Dblog Week – Day 7: DOC


Today is the final day for Diabetes Blog Week 2015. I may not have succeeded in getting my posts up on the correct day, but I did get them all up!

The final topic is:

The very first inspiration for Diabetes Blog Week was to help connect our blogging community, and that continues to be the most important reason it’s held every year. So let’s help foster and continue those connections as we wrap up another Dblog Week. Share a link to a new blog you’ve found or a new friend you’ve made. Or pick a random blog off of the Participant’s List, check it out and share it with us. Let’s take some time today to make new friends.

These may not be blogs that I just found from Diabetes Blog Week, but I certainly haven’t been reading diabetes blogs for long so they’re all pretty new to me. I’ve come to the realization that I really need to hook up a blog roll on here. Maybe that will be my next addition. I was proud of myself for finding a picture to get up this week. Baby steps.

So these are blogs I’ve been cruising around and have been participating in DBlog Week. I am in serious need of some time to check out all the posts from this week. I am really excited to see everyone else’s perspectives.

Running on Carbs – It was fun to find someone else who curls and runs

typeONEderful – Really, the blog title just totally hooked me

Happy Medium – Who doesn’t want a medal for rocking diabetes?

Now I’m sure I’ll find so many awesome posts when I get a second, and I haven’t done any justice to the shear number of posts that have gone up for Diabetes Blog Week. (I’m often 70-100 on the link lists!)

This week wouldn’t happen with out Karen over at Bitter-Sweet, so a big shout out thanks to her!

I look forward to sharing what has been keeping me so busy this week and how it all turns out.


 

Check out all the other awesome posts here. Hopefully you find out some new blogs to follow!

Dblog Week – Day 6: Favorites


Today’s topic is all about blogs!

If you have been blogging for a while, what is your favorite sentence or blogpost that you have ever written? Is it diabetes related or just life related? If you are a new blogger and don’t have a favorite yet, tell us what motivated you to start sharing your story by writing a blog?

I definitely think that I fall under the “new blogger” bit here.

The first thing that got me thinking about starting a blog was my upcoming trip this summer. Of course, I hadn’t booked or scheduled any of it when I started this blog, but I was hopeful. I figured if I want to blog about my trip, I should probably figure out how it works before I actually leave.

Then I was searching around trying to figure out what else I might possibly want to put out in public for the world to see. I was also trying to figure out what could possibly make my blog special. So I googled diabetes and traveling blogs. I didn’t come up with very many so I thought this might be a good start. Of course now I’ve found oh so many more than I did back even two months ago. Things like #dblogcheck and this DBlog Week have really opened my eyes to many other diabetic bloggers out there.

When I first started this, I also saw all these people that seemed to have diabetes “figured out”. I’d see their awesome flat lines on Dexcom sensor and was like, well, that’s not me. So I thought there might be a chance some people would be interested to see a view from someone who’s not got it figured out. Of course, once again, the longer you lurk around blogs, you notice that no one has it perfect!

There’s not many people who blog about curling, for good reason. There’s generally not much to blog about and it’s a pretty small circle of people (especially in the US). Knowing myself however, I knew there was no way to completely avoid the topic of curling with my life. Therefore, there’s a tiny bit in here about that as well. I’m sure this will take a larger portion when it gets back to being the normal competitive season. It doesn’t help though, that curling is no where near a full time job, and curlers aren’t celebrities, so no one tends to care much about what we’re doing 🙂


 

Thanks for following along. Check out everyone else here.

DBlog Week – Day 5: Food!

Today is all about FOOD.

Taking a cue from Adam Brown’s recent post, write a post documenting what you eat in a day! Feel free to add links to recommended recipes/shops/whatever. Make it an ideal day or a come-as-you-are day – no judgments either way.

I guess I’ll go the crazy route, and post my real food for today, which pretty much chronicles exactly what you shouldn’t eat. Simply because this is NOT a healthy day, but it sure was tasty! Mostly pictures. Except the things I forgot to take pictures of.

 

Got to work to find this on my desk. What great coworkers. Starbucks Flat White.
Got to work to find this on my desk. What great coworkers. Starbucks Flat White.
My Daily Yogurt with Granola. Tasty with some protein.
My Daily Yogurt with Granola. Tasty with some protein.

And now… On to the even more fun parts.

Someone is in charge of treats for our monthly meeting. Today was cupcakes. Extra impressive because they had gluten free cupcakes for me.
Someone is in charge of treats for our monthly meeting. Today was cupcakes. Extra impressive because they had gluten free cupcakes for me.
You didn't think they only got me one cupcake did you? Oh no. Two. Demolished.
You didn’t think they only got me one cupcake did you? Oh no. Two. Demolished.

I forgot to take a picture of my salad that I ate for lunch…. at 3:oopm. Those cupcakes were filling!

Pad Thai from my favorite thai place. I was craving this yesterday and didn't get it. So tonight the boy and I got take out. (Gotta go large photo here)
Pad Thai from my favorite thai place. I was craving this yesterday and didn’t get it. So tonight the boy and I got take out. (Gotta go large photo here)
And a couple of these bad boys to finish off the evening.
And a couple of these bad boys to finish off the evening.

Well. That was my day. I hope your’s was as good 🙂


 

Check out what everyone else eats here.

 

Dblog Week – Day 4: Changes

Today’s Topic is all about Changes. Full prompt below.
Today let’s talk about changes, in one of two ways. Either tell us what you’d most like to see change about diabetes, in any way. This can be management tools, devices, medications, people’s perceptions, your own feelings – anything at all that you feel could use changing. OR reflect back on some changes you or your loved one has seen or been through since being diagnosed with diabetes. Were they expected or did they surprise you?

It may surprise people that I’ve been through as many changes with diabetes as I have. I’m 26. That’s young right? You’d think there’s no way I could have gone through many changes with my diabetes, but with the speed technology changes, I’m glad I have seen improvements in Diabetes care.

I was lucky enough that there was meters when I was diagnosed, but let me tell you: the drop of blood was GIANT. I got to experience the fun of the range test strips where you put the blood on, wait a minute, wipe it off, wait a minute, compare the color to the bottle when I was at camp, because electronics weren’t yet able to withstand the heat and humidity. Now a test takes 5 seconds and an absolutely tiny drop of blood, which always makes me think about how bad it used to be, when I can’t even manage to get that tiny drop needed.

Insulin was N and R and you had to remember to mix it clear before cloudy. Back in the day diabetics were way before their time and had to eat those 6 meals a day (3 small snacks and 3 meals) at predetermined times of day, with a set type of food for each one. Before carbohydrates were totally understood and meals were determined by the type of food you ate, 1 protein, 1 starch, 1 dairy, etc. But if you think about it, 1 dairy could be a glass of milk, or cheese, which don’t have the same carb content! No wonder control was not a thing.

I managed to figure out at a young age that I had to eat after getting insulin, so if I didn’t like what we were eating for dinner, I would just refuse until my mom would feed me what I wanted. My mom figured out pretty quickly what was going on and I didn’t get my insulin until after I ate the meal that was served. Smart her. I was lucky that she figured out some things like carbs being what really mattered, not exactly the composition of your meal (relatively speaking).

Switching to Humalog was HUGE because you didn’t have to wait as long to eat. I mean, thinking about it now, I don’t think it’s fast enough, but it was way better than before.

Shortly after Humalog came out, I got my first pump: a Minimed 508. I was super excited (partly because my big sister had one, and who doesn’t want to be like your big sister). A pump was exciting, but my biggest memory is spending the entire first day in the nurses office at school because I couldn’t get my blood sugar up. To think how precise we can be now with doses is crazy to me.

I was excited to try lantus the first time. I don’t remember if it was a pump break or a broken pump, but the idea I could take one shot and it lasted all day without peaking was fun to try. I’d gone straight from NPH to my pump (not something to complain about for sure).

I’ve now been using a Minimed/Medtronic pump for ~15 years. I haven’t wavered in brand because at my last update, there was still roughly two options and sticking with the same was easier. Now I see all the new things other pumps can do and it’s getting really exciting. I’m not so sure about some features, others look amazing. We will have to see what I decide to do come my next pump update.

I gave the first Medtronic sensors a go back years ago, and had plenty of them, insurance covered them, but they made me cry when I put it in (and I’m usually a push the button and keep going person, not much hurts). Therefore, they started collecting dust (if you see yesterday’s post, you can see that I just finally got rid of the old expired ones). I was very hesitant to try the new Enlites, but I’ve been happy with them so far (other than the fact I have an old pump so they time out in 3 days).

I would love to try the Dexcom sensors, but at this point just can’t bring myself to carry another device. It’s exciting to see more sensor pump integration and new pump forms. So many new things to try.

The one thing I would really like to see change (besides this whole having diabetes thing) would be to see sensors talk directly to phones. I use my phone for everything else already, why not have my sensor data on there. It would also be very nice to see pumps get a lot smaller. You’d think with all the sweet tiny electronics we’d be getting near a pump that is the size of just the insulin you have to carry around.

No matter what, I’m happy that there are people out there working to make our lives better.


 

Check out everyone else’s posts on this topic.

DBlog Week – Day 3: Clean it Out


Today’s (Yesterday’s Two days ago’s, because I’m running really late) Topic:

Yesterday we kept stuff in, so today let’s clear stuff out. What is in your diabetic closet that needs to be cleaned out? This can be an actual physical belonging, or it can be something you’re mentally or emotionally hanging on to. Why are you keeping it and why do you need to get rid of it?

I have this bag that I used to use every time I took a trip to carry my diabetes supplies. I got tired of using it because it was too big for what I really needed, but did I do anything other than stash it under my sink in my bathroom? Of course not. Take a look at some of the beauties I found in that bag (the bottom two pictures in the collage).

Diabetes Hoarders Unite
Diabetes Hoarders Unite

Do you SEE those glucose tabs??! Gross. I’ll let you know the expiration date on those bad boys is 2010. The strips aren’t a whole lot better, 2012. Please note there are pen caps in here. I haven’t had a current pen prescription in a couple years. Those strips also make a small appearance in that cabinet… And to think, I’ve only lived in my condo for two and a half years, and I’ve cleaned out my diabetes supplies once since then (can you imagine how old the stuff I actually threw away would be now?). I do seem to have kept a meter I’ve never used, and have no intention of using. But at least I got rid of the horribly old, never going to use infusion sets when I cleaned things out before.

No picture for this one, but I will admit my worst diabetes clean out is always those pesky strips. I can be standing next to the trash can, and yet the strip will go back in the meter pouch. I’m blaming this one on my high school, which allowed me to carry my test stuff with me in class, assuming I would not put anything with blood in the trash cans. So those things just multiply like crazy.

I can only imagine what is still hiding at my mom’s house. I do seriously wonder if we still have my first meter. Or the bag I used to use (called my Red Bag, because it was a red, bag) which has been all over the place. I guess I will have to look next time I’m out at my mom’s. I can’t believe we’d have kept it through the move though. Of course, you never actually know until you look.


As always, check out everyone else’s posts here

And my previous DBlog Week posts Day 2Day 1

DBlog Week – Day 2: Keep it to Yourself

Today’s Topic is Keep it to Yourself. The entire prompt is the following:

Many of us share lots of aspects of our diabetes lives online for the world to see.  What are some of the aspects of diabetes that you choose to keep private from the internet?  Or from your family and friends?  Why is it important to keep it to yourself?  (This is not an attempt to get you out of your comfort zone.  There is no need to elaborate or tell personal stories related to these aspects.  Simply let us know what kinds of stories we will never hear you tell, and why you won’t tell them.)

I think of myself as a pretty open book, so it took a little thinking for this. This thinking lead me to realize that while I consider myself an open book, there’s actually a lot of things I don’t share. It happens to be that most aren’t diabetes related.

But I thought a little harder down the diabetes route and realized that one of the things I do not share with people is my real time blood sugars. This is something I wont share in real life, but would probably share at the drop of a hat if someone asked online. Probably because online is slightly disconnected from real life.

I think this came to be from an experience when I was younger. For those who know me well, there are some things that over time become a “tell” about what my blood sugar is. These “tells” tend to be related to my mood and temper. I don’t remember now if I told these friends, or if they figured it out themselves, but blood sugar can have an effect on my mood. There came a time where I was acting in the “right way”, and of course, my friends were bugging me about it being related to my blood sugar being low. This was absolutely not the case and my mood/actions etc. were due to something they had done. Of course trying to explain that doesn’t go well when you’re already annoyed at whatever it was they did.

Therefore, because my blood sugar being related to my mood was used against me once, I now just won’t tell anyone what my blood sugar is, therefore making it harder for them to ever connect it to anything.

Basically, it boils down to not wanting to be judged by my blood sugar, but judged like a normal person. Whether they are right that my blood sugar is screwing with my mood or not.


Check out other posts about today’s topic here.

Check out my other DBlog Week posts: Day 1

DBlog Week – Day 1: “I Can”

Karen over at Bitter-Sweet has been doing DBlog week for an amazing 6 years. This is my first year (so let me know if things don’t work, like the fancy links and buttons!).

Today’s topic is “I Can”. You can check out other posts for this topic here.

This is the entirety of today’s prompt:

In the UK, there was a diabetes blog theme of “I can…”  that participants found wonderfully empowering.  So lets kick things off this year by looking at the positive side of our lives with diabetes.  What have you or your loved one accomplished, despite having diabetes, that you weren’t sure you could?  Or what have you done that you’ve been particularly proud of?  Or what good thing has diabetes brought into your life? 


I am thankful that I was raised to believe I was always capable of anything I wanted to do. I’m not sure if I just ignored my parents a lot, or if they just never mentioned that diabetes would make life more difficult. I don’t remember a time before diabetes, so maybe that’s part of it as well.

Diabetes has never been the limiting factor in anything I do. Therefore, I’m not sure what I would say for this topic. If I wasn’t sure I could do something, it was more likely time, talent, money, etc. that was going to stop me from achieving it.

So perhaps for me, my most exciting “I can” moment was from this year, where I learned that not only can I do everything with diabetes, but I can do everything, and actually achieve good control of diabetes. I guess I had put diabetes in the back seat and always focused on everything else. This year I decided to put a tiny bit more effort into diabetes and I’ve been amazed at the outcome. This isn’t to say I’ve limited anything else I’ve been doing, I just check in on diabetes a little more often while living life.

I guess an interesting example of this is that I’ve been paying attention to what alcohol does to my blood sugar, and actually doing something about it. Before, as long as I wasn’t low, I was pretty happy and went on with my day/night (blood sugars of 400 were quite common). Now that I’ve been using my Enlite I can see a bit more detail about what alcohol does to my blood sugar and have learned to adjust my insulin accordingly (and therefore, not sit at super high numbers all night). That’s not to say I haven’t simply turned off my high alarms, because, hey, who wants to always be paying attention.

Similarly, and much, much healthier, has been paying attention to my blood sugar during work outs. Same deal as above, it used to be that as long as I wasn’t low, I was content. (There was nothing that drove me crazier than ending up low and having to eat a bazillion carbs to correct, thereby negating my exercise!) Now I’ve learned, unless I’m doing cardio, my blood sugar actually goes UP when I work out. Crazy.

So, while I’ve never let diabetes stop me from drinking or working out (kind of polar opposites, you’d think I’m still in college), now I pay some attention to what happens when I do. People recently probably think that I’ve always been as interested in how things affect my diabetes but that certainly isn’t true.


 

I am hopeful that I will be able to go around and read everyone else’s posts this week, but I seem to have agreed to do this while at the same time having a ton of other things going on, so it may be a while before I make it around!