Mom’s Corner

Transitions….or Where Will You Settle One Day??

Having sold our beautiful home two years ago and moved to a walking town we love, people often ask what my plans are for the future. Will I settle here permanently? When will I decide? I often answer that with my daughter being a Diabetic 1, I just don’t want to make a firm commitment to anything right now. I want to wait and see where she will attend college. My daughter is 12 years old and a rising 8th grader. She has 5 years until college. Their quizzical looks reveal their thoughts to me.

We have many weeks when her bg’s are perfectly within range and there is no bg stress at all. During those times, diabetes management fits seamlessly into our lives and we just go with the flow, you know? During those weeks, I fervently study the housing situation in my town, trying to figure out which street I love the best (can’t decide). I fantasize about buying a small place in Italy, or France, or Sweden – my second home. Then…we have a night like last night. The kind of night that makes me shake in my boots; the kind of night that makes me cry from my belly; the kind of night that shakes me to my very core…

The evening started out quite fun, actually. Cat and I walked over tofor blog Palmer Square to watch an outdoor movie; ate ice cream from Bent Spoon-yum! (lavender and rum for me, OMG! Worth the wait in line). With our bags of home-made popcorn, bottled water and our lawn chairs, we settled in for an evening of Charlotte’s Web. It was almost 10pm when we arrived back home. Around 11-ish her bg dipped below 70. (whaaa??? After eating 2 large scoops of ice-cream?? ) I assumed she had just taken extra insulin since she knows that milk and milk products tend to raise her blood sugar a little higher than other foods. Thinking it would pass over, I gave her ¼ cup of apple juice, which usually shoots her bg back to where it should be, or even higher. The effect was minimal after 30 minutes. Then I suspended her glucose delivery (she wears an Omnipod®) – she still had 3.9 units on board and I didn’t want her getting more insulin while I was giving her apple juice to increase her bg. Between midnight and 2am it remained below 70 despite my greatest efforts and suspended insulin. You never want to give too much apple juice too quickly because the result can be elevated bgs for 3 to 4 hours. Well…what to do? I told her to go to sleep and not to worry because I would keep an eye on things. Thanks to our Dexcom® CGM (continuous glucose monitor) I can see her bg readings at all times assuming she has calibrated as she should (another story) and assuming I have wi-fi (no problem at home, but at friends’ homes it’s another story). So she went to sleep and I remained awake – watching where the bg would go. I had to wake her up twice to test and for more apple juice. Finally, at around 4am, her bg settled above 70 and I finally settled down to sleep.

Then it hit me. Who will watch her when she is away at college? It’s not a matter of just watching the bg readings – I can see those from anywhere. It’s a matter of being there to physically wake her up to give her apple juice, or to not wake her up but still administer insulin while she is sleeping and completely unaware. It’s a matter of dealing with a kid who spends an entire evening with her Dexcom® alarm going off because her numbers aren’t right, so that she is now desensitized to the sound of the alarm. It is a matter of life and death – or at the very least, a matter of a compromised life and constant crisis; no thank you.

Cat is the most responsible kid I know. She is among one of the most responsible people I know. I know that she will grow into her increased responsibilities – whatever they may be.. We all have responsibilities, burdens and blessings; but isn’t it great to have someone to share them with?? Wouldn’t we all love to go back to sleep with no worries because you’re certain someone is watching over you? So for now, I have no answers, and for me, that’s quite all right. I don’t feel a burning desire to know exactly what tomorrow will bring – I love to take the road less traveled, and two years into our diabetes journey, this road is still new to us. So we take it day by day, each day living life to the fullest, not planning too much because we all know what happens to the best laid plans……

Throw Away Your Sharps!

You are served a nice plate of steaming food and just from the sight of  it your stomach rumbles even more. Eager to eat the food, you reach into your diabetes bag and take out your testing kit. No big deal. You’ll just test, take your insulin, and be done with it. Now that you are finished you put away your testing kit and eat.

Simple. Right?

Not exactly. Disposing your sharps is not as easy as you think. Sure, you may have thought that you put your lancet away but perhaps it drops.You may find your sharps and other diabetes trash on the ground at home and just simply pick it up and throw it away without a care. But think of the other people around you, diabetic or non-diabetic.

People can get pricked by your lancet…and this is exactly what happened to me.

I was at a sleep-away camp for a week, and like all preteens/teens, WE LOVE FOOD. I knew that I had my Dexcom which is a small device that tracks your blood sugar, but I decided to test  anyways because it was late at night, and if my blood sugar was rising or falling I could take action immediately. After I was finished testing, I ate, and didn’t think about it again. Until I had to.

The executive director of camp wanted to talk to me and I was confused. I went to her and she asked if I knew if I knew what she was holding. And of course I knew what she was holding, it was my light blue lancet. She then told me that a camper saw the lancet on the ground and gave it to his counselor wondering what it was and in the process of that, the counselor had pricked his finger, which probably wouldn’t have been as big of a deal if it hadn’t been used. I was concerned that the counselor may have gotten hurt but I didn’t understand why it was such a big deal. However, since it was used and had pricked my blood, he could’ve gotten a blood transmitted disease. From here on, I finally  understood why diseases like Hepatitis B was such a big deal and not from a dramatic commercial about buying medication for it.

After camp was over, the counselor and I went to an Urgent Care Center and got our blood tested. I am still waiting for the results and am nervous for the boy and for me, but now I realize that just a little sharp can make such a big impact in someone’s life.

My mom had been constantly telling me to throw away my diabetes trash right away but kids don’t listen until they actually suffer the consequences and now I had learned, and I hope you learn from reading this how important it is to throw away your sharps.

From this experience, my mom and I learned how to make DIY sharps containers, we made a small one to fit in my diabetes bag and a big one to put in my room.

Here is the website to learn how to make them/the importance of putting away sharps after usage:

http://www.diabetesforecast.org/2014/07-jul/make-your-own-sharps.html

This is how mine turned out:

For DWM blog 1For DWM blog 2

I hope you enjoyed this blog post! Bye!

P.S. Happy Fourth of July!

4 Ways to Strengthen your Immune System

As you obviously know because you are a diabetic (hopefully), type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease and generally you can develop another autoimmune disease (mine is thyroid), but lately I have been doing some things to keep me healthier and possibly stop the risk of a third autoimmune disease. Yes, you can possibly get another autoimmune disease because being a diabetic makes your immune system compromised, I also want other diabetics to be healthy so here are 4 ways to strengthen your immune system:

  1. Yoga. This is a good exercise for keeping yourself fit while it being relaxing. Before going to yoga class my blood sugar was in the 200s and by an hour it had brought me down 70 points!
  2. Probiotics. I use the Phillips colon health, this helps filter the bad bacteria and put in the good bacteria, 80% of your immune system is located in the digestive system.
  3. Vitamins. I use Nature Made Vita Melts for Vitamin D3 and Flintstones Complete which is multivitamin. The vitamins are great when it comes to boosting your immune system.
  4. Water. Along with helping remove toxins from your body, it also helps your insulin travel through better and we all need that!

I hope these tips help you! Bye!

 

Corn Maze!

Hi!

So a couple of days ago I went to a corn maze with my friends, it was pretty fun halfway but towards the end, I regretted wearing a long sleeved shirt and jeans. My friend and I were running around trying to find envelopes in these little mailboxes, which told you clues to find the other mailboxes. Some were hidden very well! In fact it took 3 tries to one mailbox! But like I said before, after a while it did get pretty tiring, although I did manage to take some pretty photos of the scenery and my friends and I did a mini photoshoot. A little bit before halfway I got that weird glazy low feeling. Sometimes when I am low, I am so focused on the thing that I am doing, that I feel a little bit weird, but not that weird that I’d think it was a low. I hope you’re having a great day!

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Until the next post!

Catherine

I’m Back!

Wow, it has been so long since I’ve posted, honestly I have no idea what happened but a couple of days ago I decided that maybe I should start up again, because I had such a fun time posting. I am now in 7th grade, and am at a new school with new friends and new teachers. I’ve also had diabetes for a year! I cannot believe it, time goes by really fast, doesn’t it?

I’m also doing a walk for diabetes and my team is called Cat’s Carb Counters. (I named it myself.) If you’d like to donate to my team, the link is www2.jdrf.org/site/TR?fr_id

I also designed a logo for my team and I’m actually pretty proud of it!

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Oh and I got the Dexcom and the Omnipod! The only problem was that the Dexcom was beeping at school, and what made it worse was the fact that I was at a new school. At my old school, everyone was so used to me having a bag with me, everywhere I went, the bag was always with me and still is, but since I have the Dexcom follow thing, my mom can now see my blood sugar on her phone, the only problem was the fact that the Dexcom has to be 20 feet from my site AND from my phone. However even though my Dexcom was right next to my phone and my bag was around me, it said NO DATA which means, my mom is not receiving my notifications. The first week was definitely something to get the hang of with the beeping and all, in fact, in 2 classes I had to announce that I was a diabetic and that I had all of these electronics on me. But after a while it worked out, and actually telling the class I had diabetes benefitted me, because everytime my Dexcom vibrates (I learned how to set it to vibrate! The beeping drove me crazy!) my classmates know that something is going on with my diabetes, now there are no heads turned to me whenever my pump or Dexcom beeps!

I’m so excited to get back into blogging! Until next time!

KILL FAT!!

Fat is bad! Fat is bad for diabetics!! Today, I had Jimmy Dean’s sandwich with sausage and cheese, it was delicious! (My mom didn’t make breakfast because I woke up early to watch a movie). Anyways, my mom came down and after the most hilarious show (other then the Big Bang Theory, SpongeBob, Modern Family, and the Ellen show), Kathy-Lee and Hoda was on. After that show, Steve Harvey was on and that’s when I felt bloated. My stomach felt like I drank too much soda so it was bubbling down, and I had this horrible headache that felt like a pounding hammer with darts piercing. When we were watching about these ex-boyfriend and ex-girlfriend session on Steve Harvey, my mom asked me what was wrong and I told her. We decided to test my blood sugar and IT WAS 209!! We checked the fat on the nutrition facts and it was 8.5! 10-20 grams of fat spikes your blood sugar which was also another reason I had a whole catastrophe when I posted this big deal about, “The Storm.”

I really just was sluggish, and shaking, and drowsy, my mom decided that we’d go on a walk so that was super fun, just me and her walking around Princeton–Albert Einstein town!!

So, dear, diabetics, watch out for the fat.

Who’s with me? KILL FAT!!!!!

Shoo Fly, Mrs. D…

Sometimes, I just want diabetes to go away. I want all of it to be gone. I wish I could stuff my face with anything, even if I didn’t like that food and take no insulin. Diabetes is a complicated disease, meant only for people who are the right ones to deal with it. Things always happen for a reason. So, if you’re feeling down about diabetes, ask your parent or anybody who is trained to inject insulin in you so you can get a break. You can just break free from that glass box. But there are sometimes when you actually kind of like diabetes, I mean SERIOUSLY!! If you’d read the Fault in Our Stars you know about Cancer Perks, well little perks that I get are Diabetes Perks. Like, as a middle-schooler going into 6th grade, I can have my phone in school! How awesome is THAT!! And I get to eat snack in school, and I don’t even HAVE to feel bad about eating in front of my fellow classmates. There is always SOMETHING good about something that you have to deal with. And, yah know, hard things are meant to deal with!

So, take a deep breath…diabetics, Type 1 or Type 2 are your community, each when knowing how you feel when you’re down.

Cloudy With a Chance of HIGHS!!! Epilogue

Eventually, as you might know, the storm died down. The cobwebs were filtered. The sky is blue. I have updated by Lantus to 19 units instead of 17 and my carbohydrate factor is 18 instead of 20. I just need more insulin because of my growth hormones. But, I barely need insulin when I’m swimming in the swim team, instead I need glucose! It has gone to 48 after swimming at the sleep away camp I was at! Exercise agrees with all diabetics, Type 1, Type 1.5, Type 2, or even pre-diabetics. It’s important to at least exercise once idea and you have to force yourself too and I know I need to instead of sitting on the sofa watching SpongeBob.

DIABETES. Ms. D does not define who you are, it does not define how you dress, or your checker skills or whatever. Does Ms. D change how you act? That’s a half-and-half question, you can either act responsible or act like you do not have this challenge. And I do think I’m acting pretty responsible with this, I do my own shots, finger sticks, testing, Levothyroxine (my thyroid meds), recognizing my symptoms, and doing my Lantus every morning.

I think this storm has stabilized for now, you never know what Ms. D has in store for you…………….

Ugh! Ugh! Ugh! Cloudy With a Chance of HIGH’s!!!!

Today has been a storm. A day for stormy glucose rates. A day of testing over and over.

Today, my blood sugar this morning was 186. I was scared…there is no lying if I’m not scared…nope not at all. We aim for my blood sugar in the morning to be under 100. My mom told me not to worry and to really carry on with my life, this was like my first high sugar in literally forever. I went to Heather Barros art camp and when we were having snack I just tested. My glucose was 310. I freaked and screamed in my mind but I couldn’t believe that number on the screen. I bit my lip. I texted my mom telling her this, there was so much texting back and forth. I tested again with an alcohol pad so there was no trace of dirt (though there still kind of was with the powder of the colorful pastels) and it was 322. I grabbed my water bottle and glugged it down. Water makes the blood sugar go down, it’s basically a rinse.

I went back to work and tested at 11:56 and it went down to (dun, dun, dun) 249. Okay, so it must be going down. I had lunch which was a ham and provolone sandwich and took 3 1/2 units of insulin. At 2:17, it was 307. Oh my gosh! Blood sugar is raining down sooo hard!

Then, I went to a dentists appointment and at 3:09 it was 249. We went to KFC getting hot wings, and mashed potatoes with gravy. And my blood sugar went down to 141. Alleluia!

Thanks to the nurse, my mom called them. The nurse had said to test for ketones when it started to climb up and it was negative. She also told us that the pens sort of run out, they don’t work. You have to use it for only a month and then get rid of it. So, any diabetics, if you are reading this, you should do this.

And eventually the wild storm calmed down and it is a sunny and bright peaceful wood.

My Troubles for Nighttimes

It’s always been hard at night for my blood sugars. The day before yesterday, I was up until 11:44 P.M. controlling my blood sugar. My sugar just went up and down, nd down.

It was annoyingly annoying:
8:07- 113
8:59- 68
9:29- 104
9:48- 121
10:03- 107
10:21- 87
10:40- 97
10:54- 84
11:27- 127
11:44- 135

So, um, it was a very long night and I usually go to sleep at 9:00 or 9:30!

Yesterday, I decided to have an eight-o-clock snack. In Think Like a Pancreas, he said when you’re trying to raise your blood sugar, you should always eat protein and carbs. I had these Club crackers with cheese, so protein. My nighttime range is 140-180 and my blood sugar was 153, I didn’t want it to go down at 9:00 so I ate all of them. So, while eating I was watching Iron Man 2. At 9:00, is was 202. I basically screamed in my mind so frustrated but then I got myself back together. I waited 20 minutes and it went up to 220. I did jumping jacks because usually when you’re sleeping, your blood sugar goes up. At 9:39 it was 179, so it definitely went down and I got to go to sleep. The next day which is today was 111, perfect blood sugar!