Good Numbers

I had my first follow up with my primary care physician at the end of last week.  He was pleased with my numbers.  Out of over 200 blood glucose readings I only had 5 instances over 200.  This was a big victory.  I’ll be getting my A1C test done next week to see if that number has come down from the staggering 13.1 to something better.  I’m feeling confident it will be lower.

Next week I go in to get my eyes checked out.  I’ll be taking a cab over since they will be dilating my eyes and doing a full compliment of testing.  I wouldn’t be surprised if I end up with glasses once all is said and done.  Should be interesting to see how that all goes.

All in all numbers are looking good,  my diet is under control, and with all the yard work and walking the dogs every morning things are going well.

Here is a picture of a beach I surfed from in Maui.  This was taken before the tide was brought in with waves.

Joseph Sollner Surfing Beach in Maui
Beach in Maui


Week of Appointments

The past week I’ve been to the dentist a total of 3 times.  I decided to pick a new dentist so one visit was the initial consultation, one was a cleaning, and the last was to fix a cavity I had.  I shouldn’t have to go back to the dentist until October.

This week I’ve got an eye doctor’s appointment as well as my next follow up with my primary care physician regarding my diabetes.  Yesterday I actually had my first low blood sugar reading.  It was an odd feeling for sure, but I was able to manage it with a glucose tablet.

All in all things are getting back to a normal balance as each day passes.  Here are a couple of pictures from the Steelstacks in Bethlehem, PA.

joseph sollner Steelstacks, Bethlehem, PA
Steelstacks, Bethlehem, PA
Joseph Sollner Steelstacks, Bethlehem, PA
Steelstacks, Bethlehem, PA

Checking Fluids

Today I took Elroy, our MINI Cooper Coupe, in for his oil change and basic maintenance check up.  He’ll basically be on the same schedule as me now in terms of health checkups.  Elroy was our first MINI, and depending on how things play out we will be taking him on MTTS2016.  It’s more likely we will be in London, England however next summer.  We will be able to drive a right hand drive MINI.

Here is a picture of Elroy and a couple of pictures of vinyl wrap concepts we would do to him if taking him on MTTS2016.

Joseph Sollner MINI Cooper Coupe Elroy
Joseph Sollner Vinyl Car Wrap Concept
Wrap concept 1
Joseph Sollner Vinyl Car Wrap Concept
Wrap concept 2

2 Weeks Away from Next Assessment

In two weeks I go in for my next medical assessment.  Should be interesting to go over the results of 60 days of medication, insulin shots, improved diet, and evolving exercise.  I really do like my primary care physician, and it helps that he specializes in diabetic care.  After this assessment I go in every 3 months to adjust medication and insulin shots as needed.

Things at this point are starting to become habit.  I’ll hopefully be able to get off the Humalog shots entirely, and just have a once a day Levemir shot.  It is my goal to also get off of the Levemir shots, but I know that realistically insulin shots are going to be a part of my future long term.

My next semester of school starts as well in two weeks.  Only 2 industry certifications in the new semester, and a bunch of papers to write.  The two following semesters are packed with MSCE certification classes.  Then just a capstone project and I’m done with school and recertification.

In honor of SpaceX’s almost successful landing of the Falcon 9 primary stage, here is a T-Shirt I got from them.

Joseph Sollner Falcon Heavy SpaceX T-Shirt
Falcon heavy T-Shirt

Symphony No. 5

As I sit here listing to some Beethoven I can’t get over how much my life felt like symphony No. 5 while in the hospital last month.  The ups and downs, all tense moments, and the final conversation with my attending physician that I was going home after spending 3 days in the hospital.  Most fitting was the moments in which the emergency room staff talked about stopping and restarting my heart to try to get the pulse rate down.

I’ve always liked classical music.  I normally would listen to classical music while flying.  Nothing like watching the world pass underneath you to a good symphony.  Perhaps I’ll integrate some into my workouts as I start to ramp them up intensity wise.

Some pictures from a trip to Germany are fitting for this post.

Joseph Sollner in Germany
Germany Trip, Tubingen
Joseph Sollner in Germany
Germany Trip, Triberg
Joseph Sollner in Germany
Hollenzen Castle
Joseph Sollner in Germany
Germany Trip, Triberg
Joseph Sollner in Germany
Germany Trip, Tubingen
Joseph Sollner in Germany
Germany Trip, Tubingen


Past 30 Days

It has been over 30 days since I was sent home from the hospital.  I am glad to say that I have only had two spike above 200 with my blood sugar level.  This is due to taking my insulin shots and medicine, to keeping to my diet, and to slowly increasing my physical activity each week.

Next step is going to be digitizing all of my records I am keeping so I can easily graph and chart things for my primary care doctors.  I also think it will be neat to see the steady progress I’ve achieved so far.  Should be easy enough with the blood glucose meter I have and format I’ve been keeping my food logged in.

A big thanks to all those who have supported me.  We had some rough spots but I think I’ve got this under control.  Here are a couple of shots from the beach that is about 10 minutes away.

Joseph Sollner on the beach during a storm
On the beach during a storm.
Joseph Sollner view down the beach
View down the beach
Joseph Sollner surf fishing
Surf fishing

3 Tests in One Week

I managed to pass 3 tests this week, for a total of 14 more credits completed.  Was a ton of work but felt good to get these completed.  My next semester has a whopping 22 credits scheduled, complete with 3 more certification renewals.  Going to be busy, but I am up for the challenge.  There should only be two more semesters after that and I’ll be completed with everything.  It’ll be nice to have it all done, and all my certifications renewed!

Speaking of certifications.  Check out my certificate from Jello!

Joseph Sollner Jello Cert joseph+sollner
Joseph Sollner Jello Cert

Slow Cooking

So one of the cooking methods I’ve been using frequently is slow cooking.  Our bid red crock pot has been getting some good use lately.  Today I am cooking a seasoned turkey breast for dinner later on.  Should be tasty, and the leftovers will make for good sandwiches.  Later on this week I’ll be cooking a mesquite barbecue pork roast.

Cooking with the crock pot saves time later on when preparing the 4 4 4 4 items I have to eat.  This is normally 2 vegetable sides and a fruit side, followed up with a fruit juice or milk.  The sides take more time to prepare than the main dish normally.  Not having to worry about the main dish is a big help.

I kinda feel a bit old fashioned using a slow cooker.  Here are some pictures of an old TWA plane I took last summer at the PIMA Air and Space Museum.

Joseph Sollner found TWA Plane at PIMA Air and Space Museum
TWA Plane at PIMA Air and Space Museum
Joseph Sollner found TWA Plane at PIMA Air and Space Museum
TWA Plane at PIMA Air and Space Museum

Another CIW Exam Passed

Well I passed another CIW exam today for school.  Now I’m a certified web design specialist, lol.  This also counts towards 7 credits for school, which is nice.  I am glad that exam is over.  I have a math exam on Wednesday to take, then that should be it for this semester.

My blood sugar level was high last night, almost 200.  This was most likely due to the fact I had some french fries.  Now I know better, or at least not eat what comes with a barbecue plate from Sonny’s.

Since I passed my test maybe I’ll wear my red shoes today.

Joseph Sollner red shoes
Joseph Sollner’s red shoes.

Happy Easter

Happy Easter to everyone out there.  My first holiday with diabetes.  Needless to say I won’t be enjoying a bunch of Easter candy today.  I will however be spending the day with family and relaxing.

I’m looking forward to another productive week, complete with another certification test on Monday. My next certification test is a Java certification.  I’m not looking forward to that one.  Outside of that I’ll be focusing on ramping up exercise.  I’ve been a bit behind the past couple of days as I caught up on much needed sleep.

Looking forward to April 13th.  SpaceX is launching its next Falcon, and will attempt to land it after launch. Watch it live here.

Falcon 9 SpaceX with Joseph Sollner
Falcon 9 being assembled for launch