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
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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!

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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

Free Medication at Publix

Since we had grocery shopping to do I decided to get my new blood pressure prescription filled at Publix.  I was pleasantly surprised to find out that the prescription was for a medication that Publix fills for free.  I also found out that my diabetes medication is also part of Publix’s free medication program.  I’ll still have to pay for my insulin and my testing supplies, but I can’t complain.

Check out their program here.  If you live by a Publix I recommend checking this program out.

A fitting image for today is the bank vault below.  This was actually in a Hotel I stayed at in St. Louis.  the converted the vault into the business center and snack shop.

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Converted vault in a hotel.

Getting Back to Normal

Things are starting to get more and more back to normal in the 4th week after being sent home.  My blood sugar actually stayed constant today at 104.  This is still higher than I want it, but a very good place to be compared to 4 weeks ago.  I start new blood pressure medicine tomorrow.  This will help keep my blood pressure better in check and hopefully help avoid having my blood pressure go too low.

I still need to increase my daily physical activity past what it is currently is.  This has been a bit hard as my body is still in recovery mode.  Basically my body is fixing everything that has been wrong with it.

Maybe I’ll pick up surfing again.

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Joseph Sollner surfing
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Joseph Sollner surfing

Insulin Shots

Insulin shots are a part of my daily routine now.  I have to take up to 5 a day.  A once daily regardless, and then up to 4 using a sliding scale based on my blood sugar level.  Luckily, I’ve only had to do two shots a day for the past week or so.  I’m working to get down to one shot a day.   Eventually I’d like to be off insulin all together, but that is going to take a good deal of work, and might be impossible given that most of my insulin making capabilities naturally are shot.

I found an article on proper injection techniques.  Luckily I had a really good consultation with a diabetes educator before I left the hospital.  She covered most of what is in the article.  I think her advice really has helped me get my blood sugar to something under control quickly.

Basically I consider my daily shot like an oil change.  So here is a pic of Crump3t getting an oil change out in California.

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Crump3t getting an oil change.



Low Blood Pressure

So yesterday I started to feel very strange with a whole host of issues happening at once.  I checked my blood sugar and it was fine.  Next I checked my blood pressure and was surprised to find it at 88/40.   This is very low compared to the normal of 120/80.

I went in to see my primary care doctor and he confirmed the low blood pressure.  After walking around I was able to get the pressure back up to a normal level and have been able to maintain it since. I’ve never felt the mix of symptoms created by low blood pressure, and it wasn’t the most pleasant of experiences.

I’ll be checking my blood pressure now when checking my blood sugar.  I think the following warning sign picture I took in New Mexico is appropriate.

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Beware of snakes!


So yesterday I walked over 3 miles.  Not much by some standards, but a good distance as a start.  I’ve been getting my strength back and was really able to have a good day yesterday.  I didn’t feel any pain and didn’t feel any of the odd side effects of the insulin or medicine I am on.

I’m also using a Fitbit to track my activity.  This will help when I have visits with my primary doctor.  Also it’ll motivate me to do more down the road.  Our scale in the house is even tied into the tracking system, making it easy to get data to my doctors.

The good news is I feel more and more back to myself as each day passes.  Perhaps soon I can go on a MINI run with the club.

Here is a picture from a previous MINI run.

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Mini ice cream run.