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 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.


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!!!

2 Things Thursday

One: I just signed up to participate in World Diabetes Day Postcard Exchange to commemorate World Diabetes Day on November 14.

I’ve never done it before, and I’m really looking forward to it. The d-girls and I had so much fun on Diabetes Art Day that I’m thinking of incorporating this home-made-postcard-creation-art-event into another gathering, as well as having my daughter help me make some of the postcards. I applied to be a “postcard elf” which means I may be making some extra cards as well. Yay, artsy fun!

Two: Lauren’s Hope medic alert bracelets need to stop being so stinking pretty. I don’t *need* more bracelets – to be completely honest, I don’t really like wearing them because I’m a klutz and get them caught on everything – but Lauren’s Hope makes bracelets so stylish and snazzy, that I’ve actually started wearing a medic alert bracelet about 90% of the time when I leave the house. (This is exceptionally higher than the 0% I was wearing one about 2 years ago.) I WANT this new one with the animal print design. As it states in the description – “Let loose your inner wild side” – thank you, I will!!

(And in case you’re wondering, I don’t think “2 Things Thursday” is an internet theme-day yet, but maybe it will become one?? Oh, wait – I just searched and found someone has done a Three Things Thursday. Wow. The alliteration for that is SO much better. I probably will not become an internet theme-day pioneer anytime soon….)