The common cold has been uncommonly common for me in recent months. I typically get maybe one cold a year but this season, in spite of getting the flu and H1N1 shots, I succumbed to the onslaught of viruses hurled my way. I’m currently wrapping up the latest attack – congestion, sore throat, cough, overall tiredness – with a lingering throaty voice that makes me sound like a 30-year smoker or teen queen Miley Cyrus.
When I’m sick I prefer to escape from the world, stay under covers, watch cartoons or Hammer horror films, eat gummy candy and drink Vitamin water. All these things I did do, but in the interest of becoming a more responsible type 2 diabetes patient I read up on what I SHOULD do.
When you are sick, your body reacts by releasing hormones to fight infection. T hese hormones raise blood sugar levels and at the same time make it more difficult for insulin to lower blood sugar. As a result, when you are sick, it is harder to keep your blood ...
I've been sick with the flu which today officially morphed into a wicked cold replete with cough, congestion and power zappage. And lately, for an no discernable reason, I have been waking to vastly different glucose levels daily. I test at least once at night to keep track of overnight levels but it isn't helping. Throw a bad flu on top of all that and a trip to the doctor was long overdue.
I guess I wanted reassurance that I wasn't spilling sugars and wasn't dehydrated so I went to my primary care physician (with whom I have a rather distant relationship since my routine appointments are with specialists).
Bottom line: I came away feeling like the best advice and tips I receive are found online. The appointment was, in essence, a total bust, and certainly not much help on the diabetes front.
Here's the thing. I have sprints of really good numbers, but they seem to be turning on me lately, and I feel like I'm out here navigating it all alone. I don't...
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