A Healthier Life 05/05/2016

April was a busy month with lots of appointments. Most of these appointments were with the local Diabetes Program.

At my last appointment with their dietician I upgraded to the One Touch Verio Flex glucometer from the One Touch Ultra Mini. The Verio shows if your blood glucose is low, in range, or high which I think is a great feature. The switch required a change in the type of testing strips I use but the lancets are the same. My doctor gave me a prescription for the new strips at my April appointment and upped my metformin dose at dinner.

I’ve sinceĀ receivedĀ a letter from my insurance company stating I’m over half way past the allotted amount of allowed test strips in a 365 day period. If I pass that limit they will not pay for the next strips refill. It also stated this allotted amount is based on guidelines by the Canadian Diabetes Association and if my physician feels there is a need for more testing than the guidelines suggest a letter to them explaining why may convince them to lift the limit. I plan on mentioning it to my doctor when I see her at my May appointment but I will also use up my Ultra Mini strips since that glucometer still works fine. I think I’m over because I had refilled my Ultra Mini strips in early April right before switching machines.

I’m slowly making dietary changes as recommended by the Diabetes Program dietician. So far I’m working on portion size, my habit of potato chips with dip in the evening, and eating more vegetables.

I managed to exercise regularly as the Diabetes Program kinesiologist wanted. I’m up to 30 minutes on the stationary bike at least five days a week. Even when I don’t want to I force myself on and watch a vidcast on YouTube while I pedal. The bike hadn’t been used in a long time. I left it here when I moved into my old house in 2005. The tension band was loose so I could only bike at one tension level. I figure out last week where on the wheel to fix that problem so last time I was able to adjust the tension up and down as if on a regular bike going up and down hills and over straight stretches. This should allow me to use up more calories while biking. But, I haven’t been doing the stretches and strengthening exercises he gave me. It was too much to add quickly during a fibro flare.

I lost 2.4 kg (5.29 lbs) in April and my blood glucose levels have gone down so the dietary changes and cardio are paying off. I’m encouraged to do more after seeing visual results. And I’m going to add in those stretches. I know I have tightened up which is not good for my pain levels.

I still haven’t heard any news about my ultrasound on March 30. I’m trying to think that no news is good news. If there was an increase in size of the lymph nodes or more abnormal lymph nodes I would have heard from my oncologist’s office by now.

With the flare comes more fatigue so I’m sleeping later and napping almost daily. I have noticed that I sleep deeper during my naps than at night. My Fitbit reports a lot of restless and awakening periods at night but much less during naps often none at all.

So a few things have changed and a few things have not. I’m taking baby steps forward though!

To learn more of my healthier life saga read these past posts:

March 03, 2016
February 18, 2016

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