**I have had a nagging dizziness problem for more than two years. Blood pressure drops of 40-50 points in the mornings, when I stand up. I am adjusting to it and can actually go out and do things before lunch, but I have to be very careful. The rest of my day is much better.
**I have mild nerve damage all over my body, from 65 years of diabetes. Nerve damage is my only diabetes related complication. It has resulted in weak muscles all over my body, but not so bad in my legs. I do a lot of walking all year long. I joined a club/gym in December, and am using machines to strengthen my muscles. My trainer is taking good care of me. I have a tendency to chomp at the bit, and could do damage to myself. This little gal from Texas is so good at pacing me, and I am feeling the good results.
** I was diagnosed with insulin resistance in 1998, and Avandia has been a wonderful drug for me for almost 12 years. My doctor (an internist) refused to renew my subscription for Avandia in December. It is a drug that has caused some users to have heart problems, but my heart is strong. He insisted that I use Actos, but it is not nearly as good for my insulin resistance. After 3 months on Actos I am using 20% more insulin, and have gained 9 pounds. I have reduced my daily carb intake but it has not helped. My waist has increased 1.5 inches. I know that many type 1 diabetics have had success with Metformin for insulin resistance, but my doctor insists it is not appropriate for a type 1. I am going to see if my endo will permit me to return to Avandia, or use Metformin. She is young, but she has been very cooperative for me for the past 3 years.
**I have been in a group health insurance plan for a long time. In October I learned that the group was going to change providers. Th new provider will not cover a CGM under any circumstances. I used my Dexcom CGM for 8 months in 2010 and then stopped on October. I have saved 10 sensors and will use them this year at times I am on vacation, or am experiencing changes in my normal routine. The sensors have expired, so I don’t know if this will work. The Dexcom sensors are very expensive, and the transmitter and receiver will also expire soon! I was spoiled by my Dexcom and I really miss it.
The above situations involve the problems I am having, but none of them are all that bad. I am still very healthy and my many years of great control continue. I still plan to be the first person to live 100 years with diabetes. Full speed ahead!!!