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Date Posted: 14:00:45 06/28/13 Fri
Subject: Raven Update 6/26/13
I love you guys. Trying to keep calm. Trying to keep any stress away as much as possible before this PET Scan (easier said than done I assure you). My Blood sugar was 400 earlier today, and scared the hell out of me. Getting a bit weary of this rollercoaster ride. It's neverending. I know that stress can raise blood sugar enormously, but I did not expect that kind of number using insulin (apparently we are going to need much higher doses).
I will call my family doctor tomorrow and let them know what is going on. The scan is only a few days away, and they will send you home if your sugar is too high since the whole scan is based on sugar. Cancer feeds off sugar (it's Cancer's main food supply along with acidity). This is why they have you eliminate carbs and sugar a day or two before the test (and fast the night before). They know that once they inject you with the glucose based radioactive tracer an hour before the scan, the cancer cells will rush out to feed on the sugar, and show themselves (it shows the radiologist where the tumors are, and how much uptake is in each area). If you begin with high blood sugar, the test could be a waste of time, and possibly wrought with inaccuracies. I never had this issue before starting chemo, as my sugar was always within normal range, although it would always get a little high when I arrived to do my PET Scans each time.
The technician would always explain that people's blood sugar will always be a little high before a scan like this due to nerves (and it always was, but still rather low). I have to factor this in as it will probably rise at least 20-30 points the morning of the test. That means I need to get this really low to start with. The lowest I have gotten so far is 145, and that was only on one day. Back to the drawing board on these doses. I am going to ask for 25 units twice a day because what we are doing now is not enough. I restarted the Gleevec and am on my 4th dose all in a row for the first time ever....no more spreading them out (not feeling so hot right now, as it wreaks it's own havoc, but it's the only chance I have left). Getting a rash on my chest from the Gleevec, and feeling sickly as I used to feel with the chemo infusions (taking Benadryl to try and keep it in check). I know that this is helping to raise my blood sugar as chemo was the reason I got Diabetes in the first place. Cutting out as many carbs from my life as possible. Going to have to make some major changes to help the insulin fight this chemo induced high blood sugar. What a freaking mess........
In any event, it is what it is. I am praying harder and longer these days. Praying that God keeps me away from all evil. From things that can only hurt me or stress me out at a time in my life where those types of things could literally kill me. John was happy to see me putting out some of my shows and passing on a few scoops because he has been telling me for such a long time that I need to distract myself in some way with things that make me happy. Focusing only on my cancer and the tests I have coming is the polar opposite of what I always need to be doing. If I had the energy level I used to have, I would be doing my columns and my shows right now because those would be wonderful distractions, but one day can be so different from the next when you are battling a cancer like mine under these circumstances. The MRSA infection in my chest was the cherry on the sundae. I am glad to have days when I can feel a little like myself again and share scoops or listen to a show I loved doing and putting them out again (good medicine for me when I am feeling up to it). Nothing but good.........
Bless you for realizing this and enjoying the shows along with me once again (as well as the few tidbits I shared). My source gets antsy at times because they give me all these wonderful scoops, and most of the time I let them go cold here lately because I am just not up to it much these days (they are also very loving and understanding). I personally chose not to touch Prospect Park with a ten foot pole (a decision I am glad I made). It made me smile when Frisco, Felicia, Lucy, Faison, and Alan all came back as promised by me this year (although it would have been nice to see Alan stay around a bit longer). I adore Stuart Damon. A few more for the road and then I am back to meditating and riding out this latest dose of Gleevec. I love you and pray you have a peaceful evening. Sweet dreams my beloved friends.........
Sam finds love again, but gets the shock of her life in return. One beloved leading lady is slowly written out (watch closely, and you will see it coming). A recast may come yet again............................
P.S. And did you really believe that anyone in Port Charles is truly dead? Think again my dear ones...............
Over and out. I love you.........
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Re: Raven Update 6/26/13 -- Barbara, 02:30:58 06/29/13 Sat 
I'm so sorry you are dealing with Chemo induced Diabetes on top of everything else... Oy! Please know that there are different types of insulin, you are wise to consult with your Primary Dr. There's fast acting insulin which starts to work within 15 minutes and is done within 2 or 3 hours, it is used to "cover" when you eat. But in your case, it might help in getting you thru your Pet Scan. Being a Diabetic, I know it can get crazy worrying about your #'s on top of everything else you are dealing with... But please stress to your Primary that you have to have your sugars within range in order to have this test, so can they offer another solution with your insulin.
Thank you so much for passing along your tidbits... I'm sure I speak for a lot of people when I say, you take care of you 1st, you do what makes it easier to get thru the day... We appreciate you thinking of us...
Stay strong, know that you are in my prayers every night... Wishing you only the best girlfriend...
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Re: Raven Update 6/26/13 -- DarDar, 12:19:47 06/29/13 Sat 
I can't imagine how much you're going through. Please know that we love you and are praying for you.
Regarding your Sam drop. She finds love again, but then is in for a shock. Could this possibly mean her beloved Jason returns in the form of a re-cast?
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Re: Raven Update 6/26/13 -- alex, 00:16:37 06/30/13 Sun 
Anything on Becky Herbst or Elizabeth? You are in my prayers
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