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!!!

Diabetes Awareness Month Photo-a-Day 12, 13 – Work and Awareness

Appropriately, I had a work “meet & greet” event last night that occurred over dinnertime. Random “finger foods” and appetizers were served like egg rolls, pot-stickers, chicken fingers, cheese, crackers, fruit, cookies, brownies, jalapeno poppers, etc. Pretty much a smörgåsbord of “guess how many carbs are in THIS??” nightmare. Luckily, there was also wine on hand, and my sugars stayed amazingly level, even amidst the stress of meeting executives that could someday decide my employment fate.

Yummy and questionable all at the same time
As for “awareness” for today….taking some more liberties here with this prompt. It made me think of the awareness that my husband has of my diabetes…or the lack thereof in some areas of my diabetes care.

Now, my husband knows what a low looks/sounds like. The only time I’ve EVER had someone call 911 for me was when he and I were first dating, we were out on a walk after dinner (it was in the BCGM days – before continuous glucose meter), and I crashed and passed out on a stranger’s lawn. He was a trooper through that….and continued to date and eventually marry me – such a keeper.

But as far as all my testing, pump site change-out, CGM sensor supplies, what I use to do what, etc….he’s never been much involved with that. I mean, why should he? I’m the one in charge day-to-day of poking, prodding, and inserting medical devices into my body, and I tend to do a lot of site changes and CGM sensor change-outs when he’s not even around, so he really doesn’t see it much.

Last night, we were upstairs watching How I Met Your Mother (catching up at last on season 8 so we can get to season 9 and finally find out who the heck she is), and we had about 30 minutes before bedtime. My pump was vibrating it’s  “Low Reservoir” alarm – 10 units wouldn’t get me through my basal rate overnight. I would need to change out my set before bedtime, but I was too lazy to go downstairs and get my supplies, and I’d be half asleep once we finished TV. He offered to go get the “stuff” for me, so I gave him the vague directive of, “Under my sink, in the plastic drawer, I need an infusion set and insulin cartridge, and the black bag on top of the drawers.” Here was what he saw:
Stuff, stuff, stuffHe brought me the black zipper case/bag that contains my open insulin, set holder, and various pump accoutrements = score 1 point! He brought me an infusion set = score 2 points! And brought me a sensor set for my Dexcom CGM, saying as he handed it to me, “This isn’t the right one, is it?” To his credit, I only had a couple of reservoirs left, and they were obviously hiding in this messy drawer that is pretty much as unorganized as I get. He re-confirmed with me that it would be a “cylinder-looking thing” and then successfully found it and brought it up to me. I love my husband. And lots of times, he’s more aware than I give him credit for.

Diabetes Awareness Month Photo-a-Day 9, 10, 11 – Support, Exercise, Play

Catching up on my photo-a-days before this week completely gets out of control! Work is ramping up, and there’s a “chance” of snow tomorrow. Understand: we don’t get a lot of snow around here, and if/when we do, it’s like a natural disaster that requires help from the National Guard. Schools and stores shut down, no one can drive in it, there are cars in ditches everywhere, etc. All the bread, milk, and eggs disappear from grocery store shelves if there is even the HINT from the weather-people that it might snow. (Why milk and eggs? Wouldn’t they spoil first if the power goes out? Is french toast really what you want to eat for days stuck in the house?) And if we do manage to eek out an inch or so of accumulation, all schools and events are canceled. Heck, most times they are canceled even before the supposed snow is actually seen, and then when it ends up being rain, or melting after 2 hours,  everyone is still out of work and out of school. It’s ridiculous.

OK, so I digress…..

Shoes support me, yes, it's true

SUPPORT

The spirit of “support” for this day was probably meant to involve how families and friends support us in our management of diabetes, but since I lumped it together with exercise and play, this photo seemed more appropriate. I depend on my shoes (and the orthotic inserts within them) to give me the support I need to continue walking without TOO much pain, although sometimes it does become quite annoying.

Fabulous fall!

EXERCISE

I always talk about how I need to exercise more. I LOVE walking and hiking, especially in the gorgeous parks and recreation areas we have around our house. (But having plantar fasciitis does make it not-so-fun at times.)  I took this picture of a path I walked along yesterday when I was shooting some family photos for my neighbor. Side note: as if it’s not enough that my feet hurt while walking, I was a complete klutz and twisted my ankle along one of the bumpier paths, so now I’m limping today. That’s NOT going to be encouraging me to exercise on a regular basis. Seems this always happens – I get an injury anytime I start a new exercise routine and have to deal with the setback/lack of motivation all over again. Grrrr.

This is how I will always remember playing in the leaves.

PLAY

I live for the times I can play with my daughter. Forgetting diabetes, forgetting sore feet, forgetting work and forgetting things-to-do around the house….play time is the BEST time – I will cherish it forever, and do my best to always have time for play.

Diabetes Awareness Month Photo-a-Day 8 – Organization

You just don't know what's in those baskets.

Thanks to today’s #dmpad prompt, I am reminded that I desperately need to organize my diabetes supplies. Some are in plastic drawers underneath my bathroom sink (the “changeout” sets of CGM sensor and pump infusion sets stuff) and then all the hoarded supplies are up in baskets in my closet. Slightly a bit out of reach for some of them, but that is when I call in the husband to get something down for me.
Not much rhyme or reason, but I can find stuff, so it works. (I am still awed by Katy’s closet storage solution. I need to do something like that!)