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Missing my kids :*(

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

emoticon I have got to say that I am so proud of both of my kids! I am so lucky to have a wonderful daughter who supports me in everything I do. She lives in Indianapolis and I haven't had the chance to see her for the last year! I miss her so much! And then there's my son, Romy. When I got home today, there was an email from him to say that he loves me more than I will ever know.

You see, my son is aboard the USS Bataan somewhere off the coast of Libya. I worry about him and the strain this is putting on him. It can't be easy. At only 25 years old, he has managed to become the Leading Petty Officer of his division. Quite an accomplishment for a young man. He has a lot of responsibility aboard the ship and rarely gets to call or write us. When I get a loving email from him just to say he loves me and hopes I have a good day, it makes me wonder why I stress so much about my daily chores both at home and at work.

We have always been a close family and being apart from them is really getting me down today. I can only hope that when Romy comes home, we can all have a big happy family reunion.

Please pray for his strength and courage! I know that we will all one day be together again. What a joyous day that will be!

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DANAPRIME 7/21/2011 1:12PM

    stay strong! Be the best that you can be, both for them and for yourself. Thank your son for his service. God speed.

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KISSITGDBYE 7/20/2011 10:41PM

    Saying a prayer for you and yours.

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CHAS1949 7/19/2011 10:00PM

    I will keep you and your family in my heart.

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RUBYEMMA775 7/19/2011 7:11PM

    Thank you to your son for all he does for us! What a great blog! My prayers are with you and your family.

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MOHAW54 7/19/2011 6:51PM

    My prayers are with you, your son, and the rest of your family. emoticon

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Wired and ready to go! Day 1 of the Continuous Glucose Monitoring System

Thursday, July 07, 2011

emoticon I had my training class today for my Continuous Glucose Monitoring System! I was able to insert the sensor successfully on the first try too! I learned a lot about the sensor, how it will communicate with my insulin pump. I was a little intimidated by the size of the needle, but honestly it hurts more to test my blood sugar than to insert the sensor. (The needle comes out after insertion of the sensor by the way) I could hardly wait to get my first readings as it takes about 2 hours to "wet" the sensor completely with interstitial fluid.

My trainer and I timed it perfectly! We started the training with a snack to make sure my blood sugar reading would be in the normal range when I made my first calibration, then continued with the class. It took about an hour and a half to go over all the bells and whistles. By the time I got home at 5:30, I prepared dinner and it was time to do my first calibration before my dinner. So easy! Since my glucose meter "talks" to my pump, my blood sugar is automatically entered in to my insulin pump's display. My pump display then asks me if I want to calibrate the sensor. After saying yes, I enter my carbs I plan to eat and the pump suggests a bolus amount. (For those of you who are not diabetic or use insulin, a bolus is the amount of insulin given in ratio to the carbs to be consumed) Once that is done, it time to eat!

It was fascinating to be able to see my sugar rise and fall on my pump display during and after a meal! This will be a wonderful tool to be able to get tighter control on my blood sugar and avoid the lows and highs that can be so damaging to your body. I can already tell that my basal (background insulin that is delivered by pump) rates will have to be adjusted to deliver less insulin per hour!

After dinner, my DH and I took a 20 minute walk and my sensor was alarming when my glucose readings started to fall to fast. At the time of this writing I am still 86 so not to low but I know that I will have to have a snack later to avoid a night time low.

This technology holds the key to helping me become a better diabetic patient and more vigilant with my glucose readings. Avoiding complications is the name of the game and with this new tool I feel confident that I can live a better life with diabetes without having to constantly worry what my blood sugar is. It won't replace the old fashioned finger sticks, but it will work in conjunction with them to have better control.

I know that a lot of this blog is technical in nature, but I want people to know that there is hope for diabetics to live a perfectly full and healthy life!

If you are a diabetic and would like to learn more about diabetes, please don't be shy about asking me questions. I am NOT a diabetes educator and have never claimed to be, but I am a Certified Medical Assistant who LIVES with the disease everyday and education will hold the key to a healthier you!

I am so stoked!

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KISSITGDBYE 7/13/2011 2:10PM

    Interesting blog, I don't have Diabetes, but still sounds like you are very excited and I am happy for you.

Take Care!

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DANAPRIME 7/9/2011 8:18PM

    congratulations! Good luck with your new tool.

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CHAS1949 7/8/2011 1:47PM

    Thanks for the information. I didn't really know how it worked. I am type2 and on pills, but it is good to know there are things to help if I progress to insulin.

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MR21965 7/7/2011 8:34PM

  Glad you are taking care of yourself and awesome you are one of the lucky people to have a pump! Diabetes is a terrible disease and I am trying to bannish mine to HE**! I hate having to check eat a live around my blood sugar! Work hard my friend you will bannish it also!

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Glad I planned in advance and had a snack handy!

Saturday, July 02, 2011

Walking in the Sarasota area is awesome! My husband and I usually do the beach walk every weekend but today we decided to walk the John Ringling Causeway Walkway. We drive across it every time we head to the beach. The views are spectacular and the sea breeze feels awesome. Didn't seem that long or hard of a walk until we got started! I didn't take into account the pitch of the bridge! The uphill portions of the bridge are a great workout for the legs!

We got a late start to the day thanks to my staying up way too late and sleeping in until 9 a.m. Blood sugar was only 65 mg/dl. Still running to low in the a.m. So we had a nice late breakfast. Wasn't hungry at 1 p.m. and skipped lunch. BAD IDEA! I took my blood sugar, still at 88. That's o.k. So in my mind, I'm thinking, exercise would be o.k.

It only takes 15 minutes to get to Hart's Landing parking lot where we started off across the bridge to Bird Key. Stayed hydrated throughout the walk since it was around 90 degrees. When we got to the little park on Bird Key, I decided to take my blood sugar again just because I had been 88 before the walk. It was 62! We had only walked 20 minutes! I hate having to snack to raise my blood sugar, but this was one time I am glad that I packed some orange juice! I would have never made it back across the bridge if I hadn't.

I checked again once we got back to the car and it was 72. Still not where it should be but since it had been another 20 minutes since the orange juice, I decided that I should eat a granola bar. Again, I hate eating a snack to regulate my blood sugar! I calculated that I burned 165 calories on my 2.7K walk but had to subtract almost half of it because of the snacks.

The moral of the story? Don't skip your meals! Especially if you are a diabetic. Glad I prepared for the worst, because it could have happened today.

Everyone enjoy the holiday weekend and stay safe in the hot weather!


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DANAPRIME 7/4/2011 10:54AM

    You should read the sparkpeople article "Carbohydrate Adjustments for Exercisers with Diabetes"


good job taking a snack! you might want to take along some glucose tablets. They get into your system faster than the granola

Comment edited on: 7/4/2011 10:56:43 AM

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ADDIEKELLER 7/4/2011 1:54AM

    Mom, you know how I feel about you and your diabetes. I'm so glad you had orange juice and a granola bar with you. I always worry. But like I said, better low than high. I'm just glad you're doing okay. I'm happy that you made that hike! It's an accomplishment. But you also know how I feel about skipping meals! I eat even if I'm not hungry. After I had established a good routine, my body started getting hungry around the times I made myself eat. I don't know if it would be the same for you, but strict schedule is what worked for me. I love you so much and I am so proud of you!

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FLORIDAGHOST 7/3/2011 12:47AM

    I am glad you packed your snack and checked your BSLs. Good job! Keep at it. You're safer that way.

Enjoy your Independence Day weekend! emoticon

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SONGBIRD800 7/2/2011 7:08PM

    Thanks Super3800. Since starting the SparkPeople Diabetes nutrition plan, I have had to watch my sugar like a hawk! I just qualified for a glucose monitoring system, so once I am trained on how to use it I will be a lot more comfortable since it will warn me when my sugar is trending low or high! Can't wait until I get the training started next Wednesday. I have had the sensor for two weeks and want to hook it up so bad!

Thanks again for your comment!

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SUPER3800 7/2/2011 6:11PM

  Great job to check so often, and to have that snack ready!

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Got the call I was waiting for!

Monday, June 20, 2011

Hooray! Just before dinner, I got a call from MedTronic Minimed. My newly upgraded insulin pump will arrive tomorrow and I was approved for the continuous glucose monitoring system.

I have had problems here recently with my blood sugar going to low. My doctor told me at my last visit, he considers me to be a brittle diabetic. I snack when I have to, but don't like to. I have been having to have a snack before bed time so I won't wake up too low. This morning my BS was 68. Too low.

With my continuous glucose monitoring system, my sensor will check my blood sugar every few second and will warn me if I am headed for a high blood sugar or low blood sugar. I hate the feeling of being too low, just as bad as feeling too high. Maybe with this new gadget, I will never have to feel that way again!

Thank God for modern science and the amazing things that diabetics like me can use to control it. I don't want to be another amputee statistic!

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CHAS1949 6/29/2011 9:49PM

    I am happy for you....I hope it works well!!

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DANAPRIME 6/27/2011 7:29PM

    Great News! Please let me know how the new monitoring system works out for you. I hate sticking my finger! Right now I am well controlled with diet and exercise (thank heavens) and hope it stays that way for a long time.

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KSILANO 6/26/2011 12:24PM

    Great news!

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CONICONSTANCE 6/21/2011 7:09PM

  What is a brittle diabetic? I don't know much about diabetes.. just what I've read now and then. But it sound like you just got what you needed! emoticon

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FLORIDAGHOST 6/20/2011 9:36PM

    Thanks for sharing. I'm glad you are able to have the monitor and be able to use it.

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NOMUFFINTOP3 6/20/2011 9:16PM


I'm glad you will have that new tool to make life a little
easier! Yes, modern medicine is a blessing.
Take Care.

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MAKZ3D 6/20/2011 9:08PM

    Great to hear about the new sensor.

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BETZYGIRL 6/20/2011 8:36PM

    How exciting! I've had several friends with diabetes and know how difficult it can be to keep in check. Hope the new pump works GREAT for you:)

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SEYSARAH 6/20/2011 8:30PM

    Wow..thanks for sharing..I had no idea this technology was available and although I don't need it, I do know some who do..will pass on the info for them to talk to their doctors..

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Welcome back to SP my baby girl!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

1 long year ago my daughter and I were doing SP together and we were awesome at it! She lost an amazing 13 pounds in 2 months. She inspired me so much. Together, we felt that this was not impossible. Then my husband and I moved to Florida and I basically gave up. I feel like I abandoned her!

She and I have struggled with our weights just about our entire life. SP was one good thing we shared together that really worked. Being a diabetic, I worry about passing that along to her. I don't want her to have to go through this disease and the damage that it does to your body. I lost my grandmother to diabetes almost 10 years ago. She suffered so much. The second leg amputation did her in and she never recovered. I don't want that for myself and I certainly don't want it for my daughter.

When she called me today and said she was coming back to SP I was overjoyed! We can do this together whether we live in the same house or separated by hundreds of miles! I want her to be happy and healthy. She is a beautiful young woman with an equally beautiful soul.

Thank you to the powers that be for letting us try this again together!


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CHAS1949 6/29/2011 10:02PM

    My daughter used to be on SP...she introduced it to me. She has not posted for a long time..She is going in a different direction, but thank goodness she showed ME SP!!!

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KSILANO 6/19/2011 5:08PM

    HI - So glad you have decided to come back to SP. Both you and your daughter have so much to benefit from joining in this challenge together. Stay focused, keep a healthy bit of competition (always works for me) and have fun, as this is not temporary but a life change. Welcome back!

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JANK1952 6/19/2011 3:57PM

    It's wonderful that you and your daughter had started SP together .... we all stray from SP at times, but we always seem to return.....the support is amazing.....cheering each other on along this journey of healthy living is the way to go......stay in touch daily and keep each other on can be done.....ONE DAY AT A TIME...... emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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