Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Monday, November 29, 2010

dear arm sensor...

dear 6 day old sensor on my arm...

thank you for being such a great sensor. You were the first sensor that was on my arm that actually gave good results and didn't feel like fire under my arm.

thank you for not being a bleeder, (so rare) so that wearing short sleeved shirts was actually possible!

however it seems as if we must part. My blood sugar is not 69. Nor is itdropping I know this because I can feel it and my meter also confirmed that my blood sugar is 124. So my dear sweet arm sensor, I think we must part...

Sunday, November 28, 2010

You know you are the sister of a diabetic when...

(given to me by katy)

...You find boxes of Nerds candy and starbursts in your diaper bag and don't question where they came from, you just keep them there...

...when talking to a stranger about diabetes the persons stops and asks "do you have diabetes? you know an awful lot about it?"...

...you see a person wearing a pump and call your diabetic sister just to tell her that...

...when someone says something about diabetes, and how their (insert relative here) had 'the bad kind of diabetes' you have to bite your tongue not to tell them that they are both bad!!!...

...your sister stops making sense while talking, and you ask her if she feels low, you can sometimes tell your sister is getting low before she can...

...your baby enjoys playing with bottles of test strips rather than real baby rattles...

...every three months you get really excited, anticipating the A1c text message!!...

...a little drop of blood on random things doesn't gross you out (ie, the steering wheel)...

... you know how to dose insulin into your sisters pump from the passengers seat...

Friday, November 26, 2010

black friday!

happy black friday!

I didn't do any black friday activities, but I'm going to repost a black friday experience from 2 years ago!

it's sooo funny!
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2008
Holy. Crap.

*Updated:I wrote this post at around 9 this morning, and as I waiting for the picture to load, I fell asleep! Oh my. So I am now posting this at 5:15. ha!*

I have been awake since noon YESTERDAY. 21 hours now.
My brain is not working so well right now.
After we got home from Thanksgiving dinner we came home and watched some TV, then all of a sudden it was 1 in the morning.

Katy and I decided it would be better if we just did not sleep. We are not morning people, so getting 3 hours of sleep? We would not wake up. So we stayed awake. Oh. em. GE.

Was it crazy? YES. Were the people just as crazy as I thought they would be? YES. Did the cheeriness of the workers freak me out a little and wonder where there stash of cocaine was? OH YES. Was it fun? Yes! Did I save enough money to be worth it? Yessir.

Katy and I looked super sexy. Remember NO sleep. NONE.
black pants, black shirt, ready to rob a bank? or um
shop on black friday?

Totally ready for the money, er um deals
This is the look you get after NO SLEEP.
BAHHAHhah. Slap happy at this point.
and READY TO GOOO!




 

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy thanksgiving :)

I am thankful for so many things this year.

Like my family


And especially my niece


My health

That I'm able to go to school

The great friends that I have made this year


the friends I have had for all these years


and so much more :)

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Contacts!!

Happy thanksgiving eve!!! I am sooo ready to EAT!!!

Our family is very big on traditions, we have a LOT!!

Tonight My dad and all the kids* go out to sushi, while my stepmom organizes all of her stuff, and gets the few dishes that she needs to ready without any people interrupting her. Then tomorrow we just do the normal Thanksgiving thing, and have Cheery Jubliee because it was my stepmoms dads favorite!! He passesd away 2 years ago this week :( I hope the Cherry Jubliee tradition sticks!!

I can't WAIT!!

Today I got contacts! I have had glasses for 3 years, and have to wear them all the time. My eyesight has gotten worse over the past 3 years, I can't see much without them anymore. But today... I got contacts!!! It is so bizarre to be able to see without glasses!!!!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Because this needed its own post.

If you didn't check out the link I posted last night, thats ok.. I think the pictures that were on the link deserve their own post.. Without further ado.. My beautiful, well behaved niece..


Baby Snooki!

Don't you love the hair?

Baby Gaga!!!


Baby Britney!

Baby Katy Perry :) (from her album cover)

All the single ladies!! (Or all the diabetics:D)

Cher

Oh man that was way too much fun!! Thanks to our 2 friends that came over to help too!!!

Monday, November 22, 2010

this is what i was working on...

My sister and I are trying to win camera from dooce. The contest was to make a photo book on shutterfly.com. Here is our final product.. OMG my niece is adorable.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

All good!!

I went to the eye doctor today.

Going to the eye doctor can be a scary place for me. As a diabetic, I can have lots of scary complications that can lead to blindness in my eyes. I go to the eye doctor once a year, and I always hold my breath until they say All good!!!

HUGE pupils

Today I got that again :) I am about 6 months away from my 10 year anniversary with diabetes. The symptoms of my diabetes started right around this time 10 years ago. And with my few years of non-compliance, I always get scared of my eyes being bad.

My prescription of my glasses got a little worse, but not too much, so he is keeping my glasses the same, which is good! Last year my eyes got 3 times worse in one eye and 2 times worse in the other!!!

So I'm clear for another year, and also I'm getting contacts on Monday!!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Let me explain!!


Or not...

haha. although incredibly painful.. the duct tape is keeping my sensor on!!

I was in a pinch :)

Thanks Katy!!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

MEME

1. Who makes your Thanksgiving dinner? My dad!! I make the mashed potatoes and the ham. But my dad makes everything else!! ohh I am so excited!!

2. What is your favorite recipe that includes pumpkin? (bonus points for including the recipe)Pumpkin PIE!!! No recipe..

3. What are 5 things you want for Christmas? -hmm my sister is going to like this question :) She has been asking me for awhile!! I want a DSLR. But my birthday is 10 days before xmas, so if a few family members chipped in together to buy me one, it would not be very expensive!! A sewing table. A hard drive for my computer. Clothes, or money for clothes would be nice!! OH! A new TV!!

4. Does your family draw names or do you buy for everyone? Buy for everyone :) or make for everyone, I usually make my presents.

5. How do you feel about motorcycles? I am fine with them. I don't really care either way. I think a guy in a dress suit riding a motorcycle is sexy :) office job, but a little risky!!

6. What’s your favorite thing to do on a rainy Saturday? When I'm not in school?? READ!! Oh i love reading. :)

7. What is the coolest thing to do in your city? umm... There are a lot of cool things, but it just depends on what you like to do, there are great malls, and a few great museums, some great bars, and a lot of parks!

8. Do you paint your fingernails? I wish :( Nurses can't have painted fingernails, and since I am now in clinicals, I can't wear polish. It has potential to chip and get in a treatment that you are performing on a patient.

9. Who is your favorite actor over the age of 50? ummm George Clooney? Is he over 50?

10. Do you have a high school letter jacket? um no.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

23 going on 55

Today I was at a child consignment store buying something for my niece and had the weirdest conversation with the checkout lady.

So I look really young. I am aware of this, but not SUPER young. Well I guess I do, but that is a different story!! So the lady is trying to ask if I am a super spender, but I guess you have to be a parent to be one, and she kind of stumbles over her words, and then just asks if I'm pregnant.

UM. no. Now she couldn't see my body because I was behind the counter and wearing scrubs and a coat, so it was not based on that, but she says "well you never know! We have some really young moms come in here." I responded with "yea.. My little sister is the one with the baby" lol..

Then came the weird part. She says "oh you know don't worry, you should be in no rush to have children." I'm not, because of the whole SINGLE THING.

She proceeded to say that she didn't have kids until she was 30, and I would surely find a man soon.

It was odd. She made it sound like my ovaries were about to shrivel up and die. DOODE. I am only 23. Well almost 24. (ugh) It was just so weird, she seriously sounded like I was on the verge of being an old maid.

Oh boy. Some people!!!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Diet Pepsi... my love :)

I was reading Scotts blog today about fountain pops and how sometimes they can put the wrong syrup with the wrong drink, so its not diet!!

This has happened to me a LOT of times in my life. I guess the more you drink fountain pops the more chances of them being wrong!!

But for a person with diabetes, it can be VERY bad if its the wrong drink. I don't bolus for diet Pepsi, but if I drank Pepsi... I'd have to bolus. (yuk i hate Pepsi)

The most recent terrible drink encounter was in June at a Mexican fast food restaurant. I took Katy and Caleb out for a dinner before they went in the hospital to have their baby!!!

Caleb got Vanilla coke, and I got diet coke. Or so I thought... Mine was vanilla-ie tasting.

So I had Katy and Caleb taste it and they both said it was not diet. I went back in and asked them if they could fix it, because I didn't think it was right.

They came out and told me that they fixed it and that I could come get my drink. Except when I tasted it, it was STILL vanilla tasting!! So I tested my drinks sugar.

LOL. I learned that somewhere, if you put a drop of the drink on a test strip and it comes back with a number, its not diet. If it says LO then its diet!! My meter said 240mg/dL. gggrreeeaaatttt. Back in the restaurant I went.

They looked at it again, and this time assured me that it was in fact diet.

Except it STILL wasn't. GRR. I was so frustrated!! They didn't even have another machine to get it from!! After all this, I ended up just asking for my money back because I couldn't' drink anything else! And I didn't want to spend $2.00 on something I didn't get!!

That was the worst experience I have ever had, usually they can get it out of another machine, or they fix it right away, but at this restaurant they couldn't!!

Don't get in between me and my diet drink addiction :)

On a sightly different note... What do you call a fountain drink where you are from?? I call it a coke. But I actually prefer Pepsi, but I refer to everything as Coke. hahah. I can't say soda, or pop, or soda pop!! Nothing sounds right except Coke!!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Who needs toys!


When you have old test strip bottles to play with!!



Definatly not the niece of a diabetic. :)


Love this baby!!!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

World Diabetes day!!!

Happy World Diabetes day!!

Today I wasn't able to take part in the big blue test. (Which is testing your blood glucose at 2pm and exercising for 14 minutes then retesting)

I was in the car at 2pm going to my friends baby's 1st birthday!

But we did wear our World Diabetes day ribbons!


Oh and I had my sister Katy test my blood sugar at 5:00pm. Why? Because its when I remembered, and it is 2:00 on the west coast! lol


I was happy when people would ask about what our ribbons were for.. It gave us a chance to talk about diabetes!!!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

so I am 14 minutes away failing nablopomo. And that just can't happen. But I'm not even at home! So this is my really lame blog post for the night!

I promise I will make up for I tomorrow on WDD!!!

Friday, November 12, 2010

grades.

I made deans list last quarter.

I got a 3.95.

I have made honor roll every other quarter.

The worst grade I have gotten at the end of a quarter was an 86%.

I am doing better then I have done in my ENTIRE life.

Yet for some reason I still feel like I am not a good student.

I have no idea why. You would think after this long of me getting these grades, I wouldn't think this way.

I guess after years and years of struggling through school, I just have it in my head that I am not very good at school.

Which sounds pretty silly now doesn't it?

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Cheater :)


I am tired. So I'm cheating. But look how CCUUTEEE she is!!!!!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

scars

I have written about my scars before. It was freeing. It felt good. I feel like every little tiny poke I get I scar. I LOVE my cgms, and would NEVER stop using it because of the scars, but its getting a little insane. This picture is from a sensor I wore in APRIL. I can still tell right where it was!!

This picture is just from a few months ago, but STILL. This one is from an infusion set. Those suckers just don't like my legs!!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

6 things I want you to know about diabetes...

I'm following the crowd today on D-blog day!!! I am posting 6 things that I want you to know about diabetes...

1. When I have a low blood sugar, its not fun, I feel light-headed, dizzy, sweaty, shaky, and sometimes out of it. Never ever will I have an 'episode' like Julia Roberts in Steel Magnolias. I'm sorry that is the only thing you can base a low blood sugar on. Its not like that.

2.I don't make insulin. I never will. Losing weight, exercising, drinking whatever drink you have that 'cured' your great uncle won't make me produce insulin.

3. My pump does not automatically adjust to my blood sugar. It is just an eaiser, more effective way to deliver insulin!!!

4. I can eat anything that I want. I know its hard for some to understand... but I take insulin for the amount of carbohydrates in the food, so I can eat whatever. If you are offering everyone candy or whatever, offer me a piece. I most likely won't take it, but that is because I'm on a WEIGHT LOSS diet not a DIABETES diet. :)

5. don't feel bad for me. If you do, I may end up thinking about it really hard and feel bad for myself. Which I don't!! I am a happy healthy person!!(with diabetes)

6. Nope it doesn't really hurt to prick my finger anymore... I don't really even feel it!!! Well... that is unless I haven't changed the lancet in awhile... Which I should probably do.

Monday, November 8, 2010

The Five Month Dentist Appt.

Well Ok. I wasn't at the dentist office the entire time! But it sure felt like it!! I went to the Dentist (who will now be called Dr. Neighbor. Because He is my neighbor)in June.

He told me that I had 11 cavities and possibly needed a root canal.

11 filled cavities later and a re-root* canal that took 2 sessions... I'm finally done!!!

When I tell people about my 100000 cavities they automatically assume that it is from my diabetes. I am not sure but I don't think that it is directly related, I have senstive teeth, and they are really close together. So even though I brush and floss 2 times a day, I can't get all the stuff out. (gross)I really do think that eating sugar in the middle of the night and not brushing after probably adds to my cavities. But come on... who is going to get up and brush their teeth after a low blood sugar in the middle of the night!!! Not me at least!!


This is my root canal tooth. Its my front right one. Pretty cool huh???

*I had a root canal on this tooth when I was 19, but because I am ME, somehow bacteria got back in there and was causing pain and infection. Which as a person with diabetes knows, that infection causes high blood sugars... and just no fun in general.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

How do i stop this??


Every time I put in a sensor I BLEED. It doesn't matter where I put it. I have put it in my arm, my leg, my stomach, my back.. they all BLEED!!! I put the IV3000 over it and have to change it right away because it gets all bloody and yucky!

Is there anything I can do to fix this? Or is it just going to happen every time??

PS: I love this sensor, and can't imagine not having it...

Saturday, November 6, 2010

thoughts for your saturday night

-I thought that the NPH and humalog combination of insulin died. NOPE!!! I have given SOO many injections of this insulin. (In clinicals) I think may have a touch of PTSD when it comes to the clear and the cloudy. SHUDDER.

-PETPEEVE: In the health care setting everyone calls a glucose meter an "accucheck." Like that is the brand name of the thing!! At one of the nursing homes that I am at they don't even use an accucheck brand meter!!! They use some random meter I have never heard of, yet all of their blood glucose logs and such say "accucheck." My friend always jokes and says "hey Jenny, have you done your one touch today?" :)

-I am on another diet. I don't want to talk about it. I always seem to fail if I talk about it.

-I have lost 3 pounds.

-I hate when people say irregardless. That is redundant. Just sayin'.

-Maddy did GREAT at her audition for Americas Got Talent today!!! She won't know anything until March, but I am just SO proud of her for trying out!!!!

-Hope everyone has a good saturday night!!!

Friday, November 5, 2010

how awesome is this??




Guess you just have to be diabetic to enjoy this kind of thing!!

(i know the number isn't ideal.. but that's not the point)

Have a good Friday!! I'll update about Maddys audition tomorrow!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

NORMAL!!!


At least for now!!!


I tweeted the other day that my little sister maddy was at the doctor for headaches and they were testing her for diabetes.


All of her lab results came back normal!! We still do not know what is causing these headaches, but its not diabetes!


I was SO scared. She has an incresased risk or getting type 1 diabetes because of me, and I really hope that she doesn't. :(


ALSO Maddy is trying out for Americas got Talent this weekend!! I really hope she makes it and at least goes on the show!! How freaking SWEET would that be???


Maddy is an amazing singer, the kid has been singing since she was a baby! I'm not even kidding. So she is going to chicago this weekend to try out for the show!!! I am so proud of her and I hope she makes it!!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

My beautiful niece

Day One! 6.30.10


One Month! 7.30.10


Two Months 8.30.10


Three Months 9.30.10


Four Months 10.30.10

We are all so totally wrapped around her chubby little fingers... and completely in love! I LOVE being an aunt :)

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

World Diabetes Day

World diabetes day is coming up! Its November 14, and only the BEST DAY EVERRR!!! Well maybe not the BEST, but its pretty great :)

For every view that gets, a child will receive life saving insulin!! Can you imagine not having insulin? (Or if you don't have diabetes, can you imagine ME not having insulin?) Its not a pretty picture. I am so lucky to be able to afford my diabetes supplies, but some people are not as lucky as I am!



I am not sure what I am going to do for WDD this year, but I'm sure it will be great!!

Now go watch the video!!!