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Friday, March 04, 2016

My husband has 3 major health concerns...COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder--Think very bad Emphysema), Low Weight (88) and Diabetes. He's insulin dependent. His blood sugars have been high (300-500) and he hasn't been able to gain weight even though he's getting over 2000 calories a day and I'm monitoring him on SparkPeople. His COPD may be taking too much energy for him to breathe for him to gain.

Last month I took the Diabetes Challenge to learn more to help him. They advised people to find a Diabetes Educator in their local area. I found one and we are working with her. I'm so glad to have a person to monitor this.

She's doing something different with him. I don't know if it's specific to him because of his low weight, or something new in the field. She asked him to take his blood sugar before meals. He's supposed to dose his insulin by how high the blood sugar is AND how many carbs the food has which he's about to eat.

Don't know how it will work out, but I do like the way it helps us to work together. I keep track of the carbs with SparkPeople and he keeps his blood sugar log. We;ll know within the 3 week period whether it's working or not. He has had several much lower blood sugar levels at 100 or less since we started...and also some 300+ ones. No over 400, though.

I'll keep you posted....
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    We worked with my mother's blood sugars in the manner you've described. Her blood sugar was tested 5 times a day and she took multiple insulins. All of these insulins were dependent on time of day and blood sugar readings. One had to be on top of things; but, it really helped regulate her blood sugar and energy levels.

    Sure hope this helps DH and he can gain some weight.
    1698 days ago
    I'm so glad you found someone to work with you and help you to figure this out. Fingers crossed that this works!
    1698 days ago
    It is great you found the diabetes educator,
    I'm sure she can help stabilize your husband's blood glucose, and ultimately his weight as well.

    I read that in the past years measuring blood glucose and adapting insulin dose became a standard. They do if for everyone whose blood glucose is not stable.
    I'm glad your husband gets the extra attention and care he needs.
    1700 days ago
    I'm glad you're working with the diabetes educator and hope that things improve for your DH. Please know that your SparkFriends are thinking about you and wishing you well.
    1700 days ago
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    Patti, I think it is so wonderful that Spark People is able to help you help your husband. Cudos to you for taking the extra step to get professional help. You are doing a great job in taking care of your dear husband!! emoticon
    1700 days ago
    I am diabetic and is a challenge keeping up with glucose checks, injections and meal planning and can make a big difference if we make right food choices.
    1700 days ago
    Good luck to the both of you! Stay strong.....
    1700 days ago
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