Medicare, I did it…

In April I will be 65 years old. Holy sh**! Really?

Anyway, I signed up for Medicare this week. It was easy. It was kind of fascinating to see my “earnings” report. Not that I earned much. I was a teacher – Special Education. Then I was a substitute teacher for years while our sons were in school. Then a volunteer thing at the church turned into a job. Moved here to NH and I’m a parish secretary. Being a parish secretary is truly the last thing I ever thought I’d do. To be honest, I never thought of that when it came to, “What I’m going to be when I grow up.”

I won’t be activating the Medicare thing right away as I plan/hope to continue working for awhile. Why? Well, that would be because I have health insurance. I like my Dexcom. I really like my Dexcom. Medicare won’t pay for Dexcoms. (I would give up my pump to keep Dexcom.)

My huge fear – driving without Dexcom. I don’t have a whole lot of lows. And for the most part, I can tell when I’m low. But – driving down/up the interstate? If I’m on the interstate, it usually means I’ve been to a mall or a doctor’s appointment (or lunch with Shannon Lewis!). Malls ( and Targets) create lows for me.  If I’m driving, I sometimes don’t feel the lows. I have Dexcom sitting right on the console. I keep an eye on it. And yes, I’ve pulled off the road to test and treat when needed when I’m by myself. (Juice kept in the car during 3 seasons – Skittles in the winter. I’ve learned I can’t drink a frozen juice box…!)  If my husband and I are together, we stop and switch drivers.

And a night time low? Those are terrible. And scary. If I needed an ambulance in the winter, it might not happen. During the winter, if it’s snowing, they wouldn’t even be able to get an ambulance up our road. I have asked what would happen. They would have to walk up with a sled thing if needed. It could take awhile. I might send Medicare a photo of my snowy road.

I’m extremely fortunate, really! I like my job. I like the people I work with each day. I like the parishioners. I like my 5 minute commute. So – working more? It’s okay. It’s actually very good. (I’m trying so hard to NOT say, “It’s a good thing.”)
PS – Thanks to Kim Vlasnik, I can even insert the Dexcom in my arm, by myself. And this past week – I got one into my right arm using my left hand (I’m right handed). (Yay me!!!) I didn’t think I could do it. But – I can do this.

PPS – We’re going to the Diabetes UnConference in March. I’m hoping there will be no snow in LasVegas while we’re there.

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10 Years Ago

10 years ago I was 54 years old.

10 years ago I knew very little about Diabetes because…

10 years ago I didn’t have Diabetes.

10 years ago the flu shot was restricted to people older than 54.

And so, in 2004, I wasn’t able to get a flu shot…

A link:

10 years ago, I got the flu, just after Christmas. I was really sick.
(Our furnace broke that week, too.)
(The only thing I wanted to eat was chocolate milkshakes. Yup, no joke…)

Three months after that, I was diagnosed with Diabetes.

March, 2005.

You know, sometimes, life just sort of sucks.

Sometimes I feel sorry for myself.
Who am I kidding?  I feel sorry for myself every single, damn day.
And then I feel very, very, very lucky that I found the DOC people.

And then – I read other d-blogs, other d-facebook posts…
And I coped – just like the rest of you – just like all of us.

Diabetes Sucks.

Happy New Year!

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November? It’s done? I ate pancakes…

2014-10-31 03Diabetes Awareness Month kinda got by me this month.

I did not do the blog every day thing. The boringness of it would have driven any reader (and me!) nuts.

I wore my new blue circle necklace to work every day and if I was out and about. I had a whole “spiel” ready for when everyone would ask, “Oh, what a beautiful blue circle necklace! Tell me about it.” It didn’t happen.

I think next year I’m going to make a sign – “Ask me about my blue circle necklace!”

I did sign petitions and write senators/representatives. I did the Big Blue Test (not as often as I should have…). I did read others’ blogs.

And this morning? Just because? I ate pancakes (two of them) for the first time in a very, very long time. With syrup. I took a whole, whole lot of insulin. I had to do a couple of small corrections throughout the afternoon but… We were driving home from Cape Cod (where it had the audacity to snow while I was there…) and stopped for a late breakfast at an IHOP in Plymouth, Mass. I can’t tell you the last time I was at an IHOP. But, as I write this the BG is 70 something so I guess I’ll live.

My brother? The one whose doctor said “pre-diabetes?” Doing great – normal A1c.

My cousin? The one whose doctor said “Type 2 Diabetes?” Off meds and doing a great job with diet – exercise.

The naggy sister/cousin (that would be me…)? Quite pleased for both of them and very grateful for the Type 2 d-friends who take the time to write about their struggles and successes.

And – my younger sister announced she’s retiring early. Wanted to know why we weren’t doing the same. And I sat there with a straight face and said, “We can’t afford to because of my diabetes.”

So – help us get CGMs approved by Medicare so I’m not the oldest church secretary in history. (Although to be honest, church secretaries seem to hang on forever.) I don’t want to be in that office forever…

Hope your Thanksgiving was delicious – and your bg-s manageable! (If you live here and celebrated Thanksgiving…)


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These are a few of my favorite things…

My friend (she’s probably yours too – she’s one of those friendly types) Charli was interviewed at Discuss Diabetes (and she even mentioned me! – along with other DOC people). Read all about it at:
Living with LADA
I met her in Kansas City. Those d-people in KC will meet up for just about anyone – including me showing up. They’re wonderful.

Another favorite…
The girls in the “All About That Cure” video. You need to realize that I had/have no clue about the original song but – love this one. It’s worth the time and the smiles to go watch and listen and yup, turn up your volume!

Favorite blues
The KC Royals play tonight tomorrow night in the World Series! Saw this photo on Facebook and loved it. Showed it to my husband who gets EXTRA, EXTRA credit because, he didn’t read it at first and assumed the fountains were blue for Diabetes. I married a good guy!

Speaking of Blue… The Big Blue Test starts today!
Go – jump, run, rake some leaves, whatever for 14 minutes and then – go report it at:
Big Blue Test!

Have a great week!



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Oh, Hi There!

So – I’m not doing such a great job of writing here on this blog!

I’m also not doing such a great job of reading other blogs. So if you’re here reading this one, thanks very much. If you leave a comment I promise to go read your blog and leave a comment!

Oh, well.

We went to Ireland! And had a fabulous time!

2014-09-11 024 (600x800)I ate too much. I drank more beer in a week than I drink in  several months. And I learned that I really, really like Irish Coffee.

We totally enjoyed being tourists and visiting places we’ve only read about or seen on TV.

Favorite? The people we met were simply lovely and helpful and friendly and kind and fun and… you get the idea.

We did a tour thing – Irish Pubs and Folklore. It was our first tour thing. It was worth it to NOT have to drive on the left hand side of the roads.

The d-thing? I did okay. I brought enough supplies to outfit a small clinic (not really, but maybe…???) and didn’t have any mishaps. Yay, me!

2014-09-16 001 (600x800)I brought home candy bars. Not sweaters, not Waterford Crystal – chocolate candy bars. The ones made there taste much better than the ones made here.
And yes, I can eat these. Haven’t yet, though. They’re in the fridge for now.





Nope, I did not kiss the Blarney Stone. But I did walk up ALL those steps so I could take pictures.

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This was in a store window. Has nothing to do with Dexcom but it made me smile.


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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…


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!”


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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