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By: FatCatAnna

The Roller Coaster Ride of Diabetes! Whoo! Whoo!

I am a Type 1 diabetic diagnosed back in the early 60's as a child.  I am living in Montreal, Canada and enjoy scribbling about diabetes from time to time. I’ve had my ups / downs just like any person would experience with going through life - diabetic or not.  My motto in life?  Diabetes does not control me – I control it!! 

You can find more posts/discussions at my Facebook page called "The Roller Coaster Ride of Diabetes" and also on Twitter under the name of FatCatAnna.  Feel free to follow me at both places or send me a private message!


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Pre-op visit with endo at hospital - Nov 25
I’d written earlier about going for pre-op for surgery (which has now been cancelled and moved up to January for some reason – so more time for me to dwell ...
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I have a month to decide - Nov 17
The-sea-of-time by Kyle Bean - http://www.kylebean.co.uk/ If any of you read my posts on Facebook or Twitter, you’ll have noticed that I’ve been going ...
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3rd Annual World Diabetes Twitter Marathon - Nov 13
I've been abit behind in many things #diabetes these past few months, while I deal with other health disorders that are making my usual control of diabetes go out of balance ...
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Questioned by my pharmacist on my insulin regime - Oct 15
Have you ever had a heart to heart talk with your pharmacist who delivers your “legal” drugs? I know that a few of my American D-mates only deal with online ...
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When You're Hot, You're Hot - Oct 03
Jerry Reed's song title above - is what made me get all squirmy and excited about writing this #dblog post today. This winter our heating bill for the house will be reduced ...
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Pre-op visit with endo at hospital
Posted: Nov 25, 2014 23:32:04 2 Comments.
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  • I’d written earlier about going for pre-op for surgery (which has now been cancelled and moved up to January for some reason – so more time for me to dwell on … do I go for it / or not?).  At the time the pre-op team didn’t realize I was a Type 1 diabetic for some reason, and red flags went up when I questioned them what to do with my insulin pump regime.  Especially for my after care with 3 day hospital stay for recovery.  The pre-op doctor had said that they had 2 endocrinologists that understood how to work with patients with pumps.  That excited me to no end, as I’ve never had an endo/GP with that knowledge.  I’m self taught in most aspects of how I control my diabetes health, by keeping up with latest technology, discussing it with my medical team, and they allow me to self guinea pig myself with what I want to try.  I am my own boss behind what I do with my health care for diabetes – but sometimes it can get exhausting – but I refuse to give into burnout from diabetes. 

    Fast forward, I arrived at the clinic in the Lakeshore Hospital.  The diabetic clinic was a small place, with patients waiting (during the time I was there - one guy was glugging water like he was a fish out of water –  sprinting to the loo to pee like a horse – sadly the door does not have good sound barrier …. uhhhmmm – diabetic out of control with their ???).  I asked the receptionist, out of curiosity sake, if patients were able to share their pump/blood glucose information via Internet to their office (I use Diasend with my Animas pump).  I think she was almost embarrassed and a few of the staff members behind her as well, when she said “No”.  Oh, Oh, …. I’m thinking to myself … am I wasting my time coming to this clinic?   I looked around at various info on walls and in the hand out sections … everything … geared for Type 2 diabetics.  Hot flash started due to panic mode at that point.  I am ready to run out of the hospital!!

    Hour and half later, sweating like a pig due to being dressed for cold weather (and that day we were experiencing unusual high temps of 18C in Montreal – ovey) – I see the endo.   She gets down to asking me my history.   My saying how long I’d had Type 1 diabetes seemed to floor her and at that point I wish I’d said … I’ve only had diabetes for 15 years, which she had thought I’d said when I’d told her I was coming close to year 50 of diagnosis (I joked about applying for the Joslin award – I was nervous at this point – white coat syndrome as usual).

    Then we got to my insulin regime.  I told her I was currently on MDI (multiple dose injections) – but planning to go onto pump again on December 1st since I thought I had figured out the right dosage for my basal portion of my insulin regime with Levemir.  She seemed puzzled by my not taking the same amount for each meal (I explained it depended on the blood sugar (BG) reading at the time, my I:C ratio, ISF ).  I asked her if she understood what TDD meant?  A term used in the pumping world for Total Daily Dose … she did – but she didn’t seem that interested. 

    At this point, I knew I was not seeing an endo with full knowledge of pump experience (as she spoke to me – I slowly undid George Michael’s battery cap, and slunk him iaway for future use).  She admitted that not many people use insulin pumps, and that even the largest diabetic centre in Montreal isn’t as well.  For my upcoming surgery, she does NOT want me on my insulin pump but to stay on the regime I'm on at present.  She wants me on my current regime but RN's will be under my orders … if I am with it …  otherwise they will follow the protocol the endo has written out - which scares me .... on the order form she has put down that I take 4 units of NovoRapid for each meal – which I told her could send me into hypo land if a) I had a low blood sugar; or b) I didn’t eat all the food on the tray).  Gulp.

    This is obviously not the United States of America – where I’ve heard from other insulin pump users going into surgery, sometimes wearing a pump.  There are no CDE’s able to help you manage your health … not at least in Quebec where doctors are Gods.  No pharmacist or CDE can help assist you in your health regime – so you suffer while you await to see a specialist.

    Wait though, there is some good out of this visit.  She wants to see me in February, and she is actually going to be testing me for celiac disease, which is common among Type 1 diabetics.  I had asked previous doctors for this test, and they’d look at me like I was off my block.

     

    The other thing that was interesting about this so called “pre-op” visit.  My feet were examined by her doing a few tests which she says should be done every year for diabetics by a doctor.  I have NEVER EVER had my feet examined by a doctor.  She was amazed at the sensitivity of my feet, ability to still feel (I joked about not wearing socks with sandals, only as a child with my parents did I have to do that – memories of being made fun of by American kids at a beach in Maine one year will never be erased from my sponge brain).  IIf I’d known she was going to do this, I would have washed them.  Luckily, she said my feet were in amazing shape …. again the emphasis was due to how long I’d been diabetic.  It’s like … what … am I supposed to have dinosaur looking feet or ????

    Yes, I’m scared.  I want to cancel the surgery even more so now.  Time to write a letter to my surgeon.  I must stop procrastinating!

    I have a month to decide
    Posted: Nov 17, 2014 20:11:37 0 Comments.
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  • The-sea-of-time by Kyle Bean - http://www.kylebean.co.uk/

    If any of you read my posts on Facebook or Twitter, you’ll have noticed that I’ve been going through some little health problems that are compromising the control of my #diabetes.  It’s nothing serious, just the usual “woman” issues that occur as we get on in life. 

    Just last week, I went for a pre-op for a partial hysterectomy ( 1-2 hours of slice ‘n dice time for my surgeon and moi).  It’s to remove some large fibroids in my cervix that over the past 30+ years HAD (and I stress this with caps) become painful.  When I finally saw the gynecologist (gyno) back in June, I was a bleeding mess (menses lasting up to a month), slightly anemic due to blood loss, along with discomfort from pressure of fibroids against the bladder, I was exhausted (thyroid problems weren’t helping there).  I’ve always thought I had a bladder built like a truck driver; I can go on forever without having to take a wee.  Not so anymore, pressure of fibroids … hmmm, you want that truck load of bananas to arrive still green … pick another driver.

    While she’s down there in the nether regions, due to my age, she’s going to remove the uterus since I’m at the age where I’m too old to have a kittens.  Recovery time of 4-6 weeks.  I’m fine with that, with diabetic mastopathy surgery back in 2009  – I was back on my feet faster then a speeding bullet.  Though this maybe abit different with the act of sitting on the throne and pushing out a load of crap!

    What initially lead me to write this #dblog (aka my online diary that some people read) was after the blood work/EKG.  The RN, who after going instructions for what I was to do the night before surgery, etc. told me …   “that was it.  You are free to go home”.  I then stupidly asked the RN, “what about my insulin coverage for diabetes on that day?”  I told her I’d be probably back on the pump at that time since I’m on a break from it due to not having greatest control of #BGNow.  Hormonal issues with peri-menopause have increased my TDD (total daily dosage) to …. 60% and I was having infusion site issues with larger doses of insulin!!!  Really, it’s like I’m a T2D (Type 2 diabetic) with insulin resistance – and no – with my #dblog post in October – my endo refuses to allow me to take metformin to help control this resistance - urrrhhhh.  Sadly,  I don’t see my GP until end of January 2015 to see if she’ll consider allowing me to try this out (she was the one that allowed me to go onto Synthroid since my endocronolgist aka endo had refused).  I also explain to the RN, that in past surgery’s my endo signs papers to allow me to take full control of my insulin regime once I’m conscious.

    So, the RN decides I will need to talk to a doctor at this point.  A short wait of an hour (I was catching up on a few English newspapers that I don’t receive where I live in Montreal – I was in heaven – reading about local stuff) – I get to see the doctor.  He goes over my medications, tells me to stop a few before the surgical date.  He asks me what my #BG (blood glucose) average is.  I tell him the story of my recent roller coaster ride with the #BG.   The only good thing about my telling him this …. I’m now maybe going to see one of the two endo’s that understand pump technology, but … and this will be hard for me … I’m supposed to keep my lips zipped on the fact I already have an endocrinologist (who sadly does not understand pump technology and is just my pimp for prescriptions).

    On top of all that’s swirling in my sponge brain, is the hospital I went to.  It has not got the greatest reputation and I personally avoid it at all costs (though according to one #PWD (person with diabetes) – it’s improved).  BTW, I detest hospitals, white jackets.  I’m probably not alone in this statement, especially when it comes to medical staff not understanding the complexities of #diabetes and those of us on an insulin regime that maybe is not by their “book standards”.  I’m self-taught in what I do with both MDI (multiple dose injecting) / insulin pumping, due to being unable to find help where I live.

    So now after all of this scribble, I am now in peri-menopause since August, no more keeping Protecter & Gamble’s stock up with purchasing sanitary supplies (that we get taxed on in Canada of 15% ovey!! – what a bloody rip off).  Anyway, I wasn’t expecting was to go into peri-menopause, and guess what?  No more discomfort, pain.  According to what I’ve read, fibroids shrink at this point in time, which does not necessitate having surgery. 

    So, I’m on the fence post whether I should just cancel the surgery, or go ahead.  What would you do in my case?  Preserve your stomach for future MDI and infusion sets (while I healed from the 4-6” incision there will be less real estate for me to play with)?

    3rd Annual World Diabetes Twitter Marathon
    Posted: Nov 13, 2014 16:44:17 0 Comments.
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  • I've been abit behind in many things #diabetes these past few months, while I deal with other health disorders that are making my usual control of diabetes go out of balance (e.g. today was surgery pre op day - what an interesting experience that was ... again ... #dblog in the making when I can find some time to put my thoughts together).  

    I am excited to at least post this little ditty though before the day is over, about tomorrow's upcoming event for World Diabetes Day, that I'm hoping I can at least attend for a few "sessions". 

    The World Diabetes Day twitter chat will begin at 12 am ET on Friday, November 14th and end at 11:59 pm EST that evening. 

    To find out more details (e.g. a link to help those of you in different time zones - so you don't miss out on your fav #diabetes celebrity/etc.) then go directly to the DCAF (Diabetes Community Advocacy Foundation) website at this link .  

    Also, if you are new to Twitter, and find it a challenge like I do at times for this type of fast paced reading/posting - go to TweetChat (remove the automatic Diabetes1.org frame by clicking on the "Remove the Frame" on the left hand side of your screen) then once you are seeing the "clean" page - simply type in #WDDChat14 in the search window to gain access to the  chat session on one page with no fancy ads, etc.  I find it much easier to keep up with the streaming (oh I sound so "with it in cyber world don't I?).  See ya can teach an old cat new tricks \\^,,^//    *** See update at bottom :) ***

    Now, if my above suggestions doesn't quite suit your style - then check out other options to join in on the discussion at this link.

    Hope to "see" you there at some pooint during the day !!!  

     

    NB:  Update to accesssing the chat sessions without pulling out your hair.  I'm not on a mobile so perhaps that is reason for above not working for me (I use my lap top for these types of discussions).  What I am finding works best for keeping up with the fast paced discussion is the following ...      .... so far I don't seem to be missing out on posts, and my ability to put in my "two cents worth" is going through.  Many thanks to Brenda Bell for this tip 

    Questioned by my pharmacist on my insulin regime
    Posted: Oct 15, 2014 21:26:46 0 Comments.
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  • Have you ever had a heart to heart talk with your pharmacist who delivers your “legal” drugs? I know that a few of my American D-mates only deal with online pharmacies – and I’ve always wondered about that – other than them telling you you’re not covered by your insurance – do you ever have a chat with someone who is wondering why you take the meds you do to maintain your health and knows what your talking about?

    While I find the right dose with Synthroid for my thyroid aka Hashimoto disease  (hi yaaaa - karate chop to the head!!!!).  I’ve been requesting my GP to increase my dosage to get myself to a level of TSH that makes me feel happy – and she’s willing to go along with me as I experiment <lol> - which was my reason for my pharmacy visit at Costco today). I decided at the same time to order up some fast acting insulin since I was getting low on my current bottle (I only order up 1 at a time). I use NovoRapid, which I’ve been using for as long as I can remember, whenever it came onto the market (remember – I’ve been thru’ many vials since ’67 – I don’t have the memory to retain all the various types over those years – there’s better things to remember than … which one was I using back in 1984 – and who knows – some of you will remember what you used – me … nope … I just remember my fav bevy … Brador beer from across the river in Hull in the disco days – “ I want action – I got so much to give – I love the night life – I got to boogie “ .....

    I paid up for all my goodies (of course – who doesn’t want to throw in a few bottles of test strips – let’s get the party going – whoot! whoot! long live the punctured fingertip). Then the cashier told me that the pharmacist wanted to talk to me before they handed over what I'd just paid for. Hmmm, only time they’ve done that is for a new med. What could it be?

    Apparently, the pharmacist couldn’t understand why I had long lasting insulin on my file. I explained the story of George Michael – my Animas 2020 pump – being out of warranty – dying on Dec 31/15  - no longer using him when I went on airline trips with no warranty, etc. and having to resort to using the old – bend over –throw the dart aka needle into your behind like a pro dart player!!! Bull’s eye!!!  Along with my trial with Levemir insulin for my long lasting regime - which I didn't do so well with due to allergic reactions (that was new to her - and she was very interested).

     

    All over, it was a very interesting discussion for us both - I learned a few things about her trade - and she too about what I do within the diabetic community aka DOC. She said she only knows what she learned at school about Type 1 diabetes – and talking to me – made her appreciate what we go through – and what works for each of us (no one system works for another person – we are all different with our control of our health).

    And with this short little blog – I bid you adieu for the evening – while I prepare to head to Jenna’s Journey tomorrow – to put her to sleep for the winter months on her comfy little cradle that will keep her upright out of the water. It’s been a busy past few weeks getting her prepared for the winter. I am not looking forward to the next 8 months on dry land as you can tell. Sigh – dreaming already of next year’s adventures on her.

    When You're Hot, You're Hot
    Posted: Oct 3, 2014 13:41:54 0 Comments.
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  • Jerry Reed's song title above - is what made me get all squirmy and excited about writing this #dblog post today.

    This winter our heating bill for the house will be reduced drastically.  That is if my DH can withstand <16 C (60 F) temps all the time.  A recent holiday on our sailboat aka Jenna’s Journey, where the cabin temperatures at night dipped as low as 4C, with a duvet on top of “us” to keep us warm over the night, along with the v-berth that we sleep in, with the door closed ….  Well, the “us” means my DH was all huddled comfortably under the covers, whilst I had thrown them aside, tossing & turning in a sweaty hot heat. 

    The other aspect of my hot flushes.  My skin has an even rosier glow to it (I have rosacea), and people say I look so healthy and young (see glistening skin below <lol>).  Meanwhile, as they babble on, I’m sweating like a pig and wishing I could plunge into the Arctic Ocean. 

    The above two statements are the pro bit of this little ditty.

    Yes, the sexy illusion of "glistening skin", especially in-between the girls is a right turn on for some blokes.  Sadly, my DH is a solid sleeper, so he missed out on that aspect of my night sweats lately.  For me, it’s becoming a bloody nightmare, along with sleep deprivation if the temps aren’t cool enough for me.

    Oh and the mood swings (never had those before) … I even scare myself at times – it’s like I’m watching a psycho movie and I’m staring in it ( strike a poise Madonna style).  I talked to some people at various ports during our holidays, and their advise when you’re about to blow off steam …. COUNT TO TEN J

    So, as we all know, mucked up sleep can screw up a lot of things.  Our bodies were meant to have a good solid sleep (whether it be 4 or 12, depending on the individual, solid … no waking up inbetween … is the best type of sleep).

    For myself, with all this hormonal imbalance with T1 diabetes, Hashimoto’s, menopause … my blood sugars are going right whacky over the past year.   My A1c has gone up from it’s usual 6% level I’ve had over the past 4 years to my last blood test where it was 7.2%.  With the last few months of blood tests I’ve performed, where I seem to average 12 mmol/l ( mg/dl) – I think I’m going to be seeing an even higher number. 

    Yes, a higher A1c number is freaking me out at the moment, but not so much as my daily #BGNow (blood sugar) are.   I’m trying not to let it get to me, but it does worry me, because higher #BGNow cn lead to complications.  Waking up to 15 mmol/l ( mg/dl) – hopefully will be reduced back to a lower number.  Eventually …. I have to be patient …. not freak out.

    I’m still waiting to hear back from another T1D who claims that taking Metformin is helping them with their blood sugar control.  In the meantime, I’ll try to gather up information searching the Internet to see what I can find – to put forth to my health team. 

    So, the best I can do for now?  I’m sticking with George Michael for the ease of adjusting my basal with temporary fixes and corrections along the way.  I’m also going to do some research on natural products that will help deal with the hot flushes (that hopefully won’t screw up my diabetes control – we have to be extremely careful with naturopath medications as diabetics). 

    I don't have hot flashes

    I'm so excited
    Posted: Sep 28, 2014 16:51:29 0 Comments.
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  • I found a new way to carry my insulin pump! 

    I have a few Spibelts (I posted in the forums here about a special edition larger pocket one).  I never got that one - but am due to get another one - if I continue to wear my pump this way .... around my chest under my bra line!

    I find wearing my pump this way - it doesn't have the problem of the pocket rolling around - causing the zipper to go into my skin - annoying - but I think it's due to my increasing girth ... darn peri-menopuase (a new blog coming up on that delightful woman only thing shortly).

    If what I'm writing about doesn't make sense - then here's some pictures you can take a look at.

    Opps - slam on brakes here - technical error - sadly I'm unable to post the my personal pictures here at Diabetes1.org at the present time - instead - just hop on over to this link to see the two pictures that hopefully describe how I'm wearing GM (they are PG-13).

    Have you ever worn your Spibelt this way for your pump? 

    Low potassium diet
    Posted: Aug 31, 2014 14:18:05 1 Comment.
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  • Vegetables on forks

    The other day, an American Type 1 diabetic on Facebook wrote to me asking if I could help them in finding more information for a low potassium diet and recipes to go with the foods they’re allowed to eat.  They’d seen their kidney specialist and told to go this route.  What really got to me was when I asked if they were going to see a dietician or at least a nutritionist was that they'd received a paper – with what they could eat / not eat.  That was it!  

    Not that I’m an expert, but I sent them some links from the National Kidney Foundation that at least explains more than what their doctor had given them.

    I managed to link them up within a few hours with another Canadian diabetic mate of mine, who has been on a low potassium diet for a decade, and hopefully that will help.  It really amazes me how these days, we often have to go this route, not via our medical system.  What really surprised me more with my American friend was that his health care insurance doesn’t cover for a dietician / nutritionist (they are covered though for an insulin pump/CGMS pump).  It's like, WTF, won't more cost be involved from the insurance company if the person has kidney failure?  Urrhhhh. 

    I’m sorry, but as Canadian, who may pay higher taxes, may have bit of wait time to see doctors/surgery at times compared to the USA.   I know that the province I live in (Quebec), I can make an appointment, upon the recommendation of my doctor, to see a dietician.  I had to at one point, when I needed some help with losing weight (still am trying to shed – that’s a never ending story).  The main thing, I can go to local government run clinic or hospital, and get the help I need.  If I have work insurance coverage, often to see someone FAST, the most you'll pay out of pocket is 20% for that faster service.   Either way, n-between the wait time, I do my own research, and of course, don’t leap to any conclusions due to … not everything you see online is the gospel truth!

    Of course, no health care system, whether public like Canada's is or in the USA is perfect.  Actually, no health care system world wide is perfect … people gripe about paying more taxes to fund them, but you always hope that that extra you are giving to the government isn’t being used for admin and other nonmedical needs.  

    Take for instance, my recent PAP smear test - to be analysed in Quebec system, takes 6 months.  Other provinces are 1-2 weeks.  The reason for wait time in my province?  Smaller population, less tax dollars going into the medical system.  Of course, healthy individuals that don't use the health system, would get upset to fund the kitty with extra tax dollars, but that's the way our system works, and usually for the better.

    Anyway, before I rant more about health care - and make this an epic blog that it wasn't supposed to be - on closing words - check out this latest report from the nonpartisan health organization, the Commonwealth Fund  … this will get you debating together at the dinner table, if it doesn't get you commenting here on my post!

    Crack Free #ShowMeYourPump
    Posted: Jul 29, 2014 15:30:52 0 Comments.
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  • Well, recently that hash tag statement went abit wild on Twitter and other social media areas.  Mainly I think due in fact to Ms. Idaho’s recent win – and showing off her insulin pump proudly (wonder if she has a name for hers like I have always done with my pumps?).

    This past weekend I was sailing with some friends on Jenna’s Journey.  I decide to be brave, and show off my pump after I’d had a splish splosh in the water (I no longer wear my Animas 2020 aka George Michael in water due to trying to keep him functioning as long as I can, as he no longer is under warranty).

    So, viola …. here I am poising with him clipped onto me after I came back on board (well – clipped back on about 1 hour later I REMEMBERED that I had to reengage him).  I know …. Bad, bad, bad.

    One thing though, since having that picture taken.  George has taken a few dives of his own.  Off my body.  I’ve been using a longer infusion tube (36”) due to the fact I can stick him into my pockets of my button up front dresses, skirts, pants.  He’s easier to access to do calculations, etc.

    Well, long tubing means, when he takes a dive, he goes plunk onto the ground.  For the picture above, I only clipped him on temporarily, but after that he was sitting "snug" under my rash guard, until I did something that made him plop out).  Twice on the weekend he went clunk, OUCH, onto the gel coat of our sailboat.  It sounded HORRIBLE.  I thought for sure I had killed him!!!

    Of course, I examined him like I would a real life baby, checking for any cracks, etc.  Trying not to tickle him.

    And to top it all off, last night, I remember having one dream of dropping him, and the casing cracking.  I think I woke up to that pretty startled, realised I was dreaming, went back to the land of nod.

    A Child’s Garden of Verses” by Robert Louis Stevenson and illustrated by Dorothy E. Russell. Introduction and notes by Blanche E. Weekes  ©1928 by The John C. Winston Co.

    So, just now, after having done an infusion change (with a 23” tubing for a change of pace).  I’ve now dressed him all up in one of the skins I’ve gotten over the years at Friends For Life events in Canada.  If he ever takes another plunge, at least he’s got that protection.  Much like we have for our mobile phones.

    Oh – and notice – I’m back in reduced basal mode again?  This seems to be a common thing with me lately even with my weight gain, which should be reverse, you would think I need MORE insulin. Thank goodness for being able to do that with a pump as well as SUSPEND.

    Now, if only I could get a royal blue colour for him …… Animas Canada ….. are you reading this?  Hint! Hint!

    Jenna and The Hypo Fairy
    Posted: Jul 28, 2014 14:53:58 0 Comments.
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  • This past weekend we finally got the Mum of Jenna who our sailboat Jenna’s Journey (a Catalina 30) is named after onboard.  It's been something we've been planning for awhile, but with my friend losing her DH to cancer only a few years after Jenna, it's been a very difficult time for her.  Jenna, sadly died at the age of 17 after battling a form of cancer called aveaolor Rhabdomyoscarcoma .  Jenna lives on through our sailboat – she will never be forgotten.  And she looked over the two newbie sailors, her Mum and her boyfriend Billy, as we heeled over gently at 15 degrees in winds of 10-15 knots.  It was a great weekend of reliving memories of Jenna and the weather held out for us to perfection. 

    Of course, preparing for visitors, especially the MUM of Jenna was nerve wracking.  I wanted this to be perfect for my friend of 25+ years.  So, between working during the week and trying to get things ready food wise, that would suit both “normal” people and myself as a diabetic.  It was abit of a challenge.

    So of course, the Hypo Fairy came to visit me quite abit last week (and from other FB postings during the week – I was not alone – warm weather just makes our insulin work much better).  All I can say is THANK GOODNESS for Michael George aka my Animas 2020 insulin pump.  I was able to SUSPEND his delivery at times that we’re not convenient for me (e.g. going out for a quick grocery run WITHOUT any fast acting sugar … bad bad bad – even worse – not #BGNow meter – but I know when I’m going low / high still at least).  Also, with being able to lower your basal insulin, compared to my usual MDI (multiple dose injections) is VERY handy.

    Artwork courtesy of http://marasop.deviantart.com/

    So, Friday rolls around, we are off to Jenna’s Journey.  Both my DH and I are trying to finish up work abit earlier (didn’t happen) – and then try to make sure the furball children are all settled in for a few days alone (I know – they’re cats – but still …. ).  Again, that day, the Hypo Fairy decides to play games with me earlier in the day.  We hit the road, for the 70 minute drive to where we keep our sailboat and then I realise my lips aren’t tingling because of the wind hitting my face (driving with the top down on the car).  And what seems to be a normal with diabetics that I've met over the years - I get an unusual hunger pang.  

    I don’t like to broadcast to the world I’m having a low #BGNow .  So of course, the Tim Horton’s server is all chatty and so am I.  Meanwhile, my eyes start to go blinky, blinky and I’m trying to control my jerks/twitches (like I have Tourette’s Syndrome) and at that moment I think … “Why am I such a polite person in a mini-me crisis?”   When all I want to do is SCREAM out …

    “Give me my Fing donut NOW”. 

    If I had TS as my DH told me later, that’s probably how it would come out – and save me some time in getting what I need … NOW!

    So I enhale my donut (below is EXACTLY what I had) - along with a coffee - and there goes my chance of ever shedding the 20 lbs I'm attempting to lose on my goal to one day being 40 lbs lighter. Urrhhh.  

    Strawberry Shortcake Donut

    The nice thing – it worked out fine – though I battled with the Hypo Fairy over the next few days with people who don’t really understand diabetes (e.g. “How often do you have to use your insulin pump?” or  “Where’s my food?” … this coming from the nondiabetic person whose NOT having a visit by the Hypo Fairy with a 2.2 /40 #BGNow  ).

    As most of us do with people who don’t understand Type 1 diabetes – we are forever trying our best to educate them – and maybe one day – they’ll get it.

    Miss Idaho is Defeating Diabetes
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  • Okay - now who as a young girl didn't watch beauty pagents?  Come on, be honest, don't be shy!!  I loved them, curled up in front of the telly with my family.

    Well, going viral with ShowMeYourPump  at the moment is the newly crowned Miss Idaho aka Sierra Sandison with her insulin pump boldly going where no pump has gone before (well - she's joining ranks with former Miss America 1999 Nicole Johnson - but it just sounds so good to write that bit)!  Reading Sierra's diagnosis story (she was diagnosed in 2012) made me smile when I went onto an insulin pump after 40+ years with MDI (multiple dose injections).  I had the same feelings as she did ... being hooked up to a machine (hmmm, wonder if she gives it a name like I do with my George Michael and his predecessors)? 

    She's officially started writing a blog (oh noooo competition for the FatCat - scrambling around in my litter box worried).   Kidding - the more the merrier as we educate folks around the world about diabetes is what we all believe in within the DOC (Diabetes Online Community).  Like many of us, we all have obstacles that can stop us, but as many of us have done, WE can overcome them, and as Sierra says " use them to empower ourselves and make an impact on those around us ".  

    Many of us who aren't shy to show off our own little sweet devices as well. I know I'm not, though.  We are so proud of her.  Now, if I could only wear a bathing suit the way she does.  Hmmmm ....

     

     

     

     

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