Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Customer service is not always good news.

Hey everybody it has been a few days but guess who's back, back again a little Slim Shady for you. So some good news I went to the doctor's yesterday to find out that my 3 month sugar read is in the 6's which is excellent and where it should be.
So it has been a week since I have had a Timmies I am no longer buying anything from them, it seems that 8/10 times I buy a coffee from them it is missing a 1/4 cup. It's hard because there is really no where else to buy from, there is Little Red Roaster but they close at 5pm, and McDonald's ain't bad but not great maybe i'll stop drinking coffee and save my money.
I've come to realize that customer service is not what it used to be, you would think that these days with less money going around it would be better, but then again with today's society people love to spend no matter how much debt they have so the stores could care less, if you don't come back there is 10 people waiting to get in behind you.
On a good note my and the wife are attending a bbq/potluck on Saturday with friends down at Port Stanley can't wait hoping the sun wants to be out.
that's it for now see ya later.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Diabetes, depression there is help.

Hey everybody, sorry it's been a couple of day's but I'm back. Nothing really new going on in the fun and exciting life of Marty kinda good I guess. Had an appointment for my foot on Monday and they said the ulcer is closed now it's just letting the skin heal itself.
I was thinking I probably didn't blog yesterday cause I was a little down and didn't feel like blogging, just getting tired of being off work and always having a problem with my feet, a good sign though is that I get out of bed everyday. Some times you feel a little down wondering why it is you that has the problems but you can't think that way, you still have to keep going.
Here is something to look for if you think you are having a problem.
  • Feelings of sadness and despair that are present almost every day, last throughout the day
  • Impaired performance at school, work or in social relationships
  • Changes in appetite or weight
  • Problems sleeping
  • Loss of interest in work, hobbies, people or sex
  • Withdrawal from family members and friends
  • Feelings of uselessness, hopelessness, guilt, pessimism or low self-esteem
  • Feelings of agitation, sluggishness or fatigue
  • Difficulty concentrating, remembering things or making decisions
  • Crying easily, or feeling the urge to cry but not being able to
  • Having thoughts of suicide (these should always be taken seriously)
  • Feeling out of touch with reality – this may include hearing voice or having strange ideas
They say if someone is showing 5 or more of these symptoms it can be a sign of depression. As well it is said that 15% of people with diabetes are found to have major depression. It is easy when diagnosed with diabetes to get down and to not be yourself but if it continues contact your family doctor.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Eating to feel better and live better.

Happy Monday, Had a good weekend we had a dinner party on Friday night at the Mabee's it was good eats made by everybody. Saturday and Sunday were your typical days cleaning and relaxing.
So today I want to mention eating for diabetics because that is one of the hardest things to deal with when you are diagnosed.

Create a healthy meal plan:

To create a healthy meal plan you should do the following:

  • Eat a variety of foods as recommended in the Diabetes Food Pyramid to get a balanced intake of the nutrients your body needs – carbohydrates, proteins, fats, vitamins, and minerals.
  • Make changes gradually because it takes time to accomplish lasting goals.
  • Reduce the amount of fat you eat by choosing fewer high-fat foods and cooking with less fat.
  • Eat more fiber by eating at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables every day.
  • Eat fewer foods that are high in sugar like fruit juices, fruit-flavored drinks, sodas, and tea or coffee sweetened with sugar.
  • Use less salt in cooking and at the table. Eat fewer foods that are high in salt, like canned and packaged soups, pickles, and processed meats.
  • Eat smaller portions and never skip meals.
  • Learn about the right serving sizes for you.
  • Learn how to read food labels.
  • Limit use of alcohol.

It's hard to make that change but when you do you will feel the difference in your day to day activities, you will also feel better.

Friday, April 1, 2011

A day for fool's, finally you can be yourself..

Happy April fool's day everyone, if you got pranked today haha, if you did the prank good for you for enjoying being a fool today.
Today's post is going to get back on the diabetes topic. I take insulin and pills so I have decided to post something about how insulin works and helps a diabetic out.
Elevated levels of glucose in the blood stimulates cells of the pancreas to increase insulin secretion into the blood. The insulin circulates the body, and within minutes, stimulates the liver and muscle cells to take up glucose from the blood. As glucose is removed from the blood, obviously blood levels fall. As the levels in the blood fall, the secretion of insulin falls to, so less is produced, and less is taken up by the liver and muscle. In this way, the blood glucose level is reduced back to within the normal range.
For those of us who use insulin it sucks to have to poke yourselves (I do 4 times a day) but it doesn't mean the end of world you have to learn to adapt your lifestyle. If your lucky enough (sounds odd that I am saying lucky) you will be able to not need insulin if you lose weight or you take control of your diabetes with proper eating and pills. Sometimes your doctor will put you on it to help you out because you don't properly control your sugars, if you have problems or don't quit really understand and are afraid to ask you can visit it is the web site for the Canadian Diabetes association
they should be able to point you in the right direction.Have a fun fools day