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Hey there, it's me Kathy : A tough week

Kathy Golemiec
Kathy Golemiec

I hope your week was better than mine.

For me, it was awful! It started with new pills, which were great for the first few days. However, when they really kicked in it was too much and I was sleeping almost all day. Also, everything hurt and the headaches were nasty, so the medicine was lowered and my sleeping habit is starting to get better. My pain level? It’s still a nine.

In addition, I have to get a cortisone shot in my right shoulder again because the last isn’t effective anymore. And most of you who follow my column know I hate needles … to the point if I see it, I'll faint. Since I had the last needle in that shoulder I forgot how bad the pain was until I woke up the other morning with the pain back and I could hardly move my arm.

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I want to talk a bit about low blood glucose levels - when the sugar in your blood has dropped below the target range, which is less then four mmol/L. The signs are feeling shaky, light headed, sweaty, weak, numbness or tingling in your tongue or lips, being nervous, hungry and/or your heart rate is faster .

Anyone who is not a diabetic may not know that you can have low blood sugar and it can be awful. When my sugar drops I start shaking and I would grab anything I could eat to stop the light-headed feeling because if it goes on too long you can pass out. My mother was a diabetic and my brother and I have hypoglycemia.

What can cause hypoglycemia is more physical activity than usual, not eating, eating too little, taking too much medication or the effects of drinking alcohol.

When you don't take care of it right away you can become confused, lose consciousness or have a seizure. To treat it eat or drink a fast-acting carbohydrate with at least 15 grams, get glucose in the form of glucose tablets, have a cup of juice or regular soft drink or candy or a tablespoon of honey.

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My new pup Thunder is doing well. I have to watch I don't walk on him. He thinks we go outside to chase the moths because we can be out there for what seems forever then he comes in and lifts his leg on whatever is the first thing he comes in contact with! The other night I heard this thump and then little paws running around to my side of the bed. I put my arm down, picked him up and lifted him back on the bed and he went right back to sleep. I love those moments!

Well folks, until next time, have a great week!

 

Kathy Golemiec is a former resident and business owner in Stewiacke where she still has strong family connections. She currently lives in Westville. She is chronicling her struggles and challenges as she undergoes cancer treatments. Her column appears weekly in The Colchester Weekly News.

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