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Posted: Oct 15, 2014
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.
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Posted: Nov 2, 2013
Well, here's my entry for today's topic of CHECK - for more of the topics for each day this month during National Diabetes Awareness Month or NDAM - see Kerri Sparling's link for all the details (e.g. use the hash tag of #dmpad in your posts in various areas the DOC (Diabetes Online Community) post in)
UPDATE for my posts/pictures - they are going to be scattered due to amount of time I have on my hands - it all depends on my story behind the picture (I like to sometimes put explicit details in my picture posts LOL). Diabetes1.org won't allow me to use the hyperlinks for Twitter/Facebook/G+ - but just search for me under FatCatAnna you will ALWAYS be able to find my contributions at these places if it's not posted here at this website!
I woke up with a low blood sugar (#BGnow) this morning - this was even after PIGGING out on some of the leftover candy bars we had from Halloween (so much for buying a large box of chocolates - when only 10 Trick or Treaters came by on Halloween).
I am terrible when I'm around sweet things - I swear - REALLY I DO - they talk to me. I cannot resist them. I do justify the amount of insulin to eat them - but with my latest weight issue - hmmm - not good.
Here's my blood sugar 4 hours later (10.1 mmol/l or 180 mg/dl) - I hadn't given any insulin coverage (bolus - for meals - my basal insulin still does it' job in the background on my pump) - so not bad for what I'd nibbled on for breakfast ...
NB: DH has now hidden the chocolate bars safely away from me - even if I'm foaming at the mouth angry/spitting/screaming - unless he feels I should have one - he is to resist my pleas for CANDY!!! I am not the Tazmanian devil (the picture below is what was on my door Halloween night).
Also, you can find my entry for Day 1 - PAST - at this link - and it's abit of a shocker (it was for me) - a hint - my A1C number back in '94.
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Posted: Sep 22, 2013
Every Friday I try my best to wear blue (I'm always wearing my blue circle pin everyday – I collected a few when I was a volunteer at IDF). The idea of wearing blue on Friday was created a few years ago by Cherise Shockley who is part of the team at Diabetes Community Advocacy Foundation (DCAF) to bring attention to World Diabetes Day every November 14th (Dr. Bantings birthday) – and well – most of us within the DOC (Diabetes Online Community) just love the colour blue – so we flaunt it with a smile on our face.
Well, this past Friday, I lucked in on a really REALLY nice find. I have this thing for stainless steel bling – it’s clean (I’m not allergic to it as well as it’s surgical) – not shiny – it’s just purrfect in my eyes. I saw this indiscreet pendant – with a zircon blue stone set into it – and I just fell in love with it (helped that it was 80%) – it was purrfect colour of blue. The price was just right – and when the clerk told me that the stone was the real thing – even better. I am now the owner of a blue topaz – bling bling!
I explained to her about the wearing of blue on Friday for awareness of diabetes. As usual the confusion with the types of diabetes came up – and I pulled out my insulin pump – showed off the infusion set in my tummy (see only 1 shot every 3 days instead of 30 – whoopee!!!). Her mouth dropped when she learned of the increase in Type 1 diabetes – and that you didn’t have to be young to get it – that it really has no age limit now – the autoimmune system goes nuts – and BANG – pancreas shuts down without a thank you Mam!!! She mentioned that she knew someone that might be interested in an insulin pump – despite my shocking her with the price tag if you have no coverage either via work place and/or provincial coverage. I just told her for me – that so far – no complications of being an addict to insulin – and she said I had a glow to me (of course – I blurted out it was due to rosacea ).
Psst - notice BLUE plate below - yuppers - it's all about Blue Friday (aka #BlueFriday in Tweeter land) - not just on my clothing/bling/whatever - BUT my dishware I so lovingly lick off of (saves on dish washing :) )!
Above - bit of thyme roast pork tucked lovingly inbetween my home made buttermilk bread :)
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Posted: Oct 18, 2011
President Jean Claude Mbanya from the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) is calling the world via video to go BLUE for diabetes on the 14th of November which is World Diabetes Day (WDD). This day was created by IDF 20 years ago to bring awareness to the global epidemic of diabetes that is hitting our big blue marble. Many of us don't just bring awareness on this day but all year round wear the blue circle pin that was created in 2006 to become the global symbol for diabetes.
To top it all off, Cherise Shockley from the Diabetes Social Media Advocacy (DSMA) and a few members of the D-OC (diabetic online community) have put together a fantastic video asking to not just wear blue on WDD - but for the month of November to wear blue EVERY Friday. You can check out this great video at this link to get motivated to join in with us all!
The great thing for me? I love to wear blue!!!
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Posted: Sep 8, 2011
Okay - if you've never heard of CouchSurfing - here's the low down - you register at the website - and viola - when you are going on your worldly travels - you can connect up with other like minded souls and the following statement says it all that is posted at the website - "CouchSurfing is turning a missed train into an opportunity for a new adventure. Starting a weekly dinner party. Teaching your kids about other cultures from your home. Getting advice for your next trip. Engaging with the world in a whole new way. ". So far, since registering a few years ago I haven't taken advantage of it, more so, because my DH isn't too sure about opening up our home to "strangers" - but I think I may have changed his views on the long weekend past.
I finally met up with Ginger Vieira back in July when we "performed" in her friends Dana Heffern's show called "The Antidote". We only got to spend abit of time as she was having to head off to the DLife headquarters in Connecticut right after the show that night but she offered me her place to stay as I wasn't feeling like making the 3 hour drive back to Montreal! Sadly, I'd already booked a little motel nearby the college - but I felt so overwhelmed by her trust in allowing someone she really didn't know - to stay at her place. We really only knew each other through the D-OC (Diabetic Online Community) - that was it.
Last week on Facebook, she was mentioning that she was coming to Montreal for the long weekend and asked for some suggestions of places to stay. Guess what? I offered her and her friend Allison Schauwecker to stay at our house (on the condition they take care of our rug rats aka pusscats since we were going away sailing on Jenna's Journey) - the cats need their slaves!
It was fun getting the house ready for my visitors from abroad - even better it gave me an excuse to clean (yuppers I'm not a big fan of getting rid of dust bunnies they are meant to be free). Now, was it because both of them are diabetic that I was enjoying this usually much despised chore? All I know is that it made for neat to put out little things like juice boxes beside their bed stand, spare bits and pieces (e.g. - if they needed insulin - they just had to go into the "Deli Drawer" of the fridge) that I knew we diabetics need!
If I'd had more time, I would have made gluten free bread for Ginger (psst - did you notice the September issue of Chatelaine - with GLUTEN free recipes?).
Anyway, coming home on Tuesday, I knew my cats had been taken care of by two lovely young ladies (Mia was spoiled by Ginger) and the beautiful flowers in my kitchen that they had left. Along with some great little notes that I'm keeping forever really made me smile and appreciate what the D-OC has brought into my life.
As Ginger/Allison wrote in one of their notes to me .....
So, if you're ever visiting Montreal - need a place to rest your weary head at night - you know who to contact - Diabetes CouchSurfing!!!
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