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Wednesday, February 17, 2021


 Today's topic is: How I take care of my health.

I'm a diabetic. I see my doctor two or three times a year and I monitor my blood sugar in the morning and before I go to bed. I take a handful of pills morning and evening. I also take insulin. I'm started on a non-insulin shot that lasts a week, but three weeks before my last visit the prescription expired and had to go back to insulin. I've gained back ten pounds waiting for my other medication to be approved and its coming in the mail. I'm hoping to lose more weight. This new medication helps me do that. I'll have a full year on this 'scipt so it shouldn't run out. It's expensive for three months at a time, but without Medicare and a supplemental plan I couldn't afford it, period. One month non-plan is over $3,000 a month. WE NEED MEDICARE FOR ALL!

 Before the pandemic I was going to a gym and doing water aerobics and exercising on a sit down elliptical, an arm exerciser and treadmill. I'm just now getting back to the gym three days a week and getting muscle tone back.

I am an addict. Not booze or drugs, I'm hooked on carbohydrates. They're killing me. The diabetic nerve damage in my feet and hands remind me of it constantly.

It's not just sugar, it's bagels and bread and pasta and crackers and mashed potatoes, French fries. No matter how hard I try I can't live on meat, vegetables and water. Did you know a can of green beans contains sugar? It can't be avoided no matter how hard I try. 

14 comments:

Lydia said...

I wish I could share Canada's healthcare plan with the U.S.! It's not perfect, but it's so much better for the average person than what you all currently have.

I hope your new medication helps.

P M Prescott said...

I totally agree with you, Lydia.

Aymee said...

Our healthcare system here needs a serious overhaul.

My husband was diabetic, so I understand to a point what you're going through. He wasn't ever big on sweets either, but potatoes, pasta, and rice were his downfall. I'm glad you've found a medication that helps.

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Stephanie Ingram said...

Yeah, it's kind of depressing when you really start looking at labels and realize that they sneak sugar into everything. Giving up every convenience food is next to impossible in this day and age for any number of reasons. The cost of your medications is shocking but I know, living in this country, I shouldn't be shocked. I agree that our healthcare system needs an overhaul. I feel like healthy foods should be priced more affordable as well. Right now, it's cheaper and quicker to stop at the McDonalds drive through than to gather the ingredients for a healthy stir fry. Sigh... If only we lived in a perfect world, right?

P M Prescott said...

Thank you Aymee. Yes it does.

P M Prescott said...

Agreed, Stephanie.

Marianne Arkins said...

We're surrounded by food, largely unhealthy, these days so eating healthy is hard. And I feel your pain about carbs. They are SO DELICIOUS. Sigh.

Hang in there and keep trying. Every step in the right direction will get you there.

Wendi Zwaduk and Megan Slayer said...

I had no idea green beans had sugar, but if it's at least natural sugar is that better?

Shari Elder said...

Carbs are way too easy to get hooked on. And they are everywhere and hard to avoid. Wishing you well as we continue to navigate the pandemic.

P M Prescott said...

Marianne, not only that, they're filling. A low carb diet always leaves me hungry.

P M Prescott said...

Megan they use it as a preservative.

P M Prescott said...

You stay safe too, Shari, this pandemic is far from over.

Tanith Davenport said...

I'll admit to being hooked on carbs myself. My doctor's advice is always to cut back on sugar, but I hardly touch it.

P M Prescott said...

It's hard to avoid them, Tanith.