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!


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 Blog Week – Monday

2016-BlogWeekWow, it’s still here! My blog – the one I used to be so faithful about writing posts!

Thanks to Karen and the 7th Annual Diabetes Blog Week, I’m back here trying to blog, again.

Well – – –

Today’s topic: Why Am I Here?
Let’s kick off the week by talking about why we are here, in the diabetes blog space. What is the most important diabetes awareness message to you? Why is that message important for you, and what are you trying to accomplish by sharing it on your blog?

That’s too funny!
Simple answer – because Karen encouraged all of us to participate in this 7th Annual Blog Week. Just like she’s done for the past six years. She’s very encouraging!
Short answer – because I probably would be a very confused and angry and sick and lonely person with diabetes if I hadn’t found the d-blogs, and the d-bloggers, and the gazillion people who make up the DOC, Diabetes Online Community.

The most important message for me. I am not alone.

Which also means – You are not alone.

I need to share my not alone thoughts more often, so that some other d-newby, especially those of us with LADA who are being diagnosed when we are long past the juvenile ages, will find me and know that they’re not the only one.

A whole week of blogging? This will be good for me. This will get me back in the swing of blogging on a regular basis.

Um – let’s hope I do better at this than the treadmill.

D-Blog Week – Tuesday

dblogweek2014Click for the Poetry Tuesday – Tuesday 5/13 Link List.
This year, Diabetes Blog Week and TuDiabetes are teaming up to bring out the poet in you! Write a poem, rhyme, ballad, haiku, or any other form of poetry about diabetes. After you’ve posted it on your blog, share it on the No Sugar Added® Poetry page on TuDiabetes, and read what others have shared there as well!

I don’t write poetry. I love reading poetry. I hated memorizing poetry.

So, I asked my husband to write a poem.

And, he did.

And, here it is. And yes, I know that I’m a very fortunate woman.

Tuesday‘s Poem

It’s truly a curse
But some have it worse
She is a type one Big D
I’m only a three
We pray for a cure
However obscure
One thing is for sure
Our love will endure
She is my wife
And my life.

No clue, but, have a Dexcom question

I loved having a prompt for each day last week. Some of them were easy and some of them required some thought. But at least it gave me a starting point.

Karen, over at Bitter-Sweet Diabetes did an awesome, fantastic, amazing job of putting the week together. If you didn’t have time to read ALL the d-blogs, she has info here on how to do a “catch up.”

And – blogging for one week is definitely easier (???) than doing the November NaBloPoMo for a whole month! Although, I snuck in just under the timer with the weekend posts…

I have no clue what to write about, except – I have a Dexcom question.

How long does it take your Dexcom to “settle in?”

It seems like I may not be giving it too much of chance.

My issue is that frequently, Dexcom doesn’t go “on” for hours. And it’s happened more than once.

This past Friday, I put in a new sensor. Did the two hour thing. It asked for the two BGs. I put them in. It came up with a number. And within 30 minutes I got the ???. I gave it six hours and then put in a new one. That one did the same darn thing. But by that time, it was time to hit the bed so I left it alone. The next morning, it was “on” but with no graph for the whole night. It’s been fine since then. So it’s good for now.

So, my question. How long do you wait before giving up on the ???Dexcom?

Saturday Snapshots

Click for the Saturday Snapshots – Saturday 5/19 Link List. Back for the third 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.

I didn’t grab my camera, but here are some oldies but goodies from the past couple of years.

Happy Weekend!

What They Should Know

Today let’s borrow a topic from a #dsma chat held last September.  The tweet asked “What is one thing you would tell someone that doesn’t have diabetes about living with diabetes?”  Let’s do a little advocating and post what we wish people knew about diabetes.  Have more than one thing you wish people knew?  Go ahead and tell us everything.

This is a tough one. I don’t like to whine. I’d rather suck it up and let a smile be my umbrella.

I could do a long, long list. Just like all of you could do a long, long list.

Short list:
I miss my freedom.
I miss my small purse.
Edited at 4:30am… I miss sleeping through the night without something beeping, buzzing or singing a tune. I knew the pump battery was low but tried to wait to change it until this morning when I do a site change. It didn’t work.

On the plus side…
I am so happy to have all the DOC friends.

I could write a whole lot more. We all could but…
This is my Google Reader when I got home from work…

And here’s Karen’s list for Thursday!

Time to do some blog hopping!

PS – storm wasn’t so bad – power stayed on! – today was beautiful. Thanks for caring!

Fantasy Diabetes Device

Today let’s tackle an idea inspired by Bennet of Your Diabetes May Vary.  Tell us what your Fantasy Diabetes Device would be?  Think of your dream blood glucose checker, delivery system for insulin or other meds, magic carb counter, etc etc etc.  The sky is the limit – what would you love to see?

Easy, peasy! A new pancreas! Oh, not available, huh?

As I write this – our current weather warning is: Hail up to three-quarter inch in diameter… heavy downpours… excessive cloud-to-ground lightning and gusty winds of 45 to 55 mph can be expected.

The lights have dimmed a couple of times and there’s definitely some thunder out there. So who knows how long I’ll be able to stay online? Except, we did just have a whole house generator installed. I’d prefer that we not test it out, yet.

Anyway, back to Karen’s prompt…

I’ve only been at this d-stuff for just over seven years (really???!!!). I’m awed by how much I’m able to do with my meter and my pump and my dexcom.

I find it all annoying and amazing and a pain in the ass. (So there!)

The black spots on my fingers are surprising. I thought it would take longer. It didn’t.

I want this to be easier for the children. (I want children NOT to have diabetes but…) I would love a fantasy d-device that measures BGs without poking a hole in your finger. Some sort of “button” that you just place against your skin and bingo, bango, there’s the number – in great big numbers so you don’t have to put on your glasses to read it. We wouldn’t need CGMs because the button would make it so easy, peasy. You could wear the button on a necklace or put it on your key chain.

I keep hitting “Save Draft” while writing, just in case.

My other fantasy – not a device, but needed – diabetes should NOT be so hard to pay for. I have insurance. I continue working so I’ll have insurance but jeez, the number of people who have to decide “Will I eat this week or buy insulin?” makes me cry/angry.

OMG – biggest jolt I’ve ever felt from thunder/lightning – and I used to live in Kansas! That’s it for me, tonight!

One Great Thing – umm, Person

Click for the One Great Thing – Tuesday 5/15 Link List. Living with diabetes (or caring for someone who lives with it) sure does take a lot of work, and it’s easy to be hard on ourselves if we aren’t “perfect”.  But today it’s time to give ourselves some much deserved credit.  Tell us about just one diabetes thing you (or your loved one) does spectacularly!  Fasting blood sugar checks, oral meds sorted and ready, something always on hand to treat a low, or anything that you do for diabetes.  Nothing is too big or too small to celebrate doing well!

As a PWD, I do a lot of things. We all do a lot of things. Every single day…

For this post, it’s my husband who gets the credit for being a great Type 3. My husband is the chief cook around here. (I did it for 20+ years and when we moved here, he decided it was his turn.) As the cook, he is the one who notes the carb counts when needed for something he’s prepared. Very often, he’s already noted serving amounts and carbs on a piece of paper, ready for me when we eat. When shopping, he’s not only checking prices, he’s looking at the nutrition info before purchasing. (Oh, you should know, he’s a CPA, loves numbers…)

When I was dx’d, he jumped right in to the new routine. He attended the d-education classes with me and even attended one without me when I needed to be at the hospital with my dad. He went to the pump training with me.

My one great thing is a person, who I married almost 38 years ago.

Remember, it was the 70’s… 

Find a Friend

Just looking at the list of participants, I’m seeing a bunch of blogs that I haven’t seen or read or commented on. Gee, there’s a whole bunch of us here in DOC Land!

Today’s prompt from Karen!
Click for the Find A Friend – Monday 5/14 Link List. It seems the most popular thing about Diabetes Blog Week is that it helps us find blogs we weren’t reading yet and connect with some new blog friends.  With that in mind, let’s kick off Diabetes Blog Week by making some new connections.  Think about the d-blogs you read that you think we may not know about and introduce us to one that you love!!  Let’s all find a new friend today!    (Special thanks to Gina, everybody’s Diabetes BFF, for helping me title this post!)

When I began blogging, it took nerve to comment on a d-blog. I hadn’t been diagnosed very long. I certainly didn’t know much. I felt like the new kid in school. (Which by the way, I’ve had a lot of experience with that feeling. I went to (gotta add ’em up…) 8 schools by the time I graduated from high school. That’s what happens when your dad’s in the Army.) The people in the DOC are a friendly bunch, ready to cheer you on or give you a pat on the back when you need support.

There are days when I’ll click through to a blog after reading a comment they’ve posted elsewhere and then add them to my Google Reader list. Love having the list! Hate having the list! OMG, I could spend all day reading blogs. But I can’t. I have a job. I have chores to do. I have a life. So, I read what I can and comment where I can. Sometimes it’s just a “Hi there! Liked this post!” Which is lame, I know… but, I just want to say hi and it’s nice to meet you.

I doubt very much that I can introduce you to someone but, I’ll try.
April writes at http://nerdyapril.blogspot.com/
She’s getting married and I’ve enjoyed following her wedding planning.
We have two sons, neither is married, and I get a kick out of reading about the d-women who are planning weddings.

And, blogging this week is going to be a challenge. Below, my computer, as the remodeling continues…