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Board: Cancer 10-26-2016, 12:05 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 589
Posted By SamQKitty
Re: Does longer than normal wait times for a Bone marrow biopsy mean something?

If you haven't heard from the doctor by now, you should give him/her a call. Sometimes things get misplaced or accidentally overlooked. My rule of thumb is to always give the doctor's office at...
Board: Diabetes 10-17-2016, 12:31 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 886
Posted By SamQKitty
Re: A1C results 11

If you have type 2 diabetes, it can often be well-controlled with diet and exercise. But with an A1c of 11, your doctor didn't want to wait for you to get it under control that way, so he/she...
Board: Diabetes 09-11-2016, 02:49 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 977
Posted By SamQKitty
Re: Question about refined sugar

I almost forgot...add a pinch of cinnamon to the cocoa powder before dissolving...it'll really bring out the chocolate flavor.

Ruth
Board: Diabetes 09-08-2016, 01:01 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 977
Posted By SamQKitty
Re: Question about refined sugar

I put one VERY heaping teaspoon of cocoa powder in the cup, along with one Splenda. Then I fill the cup halfway with boiling water, stir until the cocoa powder is totally dissolved, then add milk. ...
Board: Diabetes 09-01-2016, 12:41 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 977
Posted By SamQKitty
Re: Question about refined sugar

I started making my own hot chocolate years ago. I use hershey's baker's chocolate that comes in the powdered form, and I add sugar substitute along with some milk and a pinch of cinnamon. Tastes...
Board: Diabetes 07-04-2016, 08:13 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 654
Posted By SamQKitty
Re: Glipizide

Glipizide is a sulfonylurea, and it works by forcing your pancreas to put out more insulin. Usually nowadays T2's are started on a sensitizing medication, such as metformin, which makes your body's...
Board: Cancer: Bladder 05-25-2016, 11:45 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,323
Posted By SamQKitty
Re: polyp inside bladder

I don't know about "usual" but I had a polyp which was discovered when I had a cysto, among numerous other tests, to find out what type of cancer I had (this was in 2001.) The urologist didn't seem...
Board: Chemotherapy 05-21-2016, 10:20 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 618
Posted By SamQKitty
Re: is there a rash when losing hair ?

Can only tell you my experience, and I did not have a rash when I was losing my hair. But then...everyone reacts somewhat differently to each type of chemo. As long as you're not scratching and the...
Board: Diabetes 03-19-2016, 05:07 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 905
Posted By SamQKitty
Re: worried

Ditto what Cora said. Yes, you are definitely a diabetic. It's simply that you're controlling it with diet and exercise.

And get an A1c periodically...at least once every six months. Type 2...
Board: Diabetes 03-19-2016, 05:05 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 902
Posted By SamQKitty
Re: Blood sugar high

Here's the deal, Kate: The longer you have untreated diabetes, the more damage your are doing to your body. It may not be evident, but it's happening. Down the road, high blood sugars can cause...
Board: Back Problems 03-19-2016, 04:49 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 760
Posted By SamQKitty
Re: NEED DIAGNOSIS-Severe Pain in Left Rib Area

Have you had a chest x-ray? It's possible that one of your floating ribs somehow ddislocated, although I would think that'd be constantly painful. The other possibility is an inflamed muscle, which...
Board: Diabetes 02-10-2016, 10:06 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,218
Posted By SamQKitty
Re: Blood Glucose level

You're welcome, Piyyin. The best ammunition is information!

Ruth
Board: Diabetes 02-06-2016, 07:59 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,218
Posted By SamQKitty
Re: Blood Glucose level

Piyyin,

Has your doctor run an HbA1c on you (also referred to simply as an A1c)? This tests shows your average blood glucose levels over the past 8-12 weeks, 24/7. It's a much better indicator...
Board: Diabetes 02-04-2016, 09:32 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,218
Posted By SamQKitty
Re: Blood Glucose level

I agree with Laura. Those fasting bg's are fine, especially since they've been in the same range for 15 years. Just keep doing what you're doing and you should be fine.

Ruth
Board: Women's Health 12-28-2015, 01:59 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 829
Posted By SamQKitty
Re: Incurable Infection or Something Else?

One other thought: Have you tried the oral medication Diflucan? That's what finally worked for me...cleared it up, and by managing my diabetes better, never got another yeast infection. And, while...
Board: Women's Health 12-25-2015, 10:32 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 829
Posted By SamQKitty
Re: Incurable Infection or Something Else?

Also, have you been checked for diabetes? Sometimes in Type 2 diabetes, the first symptoms can be an unremitting yeast infection. And note that your fasting blood glucose may still be within normal...
Board: Cancer: Bladder 11-15-2015, 02:34 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,628
Posted By SamQKitty
Re: want some advice and insight

Should have mentioned this before Scot had his surgery, but maybe it'll help you, Hawk. There's a medication called peridium that can stop bladder spasms and also make it a bit easier to urinate. ...
Board: Diabetes 11-09-2015, 08:40 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,111
Posted By SamQKitty
Re: Concerned mom!!

Excellent...she'll not only get good treatment there, she'll probably find lots of support there, too.

Ruth
Board: Diabetes 11-08-2015, 05:01 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,111
Posted By SamQKitty
Re: Concerned mom!!

Hi Nina,

A couple of suggestions:

First, ask around and see if there's a diabetic support group anywhere near you. Just make sure it isn't one that caters to elderly T2 diabetics, as that will...
Board: Diabetes 11-08-2015, 04:40 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 815
Posted By SamQKitty
Re: Peripheral neuropathy

Hi Nannoo,

The brand name for pregabalin is Lyrica, and it is a very similar medication to gabapentin, which is Neurontin.

There's another medication that is used for pain, and that is...
Board: Diabetes 11-06-2015, 11:38 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 716
Posted By SamQKitty
Re: Diabetes rehab centers, good idea?

True, Cora...but most health insurance companies in the U.S. don't pay for more than a day or two of in-patient training.

Ruth
Board: Diabetes 11-06-2015, 11:30 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,111
Posted By SamQKitty
Re: Concerned mom!!

I'm so sorry, Nina, that you and your daughter are having to deal with this, but please, please don't let it overwhelm you. Life will probably be a bit rocky for a while, but you CAN get through...
Board: Diabetes 11-04-2015, 04:53 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,111
Posted By SamQKitty
Re: Concerned mom!!

Well, did the doctor at least do a finger stick to see if her blood sugar was elevated? If not, you may want to find another doctor.

But unless her blood glucose level is extremely high, a few...
Board: Diabetes 11-04-2015, 02:42 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 716
Posted By SamQKitty
Re: Diabetes rehab centers, good idea?

Actually, some of that used to be done. For example, when I was put on insulin in 1989, I was in-patient at the Joslin in Boston for an entire week, which included getting my doses adjusted and...
Board: Diabetes 11-04-2015, 02:25 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,111
Posted By SamQKitty
Re: Concerned mom!!

Well, this happened to me when I had a routine physical for a job when I was 23. And I, too, had a big bowl of sweetened cereal that morning.

The blood test was perfectly normal.

Oddly enough...
Board: Cancer: Bladder 11-04-2015, 02:18 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,628
Posted By SamQKitty
Re: want some advice and insight

Probably won't be online tomorrow, Scot, so I just wanted to drop in and wish you the best of luck...best of results...on the TURB-T tomorrow.

Ruth
Board: Cancer: Bladder 10-31-2015, 11:34 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,628
Posted By SamQKitty
Re: want some advice and insight

Hi Scot,

20 millimeters is less than an inch, about 2 centimeters which is, I believe, not tiny, but not that large either.

The biggest concern with bladder cancer is whether or not it has...
Board: Diabetes 07-24-2015, 05:36 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 777
Posted By SamQKitty
Re: Why have I suddenly become so insulin sensitive?

Oh the joys of being diabetic! <she says, sarcastically>

Our bodies are so individual, and react so individually. For some people, stress makes their numbers go into the stratosphere; yet for...
Board: Diabetes 07-24-2015, 05:29 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 597
Posted By SamQKitty
Re: Recently something contrary to logic of juvenile diabetes happened to me.

Cora and I are on the same wave-length here. No, you probably were not a diabetic as a child, but you've apparently developed Type 1 as an adult, which is way more common than people realize, and is...
Board: Herpes 06-11-2015, 09:58 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 846
Posted By SamQKitty
Re: cold sores and caribbean vacation

Don't know if you've already left for your vacation, but if not....

I've never taken any oral meds for oral herpes, but since the sun definitely causes outbreaks for me, I always use an SPF 45 lip...
Board: Diabetes 06-08-2015, 05:41 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,077
Posted By SamQKitty
Re: Need Help ASAP

Just confirming that there is a lot of anecdotal evidence (from people I trust) that ALA and GLA both work very well for gastroparesis, which is basically neuropathy in the stomach muscles. I would...
Board: Cancer 05-20-2015, 11:17 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,423
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, 11:54 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,040
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, 10:03 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,031
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, 07:20 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 840
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, 11:43 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 983
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, 11:45 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,827
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, 06:48 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,951
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, 11:51 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,951
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, 11:44 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,160
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, 02:54 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,948
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, 05:39 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 3,064
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, 05:32 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,967
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, 03:21 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 2,069
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, 03:13 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 3,883
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 08-04-2014, 12:16 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 4,828
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, 11:40 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 637
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, 09:37 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 918
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, 04:42 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 753
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, 04:38 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,042
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...
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