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Notes on a (late) summer vacation

Okay, here are a few things about my vacation in Central Oregon.

1. Eight days of never sitting at a desk staring at a computer screen.

2. My mom had her glucose meter with her, and I took fasting glucose readings three times. The readings ranged from 102 to 118. The reading I got in late May was 134. The healthy range is considered 80 to 100. So I've improved my situation, but I'm still not in the healthy range. My mom thinks that if I can stay in this lower range, they won't put me on Metformin. 135 seems to be the point at which you are considered diabetic, IIRC.

3. I did a lot of hiking, partly driven by the desire for cardio. I saw a lot of beautiful sights on my hikes. One of the things I love about going to Central Oregon is that it's such a different world for me. Finally got to Newberry Caldera, which is an ancient and enormous volcano. The obsidian field is amazing, and I will try to post a photo later.

4. I was suffering from something like anxiety attacks in the week or two before my vacation. I'm still not sure what that was all about, but Getting Away From It All was just what the doctor ordered. It took three days to relax, but it felt wonderful to let go of all that stress.

5. My great niece is one and a half, and she's entered the "handful" stage. Partly it was because her mom and dad headed back east for a friend's wedding, leaving her with my sister. There was definitely some separation anxiety going on. And as irritating as her bad temper could be, it was mostly just kind of heartbreaking and humbling to see her vulnerability. My sister is infinitely patient with her grandchild.

6. Didn't see my nephews at all, since they were working and/or (in the case of the eldest) spending time with a girlfriend who had been away for the summer. The times they are a-changin'. For much of the time, we were almost back to the old family configuration of just my parents and my siblings.

7. Moderate drinking, for the win. The times they are a-changin'.

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akirlu
Sep. 11th, 2012 04:13 pm (UTC)
I'm really glad to hear that your fasting glucose is coming down. That's heartening news. Fingers crossed that this trend continues -- I suspect that with some attention you will be able to manage the blood sugar without drugs, and that would be awesome!
randy_byers
Sep. 11th, 2012 04:29 pm (UTC)
Yes, it was heartening to learn that my blood sugar levels had improved, and that my efforts at behavior modification have not been in vain.
holyoutlaw
Sep. 12th, 2012 06:42 am (UTC)
Yay!
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