Thursday, May 5, 2016

Is Walker Capable of Honesty?

Sunday, January 17, 2016

A Year of Recovery

Last January I had my second surgery to remove the reoccurring tumors that grow in my abdomen, along with that recovery (which has been a long one) came a diagnosis of diabetes. Apparently abdominal surgery can trigger diabetes, I was predisposed for it but the surgery kicked into motion. Because of high blood sugar the massive incision took 4 months to close and just recently started to fade.

While in the hospital the doctor but me on insulin injections four times a day in order to get the numbers down and to assist in the healing process. I have since learned that high numbers can cause all sorts of complications, my biggest concern is how it affects the heart, since I need cardiovascular clearance in order to have surgery to remove the tumors, it's vital to get control over blood sugar levels. So now I'm waging war on another front and that's potential heart disease, if my heart can't handle surgery, that will be a death sentence too.

 For the past year I have been working with multiple doctors in order to keep everything under control. The surgeons monitor the tumors, a family doctors handles every day stuff and an endocrinologist helps manage diabetes. Since October, it's been one appointment after another as new growth has emerged, my morning numbers are still to high and my cholesterol level has increased. I still inject insulin four times a day in addition to taking metformin and a cholesterol pill.

The hardest part to deal with has been the diabetes. The numbers can fluctuate wildly with no rhyme or reason. The endocrinologist sent me to diabetes education classes, the first was with a dietitian, the second, a nurse and the next three are group sessions. While there I found a book in their library that has helped me greatly, it's by the American Diabetes Association: A Month of Meals A diabetic Meal Planner. I have been able to get my daytime numbers under control by using the planner for meals and snacks. To be honest, I've never eaten better and am feeling much better, plus I'm losing weight. I only wish I would have had this information a year ago and not have put my organs at risk during that time.

I highly recommend the above mentioned book if you have diabetes or a loved one with it. I found personally, I need to keep my carb count at 45-55 grams per meal and snacks at no higher than 22 grams. My daily routine is, test, inject, breakfast, take metformin, 2 hours after breakfast, a snack, 2 hours after snack, test, inject, lunch, 2 hours after lunch, snack, 2 hours after snack, test, inject, dinner, metformin, 2 hours after dinner, snack, bedtime test, inject, cholesterol pill. For me, eating something every two hours keeps my daytime number down in the 100- 120 range, before using the menu planner they would be in the 150-200+ range. I'm still struggling to get the overnight number under control, it's usually around 160, which is to high, the doctor put me back on lantus and I've been slowly increasing it every three days to get me to a better number.

I was glad to put 2015 behind me, it was a stress filled year not only due to health reasons but we also had to put our beloved dog to sleep, we were almost killed multiple times in near car accidents and our summer income took a hit as well as losing over half of our foodshare thanks to Gov Walker, which will be the subject of my next post.

Thank you for your time and stay healthy!

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Closed the Gofundme Campaign

I closed the gofundme campaign because the building is no longer available. We decided to go back to plan A which is to get a conditional use permit and convert the garage into a gallery for Garden Door Studio.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

New Video Case Tips Just Added!

HealthWatch members continue to request fresh Video Case Tips with a focus on hot topics - and we listened! Check out these brand new videos recorded recently in ABC for Health's studio: Each informative video in our Video Case Tip Library includes links to resources or more information. You can watch these videos at any time—they’re on-demand and available wherever there is an internet connection!

Friday, August 28, 2015

Pulling Myself Up By My Bootstraps

We have launched a gofundme campaign that explains what I have been working on since my diagnosis in 2010. Please read my story
Please share this link with others that you think may be interested in helping, thank you!

This project pulls together everything I have learned over the course of my education and work experience that will not only benefit me but others in need. I will be employing the time honored tradition of handicrafts to help me and others produce extra income by means of busy hands. I will be adding a business plan to the campaign page in a few days which will outline the intentions and goals for this project.
I am not in a position to purchase the building myself but I have the strength and energy to put in the sweat equity needed to get this project up and running. The site is in desperate need of cleaning and a new facade, otherwise it's an amazing building that just needs some loving hands and hearts to restore it to it's former glory.
I appreciate your time and consideration, bless you and have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

State Budget & Bucks Arena Town Hall
July 23, 2015 from 6-7:30pm
Please spread the word

Find out how the $73 billion state budget and the $500 million proposed Milwaukee Bucks arena deal will impact you. I welcome you to join invited guests from the state, City of Milwaukee and Milwaukee County for a briefing and question and answer session. Please, stop by my Town Hall Meeting tomorrow night, Thursday, July 23 from 6-7:30pm at Greater New Birth Church, 8237 West Silver Spring Drive, Milwaukee, WI. To RSVP, click here. To help spread the word, please forward this email or share the event on your Facebook wall. 
            WHO: All interested persons
          WHAT: Town Hall Meeting to discuss the state budget and Bucks arena deal
          WHERE: Greater New Birth Church, 8237 West Silver Spring Drive, Milwaukee, WI.
          WHEN: Thursday, July 23 from 6-7:30pm 
Here to serve,
Sen. Lena Taylor
4th District

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

From Healthwatch

WI Budget Signed Into Law

Last week, state Assembly passed Wisconsin’s proposed budget. The bill passed 52-46 with a GOP majority vote, each member of the Democratic minority, along with 11 Republican members voted against the proposal. The two year, $72.7 billion state budget passed after senators repealed salary minimums for employees on local government projects and discarded changes to the state’s open records law. Lastly, it made its way to the Governor's desk where Walker made 104 vetoes.

What's Next?
 Gov. Walker will now seek federal approval for the following changes:
  • Imposing monthly premiums for childless adults, and increasing premiums for “behaviors that increase an individual’s health risk”
  • Limiting eligibility for childless adults to 4 years
  • Requiring health risk assessments and drug screening as a condition of eligibility for childless adults
The bill also makes changes to programs effecting individuals with disabilities and the elderly. These changes include:
  • Include, Respect, I Self-direct (IRIS): Eliminating IRIS and instead requiring the managed care organizations of Family Care Reform to offer the option to self-direct their care.
  • Governor Walker vetoed Family Care and IRIS' processes used to make sure rates paid to agencies are sound, specified the state has to have at least 5 regions for the programs, and put limits on enrollment periods.
  • Mental Health and AODA Services: Expanding Medicaid coverage to include residential-based substance abuse treatments.
  •  Personal Care Services: These services currently help beneficiaries in need of assistance with daily activities such as eating, drinking, bathing, dressing, and household chores. The proposed changes require beneficiaries to conduct an “independent assessment” for all fee-for-service prescriptions.
  •  Aging & Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs): The Joint finance committee negated Gov. Walker’s proposal to eliminate county-run ADRCs, but included provisions which require DHS to conduct studies relating to the reliability of the ADRC processes. These include: an assessment of duplicative functions between ADRC boards and DHS procedures, and integrating income maintenance consortia and ADRCs.