cooking

What is your favorite animal or type of animal? 

Kitty Cats

Cricket 99

Jack 06b

Mikki Intense

Strike & Ranger 02

American Bobcat

Cougar 1

Boris 14

White Tiger 01

And The Winner Is

New Puzzles For Our Senior Center

On April 10, 2018 we will be privileged to be visited by a manager from Zen Art Designs, a high end wooden jigsaw puzzle maker based here in Massachusetts. Zen Art Designs has donated puzzles to our Senior Center before so we’re really looking forward to meeting our benefactor at my Senior Center.

http://zenartdesign.com

While here that plant manager wants to meet me and look at a collection of my photographs that may be added to his production runs, increasing their inventory greatly. If they decide to produce an image they have offered to include a finished puzzle for me. My intention is to donate such puzzle to my Senior Center.

Below are two unique photographs I took while still living in the Northwest. I visited the Chihuly Glass Museum in Seattle, WA and took quite a few photos. The two below might make exciting, beautiful puzzles.

Chihuly Glass Boat #2

Chihuly Glass Sculture #1

God’s Protective Hand

Amazing!  How can my little town of Uxbridge be spared from the 4th Nor’Easter in the past month? I woke up in the middle of the night to look out my kitchen window to see the snow that was supposed to fall on us last night, 5″-8″ of it. The radar weather map below is what I saw, a giant hole in that storm just big enough to cover my home. There’s not one flake of snow to be seen anywhere. What can I say but “Thank You Lord”!

Notice the big white hole in the middle of that storm. That’s my home being protected by the hand of God.

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Share Your World – March 19, 2018

Share Your World – March 19, 2018

What is your earliest memory?

….Putting a donut on my brother’s nose through the bars of his crib! Hey, what are big brothers for anyway? LOL

Which way does the toilet paper roll go? Over or under?

“Them’s fighting words…”! The tp should neatly roll OVER the top of the roll!!!!

What makes you feel grounded?

We’re getting into the 4th Nor’Easter storm in a month tomorrow. My 260 pound weight and girth makes me truly feel “grounded”! LOL

What did you appreciate or what made you smile this past week? 

I appreciate my church family more and more all the time. i’d been out for what seemed like months because of storms and my deteriorating eyesight. Returning I was swamped by friends who had called to see if I was alright and if they could help me in any way. They even wanted to drive me to services if I wasn’t able to attend. Next came the sermon for this service, dealing with the story of the lilies of the field and telling of how God loves us so much he sent His only Son to the cross to pay for our sin. God has prosised to provide for all our needs and He is faithful! I appreciate my church family!

Then there’s my Senior Center family, taking me to doctor’s appointments, even out of state. That’s door to door service at no cost to me. They’re ready to pick me up for lunch 5 days a week, take me shopping to the local supermarket and provide excellent social settings with dozens of my closest friends. It doesn’t get any better than this! 🙂

Spring Is Here, I Think?

Ar least officially today is the 1st day of Spring! It should be dry, sunny and the birds, squirrels, chipmunks and bunny rabbits will be out this morning. Of course tomorrow they’ll all be huddled in their Winter quarters living through the 4th Nor’Easter in the past month. We still have 27″ on snow piled everywhere from last week’s storm. Now the weather forecasters are calling for another round bringing 8″-12′ more. Yuk! I’m beginning to think like a Yeti! LOL Still, there are signs the Daffodils, Crocus and even a few tulips are peeking their heads above the ground that is still visible. Parking lots look bizarre, with their 12′ high piles of plowed snow waiting for the next blizzard to add to the collection. Right about now New Englanders are sick of snow! Wonder why? LOL

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My car’s parked somewhere left of that tree, buried in a snow drift! 😦

Splitting Hairs

Mistakes are made. Stuff gets lost in shipping, even by Amazon.com. It’s how they handle the issue that’s important. In this case they reordered the item, a $6 pill splitter and then gave me a $5 credit on my account for the inconvenience. It will take them two more days to ship me another item. Customer service doesn’t get much better than that! It’s one reason I do a lot of business with amazon, the highest rated business on the internet. I just renewed my Prime membership with the company that has served me so well for so many years. Kudos to Amazon.com!

Details

Finally it looks like I have an April 18 surgery scheduled at Providence Medical Center with the VA., A month later my left eye will undergo the procedure that should bring both my eyes to a state better than the day I was born. I’ve been wearing prescription glass since age 6, that’s 62 years.

The difficulty in getting a confirmed surgery date stems from a combination of factors that include availability and transportation. The calendar for medical rides from my Senior Center fills up amazingly fast. I had to turn down three of the four proposed surgical dates strictly because of the lack of transportation.

Getting confirmed times on surgical date is even more daunting as surgeries aren’t an exact science so the list of patients gets pushed back as difficulties arise. Right now the best anyone in the VA can do is get my time two days in advance of the surgical day. It’s hard to pin down a driver for half a day because you don’t know the time of your appointment. Personally, I’m doing the best I can to get all the information as early as they will get it to me. I try not to stress out about such things but I like to be in control of my health care and with the VA and surgeons booked all day every day I must accept that I can only control so much. My eyes are in their hands.

Round 3

We’re in the early stages of our 3rd Nor’Easter in the past 11 days. Each is unique as today’s storm has turned into a full blown blizzard, our 2nd one this Winter. They are calling for 14–18 inches of snow for my area 40 miles Southwest of Boston. It’s been snowing for a few hours already as WBZ Boston continues with its continuous coverage of this storm. Obviously all schools are closed as well as my Senior Center in Uxbridge, MA.

This particular storm is producing big snow totals with a lighter fluffier snow than the Nor’Easter a few days ago. It’s too early for the plows to be out considering how much snow is expected by late this afternoon. We’ve all been through this type of storm many times so our complex residents have cleared the parking spots on the end of our parking lot so that the plows have room to manouver. After the snow event is almost over we will all head out to clean off our cars and move them so that our maintenance staff can plow out our slots.

Weather forecasters are already looking at the next storm arriving next week. It’s turning out to be quite a Winter season. Arghhh!!!!

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