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Mrs_Sweetpeach
Date: 2012-05-18 15:30
Subject: The state of me
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Location:Work
Mood:grumpygrumpy
Music:none today
Tags:diabetes, health, rl, sleep apnea
The results from the neurologist are back and all tests came back negative. This is good in that anything found would have been dire, however it is annoying because this also means we don't know what the heck is wrong with me. Unless it has to do with lack of sleep, which we do know makes me nuttier than usual. The lack of sleep, by the way, is not because I don't have a CPAP machine or because I'm not using it. I've used it every time I've gone to bed since the doctor prescribed it. And I've had subsequent tests showing it's working correctly and the machine has been tested and calibrated. So I'm the actual problem, not the machine. Some nights I fall into bed and sleep the whole night through. Other nights I can't breathe because my allergies are acting up (in spite of the fact that I get allergy shots weekly, I take both Nasonex and Azelastine Nasal Spray before bed along with 50 Mg of Diphenhydramine and 1200 Mg of Mucinex DM). If my allergies aren't acting up I may get lucky and sleep. Or my legs might decide it's a lovely night to cramp and send me scrambling out of bed. Or my crazy peri-menopausal body might decide it's time to start up the hot flashes again. Or I might just get stressed out about who-knows-what and lay there thinking all night long.

As if that weren't enough, I just got off the phone with my regular doctor's office, who called to say that the results of my latest blood test were now in and I'm officially diabetic. Considering my mom told me that all of the women in the family turn 40 and diabetic at the same time, I figure I did pretty good lasting until I turned 52. They've sent in script for metformin (sp?) in to my pharmacy, so I get to start taking that whenever Medco gets it to me. Whooo.

*back again* I just set my mood to grumpy (which I am) and remembered that I really ought not be. Last week I joined the kindle crowd, and have a lovely Kindle Fire to play with. And today the husband broke down my resistance and tempted me into upgrading my home laptop computer to a Toshiba Quad-Core Laptop w/Blu-ray. (Today's offering at http://sellout.woot.com/ just in case I've tempted you as well.)

Now of course I'll need to figure out what to do with my old tablet (a Herotab C8) and my previous notebook (a Toshiba Satellite A215).

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maddiec24
User: maddiec24
Date: 2012-05-18 20:21 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I'm sorry to hear they can't figure out what's wrong. Not being able to sleep sucks. Sorry to hear about the diabetes as well. I'm not sure if everyone has the same side effects from the metformin, but J had serious stomach problems and had to cut back his dosage until he got used to it. *hugs*
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lolabobs
User: lolabobs
Date: 2012-05-18 20:24 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I guess from one perspective 'no news is good news' but it's still frustrating to be left hanging and not know what exactly is up with you - hope you get a (non stressful) resolution soon.

(hugs)

and ooh - shiny new laptop - and I'm jealous of the Kindle - I bought mine second hand about 18 months ago and it was outdated then, I pine over the new pretty ones!
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Mrs_Sweetpeach
User: mrs_sweetpeach
Date: 2012-05-19 01:50 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I actually bought two; a fire and an older version -- the one with the built-in keyboard at the bottom. Both of which were refurbs. The fire is color and pretty but it is also a lot heavier. For reading I really like the other one. This one is supposed to be a tiny computer that goes with me and does everything my six pound laptop can do other than my
graphics program (gimp) .
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Andi
User: luvmax1
Date: 2012-05-18 21:19 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I can't give much advice about the sleep issues, since I'm a life long insomniac, but I've been diabetic for 25 years. If you need any advice or have any questions, let me know, sweetie.
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Mrs_Sweetpeach
User: mrs_sweetpeach
Date: 2012-05-19 01:51 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Will do and thanks.
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Andi
User: luvmax1
Date: 2012-05-19 02:15 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
You're welcome, sweetie.
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mbcrui
User: mbcrui
Date: 2012-05-18 23:23 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
It's really a fact of age, I think. I'm often up wandering the house in the middle of the night. And I'll go for weeks waking up at the same time every night.

Just a warning, tho. I have a weird reaction to antihistimes.. they tend to make me really hyper. (to the point of making my blood pressure go up)... you might be having a reaction to your allergy meds that keep you from sleeping.

And the Black Cohash is working for my hot flashes, have you tried it? And I've actually called my doctor about the legs and feet cramps. I think I need potassium, but I want her to do a blood test first... my mother was on prescription doses of it for a while, so I'm going to make sure.

When you're doing the stressing thing, have you tried reading for a little bit? I find giving my brain something else to think about is good... not necessarily something new, but maybe keep an old favorite on the tablet for the waking-up times. (If I start reading on something new, I want to know what happened and I'll stay awake. Something old means I know what's coming next)

I'm sorry to hear about the diabetes. My mom and one of my sisters are on "the pill". Be careful to monitor your blood sugar closely, high is bad long term, but it's possible that it could drop too. Seizures result from low blood sugar, and possibly heart attacks and dead... so keep a really close eye. (My mother has had a couple of low blood sugar seizures in the past year or two... they're pretty scary things).
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Mrs_Sweetpeach
User: mrs_sweetpeach
Date: 2012-05-19 02:24 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Fortunately it makes me sleepy. And this is an improvement over the OTC cold medinine that made my blood pfresjure go way up.

As for waking up at the same time every night I do that too, 2:30 every night. I get up for about 15 minutes. Long enough to pee, drink a half quart of water, and wash my face to remove the oil from my skin and permit my CPAP mask to seal propperly when I get back to bed.
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mbcrui
User: mbcrui
Date: 2012-05-19 11:44 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I'm up at about 2:30... for a while, then 4:30 for a while. :)
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Thistlethorn
User: thistlethorn
Date: 2012-05-19 00:17 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Well, damn. :-( I wish they could figure out the problem so that they could help you.

I think I had a stupid hot flash yesterday--in the middle of Aunt Flo's regular-as-clockwork montly visit. But then again, my blood sugar was too low, so it might have been that instead. I don't envy you those!

Yes, you spelled Metformin correctly. :-)

I hope you feel better soon and that your Kindle Foire provides you with hours of fun. Not to mention that cool new laptop--wow! I'm looking to just upgrade the amount of RAM in mine--2 gigs just doesn't cut it.

ETA: Wow, that's a great price! I'm envious!





Edited at 2012-05-19 12:19 am (UTC)
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Mrs_Sweetpeach
User: mrs_sweetpeach
Date: 2012-05-19 02:12 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I had my first ever hot flash during such a visit. The weird thing was that that hot flash completely cured that month's cramps. The hot flashes during periods did not become usual occurances but when they did occur they always stopped the cramps.

My body's next trick started the following late summer, when it would be 11 pm and I'd finally be starting to feel tired and want to go to bed - and then the hot flash would hit. Every damn night for months.
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Thistlethorn: smite key
User: thistlethorn
Date: 2012-05-19 02:17 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:smite key
Oh, gosh--something to look forward to, NOT.

Sigh.

My hot flash didn't cure the cramps, sadly.

Why can't Aunt Flo just go quietly? *g*
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I just like watching things explode.: trinity bks
User: trillingstar
Date: 2012-05-19 20:53 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:trinity bks
WELL BLARGHLE.

I wish I had more to offer than a grumpy face D: and a hug *hug!*


meh. :|
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Jen
User: greenlady2
Date: 2012-05-20 07:05 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Aww. Sorry about the diabetes and the confusing, frustrating results. Hope things get straightened out soon. Take care, eh?

But congratulations on the ereader and the new laptop. I love my ereader, a Sony. :-)

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