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Monday, April 23, 2012

Magazines and Diabetes


Look at my new magazine! This was a one-time purchase using my $$$ on a gift card for surveys. Exbf excitedly told me about a magazine he saw while hurrying past a magazine rack where he works. He told me the name of the magazine and what the chicken looked like, angle from which the picture was taken and a couple of the cover stories. When I went to BAM, I could not walk to the back, so the clerk found it for me.

Only BAM had it. So, I purchased it and rushed home to read it. It only took me 24 hours to finally take it out of the When he came to my house, I showed it to him. He spent over an hour reading the magazine, some aloud to me. He laughed lots and exclaimed he never knew some of the information.

The article, Who's on Top, will explain all about "pecking order."  He showed me all the pictures of egg abnormalities in another article, From Farters to Double Yolkers. You can find out more about the magazine online at Sampling of other articles: Heritage Layers, Ducks, Brooding Chicks, Goats.
I cannot find the information in the magazine, but I think he said there were also two other magazines,  Ducks and another called Goats. Hobby Farms is published by the same company.

Country Living

I got this with It is not the same magazine I enjoyed several years ago. Every page has cute pictures, but it is all about where the consumer can go and buy things. I will be receiving this for the next 11 months! Trash! It's not going to be enjoyable. Oh, many more pages are fully devoted to advertising. Even articles direct the reader to buy the items pictured at Ikea or Pottery Barn. Plus, the format it large, not conducive to sitting and browsing.

Diabetes fog
I don't really know the name for the condition. When I called exbf to ask him to listen to the weather on TV, he was not too responsive. At first, I thought he was just sleepy, having dozed off after work. He would not turn the TV to the weather even when I yelled and got a bit nasty. Soooo, I knew that his lack of a response at my nastiness meant one thing--low blood sugar. I don't yell to annoy him, and don't try to be mean. I just know that if he is sleepy, my being loud will wake him up and get a response about not yelling at him. But, the weather comes on at 5:17, and he kept muttering and weakly insisting he had the right channel. Only at 5:25 did he realize he had the TV on the wrong channel. This is so unlike him. When I called back at 6:15 to hear the weather, he had dinner and was feeling and talking fine.

He was still not making sense except for the fact he had the TV on the wrong channel. I told him if he did not eat I would call the police or his neighbor. Once, I called the police for a welfare check at 3:30 am on a Sunday morning and found that he had been sitting in his recliner since 4 pm on Friday evening. I had been dialing his number since 5 pm on Saturday. Another time I called his neighbor. He has been taken by ambulance to the hospital several years ago. So, I am not unnecessarily panic-stricken.

Well, today he decided ham was a good thing to eat, just a bite. We argued about this. However, he did not make sense. Then, he pulled the stunt that drunks try--talking right and straight. His sentences still made no sense and he still slurred his words. I threatened to call police or neighbor. He begged me not to. I demanded he go eat sugar, honey, syrup, jelly, just a bit.

He got strawberry jelly and ate some. Five minutes later, he finally sounded like the fog lifted and his voice was right, and he could complete a sentence. Before that, he would say half a sentence pause and say something totally out of the blue and not related to the first half of the sentence!

When he was talking normally, he said he had a jelly I gave him, one that looks like a catsup bottle, and squirted it directly into his mouth. Hey, why wash a spoon?--his attitude, I am He finally was alert enough to answer my question about when he last ate--11 am! He said he was not hungry. I try to tell him that is not why he should eat. Am I wrong?

I told him that he can cause enough brain damage that he will have to go into assisted living. Okay, that may not be right, but mental decline can happen to diabetics, especially those who do not take care of themselves.

I know I can get weather on the laptop, but often it is wrong. Plus, Jerry Tracey adds things that make it clear that the rain will only be in certain areas.

Your turn

Have you ever read or seen Chickens magazine? If you read Country Living, do you notice more of the articles direct you to places like Ikea and Pottery Barn? Do you deal with someone who has diabetes and will not eat often enough? Does the person go into this mental fog? Pass out? Lose days at a time?


  1. I deal with myself who has diabetes, LOL. One of the hardest things to come to terms with when you age with it, is the loss of ability to recognise hypoglycemia. It's a genuine condition and not necessarily a result of wanting not to eat. It could also be because he doubled up on his insulin (if he injects it) and didn't realise it.

    I've had the ambulance called a few times in the past, when I accidentally had the same injections twice! You forget you had it then have it again. Before you know it, you're not thinking straight - people talk to you and nothing computes. Then you're falling down.

    In the past I had problems with artificial sweeteners as well. I was eating and drinking the stuff to excess, to make up for not being able to eat sugar. It messed with my nervous system, so I couldn't figure out why I could have normal to high readings, but felt like I was having a low.

    They've now linked some artificial sweeteners to causing damage to the nervous system - even mimicking the symptoms of MS.

    There's probably no easy answer. Just remember it's not your fault if anything happens, and it's not really his either. Some things just happen because we don't always comprehend what's going on, and we sometimes make mistakes. It's human nature. :)

    1. Chris,
      I had a supervisor who was diagnosed with MS. adjusting her diet and excluding all artificial sweeteners made the MS symptoms go away. It was just the sweetener mimicking the MS.

      He went to the doctor for a scheduled visit four days after the incident. Now, he is to schedule a snack in every day, three times a day, whether he is hungry or not. I sort of blame the doctor for her "wait and see how bad this gets and do little to intervene" approach.

      I was talking on the phone to a guy who said he fell down in the grocery store earlier. He kept falling down as I talked with him. Finally, I called 911 and he was tested by the EMT on ambulance. His reading was 1200 and he refused to go with them. they waited until he passed out and took him anyway.

  2. My daughter has had Type I (juvenile) diabetes since age 9. She is 27 now. She is doing very well now, and uses an insulin pump. However, there were times, especially in her teens and in college, when she became easily frustrated and annoyed. We found that these brief irrational periods were usually a rapidly shrinking bloodsugar. The pump has helped her a great deal, and she is in complete control of her job, her meals and her own grocery shopping. Still, throughout life, this will always be a source of challenges. Even those of us without diabetes of any type, don't weather hypoglycemia very well.

  3. Alexandra,
    Hmmm, he gets overwrought about little things. I wonder if that is the problem. I hate it when I am hypoglycemic. It makes me feel so rotten and want to sleep for a day. I don't get irrational or frustrated. I just get whiny, so whiny that I annoy myself!


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