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Category: thyroid disease


i’m not dead…but sometimes it’s hard to be sure


Pardon the drama up there, but I’m feelin’ pretty raunchy today.  Not sure what’s up really.  I’m achy and my sinuses are not very happy.  I feel like I have been awake for a week straight.  (but I promise you, I haven’t)  I’ve slept almost all day and nope, I didn’t stay up last night.  I was in bed around 11pm which is pretty normal for me.  I slept fairly sound in spite of my Dex alerting that I was “high” for several hours.  Max never got me up, so I probably slept better than on some nights.

I just have no clue why I’m so worn out and feeling so cuh-rappy other than my night of waiting for a high blood sugar to resolve!

The worst of it lasted for about 4 hours last night.  I bolused for and ate a small bowl of cereal (Rice Chex–yay!) with unsweetened vanilla almond milk earlier in the evening.  Later, I crashed, so I ate another yummy bowl.  (seriously, it had been a few years since I’d indulged in cereal!  it’s one of my faves!)  Slowly, my sugar rose to a good level…and just kept going.

going high on CGM

This isn’t mine.  I didn’t snap it because I hate seeing a jagged line.

Don’t you hate it when your sugar is going up and all you can do is watch…and wait for the insulin to kick in?  Ugh!  I didn’t want to crash myself again, so I tried to refrain from rage-bolusing.  keep calm & don't rage-bolusSo it wasn’t until much later that again, I went low.  Not really crashing, but just gradually getting lower until finally. my alert went off that I was below 60.  I’m sure most of that was due to it being the time of morning I am normally dropping lower slowly like that.

I got up and ate some peanut butter crackers and drank a little juice.  I was so worn out though I just fell back into bed.  I had taken my thyroid medicine a few hours earlier when Tommy went to work and I got up to fix his breakfast.  And now, finally I have taken the rest of my meds, but I just feel so YUCKY!

I’ve been taking my thyroid meds with some vitamin C powder.  Why?  I read that it helps with absorption.  I’m not sure yet if it’s worth the 8 carbs I have to bolus for the powder, but we’ll see when I go back to the endo.  It’d be great if I could get on a lower dose of Synthroid for sure!  Right now, I’m taking 175mcg and 200mcg alternately.  Fun.  (not)

The reason my head feels so crappy is possibly because Friday I met Tommy for lunch at Taco Bell where I got my usual Mexican Pizza combo.  I really should have stopped after the pizza since I was feeling pretty full already, but I didn’t want to waste the tacos that came with it and Tommy was telling me I hadn’t eaten enough (like he knows? argh)  So I ate part of the taco, which had sour cream on it.  I stopped eating when I hit the sour cream, or at least I thought I did.   I knew I’d gotten a little of it, but a teeny bit hadn’t been bothering me.

But oh, boy!  Saturday morning I was a wreck!  I had to drag out the netti pot, I was so stopped up.  And we had planned to go with Corey and Mel to this thing in Bowling Green that day.  It was an attempt to break the Guinness World record for most people simultaneously hanging in hammocks.  I know, kinda weird, but it sounded fun and we originally thought the rest of the kids were going, but a couple of them along with Casey and Tay decided to go to King’s Island instead!  hmph!  Taylor’s birthday was Friday.  I’d been trying all week to get up with her to give a gift to her, but we didn’t get to do that til Sunday because the child has been gone somewhere with somebody every single night/day.  The King’s Island trip was part of her birthday, so we went without them and ended up being a party of 7.

guys in hammocks

the fellas, from bottom to top: there’s the Hubby, Nibs, Cootie & StankyLaigs up top. 🙂

 

Mel & Maddie

The gals… Bottom to top: Mel & Maddie

We had a good time.  We almost melted in the heat, but it was okay since none of us actually died.  heh  We didn’t break the record.  The event just wasn’t organized very well and that may have been part of it.  We fell almost 200 people short, but they did raise over a thousand dollars for their animal shelter.  I guess it was worth it.  Ha!

Geannie's hammocking legs

Me…trying to swing & get some heat-relief. My SHINS are sweating, people! ACK!

all hands on deck, a helping hand... ha, ha, ha, ha!

I call this one “The helping hands of friendship”… HA! When your long-legged buddy isn’t quite tall enough to triple-hang, you improvise.

See?  In spite of the 100-degree heat, we had fun.  Who couldn’t laugh with this buncha nuts?!

And Mama had a good line most all day, too!  YAY!

good Dex line in 100-degree heat!

Lookin’ good, Dex!

And almost all of us were really cool…  Ha, ha, ha!

Chacos!

Chacos! Our family is really a #chaconation unto itself. We can’t have #summerfun without our #chacos!

So yeah, I have been either busy with stuff or just feeling raunchy or dealing with another issue that I’ll cover in another post and I completely flaked out on last week’s frankly friday.  Sorry, guys.  Heh.  Like there were any of you out there waiting with baited breath, right?  Ha, ha, ha!!

Finally, I’m rocking a fairly steady line hovering in the 140-range.  Thank God!  I hate rollercoaster days!

my roller coaster Dex line over the past 24 hours

This one IS mine. Ugh. Go away, roller coaster!! I need some steady in my life right now! #diabeticprobs

Blessings, y’all!

G~

 


Underbrow < Wunderbrow??


Okay, I need some input on, of all things, eyebrows!  Ya see, I don’t have any.  Observe:

UnEyebrowsI’m not even kidding here, folks!  (sorry for the totally raw, absolutely-no-make-up footage!)

I have looked at this Wunderbrow stuff (and no, I don’t get a dime for this link!) but I just can’t decide if I wanna plunk down $22 even though it appears to be the very thing I’m looking for!

So I wanna know… have any of you ever tried this stuff?  Do you know of anyone who has?  Please give me your input.  I despise spending money on something that just does not work, no matter what the amount is.  If I give you money for a product, it had better work!

I think the whole thin-to-nil-eyebrow thing is a family heirloom.  BAHAHA!  But my thyroid issues also contribute, so I am really lucky to have the few little bristles I have up there.  My mom and sister also suffer from it and neither of them have the thyroid issues, so I have to assume it’s partially an inherited trait.  My grandma on my dad’s side had similarly thin eyebrows, but hers at least made a line completely across the eye.  Mom, Judy and I seem to  have this little bushy wad sort of, but not completely toward the inner eye that peters out to nothingness by the time you get to the outer corner.

SIIIIIGH!

It’s really frustrating to painstakingly use eyebrow pencil and make the things look halfway natural only to have them feather away to nothing in a couple hours.  And if it’s hot outside and I sweat?  Well, you can figure they might last 15 minutes.

I am totally serious!  So okay… give it to me, ladies!!  What’s the verdict?  Would you try this?  After watching the video

….do you think this is a good bet?

Maybe the reason I’m SO hesitant is that my poor little mother is the QUEEN of buying all these wonder-miracle items off the shopping channels.  Most of the time they are some sort of great “cure diabetes” thing (yes, I know… you’d think having a type 1 diabetic daughter, she would understand the difference, but I can’t seem to get it through to her…and I guess, as a mommy, she just holds out hope in any wild idea that says it can do the trick. *sigh*) but sometimes she’ll order some kind of crazy whatsit and it ends up being just garbage.  I guess she can afford to do that, but I can’t and frankly, even if I could, it would drive me nuts each time it happened!!

To give you an idea of the types of things I’m talking about, see nutty Alton Brown demonstrating a few for America and beyond.

I kid you not.  She will order stuff like this.  slaps forehead   Moms.  Whatcha gonna do?  🙂

So, let me have your thoughts!  If I end up getting some of the stuff, I might, if asked nicely enough, do a review video!!  GASP!  C’mon guys, whaddaya think?  Should I?



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