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6 days ago · What to eat when the right food isn't available (Hurricane Irma)? in Diabetes/Endocrine System

It’s funny the way we picture people we know only by a forum or blog name. I was born and raised in the deep South. As we say, “American by birth and Southern by the grace of God.” That’s the way I feel and at my age, I am a Steel Magnolia to the bone. I do live in a rural area because I do not like people crammed in by other people. I enjoy nature, forests, rivers and such. There are drawbacks, as you mentioned: not having massive numbers of specialists and medical facilities to choose from, but that’s a small price to pay. I avoid doctors and hospitals because I’ve never been sickly, so I never thought it would be important. And, at my age, I’m not interested in anyone running tests that may or may not be necessary or prescribing meds to fatten their purses and Big Pharmas. I researched foods for emergencies and that’s where peanut butter, crackers, and non perishables that I mentioned came from. The problem is the salt and of course, carbs and anything used to preserve. I don’t eat fish: just a personal aversion of mine. We have electricity now, so a trip to the grocery is necessary, although since there is only one and it’s small. But, it’s okay. I’m probably odd too that I do not drink smoothies or blender drinks. I am not a coffee fan either. I was raised on sweet tea and diet Coke. Now, both of those are on the no-no list. So I drink water. Diabetes is hard for me. Getting a menu for a week is impossible, so I try to do two days at a time. Since I’m not a cook, I sometimes give up, drive, and get meals from a restaurant. There is just no easy way to deal with diabetes; it’s all consuming, and I don’t like to spend my time that way. At my senior age, I am somewhat stubborn.

Thanks for the suggestions.

retiredteacher

6 days ago · What to eat when the right food isn't available (Hurricane Irma)? in Diabetes/Endocrine System

You can tell I don’t know anything about buying baby food. 🙂 I will check out the inventory and see about the junior choices. I didn’t know they had junior choices. But, that sounds better than baby. Thanks for that information. I haven’t been around a baby for decades, so I definitely don’t know about that grocery aisle. I’ll give it a try.

retiredteacher

6 days ago · What to eat when the right food isn't available (Hurricane Irma)? in Diabetes/Endocrine System

Thanks Teresa. I didn’t think of baby food. I may look at the numbers on a jar and see. Maybe it tastes better than it used to, but I haven’t been around it in so long that if it’s as bad as it used to be, I’m not sure I could swallow it. I know my husband would never eat it. He’ll eat snacks and sandwiches.
I’ll choose a jar the next time I grocery shop and try it to see how it tastes.

I appreciate the suggestion. I’m sure there are many people in this situation.

retiredteacher

Tue, Sep 12 9:58am · What to eat when the right food isn't available (Hurricane Irma)?

I have eaten wrong foods and spiked my blood with one meal on some occasions, but when there is a disaster and electricity is out, the only food that keeps is canned. Several days of peanut butter, canned meat, chips, crackers, cheese, and those types of things that are not on the list of the Diabetes Diet are all that is edible.
We’ve had to eat “wrong” for two days and my blood is up, up. If I don’t eat, it spikes, and if I eat the wrong foods it spikes. A disaster causes problems for diabetics and others who are supposed to avoid canned foods. No way to get to a grocery; no electricity, just all the wrong things.
Any suggestions?

retiredteacher

Thu, Sep 7 4:51pm · When is an endocrinologist necessary over a Primary Care Physician? in Diabetes/Endocrine System

I guess I’m not fine because I have diabetes. I asked my endo. if my numbers were always in range and my A1C was 6.0 if I would NOT be a diabetic. He said, “Once a diabetic; always a diabetic.” So I have this frustrating disease which drives me crazy and which I resent since I’ve never been sickly. Now I have to stop and think about everything to be sure I choose to follow the rules or not. When I first learned I had this, I had no idea, and my PCP never even mentioned it until it was too late. She claimed she was watching it trend to see if I would be a diabetic. How about preventative measures? I doubt she knows what that is. I don’t have much faith in her, but she’s it unless she moves. The few doctors in the area don’t switch patients. At least her nurse can take the blood and send it to the lab for a computer print out and she sends that to me in a letter. I wish I did have this figured out, but I learn something new every day. It’s ever changing.

I hope things get better for all of us with this disease.

retiredteacher

Thu, Sep 7 4:37pm · When is an endocrinologist necessary over a Primary Care Physician? in Diabetes/Endocrine System

I imagine my A1c will be higher this time because of summer and holidays and vacations. I am not going to a nice restaurant and order a piece of lettuce when everyone else is having a steak supper with all the trimmings. I’ll take the consequences, but that’s my age attitude. If I were younger and still working and still kicking up my heels, I’d be more selective. I should lose fifty pounds and I’d feel a lot better, but if I cut out food, my blood goes up; if I eat right I gain weight but my blood is good. So who knows? According to the Diabetic Assn. 7.0 is an acceptable A1C. Again, it’s all about everybody being different, even the doctors!

Thu, Sep 7 2:25pm · When is an endocrinologist necessary over a Primary Care Physician? in Diabetes/Endocrine System

Bless your heart. I hate to hear when anyone is having to have surgery. Good luck and hopefully a fast recovery. Hospitals scare me and I avoid them, even to visit people who are in the hospital. I’m rather squeamish; I guess that would be a mild way to explain it. The pool would be wonderful; I’m sure, and I’ve always owned a home with a pool, but the last time around, we bought a home and hubby said no pool. There are no pool facilities in my area, and I am not comfortable being in a pool with people I don’t know. I guess I have germ phobia. I went to physical therapy after seeing an ortho. He sent me to PT. One time with this knee and the guy almost broke my leg! I couldn’t walk at all the day after he finished his routine, so I never went back. I think walking around in the house and going up and down stairs since I live in a two story house and doing other errands are good. For my age, I’m doing the best I can.

retiredteacher

Thu, Sep 7 2:11pm · When is an endocrinologist necessary over a Primary Care Physician? in Diabetes/Endocrine System

No pool, facilities, or classes in my area. I don’t know if I am not typical. I am just different like everyone else. People on this site have all kinds of problems and other diseases besides diabetes. So we are a mix of people who share one problem—diabetes. I can’t speak to anything else.
It must be great to live in an area that has all this help for exercise and changing doctors or doctors to choose from, but it’s not that way in my area. There is one endo. who sees patients one day a week; he’s getting ready to retire. The hospital is like a clinic. If anything serious happens, it’s off in an ambulance to a city with a hospital that can handle the problem. So that’s another way we are different—-not everyone has the luxury of facilities to educate or work with different illnesses. I have to deal with what I have and do the best I can. The pat answer is usually, “Everyone is different.” I do believe that from what I’ve read and hearing it often.
So far, I am okay except I am a controlled diabetic, whatever that means.

retiredteacher