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Thankful Thursdays – 23 January 27, 2011

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1. Friends like Kristen and Gary that pick me up, after a day of being snowed in, take me out and take me back home. Wonderful food and company!

2. All the pictures my Mama has been scanning to remind of days gone by and warm my heart with pictures of my family.

3. A warm house when all the snow has fallen outside.

4. A job where I can truly work from home.

5. Netflix! I now have the plan that I just watch the on-demand and just love it. “Clean House” has been the latest show to watch. haha.

6. Having a dog tall enough to be able to jump through the snow and not require me to shovel.

7. A GREAT gathering of friends last Friday. 8 freinds + me randomly joined together and I was the only one that knew everyone. It ended up so beautiful with GREAT conversation as my friends met each other. Loved it.

8. A really wonderful Saturday night that I spent last Saturday with one of my favorite 2 year olds, Rhian. It really reminded me so much of the amazement of the world. And I’ll just admit that there’s nothing wrong with a “AUNT BECCA” yell resonating throughout a house. Nothing at all.

9. All the great people who are interested in adopting my foster kittens.

10. Smells. Amazing Grace. Christmas at the Beach. Rubies and Diamonds. Whatever it is. *deep breath in*

The quickest written but so much loved things.

 

Thankful Thursdays – 22 January 20, 2011

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Three weeks completed in 2011?! Time flies whether you’re having fun or not. 😉 I must admit – I’ve had better weeks. It’s been a while since I spent so many hours at the office and also got as stressed as I did. But, like most experiences, it came with a lot of learning and by now…Thursday, life is feeling pretty calm again. And, thus, once again I’m THANKFUL. A few things.

1. That some of my friends had a pretty impressive birth! I’ve seen pictures of the little one and heard they are all doing okay. Welcome to the world, little one!

2. Last night I came home and saw fire trucks and smoke blocking my block and feared it was my house. It wasn’t. Thank you!

3. I’ve mentioned this before, but I’m very thankful for working with such hardworking and good-attitude folks. I really am.

4. That I was able to see a doc that gave me some good advice about my knee pain and I can start therapy on Monday. Thankful for insurance, indeed.

5. Oh, and pet insurance. Taking my 3.5 year old pooch in for shots and to get her ears looked at tomorrow. Glad to know I’ll get reimbursed for some of it, regardless of what’s the issue! I highly recommend pet insurance if you have a pet you love.

6. As mentioned before, music. It’s really a calming force in my life. I “blame” it on my mom who would sing and dance me and my brother around when we woke up in bad moods as little ones. This week’s lyrics:
So baby hold on
just another day or two
I can see the clouds are
moving faster now
and the sun is breaking through

“Hold On” – Tobymac

7. Foster day for my kittens this coming Saturday. Hope they find great, forever homes!

8. Oh, my Diabetic-Anniversary! Nice to read the nice comments on the blog and FB from my supporters.

9. Some sweet pictures of my grandmother (Grandma) and great-grandmother (Grandma Brown) that some family members have posted on FB lately that have just warmed my heart to see. I was a Grandma’s Girl to both of them and love and miss them both so much every day. I feel so thankful to have been blessed with such wonderful women in my life. My Grandma kept me and my brother a lot as kids for holidays/summer and she tolerated my wackiness up until her final days. She really knew “me” from a little girl on and her love was so genuine and sweet to my life. My Great Grandmother and I loved to think of our dreams if we won Publishers Clearinghouse together. One of hers was a big house with a sewing room. In her later years she could direct me on things to do (like cook) and we had such a good time together. Both of them showed me so much loved and shared so much laughter…and tears.

10. E-mails from friends. Sometimes, when miles or busy-lives separate them from me, it’s such a nice thing.

My life is blessed. I hope yours is too.

 

Happy Diaversary to me! January 18, 2011

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Three years ago today I was diagnosed with the big D. I went in for a physical, on a Friday afternoon, after having lost about 60 pounds and felt REALLY tired every afternoon. According to my coworkers, I was also a monster before lunch. So, the doctor weighed me and mentioned he’d like me to lose another 40 pounds (which is both sad and funny to me now) and then sent me for blood work and a chest x-ray. No problem! I got my work done and headed home to get ready for a big party. Around 6 PM I was in route to said party and got a call from my doctor. “You’re diabetic. You need to go to the hospital now. Your blood work came back and was over 600.”

I really didn’t know what that meant. My grandmother is diabetic and I had given her shots, but it was just a set shot twice a day. So, I geared up for my trip to the hospital by stopping by Taco Bell and getting some food. That’s right, a carb-load on top of that blood sugar.

When I go to the emergency room, I was hitting over 800. Lovely. So they took me to a room and eventually set me up with an IV drip with insulin and saline. After 8 hours, about 2 AM at this point, they told me to go home and call my doctor Monday.

No education. By the time I got home I had CRAZY shakes and ate some chips.

The next day I felt like crap, and also was just eating whatever. A friend went and bought a kit for me and I tested and was already back up to 450+. So, back to the hospital I went and this time they admitted me. In addition, a person did come by to give some education. They prescribed some pills and sent me home again.

The next few weeks were rough. I needed to see an Endo but there was a wait. Once I finally got to see one she said that I was wrongly diagnosed and my body was not producing insulin, thus I needed to be on some. It still took a while to figure out how much and such, but it improved. Much further improvements when August 2009 I got my pump. I love my pump. I don’t love that I have to have it, but my levels are generally much better when I use it than when I take a break and do shots.

My A1C, in the three years has come down from 13.6 to 6.8 (will get a new number next week). And I’ve learned a lot and met nice people. The DOC (Diabetes Online Community) is really awesome and makes the disease much more bearable.

So, happy three years self! I’ll be celebrating by being health and kind to my body – and maybe putting a new battery in my pump. 🙂

 

A too comfortable diabetic January 15, 2011

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Last night as I was sitting at a coworker’s house enjoying catching up, mid-sentence i reached into my bra, pulled out the pump and gave myself some insulin for the appetizers we were enjoying. As I put it back, he looked away and I realized that maybe I’m a tad too comfortable with my diabetes. I don’t think twice to test my fingers at any time. It’s just a tiny drop of blood, what’s the harm? Maybe it’s not polite though. I’m not sure. It makes my life easier to not have to excuse myself the several times a day that I either need to test or administer insulin. Also I don’t like the idea of going to the rest room because those places have to be full of germs, no? Heh. I’m going to try to be a bit more considerate.

 

Thankful Thursday – 21 January 13, 2011

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Oh, 2011, how you’ve fretted me so.

I’ve been feeling like my goal of having a healthy (mind, body, and soul) year is not in the works, and yet I refuse to accept that. SO THERE! I’ll see a doc on Monday and hope that they can help me rid me of the knee pain that has not given me a break yet. Still, pain or no, I know that my life still has much to be grateful of. Yes, yes, it does.

1. Ravens! Haha, I know tha’ts kind of funny to put first, but it is very exciting to be in a city with a team proceeding in the Play-offs. We’ve had rally’s at work and seen lots of purple all over town.

2. A booked vacation! Will be heading to Arkansas next month to spend time with family and friends – it’s over-due and much needed.

3. A “go” for a project to go live this weekend for work. I know I posted this before for another project, but it’s always exciting. I’ll be in the office on Saturday and planning to see success!

4. That my back pain has been removed – thanks to a few days of muscle relaxers!

5. A friend’s son survived a bomb that killed several he was with. He has a ways to go in recovery and can use your prayers (his name is Jay), but he’s made it through the danger zone and is back in the US.

6. Music. A couple of songs on a cd my friend made for me have been sticking with me. They are:
If you gotta start somewhere why not here
If you gotta start sometime why not now
If we gotta start somewhere I say here
If we gotta start sometime I say now

TOBYMAC – City on our Knees
and
‘Cause I don’t want to live like I don’t care.
I don’t want to say another empty prayer.
Oh, I refuse to
Sit around and wait for someone else
To do what God has called me to do myself.
Oh, I could choose
Not to move but I refuse.

I Refuse by Josh Wilson

7. An “Acts of Kindness” daily calendar that a friend gave me for my birthday. It’s a nice way to start my work day to get in and read.

8. That my foster kittens are no longer afraid of me or Annabelle!

9. Opportunities.

10. Choices

Those last two are just for me, so are light on details. 🙂

 

Ironic thing about lows January 5, 2011

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I probably test the most frequently when I have a “low” (which is under 100 for me to get the crazy-shakes). However, I say it’s ironic because that is the hardest time to test. It is SO hard to squeeze out some blood and get it into the tiny strip opening when your hands won’t stay still. Boo! Not to mention trying to continue to “work.”

I hate lows.

 

Primary Vs. Endo – Question to the Diabetics.

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I hadn’t seen my primary care physician in a long time until this week. I didn’t really feel like I needed to since my see my Endo every three months and get blood work done that often. He mentioned while I was in his office that I should also see him every three months. ?!? I assumed I should see him once a year. Anyone else see their PCP that often?