Blog Entries With Tag: hormones

Posted: May 3, 2013

So, if you read my Twitter / Facebook feed you’ll know that for some reason –  for about 5 days earlier in the week – I thought I was perhaps CURED after almost 50 years with Type 1 diabetes (T1D).  I wasn’t the only one having the same thing happening – other T1D mates of mine were having the same lows like I was – tho’ for me – I wasn’t rebounding up (e.g. blood sugar spiking high) – but I was having the opposite – of going lower or not moving at all from a range of 3.5 – 4.5 mmol/l (63 – 81 mg/dl).  Sometimes I would go lower, and this was just on my basal insulin – which currently is Lantus while I’m taking a siesta from George Michael my Animas 2020 pump since the beginning of the year.

Of course, things have gone back to normal, but still, times like this, where we feel like we are detectives, trying to figure out what is the cause of the crime is sometimes so frustrating that at that point – diabetes takes over your life – as you try to accomplish what you want to do – but blood sugars (BG) are not cooperating.  Even worse for me, with the onset of menopause and thyroid acting up, I’ve been told to shed weight.  This is so hard to do, trying to lose weight, when you are having to stuff your face with sugary things to keep your BG in balance.   Of course, after having a low blood sugar (hypo) it makes some of us exhausted, sleep head folks.  I’m very lucky that of course, these 5 days of being low, were during my days off from work, when I have so much to do at this time of the year with Spring clean up, getting ready for the sailing/motorcycle season.  If you heard a lot of screaming coming from up north in Canada – that was moi – frustrated as all hell, as I laid on my comfy couch in the spare room, cat in my crotch purring with contentment of a human pillow.  I feel so unproductive at times like this – when I have so many plans – and poof – with a low BG’s that last more than just 1 day but goes on for many- … this is when I hate being a diabetic!!!   This is when FatCatAnna is not a happy cat like she appears to all she meets and greets!  On top of dealing with hormonal changes, I’m surprised during those 5 days I wasn’t ready to be locked up with the ups/downs of mood swings .

Now that the warmer weather is occurring (Spring is very short here in Montreal, boom, suddenly we are having summer like temps) – more of my neighbours that I chat to during the year are coming out of their homes.  One of my neighbours is a Type 2 diabetic (T2D) – and her sister who lives close by is always coming to me to ask for advise on her.  She says her sister eats too much bad food, doesn’t test her blood sugars enough, yadda, yadda, yadda.  I always ask her, is she seeing her doctor, is she getting ill frequently, is she happy?  Of course, the answer is, yes, she’s doing fine.  So, I try to tell the sister that if she’s okay – then not to worry too much - but that she is a good sister for caring.  Now, if she was losing weight/gaining weight drastically, getting ill, then there would be concern to worry I told her.

My neighbours sister asked me how I was doing.  Of course, I told her about having low blood sugars and saying I’d been CURED (I was joking of course).  She looked at me and wondered how could I have diabetes – since I look so healthy.  Nice compliment I told her, but sadly my T1D doesn’t just go away like that – I’m on insulin for the rest of my life.  She then cried out when I told her that I’d had T1D for almost 50 years.  

I explained to her the difference between
T1D & T2D.  T1D is an autoimmune disease - - and your body makes little or no insulin at all and then T2D is usually age related or being overweight along with insulin you produce not being used efficiently She then went onto tell me that 2 of her other sisters also have diabetes and just on pills.  I’m not sure if what I told her will be retained in her memory banks – but like many T1D’s – we always have to explain “our” type of diabetes against the more common T2D.  If I really wanted to confuse her, I could have gone on about the other forms of diabetes – but that’s another day of my advocating about diabetes. 

On with staying balanced in my little world of cat nip and sunshine!


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Posted: Oct 14, 2012

Okay - I swore I'd written about this skin problem of mine before - but apparently - after searching every nook and cranny here at - I think it was a figment of my imagination that I had or like usual - my best blogs occur during my brief sleep periods I have been having at night these months - and then BING – GONE - lost in the recesses of my sponge brain forever.

So, here's the deal.  Back in the Spring, I saw my GP, who is VERY difficult to see (average 3 months to see her – welcome to Canada’s medical system – or at least Quebec).  I explained that I was having some issues with very itchy skin; she looked, and commented ... "it's nothing to be worried about, are you stressed?”  That's the usual response I've had from doctors in the past when I have seen them with something that can't be explained medically – it’s like … it’s all in my frackin' head.  At the time, no stress was happening, just average everyday life things happening, you know, staying employed, wondering what to cook for dinner, when the cat will pee in the bathtub next, etc.

I did mention to her at the time – which had nothing to do with my skin problem – that I often find the Internet very useful for helping myself and others in health areas (e.g. how to test your blood sugars correctly, how to perform a surgery on a banana).  Her comment was … "If everyone went to the Internet for medical advice - you wouldn't need doctors like me".  As you can see, she was not pleased with my using the Internet – but at the same time was happy that I was so proactive with my health – and looking into matters – but apparently not discussing what could or couldn’t be the problem.   So, after that, I slinked away - to continue scratching (my vet is really good at this).

Well that was over 4 months ago, it hasn't stopped, and it's gotten worse (more so at night time - man oh man - I'd rather have my back scratched then rolling in the hay with my DH).  It's that much of an O experience to have my back scratched that is sooooooo ITCHY.  Now, personally I think he finds it disgusting, especially when I ask him to rub some cream onto my back (it "sort of" helps cool things down abit). All I can say is, I'm lucky if I get about 4-5 hours of sleep each night - with scratching all the time (I wake myself up doing this to the point I've rubbed myself raw - which isn't good - especially for diabetics like ourselves).

This itchy / crawly feeling of the skin that I've been experiencing is something I’ve seen alot when using the search engine for hypothyroidism problems.  I have done some research that also says a similar problem happens to women in peri-menopause stage - which I am as well.  I'm like a mixed douche bag of hormonal upheaval right now – scratch, scratch, scratch.   On top of all this, let’s not mention – anxiety, mood swings (both not usually me at all), depression, weight gain - just all common things for these types of hormonal changes.  Oh the joys of aging!!!  Can I click my heels together and be taken back to earlier days???

So, thanks to the Internet (sorry to all my doctors).  All I have to do now is await my appointment in December with my endo - where I will pounce upon him (claws retracted – I like him too much as he’s my Pimp for Legal Drugs).  I will present him with what I've come across in my quest for the itchy skin problem – that’s if I have not scratched myself to the bone (though I've got LOTS of fat to go thru' before then - that's the only good thing with this weight gain).

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Posted: Jun 25, 2010

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Have you started menopause yet?  Curious because I started about a year ago, aka peri-menopause as they call it these days.  I never had the regular PMS issues that many of my friends had during the years of "regular" menses.  I always had interesting periods mind you but not PMS, WARNING the next sentence gets abit more descriptive - but if you dissected worms / rabbits in biology class - you'll be okay.  I tend to have periods that are just blood clots due to polyps that I have (which are examined every year - if they become size of grapefruits - then they get nipped in the bud aka surgery ).

Starting on this new "life" which seems to have really hit me full force lately with headaches, bloating (I'm too old to be pregnant right?), fun times on the Porcelain Goddess from the derriere point of view (sorry - but have to be honest here) - I am ready to hit the looney bin.  Instead of just a few days to a week of this, I'm now going into my 3rd week!!!!  I'm so exhausted and of course with the hormones making the emotions wacky, I'm having to bite the bullet sometimes when I'm about to lose it (Mike my hubby wears a great shield of armour lately - bless him). 

Yes, I've now become one of those women that I used to think were making the PMS bit all up (well except I did have a boss that when she had PMS - you knew it for sure - scary stuff - stay clear - be careful what you say).  Of course, on top of this, my basal settings, bolus settings are now totally screwed up.  What was working for me prior - throw it out the door - and just inject more - wait a few days to see how it works - inject more.  I've now tripled my amount of basal (Levemir) twice a day injections.  Yes, still having the issues with lumps forming at the injection site, and now with the larger dosage, they are no longer little tropical islands but the size of Russia (no offense, but figured Russia is the biggest country I can think of that came to mind in my strange mind I have these days).

I cannot WAIT to see my GP who I had tried to see back in March and she was only available to see in July.  I think she may regret having me as her patient as I babble on about what's been happening.  Of course, I see my endocrinologist and gynecologist within a few days of each other.  It's see the doctor month for me - oh joy!!

Next life, I come back as a man - they get manopause later in life though - right?

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