We lost one of the world’s greatest minds today.
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As part of International Women’s Day the newly engaged Royal couple, Prince Harry and Meghan Marble visited Birmingham’s Millennium Point to discuss breaking the stereotypes that women face in the work place. I managed to catch a glimpse of them as they walked by the university campus this morning.
Over the past 8 months I have been trying to fix the damage that has been causing havoc all over my body for the last 6 years that I have been suffering from PCOS and the last 2 years that I have been battling the Insulin Resistance symptom – Hyperglycemia.
What is hyperglycemia?
Hyperglycemia is the medical term describing an abnormally high blood glucose (blood sugar) level. Blood sugar is measured in a sample of blood taken from a vein or from a small finger stick sample of blood. It can be measured in a laboratory either alone or with other blood tests, or it can be measured using a handheld glucometer, a small device that allows frequent monitoring of blood glucose levels without the need for a doctor’s office or laboratory.
Hyperglycemia is a hallmark sign of diabetes (both type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes) and prediabetes. Normal ranges for blood glucose measurements can vary slightly among different laboratories, but in general a fasting (early a.m. before breakfast) glucose level is considered normal if it is between 70-100 mg/dL. Glucose levels may rise slightly above this range following a meal. Random blood glucose measurements are usually lower than 125 mg/dL.
When you have Hyperglycemia as part of PCOS it is in the pre-diabetes stage but can lead to Type 2 diabetes in the future. Hyperglycemia can be dangerous from the outset as consistently high blood glucose can cause damage to the capillaries in the brain, eyes, kidneys and legs.
What’s my experience with Hyperglycemia?
I have been diagnosed with this since September 2017 after a difficulty losing weight with PCOS, sugar crashing daily and persistent UTI infections. The main thing I was recommended to help tackle it was changing to a Low GI diet and exercising more to help stop me sugar crashing daily.
My worst experiences with it had been:
- Passing out for 6 and a half hours after drinking a milkshake
- Having an energy drink which lead to a seizure
- Unexplained blood in my urine
- Inability to lose weight
- Being unable to have blood taken due to dehydration
Those all calmed down from the change in diet. It was suspected that my common water infections and the blood in my urine was caused by the damage that insulin resistance had caused to my kidneys.
Recently I ended off in hospital with the same pains in my kidneys as I would usually get when I had a UTI without the usual burning sensation that you would usually get from a UTI. My white blood cell count was high. My blood sugar was dropping steeply (uncommon for someone with hyperglycemia). What was going on?
Turns out that I was dangerously dehydrating myself when working out and I had angered the damage that was there from the last two years. I was in so much pain and unable to lie down or sit up without assistance that I thought my kidneys were going to fail.
The doctors initially thought that I had kidney stones due to signs of inflammation on the tube from my right kidney to my bladder found in an ultrasound scan but thankfully a CT scan showed that everything was normal after a few days of staying in hospital on drips and keeping hydrated.
The doctors never mention how important water is when your Hyperglycemic. I can’t expect the damage to be gone in 8 months of changing my lifestyle after two years worth of damage. When suffering from this you have to drink more than the average person. STAY HYDRATED!
Simon Fielder is a digital artist who’s work I have been following on social media for some time. Fielder is from Cumbria, England. He paints his digital paintings using his just his fingers on his iPad. He has done many brilliant pieces of work that I have appreciated over the time that I have known of his work.
I asked his permission to do this post in dedication to his brilliant work as I attempt to interpret his most recent piece that is based on his dream:
The above image was posted to his Facebook Page on the 27th February 2018 and I was amazed by it. It must take incredible amounts of skill to draw like this on an iPad. I, for one, can barely draw with a pencil. Anyway, I have decided to interpret the dream in the form of a short story piece, so, here it goes:
I was stood on a darkened train carriage on the tracks to no where. The night was so cold that my pyjamas didn’t shield my delicate skin from it’s piercing grip. I had no idea how I got there but I knew I needed to get off. I could hardly see a hand in front of my face, how was I meant to know where I was going? The tracks seemed to go on forever as the clickity-clack of the wheels rang in my ears like bells. I was alone there, eaten by the shadows with no one to hear me yell for help.
That was until a warm glow stroked the back of my neck. I slowly turned to see a flame a few carriages away. Was the train on fire? If it was, I had to be the one brave enough to put it out or the only way I would get off this train was in the form of ashes.
I ran towards it, faster than I thought I could. It was almost as if I blinked and ended up there. It was a controlled flame, in a metal cylinder. The air around me filled with a swarm of moths that were drawn to it’s heat but…. they weren’t fluttering. They just sort-of hovered there in the glory of the flame.
A man stood, hunched over the flame as though he were desperate to keep warm. His clothes were ragged and he looked like he hadn’t bathed in a long time.
“You been on here long?” he grumbled under his breath, without even looking up at me.
“N-n-no,” I replied, nervously, “How did we get here? How do we get off?”
He snorted out a laugh, “We don’t.”
“WHAT?!” I yelled, before he hushed me.
“Come, keep warm,” he said, gesturing with his hand for me to get closer.
I didn’t really want to be closer to a creepy stranger on an unknown train that will apparently never stop but at the same time, the flame was so inviting. I needed the heat. I took a step forward. As I did, one of my shoulders brushed against a moth but it broke a part into ashes and floated like snowflakes to the floor. They were dead. Dead moths held around this man by strings. It sent a shiver down running down my spine like the scratch of a sharp finger nail. Just keep moving forward. Just keep moving.
“We never know why we come here but we never get to leave,” the old man whimpered, as I watched a tear glisten in the flame. He quickly wiped it away before it reached his mangled, unwashed beard, “The only way we leave is the same way that moth just did… when we turn to DUST.”
I hope you enjoyed my interpretation but, I would love to hear yours so drop me a comment (might do another post featuring the best responses – including links to your blogs!)
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Hello, happy Sunday, welcome, and thank you for stopping by for a bit of coffee and catching up. Forgive me for not sitting down. I’ll have to take my caffeine and converse while I’m getting ready because we have an appointment to tour our dream wedding venue today! I would have waited to chat with you until after but I am afraid I’ll be told the place is out of our meager budget and return broken-hearted and depressed. No, better to visit now, while I’m excited and have my past week still fresh in my head.
“I cannot simply put into words how coffee, stars, and a good conversation turns me on.”
If we were having coffee, I would tell you that there you may start seeing more of me around here than you have lately. I know posts have been few and far between and far from fun…
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