Monday, November 14, 2011

WDD 2011 I Didn't Wear Blue

Today, November 14th, 2011, is World Diabetes Day. there are a whole lot of things going on this month in regards to diabetes research, raising money, and finding a cure. I blogged about this is my previous post HERE.
The whole month of November is Diabetes Awareness Month, which, of course, being diabetic, I agree with wholeheartedly. Wearing blue on every Friday of this month, as well as today, is a way to bring attention to World Diabetes Day, as well as advocate and bring awareness for diabetes and the people living with it. (yes Meri I stole that last sentence verbatim from your blog. Thank you!).
But today was also the funeral of someone who, growing up, was like a second mother to me. She was my moms best friend, and her daughter, Kim,  was my best friend. We had all lost touch over the years, but recently, Kim and her husband bought her childhood home, the house that I practically lived in til I was 10, which happens to be right beside the house that I purchased 9 years ago. And I'm so happy they did.
And today I am not wearing blue. Today I am mourning the loss of someone who was a great lady, and my heart breaks for my neighbor and friend, as well as the rest of her family, and for her only grandchild, Haylee, who will likely never remember her grandmother who loved her so much, and will only know her through pictures.
So no, today I did not wear blue. I wasn't feeling it. Maybe next year.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Pretty sure i made the wrong decision...

Back in March, I had surgery on the pointer finger of my right hand, because I have trigger finger and I had opted for surgery rather than having a cortisone shot because a) the shot is not always able to fix it, and b) steroids do a number on blood sugar and I just didn't really want to deal with it. And surgery doesn't scare me and I got a day off work, and a little pity along the way. This is a WIN in my eyes.
So anyhow, surgery went fine, all healed up, finger works. Now the middle finger on my left hand is triggering, as well as getting numbness in both hands, that the orthopedic surgeon has chalked up to carpal tunnel. So I had an appointment this morning, fully prepared to say that I wanted surgery again...but walked out of there with a brace for both hands and a cortisone shot in my right hand and 2 in my left. And now this is where we stand...
Hahahaha. I really feel like laughing. I am laughing because I equate that little blank spot in the middle, where there was no graph line, as Dexcom basically giving me the middle finger and saying "F you, I'm out. Call me when you get this under control". But of course, like all technological manservants do, he came back.
I have taken a total of 10.95 units of insulin in the last 3 hours. By my calculations, this amount of insulin should make my bg approximately -164. Negative. But noooooo. That's not anywhere near negative, is it. I have also been running a 100% temp basal. But I'm pretty sure that needs upped too. Of course all this could potentially mean I'm going to wake up in the middle of the night somewhere near that -164 I talked about earlier. Let's hope not. But less than 336 would be peachy.
I am reading posts on the internet of people noticing bg changes for anywhere from 1 day to months, some never got it back down to the same. In which case, this girl will not be very happy.
I am also looking forward to the impending protein fest I'm going to have to have for my meals until this situation remedies itself. Scrambled eggs anyone? Chicken with a side of...chicken? String cheese for breakfast? Why the hell not.
So, I'm turning off Dex's high alarm and going to bed. No need in him screaming at me to take some insulin every 20 minutes when that is obviously not working.
PS bg now 327.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Diabetes Myths explained...by me!

So since November is Diabetes Awareness Month, and it seems that very few people are actually AWARE of it other than the fact that it exists, I thought I would list some of my top diabetes related annoyances and give my view on them.

#1- People with diabetes should not eat sugar.
Untrue. So very untrue. Cupcakes, cookies, candy, etc etc etc. I can eat all of it. Of course I should not sit down with Luke, cake pan in between us and 2 forks, and consume half of an entire chocolate cake (um, I might be speaking from experience). But then again, neither should someone without diabetes. BUT, if I counted the carbs in said chocolate cake, took the right amount of insulin for it, and then consumed the chocolate cake, it would not affect me any differently than someone without diabetes. Of course, different foods affect people with diabetes differently, but it can be figured out, and you can have your cake and eat it too!

#2-You can get diabetes from being overweight or eating too much bad food
NOPE. While this CAN be true with Type 2 diabetes, there are plenty of healthy people who are not overweight and exercise who get type 2. Diabetes does not discriminate. But type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease. There is nothing you can do to stop it from happening. I did not get diabetes because my paretns fed me too much McDonalds or cookies. Because they didn't. It just happened.

#3-You're on a pump, you must have the "bad" kind of diabetes
Well, I can't imagine there being a "good" kind of diabetes, but no, I am not on a pump because I have it "bad". I am on a pump because I choose to have better control over my blood sugars and how what I eat affects them. Being on a pump gives me more freedom to eat when I want, and in the amounts that I want, than being on MDI (multiple daily injections).

#4-You test how many times a day?! You must have it bad!
See #3. This one is courteous of my grandma's cleaning lady. No one has it any better or any worse than someone else. We all have pancreas's that do not function. Some people may have better control than others, some people may suffer from complications while others don't, but we all have the same disease. I test anywhere from 6-12 times a day, because the more often you test, the more you know what your blood sugars are and can correct and treat whatever that number is before it goes too high, or too low.

#5-High blood sugar is much more dangerous than low blood sugar

NO NO NO. Ok, so if you're bg consistently runs in the 2-300's, yes, this is dangerous, in the long run. But you eat a cupcake and forget to bolus, bg skyrockets to the 400's. Take your insulin to cover the high and move on. Blip in the radar. If you don't make a habit of this then you will most likely not suffer any ill affects. A blood sugar of 45 in the middle of the night that you don't wake up for. Immediate danger. As in, you can have a seizure and die kind of danger. So don't give me the hairy eyeball when my bg is high. This is not a constant thing and because I check 6-10 times a day (see #4), as well as having a continuous glucose monitor, I will catch the highs before they can be a problem.

So that's all I have for now. I'm sure I'll come up with more. Happy Hump Day!

Monday, October 31, 2011

Diabetes Awareness Month

So, now that October is almost over, and Halloween is over (has anyone else noticed that this holiday has been dragged on for like the last 2 weeks?), we are embarking on November. The month where my baby sister will turn 18 (OMG), Thanksgiving happens (I mean, how can you not love a holiday that is pretty much centered around eating. All. Day. Long.). And this month is also Diabetes Awareness Month, with World Diabetes Day falling on November 14th.
Did you know that every 17 seconds, someone is diagnosed with Diabetes?
And that every year, diabetes kills more people than breast cancer and AIDS combined?
This is scary stuff people.
Scary stuff that can sometimes be prevented (in Type 2), and that we need to find a cure for. There are new tchnologies coming out every day, to control and regulate diabetes, but none of these things are a cure. INSULIN IS NOT A CURE. A pump is not a cure. But with the combined efforts of researchers, scientists, doctors, and normal every day people like you and me, a cure is a reachable goal.


Team Type 1
On October 28, 2011, ten Team Type 1 Runners will begin a 3,000 mile, non-stop, relay-style run across America.

Through varying weather and terrain, these athletes with Type 1 diabetes will each run an average of 18 miles per day to finish in just 15 days. The team’s goal is to complete the journey in New York City on World Diabetes Day, November 14, 2011, and once again demonstrate that all things are possible, despite living everyday with an incurable disease.

Follow these ten inspirational athletes as they Run Across America beginning October 28th.

 Big Blue Test  

What Is Big Blue Test?

The Big Blue Test is a diabetes awareness program started by the nonprofit Diabetes Hands Foundation, that takes place every November leading up to World Diabetes Day on Nov. 14. The campaign reinforces the importance of exercise in managing diabetes. People with diabetes are encouraged to do the Big Blue Test any day between November 1 and November 14 at midnight Pacific Time, by testing their blood sugar, getting active, testing again, and sharing the results online at bigbluetest.org.
In the last two years, just 14 minutes of exercise decreased participants’ blood sugar level between 15 and 20 percent.
In 2010, more than 2,000 people did the Big Blue Test. Over 120,000 people watched the Big Blue Test video. Roche Diabetes Care, makers of ACCU-CHEK® diabetes products and services, funded the production of the video and helped it go viral by donating 75 cents for each of the first 100,000 views, resulting in total donation of $75,000. The donation provided insulin and supplies to more than 2,000 people with diabetes in developing countries.
In 2011, in connection with the number of people that do the Big Blue Test, another donation from Roche Diabetes Care will benefit more than 8,000 people with diabetes in need. Five nonprofit organizations focused on helping underserved areas with a high incidence of diabetes in the United States will each receive $10,000, while $25,000 will go to support the work in Latin America by the International Diabetes Federation’s Life for a Child Programme.

Over at the Houston We Have a Problem  blog, my friend Laura has cookbooks for sale. Her mother and 3 aunts have been working on this cookbook for a year, and all proceeds go to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America. Go buy one! Right now! Will make great Christmas presents and go toward a great cause.

Wear Blue Every Friday in November.
I'll steal this one from Meri since she described it so well.
Blue Fridays is an initiative to bring attention to World Diabetes Day, and to advocate and bring awareness for diabetes and the people living with it. Diabetes is more than a national issue; it's a world epidemic. This year, Cherise from Diabetes Social Media Advocacy wants to rally the diabetes community to celebrate World Diabetes Day and Diabetes Awareness Month by asking people to wear blue every Friday during the Month of November and on World Diabetes Day (November 14). How easy is this one? I think we can all get on board here!

Whether you know it or not, I can guarantee that everyone out there knows, or has known someone who is affected by diabetes. So during the month of November (and every month), put your blue on and show your support!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Damn skippy...

24 hours of pure bg bliss. That spike to 180 at the beginning is my coffee, which I haven't quite figured out yet, but hey, it went up, and came back down. Makes me happy.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

10 Years ago...

10 years ago. Could it really have been that long ago, yet seems like it only happened yesterday? I think 9/11/01 is one of those days that will forever remain ingrained in everyone's mind. What they were doing, who they were with, where they were.
I was 19. Still living at home. I had gotten up to get ready for work, and like most mornings, I didn't turn on the TV. I wasn't even awake when the first tower was hit, nor did I see when the 2nd tower was hit. I walked out to the living room to leave for work just as the Pentagon was hit. It was very surreal, and I didn't have enough time to sit and comprehend what was going on, and left the house to go to work. I walked in the office just as the South Tower collapsed. The TV was on and everyone already at work was gathered around. As we sat together and watched, about a 1/2 hour later, the North tower collapsed.
We didn't have a single customer that day. We had one truck driver come in, who had no idea what had happened. But for the most part, we sat and watched. Some cried. Some were angry. I was a little of both I guess. I was sad for all the people who had lost their lives. Innocent people. Working people. Mothers, fathers, children, friends. All dead. And angry that some piece of shit from another country had decided to come into our beloved America, and take lives, destroy families and buildings, that were not his to take. I'm still angry. But we are America. The land of the free and the home of the brave. And we will carry on. 10 years later, we are carrying on. But we will never forget.