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recuperate

December 31, 2012 Leave a comment

The worst of the flu was on Saturday. All day long, when I was awake, the muscles and joints ached. But mostly I slept. Fortunately when I woke up yesterday, the aches had largely disappeared. I still had some cough remnants and a sometimes drippy nose, but I was able to move around, and put out a couple of small efforts, including doing laundry and shoveling the couple inches of snow that had fallen on Saturday.

Saturday, I didn’t eat except for a tiny bit of soup for dinner. Yesterday, I had some more soup for lunch and dinner, as I finally had some appetite again.

But it looks like I’m about 4 or 5 pounds down from where I was before the flu broadsided me. I suppose some of that might be water weight, although I was pretty good about drinking fluids. It feels like I might be able to lift tomorrow although I shouldn’t be surprised if I don’t exactly hit the reps and weights I might be expecting based upon what I was doing before getting sick. I’ll just have to try and see what happens, then consider what adjustments might be appropriate.

Saturday was also day with the lowest number of steps ever since I started carrying the pedometer back in October. It only counted 1502 steps. That’s about as many as I could get. There was just no energy to do anything more than shuffle between the bed, the bathroom, the chair in front to the tv, and the kitchen. Yesterday I was recovered enough to get over 5500.

Metabolism is also reverting back towards normal. Saturday I injected almost as much Novolog as I tend to use during a typical weekday, and all I had on Saturday was about 10g of carbohydrate. Yep, all day long, I would check my blood sugar it would be somewhere up between 160 and 200 and I’d inject another 2 or 3 units, but those units were just enough to keep my blood sugar stable up in that range. It wasn’t until yesterday afternoon I finally saw a blood sugar under 100 again.

So hopefully that’ll be my last run-in with the flu for some time to come.

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December 29, 2012 Leave a comment

Fuck, the flu has been putting a whomping on me. I am somewhat hopeful that maybe I’ve already hit the turnaround towards improvement point, but I’m not going to bet anything on that. After I got home from work, I very nearly just went straight to bed. I didn’t sleep straight through of course, but the sometimes urge to cough is less now. Overnight I woke up a couple of times and hacked badly, along with the nose dripping. Nose drip has nearly disappeared.

But I got serious aches now. Every muscle in my body hurts. Even the little ones in my fingers. Every muscle that gets used to move any sort of body part says ouch. Fever seems to be mostly gone now though. I woke up around 3 hours ago and it felt like I was on fire almost. Got up and peed, I could smell ketones. I checked my blood sugar but it was fine at 129. My body is just burning a lot of fat right now because I haven’t eaten in over 16 hours. I’m probably burning some muscle too. Oh well. I have no appetite right now.

I farted around on the computer for about 20 minutes in that wakeup around 4:30, then went back to bed. Now one of the reasons I had gotten up then was because I felt overheated in bed. I still felt feverish when I got back in bed, but it took a long time before I felt warm in bed again, in spite of burning with fever. Maybe the fever was breaking then and that led to me feeling a sense of being cold while trying to find the oblivion of sleep.

I’m not going to lift today. The thought of trying to pick up a heavy weight makes my muscles want to cry. It’ll hurt and there’s no way I can go anywhere close to full strength.

Just going to rest and hope that I’ll slowly feel better as the hours pass, and that maybe eventually I’ll have a bit of appetite to eat again.

the 3-week difference

December 10, 2012 Leave a comment

After 3 weeks of lifting again, there are some noticeable changes and results.

— Approximate increase of 18% with deadlifting strength, based upon using a one-rep max calculator on the AMRAP (as many reps as possible) sets of the 5-3-1 template I’m using.

— my body had taken on a kind of slack look to it from the lack of strength training. That slack look is gone. I’m on the skinny side again though. I lost weight during the year and now touch the scale at around 150 pounds.

— the left arm and shoulder looks to be regaining some muscle. That was one of the worst parts with the frozen shoulder, the arm and shoulder couldn’t do too much work and there was muscle loss.

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It’s still important to be patient. I see the improvements coming in and they tempt me — do more work! Hurry it along! But that might not be true. You need rest and recovery, so the body can rebuild, so the nervous system can recharge.

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I finally figured out a good way to do back squats without a rack, but with 2 sawhorses, along with the fact that my left shoulder won’t let me put my hand on the bar if it’s laying on my traps. I put the bar up on the sawhorses, and then I loop the lifting straps I have onto the bar. I squat down underneath the bar, then use my right hand to pull a strap into reach of my left hand, then grab the other strap with my right hand. With those straps I can hold the bar in position. Then I start the squat from the bottom. It works really nice and gives me a way to back squat instead of zercher squat. And thanks to the practice with goblet squats, I’m being very conscious of making sure I squat, rather than leaning forward and then doing a good morning. I also get to squat much deeper than I could with the zercher squats. And you know what? For the first time I think I’m getting a real good bit of work with the glutes.

I had tried the strap idea with front squats before, but I could never get comfortable with how for me the front squat bar position seems to sit very tight against my throat. Seriously hard to breathe. Maybe I’m just being wimpy about it, but maybe it’s also possible that my physical form does put the bar tighter on my throat than for others.

Anyhow, I feel good having found a way to do deep back squats in spite of not having a rack and a left shoulder that still has to thaw out. It’s pretty safe too, since if I can’t squat a weight back up, I just drop down until the sawhorses catch the bar.

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We’re approaching the bottom of darkness here in the northern hemisphere. Something I didn’t realize until a few years ago is that the loss or gain of time for sunrises and sunsets is not symmetrical. In fact, right about now, where I am, there is no more loss of daylight at sunset. By this weekend, the sunset time will start growing later. That’s the most important one for me. I hate, hate, getting home from work and it’s almost dark. I like to have some light left to me at the end of the day.

Of course that means it won’t be until some point in early January when the sunrises will reverse course, but that’s not as hard on me.

Still, today is going to be tough. Foggy, gray, dismal, dreary. It’s going to be one of those days where I will feel so thirsty for light it’s almost like the thirst I felt when I became diabetic almost 28 years ago. A desperate thirst for light, like my body might start wasting away

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Just got back my bloodwork results. A1c of 6.2%, first one I had over 6 in a while, but I don’t mind it. I’ve tried to be a bit more relaxed on things and also have fewer hypos. Lipids were good, total cholesterol of 183, HDL 75, LDL 97, and triglycerides of 54. So my doctor ought to be happy with those.