Monday, December 10, 2018

Murphy's Law All Tricked Out, Diabetes Style - Had Worn Me Out

Diabetes requires the patience of a saint, and the tenacity and persistence of a woman speaking on the floor of the Senate. 
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This weekend a series of diabetes related events occurred that annoyed the crap out of me.
On Friday afternoon my new (as in two hours old,) omnipod’s Occlusion Alarm went off while I was out to lunch. 
Lucky for me: 
  1. I was eating a low carb lunch of eggs and sausage
  2. I had a spare pod in my bag. 
  3. I siphoned out the insulin from the faulty pod and injected it into my spare. And yes, I know you’re not supposed to do that, but the insulin had only been in the faulty pod for two hours and I wasn’t wasting it!
At this point, my bg was 320 and it took a few hours to go down. 
I had a high blood sugar headache, did an injection correction when I walked in the door, and drank copious amounts of water. Finally, what went up did indeed go down. 

And I was effing glad it was Friday. 

Over the weekend my nose was all sorts of stuffed up and my throat was scratchy. 
 My bgs were slightly elevated and on Saturday I ran a temp basal rate of !0%, which helped keep my numbers in check. I was run down,  I knew it, and did my best to stop the sick in its tracks. 
I stuck around the house all weekend and practiced self care - I ate healthy, slept late, and drank lots of water. 

On Sunday morning I was feeling better, put in a new pod on my arm - so far so good. 
Then a few hours later I went to my local Starbucks, where upon exiting my car, I smacked my bottom lip hard with my driver side door because my depth perception clearly sucks and now my bottom lip is all fat and bruised - and not in anyway, phat
But back to Starbucks. Right after I ordered my decaf cappuccino, and exactly 2 hours and 20 minutes after I ate lunch and out of the blue - my bg dropped to 58. So yeah, GOOD TIMES. 


Cut to last night I decided to deep condition my hair with sesame oil (not the cooking kind,) and head to bed early. 
If you’ve ever conditioned your hair with sesame or any other oil, you know it’s not pretty. 
Your hair is slicked with oil and I was glad no-one could see me in all my greasy glory. 
But I digress. 

Right before bed, I noticed that my Omnipod PDM’s power bar was at half-mast. 
And I was like: No big deal, I’ll put in new batteries. I ALWAYS HAVE EXTRA PUMP BATTERIES. 
Except this time when I looked in the desk drawer I keep batteries in - there were no AAA batteries to be found. 
I told myself that they were probably in my toiletry case. 
I’d gone away on Thanksgiving and I remembered tossing an unopened four-pack of pump batteries in there. I opened up my toiletry bag and found everything but the 4-pack of AAA batteries. 
Then I looked in my backpack, leather work bag, and two different handbags I’d recently used. 
NOPE.
I looked in my kitchen junk drawer and under my couch for that freaking 4-pack of AAA batteries. NADA. 
I took a deep breath, switched out my PJ’s for jeans and a sweater; covered my sesame oil-slicked head with and old ski hat, put on lip gloss, grabbed my keys and headed outside. 
I jumped in my car and drove to my local Rite-Aid - which had always been opened 24 hours. 
Unfortunately when I arrived I learned that that was no longer the case. Rite-Aid was closed.
There was a WAWA close by and I headed there. 
Sidebar: For those of you who don’t live in the Philadelphia, New Jersey, Delaware, and parts of Florida and DC, WAWA is awesome. 
But WAWA was not any shade of awesome this time -  as in my local WAWA doesn’t carry batteries. 
WTF, WAWA?! 
And that would be when a very kind and observant WAWA worker saw that the look on my face when I asked her about batteries, and told me that there was a new 24-hour Rite-Aid less than 5 miles away. 
I thanked her and was happy I didn’t have to drive 10 miles to the closest all night CVS. 
10 minutes later I pulled in the parking lot and purchased an 8 pack of AAA batteries. 
18 minutes later I was home. 
New batteries in my Omnipod PDM, 2 spares in my diabetes bag, and the rest placed gingerly in the desk drawer where I keep spare batteries and other such necessities. 

Murphy's Law, all tricked out and diabetes style had worn me out - and as soon as my head hit the pillow I was asleep. 

Monday, December 3, 2018

#DTM2018: The Diabetes EcoSystem

A few weeks ago I attended the Diabetes Technology Society's 18th annual Diabetes Technology Meeting  (#DTM2018 on the twitter,) in Bethesda, Maryland on November, 8th, 9th, and 10th. 

It was an excellent opportunity to listen to lectures from diabetes tech-heads, FDA, researchers, scientists, healthcare professionals, and to learn more about the latest diabetes and dtech advances for people with diabetes. 
A tremendous amount of information was discussed at a rapid fire pace - as in it made my head spin - but in a great way. 
I’m glad I was able to experience it. 

Full Disclosure: I was able to attend thanks to Ascensia Diabetes Care, who sent me there to cover the event as their Guest Reporter. Ascensia covered all my expenses, (travel, lodging, meals,) and provided me with an honorarium for my time and my talent. 
As always - All thoughts are mine and mine alone. 

My first of two #DTM2018 articles is up on Ascensia's website, mapping out the topography of the Diabetes Ecosystem, its parts and booming expansion - and how “people with diabetes are more than the twin of their diabetes data. We represent what the data cannot articulate - the living, breathing, real life component of diabetes. Our voices need to be included on panels and discussions when it comes to diabetes tech.”

Click HERE and give it a read! 


Friday, November 30, 2018

#SafetyIsThePoint: How to Safely Dispose of Used Sharps (Safe Needle Disposal)

It’s a fact, if you or someone you love lives with diabetes, you use a never ending amount of sharps. 
Sharps include: Needles, lancets, auto injectors for cgms, and tubing/infusion sets, connection needle sets on a daily basis. 

Over 9 million people with diabetes and other chronic conditions dispose of 3 billion sharps a year!  
A. That’s a hell of a lot of sharps
B. How the heck do we dispose of them safely and properly? 

 First: All used sharps must be placed in an FDA cleared sharps disposal container found via pharmacies, medical supply companies, or online. 

Luckily, most of us already have everything we need at home to dispose of sharps safely and in the form of a strong plastic container - either and empty laundry detergent or bleach bottle.
My Current Sharps Container & not filled up yet!
Bottles must be leak-resistant, remain upright, and have a tight-fitting, puncture-resistant lid. 
When the container is about 3/4 full, seal the lid closed and label the bottle, then follow guidelines for proper disposal at SafeNeedleDisposal.org

FTR: Some cities allow in-home trash disposal others require used sharps to be taken to drop-off locations. 

Sidebar: After I entered my zip on safeneedledisposal.com in the field to find local safe disposal options, I was shocked to discover that I had 3 needle disposal locations within a 12 mile radius - and the closest was 1 mile away! I HAD NO IDEA. 

No matter what, sharps should NEVER be put in the recyclables, thrown in the trash or down the toilet! 

If your state allows for home disposal, seal and label your strong container, seal the lid and discard with trash. DO NOT RECYCLE. 

Click HERE to find a list of companies offering mail back and container programs.
Checkout other disposal options, HERE. 

The video below is 60 seconds long and shows you how to safely dispose of used sharps.




This post is sponsored by SafeNeedleDisposal.Org, run by NeedyMeds, a 501(c)(3) national non profit. Read more about them by clicking on the following link: https://safeneedledisposal.org/about-2/about/
As always: These thoughts are mine and if I didn’t think sharps disposal was important in our lives with diabetes and our planet - I wouldn’t post about it! 

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Life With Diabetes Means Never Packing Light :)

Life with diabetes means never packing light - even when it’s a 24-hour trip. 
And that’s OK - I’ve made my peace with being high maintenance in all dimensions. 

I love and am grateful for my family/family time; any and all opportunities to travel, and having extra diabetes supplies… just incase. I am blessed and I know it! 
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Last night I made a list of what I need to pack for my 24-hour trip to my sister’s for Thanksgiving and some much needed family time. 
24-hours away from my house - I leave tomorrow and comeback Friday afternoon. 
I’ll be wearing my Thanksgiving Day outfit (including my most comfy dress jeans,) and my medical ID bracelet on my drive to the festivities. 

My overnight bag will include: 
  1. Toiletries, because this chick needs help to look this good
  2. Pajamas 
  3. An extra sweater
  4. Underwear
  5. Socks
  6. Sheepskin slippers because my feet get cold and I need my slippies.
And then course there’s ALL the diabetes stuff. 
  1. Insulin (and even though I’ll be putting in a freshly filled pod tonight,) 
  2. 2 extra Omnipods and skin-tac
  3. 1 vial of glucose test strips - 50 in total 
  4. Back-up lancets because Murphy's Law, diabetes style says there's a good chance you will misplace your one and only if you don't pack extra
  5. 1 Needle that may or may not be required for ginormous injection correction(s) that may or may not happen
  6. Juice boxes - just in case I have a middle of the night low and because I want to avoid stumbling around, waking up the house, and setting off the doggo alarms at all costs
  7. Glucose tabs - see juice box explanation. 

And just as important, the 3 bottles of Red and 1 bottle of Prosecco that represent my contribution to our Thanksgiving meal. 

Whatever your plans are for the 4 day weekend - I hope it's filled with laughter, love, blessings, yummy food and good times! 

Happy Turkey Day, turkeys! 


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