The Journey: Episode Four

MARCH 21, 2020

Coronavirus has impacted our lives here in Hawaii. Tourists and visitors still come to the islands even though our governor asked people to stop coming. The other counties have put their islands on lockdown, restricted non-essential businesses and placed curfews on their residents and visitors, all counties except Hawaii County. My island hasn’t done anything just yet, which has upset a lot of our residents. Many companies and businesses have shut down and laid off workers, my job included. No need for tour guides when tourists are no longer coming. Plus with my diabetes, I have a compromised immune system and I had to limit my interaction with people anyway.

So I am currently jobless, hopefully after this pandemic, my job will reach out and see if I still want to come back and work for them. We’ll see how I feel about it when that time comes. Until then I have more time to work on my blog and continue working on my health. I’m not sure if I’ll still be able to go down to Liliuokalani Garden to walk our dogs around and get my exercise in. Since I don’t have work anymore I don’t get the same exercise as before. If they have shut down the park then I won’t be able to get much exercise, my neighborhood isn’t completely safe to walk around unfortunately.

We will have to see how things persist, but I will continue to try and do something in the meantime. For now, I am up to 45 units of insulin at bedtime and so far I’ve been pretty consistent around 110mg/dL. I also definitely credit taking my berberine supplement for helping with that. Lately, I’ve been bleeding from the injection site. Last night’s injection produced the most blood. My tummy was warm and I didn’t feel any pain until afterward as usual, but we think I may have knicked a vein or something. But once I wiped the blood away, it stopped bleeding. I suppose as long as it stops, I should be okay.

Right now, my endocrinologist appointment still stands for April 30 on Oahu, but if anything changes with the COVID-19 situation I may have to reschedule but we’ll cross that bridge when we get there. I just need to keep taking my meds and staying as active as I can be.

I’ve been very frustrated with my weight lately. I have gained it all back. I think I should go back on my apple cider vinegar supplement in hopes it’ll help control my appetite. If I go to my appointment on Oahu next month, I’d like to show that I lost weight instead of gained. Especially now that I’m not currently working. I need to exercise more and eat less. I hope I can do it.

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