Random Issues

So I’ve managed to battle an ear infection and some sort of infection in my neck since being diagnosed.  The ear infection cleared up quickly with antibiotics, but the neck infection is taking a bit longer.

I almost think this is my body tackling issues it has had for awhile now that it isn’t trying to fight the sugar issue.  Being the fourth week in now I do notice a difference overall in the way I feel.  I do how ever require a coffee every now and then.

Since I’ve got the blood sugar under control by the horns I figured this picture of a MINI with bull horns would be appropriate.

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A MINI with bull horns on the grill.


I’ve always been a big fan of pasta.  That of course has changed since being diagnosed with diabetes.  Today I’m going to go ahead and try 2 ounces of whole wheat pasta.  The carb level is low enough to be close to my 4 4 4 4 plan at that amount.  It will be interesting to test my blood glucose level after eating it.  Hopefully it stays within acceptable limits, as I do like an occasional pasta meal.

Here is a pic from my drive out to MTTS 2014 passing by the Sierra Nevada mountain range.

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Driving by the Sierra Nevada mountain range


Blood Sugar Under Control

I’m fairly certain that my blood sugar is under good control now.  I had a spike of 206 yesterday after lunch.  That is highest it has been for a week or so.  Good news is I’m not having to take 5 shots of insulin a day on my sliding scale.  The most I have had to do is 2 a day.  I’m still taking Metformin twice a day.  I’m sticking to my meal plan, and haven’t touched fast food at all.  My goal is to hopefully get off insulin completely, but I really need to ramp up the exercise to do so.

Here are some pics of me in Alaska a couple of years back.

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Me in Alaska
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Me in a small fishing village in Alaska.
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Looking out over the bay at glaciers in Alaska
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Dog blocking my path. He wanted a treat.
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Part of my sled dog team in Alaska.

Blood Pressure

As a result of my diabetes I also had some high blood pressure issues.  I am happy to say that with the big diet changes and with the help of medication my blood pressure is under control.  I was actually able to take myself off the medication for a couple of days as my blood pressure was low enough naturally.  Each day I branch out and learn new things to keep myself healthy moving forward.  It is always nice to have a win.

Here is a fitting picture of 118 degrees while driving out West last summer.  Fitting since that is close to the optimal 120 Systolic number.

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Driving out West, it is hot outside!

Time to Start Working Out

Now that the meals are planned and my medicine is working well it is time to start working out.  I’ve started with low impact things like raking the yard and washing the car.  I’ve also taken on most of the chores in the house.  Eventually I’ll need to start doing more.  My wife has a rebounder by Belicon that I plan to start using.  I might look like a fool using it, but it is a good cardio workout.  Also my dogs could use more walking, so that is going to start tomorrow.

Here is a pic of my playing pool last summer in Dallas, TX during MTTS2014:

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Playing pool in Dallas, TX

Tough Night

While my blood sugar remained low enough today that I only needed to take my evening insulin shot I had to authorize surgery on my dog Kodiak.  He was having stomach issues all day today and required surgery.  He came out of surgery ok but he isn’t out of the woods yet.  Kodiak was a rescue that had some issues with seizures, but he was really coming into his own the past couple of months.  I’m really hoping he comes out of this ok and stronger than ever.

Here is a pic of him, such a sweet boy.

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My Kodiak!

Under 100!

For the first time since being diagnosed I was able to get my blood glucose level below 100!  I contribute this to the medicine and insulin shots, but mostly to eating right.  At this point I don’t even miss the fast food and the junk food.  I am even enjoying cooking a lot more.  As time progresses, and I get over an ear infection I picked up last week,, I plan to introduce exercise back into the mix.  My ultimate goal is to get off the insulin shots.

Here is a pic from a San Francisco trip a couple of years back.  Blue sky’s for a blood sugar milestone in my diabetes journey.

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Crossing the Golden Gate

Close to Under 100!

I was able to get my resting blood glucose level to 101 last night.  Officially 3 week in and the insulin and medicine are working their magic.  Also it helps that I have stuck to a meal plan.  Believe it or not I haven’t had a pepsi or coke at all since coming home.  I was planing on taking the dogs to the dog park today, but it is raining outside.  I’ll have to save that adventure for later this week.

Sally is still all smiles even though no park today.

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Sally says hello!

Meal Planning (4 4 4 4)

Ever since being released from my 3 day stay in the hospital I’ve been sticking with the 4 4 4 4 meal plan.  I first noticed the 4 4 4 4 plan while eating in the hospital.  All of my food trays had a ticket with 4 4 4 4 on the top.  being curious I asked a couple of different nurses and they explained it to me.  It is actually quite amazing what you can build as your plate using this method.  Basically you create a plate that has 4 servings of 15 grams of carbohydrate on it.  Mix and match using vegetables, grains, whatever.  Just make sure it is a healthy combo and that you include a protein in the mix.  The protein normally doesn’t count as one of the 4 4 4 4 items.

Check out the meal planning site on the American Diabetes Organization site for some good plates!


For today’s pic I used a snapshot I took while stopping in Yosemite for a day last summer.

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Yosemite Views



A little over two weeks ago I was admitted to the hospital.  After some scary moments, including the possibility of stopping and restarting my heart, I was admitted to the hospital due to complications from diabetes.  Needless to say the whole experience was frightening and has changed my life.  This blog will be about my day to day struggles and successes managing my diabetes.   With the support of my friends and family I plan to manage my diabetes and life a long and meaningful life.

My dogs are ready to help their dad with his diabetes, providing good laughs with their goofy antics.

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Dogs relaxing on the sofa while dad cooks.