Good Grief!

I happily posted this on FB last night: “M (aka my husband) just did his first Dexcom insert in MY arm. Yay for my T3!”

15 minutes later – “Sensor Failed” (I didn’t do an FB post for that. I don’t like showing my stupidity on FB.)

I think we skipped a step – he was nervous – I was stupid and nervous. We’ve been married a very long time but he’s never had to shoot a needle into me.

So we did it again. And so far, it’s working just fine. Although its first few hours were a little wonky and really annoying at 2am but… “It’s 2am and your blood sugar is 42.” No it wasn’t. Sigh… It was 92.

Today’s been good. I just keep forgetting it’s there when I’m changing clothes. Luckily, I haven’t ripped it off, yet.


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Not much

The d-life here goes on. And on. And on. Oh wait, is that a copyright problem? Somehow, I doubt that they know who I am…

Endo this past week. A1c up a little, but considering all the yummy corn on the cob I’ve eaten since July, I’m not too worried. It was an absolutely gorgeous day to drive down to Manchester. Sun was shining! Lots of leaf color. Not many tourists on I93. I had the car with Sirius so I could sing out loud with the 60′s, 70′s and even some blues and jazz. I’m sure I looked funny but at my age, I don’t worry about it. The endo and I ended up with all sorts of stuff to look at and I think I blew out her schedule. I did feel a little bad as there was a cute elder woman in a wheel chair in the waiting room who was a little upset that she hadn’t gotten in yet. I told her it was my fault after admiring the purple horn on her wheel chair.

I was looking forward to getting together with a d-mom, Shannon but – her son had his appointment at Joslin that day. So we’ll have to plan on another day to meet.

This is our last “tourist” weekend up here in the mountains of New Hampshire. The busses have been rolling through town. It’s fascinating to watch them make the tight turns on our small streets. Sad this week – the campgrounds up in the mountains, although privately owned, have had to close. I don’t do politics here but… campgrounds closing and everyone who isn’t getting paid really, really pisses me off. That’s all I’m going to say. (I don’t like writing the plural form of bus. It looks funny.)

The last fair of the year is this weekend. We’re not going. It’s the Sandwich Fair and it’s wonderful. But there’s a whole lot of fried dough, and blooming onions and salty French fries, and other carby foods. It’s easier to stay home. Besides, been there – done that.

I worked on my postcard for Lee Ann’s World Diabetes Day Postcard Exchange this afternoon. (It was more creative than cleaning a bathroom…) It was drizzly and chilly and yucky and so, I pretended to be artsy. It’s done! Are you signed up? It’s fun. You meet new d-friends. You don’t have to spend lots of money. And who doesn’t like getting something in the mail that makes you smile? Check it out!

Just because – some photos!

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No D-Day 2013

It’s October? (Really? Already?)

Soon – but not too soon, I hope, that dreaded “S” word will be showing up in our weather forecasts but for now, I’m enjoying the sunshine and the flowers and watching the leaves change colors and the few tomatoes left on my 3 small plants.

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Nothing exciting…

Haven’t posted in over 2 weeks as – I really don’t have a whole lot to say.

I never thought I’d get to the point where Diabetes is just part of my life. It’s been a little over 8 years.  Being dx’d at age 54 was quite surprising (Type 1 LADA) (Yup, I’m older than most of the d-bloggers…). Very often it’s an annoying part of my life. But other times, it’s just there.

I can’t imagine doing this without other d-bloggers. In the “old” days, I probably would have spent hours in a library trying to find more information. And the information probably would have been out of date.

Sometimes I can go for days thinking, “By George, I’ve got it!” Other days, like today, I scratch my head and think, “What in God’s name is causing my bg to be over 200?”

Some nights I wonder why oh why am I low? (Um, that would be 1am last night.) But I just walk to the kitchen (it’s not far) and drink my juice, head back to the bedroom, let my husband know that all is good, and fall back asleep. If I was talented there would be video of me at 1am last night trying to screw the damn cap back on the juice. It was pretty pathetic and I giggled thinking it would be a great video but – pictures of me at 1am would not be pretty.

As I inserted a new Dexcom sensor this evening, it amazed me that I wasn’t sweating buckets and shaking (which is what I did for at least a year). Now, not that big of a deal – well, unless I hit something and bleed all over the bathroom but… hasn’t happened too, too much. And by the way, I’ve never gotten over 2 weeks from a sensor and feel lucky if I get 9-10 days. Today’s was 9 days. Oh well.

So – that’s my update and thankfully, it hasn’t snowed YET – up here in NH. We turned the heat on last night…

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The Amazing DOC

Do you realize how amazing you are – you DOC people?

I do the charity stuff at our church office. I have a youngish man with lots of family issues and lots of needs. And in spite of a job, and working – not a lot of money. Add in a teenage daughter with massive medical issues and his life is pretty sucky.

Then – he mentions that he has T2 – hasn’t seen the doctor in months. Hasn’t had his medication (Metformin)  in months. Hasn’t tested in months. And can’t afford to go to the doctor. He’s worried about driving his daughter as his vision keeps blurring.

I guess I have T1 Diabetes for a reason. I guess I read d-blogs for a reason. And I thank all the T2 bloggers for writing about their diabetes.

I lit into him. Did the whole “put your oxygen mask on first…” and let him know that he had to take care of himself.

And this morning he called from Wal-Mart. He has prescriptions. He’s seeing the doctor tomorrow. He’s getting help to pay for the appointment. He still had no idea what meter he uses and he’s out of strips. I told him to buy a Relion meter and strips. I let him know the church would pay for it.

He called back this afternoon. He bought the meter. He tested. I asked, and his BG was 278. He will take his meds. He will take care of his daughter.

I wouldn’t have had a clue about T2. I wouldn’t know that Wal-Mart sells an inexpensive meter. I wouldn’t know what to tell him…

I did know what to tell him.

Thank you Diabetes Online Community. You really are quite amazing. Really!

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Introducing my new morning carbs

Remember how I wrote about missing orange juice?

T50_OJNoPulp_59Not any more.

Following my latest bone density test, I’ve now been diagnosed with osteoporosis. It wasn’t a huge surprise as the first test said I was osteopenic several years ago. (I think I’m going to have to put that one in spell checker. Can you imagine misspelling osteopenic?)

Anyway, I did the Fosamax thing for several years, had no issues while taking it, but – the dx came anyway.

I’m not thrilled.

My PCP doesn’t want to start the med again and would prefer that I work with my endo on this issue. But meanwhile, she suggested that I try to get as much calcium in my diet as possible. And gave me a handy, dandy list of calcium rich foods.

I don’t eat many of them…

I love cheese, yogurt, broccoli and guess what – ice cream is of course on the list (it’s pretty low on the list…).

Milk. I don’t think I’ve had a glass of milk since my D diagnosis. (Mostly because the only way I drank milk was with several Oreos to dunk in that milk.)

I don’t eat fish (salmon, canned w/ bones – ick, sardines, Atlantic, canned w/bones – more ick).

Despite being married to a Southern Gentleman, I still don’t eat kale, collard greens or turnip greens.

Back to the orange juice. The Tropicana low sugar fortified with calcium is now part of every breakfast. 8 ounces is 13 carbs and 35% of daily calcium.

I can do that. And thankfully, bungee jumping was never, ever on my bucket list.

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An Alexander Week

alexanderHe could tell it was going to be a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. He went to sleep with gum in his mouth and woke up with gum in his hair. When he got out of bed, he tripped over his skateboard and by mistake dropped his sweater in the sink while the water was running. He could tell it was going to be a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. It was a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. Nothing at all was right. Everything went wrong, right down to lima beans for supper and kissing on TV.

I didn’t eat lima beans…

My week started out badly and went rapidly down hill. Waking up at a 200 on Monday is really not a great way to start. And it got worse. I changed insets. I changed insulin. By Wednesday, life started to look a little better and by Thursday, I felt like I had my brain back. (Which isn’t saying a whole lot but, I’ll take what I can get.)

The inset would work – 96 at lunch, and then it wouldn’t – back up to 200+.

The insulin was obviously working some of the time.

I finally decided that my left leg probably is done for, for awhile, as a location for the insets.

Meanwhile, another medical issue came up and my spirits went down.

Following a bone density test, I’ve now been diagnosed with Osteoporosis.

Life goes on.

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I stopped baking in 2005 when I was diagnosed. First diagnosis was Type 2, then it was changed to Type 1 LADA a couple of years later.

It’s not like I did a whole lot of baking. There’s only two of us so a cake makes no sense. But I’ve missed making/baking other things – like cookies and muffins and even (surprise…) cupcakes.

Last week a friend went blueberry picking and gave me a humongous container of the hugest blueberries. I’ve mixed a handful in with my breakfast yogurt each morning and I’ve been popping a few throughout the days. They’re truly, really, awesomely delicious.

So, today I said, “The hell with it!” and made blueberry muffins. I’ve made blueberry muffins before and they were – blah… This recipe used sour cream and were/are really, really good. (Hmmm, maybe they taste even better since I haven’t had one in a long, long time?)

I used the “Say Mmmm” site to determine the carbs – I made 23 muffins and they’re 24 carbs each. I can do that!

Here are some photos and the website with the recipe. If you have some fresh picked blueberries, this is a great way to devour them!

Too Many Blueberry Muffins

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Strip Safely – my thoughts

Strip Safely – scares the s*** out of me.

Think about it. Right now our BG strips can give us a range of +/- 20 points percent either way. That’s ridiculous. It could kill me/us.

We all love posting those meter pics where we’ve attained the “Oh Boy!” 100. What if instead our meters said 80 – 120? Now what do you do? Eat, or dose insulin? (I have to be honest, I’m usually fairly content with a 120 but…that’s not the point…)

I don’t drive at 80. I don’t drive at 90 if it’s the end of the workday and I’m heading home. My afternoon drops can be interesting/scary. And even though I don’t have a difficult commute, I still won’t drive home in the afternoon if it’s under 100 without eating/drinking something. There’s many a time I’ve sat in my office after closing; slurping down some juice, just so I can go home. I do that because, I know the strips aren’t accurate. I do that because I don’t want to have an accident. I do that because – what if I had an accident and hurt someone else?

I need to trust the strips. My life depends on them. They should be accurate.

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“Blood glucose test strips are at the center of diabetes life. The FDA acknowledges there are inaccurate strips in the marketplace but has no process to remove them. People with diabetes are at risk from inaccurate strips. Let’s change that. “

And then, sit at your computer and write some letters. All of the info is at the Strip Safely site.

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Throwing it out

In our efforts to “de-clutter” our home, I’m wading through piles and files of medical paperwork, most of it – not unsurprisingly – mine.

man-climbing-paperworkWith diabetes, as I’m sure with any chronic disease/condition, there are tons of test results, EOBs, notes from physicians, personal notes. Add to that the daily test/food logs (yup, I did them, back then), computer print outs of Dexcom reports, Ping reports. Then, there’s that pile of instruction books and pamphlets that arrived with the d-equipment. And don’t forget the 3 pages of directions that come with your insulin and other prescriptions.

I’m not done yet but – a whole lot of it went into our paper recycling bin. Another whole lot of it went into the shredder.  M took stuff to the Recycling Center (dump) today, including the bag of shreddings. While there, a woman from the local Humane Society was also at the dump and happily took the big bag of shreddings with her as they use it for bedding for the animals.

It makes me chuckle to know that all that medical paperwork will soon be saturated with ______. Well, you know…

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