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.


Peeps Musings

Oh, Dark Chocolate Covered Peeps……why are you on sale for 50% off, and why do you have to have 21g of carbs each? You are so tiny inside your wrapper.  I could eat ALL OF YOU!!!  But instead, I opt for just one tiny bite, and you still jack up my blood sugar 15+ points, almost immediately.

So. Delicious.(Not-so-secret thought….I wish these were more transportable. Then I would use them to treat every single low blood sugar!!)

Friday Findings

Today is Friday.  I just found things!

Found it!

  • Was looking in all the pockets/flaps of my diabetes checker-pack, and found the $13 I had stashed in there last Friday (the 13th.) I’d forgotten all about it! The 13s are coincidental, but funny, right? I just had too much cash in my back pocket since I wasn’t carrying a purse, put it there and promptly forgot about it. FOUND MONEY!
  • Dug into the depths of my purse looking for a pen, and found my badge from the Diabetes UnConference!! I had been frantically searching for it on the last day of the conference (thanks to all you guys who looked around with me, like it was a lost contact or something) when all along it was just stuffed into my purse, hidden underneath so many things I didn’t see it. Whew! And in it were all the contact cards for people that I’d picked up, yay!
  • Also in said purse, at the very bottom, I found various room keys from the Flamingo, where were stayed for the UnConference.  Oops, they say on the back that they recycle them. Sorry, Earth! They will now become fake credit cards for my daughter to play with, so that’s like recycling, right?
  • Was out running errands, and found some stray GlucoLift tablet samples I’d picked up at the UnConference. In all my unpacking and reorganizing, they’d ended up under my car seat somehow (??) They saved the day when I started running a smidge low, and wasn’t anywhere near good food at the time.

All in all, a successful day! Now, off to find some things to cook for dinner with all our neighbors!

Diabetes UnConference – A Limerick of Love

There once was a dream and a venture
A weekend spent entirely without censure
We called it the Diabetes UnConference
It was filled with d-victories and confidence
The memories of it all we will treasure.

So much love!

Just a few of the many people I met at the first-ever Diabetes UnConference. We immediately shared a bond and a friendship that is indescribable.

Ninja Insulin #dblogcheck

You would think after close to 15 years on the pump I would know all the tricks of the trade, all the quirks of the pump, all of the sneakiness of insulin absorption…..but, nope.

I’ve come up with some blood sugar savers that really do work for me, though….like, when I change out an infusion set site, I used to ALWAYS have high blood sugars for hours afterwards. Thanks to a comment by Katy, I was encouraged to “ka-chunk” in a new site without removing the old one for a few hours, let it settle in & calm down, and then connect up the pump to the new site. Bells ringing, fireworks going off, and a ticker-tape parade later, I rarely have any post-site-change highs anymore, and when I do, they are due to other variables of life.

Sneaky, sneaky....

But lately, I’ve discovered a new brand of insulin….the Ninja Insulin. I swear, I take a bolus for a meal or correction, and go about my business, but my blood sugar remains slightly high. Then, I drink some water, or sometimes, even eat a couple grams of a carb, and whoa! Here comes that insulin out of nowhere, and suddenly I’m on a downward trend of blood sugar. It’s really weird. It’s like it’s been hanging out in the shadows of my bloodstream, just waiting for the right time to take effect. It’s a most puissant ninja.

Don’t forget to #dblogcheck today!!!!

The Cost of Good Health

I am thankful every-single-day that I have good insurance (through my husband’s work.) But it still makes my jaw drop when I see the breakdown of what just 3 months worth of test strips, lancets, and insulin pump supplies cost:


That does not include insulin itself, or my CGM sensors, which I’m sure would add on more crazy $$. Suffice it to say, I feel confident that without insurance, I would be paying around $1,000- $2,000 per month for all of the prescriptions and supplies I need just to stay alive. Now, could I stay alive using only insulin and syringes, and not using all the fancy technology? Sure. But you’d better believe my *quality* of life would not be the same. Having my insulin pump and CGM have helped me really rein in my blood sugars, which we all know helps keep our bodies from getting worn out so soon from so many highs and lows all over the place. Am I perfect in my blood sugar management? Heck no. But with these tools, I’ve come a long way from when I was on Regular and NPH injections when I was first diagnosed in 1994. My A1Cs were never below 9 until I went on the insulin pump. Ever since, they have been 7 or below, and for several years now, hovering under 6.5. I’d like to keep it that way for as long as possible, and hope and pray I have good insurance and can afford all of my diabetes prescriptions and supplies for the rest of my life (or until they find a cure, right??)

Insulin = LIFE for Valentine’s Day the amount of sweets and candy whirling around the Valentine holiday, you have to know that insulin equals life for ALL of us – without it, glucose would just stir around in our blood stream, wreaking havoc on our bodily systems, making us feel like crap, and would (over time) lead to death. Thankfully, we have access to insulin here in the US, and those who need it can (usually) get it.

But in other countries around the world, people are DYING because they don’t have access to insulin, and children are some of the heaviest hit with need. The IDF is once again raising awareness of this need through their Spare a Rose, Save a Child effort. Through this program, just $5 – the cost of 1 rose for Valentine’s Day – can provide insulin or blood glucose test strips for 1 month for a child in need. The cost of a dozen roses – $60 – can provide insulin or test strips for a child for an entire YEAR. Life. For a year. An amazing gift.

I asked my husband to NOT give me any roses or flowers this year – I would rather that money go to help another person in this world LIVE with diabetes. I am grateful and thankful for the life I have been given, and have plenty of insulin for myself, so the least I can do is give some to others who are not so fortunate. In lieu of giving my daughter’s preschool teachers a gift for Valentine’s Day, I’m going to give them a note that tells them about the program, and how our family has donated and spared at least 20 roses so that we could help 20 children in their honor.

I hope my friends and family will do the same! Donate today at: