Thursday, December 16, 2010

Islet update

I seem to be in a stable place right now.  I'm still taking about 8 units of insulin per day.  The best strategy seems to be to take 6 units of Lantus at supper time and 1 unit of Novolog before breakfast and before lunch.  With the change in the seasons, I have been getting my exercise in after supper instead of immediately before.  I miss my walk, but this way, I can skip my before supper unit of Novolog.

This seems to keep me steady.  I get a few highs and even some lows.  Both seem to be direct effects of exercise or lack thereof.  I can tell when my body is stressed as well.  I had a headache last week that caused an increase.  Emotions have the same effect.  Its surprising how quickly things can get out of range.  I really have to keep my hands on the reins.

I saw my opthomologist last week.  Still no signs of any retinopathy.
I have been lucky with staying healthy too.  I've been around some coughing and sneezing and worse people without catching anything.

I have been sleeping much better lately.  My insomnia stopped abruptly about the time that I started taking insulin.  I rarely have to get up and read anymore to get myself back to sleep.

On the research front, a new treatment that invovles taking stem cells from testicular cells and converting them into insulin producing cells has been making the news. It may be that we have the power to heal ourselves. It sounds very encouraging and it is also noted that for females, the oocyte should be able to accomplish the same thing.

Also, Living Cell Technologies has just been granted the right to administer its Diabecell product in Russia.  This is the encapsulated pig islet cells.  The procedure costs $150,000 now, but should decrease as more people opt to try this.  This is important because it will increase the number of people who can try it and therefore increase our knowledge about the treatment in general.

Other good news is that the Special Diabetes Program has passed in both the House and the Senate.  This is good news because it is a pledge of $150 million dollars for two years.  This provides funding for many cure based research projects.  I'm hoping it will open the door for many more clinical trials.

These are my kids on the Pacific Ocean.  Becky's birthday present was plane tickets to go see Gary and Cassie in CA.

Below is an islet/stem cell that I thought was just beautiful.

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