Saturday, July 1, 2017

Blood Sugar, Rice, Feel Bad, July 4, and Cookbook

Good Morning!  Well the blog is up and decorated for the 4th.  Always enjoy making a new Paint Shop Pro Cover!  And I like picking out the backgrounds and decorating.  I like decorating pretty much anything and really like it when I finally get some creative time.  

Well this past work week went by so fast.  I have a lot of projects and things I've been trying to work on.  And there is a lot going on.  Making progress on everything little by little.  I like it at the end of the week when you can see that progress is being made. 

Last night, as I was pulling into the garage and telling Mom bye on the phone, I just had a sick sick feeling.  Like the feeling you get when you start turning green with a stomach virus.  I had to make myself get out of the car and pull myself upstairs.  

I collapsed on the sofa after grabbing a blanket to throw around me.  I called for Roger and Tugie - b/c I like to snuggle with a doggie when I'm not feeling good.  Tugie of course cannot hear me.  But I thought if Roger did, and came to me, Tugie would follow.  George actually scooped them up and set them on top of me.  I hugged Roger who was on my tummy and began talking to him and Tugie who was at me feet looked at me like "I'm not having any part of this" and hopped over to the ottoman.  lol  Jealous dogs.  I tried to pet her but she was having no part of the love fest.  

I stayed there petting Roger and we both rested for about 30 to 45 minutes.  I began to feel better.  George was asking if I could eat and I said I'd try.  I've not really had much of an appetite all week.  I get hungry but not really sure of what I want.  

But I told George last night - I think I could drink some really dry red wine.  Nothing sweet.  He opened a bottle of good French wine.  It was perfect.  

I saw the puzzle table.  I am working a puzzle of Miami - a picture of an art scene at the ocean.  Last weekend I got the outline worked and part of the middle around the ocean waves and shore.  So last night I was able to get the fish at the bottom - it has a part you can see under water with divers and fish.  Working the puzzle and sipping wine til dinner was just what I needed I guess.  I was just glad to be home with no demands and a weekend before me.  If that doesn't make you feel better, what can? 

George fixed chicken and rice.  He used a marinade his sister had given him and he used the fabulous Charleston Gold rice.  Oh my word.  I think I will never be happy eating normal rice ever again. 

 How shall I describe it besides being a side dish delivered straight down from heaven itself.  George said as it cooked he could smell a difference immediately.  He said it smelled buttery.  And of course he added butter to it at the table.  The texture was noticeably different.  I want to say it was pointing toward the texture of potatoes (not all the way like potatoes) but it was definitely more like that.  It was softer, fluffier, and could almost be its own category of food.  I really liked it.  Yes I had 2nd's.  

I still felt a little weird - tired mostly.  But after dinner I pretty much just went to bed. Well, I perused facebook for a while, but then went to bed.  

I slept good.  At 4:15 Tugie decided it was time to get up.  How you can tell at 16 year old deaf dog - to go back to sleep - it's not time to get up.  She's ready to go outside at that point.  So I got up to take her but George got up too and said he'd take her.  Normally I'd just say "that's ok I'm getting up anyway".  But I knew I finally had a chance to sleep - what I'd been needing all week, so I let him take her.  He put her back in bed.  She stayed for an hour and half or so before woofing again.  She was wanting her Science Diet breakfast, so I got up that time.  

I had been dreaming.  I was in a new place of work and trying to park.  I was having trouble parking - it seems it was on the side of a mountain and other cars were in the way but I decided not to park there and found my way down the mountain and finally found a parking garage and then went in and there were all these people walking around - people going to work, people going waiting for flights.  It was like an "all in one lobby" area.  And there were all these little places along the way to stop and get any type of food to go while you were on your way to "your place".  I made mental notes as I walked along in my dream on the way to my new desk - "hey there is a yogurt stand and a hot breakfast to go cafe, and coffee and, and, and, and...there is the elevator".  So I stood in line with the other folks waiting for the elevator to go see my new office and desk and to start work.  I was happy and excited and waiting to see what it would all be like.  And then....

"Woof, Woof".....Awww man!  Tugie!  You messed up my dream!  lol 
I set her down on the floor, put Science Diet in her dish and tried to go back to sleep and finish my dream.  Sometimes you can go back into it.  But nawww, it was too late.  Just as I'd started snoozing again though.  "Woof Woof".  I just went ahead and got up!  

So coffee has helped.  And I don't feel quite as groggy as I have all week.  I've had one cup of coffee. And have decorated the blog and as I sit here all awake, guess who is snoring the big one?  Yep.  Tugie!  (me rolls eyes)

So last night I did not take my sugar meds.  I just decided maybe I should not.  I am really wondering if it has been too much with our cutting back on the sugar and starch - perhaps it is just becoming too much.....and my sugar is getting too low?  When I had high blood sugar - I didn't really feel much of anything except maybe tired and thirsty and having to go to the restroom a lot. But here is the low sugar symptoms:

People may experience:
Whole body: excess sweating, excessive hunger, fainting, fatigue, lightheadedness, or shakiness
Gastrointestinal: nausea or vomiting
Cognitive: mental confusion or unresponsiveness
Mouth: dryness or tingling lips
Also common: anxiety, blurred vision, headache, irritability, pallor, palpitations, sensation of pins and needles, sleepiness, slurred speech, tremor, or unsteadiness

So I have felt a "coldness" at times like ice water running through my veins - kinda like you are trying to sweat, but are not really.  A bit clammylike, but not a lot.  Always feeling a hunger after a couple of hours but not really wanting anything  - nothing sounds good.  Have not been lightheaded at all.  Have been shaky - my assistant noticed it - I had not.  I have had nausea - comes and goes but not a lot.  Last night was the worst of that.  Some fogginess - like I'd rather just lay down and not have to think or do anything.  My mouth has not tingled, nor has it been dry except for overnight.  I sip something all day long and at night I'm asleep and only take sips if I'm awake for something.  Anxiety - well, that is hard b/c I'm anxious most of the time b/c I want everything to be perfect.  Blurred vision - oh heck yes - my vision has bothered me a lot.  It's like I'm seeing double sometimes - just slightly double - like enough to make you want to keep blinking your eyes to clear them.  I have had some momentary headaches that were pretty painful but they were not constant - like a few times that lasted about 5 seconds and then left.  Irritable - oh yes - just b/c I've not felt like doing the normal things.  And it's been a chore to have to do anything.  Palpitations - some - not a lot.  Pins and needles? Not so much.  Sleepiness?  Oh goodness yes!  Tremor?  No not really.  Unsteadiness - yes a bit.  I noticed my balance has not been as steady this week.  

So I don't know. What do you think?  I don't really want to go to the doc yet.  I'll give it another week and we'll see. I was pretty sleepy last week too.   But then again look at the symptoms of high blood sugar.  

Some of the same symptoms!!!!!  So how is one to know?  I don't have a little thing to test with b/c I've not been told I have diabetes, just that I have had high blood sugar and need the meds to help keep it from going into diabetes, but then when I was given the meds I was eating almost all starches, with potatoes and pasta and white rice and sugary drinks, cokes, ice cream, lots of desserts.  And I still eat some but it's not like what it was.

Moderate to severe high blood sugar

If your blood sugar levels are consistently high (usually above 350 mg/dL in adults and above 240 mg/dL in children), you may have moderate to severe symptoms of high blood sugar. These symptoms include:
  • Blurred vision.
  • Extreme thirst.
  • Lightheadedness.
  • Flushed, hot, dry skin.
  • Restlessness, drowsiness, or difficulty waking up.
If your body produces little or no insulin (people with type 1 diabetes and some people with type 2 diabetes), you also may have:
  • Rapid, deep breathing.
  • A fast heart rate and a weak pulse.
  • A strong, fruity breath odor.
  • Loss of appetite, belly pain, and/or vomiting.
If your blood sugar levels continue to rise, you may become confused and lethargic. You also may become unconscious if your blood sugar levels are very high.

So really I'm just very very confused.  I don't know how to tell high from low blood sugar.  I don't know if I really need the meds or not.  So we'll see how another week goes and I'll play it by ear and then maybe see the doc.  At some point I have to go and get my BP meds renewed and unless I am just continuing to feel weird, I'll just hold off.  It'll probably be in another month or so. 

I'll figure it out.  I feel so much better this morning.  My main symptom this morning is just feeling like I have ice water running through my veins or like I'm trying to sweat but can't.  

Well, George has taken Roger to get his rabies shot this morning.  And no doubt to see if yard sales are out there.  

I finally got some of our month planned.  The dog trims are set.  July 4 is coming together.  Katy is coming over since Cody is working.  We are having hot dogs and possibly another type of meat as well and Katy is fixing dressed eggs and a macaroni salad.  Probably will have some kind of baked beans (oh we'll be in the starch now, lol).  I'll be making Sandbar Sangria with Rose, peaches, blueberries, and strawberries.  And will be making Old Glory Parfaits.  Both of these ingredients are from the Mary Kay Andrews cookbook.  

I love that cookbook!  I love her fiction books too. 

These recipes are good, simple, and tasty.  They all are perfect for summer whether at the beach or pretending to be!  ;-) 

Amazon sells it - Click HERE --->  MKA COOKBOOK

Ok, I've been at this laptop for hours.  I need to be productive so I don't get all upset at my weekend being gone w/o getting anything done.

Today is: laundry, housecleaning, planning Mom's birthday, and maybe some sandal on line shopping or maybe go out and shop or maybe just sit and read.  Or do a project.  The good thing about it is that the day is OPEN!  ;-)  Ya'll have a good one!


  1. I'm no doctor, but I have had "adrenal fatigue" before with some of the same symptoms. It feels bad, almost like having the flu. It often is caused by too much stress and pushing one's body too far.

  2. Love your graphics and background.
    You should call your doctor re: your blood sugar and meds. Hopefully it's something that can be easily corrected. 
    I don't know when your new office etc. will be ready but you should be able to get some good sales/deals on sandals later this month. In August all the Fall clothing starts to take over the stores.
    Do you think the no flip flops is related to an insurance/safety issue?
    I hope your Saturday has been fun & relaxing so far.
    Take care, Monica

  3. Its hard to tell whats wrong. I hope you get to feeling better. I have been suffering light headness, ringing ears and vertigo for a while now. My doc just shrugs his shoulders and guesses its allergies. Its awful. I wonder if its my blood sugar? Hmmm. I mean my last blood test came back perfect. Who knows.

  4. Hope you do feel better. If those symptoms persist I would be calling the doctor. Nothing to mess around with for sure. I have a diabetic friend and she had to try different doses of meds before she found the right one. Under a doctors supervision, she takes a pill and 1/2. I will have to look for that rice. It sounds wonderful. Have a great weekend!

  5. i am a borderline diabetic. they took me off the metaformin and put me on something called januvia. made all the difference. maybe it could help you too.


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