Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Diabetes Weirdness: The Sinus Infection Edition

Ok, here’s something weird. I have a big old sinus infection. 
But that’s not the weird part, that’s the annoying part - especially since I’ll be sitting on a plane tomorrow for 6 hours tomorrow. But.... I digress. 
No, the weird part is that my blood sugars have been great this week. 
Not perfect, because my pancreas is of course still broken. But my numbers have been pretty damn good none the less.
And I’ll take those numbers and I’m grateful for them, but it’s strange because Thursday night through Sunday I felt crappy and more than slightly whiney,  but my numbers were not. 
Were the “blood sugars behaving nicely” a result of me being less hungry because I was coming down with something? 
Were my #bgnows influenced by the fact that for the last 3 weeks (and sans the past couple days) I’ve been diligently walking or riding my bike at least 5 times a day? 
Sidebar: Thank you #bigbluetest!
Are the behaving blood sugars hormonal? 
Ladies, I know you catch my drift re: how friendly our blood sugars can be just before we get our periods, 
Gentlemen: Deal with it. Periods, period and PMS talk happen. Learn from the conversation - And bring me some chocolate.   

So yeah, I was a bit thrown off by the sinus infection  at 1 a.m. Sunday morning, when it announced it’s presence with a raging earache and a ridiculous amount of post nasal dripage, because while I had a scratchy throat and felt really tired, my blood sugar numbers didn’t clue me into the fact that an infection was brewing in my sinus cavities.
I actually woke up low on Sunday morning - and that was with me dialing back a temporary basal rate of 50% for four hours, just before I hit the hay.  

Since I’ve committed my thoughts to the blog and made them public, there’s a big fat chance my numbers might decide to eff with me just because they can. 
As we know, Murphy's Law gets all tricked out, diabetes style and happens.
But for now I’m grateful for the good numbers, the antibiotics and the fact that I’m feeling better and have packed 1/2 my suitcase as of last night. 

I'm a little weird and I'm OK with that. And so apparently so is diabetes~

Monday, October 20, 2014

Diabetes Advocacy Agenda For The Week: #DocasksFDA, #Vote4DM, #BigBueTest #WeAreInThisTogether, #WalkwithD

Last call to let the FDA hear your voice for #DOCasksFDA meeting on November 3rd
Personally, I'm all about letting the FDA hear my voice, my diabetes concerns and dreams,  so I took the following short survey created by the amazing folks at diatribe.
If you want your voice to be heard, TAKE THE SURVEY NOW. 
And if you'd like, you can also create a video expressing your #DOCasksFDA hopes and dreams.

FTR: Google+ gave me a new youtube page & won't let me 

merge my old page with the new. SIGH.
Next up on the Advocacy agenda for this week: 
There are two  Tweet-ins scheduled on October 22 and 229th, both beginning at
The Tweet-ins are all about the #Vote4DM campaign, targeting the folks on Congress (who work for us) that there are three diabetes bills that require their "YES" vote. 
To quote Bennet over at YDMV:  
  • Go here
  • Find your elected officials.
  • Click the 3 links. Coordinate, Educate and CGM for your Senators and Representative. (Bonus points for Tweeting Congressional leadership too.These Bills are so important to people with diabetes and regardless of the age of type.
  • #Weareinthistogether 
Today's the kickoff for #BigBlueTest. 
Each #BigBlueTest that you log between today and November 19th generates a $1 donation from the program sponsors (up to $35,000) and granted to nonprofit organizations  providing life-saving supplies/services to people with diabetes in need. 

By testing your blood sugar, exercising for 14 to 20 minutes and logging your results on Instagram, twitter of Facebook via the #bligbluetest hashtag, you not only help yourself, you helping others - And that's what it's all about!

Friday, October 17, 2014

#DOCasksFDA: THIS = HUGE, Your Voice Is Crucial & The Clock Is Ticking~

#DOCasksFDA - THIS is a big deal people - And the clock is ticking!! 

On November 3, the FDA will host an unprecedented discussion between the diabetes community and senior agency leadership (both drugs and devices). This virtual dialogue will be webcast live from 1 - 4 pm and includes a panel of patients (T1 and T2), and reps from ADA, JDRF, and diaTribe. 

This is HUGE and I want my voice to be heard by the FDA, so I took the following short survey (like 12o seconds at the most) created by the amazing folks at diatribe.

If you want your voice to be heard, TAKE THE SURVEY NOW. 

TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE: Surveys MUST be completed by Tuesday, October 21st, so diaTribe can analyze the results (i.e.,our amazing thoughts) and get them to the FDA well before the November 3rd, meeting. 

The FDA is working on a registration sign-up for the event and that info will be posted online in the next week. 

Guys, lets utilize our collective voices and let the FDA hear them!! 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Almost Wordless Wednesday: Wait, WHAAAT?!

I LOVE & follow I'm both a fan and a follower of their Facebook book page.
So you can imagine my surprise when  the following picture HG posted yesterday, showed up in my Facebook feed last night. 
YEP, I damn near spit out my juice because I was LOLing so damn hard!
The above "Steel Magnolias" poster is part of a group of movie themed movie posters from CuteStreetD.
Personally, I prefer "The Big Lebowski", "The Princess Bride"; "House , and the  "This Is Spinal Tap," (OK, ESPECIALLY the Spinal Tap) prints they sell. 
But I still think it's cute - Not really sure how my pancreas feels though ;)  

Monday, October 13, 2014

Diabetesalicious Lite: Some Stuff Not Related To My Low Blood Sugar Hangover, Edition.

Currently dealing with a low blood sugar hangover that occurred this morning at 4:30 a.m and resulted in a 7 a.m. 297 blood sugar. 
I'm not going to focus too much on it because I just don't feel like it. 
I have a lot of work to do, holiday or not - and what went up, did indeed go down - even if it took all freaking morning and took up way to much of my brain's bandwidth. 
Instead, I'm focusing on some cool links of the Diabetesalicious Lite variety~ 

Are you looking for gluten free candy and carb counts? 
If so, check out THIS POST over at Children With Diabetes  - It's a list of gluten free candy/carb count - AWESOME. 
Do you know who Diabetes Canine Shero Marjorie is?? Click HERE and find out - And get your cool Marjorie shirt while you can! All sales of the shirt benefit The Diabetes Media Foundaton. 
On October 16th 4pm, EST my first friend with diabetes, Joe Soloweijcyk's being being interviewed over at about his amazing book, "A Type 1 Diabetes Guide To The Universe."  
I've read the book and it's awesome, as is Joe.  So tune in, you'll be glad you did. 
And download the book, already! 
Speaking of and things that occur in October, October 20th is the kickoff of the #bigbluetest
between October 20th and November 20th, 
The #bigbluetest is EASY. All you need to do is: 
  1. If you have diabetes you test their blood sugar (no diabetes? no testing!)
  2. You exercise for at least 14-20 minutes.
  3. You test your blood sugar again (again, only if you're a PWD)
  4. You share their experience on or through the app for iPhone or Android.
  5. It's super easy, it's free, and it helps you and others living with diabetes! 
  6. And here's the kicker: For every result that's shared, The Diabetes Hands Foundation will grant 1$ in support of people with diabetes, globally. READ more about #thebigbluetest, HERE. 
Some Non Diabetes related links: 
Here's a list (courtesy of Mashable,) of 18 products versions that cost more, simply because they are made for women. Bullshit Factor, threat level: INFINITY.

My niece Cristin's show, "A to Z" premiered a few weeks ago on NBC and it's AWESOME. 
If you haven't watched it, you need to. It's on every Thursday on NBC, at 9:30, EST. 
I'm incredibly proud of Cristin and I think the show is really smart and funny, much like my niece! 
And I love that for the past 7 years I've been able to share Cristin's success with The Diabetes Online Community. Seriously, it makes me smile - And I love to smile, smiling's my favorite! 

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Diabetes Memory #78,290: Food Prep FlashBacks

I grew up at the tail end of the Diabetes Dark Ages. Only a few types of insulin were available then, we tested urine instead of blood sugars and there were no such things as CGMs or insulin pumps. My parents had 3 children out of 6 with type 1 and my dad had t1. Things were hectic and crazy and it wasn't calm or easy. 
I’ve written about it before but honestly I don’t know how the hell they survived diabetes sans support - but they did - And I am so grateful.  
It’s funny that food prep can bring back childhood memories of life with  D, but it totally does and did. The following happened Sunday night. 
Mom & I - A  few months before I was dx'd
Sunday night I was prepping food for the week. And by prepping I mean pre-slicing Granny Smith apples, spritzing the slices with juice from a lemon so they wouldn’t brown in the fridge and would be all ready for my Monday morning green smoothie. 
I washed a bunch of baby spinach and spun it dry in my salad spinner and cut up bananas chunks to freeze for the same breakfast smoothie. 
I pre-peeled organic carrots, sliced them and threw them in a glass jar filled with ice water and placed it in the fridge, so they were good ready whenever I wanted to snack on something crunchy and low carb. 
My prep time was quick and just as I was finishing up the carrots, I had a flashback of my childhood  - to my mom standing at the sink peeling carrots and placing them in a glass jar filled with ice water in the fridge - Something she did daily and long before I was diagnosed. Followed by a memory of her washing grapes and strawberries, drying them completely,  then counting out exactly 12 grapes, wrapping them in saran-wrap for my school snack bag. 
Next she' measuring 1 cup of strawberries, slice them in half and place them in a small Tupperware container and put  it in my lunch box.
Mom tried so hard to make things as normal as possible for me/us when it came to eating. 
As a family, we only dined on small baked potatoes instead of big ones at dinner, there were always lots of raw veggies because I liked raw veggies better than cooked veggies - Still do to this day.  And always sugar free chocolate pudding for dessert. 
FTR: I don’t dig sugar free anything, except for sugar free chocolate pudding.
Yep, my mom did her absolute best and I wasn’t always grateful - I fought the grapes and refused to eat them  a lot of times because “who the hell only eats 12 grapes?” 
I preferred strawberries and apples because I felt like I was getting more bang for my diabetes buck - they weren’t free foods, but they sure felt like it sometimes.
Looking back, she let me go to sleepovers because she knew it was important to be with my friends. I’m sure there were phone calls made between the sleepover parents and mine and I have no doubt that my sugars were on the high side the next day, but I don’t remember. I just remember the sleeping over, staying up and having fun, parts. 
I took tap dancing on Saturday mornings and did gymnastics 3 days a week. 
I always carried my snack with me and mom waited with the rest of the moms in the waiting room until the end of class, when we performed for our parents. 
I always ate a big snack class before class and if I needed to eat during, I ate. 
My parents made sure my teachers knew and nobody ever made a big deal of it - except for my 5th grade teacher - but that’s for another post. 

And as I stood at the sink thinking about all those things my eyes started to get all leaky. 

I was a lucky duck to have her as my mom and I know it!
And I miss her so much.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Diabetes Diaversary / Diagnoses Dates - Can They Have A Cyclical Twist?

I’ll never forget being in a dressing room years and years ago and the Sales Woman rushing back to my changing cubby with the harshest of lightening and with more clothes for me to try on. 
She saw my insulin pump clipped to my hip and and of course she asked me if it was a beeper. 
When I explained that it was an insulin pump and I that wore it because I had t1 diabetes, she nodded her head knowingly and asked me when I was diagnosed. 
When I told her Halloween, but had exhibited signs earlier, I’ll never forget her response. 
Sales Woman: Diagnosed in the fall, that makes sense. September and October seem to be the golden time for so many diabetes diagnoses. 
And the following went through my head: 
  1. I had never really thought about that or noticed it 
  2. I didn’t know how to answer her and I think I said something like: I’m not really sure.  I don't know, maybe? 
And I thought about her words for a long time after she spoke them. 
And for some reason weirdo reason I had a flashback of that conversation today and I’m not sure why. 
Probably because there’s a slight chill in the air and people people have been posting an inordinate amount of pumpkin and fall type pictures on Facebook as of late and have the irrepressible urge to make soup from scratch and wear my cool boots. 

 And then of course there’s the whole 37 year Diaversary around the corner, thing. 

So here are my questions for you guys: 

Have you noticed that you/your family members with diabetes share similar Dx dates with others in the DOC and beyond?   
Do you think that some Diabetes Diagnoses can have a cyclical spin? 

And lastly. Do you remember your Dx date? 

OK, I’ll start, I was dx’d on Halloween and over the years I’ve met many people dx’d in September and October.  And most recently, during last week’s #DSMA chat when I learned that  @Diabetesevryday and I shared the same Diaversary.

FTR: So was Bennet's son!

And according to my Google skills, a 2009 Finnish study found a correlation involving winter months having a higher number of newly dx’d people with diabetes. 
Here's something to marinate on: Finns have the highest diagnoses rate of Type 1 Diabetes.
Sidebar: I'm seriously starting to wonder if my family is part Finnish? 

In 2010,  DiabetesMine wrote a really interesting post about Diabetes diagnoses and the Ice Age Theory, which included the Finnish study and thoughts from Dr. Moalem’s book: Survival of The Sickest. It’s a good post, be sure to check it out! 

And please feel free to share any of your observations on the subject! 

FTR: I wrote this post because I'm really flipping curious about all of the above so I figured I'd blog about it~.