Another confused diabetic

Posted by justme67 @justme67, Mar 20, 2018

I just saw my Doc today and told him that, even though I have been following my diabetic diet, my blood sugars would spike at times. Now, I also have a chronic cough, so along with cough medicine, I use “sugar free” cough drops. I know that there is sugar alcohols in the drops that can spike, or at least raise my blood sugars. But my Doc goes into this big chemistry explanation of how this and that doesn’t get absorbed by the body so there IS NO WAY THAT YOUR COUGH DROPS COULD BE THE CULPRIT!!! It’s THE FOOD YOU ARE EATING!!! Now, I live in a NURSING HOME (AT THE AGE OF 50 and have been in 3 different ones since I was just DAYS AWAY FROM MY 35 BIRTHDAY!!!!) and they don’t even HAVE a diabetic-friendly menu so I have to pick what I know is the lowest in sugar for each item for each meal. (I’m getting tired of sliced turkey, baked chicken, or ham for the meat and green beans or peas for the veggies. Sometimes they will have ham salad or tuna salad, 3 bean salad but not often enough. I’m just tired of the menu and my Doc.

But the real thing is that I don’t know why else, when I don’t take a cough drop, is my blood sugar spiking? That’s the confusing part. ???

@lisalucier

Hi, @justme67 — I'd like to add my welcome to @danybegood1's to Mayo Clinic Connect. That definitely sounds frustrating to be following a diabetic diet and still have your sugars spiking.

I'd also like to introduce you to @retiredteacher @vdouglas @jbruno1963 @hardworkn @dolo @pdilly @maurtura who may have some insights on your sugar spikes from their own experiences or those of a loved one who has diabetes.

I'm also wondering if you have any other options for a place to stay where there might be a menu more friendly to your diet?

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You are correct to be careful , why risk it.

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@danybegood1

@justme67, Hi..Dany here. Nursing homes that don't have a diabetic menu? My gosh, by now I can't stand chicken or turkey either. I could eat ham though. And it doesn't sound like you're eating anything with flour or other carbs either. Can you go somewhere else? Do you have family nearby? Concerned, Dany

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Hey Dany, Sorry it has taken so long to reply. I have memory problems and forget A LOT OF STUFF THESE DAYS! I do have to eat things with flour and other carbs like potatoes but I do it in moderation. BELIEVE ME, I HAVE THOUGHT LONG AND HARD MANY, MANY TIMES of moving but what stops me is the thought that what if the place I end up is SO MUCH WORSE? I have since talked to a dietitian that at least SAID she comes here every 2 weeks and that she would stop in the next time she is here and all times after. I think it has been OVER 2 weeks but I could be wrong. I have also started on Trulicity. It is a once a week injection that is NOT insulin but it helps the body produce it’s own insulin. My blood sugars have been SIGNIFICANTLY LOWER SINCE THEN!!! 🙂

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@danybegood1

@justme67, Hi..Dany here. Nursing homes that don't have a diabetic menu? My gosh, by now I can't stand chicken or turkey either. I could eat ham though. And it doesn't sound like you're eating anything with flour or other carbs either. Can you go somewhere else? Do you have family nearby? Concerned, Dany

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Welcome back @justme67. Thank you for keeping us updated with the use of Trulicity. I hope that it continues to work for you. I look forward to following your progress.

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