• A Gastric Emptying Study and an Answer

    Last Thursday, October 11, I spent the better part of the day at the hospital for a gastric emptying study.  As I mentioned in my previous post, I’ve been dealing with some GI issues for a while now, without much luck in getting answers about what’s going on.  This test was the next step in the process of figuring out the problem with my guts. My arrival time for the test that morning was 7:30 a.m., which was a real challenge considering that I work nights and my sleep schedule is weird.  Unfortunately, a combination of anxiety and insomnia, as well as GI symptoms, led to my having no sleep before going to the hospital. So, I was feeling pretty…

  • What’s wrong with my gut?

    For the better part of this year, I’ve been dealing with some recurring GI issues.  I’ve seen a couple of doctors and have had some tests, none of which have provided any answers to this point. I have a history of GI problems; Acid reflux, ulcers, a hiatal hernia, etc…, but these have been ruled out as the cause the symptoms I’ve been experiencing as of late. I’ve done my research and, based on the symptoms, I’m suspecting the problem is gastroparesis. During a visit with my Endocrinologist last week, he brought up the subject.  He remembered that I had been having GI problems when I saw him in January and wanted to know if things were any better.  I…

  • Trulicity: A Few Observations

    So, I’ve been using the Trulicity for 4 weeks now, and have a few observations. First, my numbers are much improved overall. Fasting and post-meal are better. No major spikes. Second, it has wrecked my appetite. I don’t feel hungry much, and I’m not able to eat a whole lot when I do. There’s a bit of nausea, and I have noticed more heartburn flareups as well, but that’s the extent of the GI side effects that I’ve experienced so far. Third, I’m not using nearly as much insulin as I had been before starting this. I’ve cut my Lantus in half, and since I’m not eating as much, I’m not having to use as much Humalog. And I’ve stopped…

  • 9 Years

    Today marks 9 years of life with diabetes and congestive heart failure for me. It’s been a crazy journey, and the events of the last month have been a reminder of just how fortunate I am to have come this far. Cheers, folks!

  • The Costs of a Chronic Illness

    It’s day two of Diabetes Blog Week, and today we talk about the costs of living with a chronic illness. Today’s prompt:  The Cost of a Chronic Illness Insulin and other diabetes medications and supplies can be costly.  Here in the US, insurance status and age (as in Medicare eligibility) can impact both the cost and coverage.  So today, let’s discuss how cost impacts our diabetes care.  Do you have advice to share?  For those outside the US, is cost a concern?  Are there other factors such as accessibility or education that cause barriers to your diabetes care? Today’s prompt is timely, as the costs of living with diabetes have been a hot button issue as of late.  The costs of…