Hi everyone! It’s been a long journey back to Tudiabetes. I don’t even know where to begin. It’s been two years since Mom’s death due to complications of diabetes—resulting from several hypoglycemic comas while in the nursing facility. She was originally sent to the facility due to her osteoarthritis in her hips but the nursing staff overdosed her on insulin and she slipped in a coma in the middle of the night. She was in a coma for week and we got her out of that coma, but she kept having them. The doctors diagnosed her as “brittle” diabetes. The last one took her life.
My RA has never been under control and after her death, it went “Girls Gone Wild” (pun intended), which opened the door for my diabetes to follow suite. I failed several oral medications–Metformin, Metformin ER, and Januvia. I had serious side effects with each drug and they did not help control my A1C to boot. Finally I asked my endo to just let me do diet and exercise. I basically starved myself down to an A1C of 6.3, but that’s basically me eating two meals a day of a boiled egg for breakfast and a 1/2 a cup of chicken salad for lunch every day, nothing else. And I still fight allergy attacks.
My CRP levels with my RA remained high and I’m at my maximum dosage for Remicade 1,100 mg a month while trying to minimize the prednisone even though it helps to control the RA. Note: Remicade is supposed to be taken every 6 weeks.
This past Monday, my endo told me that it was time to move to the next phase of diabetes drugs for me—Trulicity, 0.75 mg. We shall see where it takes me… the first shot made me feel better than I felt in a long time. But if my BGs start lingering between 140-150 I need to contact the endo, and she will start me on insulin immediately. I hate to be a Debbie Downer, but my BG will do that with just my next infusion.
Starting the new year, my new boss is changing my work hours from 7 am to 5 pm to 7 am to 10 pm Monday - Thursday, and 7 am to Noon on Fridays. 2018 is going to be a hard year for me.
The good news is my thyroid is maintaining on the current dosage of 150 mcg. Yay?