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Wait? Do you have a 3rd nipple? May 26, 2010

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During my long, traveling weekend I was around a lot more mirrors than I normally am. This was due to mirror-full elevators, meeting rooms and hotel rooms. During one of my elevator rides I noticed that the combination of my new t-shirt and the placement of my infusion set made it look like I had a 3rd nipple coming out of my belly.

Being the generation that I am, I immediately thought of Chandler Bing. That was a funny episode of Friends when he admits to his deformity.

Okay it was funnier when it didn’t look like I had the deformity too.

This will be my first full summer with a meter…and soon a CGM. I guess I really am going to have to think about placement since summer clothes are much thinner than the concealers I wore all summer. Any suggestions?

 

Diabetes Sisters May 23, 2010

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The past two days were very touching to me. I met with 99 other diabetic women for some fellowship and learning. Due to a stomach bug today, I missed a lot of the learning, but wouldn’t trade the fellowship.

I was beyond excited when I showed up, but was also feeling a little shy not knowing anyone. By the time I was registered, I had made a new friend! Dinner was pretty exciting to see pumps all over the room and people testing their blood sugars right at the table. I’m normally the only one! The group ranged from 20-80 years old, a variety of races and women from all over the country.

After dinner, we started the ice breakers of having our tables of 6-8 people answer questions. My table ranged from early 20’s to 60’s and from people that had been diagnosed only a year or two to 47 years! I loved it! It was great to hear answers about diabetic and non diabetic questions. One of the questions I enjoyed most was what the most embarrassing moments had been for folks that was caused from diabetes. Is that wrong? heh. I wasn’t the only one that had been a bloody mess at some point.

As dinner ended, a new friend suggested a couple of us go grab a drink and we ended up having a great time. We enjoyed 80’s music, dancing and light beer! During our time hanging out we talked about life, but also questioned each other some about diabetes – like how different ways alcohol affects us (and different alcohols). I was the oldest of the group of 3 at 32 and it was nice to hang out with young diabetics and be able to talk about it openly.

One of my favorite “accessories” I saw at the conference was a cute, young “mom” wearing a “Diabetics make the sweetest kids” shirt. If I ever have kids, I’m totally getting that shirt.

Today, as I mentioned was a bit tougher. After lunch I was sick to my stomach and shivering in my room despite the temperature being warm. So I missed about half the sessions. Still, it was definitely worthwhile. I met awesome people and did so very cheaply thanks to awesome sponsors.

Here is a picture with me and two of my new friends that were both fantastic!

Erin, Becca, Lindsay

I’m looking forward to next year, and maybe other conferences, already!

 

Waving at Diabetic Sisters! May 22, 2010

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Hello out there! I’m about to meet some fellow diabetics. And I’m SO excited about it. I had this funny realization that I’ll be having dinner with other people wearing pumps. I haven’t ever done that! I don’t know what to expect, but am excited nonetheless. I have cards to give out with my contact info and site, so if I meet you tonight and you come here – YAY! Hi!

 

Pay attention to what I’m eating and then some? May 19, 2010

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“I want you to really pay attention to your food this week. The color, the texture, the taste. You’d be surprised how little attention we pay to food.”

I knew I wouldn’t be surprised. I normally eat out at a loud restaurant or while watching TV or with a group of friends or in front of my computer. The frequency that I’m eating and paying attention to it are very rare.

Having said that, I do actually enjoy the food I eat. But, really concentrating on why is interesting. Take asparagus. On Monday I updated my FB status that I had asparagus and cod baking. You would’ve thought I said I was eating cat instead of asparagus by the reactions I got. People don’t love it? What?!

So while I ate it, I thought about why I love it.

First of all, it’s easy to cook. Cut off the ends (not the pretty one!), drizzle some olive oil and role it around and then bake for 15-20 minutes. Add salt and seasoning if you like, but I like it just like that. Though it’s fine uncooked in a salad too.

I like the color too. It’s bright! Green seems like one of the colors of health to me.

I like the texture. It’s crisp and soft at the same time.

Last but not least, I like the taste. Very slight bitterness, but mostly well rounded. A little juicy when cooked. Green. It is green and it tastes green.

Okay, so it’s not super easy to describe, but it was nice to think about it why I enjoy it while enjoying it.

 

excited, nervous and about 60 other emotions May 17, 2010

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I found out today that my insurance did approve my getting a CGM. They’ll pay 80% of the costs, in other words. So it’ll ship out this week and then I should meet with a nurse next week to start using it.

I’m excited about the additional knowledge (is power) I’ll have from the monitor for things like getting warnings of lows and highs before I feel them and seeing more clearly the effects of different foods on my blood sugar.

I’m nervous about having another piece of equipment to plug into my body. Sometimes it seems like I’m turning into a machine. A real pancreas is so little, but having to have equipment try to mirror is much bulkier.

It will look kinda like this.

It’s going to be weird. Maybe I’ll meet some folks this weekend at the conference to talk about it.

 

Blooper!

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Wild card – Blood Sugar Nirvana or Moronic Moment. Blog about the time you ate a meal that tends to spike you to the moon, but your perfectly calculated and timed bolus kept your blood sugar happy. Or tell us about that time your brain had a little diabetes-blip and you did something you think is “stupid”. (Because chances are, we’ve done it too!!) Go ahead, brag about your triumph or commiserate about your d-blooper.

This was the extra from last week’s blogging event. While I have had some days when I was sure I was going to go high and was pleasantly surprised not to, those don’t stand out as clearly/individually for me. I have, however, had one very large blooper.

One morning I changed my site and quickly ran out the door to work. I didn’t hit the cancel after I primed and so my meter buzzed at me. I was driving along so I didn’t really look at it and I hit a button. When I felt a buzz again a couple of minutes later I took it out and looked at it and saw that someone I had primed again…13 UNITS and the second buzzing was to say it was complete.

In my head bells and lights started going off. For my non-diabetic readers, I had just given myself more insulin than I take with a full meal. For me, it was enough for about 130 carbs. I really wasn’t sure what to do. I got to work and I checked my blood sugar and was still normal. I also put in a call to my endo and ended up having to leave a message.

I then started consuming some carbs – mostly juice. I didn’t hit a low until about 2 hours later, but it wasn’t uncontrollable. If I hadn’t realized my mistake…well, it would have been scary. When my endo (doctor) called, she said I was doing the right thing but also said she was going to put in a prescription for a Glucagon Emergency Kit. I now carry this in my purse at all times. It basically is a large shot I would give myself that would tell my body to release all stored carbohydrates. Here’s a video .

Blooper survived!

 

May 16, 2010

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Sunday 5/16 – Dream a little dream – life after a cure. To wrap up Diabetes Blog Week, let’s pretend a cure has been found. We are all given a tiny little pill to swallow and *poof* our pancreases are back in working order. No side effects. No more insulin resistance. No more diabetes. Tell us what your life is now like. Or take us through your first day celebrating life without the Big D. Blog about how you imagine you would feel if you no longer were a Person With Diabetes.

I have to admit, just reading this post made me teary eyed. Compared to a lot of folks in the Diabetes Online Community, I have only been dealing with this for a small time (2.5 years). But to imagine life without is overwhelming. No more drugs. No more pump. No more finger sticks. No more planning. No more…diabetes. It almost makes my heart hurt to try to think about it with knowing that it’s not the case.

First of all, I would feel rich. Rich with money, yes…diabetes is very expensive, even with insurance. Crazy expensive, even. But, also rich with life. A life without restrictions. A life where I am not fighting weight with the added insult of insulin (including not being able to exercise without planning and pump changing). Life where people don’t have to worry about me and ask questions about my health. I’m 32. No one should be asking about my health on a regular basis.

A life without a DISEASE. Without diabetes, I’m disease free. It hurts my feelings to know I have a disease right now.

What turned into thinking about a blog post that made me teary-eyed may have resulted in full out sobbing. It’s…well, it’s just a lot. And a though of a cure is wonderful, but I can’t continue to try to imagine it now.