On World Diabetes Day, November 14, 2010, I headed out to the local JDRF chapter office. They were hosting a Type 1 Talk meeting, and I wanted to check it out. I wasn't really sure what to expect. I'm not sure if that is because I'm chronically behind on blog & news reading, or if JDRF didn't know the best way to promote it and get more people involved. We had a group … [Read more...] about JDRF Type 1 Talk
Today I am guest posting over at Ninjabetic.com. I am honored to have been asked by George to post while he has been on vacation this week. George and I have a special relationship, which I think we do a pretty good job of sharing with everyone. We are damn goofy, and love every second of it. He is one of those guys that is a real treat to hang out with in real life. … [Read more...] about Guest Posting at The Bad Blog Today
I've still got more to say about my time with George, his wonderful family, and all of the folks that came in from out of town for his celebration. George's family worked together like a well rehearsed orchestra to help him put together a party to celebrate 20 years of living with diabetes. Living with diabetes is hard, and we need to recognize all of that hard work. … [Read more...] about Ninjabetic Weekend – Saturday – The Celebration
Disclaimer #1: The fact that we even have to talk about this is another reminder of how crude our therapy is. Don't get me wrong - I'm thankful for every bit of therapy we have (a century ago we'd all be dead), but it's still pretty damn barbaric. Jabbing a needle in fast (usually) hurts much less than inserting it slowly. I have known this, logically, for as long as I can … [Read more...] about Thanks to Scott Strange & G. Baumgartel
My magic number is 200 mg/dl and above. When my blood sugar is 200 mg/dl or higher, I fight some seriously strong cravings. This is no new issue for me, but I still haven't figured it out, or how to beat it. These are no ordinary boredom, sleepy, munchy, emotionally upset cravings. These are the high blood sugar cravings! All of my usual tricks (drink water, chew gum, … [Read more...] about My Magic Number
A while back I posted about going in for a sleep study. I recently went in for my follow up visit to get the results. I was floored to hear that I was waking myself up almost 47 times per hour (46.9 to be exact), and would stop breathing altogether for up to 54 seconds at a time. I was getting a total of 27 minutes of restful sleep each night, which is about 6% of my total … [Read more...] about I’m sleeping GREAT!!
Ketones. We know that ketones are bad, and usually a sign that something has gone wrong with your insulin delivery. However, there are times where the normal metabolism processes will also cause ketones, even when your insulin delivery is just fine. When your cells can't get the energy they need through available glucose in your bloodstream, your body will start to … [Read more...] about What else do they do?
As expected, my A1C was higher than I'm comfortable with - although not as high as I expected it to be. The result was 9.1, down from 9.2 three months ago. Faithful readers will remember that for my last visit in November, I thought I had been doing really well, and was caught off guard with that 9.2 A1C result. It really messed me up. I spent the entire three plus months … [Read more...] about Update on Latest Endo Appointment
This is the kanji symbol for crisis. It is composed of two symbols, one is "danger", the other is "opportunity". Danger & Opportunity. This symbol & translation touch me in a certain way. Diabetes is definitely a crisis, and can be very dangerous. Sometimes, everything seems like a crisis. Just getting through another day of dealing with everything can be a … [Read more...] about Crisis (Danger & Opportunity)