A story of success..

The title might be a tad bit dramatic but this is seriously how I felt after such an amazing diabetes day. Friday, July 26th, I wrote about how I would be venturing out to an amusement park. The family and I would be running around for just about seven hours, in the heat, with only a few rest stops, I thought for sure things would get chaotic with my numbers… The last time my husband and I went, oh so many years ago, I’ll have to admit that I sat in the 200’s plus the entire day and felt miserable. We ended up coming home early.

This time around that was not an option. I was determined to make this a terrific day for everyone, including myself.

The night before I packed up the back pack with everything I thought they would need and everything I knew i would need. I made sure to have plenty of test strips, alcohol swabs, plenty of insulin and syringes, glucose tablets and sticks, money, water, and so much more. I mean I was prepared for just about anything. The next morning we woke up bright and early, I tested, ate a reasonable breakfast, and then we headed out to Kings Island. Probably the coolest amusement park I have ever been to, outside of Disneyland. I checked my sugar again before heading in. Then the day really picked up. We got so busy.

I’m proud to say that my numbers were awesome!

Starting from the bottom to the top that is the moment I woke up to the end of my very, very exhausting day. That low of 49 was right before lunch and that 141 was after Chinese food. It was so delicious and completely bolus worthy.

Nothing at or above the 200’s and I was actually able to enjoy myself. Everyone left with a smile on their faces. Which made me one happy lady. The difference between this trip and the last one is that this time I was diligent about checking my blood sugar, and most definitely did not ignore any of the signs. If I felt off/or funny then I checked it. I stayed completely hydrated and when I needed to sit down for a second or two I did so. Now, any grumpiness that came towards the end of the day was pure exhaustion. Haha. My daughter had me running around like a mad woman but we had a blast.

Now, I can’t wait to do it all over again. I know that as long as I pay attention and keep prepared I can go out and have fun and do whatever it is that I want to do. Own it or be owned and I think I made diabetes my bitch that day.

(Excuse my language)

I like writing posts like this because I know that there are a lot of people out there in the world who think that just because I have diabetes I can’t enjoy myself. I can’t go run around and act like a child and eat ice cream, or Chinese food, and the truth is..I CAN. I can do anything you can do. Just with a few precautions. A few extra steps. No big deal.

Nothing holds you back, right?

Well, I am the very same way. Nothing is going to stop me, or hinder my excitement, not even diabetes.

Own it or be owned!

Here’s a few pictures from that day..

Here’s the Eiffel tower. :)

Before we got into the park.

Before we got into the park.

My very tired feet.

We saw this dinosaur exhibit and this was a sign that was up there. I laughed.

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Fun times..here we come.

Before I get into anything I would just like to wish my amazingly wonderful, handsome husband a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY! You are the love of my life and I can’t wait to spend this day with you. I love you, I love you, I love you.

With that said..

Today  we will be embarking on a good time extravaganza.

It’s been years since the husband and I went to any sort of amusement park, so I thought it would be super nice to treat him, and the rest of the family, to a trip to our local amusement park. The thought of being away from the house, out and about, running around all day, got me thinking..

I better be super prepared for this. I would hate to be the party pooper, fun ruiner, because diabetes got the best of me.

So here’s what I think I’ll need:

  • My glucose meter with plenty of test strips and lancets. (Ha. Like that’ll get changed any time soon) I know that running around in the heat is going to cause chaos with my numbers so I need to be prepared to check my sugar as often as possible.

The last thing I need is to go super high or too low.

  • Which leads to my next very important reminder, bring my insulin and syringes. I need to be sure to keep them close by but in a cool/safe spot. Diabetes stops for no one. I also have my glucose sticks and tablets just in case I happen to drop.
  • I will have plenty of bottled water on hand to stay nice and hydrated and will stick to diet drinks only.
  • I have plenty of alcohol swabs in case I can’t get to a restroom to wash my hands too.
  • Wish I had a medical alert bracelet with me. I need to get one real soon. Luckily my husband is never far away.

I think the only thing I am concerned about it over exerting myself and not being of any use to anyone. I get tired easily sometimes. I can not always control my numbers. I just want to enjoy the day. So I will remember that I am not a robot or super human and that it is alright to rest once in awhile. Are there any tips you’d like to share for long road trips/long days at amusement parks?

I’d love to hear them.

Now, we’re off to enjoy the day. Take care, friends.

A travelling funfair has many attractions, inc...

Proceed with caution..

A few of my lady friends and I had a conversation about our Mary Poppins bags the other day and what exactly we carried in those ginormous things… if you’ve seen the movie then you will understand the reference. With diabetes, small children, and lazy friends who don’t want to carry stuff you realize exactly how magical your bag/purse can really become. I’ve decided to give you a look into the unknown. Enter if you dare!

This is the bag I have been using. I could fit a small child in it, I’m sure.

This is the purse I switched to b/c everyone made fun of the suitcases I would carry around.

This is the purse I switched to recently. 

This is the contents of green bag.

This is the contents of green bag.

Contents Include, but are not limited to:

  1. Little kitty purse/wallet I am borrowing from my daughter. A bigger wallet wouldn’t fit.
  2. Four bobby pins, two hair ties, one hair clip, and a partridge in a pear tree.
  3. Giant key chain with only two keys actually on it.
  4. A Sephora mirror.
  5. My glasses.
  6. Three glucose quick sticks. Watermelon flavor.
  7. Two pens. Normally there will be at least ten but I cleaned it up a bit.
  8. Not one, not two, but four chap stick/lipsticks because you never know..
  9. Sunglasses. Because the sun never sets in cool town.
  10. Ear buds so I can block out the world.
  11. My glucose meter in all it’s awesomeness.
  12. Random pieces of paper and a sticky note pad.
  13. And last, but certainly not least, my insulin/syringe case that I just got. It holds up to ten syringes, two vials of insulin, my quick sticks, five alcohol pads, and anything else my heart contents. :)

There you have it. My world exposed.

What’s in your bag/purse/wallet? How do you get your supplies around?

#Dsma July Blog Carnival.

Blood glucose.

It’s front and center when it comes to diabetes.  It is how we get diagnosed and it is what we are trying to manage.  An important tool we use to manage our blood glucose is our meter and its strips.  But what happens if our meters aren’t giving reliable information?  Let’s explore that this month as we discuss a topic from the June 26th chat (Fill in the Blank)

Weigh in on the following statement:

Test strip accuracy is important to me because______.

This is something I have written a little about before..my main focus was the meter itself though.

This was written April 20, 2013

I recently read an article here about a glucose meter recall that is currently going on..

Now, I don’t use this particular meter, but others do. This whole recall got me a little nervous. If you read through the report it states that a high reading, in the 1000′s, would store itself as a very low number. Thus giving the user false information that could endanger them. Now, realistically, I have never been close to anything that high, and if that were the case, I am sure I would have already been hospitalized. What scares me is that we diabetics have to rely so heavily on these devices to let us know vital information and to think that some of them may be faulty..well, it’s a bit frightening.

I realize that not everything is 100% perfect. Things get damaged, get updated, or are just outdated altogether. It’s normal to have things quit working but I never thought about my meter, or even an insulin pump, just one day going all wonky. I would be, for lack of a better phrase, shit out of luck. Of course, I could just buy another meter, but financially that is not always possible. My meter is very important in my survival. With it, and symptoms included, I am able to tell if I should take insulin, for a high, or if I need to eat something to get my blood sugar back up. If it happened to not work properly I could be putting myself in harms way, and I am not alright with that.

So what can be done about this..

Well I found a website here that gave me some helpful tips..

However, this has still left me concerned and confused. I’m wondering if any other diabetics worry about this sort of thing, like meters malfunctioning and getting the wrong readings. I haven’t dealt with this for as long as others so I am feeling very uneasy about this whole recall, even if it doesn’t directly affect me, it still raises a flag. The only thing I can say to bring myself, or anyone, any sort of ease is that this is why it is very important to be very aware and in tune with how you are feeling and the symptoms that you know will follow a high/low blood glucose reading. Though, even that is not always 100% accurate. There have been times I’ve felt low and after checking my sugar it will read normal.

Diabetes, you make me want to pull my hair out..

 

Now replace my initial concerns about the meter itself with test strip accuracy. I hadn’t stopped to think that maybe it wasn’t the meter that was at fault but instead the actual testing strips. These two items are very important in my survival, you can not have one with out the other, or you could but that wouldn’t be very beneficial, so I take this sort of stuff seriously.

Test strip accuracy is important to me because my whole life relies on it. It’s like going into a dark cave filled with deadly creatures and not having a flashlight to see what the heck is going on around me. I need to be able to get a hold of the correct information, like my actual blood glucose level, so that I can react accordingly. No one wants to wander into the unknown blindly. Realistically you can only rely on your senses so much. So what can we do about all of this?

Check out this site.

Strip Safely

 “This post is my July entry in the DSMA Blog Carnival.  If you’d like to participate too, you can get all of the information at http://diabetessocmed.com/2013/july-dsma-blog-carnival-3/

Diabetes Burnout.

Let’s talk about you and me, diabetes.

When we first met I thought, hey, this could work out. I mean I was nervous, of course, but I knew it wasn’t the end of the world. Then we got to really know each other, like, on a very personal level, and I have come to realize that you are such a jerk. You’re very hot and cold. One day you are all, like, hey, we’re friends. Best friends. Then the next day you are dragging me down. Not cool, dude. I decided to give you the benefit of the doubt though and continue this journey with you. However, I suggest you shape up or ship out.

This is your one and only warning, friend.

Sincerely, Elizabeth.

What Is Diabetes Burnout?

Diabetes burnout is common. Burnout is best described as a state where you grow tired of managing your diabetes. Instead of sticking to your scheduled blood sugar checks, meal plan, insulin routine and exercise each day, you only do them partially or possibly neglect them all together for a period of time. You know you should count those carbohydrates and check your blood before eating that bagel with cream cheese…but you just can’t seem to muster the motivation.

Have you ever felt this way about your diabetes?

I know I have. This isn’t the first time, and to be quite honest, it probably wont be the last time. My first thoughts in the morning are diabetes. In between the different things I have to do in a day there it is glaring at me. Before I can shut my eyes for the night I have to think about it. It’s exhausting. Normally I am fine. I do what I have to do and then I move on, however, this time around I am feeling so blah about everything.

This week my sugars have been happy. So that’s great. Last week was not so good. I think what I need is an attitude adjustment, I need to get back to working out because that helped my mood quite a bit. More importantly I need to keep moving forward. No point in looking back and being bummed out.

Just keep swimming, right?

What do you do when this happens? How do you get out of the funk?

 

Blood Sugar Fairy.

Never heard of this..

Well, here ya go.

These adorable little things are sent out to children with type one diabetes, for free. The materials are recycled from diabetic supplies, which I think is so neat. With these little angels you get a message of hope and love. They are like little sidekicks. I love it. They have a Facebook page you could check out.

ProjectBloodSugarFairy

I just had to share.

There you can find a bit of the story/where this whole idea came from.

If I could, I’d get one for myself. :)

What they are doing is such an amazing thing. I support anything that showcases love and encouragement. Especially when it comes to children living with type one diabetes.