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    Re: Health & Other Issues and properly caring for reptiles right now.....

    As promised, I fed the snakes tonight. Everyone was happy and ready! 7 for 7.

    Again, thank you to everyone for the kind words and posts.

    Katie is still sick, but we both got some rest the past few days. That can't hurt. I'll keep everyone posted, but wanted to write that I do feel a little more focused on the reptiles. The perspectives here and seeing that everyone is doing fine despite a little less love from me all helped.

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    I hope Katie's doctors get this figured out soon, so you can both get back to things being more normal.
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    Hope she feels better soon. It's scary not having any answers, but stay positive if you can, it helps the immune system.
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    Re: Health & Other Issues and properly caring for reptiles right now.....

    I have good news and bad news.

    The good news first. I found a new medicine (new to me and new to the market) that helps treat my sleep disorders and for the first time in years, I have some energy. Still have a transplanted kidney and medication issues, etc. but this is the first improvement I have seen in the energy department in years. The past year or two I've been exhausted and or sleeping a lot. I am still having issues and say I am 60-70% on a good day, but that's way better than 20-30% on average.

    This means I have been spending more time with and feel better about caring for the reptiles. I was worried for a while that I wasn't going to be able to care for them the way I want and they deserve over the long-term. I am happy to report, that at least at the moment, things are looking up there.

    The bad news. I may have mentioned that I had an infection (happens being immune suppressed) and almost died a few months ago. Well, I had been pre-diabetic and was managing it well. However, the trauma of the illness/infection and the long-term prednisone use (a drug I cannot stop and have to take forever not to reject my kidney), etc. caused me to go full type 2 diabetic. That was contributing to me feeling badly but didn't know it until two weeks ago when I was finally diagnosed. I am on insulin now and they are still working to the dosage, but things are significantly better on that front. I was apparently walking around at times being very close to a diabetic coma.

    I am the kind of person who doesn't dwell on things I cannot control and takes control of what I can. I have adjusted my diet, am continuing to lose weight, working on exercising, and taking my insulin and other meds per doctors orders. I was pretty upset initially, but after a short "pity-party" got right on track.

    I am looking forward to continuing to feel better and to getting the basement fixed (still a work in progress) and spending more time with Katie, the dogs, and the reptiles.

    Katie is still a work in progress, but we are getting closer, per the doctor to a full diagnosis and treatment. I likely won't share all the details of that on here as it's Katie's life and she is more private than I am. However, I will let people know when she's back on track as well.
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    You're entitled to a pity-party, I'm so glad you're getting things figured out & adjusted. And especially, that you're feeling much better. We all have to deal with things that are out of our control- you've just had a bit more practice than most. Maybe your reptiles sensed your energy return, & that's why they all ate today?
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    Re: Health & Other Issues and properly caring for reptiles right now.....

    Wishing you and Katie good health and happier days Dave.
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    I'm glad you and Katie are on the road to getting health issues identified and managed, and wish you both ongoing improved health and peaceful, happy days together. I agree that wallowing isn't helpful, but there's nothing wrong with a quick dip into a 'pity party' - there are a lot of justifiably complex and difficult feelings associated with a diagnosis of chronic illness and it's good to acknowledge them.

    For what it's worth, I deal with some long-term health issues related to a horrific accident I was in when I was younger (thanks so much, drunk driver). I'm no Pollyanna, but in a weird sort of way it's brought some positives to my life. There are a couple of similarities to Diabetes in that I do best when I maintain healthy eating patterns, keep my weight low and do regular cardio and strength work. So my lifestyle may appear on the outside to be typical of your basic 'health nut', but for me it's all essential to prevent living with chronic pain. I'd certainly be glad if none of this had happened, but on the other hand, developing these habits has been great both physically and mentally. And I became a damned good cook in the process, which has been pretty cool!

    I'm just really happy to hear about the new medication; that is a pretty spectacular improvement. And it sounds like there is a light at the end of the tunnel for Katie, too, which is more good news. Managing health problems is not for the faint of heart, but it seems like you guys share a generally positive outlook and are there for one another, which makes a huge difference. Blessings to both of you.
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    Re: Health & Other Issues and properly caring for reptiles right now.....

    My blood sugar is getting under control and my sleep issues are better. That's a good combo. Again, I never expect to be 100% again, but I am feeling better and the reptiles and our relationship is better too. I am spending more time chilling with them and bonding and not just cleaning up and feeding. I cannot wait until the basement is done and I can really spend time with them again while enjoying that space. Not just going down to spend time with them, but enjoying the space too. Katie are missing 2/5 of our house and our family area. Will be nice to hang and watch TV with the dogs and the reptiles etc. Not together though. .

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    I can imagine how much you're missing your basement- especially now that you're feeling better. What a huge job that turned out to be- not just the clean up but all the needed renovation too, ugh. But it should be awesome once it gets done.
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