Thursday, March 30, 2023

I'm Alive! Honest

When I announced at the beginning of the year that I will no longer be writing a post on a weekly basis, I never planned to go an entire month between posts.  This past month was a struggle to get anything accomplished.  The proof being that before I sat down at my desk to write, I realized four weeks have gone by since I wrote anything in my planner.

It is partly due to the remodel of our bathroom taking the first two weeks of the last month.  It was a project that should have been budgeted years ago but thankfully, no permanent damage was done by the bad pipes leaking into the crawl space.  I lived with a very ugly bathroom for seventeen years and now I cannot believe the difference.

Although we had the work done for the resale value of the house, it will be a joy to live with it until that time we sell the house.  Which may be a few years from now.  Even a remodel on a budget can be beautiful.

Even while the contractors were here, I wrote an outline of a pantry post I planned to write when they were finished.  As you can tell, that outline is still sitting on my desk. The two weeks after the work was complete were busy with appointments and other out-of-the-house commitments and I was so tired that my brain couldn't think to write.

Partly it is the intense fatigue that has become worse over the years.  However, even though I now have my long term insulin, the two months where I either didn't have it or I had to use a different long term insulin have left my blood sugar readings unstable.  I went from having extremely high numbers when I didn't have my usual insulin to now I have been dipping dangerously low.

I've been tweaking my before dinner insulin and I think I've figured out how much less than to take before dinner each night.  Thank God I do wake up when my blood sugar plunges to the 50s but it also means not getting a good night's sleep.  Which adds to the fatigue and the foggy thinking.  

Did you know that Alzheimer's is sometimes called Type 3 diabetes?  Type 2 is what most people have, Type 1 (Juvenile Diabetes) is what I have, and now some doctors are calling various forms of memory loss Type 3.  That goes to show you the affect our blood sugar has on the brain.  (My daughter can refrain from saying anything.)  ;)

I'm feeling better now and while it still feels like winter off and on, the temperatures are ever so slowly creeping up.  If past seasons are any indication, we will jump from cold weather to hot weather almost overnight so I am not complaining.  Much.  ;)

I will be back with reflections on the crazy world we live in (we must keep our eyes on the Lord and not the news) and finally that pantry post.  Thank you to everyone who got in touch with me while I have been AWOL.  I appreciate it.  Especially since I am dreadfully behind on some thank you notes.  

I have company arriving soon so I must get the Study back to its' original order.  That is my plan for the next two days. The contractors used it to store most of the boxes (the door to the walk-in shower was in our Living Room for two weeks) and their tools.  

They cleaned up where they had been but the furniture and such is still bunched up on one side of the room where I had moved it.  They were very nice and did an excellent job but I cannot imagine what it would be like to go through a larger remodel, like a Kitchen.

See you next week I hope!


Mrs. White said...

You must be so relieved to have that remodel finished. I am sure it is lovely. I hope your health continues to improve! God bless!

Donna said...

So glad to "see" you again Brenda! I'm sure your bathroom remodel is lovely. I have been somewhat worried, and was so glad to see your post today. I hope your health continues to improve, and look forward to hearing from you again soon. Take care and if we don't see you before, Happy Easter!! Donna Wilson

Anonymous said...

Glad to see you back today. Please don’t overdo
Getting things back in order. Glad you were s me
O get bathroom redone. Blessings, Sharon D.

Vee said...

Ahhh...that explains where you've been...a bathroom remodel. So nice to have that done.

How frustrating the whole medication issue has been. Praying that it gets completely corrected. If only
they hadn't messed with it in the first place.

Looking forward to the pantry post and any post that you feel led to write. I miss reading your posts, but
understand the need to slow down as I have slowed down myself.

Here's to a beautiful spring.

Anonymous said...

Just yesterday I looked for a post from you! Glad you are feeling better and keep taking care of yourself!

Anonymous said...

Hi! Glad to see a new post from you. I was worried you weren't feeling well.
Can't wait for the pantry post.
Take care

Rhonda said...

It’s nice to see an update from you. You have been a steady, calm blog when so many other things are nothing but upsetting. I’ve read you for years but rarely comment.

We got new windows and doors last month, they are great but the house was almost topsy turvy while all the window coverings were down and furniture all pushed away from the windows. I’m happy that project is done.

Jennifer Williams said...

So nice to hear from you again! I have missed your posts. I am glad you are doing well. God bless! :-)

Anonymous said...

It was so wonderful to hear from you! You are always such a trooper and any posting from you is so welcome!! Thank you for taking the time to share your always-intelligent thoughts; your health is paramount !

Deanna Rabe said...

So great to hear from you! I've missed you.

The Journey said...

glad to see you are still journaling through. I feel I can keep up with you when we can't go for coffee.

Shelley Dionne said...

She's Alive!😍 Brenda! I have dearly missed you! So glad you got your new bathroom. I have disliked mine for 22 years so I totally get it. I'm type 2 and been having trouble keeping mine low enough. It's not overly high, just on the higher end and even that bit causes problems with sleep and memory for me too. Hugs!

Shelley Dionne said...

She's Alive!😍 Brenda! I have dearly missed you! So glad you got your new bathroom. I have disliked mine for 22 years so I totally get it. I'm type 2 and been having trouble keeping mine low enough. It's not overly high, just on the higher end and even that bit causes problems with sleep and memory for me too. Hugs!

Anonymous said...

I have missed your posts, a long time reader. Thank you, so much, for letting me know what has transpired since your last time here. I will pray for you and wow...the Type 3 makes sort of sense for me! Also, glad to hear your bathroom update has been done and that you're very happy with it.

I check in here daily and am so glad to see an update.

Ann Stevens said...

So glad to see your post. What fun (?) to get a new bathroom. Renovating a bathroom is a big and messy project no matter how you look at it. But, oh! how nice when it's done.

I have a friend with diabetes who also had to make changes in her insulin; and, like you, her sugar levels have been unstable. Eventually she was able to get back to the original insulin that worked well for her in the past but her levels are still fluctuating. I guess it takes time for the body to re-acclimate itself to anything new.

I think after this dreary winter (even here in Arizona) we are all looking forward to spring and more sunshine. We've been unusually rainy and cloudy this winter - seems we are on the edge of every California storm. But now we may go from winter temps to summer heat in just a few days. We often skip spring which I love the best.

Looking forward to seeing your next post.

Susan Humeston said...

SO happy to hear from you!!!

Morning's Minion said...

Its good to hear from you! Home renovations are always disruptive--and expensive. My husband is a building contractor [supposedly retired] which means we have moved into several half-finished houses over the years. It takes time to feel settled again with meals and such back to normal.

Marie said...

I can fully understand the upset of any remodel. We've sure had it ourselves, but I'm so relieved to see a new post from you! You always have something to say that I want to hear (or see). Type 3 diabetes? I'll have to check it out. Anyway, SO VERY GLAD TO SEE YOU BACK!

EB said...

Glad you're back and that your meds are improving.

When I talked to my doc about the stress of our kitchen remodel (about 3 months long), she told me about friends of hers who went through remodeling their kitchen. "It would have been easier to just burn the house down!" they said.

Mandy said...

So good to see a post from you. Sounds like you’ve had so much going on. Praying your blood sugar levels can get stable so you feel better. I can definitely understand that struggle. Take care!

Anonymous said...

I am so glad that you are ok, and have written a post. As you said you would not be writing regularly, and you had written about your health, I was hoping you were ok, and said a prayer for you.