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Board: Cancer 05-20-2015, 10:17 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 586
Posted By SamQKitty
Re: Why cant chemo cure stage 4 cancers?

Usually by the time a particular cancer has spread to the point where it's considered to be Stage 4, the cancer has become very aggressive. Also, it may have developed immunity to the types of chemo...
Board: Diabetes 03-28-2015, 10:54 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 406
Posted By SamQKitty
Re: desperately seeking answers

Hi Daisy,

Just wanted to kind of "ditto" what Cora said. Dieting and exercise are all well and good, but when they don't work, something more is needed. Uncontrolled, or poorly controlled, blood...
Board: Diabetes 03-23-2015, 09:03 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 512
Posted By SamQKitty
Re: spouse of type 1- need help

Actually, I know several diabetics who have this reaction to severe lows - anger, rejecting help, etc.

The best time to talk to him about this is when he's calm. Put it in terms of the child...
Board: Diabetes 02-14-2015, 06:20 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 367
Posted By SamQKitty
Re: Still struggling with glucose control

With all those meds, the extremely low-carb diet you're following, and the weight loss, I'm wondering if you could possibly be a Type 1, or a Type 1.5, which is a slow-onset of T1 in adults.

You...
Board: Cancer: Bladder 10-26-2014, 10:43 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 489
Posted By SamQKitty
Re: Infections during chemo

I just noticed that no one had responded to your post.
Meanwhile, I hope you may have gotten some answers from the oncologist, and I hope your mother is doing okay.

Ruth
Board: Diabetes 10-04-2014, 10:45 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,475
Posted By SamQKitty
Re: Blood sugar

What type of insulin are you using? And how long are you waiting after you take the shot to re-test?

Ruth
Board: Diabetes 09-30-2014, 05:48 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,011
Posted By SamQKitty
Re: Type 2 - At what Glucose reading should you head to the ER?

That's good news, Ray. I'd still get a bottle of ketostix though. When your blood sugar is over 250, test for ketones. If you don't produce them (and many T2's do NOT produce ketones), then you...
Board: Diabetes 09-29-2014, 10:51 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,011
Posted By SamQKitty
Re: Type 2 - At what Glucose reading should you head to the ER?

Get yourself a bottle of ketosticks. Those are reagent strips for testing ketones. You hold the stick in the urine stream, shake it off gently, wait about 15 seconds, and then compare the color on...
Board: Diabetes 09-29-2014, 10:44 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,780
Posted By SamQKitty
Re: Very confused

Yes, those numbers are indicative of diabetes. It is possible that diet and exercise will bring the numbers down, but it's very important not to delay in treating this. The A1c of 6.6 indicates...
Board: Diabetes 09-23-2014, 01:54 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,252
Posted By SamQKitty
Re: Apple cider

Angry Orchard ciders are hard ciders, which means they are fermented. They are approximately 5% alcohol by volume. That's a very small amount of alcohol, which means the rest of it is cider which...
Board: Weight Loss 09-15-2014, 04:39 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 2,585
Posted By SamQKitty
Re: Advice for an over-eater?

Hi Stephanie,

Although I have never attended the online meetings of OA, some of my fellow OA members have mentioned that they attend both online and telephone meetings.

OA is a great...
Board: Diabetes 09-05-2014, 04:32 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,412
Posted By SamQKitty
Re: Metformin 500mg

Although I have never personally taken metformin, I've heard that it can definitely cause gastro-intestinal problems. From what I've heard though, if you start on a very low dose (250 mg once a...
Board: Diabetes 08-20-2014, 02:21 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,657
Posted By SamQKitty
Re: Deep itch - going insane!!!

I've had that happen...backs of fingers, feet, etc. Sometimes holding an ice pack on the spot for several minutes gives more relief than scratching...and scratching is somewhat dangerous as you can...
Board: Cancer 08-20-2014, 02:13 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 3,363
Posted By SamQKitty
Re: I have a lump

It could just be a swollen lymph node due to some mild infection that you're not even aware of, but it's important to have it checked out just in case.

I'd make an appointment with your doctor...
Board: Cancer: Bladder 08-03-2014, 11:16 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 4,150
Posted By SamQKitty
Re: Bladder Instillation for bladder cancer

I don't know much about the side effects of chemotherapy for bladder cancer, Melissa, but others on here have said it's not all that bad.

There are a couple of things they use for bladder chemo;...
Board: Diabetes 06-25-2014, 10:40 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 375
Posted By SamQKitty
Re: Diabacor Information

Ditto what Cora said.

There is no "magic" supplement that will cure or control diabetes. With Type 1, insulin is a must. With Type 2, diet and exercise can control it for many years, and then...
Board: Diabetes 06-22-2014, 08:37 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 491
Posted By SamQKitty
Re: Onglyza

I did a quick search, and some of the things I read make me somewhat leery of this drug. As Laura said, it works by increasing insulin production, although not quite in the same way that...
Board: Diabetes 06-13-2014, 03:42 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 368
Posted By SamQKitty
Re: percentage question

Hi neighbor (I'm within the 495 belt, lol),

I wouldn't sweat the small stuff. As long as you're staying under 6.0, you're doing fantastic! And even 6.1 or 6.2 is not that high for a diabetic,...
Board: Diabetes 06-13-2014, 03:38 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 531
Posted By SamQKitty
Re: Anyone ever had hypos on Metformin (Type 2)

I've never been on metformin, but I do know that you can experience lows on it.

First off, the numbers you've given (74 and 88) aren't low...they're good. It's possible that you had been running...
Board: Cancer: Brain 06-13-2014, 03:29 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 5,351
Posted By SamQKitty
Re: Tyramine-free diet! Any information!?

Tyramine-restricted diets are also advised for people on MAO inhibitors, which I've had some experience with.

The main things you have to avoid are red wines; beer; hard cheeses (cottage cheese,...
Board: Diabetes 05-27-2014, 10:59 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 607
Posted By SamQKitty
Re: Extended Travelling with Victoza

There are coolers that only require water to activate. Frio is a good one, but I know there are other brands as well, I just don't know the names.

I use the Frio coolers when I travel, and they...
Board: Diabetes 05-08-2014, 05:19 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 8,400
Posted By SamQKitty
Re: Diabacor/Diabacon

I'm with Cora. The advertising alone seems to use scare tactics to get you to part with a lot of money. If you need medication and you're a T2, metformin is definitely the way to go.

Ruth
Board: Chemotherapy 05-08-2014, 05:13 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 8,514
Posted By SamQKitty
Re: After Chemo - What next?

Mark,
Do you know what type of cancer it was? In other words, was it an adenocarcinoma, or did it have similarities to other types of cells, such as squamous or small cell. And what type of chemo...
Board: Diabetes 05-05-2014, 09:24 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 412
Posted By SamQKitty
Re: Lightheaded

Jose,

If you're a T2, not on medication, and your blood sugar is running high, then some exercise and a low-carb meal (veggies and meat) would be helpful.

If you're on insulin or oral...
Board: Diabetes 04-28-2014, 05:38 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 762
Posted By SamQKitty
Re: Help Needed Understanding my Numbers

So glad I could help out, Brian.

Ruth
Board: Diabetes 04-28-2014, 04:13 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 762
Posted By SamQKitty
Re: Help Needed Understanding my Numbers

I absolutely think you should chill out about this. First of all, many people develop insulin resistance as they get older. With good diet and exercise, you could manage this for many, many years...
Board: Diabetes 04-24-2014, 03:42 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 242
Posted By SamQKitty
Re: 54 year old - Diabetic, fractured wrist

I would suspect that the high blood glucose is affecting your body's ability to absorb calcium.

Have you met with an endocrinologist yet? Running bg's of 300, especially if you can't get them...
Board: Diabetes 04-24-2014, 03:36 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 762
Posted By SamQKitty
Re: Help Needed Understanding my Numbers

Rig, the one-hour post-prandials are useless information for you as far as monitoring the possibility of being pre-diabetic (which your A1c indicates you are.) In diabetics and pre-diabetics, blood...
Board: Diabetes 04-18-2014, 02:20 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 710
Posted By SamQKitty
Re: Blood Glucose

Back in the days when people were not warned about impending diabetes, the way they usually got diagnosed was when they had enough damage to their bodies to cause neuropathies and diminished kidney...
Board: Diabetes 04-18-2014, 02:14 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 474
Posted By SamQKitty
Re: hemoglobin levels

Okay,then. I'd suggest you re-post this on the heart-vascular board, sub-category blood and blood vessel, and possibly on the cancer board...although, frankly, with everything else being normal and...
Board: Diabetes 04-17-2014, 08:31 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 710
Posted By SamQKitty
Re: Blood Glucose

That's good, but don't wait until you're diagnosed. As Levengas said, exercise and moderate diet changes will not only put you back into the normal range, it will quite possibly keep you from ever...
Board: Diabetes 04-17-2014, 08:29 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 476
Posted By SamQKitty
Re: Different meter readings

Unfortunately meters are by law only required to be within 20% accurate. So when you test and get a blood glucose of, say, 100, it could actually be 80 or 120.

I don't know too much about the...
Board: Diabetes 04-17-2014, 08:27 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 474
Posted By SamQKitty
Re: hemoglobin levels

Are you referring to your glycosolated hemoglobin test, otherwise known as the A1c or HbA1c? Or are you referring to the actual hemoglobin count? If the latter, your post would probably reach more...
Board: Diabetes 04-07-2014, 11:27 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 668
Posted By SamQKitty
Re: Daily testing for "controlled" Type II?

I think it's a good idea that you're going to be seeing an endo, and he/she can probably take over your diabetes care in addition to the thyroid. I would hope that an endo would be more willing to...
Board: Diabetes 04-06-2014, 08:42 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 406
Posted By SamQKitty
Re: Type 2 Diabetes

Hard to say. Depends on what type of illness, what type of medication you're on for diabetes...a lot of factors can come in to play here. More info about your situation might be helpful?

Ruth
Board: Diabetes 04-06-2014, 08:38 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 347
Posted By SamQKitty
Re: I have diabetes,

Are you on insulin? Oral medication? You can go for a walk...even a slow walk will usually bring your blood sugar down. However, if you're above 250, you should test for ketones first, as it's...
Board: Diabetes 04-06-2014, 08:35 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 668
Posted By SamQKitty
Re: Daily testing for "controlled" Type II?

Usually the "rules" for T1 and T2 aren't actually rules, they're just guidelines. There are a couple of things you can do.

1. You can "scatter" your tests. For example, on Mondays test AM...
Board: Diabetes 04-01-2014, 09:48 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 331
Posted By SamQKitty
Re: Fasting Glucose

Not sure about the amoxicillin. But, since your bg wasn't high enough to worry about treating it with anything other than diet and exercise, why don't you ask your doctor to simply re-test you in 3...
Board: Diabetes 04-01-2014, 09:46 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 260
Posted By SamQKitty
Re: blood sugar level

When you're trying to figure out how food affects you as a diabetic (or pre-diabetic), the benchmark for testing is at the 2-hour mark, timed from when you began eating, not when you finished. This...
Board: Diabetes 03-31-2014, 12:02 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 589
Posted By SamQKitty
Re: What am I doing wrong?

One other thing, Lady. You mentioned IBS...are you talking about inflammatory bowel disease or irritable bowel syndrome? I was wondering if you've been treated frequently with steroids, because I...
Board: Diabetes 03-30-2014, 11:01 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 589
Posted By SamQKitty
Re: What am I doing wrong?

I agree with both your doctor and Cora...you really need to see an endo. You are taking a HUGE amount of humalog before meals, especially considering how low-carb you're eating, and your A1c is...
Board: Cancer 03-21-2014, 02:50 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,456
Posted By SamQKitty
Re: Do you have to get a specific blood test to see if you have cancer?

You can have an abnormal thyroid test without having cancer. Some people have sluggish thyroids (called hypOthyrodism), others have overactive thyroids (called hypERthyroidism). That is usually...
Board: Diabetes 03-17-2014, 09:37 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 545
Posted By SamQKitty
Re: Dawn phenomenon

Yes, 92261, I understand that for your son. But Interstate 495 is a T2, and I'm not sure she's done the middle-of-the-night testing to determine if she has dawn phenomenon or Somogyi (rebound)...
Board: Diabetes 03-16-2014, 10:12 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 545
Posted By SamQKitty
Re: Dawn phenomenon

Have you tried NOT eating a snack before bedtime?
Board: Diabetes 03-16-2014, 10:06 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 305
Posted By SamQKitty
Re: Diabetes

Sarah,

May I suggest that you wait to get pregnant until you have better insurance coverage? I'm also astounded that your insulin would cost that much if you have drug coverage, but then, not all...
Board: Diabetes 03-09-2014, 08:41 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 388
Posted By SamQKitty
Re: When Was A1C lowered

It is my understanding that the standards for diagnosing normal, pre-diabetes and diabetes using the A1c haven't changed since they began using it as a diagnostic tool. The current standards are, as...
Board: Diabetes 03-09-2014, 05:04 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 336
Posted By SamQKitty
Re: Blood sugar spilkes overnights.

Bill - the best way to figure it out is to test. In fact, you may want to have her test at 3 AM a couple of nights. If she's not low then, then it's definitely not rebound high. But rebound high...
Board: Diabetes 03-06-2014, 01:33 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 471
Posted By SamQKitty
Re: higher in the morning

Gotcha, 495. Definitely sounds like Dawn Phenom, so I would follow Cora's advice. She's definitely a "been there, done that" type whose advice is always very good.

Ruth
Board: Diabetes 03-05-2014, 09:11 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 471
Posted By SamQKitty
Re: higher in the morning

Nope...even non-diabetics have "dawn phenomenon." The difference is that their blood sugars only rise a bit, and since their blood sugars are normal anyway, it doesn't rise to an abnormal state.
...
Board: Diabetes 03-05-2014, 09:05 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 336
Posted By SamQKitty
Re: Blood sugar spilkes overnights.

The other possibility is that she's actually going low sometime during the night, and the morning high is a rebound high. It can be easily tested for by waking briefly at 2-3 AM and testing. If bg...
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