Giving Thanks

Well, I didn’t make it for NaBloPoMo….
I got sick during the same week that my hectic online class started doing two chapters per week, and everything just fell apart…but now I should be back!  I got a bit of a break in school and work due to the holiday, so I got to catch up on all my stuff….

Today I just wanted to say that I’m thankful that I am here, with a good job, and the ability to further my education. I am thankful that I have a wonderful family that I can talk to and be with.  And I am thankful that I have a wonderful man in my life who supports me in whatever I try to do.

And on a health related note, since its Diabetes Blessings Week, I’ll make note of a couple D-related things I’m thankful for too..

I think the biggest thing I’m thankful for in this regard is the fact that having diabetes has forced me to take a better look at my eating and exercising habits.  While I’m still not on the exercising bandwagon (and should be), I have learned a LOT about food and what it does to my body.  I’m not perfect (and even if I was I don’t think it would matter), but I know what works and doesn’t.

I’m also thankful that it ultimately introduced me to the joys of blogging.  I know that might sound silly, especially since I don’t blog anywhere near as much as some other people I know, but I really enjoy writing things down a few times a week.  Its helped me better evaluate what I’m feeling and thinking.

So there you go :)

Happy thanksgiving and turkey eating day everyone!!

blue

I have no idea what to write about today, but I forgot to post a picture of my blue fingernails from Friday for Diabetes Awareness Month leading into World Diabetes Day on Sunday.

And by the way, it is really difficult to try and take a picture of your own hand while not having too much or too little flash.  I don’t know if you can even tell, but the fingernails are kinda light blue and sparkly.  Had to get it semi-professional for work!

Sorry for such an incredibly boring post!  I’ll be back on track tomorrow! :)

Today is….

Today I did the Big Blue Test to show support for World Diabetes Day.  I tested at 2:00 and my BG was 121.  Then I made my boyfriend go walk in the cold with me.   It was incredibly cold, even once we started really walking, so a big thank you to Dustin for braving the cold with me! We did 3/4 mile in the 15 minutes that we walked, and when I tested again I was 98.  So that just goes to show the positve power of exercise!

After that I went shopping with my sister, so I got in some MORE exercise than normal today, which was good.  Amazingly I did not drop below 95 the whole time I was out, so that was good too.

Remember, though… exercise is good for every day, not just World Diabetes Day, and advocating for diabetes awareness should be every day too!

Endo Experience – Part 2

After my incredibly awesome (NOT!) experience with the diabetes education part of my meeting, she did finally show me a couple of pumps.  I got to play around with the Revel and the Ping and I still like both of them.  I honestly don’t think I have an opinion between the two.  The big plus for the Ping is the remote bolusing and the waterproof part.  I don’t do a LOT on the water, but it would be nice to know that I can.

After that she hooked me up to an iPro.  Its a continuous glucose monitor for professional use.  The professional use part means that I can’t see any of the numbers, which is a bummer, because I’m quite curious and won’t know the results until my next appointment in mid December.  But its interesting!  I didn’t realize that it needed a giant piece of adhesive plastic wrap covering the whole thing.  Although it makes sense, I just never really saw it before.  For a while on the first day I was afraid to move as much, thinking I would pull it out or pull the sticky thing off, but then I got used to it.  I’ll be going in tomorrow for them to take it off, but so far its still stuck on there real good and I haven’t even really noticed it there, even sleeping on it.

The other interesting thing is that my actual endo came in with the results of my labs and everything was good.  My A1c has dropped from 6.5% in August to 6% now (big yay!!), and everything else looks excellent, including my cholesterol.  BUT.. there is something funky going on why my thyroid.  She actually wasn’t really sure (or maybe she just didn’t explain it to me fully?), but they think that my thyroid is being sluggish based on some numbers that were a little off.  So they put me on a tiny little dose of Synthroid.  Unfortunately, she wants me to have the brand name, which means its way more expensive.  I’ll try it for now though. As for that, though, I’m putting together a bunch of questions because I don’t know a lot about the thyroid issue, so I want to find out more and then talk to her again.  Apparently 2 of the numbers were within normal range and then one number was off the charts high, so its kinda weird I guess.

Anyway, enough for tonight…  I’m heading to bed!  But I’ll be back tomorrow for the Big Blue Test!

My Endo Experience! – part 1

So as I mentioned yesterday, I went to the endocrinologist again. This visit was scheduled for diabetes education, iPro hookup, and pump demo. In addition, my endo had been trying to reach me this past week with my lab results, so she popped her head in and talked to me a bit too.

First, the diabetes education. I think the reason I got to have the “educational” part is because I mentioned that when I was first diagnosed back in 2005, and then again when I started insulin last September, nobody ever really TOLD me anything. I learned about carbs from a counting class my mom took me to with her. I learned about other stuff by hearing things in various communities and forums and then researching them. I have done a LOT of research about my condition over the past year, and I feel that I’m pretty well educated. And I think my endo did too. So I think she only scheduled it for me because the same lady did the pump demo, and she figured I’d get a little info out of it.

I got a Workbook! Now if I had gotten this Workbook back when I was first diagnosed, or even when I was scared into taking care of myself, it probably would have been very helpful. There is a lot of good information in here on understanding what diabetes is, what highs and lows can feel like and do to you, meal plans, physical activity, and so on. I am, however, VERY grateful that this woman was not the one teaching me the information!

The visit started out poorly because she first had to ask me what type of diabetes I had. Then she reached out and patted my shoulder and said “well honey, we need to make sure that you follow your diet and exercise plan! We don’t want your diabetes to graduate to type 1! Then you’d have to go on insulin!”

I blinked a few times at her. And then I said, “um.. I already take insulin.” At which point she proceeded to tell me that that was good, but I should really want to get off of it so I don’t become a type 1.

This is the diabetes EDUCATOR!!

So I told her that I didn’t have type 1, and that with type 1 you have antibodies that kill off your beta cells so they CAN’T make insulin, but that I’m definitely a type 2, so I make some insulin but its not doing its job. And then I said “right?” like, to make sure she didn’t think I was trying to tell her how to do her job.

From that point I just kind of sat there amused with the whole thing. At one point she told me that I should lower my cholesterol intake.

ME:  I’m still learning about diet, so how much a low cholesterol intake be?
HER:  well.. hmm.. oh.. well do you eat eggs?
ME:  yes
HER:  well thats it! eggs!
ME:  eggs? well, I knew that. I don’t eat an excessive amount of eggs though. How much is too much?
HER:  Well, you probably normally eat like one or two?
ME:  yeah probably
HER:  yeah, thats it.

again with the “sigh”!!

And then we finally moved on to pump stuff, which was also rather disappointing… and which I will talk about tomorrow, because its just been a long bugger of a day!

Goodnight!

diabetes education at its finest

I am totally exhausted tonight, so I’m just going to make a quick post. 

I’ll expound on this tomorrow, but…. today I went to my new endo’s office again to get hooked up to an iPro (a CGM but for doctors, so I can’t see whats going on), take a look at a couple of pumps to see if I’m interested if my insurance will cover it, and to meet with the diabetes educator.

Well….
The iPro is kinda cool… The pumps (MM Paradigm Revel and OneTouch Ping) were cool and I want to check into the insurance …
… and the diabetes educator told me that I better take care of my diet and exercise or else my type 2 diabetes will “graduate to type 1”

sigh
really????

more to come!