Still Here

I’m still here…but just haven’t been in the mood to blog in quite a while. I read copious amounts of posts from other bloggers, I comment every now and then, but somewhere along the way, I’ve lost my own drive to speak out and let the entire world hear my voice through my blog. I’ve kind of gone “introvert” in my own way…I really only reach out and communicate (usually via Facebook) and advocate to my friends and family there. Over the past few months I’ve received several “friend” requests from people in the D-community….I’ve declined them all – not because I don’t want to know them, but because I *don’t* know them. My personal Facebook page is just that – personal. No offense, but I don’t want to open that up to a world of people I don’t know, even if we do all share diabetes in common.

I’ve been super busy living life to the fullest (I mean, that’s the REAL goal of all of us, right?), and working on my health. I have so many aches and pains, so many tweaks here and there to deal with, on top of the ever-present diabetes….I feel like I’m going to some sort of doctor every other week. Or more.

BUT, I haven’t let it get me down, and I have had a LOT of fun this year! I went on several vacations, including a Caribbean cruise with an awesome d-friend, and my first-ever trip to Disney World with my family. It was truly magical – I can’t say that enough. And you know what was especially awesome about that vacation? I rode ALL the rides I wanted to, and wasn’t the least bit self-conscious about my weight. (Thank you, gastric sleeve surgery!)

I feel like I have not been advocating *enough* about diabetes, but I have been participating in a personal way with my friends and family, teaching them in bits and pieces about what it’s like to live with diabetes, and posting informative things regarding Diabetes Awareness month. I guess this post itself can now count as my contribution to that this November, eh? One thing I am VERY much looking forward to that is D-related is the Diabetes UnConference coming up in March 2016 in Las Vegas (there’s also one in Atlantic City in September, but not sure yet if I can attend that one.) It was such an amazing experience in it’s first iteration this year, that I can’t wait to see what it will be like in March!

Just know this: you may not hear from me much anymore, if at all, but I’m still here. And, as long as I can take care of myself in the best ways I know how, I’ll be here for many, many happy and healthy years to come.

LiveLife

Diabetes Awareness Month Photo-a-Day 27 – Fun

The eve of Thanksgiving and the crazy month of December are here, and of course, I’ve gotten WAY behind on my photo-a-day prompts for the month. I hereby declare a start-fresh-and-no-go-backsies so I can say I’m caught up. No judging. (And considering Thanksgiving is tomorrow and the end of the month is near, this might be my last post for photo-a-day.)

“Fun” embodies so many things, and it’s hard to come up with just 1 picture to show all the fun in my life. You know, when I think of fun, diabetes is probably the furthest thing from my mind.

In the spirit of the season, I’ll share something fun I put together – a collage of 3 years worth of pictures of my daughter with Santa. I have always LOVED pics with Santa (as an adult, I’ll admit to even having a couple pictures taken with him myself) and last year, my daughter thought Santa was a demon, so there was really just a lot of crying and trying to get away from him. We visited Santa like 7 or 8 times in various locations just trying to get 1 good smiling picture. (But the screaming pictures were great, too, in their own twisted way.)

In 2011, she was all smiles for Santa in that, “La, la, la, people hold me and it’s fun, look at the shiny camera” way.
In 2012, it was GET ME THE HECK OUT OF HERE!!
And this year, it’s “Hey, will you bring me a Wild Kratt’s creature power suit for Christmas?” Yep, Christmas is going to be FUN!!!

I heart Santa! Well, now I do.

Diabetes Awareness Month Photo-a-Day 18 – Frustration

2013-11-18_DAMPAD18frustrationFrustration is filling up the landfills and medical waste bio-hazard receptacles with ridiculous amounts of waste from CGM sensor change-outs, pump infusion sets, syringes, used test strips, and all the diabetic what-not. It becomes a big pile of being pissed-off at your non-functioning pancreas sometimes.

And then, you receive a postcard for World Diabetes Day that lets you know: You’re not alone. And we all will be OK.

Thank you, Sharon!

Thank you, Sharon!

Diabetes Awareness Month Photo-a-Day 15, 16, 17- Alert, Blood, and DOC

Still recovering from last week’s stomach virus attack on my household, so these pics for prompts will be short and sweet.

DAMPAD15_Alert

Argh. These kinds of alerts, especially right after you brush your teeth or in the middle of the night, are ANNOYING.

DAMPAD_16Blood

Yep, that one’s a bleeder. To change or not to change? I rolled the dice, and this one ended up being just fine.

2013-11-17_DAMPAD17DOC

The DOC has provided so much support, and also lots of neat tips and tricks. My favorite one: cluing me in that wearing my Dexcom sensor for more than the recommended 1 week was perfectly fine, and teaching me about SkinTac and Opsite Flexi-fix that keeps these suckers on even through a nuclear holocaust.

Diabetes Awareness Month Photo-a-Day 14 – World Diabetes Day

I missed it.
I completely failed to participate in this year’s World Diabetes Day. I’m even writing this post the day after it occurred. Why, you may ask?

Because, completely un-diabetes-related, I was sick. Woke up yesterday morning feeling a bit queasy. Drank 2 sips of water from the bottle I always keep beside my bed. Promptly ran to the bathroom and expunged all the contents of my stomach from (what felt like, considering the volume) the last 3 days.

Bleck.

Closest thing to a “blue circle of diabetes awareness” that I could experience for the day.

The remainder of the day was kind of a blur. It involved a lot of restless sleeping, nausea, fever, chills, body aches, crazy thirst….but any time I even took just a taste of water, here it came back up, along with other various liquid friends that were hanging out with it in my digestive system. At one point, late afternoon, I got brave and ate 1 small goldfish cracker. Thought I was safe for about 10-15 minutes until I tried washing it down with a swig of water. Bad idea.

Shocker of the year, despite dehydration and practically no food, my blood sugars were in fabulous range all day long. I never took a bolus of insulin, just let my regular basal rate run all day. Started out in the 100s early in the day, eventually got down into the 70s by late afternoon (this was actually after the heaver caused by the goldfish cracker & water), but then wound itself back up into the 130 range by the time I went to bed. Around 2am I woke up with a raging headache. (Caused by dehydration? Caffeine/coffee withdrawal? This stupid virus? All three?) I HAD to take some kind of pain reliever for it, but didn’t want to do so on an empty stomach. I felt so-so at this point,  made the executive decision to heat up some chicken noodle soup, sipped on the broth and ate a fair amount of noodles. Took Aleve (since anything acetaminophen-based wrecks the Dexcom CGM numbers.) Waited. It all stayed down, and I gratefully went back to a still-restless sleep.

Woke up this morning feeling like a new woman. Coffee smelled good again. The eggs and corned-beef hash that my husband made for me tasted like a gourmet meal. I drank 40 ounces of water before lunchtime, and it was delicious.  I survived the 24-hour-puke-your-guts-out-virus! Now, let’s just hope the rest of my family and friends don’t get it -there are some things I do NOT wish to share.  Happy Belated World Diabetes Day, ya’ll!!!