Diabetes Update

I said I would update y’all on my current diabetes situation. There is some exciting stuff going on. I have been sooo tired this past year, and nothing seems to help. Increasing my Vitamin B12 and Vitamin D levels didn’t do much. Dr. Stevenson even sent me for an echocardiogram to rule out heart issues – all good and no signs of a problem with my heart.

My A1c was 6.0% when I last felt good. This is actually in the pre-diabetes range. Things were well-controlled until the kidney fiasco last fall. Since then, my A1c has risen to 6.4% > 6.5% > 7.0%, and was 7.3% in October!!!

I don’t know if bringing my blood sugar down will take away the fatigue, but I am certainly going to give it a try. I started a journal about the steps I am taking, then decided to write it in a blog format. You are welcome to check it out.

The name of the new blog is Diabetes Denied. The link should take you to the start. I will be discussing my new Continuous Glucose Monitor, changes to medications, and how what I eat is affecting my blood sugar. It should be a real fun time. Seriously, I don’t expect friends and family to read the diabetes blog. I am only including the link because it might be interesting if you are dealing with the disease. Doing the journal also helps to keep me motivated.

Link to the blog: Diabetes Denied

This is the second post for today, so don’t miss the snow pics in the previous post.

And, a quick update on Lou. He continues to get better every day. He is navigating on his own, and able to get around the kitchen to fix his own breakfast and more. This is a relief, because this caretaker role is stressful! Oops, gotta go – He’s ringing the bell. It must be cocktail hour ♥️

One other tidbit – I finally fixed the search function on this blog, so now you can easily find every post about Natasha over the years 😉

First Snow

It snowed yesterday, starting very early AM and going until the early afternoon. It was barely cold enough for the snow to stick, but we did get a light covering in some areas. We did have snow flurries earlier in the month, but this counts as the first snowfall because it actually hung around – we still have some on the ground today.

Catherine’s pumpkin is surviving

The Day After

We had a quiet day today. Kathy and Steve left this morning – I forgot that Kathy likes to shop on the day after Thanksgiving. We really appreciated their company for Thanksgiving.

I said I would grab a photo of all of us, but that didn’t happen. I do have this photo from last year. We all look pretty similar, except we forgot to wear matching shirts this year..

I did get a photo of the delicious pumpkin pie before we cut into it last night:

And finally – photographic evidence of another milestone. Lou felt better today, and even made his own dinner of turkey sandwiches tonight.This is him smiling.

Kathy & Steve do Thanksgiving!

Wishing everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving weekend.

Fortunately, we had invited Kathy & Steve a few weeks ago, and they accepted the challenge to celebrate Thanksgiving with us at the cabin. They were good sports and still came when the venue switched to Northport. They also took over all the cooking duties and prepared a feast.

Here are some photos from the evening. I will get a photo of Lou and I, and the four of us together, tomorrow.

The turkey was not the star of the show this year. Kathy did an excellent job cooking it, but it was caught in that awkward teenager stage. I picked a smaller 13 pound turkey; junior had a bony butt and wasn’t very plump. While he wasn’t a beauty, he tasted fine; he just was not very photogenic.

Kathy was the Chief Chef today, and Steve was her Sous Chef. I played an important role – I was responsible for the cranberry sauce (opened can), the vegetables (microwave), and the wine (asked Steve to open it). Lou supervised the prep for his famous turkey soup.

We ate in the sunroom so Lou didn’t have to move from his comfortable chair. Pie is still to come.

Thanks again, Kathy & Steve.

Tik Tok Pasta

Our friends are so hip. Kathy & Steve arrived today to save us from ourselves. Kathy brought dinner, and it was delicious. Tik Tok Pasta has spinach, cherry tomatoes (grown in Kathy’s garden), feta cheese and more . Funny – Lou saw our doctor today, and she suggested Lou start eating spinach to help get his iron level up.

Following the Tik Tok Pasta was another hit – a homemade apple tart – yum.

Thank you, Kathy, for sharing such a nice feast with us. Thank you, Steve, for helping with the clean-up. Can’t wait to see what tomorrow brings!

…Soothes the Soul

Donna delivered some delicious homemade chicken soup for our dinner this evening. It hit the spot.

Update – I wanted to include a photo of the delicious blueberry muffins Donna brought with the chicken noodle soup. We had them for breakfast and they were tasty as always.

Thank you, Donna. Your thoughtfulness is much appreciated.

Today was another healing day. There will be quite a few more. Thanks for all the well wishes.

Stay Safe ♥️ especially if you are a 🦃