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July 2021

Cardiology appointment



Fun appointment. 

My tricuspid valve isn’t leaking as much as it was last year when I was thinking about weight loss. The cardiologist was patting herself on the back for the improvement. 

This puzzled me because I couldn’t remember what she did. 

She said it was because she counseled me weight loss.  

Oh well, if she wants to take credit, okay. 

Kathleen Weaver


Big Scale Victory

I reached a new scale victory today.  This weekend I had reached a loss of 95 pounds since I had lapband surgery.  30 pounds since I joined Profile by Sanford.

I currently have no fluid in my band.

My insulin usage has gone from over 100 units a day to 100 units a week but that’s because Profile by Sanford is so low carb.

I still have a high amount of arthritis pain but I am finding it easier to get around.


Lipiflow

I have severe dry eye.  So bad, I couldn’t do a full time remote teaching job.  At the end of the day, I couldn’t focus enough to drive safely.

I had my early visit with my eye doctor and saw a poster for Lipiflow.  I signed up immediately and my only regret is the charge, but I’m hoping it will go down in price.

There is a lot of after care to it but I should have been doing a lot of the care already.

They warned that I might have more trouble the two days after than before but I didn’t notice that.  4 days out and my dry eye is the best it’s been in ages.

Very happy with it.

They put you in a chair, put relaxing music on, give numbing eye drops and then put on special equipment on your eye.  They stayed and observed, while I babbled about the weekend’s dog show.

Sent me home with a bag of ointments.  Another than that helped is that they switched me from PM Ointment to Oasis Plus at night, which means I still have some useful vision.

Definitely worth it.


InPen versus Omnipod

The latest experiment is different.

I’ve gone from medformim, to insulin only (70/30) to pumping and now I am doing MDI with rapid insulin and Ozempic.

I’ve lost enough weight that I don’t need basal insulin.  I need bolus insulin and corrections.

With the Omnipod, I was having to put 100 units in the pod, give the least amount of insulin possible, bolus and corrections.  

It’s been 5 days, and I’ve used the first 100 units of insulin, so I’m not wasting insulin.

The Dexcom is making a huge difference.  I’m not sure I could do finger sticks and MDI.

I think I just convinced myself that Inpen is the answer.