June 29, 2010 at 11:47 am (chronic conditions, diabetes, food)

Lots of people have complicated relationships with food. Add a metabolic disease like diabetes – and you add another level of complexity.

My relationship with food is defined partially by diabetes. I like to eat. And I can eat a lot of food. ( the idea that one glass of oj equals 6 oranges and who would eat 6 oranges at once. Well, I never have but 6 oranges doesn’t really seem outrageous to me ) And I can eat almost anytime. ( No, I never joined an eating contest, that seemed insane to me, because I enjoy eating.) I’ve always had cravings for different foods. With diabetes, everything has been magnified.

When my blood sugar is low, I feel absolutely crazy with hunger. The thought of taking a bite out of the nearest arm might be wrong, but not entirely unreasonable. the best thing, this is an easy fix. Put food in front of me , and I calm down. After a few bites, I am rational again. And it takes a small amount of food to settle everything back to an even keel.

When my blood sugar is high , I have another relationship with food. I get cravings. And not just, a donut sounds yummy but more I need a donut now and I know that there are 17 donuts at the 7-11 calling my name. I don’t care that it is a mile and a half away I can hear them calling my name.

I’m sure that these sound exaggerated. And well. I haven’t become a cannibal or zombie. And while I have walked a mile to get a sweet treat – it hasn’t really been in the snow or extreme heat. but my Dh can testify to the reality of the crazy with low blood sugar. and if my family thinks about it , they will remember the food prowling.

A few things have helped. Eating 6 times a day helps. Making sure there is something reasonable to eat around at all times. Some of the diabetes drugs.

The last 4 to 6 months have been bad. today I started a new drug that has done some amazing things. I am hoping it works well and that the bad side effects are nil.

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June 28, 2010 at 4:13 pm (fun, music, niles) ()

Wooster played this sunday in the Niles plazza. I’ve grown very attached to this song:

But just as an FYI , the drummer lives in Niles — and he’s good. Oddly, I had no pictures of him yesterday. He is a great drummer

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June 23, 2010 at 2:33 pm (book review, books) (, , , )

This is not a horror novel. It is a novel of the near future ; a political thriller in a post-apocalyptic world.

In 2014, we cured the common cold and cancer. But in the process we created something terrible. Zombies.
Worse, it was ignored. Or under reported. It took the bloggers to bring the information to light.

Feed begins in 2039 , Zombies are a part of life. So is fear. But we still need news/information. and there is an upcoming election…

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June 19, 2010 at 2:05 pm (cats, domestic life) ()

I figured out that I had no pictures of Nathaniel on my blog. Nathaniel cam into our life a couple of weeks after we lost AndyCat. Nathaniel was a wondering around our neighborhood – very friendly . Despite having a collar and a bell , no one could find his home. so he either got very lost , or was abandoned . Unforrunatley due the park, a lot of animals ( bunnies, cats and dogs) are abandoned here. nathaniel is still a kitten- maybe 8 months old now. Here is a picture of him useing an insulated bag as a fort

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