Day 1 – 2017 D-Blog Week

Really? The 8th Year?! How amazing!

Today’s post suggestion: There are two. I chose “good things diabetes has brought into my life.”

  1. All the d people who have become friends through blogging and facebooking
  2. The people I’ve met here in my town because I don’t keep my Diabetes a secret. Two great examples…
    The elderly woman who showed up in my church office holding her meter and lancet who said, “They told me you would help me.” “They” are some women in the church who know I have D and so when the woman was first diagnosed with Type 2 and at a loss as to how to test, they sent her to me.
    The second is a family whose young daughter with Type 1 who uses a pump. They were hesitant to send her to a summer program at the church until another parent said, “Oh, the parish secretary wears a pump! She’ll be there!”
  3. I know how to count carbs. Heck, I know what carbs are.
  4. I am soooooooooooooooo good at shutting up people who ask, “Can you eat that?” I used to teach. I can still teach. And I do!
  5. The D-Parents. You are all amazing!

Life goes on. We all hope and pray for this dreadful disease to be cured. I’m grateful that I found friends who have helped me for the past 12 years.

And that’s a good thing.

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Finding the d-bloggers

Way back when… Not really but… When following blogs on a daily basis…

I saved each blog – and there were LOTS of ’em – as a favorite in/on? my browser. And each morning I would click on EACH one to see if that blogger had posted something new in the last day or so.

It was tedious.

Then, it was Amy over at Diabetes Mine who wrote about Google Reader (don’t look for it, it’s gone) and wowee, zowee, it was a miracle. I set up my Reader page and it would do the hard work and let me know when there was a new post on one of my favorite blogs!

And life was much simpler. And I got to read a bunch of d-blogs. And made new friends!

Yay!

Then it (Google Reader) was gone.

I’m not sure how I found Feedly – but I did a couple of years ago. Haven’t used it in awhile but decided it was time to get back to reading and writing blogs. I’ve set it up – again.

Using Karen’s list of participating bloggers for the 8th Annual D-Blog Week!, I’m finding some old friends and some new friends. Have added those to my new Feedly list and am hoping I can keep up with the reading of the blogs.

Especially during D-Blog Week!

Lucky me!

Had an endo appointment today.

I was sure the A1c was going to be the worst ever.

I was sure she’d look at me like I had two heads when she examined my Dexcom and Ping Pump graphs.

As I sat with her- looking at the graphs – the assistant came in with the magic piece of paper, handed it to my doctor who then laughed as she handed it to me.

I felt it was going to be my HIGHEST ever. It wasn’t. I don’t do numbers here but I’m fine. The number was better than usual. I guess I’m not killing myself with Diabetes.

We went over some strategies. We changed two basals. We changed an I-C ratio.

And – I got my flu shot. As an “over 65” person, I get the high test shot.

The Dexcom Clarity thing now goes to them automatically once I sign up. She asked me to use it regularly and just email her if I need some help.

I got in the car – heading north on the interstate and feeling so very lucky to have a physician who gives a rat’s ass about me. Called Moffett who made appropriate “Yippee” responses. The radio was on – The Four Tops-I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch) (released in 1965) – and I giggled.

I’m not a perfect Diabetic – but with the help of d-friends, I can do this.

PS – Thanks Kim Hislop for meeting me for lunch. We’ll have to do that more regularly.2016-10-18

PPS – Charli – Yes, you may ask, “Who are the Four Tops?”

Try to remember…

Here’s the big question. Do I even remember how to do this blog thing?

I’m going to make this one short and sweet. Well, no. I guess it won’t be sweet cuz then I’d have to take insulin and I don’t consider blogging as being Bolus Worthy.

Endo appointment this week. The office is just over an hour away and it should be a not so bad drive. (Fall in NH. People pay big bucks to ride around on buses and check out the “foliage.”) Nicest part? Kim Hislop is going to meet me for lunch before my appointment. I met Kim in Las Vegas at the first Diabetes UnConference. And last month my husband and I both did the JDRF walk with her team in Manchester, NH.

I’m trying to get back on the D-Wagon. Today I did my first Big Blue Test. Number plummeted and as usual I said to myself, “Self – why don’t you do this more often?”

Here’s hoping I get back on the stupid treadmill tomorrow morning before work!

Oh – here’s the photo I used on our Thank You notes that I sent to my JDRF donors!

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2016 Diabetes Blog Week – Friday

2016-BlogWeekHurray – D-Blog Week is just five days this year!

Click for the Tips and Tricks – Friday 5/20 Link List.
Let’s round out the week by sharing our best diabetes tips and diabetes tricks. From how you organize supplies to how you manage gear on the go/vacation (beach, or skiing, or whatever). From how you keep track of prescription numbers to how you remember to get your orders refilled. How about any “unconventional” diabetes practices, or ways to make diabetes work for YOU (not necessarily how the doctors say to do it!). There’s always something we can learn from each other. (Remember though, please no medical advice or dangerous suggestions.)

2014-05-05-008Old photo over there on the left, but I still do the same thing. As soon as a new order comes in, I mark it with the expiration date(s), empty out my supply shelf and redo it with the new stuff in the back. And yes, I know the expiration dates are on the package but when I’m in the middle of an inset/cartridge/insulin change for my pump, I don’t want to be squinting at tiny little print.

 

 

 

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This one’s pretty cool, if I might say so myself. This is an el cheapo child’s back pack that I bought on sale. When we travel, I try to put all the d-stuff in this annoyingly pink back pack. When flying, it goes in the top of my carry-on so if I end up checking my bag, I can take it out and keep it with me.
BUT – when we went to Denver in April, I didn’t bring it (I thought our seat assignments were good enough – not…), and both flights were threatening to take our bags as the planes were crowded. My Virginia Gentleman husband with his Virginia accent and  silver hair spoke with the employees at the gates telling them that I had insulin that could not go in the baggage hold. Both times it was, “Oh my, you will both pre-board. Just come on up when we announce it.” Awesome!
AND – this works great for road trips with hotels and/or visiting friends. The pink bag is not left in the car when it’s too hot or too cold. I can always see it easily (it’s hard to miss!). I grab it to take along if we’re going away from our hotel or where we’re visiting. For a cheap find, it’s been great!

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And finally, I date the Dexcom sensor package each time. That way, if there’s a problem – I know when I inserted it and I have the lot number. And, I  get to see how long it lasted – I’m lucky when/if I get 10 days.

Have a great weekend!

2016 Diabetes Blog Week – Thursday

2016-BlogWeekI’ve been reading and commenting and then – oh no, tomorrow’s Thursday. I have to do this again. M asked, “What’s tomorrow’s topic?” I answered, “I don’t have a clue.” So I went to Karen’s page and saw – Healthcare Experience. Oh sh**, I could be writing for hours.

Click for the The Healthcare Experience – Thursday 5/19 Link List.
Most people who live with a chronic illness end up with a lot of experience when it comes to dealing with healthcare. How would you improve or change your healthcare experience? What would you like to see happening during medical visits with your healthcare team? How about when dealing with your health insurance companies? What’s your Healthcare Wish List or Biggest Frustration? Today is the day to share it all!

How I learned to advocate for myself and my family in the healthcare zoo.

So – I wrote a very involved blog post about advocating for yourself.

It was boring. It’s deleted.

But – YOU are the consumer, the customer, the person who is paying your physician.
Make sure you ask your questions.
Make sure you get your answers.
Make sure your physician listens to you.
Make sure you are doing the very best you can for yourself.

Most importantly – don’t waste your time and your physician’s time.
Show up with your questions. Write down the answers.

Be the advocate for yourself.

And remember, none of us is perfect. Try the best you can and tomorrow, try it again.

One wish – that insurance companies would shut off the DAMN music when I’m on hold.