About the anesthesiologist…

It’s difficult to be an advocate for yourself when it’s way early in the morning, you’re in the hospital for a colonoscopy (and because you have diabetes you get the first slot and so you show up before 7am – hungry and NO coffee…) and abdominal hernia repair, and your BG is 82 and dropping. And then you’re approached by the anesthesiologist who – is such a pompous asshole and you want to scream but – you’re too tired and at this point, kinda shitless (sorry – had to add that).

I can’t do the whole conversation justice but I’ll try.

huhHe told me that Type 1 is called Juvenile Diabetes because that’s when you get it. And then he gently chided me and said, “That’s why JDRF is the Juvenile Diabetes group. The J stands for juvenile.” Yes, he stood there and said that to me –

He then said he really didn’t care to use the Dexcom numbers – he only trusted the meter. So we tested and – yes, there is a God – meter said 84 and Dexcom was still holding at 82! He treated it with the IV (where I told him that if I came out over 200 I would not be a happy camper…) and I give him credit, I came out of surgery with ok bgs.

huhAnd then – the asshole decided to lecture me on the dangers of low blood sugars, including the comment that they can cause serious brain damage. No shit, Sherlock.

Moffett sat quietly in the chair next to the bed rolling his eyes – – –

So – saw the surgeon for my follow-up appointment yesterday and told him we needed to talk about the asshole. He laughed and said, “Oh, I knew you weren’t happy with him.”

I asked him to deliver a one page – polite (I did not call him an asshole) note including references to: JDRF name info as of 2012, info about LADA, and a personal note telling him that judging my diabetes care on ONE NUMBER was extremely offensive. “Judging my personal diabetes care and diabetes knowledge on that one number was and is insulting.”

I truly wish that I’d had all my wits about me at the crack of dawn after spending a day preparing for the colonoscopy but – didn’t happen.

And to add more – he didn’t even discuss anesthesia with me – which my surgeon was quite surprised to hear.

I’m fine – no colon issues – hernia repair is healing – life’s good.

I sure hope I don’t run into the asshole anywhere in our small town anytime soon.

Happy Summer everyone! If I didn’t know most of you – I wouldn’t have had the nerve to write the letter! Thanks!!

 

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!

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

Once a Month?

I’m not a professional blogger – well, that’s fairly obvious…
I’m not going to blog every day and for that, I’m sure you’re grateful.

Back when I started blogging I’d do the November blog every day thing and usually regret it within 3 days. But still, once a month? I’ll try to do better!

I’m so far behind on reading blogs – it’s pathetic. There are over 700 blogs unread on my FEEDLY thing. I’m playing catch up tonight – and listening to Chris and her husband, Ryan, while reading and now typing.

I have a new Animas Ping Pump. I stuck with the familiar and so far, so good.

My diabetes has not been “well controlled” recently. But it’s been interesting. Who the he** knows what’s going on? It’s annoying. I scream a lot – and to be honest, sometimes I cry. If I’m not low, I’m high – seems like I’m having a tougher time finding that happy d-medium. It feels better when I read that others are just as frustrated as I am.

Animas – it took almost a month to get the new pump stuff done – sent – etc… It shouldn’t be that difficult. We don’t have a local Animas rep anymore and that makes it even more difficult. It didn’t seem like they (Animas) were all that anxious to have me as a paying (Insurance) customer. And my endo’s office was not happy with the repeated requests for the same info more than once.

Spring has sprung – but not here. Although, some of my daffodils that I planted last fall are at least an inch or so out of the ground. They got snowed on last night. Sigh…

Karen (the cute lady with the new hair-do) – over at Bitter-Sweet – reminded us that it’s almost D-Blog Week. Already?

We are going to head to Nags Head, NC at the end of the month. I need to see flowers and green, and feel warm. The sand and the ocean will help. Anything that’s blooming will make me feel so, so much better.

Friends have loaned us The Sopranos – I have to shut my eyes for the bloody parts and the Bada Bing girls and their b**bs annoy me but – it’s fun to watch. And then I’ll watch the Duggars. Another sigh… Two very opposite extremes.

The QUIT SMOKING thing has lasted six months. Yay for me! It wasn’t/hasn’t been terrible but, it’s still annoying. And yes, I have gained weight – which is really annoying.

 

 

 

 

Are we there yet?

I am sooooo ready for spring! Are we there yet?

Nope –

I’ve been having massive high bgs for the last couple of days – and a couple of low bgs just to make life interesting. And, they make me feel like I know nothing but, I’m not going to worry about it.

I’ve said this before, and I’m going to say it now, and I’ll probably say it again, and maybe even again.

Thanks to those people who write about their own diabetes and/or their kids’ diabetes…

I don’t have guilt for the highs – or – the lows. Sometimes I can pinpoint a high, sometimes I can’t.

The highs might be the result of a steroid thing that I’m using for post nasal drip (ick, not something I ever thought I would have, let alone write about). After 4 days of squirting that stuff into my head, it seems to have solved the problem and I should be able to stop using it soon. The lows – who knows? It just might be the over-correcting I’m doing from the highs and so, I go low.

It’s such a mystery and I’ve decided to just go with the flow. Drink the juice or take the insulin – whatever is required.

KerriSparlingI’m reading Kerri’s book, enjoying it, smiling and feeling like she’s sitting across the table from me just chatting away. I bought an extra copy for a local mom with a “d” daughter. She doesn’t spend a lot of time online – two kids, job, husband, life – keeps her busy. I hope she’ll make time to read Kerri’s thoughts (and those of everyone else who contributed to her book!).

And – tonight’s site change. And this one was just like the Maxwell House Coffee Ad – “Good to the Last Drop.”

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pride goeth before fall (uh – failure)

You might have seen my gleeful post on FB this morning about inserting the Dexcom on my arm all by myself. I was soooo excited. Really!

Two hours later – it did the hourglass thing.

A few minutes later it buzzed and I got all set to test and enter my two numbers.

But – it said, “Sensor Failed.”

Well, damn.

I went home and got another one and got it inserted (with help). Actually, I got two so I’ll have a spare. Just have to keep an eye on the expiration date.

Then, I drove all the way over to the hospital for an appointment that I’d rescheduled on a snow day earlier this month because, yes, there are times that we are not able to get out of our driveway and/or road. Well (just call me Alexander…), whoever did the reschedule, never rescheduled it. I had no appointment.

Wait – it gets worse. The “check engine” light came on as I was driving back to work. It’s not blinking so I didn’t have to stop but gee whiz. The mechanic had done a “hope this fixes it, quick fix.” Nope, gonna have to pay for the fix it for real fix.

Oh – and “Alexander?” – One of my kids’ favorite books and mine…

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Valentine’s Dinner at the Bowling Alley

Yup, one Valentine’s evening, many years ago, we had dinner at the local bowling alley with our high school aged son.

And you know what? It’s the one I remember best. It’s the one the three of us bring up every February with big smiles. And to be honest, the cheeseburgers we ordered were delicious!

Today’s Boston Globe has a short article on Valentine’s gifts. We don’t do Valentine’s gifts.

BUT, this year, I’ll be giving a Valentine gift. Not to my husband, whom I love dearly. Not to my adult sons.

It will be a donation to the International Diabetes Foundation’s “Life for a Child.” I did go to the site this weekend and read some of their “testimonials.” This one just about did me in.

Insulin Syringes being included in the LFAC programme is of tremendous help to our children with diabetes. As you are very much aware insulin in vials is of no use without syringes. Children have been reusing syringes to the point of getting abscesses on the injection sites.There is no coverage for syringes and they are very expensive.

Well, that sucks. They already have Diabetes and now they’re getting infections due to reusing their syringes? I can’t imagine…

I know all of us can’t donate. Diabetes is expensive.

But if you can… This could be a great way to share some of the DOC love.
Because, in spite of that song, we do need more than love when dealing with diabetes.

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The 48

First, I have to go find the “American” version without the English “u’s.”

We lived in England and I even went to an English Girl’s School, uniform and all, a very long time ago. I had to fix my spelling then and some pronunciations – like aluminum and garage. The teachers were wonderful. There were only two of us (Americans) at the school and they were very patient with my mistakes.

1. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE?
An Irish “Colleen” and my middle name is my mother’s, Elizabeth

2. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED?
At a funeral last week

3. DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING?
Used to, not so much anymore

4. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LUNCH MEAT?
Turkey

5. DO YOU HAVE KIDS?
Two adult sons

6. IF YOU WERE ANOTHER PERSON, WOULD YOU BE FRIENDS WITH YOU?
Yes, I’m a good friend to have

7. DO YOU USE SARCASM A LOT?
Yup, grew up with it and married it

8. DO YOU STILL HAVE YOUR TONSILS?
Yes

9. WOULD YOU BUNGEE JUMP?
Nope, I don’t do heights, roller coasters, etc…

10. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CEREAL?
As a child, Frosted Flakes & Raisin Bran. Now – no cereal…

11. DO YOU UNTIE YOUR SHOES WHEN YOU TAKE THEM OFF?
Um, yes, I do

12. DO YOU THINK YOU ARE STRONG?
It depends.

13. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ICE CREAM?
Chocolate or anything with chocolate in it

14. WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE ABOUT PEOPLE?
A smile

15. RED OR PINK?
Pink – and my new pink Dexcom is a special favorite (unless it’s beeping…)

16. WHAT IS THE LEAST FAVORITE THING ABOUT YOURSELF?
There are things that I cannot change so, I live with it

17. WHO DO YOU MISS THE MOST?
My parents

18. WHAT IS THE TECHNIQUE THAT YOU NEED TO WORK ON THE MOST?
Keeping my mouth shut at times

19. WHAT COLOR SHOES ARE YOU WEARING?
Blue!

20. WHAT WAS THE LAST THING YOU ATE?
4 Hershey Kisses this afternoon

21. WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW?
Husband is watching basketball…

22. IF YOU WERE A CRAYON, WHAT COLOR WOULD YOU BE?
This question had me doing some Googling the other day. I had a favorite blue crayon but couldn’t remember the name of it. But I found it! Cornflower Blue

23. FAVORITE SMELLS?
Roses, Pledge, Honeysuckle

24. HOW IMPORTANT ARE YOUR POLITICAL VIEWS TO YOU?
Somewhat, but that’s one area where I keep my mouth shut – see #18

25. MOUNTAIN HIDEAWAY OR BEACH HOUSE?
We love our house in the mountains of New Hampshire

26. FAVORITE SPORTS TO WATCH?
Little kids playing soccer. They don’t have a clue but they have so much fun!

27. HAIR COLOR?
Well, it used to be dark brown…

28. EYE COLOR?
Brown

29. DO YOU WEAR CONTACTS?
Nope

30. FAVORITE FOOD?
These days, anything that doesn’t spike my blood sugar

31. SCARY MOVIES OR HAPPY ENDINGS?
Happy Endings

32. LAST MOVIE YOU WATCHED?
Les Miserables

33. WHAT COLOR SHIRT ARE YOU WEARING?
Cream colored turtle neck (it’s cold!) & pink hoodie sweater

34. SUMMER OR WINTER?
Summer in New Hampshire

35. FAVORITE DESSERT?
Warm chocolate chip cookies

36. STRENGTH TRAINING OR CARDIO?
Cardio? – it’s a treadmill – it’s dusty – I know, I need to do better

37. COMPUTER OR TELEVISION?
TV. I’m still figuring out how to do the computer TV stuff

38. WHAT BOOK ARE YOU READING NOW?
I’m not. I can’t find the cord for the Kindle and it needs to be charged

39. WHAT IS ON YOUR MOUSE PAD?
Kansas City Plaza Lights at Christmas

40. FAVORITE SOUND?
Laughter

41. FAVORITE GENRE OF MUSIC?
Oldies but goodies, Classical, some Jazz

42. WHAT IS THE FARTHEST YOU HAVE BEEN FROM HOME?
Tough question. Sometimes home was the farthest place…

43. DO YOU HAVE A SPECIAL TALENT?
Not really, but I’m pretty good at helping people when asked

44. WHERE WERE YOU BORN?
Naval Hospital, Chelsea, Massachusetts

45. WHERE ARE YOU LIVING NOW?
Small town in New Hampshire

46. WHAT COLOR IS YOUR HOUSE?
Gray

47. WHAT COLOR IS YOUR CAR?
Beige

48. DO YOU LIKE ANSWERING 48 QUESTIONS?
Made me think so it’s good!