Nuances of diabetes

I went to see my doctor a few days ago, and today the results of the last blood work came by email. My A1C is 6.0, woohoo! When I was first diagnosed a couple of years ago, it was 6.5, and although 6.0 might seem as just another nuance, it means a lot to me. It’s going down, slowly but surely, yay!!. I am now officially in the pre-diabetes stage.

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In the future, my A1C might get even lower than that, however I don’t think I’ll ever snap out of it completely. I am currently not on any diabetes medication and hope it’ll last this way forever. I am not a big fan of taking meds.

In between these numbers, I was physically active but didn’t exercise per se. Basically did what I had to do around the household but exercising was always on my to-do list, and still is. Other than that, I watched my diet and took it easy with carbs although didn’t avoid them altogether.

Anyway, it worked. Woohoo! Doing a happy dance

The Daily Prompt: nuance

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The Daily Prompt: Desire

It all started when I ordered refills of a few meds at Walgreens as usual, but the surprise awaited when the time came to make the payment. After the fact I give Walgreens credit for notifying me about a significant price increase but upon hearing the news, I was royally pissed. Nearly $500 for 3 tubes of clobetasol ointment that I use to battle my psoriasis! No way!

Psoriasis and I have been together for the longest time during which I tried this and that but ended up with the above ointment as this seems to be the only one that works for me.

The other refill, for the same length of time for Gabapentin (neuropathy med), brought up an unheard of price of $1,400.

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My first thought was, Walgreens must be out of their mind. This must be a mistake. This isn’t happening!! I immediately went online and deleted my credit card info from the Express Pay. Done with that, I sighed with relief and sent an email expressing my deep disappointment.

By doing so, I inadvertently invited more trouble. The way it works with Walgreens, each reply is treated as my automatic approval of the refill price. However since the credit card info was gone, nothing happened except an exchange of a few more emails or so I thought. The “exchange” turned out a one way street, and my desire to communicate fell on deaf ears.

After having done some internet research, I came to the conclusion that it’s not Walgreens the one being out of their mind but rather Big Pharma.  An Arizona doctor reports on his website that a price of over $200 for a tube of said ointment is not unusual nowadays.

The good doctor has a theory that might as well be true. He states two reasons for the price increase. First, Big Pharma bought out small companies, thus efficiently eliminating competition, and then again, under Affordable Care Act, Medicare cannot negotiate lower prices for the meds. This gives Big Pharma free rein to increase prices as they see fit. And increase they did.

I guess I will have to do without Gaba and the pain pills. As far as ointment goes, I stocked up a bit on it so will manage for a while. If per chance our president finds a way to return the meds prices to where they were before, I might even start respecting him. Yea right, a fat chance.

Thanks for the ear.


The Daily Prompt: Desire

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The Daily Prompt: Center. Motherhood.

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The natural state of motherhood is unselfishness.
When you become a mother, you are no longer
the center of your own universe. You relinquish
that position to your children.
~ Jessica Lange

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The Daily Prompt: Center

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Arid – the tale of an old light bulb

Incandescent bulbs have been around for the longest time and could be bought at the most affordable price.  Remember 25c a piece?  These days are long gone, following a Light Bulb Law signed by George Bush in 2007.  Scroll up to 2014 when the old bulb was phased out, punished for not meeting the federal energy-efficient standards.  Gone for good?

Not so fast.  According to EPA, “any type of bulb can be sold as long as it meets the efficiency requirements”.  Consequently this applies to ANY bulb including incandescent, just as long as it complies with the Light Bulb Law.

So yes, the arid incandescent bulbs are still being manufactured and sold. The price however went up tenfold as it usually happens with a more efficient product. The consumer pays, one way or the other.

Some manufacturers get creative.
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For example, Globe Electric concocted a 60 watt Vintage Style bulb that goes for $7.56 at Home Depot.

You can buy a 6-pack of these on the Houzz website at a deal of $26.50, down from $90.

I miss the old arid incandescent bulbs and their respective prices dearly, as I don’t get along with the new mercury-containing bulbs.  Will post about that later.  Stay tuned.

This was initially written in order to describe the problems with CFL bulbs but edited to fit the Daily Prompt: Arid.

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Neuropathy and Cold Weather

There is definitely a connection between the two, I can feel it each time the weather takes a wrong turn. Neuropathy is a nerve damage that can be caused by various conditions; mine is due to the type 2 diabetes. Lately I have noticed that my feet became extremely sensitive to cold; it’s not that I can’t deal with it, but I am just not used to. On top of that, I feel numbness in the toes and heels and anywhere in between, especially on my bad days. The nerve pain joins in, mostly in the morning and of course, arthritis. I keep a bottle of pain pills by the bed but am trying not to take them. Am really trying because I hate meds in general as I am convinced that (sometimes) they can do more harm than good, especially in the long run.

Back to the neuropathy.  There are some theories to the effect that worsening of neuropathy in response to the cold weather can be due to the reduction of blood flow as well as muscle tightening which in turn pulls on the nerves thus bringing up all that pain and discomfort.   I however take this with a grain of salt. To me this sounds like an attempt to explain it away. Just another opinion. So why my neuropathy goes bad with the weather change even if I am indoors, and my place is always warm as I can turn the heat up as much as I want to? Aha, that’s a good question.

Actually, it tends to get worse not only in response to a cold weather but also when a rain or a storm is coming. This has to do with atmospheric pressure, sometimes also called barometric pressure.  To put it simply, when it rains, atmospheric pressure drops.

Arthritis Foundation reports a study conducted by Tufts University in 2007. It established a relationship between barometric pressure, temperature, precipitation and arthritis pain. When both barometric or atmospheric pressure and the temperature drop low especially accompanied by precipitation, arthritis pain gets worse, although researchers aren’t sure why. From my observations, similar thing happens with neuropathy as well as a few other conditions. Such as for example, high blood pressure. Now this starts making sense.

AccuWeather has coined a term for this occasion, Arthritis Index.  Not neuropathy index which is possibly for the reason that “arthritis” is easier to understand, while “neuropathy” involves an extra piece of an explanation what the heck this means in the first place.

And guess what, today’s forecast is all about rain.  I am yet to see it as so far all we’re having is a cloudy sky.   My neuropathy has been acting up somewhat but not too bad.  And my morning fasting number was 99 which is super normal for me.

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Today’s Prompt: Clean.

I am going to put blogging on hold for some time. I do realize that I should have made this announcement a while ago… yes, I know it’s an excuse. So I have decided to come clean and write this blog post. Will be back.

My fasting blood sugar this morning was 106.

Until later.

 

Inspired by Today’s Prompt: Clean

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Today’s Prompt: Hopeful

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Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all the darkness.
~ Desmond Tutu

The Daily Prompt:  Hopeful

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