Color me happy

I’ve not been feeling well for a while now.  It’s probably all related to my diabetes.  Sometimes it’s just my feet hurting.  Sometimes it’s an overall blah feeling…and sometimes, well, I cannot quite describe how I feel, other than just….off.

So, I had my followup with my doctor in regards to my diabetes today and he said I deserved three gold stars.  Not only did my weight drop by 10 pounds (by his scale) but my A1C dropped from 8.5 to 7.4.

I attribute most of this to the medications I am on.  I take Glipizide and Metformin twice a day and I take Farxiga in the mornings.  Farxiga is outrageously pricey, and even with my insurance, was going to cost me over $900 every 3 months.  So, we got a coupon from the manufacturer and I now have a $0 copay. This coupon is only available to people with insurance.  So…why not lower the cost?  I really do not understand the price of medications in this country.

After I left the doctor’s office I started thinking about how good those numbers could be if I actually added in some exercise to my weekly routine.  And really cut out the foods I shouldn’t have.  I have been doing portion control though, and not buying the “bad” foods.  It’s definitely helping though.

I’ll take it.  Not going to complain.  My goal is to have all the numbers down again when I go back in November.

My 2018 reading challenge…

Every year I set a goal to read at least 50 books during the year.  I track it over on goodreads now, but a few years ago, I did on another site, which is no longer in existence.  I finished a book today, and logged in it, then saw that I am 14 books behind schedule for my goal.  Ahhh…no that is not what I wanted to see.  I really don’t want to pick up short stories or quick easy reads just to tick another book off, but I might have to do that.  I don’t mind if I miss the goal, but I like to at least feel like I tried to make it.

The book I finished today was a heavy book….but relevant to me.  My grandmother had Alzheimer’s, and it is the main cause I fundraise for every year.  My daughter and I participate in the Alzheimer’s walk when it comes close to us, and I always donate a portion of my Avon sales every July through September to the Foundation.  Today I finished a book by actress Kimberly Williams-Paisley called “Where the Light Gets in:  Losing My Mother Only to Find Her Again“.  It was a great book.  I felt like Kimberly was sitting with me as she told her family’s story.  She covered the pain, joys, failures and triumphs that came with her mother’s disease.  I definitely recommend this to anyone who has been touched by Alzheimers/Dementia, and even to those who have not.

My mountain of books to read is huge….plus there are a bunch more on my kindle as well, and I need to decide what I want to read next.  It will not be as heavy as what I just finished though.