Day 1

Actually, it’s technically Day 2, but I figure maybe I should report a day behind so that I can record my night-time routine as well? I haven’t figured that part out yet.

The short version of what’s going on (and you probably already know this) is that I developed gestational diabetes while pregnant with Daniel. I was diagnosed in September of ’07, the baby was born in mid-November, but six weeks came and went, and the diabetes is still here. I’m 105 pounds, 34 years old, and I’ve generally had a pretty healthy diet. The only diabetes in the family are males developing Type II after 40. The endocrinologist doesn’t believe in curing diabetes, it seems, but I’m going to try to change her mind. The sooner I get this thing licked, the less damage is going to happen and it’ll all heal itself within a year.

I’m following the methods and philosophy outlined in Healing Matters, popularized by the article in Nexus Magazine.

Here’s what’s SUPPOSED to happen according to the endocrinologist:

I’m supposed to:

* take 25 units of Lantus, a long-acting insulin, at night before bed;
* take 1 unit of Humulog, a fast-acting insulin, per every 15 grams of carbohydrates just before each meal;
* both of these are delivered by a syringe injection in the “fat” of the stomach (doesn’t hurt as much – WHATEVER);
* take 15 mg of Actos once a day.

Here’s what’s actually happening:

* I’m taking 20 units of Lantus at night.
* I’m not taking the Actos – it crashed my sugar so bad I could barely function.
* I’m not taking the Humulog unless I’m going to have a carb-heavy meal (which I’m avoiding).
* I’m avoiding all wheat and gluten-loaded substances.
* I’m avoiding all high-fructose corn syrup and processed sugars, including table sugar.
* I’m eating small meals whenever I’m hungry.
* I’m avoiding all foods that are fried in regular fats and only eating things prepared in butter or olive oil.
* I’m focusing on organic, natural, and home-grown foods.

Keep in mind that I forgot to take the Lantus on Friday night (22nd).

Saturday Feb 23:

* Fasting blood sugar at 09:28: 125
* First meal: Coffee (w/ agave nectar, milk), bacon (four slices, all natural uncured), 2 oz Havarti cheese
* Blood sugar at 16:49: 166
* Second meal: 8 oz Havarti cheese, two sliced Roma tomatoes (light sprinkling of salt), Coffee
* Blood sugar at 19:59: 174
* Third meal: 12 Buffalo wings (no breading – only butter and hot sauce), blue cheese dressing, water
* Blood sugar at 22:33: 138
* Fifth meal: Glucerna meal replacement bar (mistake – contains HFCS)

Other considerations:

* I took 1500 mg of Acetaminophen, 600 mg of Ibuprofen, and 60 mg of Pseudoephedrine to knock out a nagging headache. I also started treated the sinus pressure first by doing a saline sinus irrigation.

* The drugs and headache made me sluggish and cotton-headed, so I pretty much parked my butt on the couch, knitted a pair of socks for Joseph, and took care of work-related stuff.

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