My doctor was pleased with my results and wants me to continue whatever regime I am doing. BUT he changed my prescription meds from Janumet to Januvia for my diabetes.
So far, I've been on it a total of 5 days. I do not like the results I am seeing. My morning reading is normally in the 90s or very low 100s - like 91 or 102. The best I've had with the new pills is 130. My readings during the day aren't better, either. I'm seeing numbers like 276, 218. Sometimes I get a "low" reading like 165 and that is 3 hours after eating. I will continue these pills but will be discussing this with the doctor.
The reason for the change in pills was due to my kidney readings. My renal was like 1.92 and should be closer to 0 - that's a ZERO. He wants to check things out so I'll be getting an ultrasound later this week and seeing a specialist the first of March. More on that as it comes up.
So, for my New Year's Resolutions. I'm sort of hanging onto what I had last year. I'd love to publish at least two books this year. I really want to get "The New York Voice" out to complete the 2nd book in my "The Amish Singer" series. Plus there are a few other books I'd like to see out there. And, of course, I'd like to lose another 20-25 pounds this year which would get me closer to my 200 lb goal. My wife and I have already decided we'll do more traveling this year but I'll still have my garden. I don't want to make the list too long so it basically is simple - Get my diabetes under control, get at least two books published and lose more weight. Seems simple enough and over eleven months to get it all accomplished. Yeah, right!
Now for the "down" part of this blog.
I got scammed. On my credit card. We're not exactly sure how it was done but fortunately, my credit card company caught it early on, plus I just happen to be checking out my electronic bill. When we attempted to purchase flowers for my MIL's funeral, the credit card was declined and we just used another card even though we knew there was no issue with the card. After the funeral I finally remembered and decided to check out the bill and see what might have been the cause.
WOW! I had a $200 charge made in another very large town approximately 4.5 hours away from me to the south. I knew I hadn't spent that money and called the 24/7 hotline to see what was going on. As we talked, I noticed the date - 12/14. That's my wife's birthday. In fact, we were almost an hour north of our home. So where the purchase had been made was now over 6 hours away. We even used that same credit card for the meal and just a few minutes between the purchases.
I was passed to Fraud Department. As they checked out the transactions and attempted transactions on my card, it appeared that somebody was "swiping" my card at these businesses. Yes, plural. The one transaction got through but the card was flagged when they attempted to use it at a business that reads the "chip" on the card. The card was "tried" at no less than four other businesses but because of the chip on my credit card, when it got flagged, my card was disabled and marked.
As we talked I showed the Fraud Dept where I was and used my card that day and they realized that there was no way I could be at the two locations that fast... if even using a jet. They cancelled my $200 purchase, removing it from my bill. And we had new cards issued for my wife and I.
What I found interesting, these scammers were actually using a real card to "swipe" through the machines for the purchases. I had to make sure both my wife and I had our cards. Because of the chip in my card and the new scanners using them, they caught and disabled my card. Sure, it was inconvenient when we attempted to purchase flowers for the funeral, but the other possibility, for us, could have been devastating. Scammers can duplicate the card, they can't duplicate the chip. WHY? Because, as I was told, the chip is updated each time the card is used, reading a number and changing it. Each time it is a unique number to your card. If a scammer were to get that chip number and duplicate it, even if I used it just once before they got their new scam card made, the chip numbers wouldn't match and therefore, voila! Void.
So, here's the caveat. If you have one of the new "chip" credit cards, don't think it can't be duplicated. The catch is - the store reader must be the new one to force the chip to be read. Our local WalMart uses the chip with their new readers but many restaurants and stores haven't upgraded to the new machines and thereby just do the generic swipe. In fact, a local grocery we shop at has the new machines but hasn't "bought and installed" the new software. Using the new card is a waste of time - there is no protection, customers have to swipe their cards.
My wife and I are keeping track of which stores read the chip and which stores don't. If they don't, we are reluctant to go back to the store unless it is absolutely necessary.
Also, we don't let our card be taken away from us to be used, like at restaurants UNLESS we can see the transaction being done from our table. Yes, we use cash in those instances.
We have our ideas of where the number got scammed and I notified the Fraud Dept people. We were at a restaurant and the waitress took almost 20 mins to get our bill and card back to us. If the place had been busy and I hadn't needed to be someplace at a certain time, I probably wouldn't have noticed the length of time. We only had 2 incidents where our card has been away from our sight. Fraud is aware of when and where.
Until next I ramble on...