Diabetic Road: New Meds


This week was a tough one. Sugars have sucked since we’ve fooled around with meds a bit, the PA I was seeing and working with on meds took me off the BCise and went solely on Toujeo + Jardiance – but my system seemed to really kick back a bit since that change, but as it started leveling out after some rough weeks including this past Friday with the passing of my Uncle Greg 🙁 things started doing better, actually having a 136 on the day of my doctor’s appointment.

I moved up from the PA to the primary Endocronlogist. My wife had seen him before and warned me he is a big “numbers guy” and kind of built him up in my head to be doctor type “blah” as I don’t like hardcore clinical “You’re dumb” docs who just explain and don’t listen. Pleasantly, this was not the case.

The doc was running a little late, the office actually gets me in fairly quickly and out too! But we talked about what my meter had down, he liked the lower numbers and trust me when I say lower numbers are good, still some sucky ones in which he asked about my exercise & stress, explained some spikes which worked alongside lack of sleep + sad + stressed (this week had a HUGE fire with a BIG customer) but he encouraged me to find time to pray/rest/meditate and let my body chill out without work + keep up the exercise.

We also worked out a new med to take called Soliqua which is as the doc described as a mix of Toujeo + BCise as we did see better results with BCise, so instead of two injections just one, and increasing the dose of Metformin to 1000 x 2 a day. So we are giving it a shot. I’ve had 2 doses now, actually just took one after fixing a flat tire (thanks to people for leaving dark color sharp trash on the road!) I’m having some discomfort but not sure if its the med -or- the new exercise plan I’ve picked up Seven.

Seven has been great. I have it on my iPad and in the morning I start off with 7 minutes. You’d probably think that 7 minutes wasn’t going to give you a workout, but it does! I still want to do more workout and exercise in the day and haven’t added another 7-minute window yet, but a great app on both Android and iOS (Free with Paid Options) all in all though, works great on both! Has helped my sugars I think for sure!

Lastly, I did get a call today about the blood work they ran, my A1C was 8.1. Before you say “OMG!” please bear in mind at one point it was completely out of control, 12-ish area, not good at all, so coming down from that to 10.1 on my bloodwork previously now to 8.1? Progress. Definitely want it lower, but finding a good balance of it all is key! Can’t have meds making me unable to function! So hopefully in another 3 months, we’ll see it below 7! That’d be awesome! 

For now, rest soon as tomorrow is going to be a busy one! 

Brandless. “We like to say we’re unapologetically a brand. 😇”


Occasionally the ads on Instagram are things I actually look at. Granted I’d love it Instagram would just give me ALL photos in date order vs. whatever it is it sends me lol (but that’s another post altogether) I find something I end up liking. A lot. Enter Brandless.

First and foremost pricing. Dear God. So simple. $3. Yes. $3. And it’s not some travel size nonsense, its the real deal. I got tub & tile cleaner which smells great, and again a 30FLoz bottle… $3. Now I did a search on my whole “Is it worth it?” mindset and even searching for one on the almighty Amazon the pricing is insanely better:

While you may look at that and say “Hold on there, it is only $0.80 more” no it’s not, that’s the ITEM’s price, check the shipping, and it’s a smaller bottle. Oi. And that’s the ONLY item that was EPA Safer Choice Certified, so think of them at some level as the Online Trader Joes of healthier & safer products. (TJ I still love you. This isn’t a break-up letter!)

Now if you are organic and GMO conscious this is a great site, great products to eat, clean, work, etc. but they are awesome in that they offer free meals via Feeding America (Info Here) – basically you order? They give a meal. However, if you are like me who signed up for their B.More membership (Free shipping!) they give two meals! And today for ALL orders, (March 3rd Only!) they are making it 3 meals for every order done. Amazing!

Final note I’ll say is – this is good stuff, cleaning products I’ve got work great, the cleaner I mentioned above? It really does smell GOOD! I spray it every time I get out of the tub to help keep cleaning easier, but too smells great! Snacks are amazing the Jerky (all flavors) is amazing, but the organic peppered jerky is awesome and it’s even grain fed beef! So for $3 hard to beat!

So to recap:

  • Quality Products for Kitchen, Stomach, Office, Bathroom, did I mention Stomach?
  • Gives back to others in need!
  • Simple Pricing – It’s all $3. You spend more than that @ Starbucks!
  • Real Products not TINY sized samples.
  • Delicious Snacks. (Brandless if you read this, please send more Jerky)

I wish I could use this brief review to give you some sort of deal, savings, but honestly? It’s $3 an item, shipping so far has been quick so why not give it a shot. Not sure it’ll work but on your first order try the promo code “hello” and it should make your first order’s shipping $1 (at least the recent email I got suggests that it will) again very worth it to the point my birthday present to myself was the B.More membership.

Go forth! Enjoy Brandless.

Once you go Chrome….


So I have been pondering things for a while related to switching away from the world of Mac. I actually just sold my Samsung 503 Chromebook to an old friend, it goes to live with her on Wednesday, and I have the C200M on the block to be sold as well.

I have been looking at the Chromebook 15 from Acer, it’s a 15-inch touch-display, Android Apps without any dev channels, beta channels or nasty hacks to get them work. I checked a box and it’s done.

I love the screen, the speed, the specific nature of what I can do, honestly its a good fit with a 12-hour battery life, and USB-C for charging its a nice fit. Different. What Mac always was about – but lately I just feel like Mac is becoming more about what they can put into a product to make a few more dollars. Everyone’s got to eat.

But we shall see how it goes, I’d love to have it all pan out and become my daily driver – and over the next few days. Chome is now my home? Time will tell.

Time for a Tech Yard Sale?


I think it might be.

I’ve managed to get myself a small pile of tech, some of it was given to me, some was purchased, but with all of it nowadays, it has no direct use.

I have some tablets and laptops which need new homes. I’m trying to decide how to go about selling these things. I’ve considered eBay for a few items, but most are still working hardware just not actively in my workflow anymore, and while some day some of it could be? I’m looking to offload it.

I’ve considered too Facebook’s selling area, or even OfferUp – so there are some options but stay tuned, likely in the next few weeks going to be some items up for grabs.

Shutting Down Vonage


14 years. Yowza. I hadn’t realized how long I have been with Vonage. But that all ended today.

I signed up 14 years ago while I was still living with my parents, the reason? I was doing business in Tennessee and I wanted to make it easier for locals to call, so I picked up my old 615 number and used it to talk to customers in that area.

Well fast forward 14 years and it’s been ages since I’ve actually seen the Vonage hardware. I’m not even joking, I’ve been paying monthly to keep the number safe and it was set up if the hardware wasn’t found or “offline” it’d simply route to my business line. Worked just fine. Till my business debit card changed.

It’s scary that I’m still just barely finding out months later things that were using the old card which didn’t get updated, and Vonage was one of them, so I paid my bills, called in and canceled. Now the lady told me something interesting:

You can port your number for the next 30 days.

Normally you port -> cancel, but at first, I was going to let it go, but then with the whole debit card issue, figure there might be a call or two still tied to this account, so I looked around and found NumberBarn.

Now, this ended up actually giving me more to work with overall, and for half the cost a month I actually picked up a toll-free number for the business + ported the old 615 to a parked message! Score! So for the cost of less than one month with Vonage, I got a year of the number parked, and unlimited forwarding on a toll-free number for over half the cost I was paying for the 615!

So a big win, something positive, something good. Been needing more of those lately, so a day where I don’t feel great I actually feel like I’m getting a lot accomplished. Thanks NumberBarn!

The Fight for Positivity. #struggleisreal


Today is one of those days I guess, not a fan of what I see in the bank account, a small mountain of work in front of me, and I don’t even want to sluff it off, I honestly just want to not really even stare at a wall right now. The sun is out and I’ve considered just going for a LONG walk, but sadly some of these items on the todo are time sensitive.

The loop of music I’ve got today is:

A great song, really been one of those things I’ve found myself continually reminding myself that I have something positive to hang on to, but its been a rough couple of months, even today had to just call the doctor asking about the continuation of an injectable med (BCise) as its having some mixed issues, one of which my blood sugars are higher with it, and it’s leaving knots in my gut + a lingering pain from my ribcage to my back.  Not fun.

So a mountain of stress/bad – and I’m going to keep fighting for positive, and to make this post have something actually positive, I made a sugar free bowl.

The sugar free bowl #diabetes #sugarfree #snacks #3dprinting

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Diabetic Road: First in a Journey


Everyone has their journey in life. But sometimes you just need to read something that says “Okay, I’m not completely crazy.” because in a trip like this, sometimes you may feel like you are, so I’m going to post at least once a week from now on regarding my journey with diabetes.

So about four years ago I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. I went to see my new GP, and in checking my A1C, it was off the charts. Bad. Like really bad. So, of course, what does he say? Very just matter of fact:

You are a diabetic. Check your sugars. Take care.

You may say “Oh come now, it wasn’t that bad – it was. He sent me off with a followup appointment, but with no tools to check my sugar. No meter. No supplies. Nothing. Not even a prescription for Metformin the grand-daddy of sugar drugs. Nothing.

So I left the office, I didn’t think, I just got the word that my life was changed, I had diabetes. 

After I spoke with my Wife about it, I called back, asked how I was to check my sugar, and the nurse simply confused said: “You don’t have a meter?” I didn’t; I explained I didn’t know I was a diabetic. All of this was new, and she told me to come in, and she gave me a meter, walked me through using everything and that was that, as it turns out for me, that was also the last for that doctor as my GP.

It may have been rash, it may have been maybe the worst choice I could have made, but honestly, I never felt more abandoned by the person I entrusted my health and wellness to than I did by this guy, so I moved onto my Wife’s GP.

Now with my Wife’s GP, she was a big “test for everything” person, I don’t personally like that approach, I know my sugars sucked, so she got me on metformin, and it sucked. Hard. Bad. [insert word of choice for not fun that you can think of here].

I have not been a big taker of medications in my life, the one time I could remember (well what I could remember) was after a car accident, and I’m missing about one day of time from the meds I took. So meds tend to hit me hard. Metformin did not do well.

I went through Metformin, Glipizide, and Onglyza all on samples, never finding a med that worked 100% of the time and since Metformin didn’t sit well it wasn’t a matter of stacking and getting better results with meds working together, it was one different one each time.

I hit the spot where honestly, my wife’s GP wasn’t cutting it. Appointments were 2-3 hours before you were even seen, it made work hard to keep up with since there was zero internet access in the bowels of the building – it wasn’t working so what did I do? The best I could.

Watched what I ate, got a Walmart Brand ReliOn meter and strips (which were all obtainable without dealing with a pharmacy, just visit your local Walmart) and did what I could to avoid tons of sugar, throw some exercise in there, and eat well.

Life threw in stresses, life dealt me blows here and there – but fast forward years I hit a snag. My sugars were terrible after getting through some insane months of extreme work hours both at the desk & outside building and fixing up two houses.

It left me with some spikes which led my wife to finally make the call and say “I’m worried about my husband” to a local Endocrinologist’s office which took me in rather quickly for some workups, got blood work and we got to work.

We’ve done some working on things. Currently, he’s attacking several factors. We’ve tried Glyxambi, Metformin (no side effects this time around), Jardiance, and others, but we’ve hit snags with injectables like Trulicity. It affected my mood (I think it was too aggressive on sugars and my body not used to significant lows, acted out) and BCise currently but I think it’s causing more bad than good – so may go soon.

Sadly I did have to make my way to insulin because they felt the numbers were jumping around too much, from higher spikes near 300, but then strange lows like 116! It’s an odd thing blood sugar as I could take blood from the same prick and have a difference of 40 points, so they gave me a new meter, same thing.

This week has been an odd one, and as the BCise has started to come off and I approach another day to inject tomorrow. I’m going to call in and see if they think its wise.

I’ve had a pain in my gut on the injection site and its similar to what they say about the side effects is a bad thing, but as it’s come down to today. With the Toujeo its been in the 130-ish range, so I am going to stay at that dose tonight of 12 units and see if it does the job still off the BCise more or less.

I don’t know if you are reading this looking for a similar story, or help in determining if a drug is right for you/wrong for you – I’m just going to document my journey here on out. Stick around; I hope I can keep this going into a battle end with Type 2 and get out from under it.

Be strong!