A Bloody Mess…

Occasionally when checking my blood glucose in the morning, the lancet punctures me a bit too deeply which results in what you see in this photo. Yuck. I’ve been taking 81mg of baby aspirin each day since 2002 which was the year I was diagnosed with Congestive Heart Failure. I also take several other medications for other things including high blood pressure and Type Two diabetes. I’m a mess for a man my age aye? But alive and kicking! The puncture usually is just a very mild sting, but this morning was a bit different, it stung like hell and I knew the penetration was much deeper than usual.

Ouch. Yuck.

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The Diabetic Eye Exam

Once, maybe twice per year I have a diabetic eye exam to be sure I have no broken blood vessels hiding inside my overworked eyeballs. An ounce of prevention is still worth a pound of cure, right? No broken blood vessels! As usual, my eyes must be dilated so that the good doctor can see inside my head, hence these groovy plastic lenses behind my glasses. So sexy baby!

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Back To Disc Golf!

After watching so many people playing disc golf in the linear park behind my apartment complex, I’ve decided to purchase some basic discs and get back into the game. Besides, I need another way to get some exercise! For less than thirty bucks I purchased these three discs. Each disc is a different size, weight and has it’s own unique air foiling properties. A long range Driver, a Midrange disc and a Putter for close-in shots. I’m looking forward to playing again!

There are plenty of courses around Las Vegas and today I found out that there is a course up in Lee Canyon near Mount Charleston. Yeah! It will be a bit cooler up there of course but it’s only 102 degrees here today, much cooler than last week. I may purchase a bag for the discs and to hold those all important drinks. Oh, and the Nikon of course! I will need plenty of practice, I used to play in leagues during the nineteen nineties. I’ll enjoy the challenge though.

These discs are not Frisbees! There is a big difference…

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Diabetic Foot Care

OK, to be bloody honest, I seriously dislike my feet, always have. Since learning in 2002 that I am a Type Two diabetic, I’ve had to pay close attention to my not so attractive feet. Honestly, I find that the human foot can in some cases be the least attractive part of any human body. No, zero foot fetish here, only my opinion.

The photo below is of yours truly gnarly feet. I have recently become tired of the nasty appearance of my feet and have resumed once per month visiting a specific Nail/Foot Spa near to me. This wonderful Korean woman has been the most wonderful person to have taken care of my feet. No cuts, no pain and the most delicate work possible.

Understand that although unrelated, I allow nothing but air to touch my eyes. I am horridly ticklish and let her know. It was easy to work through, and so very much worth the cost and the ten dollar tip for her excellent work. The bottom line here is that it is so very important that you, a Type Two Diabetic to take care of your farthest bodily parts. Much better than an amputation…

Gross foot photo…

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Doctor Visit

Well guess what? My monthly visits to my GP for the BP checkup are going to move to every two months! The list of my BP I’ve been keeping have been too thorough actually, so doctor says just take your BP three times per week, twice per day on those days. Yay! I’m tired of being too thorough anyway. My BP is well controlled now.

More good news! My AIC was 6.5 last time it was checked, and is now 6.6 which is still well within the safe zone for a Type Two Diabetic. Yes!! So my health is stable for now, and I hope that working with my Dietitian will help get my weight down too. No, I won’t tell you what it is but believe me it could be better and much worse too.

So on the way there I took several black & white photos which are below. More Las Vegas photos right? The colour versions will be posted later. I text my dad earlier to share the good news, he is glad for the update. We talked about the gathering of the family on the lake at my sister’s house in Michigan and how I’d like to be there…

But it’s not financially a good thing which sucks but that’s the way it is. I plan on being at my daughter’s delayed wedding reception in August so July will see my ticket purchase, hopefully to get a better price for purchasing ahead of time. August is the hottest month of the year in Michigan usually and of course that humidity! I’ll have photos for you.

 

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At The Dietitian’s Office

A quick snap with the iPhone7 whilst waiting to see my dietitian this morning. You know… I suspected certain things were going on with my diet, and they were confirmed today. I actually need to eat a bit more food than I am, but certain specific foods with regard to the calories and carbohydrates I am consuming. I need to hit the grocer so the timing is good. But the worst thing I’ve been doing is the beer. We all know beer and booze in general is fattening.

Rather than change the kind of beer I like to drinking a Light version, I may just kick it all to the curb. I’m tired of being fat, my pot belly embarresses me frequently and I’ll wear my T shirt in the pool because of my belly. It’s not a good way to live. I also need to get involved with some Meet-up group(s) and get back to being in church weekly, meet some people and maybe develop some friendships. I’m a loner by nature it seems but I’ve been lonely lately…

Life is a river, always changing course.

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Heading For The Blood Draw

Four photos from my quick trip early today to have a blood draw to check my current AIC blood glucose level checked. Funny thing how this particular blood test can see your blood glucose level for the last ninety days or so. I have no issues with fasting for these tests which is odd being Type Two Diabetic but my glucose level is relatively stable. I’d had zero to eat since eight PM yesterday so basically twelve hours. I had a 6.5 glucose over ninety days the last test which is fantastic. Fingers and toes crossed it hasn’t changed!