Thursday, May 7, 2009

The ups & downs of life

Sometimes life just plain overwhelms me ~

Last week I attended the last of 4 diabetes education classes (3 hrs each week!) at our local hospital & have a follow up appointment with the diabetic nurse next week. I was mightily ticked off with the idea of having to go to classes at first but I now appreciate the fact that our hospital provides this for us. The classes really helped me to come to terms with my diabetes, as well as helping me understand what this chronic disease is all about. Now I know how I can control my blood sugar & I am finding that my diet has not changed a lot, more meat/protein & healthy fats.

I had my 2nd A1C test a couple of weeks ago & am pleased to say that my numbers have dropped 2 points to 6.2. It's good to have confirmation that I am now in control.

I actually enjoy finding different ways of presenting my meals & I'm seeing a Mediterranean look to my food which BTW, I am enjoying immensely. I even took photos of some dishes ;)

One chicken thigh with steamed veges & some olives & no that is not butter it's Smart Balance margarine on my potato -I didn't eat white potatoes for the longest time but I'm enjoying a small serving of them again ;)One egg scrambled with stewed tomatoes, to which I have added chopped onion, garlic & fresh spinach, along with some olives for healthy fat
A freshly baked loaf of whole grain, Rye bread with sprouted Rye berries & flax meal added. Bread is a good thing if it's whole grain, which this sure is. We've had a change in our hours at work, so I now do 7 hr shifts & just 2 nights a week - Yay!

But the past 2 weeks saw me covering for other caregivers who had health issues & me with a small tear in my Achilles tendon - sheesh all the gals there are a lot younger than me, what's wrong with this picture?

I have no idea how I tore my Achilles tendon if indeed it is torn, I didn't have an MRI as my Dr said it was just a small tear & gave me a boot to wear that makes me kind of walk on the ball of my foot & decreases the strain on the tendon. I'm also on an anti-inflammatory med to help with the pain. Dr tells me that because I am older ~ahem~ my tendons & muscles will tear with little strain sometimes & it can be as simple as turning my foot in a mole hole in the garden - well that is a possibility as there are moles aplenty here ;( I need to get some decent work boots to wear when working in the garden.

I am totally rearranging my garden this year, if I get enough fine sunny days to work out there. I lost a couple of plants to the extreme cold we had here last winter so they need to be replaced & there is an area at the back on a hillside that really needs a make over. I have moved my Dahlias out of there, so that is a start & Joe is rebuilding my strawberry beds today, it might be a bit late but we shall see.

I took a few cuttings last fall, which wintered over under mist in the greenhouse. They have been potted up & hopefully will be ready for my plant sale in June.

Beads; Oh yes I am beading, mostly in the evenings when I'm not at work.

I am behind again in my BJP being that it's May now but I will get back to that real soon. I have been working on the BFAC Project, this is the first year I've taken part in it.
This is the kit that is sent out & I have to use the big glass bead as well at least 1 of each of the rest of the beads, I can add 1 extra bead kind & a few other things like cabs, sequins & non bead items
I had a couple of false starts, which seems to be the norm for me LOL but I am pleased with what I'm doing now. So here's a wee tease for you to wonder over ;)


Carol said...

Hi Ellen
Since you have a good attitude about changes you will need to make in your lifestyle and eating habits, and now the knowledge of how and why, I am sure you will deal very well with the disease. We are hearing more and more about friends and family developing the disease.

I wonder if it is on the rise and if so why. But then again, with the population growing everyday, maybe percentages remain the same.

Denise said...

Hi Ellen!
Wow, aren't you full of surprizes!! Diabetes? Oh man, are you in for a treat! Think of all the wonderful food that you can eat to manage this!! I'm proud of you for doing the classes and learning to eat your veggies. Seriously, if anyone can handle this with a laugh and prayer, it's you!!
Love Ya!

Katie B said...

Ellen, I struggle with my type 2 all the time.
My level stays about 6.8 to 7.
I know he wants it lower and I just haven't gotten there yet.
May never, but with watching what I eat and my pill a day, I am hanging on.
Yup I splurge but then try to back away !

I'm still working on my BFAC too.
In fact that is where I SHOULD be right now!!

Kath said...

So happy you are discovering new meals that you enjoy. My, you are a busy lady, it was nice to stop by and catch up, best wishes Kath

abeadlady said...

Atta Girl, Ellen! Sounds like you are doing a great job keeping your sugar under control. I, too, have to get my BFAC done. I started out strong, but got sidetracked. I do love working with those colors though. Keep up the good work.

Mr. Natural said...

Aint she just about the BEST tho?


Helaine said...


I miss your emails so I checked on your blog and found all the news. I am glad your adjusting to your new diet. We have been putting new siding on our house a little bit at a time we hope to have it all finished by the end of the summer.

Check out my blog to see my rabbit up dates and soon my new chicken coop that I helped dave build.

Camilla La Mer-Art Dolls said...

Hi Ellen!
I am so happy to hear that you are opening yourself in such a beautiful way to your new dietary awareness. I am so touched to see photos of your nutritious and delicious looking meals. You deserve alot of credit for taking the time and energy to participate in the hospital clases, etc...I am sure that all of your loving attention to yourself is going to pay off beautifully!

I love dahlias!!! I wonder if they grow in Colorado?

xoxo Camilla

Helaine said...


I hope your birthday was a good one, let me know how your doing.

Hugs, Helaine