Diabetic Road: New Meds

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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. 😇”

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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.