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Bring on the New Year

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

2011 wasn't a bad year per se, but it was not a great year for my health and wellbeing. After a few years of speculation my 9yr old (8 at the time) was diagnosed with Autism (aspergers), which actually, was a good thing to get the services that are needed. My A1c continued to climb, as did my dislike of being diabetic (no one likes diabetes). The number of pills I take each day rose to an all time high of 17!!! (wayyyy to many). My weight came down by only a few pounds. I spent all of 2011 obese.

I do not plan on spending all of 2012 obese, I certainly do not plan on taking 17 pills a day for all of 2012 (Metformin and Lipitor are the first on my hit list), I will bring down my A1C to at least 7, and accept the fact that I am diabetic and my Type 1 diabetes will never go away, but I am a diabetic first and foremost above all else (except a christian :) ). I will continue to advocate for my son and get him involved in the karate he wants to do and will get my 6 yr old in swimming.

These are not new goals by any means, however, what is new is how I am approaching them. My acceptance of my own reality...that is the first move!!

Here is to a great year of improvements!!! emoticon

  
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JO0926 1/21/2012 3:44PM

    Hello! You definitely have a great attitude! I have a 17 year old boy who is autistic. Best of luck to you this year and you can do it!
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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 1/13/2012 8:44PM

    This is gonna be your year! emoticon emoticon

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--MAY-- 12/29/2011 6:44PM

    I love your atitude, I will be keeping my eye on you also added you as a friend can never have too many of those right!! ;o)


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POSITIVE_ONE 12/28/2011 3:56PM

    For some reason, I just love the statement - acceptance of my own reality. When we start our journeys, accepting who we are is so critical to accepting that we need to make a change.

Based on what I read above, you sound like someone ready to make some progress. Here is to your progress, my SparkFriend. I know you can do this!

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ONECRAFTYLADY 12/28/2011 2:22PM

    Thanks for posting on my blog today. We are very much alike... from living in Texas to taking some of the same medicines. I feel your frustration at the lack of change in your health in 2011. I added you as a buddy... maybe we can help each other along in 2012. emoticon

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MOMMY2TWO07 12/28/2011 12:41PM

    My 6yr old son was diagnosed with autism this year too . Though we knew something wasn't right.

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Compliance Compliance Compliance

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

As a Nurse and a patient I hate this word!! Being non-compliant is more than just a word, it is more than a bad attitude. I am 50/50 sometimes compliant, sometimes non-compliant. And my Doctors are so well aware of it, especially my Endo. When I am being a bad diabetic (I like that word much better) I am usually focused on my 9 yr old who is special needs, or Im just stressed out about him. I don't check my sugars, dont bolus my pump, and dont take my gazillion medications each day on schedule. And of course it shows in my labs. My last visit with him we decided that I need to be a diabetic before I am anything else, a mother, wife, nurse, etc. This is the only way that I will thrive and survive. Sad it has to come down to Survival, but it does. So today I get my lab results in an Email and they look not so great. If any of you have Thyroid issues you will know that a TSH greater than 10 may lay you out, mine was 28.8, not the highest it has been but high enough. The comment my doc wrote on the result made me both sad but yet chuckle. he wrote " you need to take your synthroid every day" this must have killed him to write. It does not help that I am a nurse either. I need to get a grip on this and even tho things are just starting to click with me I know the time is now. The hardest thing for me is putting myself, my diabetes, first...above everything...why is this so hard...I know a lot of people who have no problems putting themselves above everything and everyone...lol

  
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ELEXEY 12/23/2011 4:01AM

    I'm going to give you the same tough love the others have. If you don't take care of yourself and stay healthy, who will take care of your son. He deserves for you to take care of you. I know you'll get it under control and show your doc that you rock!

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BACKATITAMY 12/22/2011 10:36AM

  As mom's it's just what we do naturally. Care, protect, nurture etc. But, I do know that diabetes is no joke either. You have to put yourself first so that you can be there for them longer. You said it best. You are in survival mode from now on. I'm sure taking all of your meds and eating right will also help with the weight loss. I believe emoticon.

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POSITIVE_ONE 12/22/2011 9:26AM

    I am so much the very same way - or at least was for years - where I always focused on others before self. It took me years to get to a point where I needed to focus on knowing that if I cannot take care of myself, how could I expect to be able to take care of others. Now, I am not perfect and I am not good at this 100% of the time. But, now that I am doing some things for ME, I am able to give so much more to THEM.

It has made me a better person in all aspects of my life - not perfect, but better. Still about a million miles between me and perfect. :-)

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HIPPYCAT 12/22/2011 12:06AM

    It's like the oxygen masks on the airplane, isn't it?

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At the Starting Line

Sunday, December 18, 2011

As I sit here on a pain med that is stronger than my poor body can take...lol I laugh at myself. I just had surgery on Thursday and I'm still hurting from it but it has only been a few days. I am hoping to recover from this obesity the same way we recover from surgery. Slowly taking the right precautions, have the support of friends and loved ones around to help me out when I need it but to let me try to get on my feet on my own. I did start spark people some time ago and it was working, but I lacked on what I think was the most important part. the PEOPLE...people are soooo important to us, we need that support of the "village". I am looking to make friends, find support, and hopefully lend my own support to others in the best way that I can. It is better to give than to receive!! So here is to new beginnings, and a new year!! Together we can do it!! I believe!!

  
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POSITIVE_ONE 12/19/2011 9:17AM

    Well, let me tell you...if you are looking for support, you came to the right place. The SA Spark Team is a really great group for support and motivation/encouragement.

Ju
st remember that you health is a journey of small steps, not one big leap. You are back for a new start with a new year with a renewed attitude. Good luck in reaching you goals and welcome back.

Btw, totally love the 'better to give than receive' statement. It is so true and we miss out on so much when we only look to get things from other people.

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At the Starting Line

Sunday, December 18, 2011


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--MAY-- 12/29/2011 6:38PM

    Hello, Wow you really bared your soul, I agree with Backatitmyway and Ichoosethin you have an amazing attitude and you do not look scary you are Beautiful!! I agree the way to go is to get involved with whatever team you choose and their are lots of them. Good luck!!

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BACKATITAMY 12/20/2011 1:57PM

  I hope you get well soon and that you are able to get back to work. I know it will be hard and wish you well. You have a great attitude and a beautiful smile. Good luck on your journey.

Amy

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ICHOOSETHIN 12/18/2011 9:50PM

    Hi, I enjoyed your video blog. Sounds like you have a great attitude and good for you for not waiting until after the holidays or after you recover from your surgery to start doing this. I wish you the best!

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