Wednesday, November 14, 2018

World Diabetes Day, 2018


Today, November 14th (and Doctor Banting's Birthday,) is World Diabetes Day.
This year, the theme is "the family and diabetes.
Families come in all shapes and sizes and with the help of Ascensia Diabetes Care, who asked people around the globe to share their family portraits and diabetes stories for #WDD2018.
 I’m celebrating my big sister Catherine - who along with our late parents, has always been my biggest fan and supporter - Diabetes and otherwise. 
True Story: Catherine has always been my protector, she thinks I’m spectacular and truly believes that there is nothing I can’t accomplish - diabetes or not. 
I feel the same about her! 
We are there for one another and she and her family are always there for me.
 I am a lucky duck, indeed. 
Growing up Catherine was my Super Hero - and between you and me, she still is! 
Check out or video and other Ascensia family portraits from around the globe, by clicking HERE.

Family by birth, friend by choice
Caring type 3 - 
Who sees (and is) the best parts of me.
Sweet to my tart 
Keeper of my heart...
She's my big sister Cathy & I love her.
kelly kunik~

Monday, November 12, 2018

Diabetes & Self Care

Little things that help us to practice self care mean a lot - diabetes or not~ 
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Living with diabetes means practicing self care - and not just when it comes to blood sugars, doctors appointments,labs, carb counting, and the likes there of. 

Self care means logging off and reading a good book or watching a movie. 
Self care is taking a walk or making time for the gym- not only for friendly blood sugars, but to clear your mind and help maintain the temple that is your body. 
Self care is carving out time with friends because these days everyone is busy with being busy - Life is short and we need our friends and family to survive. 
On the flip-side, self care also means choosing to going to bed early and not feel like you're missing out or disappointing your friends and family. 
Self care means coming home from a work trip after 4 accelerated days, and taking a beat on Sunday to do things that will keep you both sane and healthy for the work week ahead. 
Things like sleeping late; unpacking, catching up on laundry, and making a Moroccan red lentil, ginger, sweet potato, curry & lemon soup from scratch so I can work like a boss and still eat healthy throughout the week.
For me, making soup from scratch once a week is one of the ways I practice self care. 

I find creating amazing soups relaxing - not to mention delicious -  it helps me to decompress and gives me comfort. 
The act of making soup from scratch opens up my mind - especially when it feels cluttered. 
Also: It also helps clean out my fridge :) 


And my Moroccan red lentil soup is deceptively simple; easy on my blood sugars and fantastically delicious!

Friday, November 9, 2018

November is #NDAM & Diabetesaliciousness Reaches Tween Status

November is National Diabetes Awareness Month - my inbox is inundated with PR pitches - some good, many offensive and bordering on the ridiculous. 
Life has been hectic and stressful as of late, thankfully, work has kept me busy. 

The world is freaking out and all of a sudden Diabetesaliciousness is 11. 
Today my blog has officially reached tween status.

THAT’S CRAZY. 

11 years of blogging went by like THAT and crazy fast. 
When I started Diabetesaliciousness, I had no idea what I was doing (hence the name,) and I had no idea that the Diabetes Online Community was a thing. 
Back then DOC was small, today it’s huge and it’s growing larger everyday and across social media channels that weren't in existence in 2007. 
Since finding the DOC 11 years ago, I’ve made friends in every country and my support network spans the globe and makes my heart happy. 
Because of the DOC, my greatest perceived weakness (my busted pancreas,) has became my greatest strength and biggest passion. 

I started blogging to write a media wrong. 
Through blogging I found my voice and discovered my North Star. 

Thanks for reading and for being part of my diabetes tribe.
Thank-you for lifting me up and sometimes carrying me, and thank you for always teaching, sharing, and encouraging me. 

And from the bottom of my busted pancreas, thank you for inspiring me to write and communicate via Diabetesaliciousness - hopefully year 11 will bring new adventures! 

Xoxo 

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

41


41 years ago today I was diagnosed with t1 diabetes. I remember certain things about my diagnoses and my admission memories - like social workers questioning me about a scar on my butt, a nurse dressed as a clown telling me I did indeed have diabetes, and being sad about missing Halloween. 
I’ve written about what I remember about my DX , my very first friend I met at the hospital with diabetes named Joe, my life pre and post DX. 
Every year since Diabetesaliciousness began, I’ve written a list of things that I love and am grateful for on my Diaversary - because it's a good reminder for me that I’m still here, I’m still alive, and there’s so much in life to love and be thankful for. 
Here's my list for 2018.
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1. I still love Halloween and I still love to dress up - It’s MAGIC
2. Little kids. Little make me smile and the majority of today’s teenagers give me hope for the future.
3. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups - I love them - I always will.
4. Dancing  - I love to dance. I haven't danced as much as of late - I need to rectify that, ASAP.
5. Really good sex.
6. The beach in the winter when all the crowds are gone.
7. Swimming in the ocean - I feel free and at home and I love it.
8. The color yellow - it makes me feel all bright and shiny.
9. Cupcakes - they  are the perfect size treats and depending on the circumference and icing thickness - I can usually guess the carb count no problem! IT’S A GIFT.
10. Traveling - I love traveling - it exposes me to different places and people and it shows me just how similar people are while appreciating the different cultures.  Diabetes hasn’t diminished my love or my ability to travel. 
11. D Meet-ups. If I didn’t have diabetes I would have a lot less friends - and meeting up with diabetes peeps in real life is pretty damn special! 
12. Old movies. I'll focus on one, this time around. The Ghost And Mrs. Muir - I love this movie - it makes me cry every time I watch it. 
13. Making soup. OK, I make like at least 18 different types of soups from scratch - It's kinda my thing - and I try to add a new soup every year.  Some people are bakers. I am a "souper." 
14. Making soup for friends - it makes me feel like I’m helping and taking care of the people I love. 
15. Dogs. I love dogs. I don’t get people who don’t like dogs. I was bit by 2 different dogs growing up and I still love dogs. 
16. Twinkle lights.
17. Purple. Who doesn’t love purple? Purple is magnificent. Also: I look magnificent in purple! 
18. Prosecco - GOD I LOVE Presecco!
19. Wild ass guessing on a bolus for a food I have no idea the carb count on and having a BINGO bg a few hours later. 
20. Movie previews. I love them - have to be there for them - so don’t make me late!
21. Movies. I love going to the movies - but I have a really tough time watching a scary, gory movie. I love comedies, love stories, thrillers, "children's movies and historical dramas. 
But I can’t deal with gore. 
22. Oatmeal cookies. They are the most under appreciated cookies on the planet. Go eat one now and you'll see I'm right!
23. Cookies in general - except I’m not a huge fan of the ones with really sticky jelly in them. 
24. A really good cheeseburger - with cheddar, jalapenos, and raw onions.
25. Speaking of jalapenos  - I LOVE SPICY FOOD.
26. Live theater - it’s pretty damn special - we need to support theater, local, regional and broadway! 
27. Outdoor showers. It’s a beach thing. It’s amazing to take a warm shower outside and under the stars - I highly suggest it.
28. The perfect shade of lipstick. Lipstick makes me happy. You will rarely see me without it’s my talisman. 
29. Meeting new friends. I love making new friends. As we get older - our friendship circle becomes smaller - I’m doing my best to buck that trend because it’s stupid.
30. The colors green and blue. I love green. It make me feel healthy and my eyes POP when I wear green. Blue reminds me of people with diabetes, the ocean, and cornflowers. Blue makes me heart happy.
31. Gifts from the sea. As in shells, sea glass and rocks smoothed over by the sand - That Poseidon knows what he’s doing! 
32. The Ocean. I am drawn to it and I am part of it. The ocean calms me and sometimes it frightens me. 
33. Photography. I love to take pictures - it allows me to see things form different angles and POV. It’s one of the ways I try and express myself artistically. 
34. Naps. Naps are awesome. 
35. Cheese. I am a cheese slut
36. Writing in Sketch books. I take a lot of notes - writing in sketchbooks allows me to express my thoughts outside of the lines.
37. Libraries. A building filled with books; periodicals, art, computers and neighbors - a fellowship of bibliophiles that brings communities together.
38. Music. Music is part of my heart. There’s not a genre I don’t like when it comes to music. 
39. Daffodils. Daffodils are resilient, they give me hope and they remind me of my mom. 
40. Children with Diabetes FFL Conference(s). Green and Orange bracelet magic. 

41. My nieces and nephews - Individual pieces of art that have made my life better since I first became an Auntie - at the age of almost 6.

Monday, October 22, 2018

Getting Back To Exercising After An Injury

Ever since I broke the joint of my pinky toe over the summer, (the bone healed, but I developed peroneal tendinitis and had to go to PT,) my exercise has basically consisted of regular day-to-day walking - as in walking around normally and doing “normal stuff - with lots of resting and icing in between, daily stretches and some swimming
Luckily, I’ve kept an eye on my food intake, kept my eating healthy (at least for the most part,) and haven’t gained any weight - I’ve even lost a couple of pounds. 
But I’m not loving how my weight has redistributed - even though my jeans are a size smaller than they were last year.
My PT gave me the OK to start light workouts 3 weeks ago. Walking 1.0 to 1.5 miles in my first workout, then adding to it as I start to feel more comfortable. 

I'm going to let you in on a little secret. 
I haven’t done it because I’m afraid. 

My toe feels tender and a little weird sometimes since it no longer lays flat on the ground - because that’s what happens when you fracture the little toe joint the way I did - and I was told that it would heal that way when I went to the Dr. after I broke it.

I’m nervous about exercising and I’m not sure why, but I think it’s because I’m afraid that since it will always look different, it will always feel different. 
And I’m afraid of inflaming the tendons - which is the main I had to go to PT in the first place.

My PT told me that one day I’ll wake up and I won’t even think about it - and I know she’s right. The same thing happen with my CT and trigger surgeries . 
One day I woke up and I didn’t think about using my hands to lift heavy things - I just did it. 

I need to stop thinking and comparing and start DOING  - and not just when it comes to exercise either! But one issue at a time.

Bottom Line: Exercising and breaking into a sweat makes me feel good mentally and physically, it's also good for my diabetes and my heart, not to mention my glutes!

And I need to embrace other forms of exercise, instead of stubbornly focusing on my go-to, which is walking. I need to get on my bike, maybe consider the elliptical, and start up with weights again. Cleaning and organizing the black hole that is my storage closet wouldn't kill me either. 

The simple act of writing about my fears and sharing them with you guys makes me feel better and more positive about the whole sitch.


I'm glad I could talk it out with you guys - thanks for listening and for making me feel better! Xoxo

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Diabetes Hardware & The Moisturizer/Sunscreen Chess Game

Re: Dex, I am only referring to the G6
I need/require good moisturizers for both face and bod - because thank-you dry skin!
Also, I like to feel silky soft and smooth~ 
And I use sunscreens with built in moisturizers for both and you know I reapply liberally. 

But thanks to diabetes - I'm always playing a continual moisturizer/sunscreen chess game - 
as in thinking three steps ahead re: my next Omnipod placement and immediately after putting on a fresh pod.  
OK, 3 days ahead re: where my next Omnipod placement will be. 
Heck, sometimes even six days ahead! 
EVERY. DAMN. TIME. 

Bottom line: If you wear diabetes hardware, you know that moisturizers and pod/pump/cgm/libre stickums don't always work well together. 

The struggle is real. 
Calculating my next move on the chessboard that is my body - 3 days in advance has become part of both my diabetes brain and regiment, as is acknowledging that Skin-tac is both ally and enemy. 

Do you find yourself playing the diabetes hardware Vs moisturizer/sunscreen chess game ?
If so, what's your 'tactic' ? 

Monday, September 24, 2018

Diabetes In The Wild At The Harvest Moon Party~

Friday night I received an invite via text to a Saturday night Harvest Moon party, promising good people, good fun, and a beautiful view of the moon.
Sidebar: Tonight (September 24th,) is the official Harvest Moon for the Americas - but it’s pouring buckets in my neck of the woods so I’m not sure I’ll see it. 

But I digress. 

Cut to Saturday night. I drove over to the party, parked my car and with pumpkin bread in hand, walked through the front door and into the kitchen - where I was immediately greeted with hugs and by people I haven’t seen in ages, while simultaneously being introduced to new faces. 

Thanks to kismet, I had two “diabetes in the wild,” encounters with two kick-ass women with personal and professional connections to diabetes. 

"Diabetes in the wild," encounter number one occurred outside on the deck - where my friend was talking to a young woman. I didn't know anyone out and the deck and felt like a dork. My friend motioned for me to come over. I did, he introduced us and mentioned that I wrote a Diabetes Blog. 
Turns out she was a grade school teacher who had a student with t1. 
She told me how she’d become aware of all things diabetes related and was learning more everyday. 
We talked about growing up with diabetes, she asked me about my low and high blood sugar tells and I told her.
Two weeks into the school year and this woman knew a lot about t1 and clearly wanted to learn more. Quite frankly, I WAS IMPRESSED. 
And IMO, her t1 student was lucky to have her as both a teacher and a friend. 
I gave Teacher Lady a few resources including CWD and Coco The Monkey.  
HELLO KISMET. As soon as I mentioned Coco, I remembered that I had a set of Coco books in my trunk. 
Sidebar: I was going to give the books to a local t1, but she already had them - so the books had been living in my trunk for a month.

I went out to my car; searched my trunk and found the Coco books, went back inside and handed them over. Teacher Lady couldn't wait to check them out over the weekend and then read them to her class!  

We exchanged numbers and I told her to keep in touch.
Later on in the evening, when I was bolusing via my Omnipod PDM for some crazy delicious autumn leaf sugar cookies, Teacher Lady walked over and said to me on the sly: You good? 
I told her I was and we both laughed. Girlfriend had my back and didn’t blink twice about me bolusing for cookies.

The second “diabetes in the wild” moment occurred later on in the kitchen, when I met a mom of a t1. dMama's daughter was now a mother herself and had lived with diabetes for over 3 decades. 
Like magnets to steal, we started talking about all things diabetes related. 
We discussed surviving the Diabetes Dark Ages, and dMama told me that the very first glucose meter her daughter ever used cost over a thousand dollars and wasn’t covered by insurance.

We discussed scar tissue, diabetes idiosyncrasies, the cost of insulin, and everything in between. We talked about diabetes challenges - back in the diabetes dark ages and ones we struggle with in real time.
I told dMama about the Diabetes Online Community and peer support and gave her some links and info I thought her and her daughter would find helpful. 
Once again I found myself exchanging contact information with someone who “got it.” 

As I put the key in the ignition, I looked up at the moon, partially hidden by deep purple and navy night clouds, and thought about how we are all connected - and how once again, diabetes proves it. 
The amazing kick-ass women I’d met both live near me, each with personal and professional connections to diabetes, and I’d never met either one of them until now - even though we shared mutual friends. 

Bottom Line: The universe is big, the world is smaller than we think - the world of diabetes - even smaller. The moon is magic, the universe knows what it’s doing - and we are meant to meet exactly when we do.