I am home from hospital and very thankful.

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I was much to close to the 30%, the Doc said about 5 minutes. Ummm SCARY!Yes we are making changes. I also found out that I am diabetic and my sugars were way out of safety zone. I guess the nightly ice cream treat is the first to go....no second. I've been off the cigs for 6 days so far.

Let ME be YOUR wake-up call, as well as my own! I have plenty more to say, but am sooooo tired. Be back later.

A GREAT BIG THANK YOU for the well wishes, prayers and private messages.
Love you guys.

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Boni, If giving up smoking is really bad, talk to your doctor about taking Wellbutrin (bupropion). It works for some folks.
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Actually, you can tank up on chocolate without fat or sugar...become a label reader so you can use only the artificial sweeteners that agree with you, and try the diet hot cocoas as most of them don't have the sugar alcohols that most of our um, older, GI tracts can't handle. You can get cake mixes, brownie mixes, puddings, shakes, etc but label reading is a must.
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Yes, glad you're OK.
FYI, sugar free chocolate can act as a diuretic also. Everything in moderation. :)
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Glad. You're. Ok.
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Boni, I am sooo glad you are functioning again, even if a little tired.

Give up the cigs. Absolutely! I understand it is very hard, but you certainly have done many very hard things in your life!

Don't get too concerned about changing you diet until you talk to a Certified Diabetes Educator, which your insurance is required to cover. You will discover that sugar is not forbidden, that there is nothing you can't eat in moderation and worked in with what else you are having and that a heart-healthy diet is also a diabetic diet.

A few of my diabetic friends have ice cream every night before bed. This is not a huge bowl but a single scoop of something very nummy. Some diabetics need a bedtime snack to keep their overnight/morning sugars at a good level, and some really can't do that. Don't fear saying a total goodby to ice cream until you find out how your particular body works.

You are an excellent caregiver, and I've no doubt you'll soon have yourself well managed.! :)
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My mother uses the sugar-free Mrs. Butterworth. It is sweetened with sorbitol, a sugar alcohol. She likes it. I can't do sugar free. Even a little sugar alcohol affects me about the same as Ex-Lax. I hope they never find I'm diabetic. I would never be able to have anything sweet again... unless I needed a laxative. Then a couple of sugar-free candies would do the trick.
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I am a type II diabetic, so I decided sugar-free maple syrup was the way to go. I ordered a big stack and smothered them in syrup; it was good. An hour later I nearly sh** my brains out. The sucralose worked like a colonoscopy prep kit. FYI
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Hrm. Well, no cigs and no ice cream it is, then. There are sugar free goodies aplenty and stopping smoking - which I did last year when I became ill - is difficult but doable and once you're through the major withdrawals, the rest gets much easier. Take care of yourself, please, dear. :)
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Welcome back home, Boni! I've been thinking of you daily. Every time I go to my doctor's appointment, he keeps telling me that I'm high risk for a heart attack. Ever since my doc's appointment last week, I'm determined to quit snacking before midnight. I failed miserably tonight. I'm also trying to not eat ice cream with chocolate fudge since last week. I'd better throw out the fudge jar - helps to resist temptation.

When your strength is back, please update us.
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My dad has diabetes, he can still have some sweets! Its all about moderation. They should get you a nutritionist (sp) and she / he will get you set up! Glad your home..
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