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Thankful Thursdays – 17 November 25, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — singlewhitediabetic @ 7:41 pm

So appropriate to fall on Thanksgiving. It has been a day, as it normally is, that allows for many of us to reflect on the parts of our lives that we are most thankful for. While I’ve been mostly trying to be original every week, for this week, I really want to reflect on TODAY without the worries of repeats. In no particular order:

1. That my pump/insulin allowed me to indulge in a lot of fabulous foods without a lot of stress. I may have a broken pancreas, but mother nature has had a hand in helping with the disability.

2. My friend Kristen. She’s really helped to “take care of” me the past couple of days by being there for me and being willing to get dirty to help me get some things done to make my world a better place. She also insured I was able to spend the day in a loving, warm environment. She’s been one of those friends that has morphed into family. It’s not always easy for me to either ask for or accept help, but she makes both easy. It’s a really special gift and I know I’m very fortunate to have someone like her in my life.

3. My kitty and puppy. They were excited to hear “HAPPY THANKSGIVING” this morning before I left and to see me when I got home. My Bell-Leigh (Annabelle Leigh, i.e. Belly) has been particularly lovey tonight which always warms my heart.

4. That I have people in my life that I know love me beyond a shadow of a doubt. To name a few – my Mom, Tisha, Felicia, and my Bro.

5. Hugs. A nice thing about a holiday is extra hugs. I love hugs. Feel free to give me one when we meet again.

6. Heat! I thought mine was out yesterday and it was just a pilot light. The idea of no heat in MD was not nice (and folks were booked up for a week to come out). You don’t know what you got ’till it’s gone, right?!

7. My house. Especially thanks to 2, 3 and 6 above!

8. Sweet babies. Nothing makes the world seem more gentle than a loving, happy baby. I got to spend the day with one today.

9. Kindness. I try to remind myself several times a day to be kind to both myself and others.

10. The wonderful thought of having a close friend for 16 years (that has lived 1100 miles away for 10 of those) come to spend the next few days with me. I’ll get to show her a little more of Baltimore and introduce her to Philly! And I’m expecting nothing but good news on Monday.

P.S. 11. Anyone reading this blog. I appreciate you and am thankful for you.


Diabetes is trashy November 24, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — singlewhitediabetic @ 11:20 am

Okay, well, what I mean is that it sure creates a lot of trash! Some of it is recyclable, but most of it needs to hit a container for sharp things or the trash. More often than not I end up with pieces of it around my kitchen since that’s where I change my pump sites and store all my supplies. I must get better about the stray pieces! This morning I was preparing for some cleaning help and stabbed the heck out of one of my fingers! Hopefully I got everything else found before I left.

I have used some of it for art, but mostly just strips at this point. I may do something with tubing at some point too.

But, mostly I hope that there becomes less and less trash over time.

As a side: I have to change insurance in January and am already dreading sorting the new insurance out (wasn’t a choice, company switched options). Bleck.


When the insulin runs low, the BS runs high November 23, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — singlewhitediabetic @ 1:53 pm

As I was on my way to work this morning I felt the triple vibration alerting me that I was down to 20 units of insulin in my pump. No biggee – I don’t normally use 20 units in 8 hours, even with a meal. However, when I did a check later I was high and needed an unexpected 5 units. This had me out of insulin after lunch. Also not normally a problem but then I took my insertion set out of my body and saw a knot in the tubing. Just checked and I’m over 250 already! Argh! No other back-ups with me and I won’t be home for about 3 more hours.


Gotta become a better planner.


Thanksful Thursdays – 16 November 18, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — singlewhitediabetic @ 9:35 pm

I remembered it on the right day this week, despite the crazy and flying-by of days. How lucky am I to be able to list 150-160? Very.

1. Meeting new, amazing people. I hope this aspect of life never ends.

2. My new bed! Oh, the difference in a full size bed and a queen size is best felt in stretching. I love it!

3. Multiple invites to Thanksgiving dinner. It’s unfortunate to not be able to spend it with family, but I feel so lucky that I’m welcome at a multitude of tables/living rooms.

4. A never-ending stack of books around my home to read. I need to box up some to put some new ones on the book shelves. I heart books.

5. That tomorrow my BFF will turn 33. The first birthday I celebrated with her, she was turning 12. I wish I could be with her tomorrow. She is an amazing person/friend/mom/wife/believer and so forth. I’ll always remember and appreciate who she was through all the years.

6. Water. I’ve been drinking a lot more of it and it’s like magic or something.

7. My mom’s effort to be healthier.

8. Wide-toed shoes. I havta wear ’em.

9. The fun of trying to figure out what to do in Baltimore when (another BFF) visits. Baltimore has so much to offer that is wonderful.

10. Mekong Delta – one of my favorite places to visit with my lunch bunch. Shout out!


Thankful Thursdays – 15 November 12, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — singlewhitediabetic @ 10:29 am

Yes, I know it’s Friday! I figured that I did this on Wednesday once so am now even. haha.

I didn’t want to take advantage of life though and not acknowledge that there are things I’m thankful for every day.

1. “MerryMint Organic green tea” – “Delight in the cheery mint brightness of this holiday tea.” My personal favorite tea right now.

2. My Continuous Glucose Monitor. I hadn’t worn it in a long time but plugged back in after a particularly bad blood sugar day on Monday. I had forgotten how awesome it is to have all this knowledge that comes with it. Like, who knew that just driving to work could my BG go up 30 points?!

3. Plans with new friends for tomorrow – first “game night” in a long time.

4. Angel trees. I have picked my angel to buy for this year and am excited to be returning the favor…I was once a kid on an angel tree.

5. That I have a new, big bed coming to my house on Monday! So excited!

6. New curtains in my bedroom! I bought new curtains last weekend and just LOVE them. It’s like my whole room had a makeover just from the curtains.

7. Medical reimbursements.

8. Incense. I know that’s a little odd. About 5 years ago I was a big fan and then just stopped buying/burning. Well, I happened to stop in a store that was selling some this week and have found that it makes my home feel quite peaceful.

9. Beeeeaautiful, fall days! Two lovely weekends in a row is quite a treat.

10. Getting my first Christmas presents picked out and purchased (for you, Mom!).

I’m a lucky (and thankful) girl. 150 reasons listed so far!


Fear November 9, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — singlewhitediabetic @ 8:57 pm

I was at a meeting tonight where we were talking about the things that fear can cause us to do. I realized that while I’ve always had some fears/anxieties in my life that diabetes is really the first one that was really hard for me to figure out to handle and acknowledge. It’s taken almost three years. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve been working to manage it that whole time but was also ignoring the emotional part of it. Allowing myself to acknowledge, accept and work on is making my life much calmer. I’m able to turn to healthier sources of handling. It feels really nice. One day at a time..


Thankful Thursdays – 14 November 4, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — singlewhitediabetic @ 10:14 pm

This day almost got away from me. Most of this week I’ve been asleep by this time and will be heading there shortly…but can’t help but think of at least 10 things that I’m newly thankful for.

1. My detox this week. So great for me and my body.
2. Joys of juicing. I’ve never loved carrots as much as I’ve thought I should, but now know I love the juice.
3. The sheer excitement of someone coming to visit ME this month…even if it’s for other reasons. 🙂
4. All the folks that have wanted to catch the excitement of #1.
5. REALLY enjoying work.
6. Returning to a one dog and one cat home. It’s plenty.
7. My supporters. holla!
8. Preparing for the guest room after a long time of thinking about it.
9. Tons of energy that makes me ready for the gym. See 1 & 2.
10. Seeing the path I want and being on it. *happy sigh*