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Endo Appt #....(Oh who's counting anymore?)

Monday we set out early for J.J.'s 3 month endo visit. We debated even going, considering the snow storm and the amount of time it would take us. Normally a 1:15 minute drive took us 3 hours. We were an hour late!!! We called en route to let them know we were coming, hoping they would still see us. Our endo (I LOVE HER!!) said she would see us no problem!

The office was like a ghost town. Normally a very active clinic now had the lights dimmed, and very few people milling about. Turns out JJ was her only patient that morning. The nurse said they had a ton of cancellations. Well, good for us!! That means first class treatment!! As if we don't receive it normally.:)

The appointment was very routine. Great news is that his A1C is down from 8.2 to 7.7!! Awesome for us to see it come down on the pump. We were beginning to wonder. She helped us try to figure out our trouble spots!! Nights as usual are still bad and recently when he goes out to play in the snow he goes low. It's amazing what a little activity can do the the BG's!

Real Estate Issues

One new development was a lump on the bum!!! She found one on the upper quadrant of his left cheek. She showed me how to recognize it and had me feel for it. She asked if he wasn't feeling his site changes as much or would he direct me toward that spot for the site change? Sure enough....his site changes were becoming a breeze. What has happened is that he's kind of formed a "callous" of sorts. We've used that particular area so much that the insulin can't absorb as well and it's formed a "lump". He doesn't feel the site changes as much there, so he's always telling me to "go higher". She said the lump should go away, but we can't use a pretty large area of his small bum......we're losing good real estate!!!! Hopefully it will dissipate quick so we can rotate that site back in.

Since we had extra time with our endo we got in a discussion about "prevention" of diabetes. I had recently read an article in the "Diabetes Forecast" that said if a woman ate veggies every day of her pregnancy her child was half as likely to get diabetes. But those that only ate veggies 3 times a week had a 50% increase in risk. I was skeptical of the findings. But also there's a big push for Vitamin D supplements especially in Northern climates.....what's up with that? Well, she had some interesting information to share.

First the veggies thing. She said studies like that are so hard to pinpoint any one thing unless you begin to look at a lot of other factors. Since the "research" only studied veggies and nothing else, it really can't conclude a whole lot. She said about ten years ago she studied all the available studies out at the time and none of them could pinpoint any one factor for prevention.....like say we know that folic acid is important for pregnant women.

"....it is good for the eyes to see the sun!"(Ecc. 11:7)

However, she said one thing they have determined is that the closer people live to the equator the less people are diaganosed with type 1. And that they've tracked people groups that normally reside near the equator having a lower rate of diagnosis, but once that people group is moved closer to a polar region their rates increase. Thus all the research into Vitamin D....a vitamin we get most from the sun!! Their clinic now is recommending all kids get supplemented or make sure they take in 4 glasses of milk a day. She didn't say that taking Vit D would "prevent" type 1 (they just haven't proven that yet!), but most kids are deficient in it, especially us Minn-e-soh-tans!!!!

So......my thought......considering the LONNGGGG drive in a snow storm.....is that a move to a tropical location is in order!!! Equator here we come!!!!!:)

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Things That Make Me Go Hmmmmm

I have a headache and can't imagine posting anything too insightful, so instead here are the things running through my diabetic brain right now:

1) How did I manage to keep such awesome BG numbers Thanksgiving Day and the following days, while still enjoying in my favorite homemade pumpkin cheesecake, pecan pie, pumpkin pie, and chocolate caramels (yes, I indulged in all of the above)?

2) How come after getting back to work and my normal routine, including a good and sweaty spin session this morning, now my BG numbers are so high? I hope I am not getting sick.

3) Why have I been hungry all day, even after eating half a bag of almonds during the day and big fettuccine alfredo meal? Normally, it would be because of my workout this morning and my muscles storing up all the glucose they can, but then I would expect lower BGs, which as #2 indicates is not the case.

4) Why did pricking my fingers hurt soooo bad last week? No matter which finger I tried? Thankfully, that has come and gone.

5) Why does the nursing room at work always have to be in use when I want to check my BG and/or take some insulin? I guess some people actually need to use it for it was intended.

6) When will taking insulin in a public restroom ever become normal and not gross to me?

7) How come sometimes when I poke myself I bruise or bleed or it just really hurts, while other times I feel nothing?

8) Maybe having a pump would help solve many of my questions/issues? But then which pump, how much would it cost, how difficult would changing infusion sites be, how would I hide it under my clothes, etc???

Well on that note, I think it's time to schedule another appointment with my CDE!

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Eggs,bikes,and Tylenol PM

I have been struggling with some higher blood sugars lately. About 10 days ago, it got suddenly worse. My postprandials had been going higher for awhile, but then my fastings started to hover in the 130s. I became worried enough to contact Janet and then Dr. Bellin about the situation. After some discussion, it was decided to try a lower carb breakfast and to try not to worry about it too much. I know that stress can cause higher BGs, and seeing those high numbers was definitely causing some stress. This all occurred right before Labor Day weekend and it was decided to wait a few days and see if my numbers improved. If not, it might be time to try some insulin. It would break my heart a little to do this, but would bring down my numbers for sure.

When I told Gary about this, he asked if my sleeping problems might have something to do with the higher numbers? I realized that he might be right about that. So I started taking 2 Tylenol PMs at bedtime. I had been taking them before, but only if I really felt that I needed to. Its been almost a week now since I started all of this and my numbers are better. I know its not very scientific to try three things at once, but at that point, I was ready for any good idea.

So now, I'm having higher protein and fewer carb breakfasts, bike rides or long walks during the day, and Tylenol PM at night. My fastings are definitely better. I'm still having some higher postprandials, (200-250) but not as many. The exercise really helps. I'm planning on tapering off of the Tylenol PM and keeping up with the breakfasts and the exercising for awhile. I'm keeping a close watch on my weight during all of this.

The Labor Day weekend was wonderful. I was really hoping that I would be too busy to worry about my BGs too much, and it really worked out that way. We had a wedding on Saturday. We went to Kelly's Island with some friends on Sunday. We had fun playing some horseshoes there. And on Monday, we went kayaking on the Maumee River and then staffed a Donate Life Ohio booth at the Fulton county fair. Blake Shelton was playing in the background.

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Why this but not that?

I work as a CPA, but do not prepare federal income tax returns as part of my work. Never have; I just don't want to specialize in that. Around this time of year, as April 15th approaches, lots of well meaning friends express concern about "how busy you must be this time of year". This is in spite of me having told many of them previously that I don't do taxes. I do not find this to be upsetting at all, and have plenty of patience and grace to extend to those friends, as I'm sure they extend to me on other things.

Contrast that with how I feel when those same well meaning friends make comments about my diabetes. You know what I'm talking about....things like "oh, I forgot, you can't eat that, can you?", or "you need to eat your lunch right on time, don't you?" That in spite of me having told them previously that Type 1 diabetes is not so much about what I cannot eat or when I eat (thanks to my pump), but about matching insulin with what I do eat and my activity level. Why do those questions still cause a flood of emotions, and leave me often reliving the comment long after it is made? I do my best to extend grace to those friends, and in my head realize it's unrealistic to expect them to remember much about my diabetes. But it's a battle to fight through those initial emotions to get there sometimes.

Both are sterotypes of sorts, but one leaves me feeling judged, and the other does not. How about you, have you found a dichotomy in how you respond to D related comments vs. comments about other aspects of your life?

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The Big Blue Test

The Big Blue Test is almost here!  On November 14th, at 2:00 pm (local time).Click here to find out more about the Big Blue Test and the Diabetes Hands Foundation.

Here's something you can do right now to, not only help spread awareness, but to give life-saving insulin to children in need.  Just watch the following video.  That's it.  Simple, right?!  It will take a mere minute and 49 seconds of your time but will give a child with diabetes a week supply of insulin!

Then, spread the word by telling your friends and family to do the same.  Post it on facebook.  Tweet about it on twitter.  Email the link to everyone you know.  Let's see how many views we can help make happen between now and November 14th...

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Diabetes Awareness Month - ways to help

There are several ways you can get involved in the fight against the bigD this month.

First on my list is watch the video above. If they get 100,000 views (you can watch more than once - I'm at four and counting), Roche will be making a donation to Diabetes Hands Foundation that will be used to support two humanitarian diabetes programs: Life for a Child (run by the International Diabetes Federation) and Insulin For Life. These programs provide people in need (children in the case of the donation that will be given to them this time) with diabetes supplies and insulin that they otherwise cannot afford. Seriously, all you have to do is watch the video.

Team Type 1 is sending six Type 1 professional cyclists to the Tour of Rwanda November 15. In conjunction with the race, TT1 is doing a "Strip-A-Thon." You can donate unused test strips or make a financial donation to help Type 1 kids in Rwanda.

Diabetes Research Institute is a leader in cure-focused research. You can be part of the cure by uploading a photo and making a donation. The first $25,000 raised will be matched by Animas and Lifescan (both Johnson + Johnson companies and the makers of my pump and meter dynamic duo, Gromit and Wallace).

You can join the Pancremaniacs and ride with us in the Twin Cities ADA Tour de Cure June 4.

You can wear blue and/or orange this month. I know, not as clear as pink in October, but we're just getting ourselves pulled together on this aspect of marketing and we're missing the one focused fundraising machine; it's a little more grassroots in the DOC.* Wait 'til next year: you'll be so sick of blue by the end of November, you'll be begging for Christmas red and green.

And, last (for tonight), but not least, send me your questions. I'm thinking this is the perfect time for another bigD Q&A.

*DOC = Diabetes Online Community

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