Extreme Diabetes

I have been trying to get my husband to go to his primary care doctor for about 6 months.
He has always been a junk food junky and no matter what I said he would not give it up.

He had lost 18#’s in the last 6 month and he was very hungry. He was getting up several times in the night to pee.

I had my suspicions and even told him I felt like he had diabetes but he kept ignoring all the signs.

At his long-overdue Dr. visit His A1C was 11.6 which is a 3 month average of 285 for his glucose. That is very very high in fact his Doctor used the words Extreme Diabetes.

Normal A1C is 4 – 5.6 and normal glucose is less than 100 when fasting. He had fasted for 20 hours prior to his appointment because the soonest appointment we could get was 3:30 in the afternoon.

He started on his medication on Saturday so we could watch for side effects. There were plenty of those on the first day and different ones on the second day.
He stayed home on Monday to allow his body an extra day to get used to the new medication.

He is taking Xigduo XR 5mg/1000mg 1 pill a day for the first week then he ups that to 2 pills a day.

The junk food junkie is getting a big reality check in his daily diet and some things will be harder than others.
Potato Chips, Chocolate, Cokes and Diet Cokes have to be given up.

His favorite foods are potatoes, pasta, and rice. A few times a month will be about it on those and then it has to be brown rice and wheat pasta.
Potatoes will be rarely.

Wish me luck dealing with a My Junk Food Junkie.

CT Lung Scan Results

I have 4 lung nodules from 4mm – 8mm in size they are considered small at this point.

The first lung scan showed 3 nodules the second one showed 2 and it said one was resolved and this one showed 4 but listed two as new ones.

I have always loved reading anything about medical stuff and sometimes that just ends up scaring me more. Especially when I read the descriptions of the nodules.

There is no way to know what they are until they can be biopsied. Lung nodules are not necessarily cancer.
Lung nodules have to be 1cm before they can be biopsied due to the dangers associated with them.

The pulmonologist reminded me that lung cancer stage 1 is very curable that is why we are doing these CT Lung scans this was my 3rd one in 1 1/2 years.

He changed my morning inhaler to a stronger version and now its morning and evenings this is because I have been experiencing some more shortness of breath.

I felt pretty good about this appointment he is so good to answer my list of questions and explain things to me and he never rushes you which is a big plus.

He is ordering some more testing and wants to see me again in the month.

Food Sensitivity and Intolerance Testing

Recently I did the Platinum Food Sensitivity and Intolerance Test with 850 Items Tested. The cost was $50.00.

The company I used was on Groupon and it was “Check My Body Health”. It was fairly simple you sent in a sample of hair. I advise letting someone else cut underneath your hair.
I cut way too much lol.

A few weeks later you are emailed your results.

Some of mine I already knew even though I was never allergy tested as a child.

It gives you food sensitivities and I have a lot of high reactivity ones and quite a few moderate ones.

Every Apple on the market, all varieties of bread, green beans, lima beans, mushrooms YUCK do not eat those things, butter, yogurt, sour cream all milk cow, goat or sheep, every cheese, Coconut, Lemonade, Lemons, White Wine, Red Wine, and Beer. Good thing I don’t drink.

Non – Food Sensitivities” Pine Trees and Scottish Pine, Ampiccilloyl and Penicilloyl, Mosquito, Colonial Bent Grass
I am allergic to 8 antibiotics so that makes sense with the Amp and Pen and the pine trees I knew since I was a kid.
A lot were listed in the moderate section.

Metal Sensitivities Nothing in the high but lots listed in the moderate to many to list.

Digestive Health – Amylase, Lipase, Pepsin It said no digestive enzymes were identified as being normal wow I feel so special.

Additives: Polydextrose, Brown FK, Stearyl Tartrate, Sodium Cyclamate

Gut Health- all my good strains of bacteria are all low which also makes me feel so special.

Vitamins A – K – Vitamin B6 Low

Minerals and other Nutrients it said I was low in Chromium, Magnesium, Phosphorous,
Beta Carotene, Betaine, Bio- Flavonoids, Bromelain, Creatine

For the foods, it says to try an elimination diet and slowly add things back in to see what happens.

I have a copy printed out for the Dr.s that way they can further test what they want to test.

I am taking the B6 and added Digestive Enzymes I started those on Monday.

I suggest anyone that has issues check out this testing there are several levels you can do but I wanted the whole picture.

Auction wins

This time at auction I think my best deal was two credenza file cabinets. They were 72″ long  4 deep drawers and they were solid wood. I was able to snag both of them for $50.00. They were very nice probably in the range of $600.00 new. I wanted one and our daughter wanted one.

I also was able to snag a case of 24 aluminum water bottles that hold 24 oz each they were brand new and said Delta Miles on them. I paid $12.00 for the case I have no idea what they are worth. These will work well for long walks or bike rides & they have a clip for attaching it to a belt loop.

A bicycle for our grandson Adrian who is 3 it was a brand new 16″ boys bike $70.00 regular price I was able to snag it for $20.00. Talk about one happy little boy. He was cruising that same day.

I was very pleased with everything I won.

Auctions are so much fun & online ones are even better but you have to be patient and watch them closely to win.

 

 

 

The Beauty of Hummingbirds

We have quite a few hummingbirds around here.

I think they like our yard because there is always numerous different plants blooming all the time.

We have 3 feeders out under the oak trees in the backyard.

When you see several chasing each other that is usually because the different species that are fighting. We have atleast 3 species here. They do not like to be at the feeders at the same time.

Here are a few pictures of the ruby throated hummingbird.

I was able to capture these images over the weekend. I had on my 400mm lens and they were about 10 – 12 ft away.

I make my own hummingbird nectar using this recipe.

1 Part White Granulated Sugar

4 Parts Water

Red food coloring is okay if you use only a few drops if the feeders have some red on them they will find them.

Stir until disolved thouroughly.

If you live in the warmer climate areas it is a good idea to change the nectar often because it sours from the heat. Always place your feeders in the shade.

The hummingbirds are so small but their beauty brings such joy to the world.

Foggy Sunrise

I love living in the country with wide open spaces all around.

This foggy sunrise is a good example of what I am talking about this was taken out our backyard and this is a pasture behind us that is about 30 acres. This was taken on Saturday morning.

I have shot so many sunrises of this same location but no two are ever alike. The colors change in the sunrise just like the height of the fog changes and most of the time there is no fog. The colors change depending on the timing of the picture a few minutes can make all the difference in a sunrise or sunset picture.

This is my piece of paradise it is so tranquil and serene and the beauty never ceases to amaze me.

Life is GOOD!

Ferns and the Shade

I love ferns they do well as house plants or grow well in the shade.

They can tollerate lots of rain or just watering them a few times a week during the Texas summers. Ferns are shade loving plants that multiply.

We have a bed full of sword fern under two old oak trees. I have several pots & containers of this as well.

Anyone need some sword fern?

I have one huge planter of macho fern which was shared with me many years ago by someone that is no longer part of my life.

Lots of asparagus fern but it has thorns and this makes me dislike it. I do like how flowy it is.

Holly fern but it is not a favorite of mine the leaves are stiff and waxy looking. I found them on clearance a few years ago.

I have one pot of foxtail fern I love this stuff its so fluffy looking.

Two new ferns that were on sale at Houston Garden Center they are Southern Wood Fern they are very flowy and light looking.

I liked them so much I went back and bought 3 more. These are pint size containers. I  planted the last ones together in 1 big pot.

I have two pots of another fern I am not sure what is but I like it because it is similar to the wood fern.

Do you have a favorite fern if so what kind is it?

 

 

 

Garden Time

We spent the weekend weeding the garden area this included lots of pulling up stuff by hand.

We planted tomatoes, jalapenos, bell peppers and eggplant that were all plants we had bought.

We added manure and humus and then covered both of these 25 foot long beds with 6mm plastic to stop the weed issues. We ran soaker hoses in both beds so those beds are good to go. I had won this 6mm plastic at Auction.

A few weeks ago we planted the raised bed that is in our backyard and that stuff looks amazing. We topped it off with humus to keep it moist and give the plants a lot of nutrients.

We planted seeds in rock wool cubes for cabbage, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, two kinds of lettuce and some swiss chard those are in the house right now because they like cooler weather by the time its cooler outdoors they will be ready for transplanting.

If you love tomatoes like us it is better to stagger the planting by a few weeks. We will probably even do some in the greenhouse. We currently have about 25 suckers rooting off existing tomato plants we still have growing just for the suckers.

Now we need to decide what all were doing hydroponic in the greenhouse but that will be later next month when the greenhouse cools down. Even though we have a swamp cooler Jack thinks its still to hot.

Our 2 younger kids both love gardening.

Our daughter will be 33 in December she is 2 classes away from getting her Masters of Agriculture from Sam Houston. This is not her only degree she has a Bachelors in Exercise and Sport Science from Texas State and a Masters of Science in Kinesiology from University of Texas.

Our youngest son was a United States Marine for 8 years he will be 28 in September. He just started classes for a degree in Horticulture in North Carolina.

Vegetable gardening has always been a very big part of our lives and I guess it always will be.

 

 

 

The Clearance Queen

No matter what store I am in IF there is a clearance I am going to see whats in that section.

Recently we were at one of our favorite garden centers about to check out when I spotted these cans of flower seeds. Regular price was $16.99 a can and I paid $1.00 a can for 7 cans.

I will give my sister two of these since she loves flower seeds. There are two different kinds as you can see from the back of the can.

This was my DEAL of the day 2 weeks ago.

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