Spotty?

I happened to look down at the carpet the other morning while trying to grab a shoe from under the bed skirt.

This is what I saw…

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Made me sad. It’s drips from juice boxes. I’d never even noticed. I don’t think it’s blood. That would be a lot of blood.

I don’t know why they’re so dark. My juice of choice is almost always apple.

They did clean up.

My “Pollyanna” side says, “At least Dexcom woke you up and let you know you were low.”

But it’s depressing.

Oh, well…

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It’s today! Fun, fun! Leave a comment!

You know, working a real job kinda gets in the way of d-blogging (and d-commenting). But – the real job is the health insurance and so…

And – one (yellow) tomato is almost, almost ripe!
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I worked at Camp Easter Seal (outside of Roanoke, VA) the summer of 1972. It was fun. I learned a whole, whole lot. (And even better, one of my campers is now a FB friend – who’d have thunk?)

One of the things we had to do was help our campers send a note home. Not an easy task at a camp for kids with different abilities.

But – the camp made it easy. We had “check here” postcards for the kids.

Things like:
I’m having a great time at camp!
Breakfast is my favorite meal!
I jumped into the pool all by myself!
Camping overnight in a tent was scary!

You get the idea.

So – rather than write a newsy Tuesday blog, I’m going to supply you with some comments that you can copy and paste to make this a quick and easy visit.

AND – then you can hop right back to other blogs and leave more comments!

I say this a lot but – please find a new blogger to meet; and take the time to introduce yourself. Think how nice it will be to have a new d-friend.

You may of course compose your own comment, but if you’re too busy and wondering whatever possessed Hannah & Chris to do this, then do a copy/paste with one of the suggested comments below.

And thanks for stopping by. And even though I live up here in the North, I spent many years in Virginia so…

“Y’all come back now, you hear!”


Check!

Hi, Colleen!

Hi! I’m a LADA like you!

Isn’t this fun?

So, what’s the weather like in New Hampshire?

Hope you will visit my blog…

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Keeping Up with the… “DOC Bloggers”

I have no clue whether this is happening on Monday the 21 or Tuesday the 22. Just take the time to comment where you read.

Believe it or not (no, I’m not walking on air…), I’ve been around awhile. I can remember asking a d-blogger’s permission to add their blog to my blog list. I used to read the d-blogs from my favorites’ list – no reader list. (And no, I never walked to school up hill, barefoot, in the snow. So, there!)

I can remember my first commenter and I’m not going to repeat it as I don’t like being one of those people who throw in lots of d-blog links to popular d-blogs. I do love throwing in a link or two when I find a sort of new blogger who’s not getting many, if any comments.

And so – Hannah (in 2013) (Yup – you need to read her comment over there)  & I guess, Chris,(redo for 2014) have taken up the cause of “We need to start leaving more comments!” And you know what? They’re right. (And yes, I just threw in two links to two well known d-bloggers. Oh well. Deal with it.

I really do love this idea. I’m a former Army Brat. I was always the “new kid.” And you know what, it’s not easy. I went to 3 high schools. Try that someday. It did make me sort of “in your face” with “Hi, my name’s Colleen!” in introducing myself at each school.

So – on Monday, (or maybe it’s Tuesday???) take the time to leave a comment on some d-blogs.

Take the time to say hello to someone new. It’s important.

And my own personal request – figure out how to moderate your comments so we don’t have to do the stupid captchas or whatever those are cuz the older I get, the harder it is to read them and retype them. And I believe that just might be stopping so many people from leaving a comment on blogs.

2014-07-14Oh – and boy, do I need to catch up. Here’s a screen shot of my Feedly list. I’ll have to have this cleaned up by Monday – July 21! 126 Type 1 blogs to get through.

I can do this! (and no, I’m not linking that, either!)

 

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Three in One Day

Remember the story of the tailor who made himself a belt saying “Nine in One Blow” just because he swatted nine flies?

Well – the other day I thought of him/the story as I inserted my third inset in five minutes.

I do smile when I think about my first year, few months of inserting the insets.

Now – not a big deal,  usually. Back at the beginning? I was petrified!

First one popped in and I knew it was an owie – a real owie, owie.

So I took it out. Slapped on a band aid. Popped in another one.

Oh good – no owies – Wrong! As I walked to the kitchen it hurt, hurt, hurt.

Just touching it hurt.

So I took it out. And the hole proceeded to bleed and bleed and bleed.

The third one was “the” charm

I still have a really ugly bruise from the first one.

And – this blogging thing has taken me places I never thought I’d go.

So here’s a photo of two band aids and an inset.

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And finally… I love reading everyone’s posts, seeing lots of the photos from FFL. It all looked like wonderful fun with wonderful friends. I love knowing all of you. I hate that we had to meet. But, aren’t we lucky?

 

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Nope, It’s Not a Secret!

First – May 18th was the last time I posted?? I guess I’m more boring than I thought!

Today’s post – about a secret? I’ve never kept my diagnosis a secret. Now, you need to remember that I was just about 55 years old when I was diagnosed with LADA – (The other Type 1). At 55, I really didn’t care who knew that I had Diabetes. It didn’t even bother me when most assumed it was Type 2. Their comments were bothersome, and if it had been T2, I might have felt like slugging a few people but  –  I tried to gently explain that I was an older person who was dx’d with “Juvenile Diabetes.” Amusingly enough, most people understood that. And yes, I know we don’t use that term but – people who are not part of the whole D-World don’t know that.

This week – at my office – which is at a church, a woman from a nearby town phoned wanting to enroll her 2nd grade daughter in a week long summer program (VBS, for those in the know…) here at our church. She told our director that her daughter has Type 1 Diabetes and that she’d been told by someone in our parish that her daughter would be more than welcome as the parish secretary has Type 1 and she has a pump. I am so pleased that the young mom from our parish a) knew about my d and b) assumed that I’d make this mom feel safe about leaving her daughter. I’m looking forward to meeting her and her mom!

So – yup – my Diabetes is not a secret.

And boring? Not really. Just enjoying the (finally!!) summer weather and flowers and sunshine and visitors and life…

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D-Blog Week – It’s Sunday, Finally!

Yay! It’s Sunday! I need the next week or so to read everything I didn’t read this week.
Cuz – I have a job – and that job pays my health insurance – and keeps me sane (well, kind of…).

Click for the My Favorite Things – Sunday 5/18 Link List.
As we wrap up another Diabetes Blog Week, let’s share a few of our favorite things from the week. This can be anything from a #DBlogWeek post you loved, a fantastic new-to-you blog you found, a picture someone included in a post that spoke to you, or comment left on your blog that made you smile. Anything you liked is worth sharing!
 

Favorites? Reading some of the newer blogs. I still remember who commented on my blog when I first began blogging. And it made a difference, a big difference. HortonHearsAWhoBookCoverI sometimes feel like Horton Hears a Who – well, I guess I feel like one of the Whos. You remember , “We are Here! We are Here!”

I’m not a PR person. I used to teach Special Education.

I’m also a mom. They grew up, they’re older than some of you… (OMG). Ummm, one of our sons graduated from HS with Kim V. How strange is that? Not that he graduated with her, but that I figured it out. And he has/had red hair, too. And they didn’t know each other…

I work at a church. In addition to other stuff, I write/edit the Sunday Bulletin – which is often called the “best kept secret in the Catholic Church.”

I want the teens to keep blogging. They’re our forgotten? upcoming? very inspiring? d-people and it’s so really, really important that we listen to them. I want them to have hope and a positive attitude toward this really, crummy disease. Please find a teen blogger and comment on their blog!  I did…

I want the Moms & Dads to keep blogging. I honestly cannot imagine dealing with a child with diabetes. You don’t make it look easy. But you do write about it and so, other parents discover you and know that “they can do this.” You were my first teachers when I started pumping.

I want us “Elder Bloggers” to keep on blogging. We need Medicare to support our needs, and not be happy if we just die. We need you younger bloggers to support this because, one day, it will be important to you.

I want the d-bloggers with passion and energy and knowledge to keep on blogging. You are so very inspiring!

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D-Blog Week – Saturday (some photos…)

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Click for the Saturday Snapshots – Saturday 5/17 Link List.
Back for another year, let’s show everyone what life with diabetes looks like!  With a nod to the Diabetes 365 project, let’s grab our cameras again and share some more d-related pictures.  Post as many or as few as you’d like.  Feel free to blog your thoughts on or explanations of your pictures, or leave out the written words and let the pictures speak for themselves.
 

My friend – with her new pump (she did injections for over 50 years) -
hoping to get a CGM as she lives alone but -
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Dinner at a New Jersey diner – no, I didn’t have dessert but…2014-04-24 011 (800x600)

The reminders – can be everywhere -
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The D-trash…
New pump site
New Dexcom site
New vial of insulin
(and a new t-shirt!)
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Message on the Ping Meter – this is why I got a new pump this year.
This message is on the new one. Guess I’ll give them a call.
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 Just arrived this month – 3 months of pump stuff.
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I haven’t eaten a Krispy Kreme in a gajillion years until…
I ate one – I used one for a low -
I froze the rest for a rainy day. Hmmm, it’s pouring this morning. Yay!2014-05-03-021

Love it when I overdo a low!2014-05-03-023

 No carbs and they make me smile!2014-05-05-001

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D-Blog Week – Friday (Read the d-blogs!)

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Click for the Diabetes Life Hacks – Friday 5/16 Link List.
Share the (non-medical) tips and tricks that help you in the day-to-day management of diabetes.  Tell us everything from clothing modifications, serving size/carb counting tricks to the tried and true Dexcom-in-a-glass trick or the “secret” to turning on a Medtronic pump’s backlight when not on the home-screen (scroll to the bottom of this post). Please remember to give non-medical advice only! (Thank you Rachel of Probably Rachel and Kelley of Below Seven for this topic suggestion.)

 

My trick – magic – whatever…

Read the d-blogs.

You will learn more than any endo, doctor, pcp, cde can ever teach you.

Really!

And the best part? Mostly, usually – d-people do not tell you what you need to do. They will tell you what they’ve done. They stress that it’s not medical advice. They are quick to advise that you need to call your medical provider when they feel you are in deep doo-doos.

Having a terrible (Alexander) day??? – post it on FB or your blog or Twitter (I still haven’t mastered tweeting…). Your d-friends will be there in minutes to console you. And sometimes, that is all you need, an understanding friend.

So – at 6pm on a Friday of the 5th Diabetes Blog Week, that’s my trick.

Go read some d-blogs!

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D-Blog Week – Thursday

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Yesterday we opened up about how diabetes can bring us down. Today let’s share what gets us through a hard day.  Or more specifically, a hard diabetes day.  Is there something positive you tell yourself?  Are there mantras that you fall back on to get you through?  Is there something specific you do when your mood needs a boost?  Maybe we’ve done that and we can help others do it too? (Thanks to Meri of Our Diabetic Life for suggesting this topic.)

The positives?:
I had 55 years of not having diabetes…
D-Blog friends help keep me sane…
D-FB friends help keep me sane…
Spring weather helps keep me sane…
Reading short posts during D-Blog Week helps keep me sane…

Like the rest of you, I know I can do this; it’s just that sometimes, I get tired of doing this.

I’m reminded of the parents who sometimes step up to give their d-kids & teens a d-break. The parent does the testing/the counting/the mathwork/the dosing for a day or so, just so their son or daughter can have a very small break from the minutiae of having to stay alive every single day. It’s a nice thing to do.

I know from reading about it that D-Camp is for some kids – the highlight of their year, where they are just part of the crowd and not – different.

Christel just might be providing us with our own Adult D-Camp!
Read about it at theperfectd.

The Diabetes UnConference

 

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D-Blog Week – Wednesday

This is ridiculous! It’s almost 6pm on Tuesday night. I want to read more of the poetry (what a great topic – and boy do we have a whole lot of talented d-bloggers!), but until just now, I wasn’t even sure what tomorrow’s topic is and needless to say, haven’t written a damn word.

And I have to eat dinner at some point. Thankfully, I don’t have to fix it as my resident poet (my very own Type 3) does the cooking around here.

Click for the What Brings Me Down – Wednesday 5/14 Link List.
May is Mental Health Month so now seems like a great time to explore the emotional side of living with, or caring for someone with, diabetes. What things can make dealing with diabetes an emotional issue for you and / or your loved one, and how do you cope? (Thanks go out to Scott of Strangely Diabetic for coordinating this topic.)

I’ve met Scott. He’s really, really nice. He has the most engaging smile. He almost makes me wish we still lived in KC – almost…

I will totally give some credit to my PCP for alerting me to keeping an eye on my own mood(s) after the d diagnosis. I had a bunch of cr*p going on when I was diagnosed and my life already pretty much was kinda sucky. And then, the d-thing arrived. Not fun.

I have bad days, just like everyone else. But I recognize that “having a bad day” is nothing compared to those who deal with depression. But I totally appreciate and respect that the depression word/subject/idea is brought up here in the DOC. You never know who is going to get/find help, just because they recognized themselves in someone’s post.

So how do I cope? Sometimes, I don’t. I go bananas. I cry hysterically. I blame anyone who’s within five feet of me (yep, guess who that would be?).

Other times, I’m a little more controlled and I read, I compute, I watch dumb TV (house hunters saves me because some of them are so stupid they make me feel brilliant) and now that it’s almost summer, I’ll go work in the yard. (Stupid weeds!)

And then there are the d-bloggers and d-fbers. Without them, I’d be so scared. And I love that we all share more than just d-stuff. Flowers – Pets! – Recipes (yes, even the vegan ones) – Children’s Photos – Grandchildren’s Photos – Vacation Photos – you get the idea.

I guess I have to say, living in this DOC neighborhood of ours
makes living with diabetes
somewhat easier to cope with each and every day.

And – a final thought. If you’re reading this and you got here through Karen’s D-Blog Week list, take a few minutes to click on a blog there that you’ve never read and then, gasp, leave a comment. Sometimes, after taking the time to start a d-blog and move into the DOC neighborhood, it’s hard to feel like you’re getting to know anyone. We can all give one person a smile just by saying hello and saying something nice. You can skip commenting here – I’m fine today.

 

 

 

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