Taking note



Evening Nap

Last night there was still smoke in the air; I later learned that the county vector control truck(s) sprayed the residential areas of the city with an insecticide to kill the mosquitoes, the count had gotten that high. Necessary, I suppose, but added to the smoke from the fires, at least one thing too many for my constitution to handle.

I had severe allergy reactions and ended up taking a dose of albuterol via nebulizer both Wednesday night and this (Thursday) morning. Additionally, I took one 4-hour dose of Wal-Finate antihistamine, this morning, the nasal and sinus drainage having become unmanageable. There still was some smoke, and there was not rain, so no air cleaning outdoors during the day. I spent most of the day inside. My air cleaner is now set to stage 2, rather than 1, which also adds to the white noise.

My blood glucose level has been higher, these past days, and my weight was up five pounds from Wednesday morning.

I haven’t rechecked my BG since cutting *all* carbs but half a cup of cottage cheese for the last meal, but I’ve checked the other numbers. (BG was 143 mg/dL on Thursday (this) morning and 145 (I think) at early evening.)

So, vitals, this evening: BP=117/66 mmHg, P = 62 bpm, SpO2 = 98%. The pulse rate is high (for me), and so is the blood pressure, but still within normal range. The blood oxygen level has been improving with the lowering of my A1C, outside of allergy/sensitivity problems due to environmental factors.

Yesterday, I was able to put in only three miles on the exercise bike. Today, I put in five miles. I also used the smaller hand weights for ten repetitions of the wrist/hand curls and also the stretching lifts and weights with swimming motion of the arms. All very light and easy, so as not to pull or tire muscles.

Because of the extreme problems with allergy/sensitivity reactions, I spent much time napping in the living room with the puppies. My numbers look good enough that I am not taking any meds, tonight. I did, however, take the metformin as usual.

Al discovered that the Breathe-Rite folk have a new offering for their nose tape: a nontoxic adhesive. I did not have trouble with it until day three or four, so it’s a good alternative to hot tea when I can’t get to sleep at night.

I am stuck on this week’s word prompts from RonovanWrites. The words … shell and pink.

Must get to sleep before it gets much later, here.


Milestone of sorts


This evening, my blood glucose reading was 93 mg/dL. That’s the first time I’ve had a reading below 100 since I started doing the testing, middle of December.

I expect that the exercise is having an effect.

Now, if it’ll just do that for the cholesterol levels, again, like it did while I was donating blood, pedaling the exercise bike a lot, and getting my cholesterol checked every 8 to 10 weeks.

I enjoyed the time spent reading in the back yard. There was enough of a breeze that the mosquitoes were sparse. I took one of the canvas camping chairs to put under the tree branches, which sheltered me from the sun. The Scampers enjoy sunning themselves, though.

a space trimmed out between two cotoneaster shrubs

Backyard Hideaway



End of the day, Wednesday, 28 June ’17


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SpO2: 98%
Pulse: 69 bpm
BP: 102/64

BG (bedtime): 106 mg/dL

Exercise bike: 4.5 miles
Elliptical: 6 minutes

The day was … scattered. I did write a poem, however, this morning. Inspired by this week’s photo prompt at WP’s Daily Post pages. I still have to wash the silverware, but all else is taken care of. I recently washed and dried five loads of laundry. Have to wash some underwear, tomorrow, and clean the kitchen enough to do some more cooking.

I finished off the chicken breast (this morning at breakfast, along with broccoli.)  Or, was it for lunch? Anyway, the other meal that I cooked was scrambled eggs with pizza cheese, grape tomatoes, and a sliced andouille sausage.

We went out for supper, this evening, and then on to Home Depot to see if they have any cedar siding, and also looked at window blinds. While we will need some for the woodworking shop, we also have to buy for the kitchen windows, now that we have replaced the old windows. I’ve got a king-size sheet paper-clipped to cover the double window over the table, and I’ve still got the old one, which has been over the single window (over the kitchen sink) since before Al bought the house, which was in the 1970s.

For supper, we had 8-oz. sirloin steaks, which neither of us could finish. I also ate half of the gluten-free English muffin, half of the side dish of broccoli, and maybe a quarter of the buttered French fries. Water, no ice, for my beverage. But Al drank two glasses of strawberry-flavored lemonade.

On Tuesday, Al took a load of unwanted items to the city dump, including a box from my room, which included the clothing that I brought home from the nursing home after Mother died, but for the acrylic sweater, which was mine anyway, and a fancy embroidered sweatshirt that Mother turned into a light jacket for herself. After losing all of this weight, I fit into the sweatshirt jacket. It will be nice for around the house when I don’t want to be encumbered with a scarf shawl. The disposal included old software disks and packaging and miscellaneous items from my bookshelves. Cleared out quite a bit. (Maybe 5% of what has to go.)

Al got rid of the metal pipe that he dug out of the back yard (used to hold our weather-service satellite dish) and the concrete base, which came out in many pieces. What fun!

It is now 45 minutes after I was supposed to be in bed, but I need my last snack of the day. I think, either cottage cheese or plain yogurt with half a cup of unsweetened fruit. I have blueberries, strawberries, and sliced peaches in the freezer.

I still have to get poster frames for the photograph montages that I got from the funeral home. The ones they made for the memorial services.


Thursday evening, 20170622




FBG = 133; BG readings after meals: 103, 111, 112
Taking the after-meal readings about an hour and a half after the beginning of the meal, this week.
BP (mmHg) = 109/65
SpO2 = 96%, P = 66 bpm

Exercise bike: 3 miles (after breakfast), 1 mile (after lunch), 3 miles (night)
Elliptical: +1 minute, morning and afternoon

Weight change: -1 lb.
Checked home scale against clinic scale readings, yesterday

Had a complete meal for breakfast: steamed broccoli, 2 oz. baked chicken breast (gumbo and Cajun seasonings), leftover tomato slices, and sautéed mushrooms.


I’ve almost forgotten lunch. I think that was one “New Orleans” sausage, half a cup of cottage cheese, half an ounce of roasted, unsalted almonds, and an apple. For supper, tossed salad with sliced mushrooms and a hardboiled egg, and 2.5 oz. reheated tuna steak. (Also, the rest of the apple from lunch.)

Bedtime snack, hopefully, will be yogurt with thawed, fresh-frozen whole strawberries. Or maybe a scrambled egg with pizza cheese over the top with a slice of g-f toast. My mid-afternoon snack was a slice of g-f toast with a Tbsp. of natural peanut butter (Smuckers brand).

Al’s been trying to “perfect” the hang of the workshop door, and so I got to do some carrying and bracing/holding up/together of various parts and pieces.

I did get some pictures taken, here and there, although there was a lot of wind. If I get that far, I will post some (including, perhaps, a picture of The Scampers at the back door) on The Moments Between.

Yesterday’s meeting with the diabetic educator went well. She liked my computer printouts (readings, graphs by day, day of week, and time of day, for 2 weeks, 30 days and 90 days), and I enjoyed sharing my (adapted) research methods and results for my weight loss and lowered A1C/blood glucose readings. Now that the tree pollen season is over, I am restarting some disciplined exercise routines, as I probably mentioned. I am trying to be mindful of tired/sore muscles and stopping to rest once I begin to feel tired.

Wednesday morning, 20170621


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After taking my FBG, SpO2, and pulse readings, I rolled over and went back to sleep for another hour (or so). Don’t know why those last few hours of sleep after first waking are so sweet. During my (corporate, 15+) working years, I missed that sleep until I moved to the night shift.

Later, when I was moved back to the day shift (promotion to regional payroll coordinator), I switched my sleep/activity schedule so that I could be asleep by 5:30-6:30 p.m., and then awake naturally sometime between 1:30 and 3:00 a.m. Thus, I had all that time before catching the 8:00 a.m. bus to do what I wanted without interruption. (I was not at all a social being.)  When the weather was better, I enjoyed the 45-minute walk through town and across the Red River to the office.

I’d been working freelance for over seven years when my path crossed with Al’s, again, and we started dating. He had quit corporate also, in the (17-18 year?) interim, and was working as a part-time computer operator. When the company learned that he was getting married, they created a part-time computer programming position on the day shift, which grew to full time and their hiring someone else for the evening operations position.


  • SpO2=95%, P=65 bpm
  • FBG=112 mg/dL
  • weight unchanged
  • Sleep: 8+ hours

Awoke to:

  • Faint sound of TheScampers, wanting to be fed and outed
  • At the back step, the welcome of rain fine as dew falling from a small cloud directly above
  • Breakfast: 1 apple, 0.5 oz roasted, unsalted almonds, 10 oz. Toddy coffee (2 oz. homemade concentrate, 8 oz. milk)

Today, I have an appointment at the clinic. Six-month checkup after the diabetes diagnosis. I do not expect that it will take that long, although it seems they’ve scheduled it as a ‘long’ appointment.