I am a Type 1 diabetic diagnosed back in the early 60's as a child. I am living in Montreal, Canada and enjoy scribbling about diabetes from time to time. I’ve had my ups / downs just like any person would experience with going through life - diabetic or not. My motto in life? Diabetes does not control me – I control it!!
You can find more posts/discussions at my Facebook page called "The Roller Coaster Ride of Diabetes" and also on Twitter under my name of FatCatAnna. Feel free to "friend" me at both places - since I love to meet up with new folks all around our big blue marble!
Day 4: PROUD #dmpad - Nov 04
Here's the story behind my friend Richard's picture I posted for today's topic. I think at the time he was on the phone wheeling and dealing something from his hospital ... more
The Big Blue Test - You Can Do It - Nov 03
I'm kind of feeling abit down. After my endo appointment earlier in the week - with the weight issue (I wasn't surprised by that - but still brought back memories ... more
A friend of mine here in Canada, Chris Miller is going this route and is blogging about his experience – Too Brittle. He is like me - VERY “sensitive” to insulin. The old fashioned term for this is still referred to as "brittle" – and I have abit of a hatred of that word as you’ll see below. Dr. Peter Nebergall gives a good description on what “brittle” means (you can find his expanded words at this link ) – and you’ll find me quoting him a few times through this blog – because I finally understand myself with his simple description (yes – I’m always learning)–
“Real "brittle diabetes" doesn't follow patterns. Individuals whose diabetes is "brittle" experience unpredictable, out-of-proportion rises and swoops in blood glucose, within short periods of time, as a result of very small deviations from schedule “
So, what’s my beef with the word “brittle” (arrhhh – I hate typing it out with a passion – but it’s all part of this blog). Well, as a sweet faced (NOT) teenager I had this feeling when my German endo would look at me in the eye - with disgust in his face. I know - over dramatization here on my part - that I was being evil/bad with my results (actually - I was at that time – watering down my urine samples - like WHATEVER – the blood draw revealed the truth as we all know). I was undergoing a year long journey towards a delightful DKA adventure – unbeknownst to my Mum –as she’d handed the reins over to me for my diabetes control at an earlier stage than most D-parents (T3’s) would do these days (aka she trusted me). A diabetic diagnosed as a child never forgets things like this (for any parents reading my scribbles – take note).
Now let us skip 40+ years later (I know, I know, insulin has kept me looking far younger than my “real” age – do not compliment me on my model looks ) and I'm finding out that with my fights with controlling my BG to remain stable - not going low so often or high in my BG - that I'm sensitive to insulin. I'm finally understanding that I need less insulin at certain times of the day (and when I say less - it's almost like I'm CURED) - and I'm tweaking my insulin pump programming to relate to my sensitivity to the insulin I give (next step will be seeing how I can transfer this knowledge to Lantus when I go to multiple dose injecting (MDI) again - with the i-port being used for my NovoRapid - aka bolus insulin).
Again, though, as Dr. Nebergall points out – even with tight control (which we “try” to do – without diabetes taking over our lives to the point of insanity) – things go amuck – and here comes that word “brittle” again from Dr. Nebergall …
“These are the diabetics, even practicing tight control, whose blood glucose level "over-reacts" to minute changes in diet, exercise, and/or insulin. These individuals experience unpredictable rises and swoops in blood glucose, within very short periods, as the result of very small departures from schedule. Small changes "break" their control, and they are thus said to be "brittle.”
I had considered islet cell transplant about 15 years ago in Edmonton – and human guinea pigs were being asked to step up. I did – despite my endo’s disapproval (just like he was with my going on a pump) – but I didn’t qualify as I didn’t meet the criteria. The way I comprehended my refusal was I had to be almost on deaths door step, and some of the recipients of the islets in the beginning that I read about – were indeed close to dying (kidney failure, etc.). Now fast forward and they are screaming for participants. The other islet cell transplant that had peaked my curiosity has been the Auckland Island porcine islets– that’s still ongoing (no results yet have been published).
So, the jist of Chris’s blog is that he had just about sunk as low as he could - with dealing with low blood sugars that the last few times had caused great distress to himself and his family members. He cannot live alone due to his being unaware when his BG's drop down. He cannot exercise due to the sudden drops that occur. It's not really life to him - and I don't blame him in what he's undertaking in the hopes that the expense of the drugs he'll have to take for the rest of his life for antirejection - will give him back a better control of his life.
I’ll be following his blog about the steps he's taking in preparing for the islet transplant. I'm just hoping that this will make his life better - and give him a greater outlook on life with diabetes – even if it means a little jab of the juice of life now and then – but more control of his BG’s and outcome on living.
I just did my first Morning basal test – ever – in all my years of MDI (multiple dosage injections) and insulin pump control for my Type 1 diabetes. I’d only ever done an Overnight basal test when I kept on experiencing hypos (low blood sugar) readings) during my beauty sleep and waking up bright eyed and bushy tailed (NOT). Also, as a few experts point out – when trying to get a better grip on your basal regime – it’s always best to tackle the overnight one first. THUMP!! – goldBLUE star to my forehead!
Why did I perform a Morning basal test? Well, I’ve been starting to have more frequent lows a few hours after waking up – with or without a breakfast – or doing activity (remember – I’m trying to shed some weight here for heart protection). It’s gotten to the point the last few months that my day is RULED by how my blood sugar (BG) is doing. Often I’ll have tested prior to going out (remember – always to test your BG before hitting the open road) – and then within a few hours – I’m dropping like a brick. I used to think it was maybe due to stress of shopping (yes – most women like shopping – I detest it immensely – though if it involves hardware / auto or other manly diversions – then bring it on – I’m in).
Yesterday, when I was out getting weekly shopping done – I had to make a bee line back home before finishing off the tasks at hand. I find this EXTREMELY annoying – and at that point – I really REALLY hate diabetes – and how it can take over our lives. Planning to do something – takes back seat to the blood sugar fairy – and at that point – I feel like I’m ready for a straight jacket – since I don’t like feeling out of control.
So, the results of my basal test this morning? My BG’s went down 1.7 mmol/l (31 mg/dl). Not a great drop – but still – it dropped at the same time it seems to do – even after I’ve eaten a healthy breakfast – taken the correct insulin to the carbs I’m eating (that’s another test I have never done – and want to do after all the basal testing is done). I’m learning with age (ahhh wisdom of the Old Type 1 Fart like myself) – that you never can say you’re a pro at anything (just like I can say about sailing, and other hobbies I do – I’m constantly learning new tricks of the trade). I now know that I’m VERY insulin sensitive as I’ve gotten older (as a teen I was using up to 100 units a day of insulin – though that was after I almost snuffed myself with being out of control for a year and ending up in DKA coma – live and learn I say – and luckily for me – I survived).
Tomorrow, as suggested by Gary Scheiner from his 2nd edition book entitled ‘Think Like a Pancreas’ – redo the basal test the next day if possible – using the reduced basal settings . Along with the “bible” of ‘Pumping Insulin by John Walsh and Ruth Roberts‘(now in its 5th edition) – these are my CDE’s that I’ve always used to teach me how to use my insulin over the last 10 years. With no help from my medical team in this area – I am lucky I can wing it on my own – of course – with much appreciated feedback from the D-OC (diabetes online community). The world becomes a smaller place with all the help that you can find from other diabetic buddies around the world!
I’ll tell you – that double espresso along with toast and lemon marmalade and some cottage cheese at 12h30 never tasted soooooo good!! Mmm, it’s now 14h12 – I’m now craving another espresso – time to go test my BG’s ...
Here's the story behind my friend Richard's picture I posted for today's topic. I think at the time he was on the phone wheeling and dealing something from his hospital bed.
We both went to the same high school together - we've never met in person - but we connected thru' Facebook - and he's quite the story teller (some of them crack me up - he should be on stage). I feel PROUD of him for all he's gone thru' over the years with his "die-abetes" he was diagnosed with later in life. This past summer he suffered a viral injection - it was to the point where it seemed like he'd kick the bucket - but he fought back with a vengance - along with his wife and kids encouraging him on.
Here's his take on the whole thing (he really should have his own blog site!!!) ....
" I was on 130 units of slow acting insulin a day, and another 82 units of long-acting stuff. Plus 2000 mgs of Metformin. I was up and down like a toilet seat. The lows really got me. I would wake up virtually blind, and struggle downstairs to scarf backa quart of orange juice. Then...I got this weird virus back in May. Perhaps a tick-borne thing, but the tests didn't come up with anything definitive. Anyway, aside from nearly killing me, it pushed a 'reset button' with my die-abetes. Now weight loss is easy. I can cut my carbs, keep caloric intake to say 800 a day if I want to, and even miss a meal and not crash. Go figure. Even my eye-sight has improved. Halloween, I cheated by stealing some of my kids' candy, and figured I might take some insulin for giggles. Made me feel awful.
It is too weird, and I am crossing my fingers on this one. Also I exercise at least 30 minutes a day. Enough to get a sweat going, but not a drizzle. A gentle glow perhaps is how to describe it. "
NB: To see a less elongated picture (not sure - after I posted this - it looked "strange" - even with adjusting - just go to the this link - it should look more normal!
I'm kind of feeling abit down. After my endo appointment earlier in the week - with the weight issue (I wasn't surprised by that - but still brought back memories from my younger days at home). I really wanted to start getting more active - with taking part in the #BigBlueTest that runs until November 14th which is World Diabetes Day (#WDD). Each time you post your results for the #BigBlueTest you trigger a donation on your behalf to nonprofit groups that are providing life-saving supplies/services/education to people with diabetes in need - it's that easy (and no - you don't have to fork out any monies to do this).
You simply log the info requested with your pre-exercse #bgnow (blood sugar or BG) - exercise - then retake your BG. It's that easy!! You can even post the results if you link up via your Facebook/Twitter or Instagram account.
Easy - or it should be if you're not having a low when you go to test. I'm finding it abit difficult due to my BG's misbehaving when I WANT to exercise. I don't have time to wait for my body to play catch up with what my brain wants to do. It's soooo darn frustrating!!! This doesn't only occur with exercise in many of us - but just normal every day routines like going shopping, fill in the blank here. If you're going low - you can't function normally - it's like you're DRUNK!
It's like I know - I shouldn't have started my exercise (I actually did less today due to going low - along with lower speed) - but waaahhhh - after my parents statement to me after they'd read my blogabout my weight - they still don't quite understand diabetes - and why we aim to have tighter control of our health. I don't manipulate my insulin for my food intake - it's the total opposite. SCCRRREEEAAAMMMM (feeling like a teenager again at home here ).
This is where diabetes comes into play for many of us - either starting low (I like to aim between 00-200 mg/dl or 5.5-11 mmol/l) - or you're going along fine - and then BANG - you're going low (hopefully you aren't hypo unaware). I've had suggestions of what to do - which I've tried (today I lowered my basal rate on my insulin pump by 50%). I know I shouldn't have done the exercise at the BG reading I had of 4.7/85 - but I did.
Anyway, this has probably all come across wrong - just with my parents comment above it really urked me (weight has always been a big issue with them) - I just felt like such a failure - and even after the #BigBlueTest is over - I want to continue in being more active (like I haven't written about this before).
Well, here's my entry for today's topic of CHECK - for more of the topics for each day this month during National Diabetes Awareness Month or NDAM - see Kerri Sparling's link for all the details (e.g. use the hash tag of #dmpad in your posts in various areas the DOC (Diabetes Online Community) post in)
UPDATE for my posts/pictures - they are going to be scattered due to amount of time I have on my hands - it all depends on my story behind the picture (I like to sometimes put explicit details in my picture posts LOL). Diabetes1.org won't allow me to use the hyperlinks for Twitter/Facebook/G+ - but just search for me under FatCatAnna you will ALWAYS be able to find my contributions at these places if it's not posted here at this website!
I woke up with a low blood sugar (#BGnow) this morning - this was even after PIGGING out on some of the leftover candy bars we had from Halloween (so much for buying a large box of chocolates - when only 10 Trick or Treaters came by on Halloween).
I am terrible when I'm around sweet things - I swear - REALLY I DO - they talk to me. I cannot resist them. I do justify the amount of insulin to eat them - but with my latest weight issue - hmmm - not good.
Here's my blood sugar 4 hours later (10.1 mmol/l or 180 mg/dl) - I hadn't given any insulin coverage (bolus - for meals - my basal insulin still does it' job in the background on my pump) - so not bad for what I'd nibbled on for breakfast ...
NB: DH has now hidden the chocolate bars safely away from me - even if I'm foaming at the mouth angry/spitting/screaming - unless he feels I should have one - he is to resist my pleas for CANDY!!! I am not the Tazmanian devil (the picture below is what was on my door Halloween night).
Also, you can find my entry for Day 1 - PAST - at this link - and it's abit of a shocker (it was for me) - a hint - my A1C number back in '94.
Hmmm, I've been seeing various places within the DOC (diabetes online community) going on about this being some celebration of diabetes month (NDAM).
Yuppers, glancing at my calendar on my wall - THIRTY days of advocating in many different forms about my disease I've had for almost 1/2 a century. Boy oh boy - do WE feel special or what?
On further research (gotta love search engines) - I discovered that in the United States - Mr. Obama has declared that it indeed is true. JDRF Canada has as well -along with ADA (American Diabetic Association). I was even surprised after abit of sleuthing that the CDA (Canadian Diabetes Association) website that they have as well! I could probably post more - perhaps from other parts of the world - but I'll leave that up to you to let your fingers do the walking across your keyboard (and if you find any good ones - post them here).
Everyone has their different approach to how to celebrate. I have to admit one of my favs has always been the Lee Anne Thill's World Diabetes Day Post Card Exchange (details can be found at the bottom of this blog for 2013).
A new one I've come across this year is well known American advocate/blogger Kerri Sparling's of Six Until Me - Diabetes Month Photo-A-Dayproject. I always like to take pictures (have mobile - will click) - so you'll either see those pics posted here at Diabetes1.org OR my Blogger site - The Roller Coaster Ride of Diabetes. All depends on how many projects I get involved in (I mean - there is a life outside of diabetes - right?)
So - what will you be doing this month to tell the world about diabetes? I can't wait to see - but remember - awareness and advocacy isn't just a once a year thing. It's all the time for many of us that advocate / educate.
Remember though - if a person's eyes start to glaze over as you yammer on - retreat - some of what you'll have said will enter into their already over-logged brains - and hopefully they'll walk away with abit better understanding of what diabetes is all about!
Last week I had gone to my local clinic (CLSC) for my blood work for my endo appointment I had on Tuesday. Two hour wait – fasting – wanting to pee like a horse – but I held fast – and wished I lived in Cornwall, Ontario – where you can make an appointment for a diabetic blood work – no waiting. Welcome to my province of Quebec – where we diabetics get NO RESPECT !! It's like lining up for a loaf of bread in Russia in 1915 !
Fast forward to this week – and I’m waiting in anticipation for what my results are. Don’t we all go thru’ this (well – maybe not for you folks that can get your results the next day). Here in my province in Canada – unless you go private - $$$ - or have private insurance coverage - you out of luck - you wait). For some reason, I lucked in on only waiting 10 minutes (usually it’s much longer) – and my endo called my name.
The first thing he said to me as I entered into his office …. “You’ve put on weight – what’s happened?”
I wasn’t really shocked by that statement – since I know I’ve been gaining weight (thryoid tests are normal - I'm just perimenopausal). It's not from over eating – my habits haven’t changed - I actually am eating less due to work load – but my emotional state of being over the past year has been abit fragile plus … I’m a lazy cow (the job I do requires a lot of sitting on my behind).
Of course, as I explained this to him, he nodded, saying “Good excuses Anna”. Onto the scale I went – since my last visit to him in July – I’ve blossomed. I’ve never ever been the weight that I am – even after I’d had my DKA experience as a teenager – where I’d put on weight (memories of my Mum buying Hefty Boys corduroy pants for me always makes me cringe). My Mum was often picking on me about my weight, and made me feel guilty about eating – sigh. Writing these blogs sometimes brings back memories I don’t like to remember.
Promptly he took my blood pressure (BP) and this is sometimes the worst part for me – as I have the well-known ‘white coat syndrome” – my BP is never as good as what I have at home. His first reading out of the corner of my eye was something like 185 over … at that point he said something that wasn’t good. Meanwhile, in my brain I’m going WTF??? He retakes it on another machine – the regular wall version (before he was using one of the home versions we can buy) – and this time – it’s abit better – but still higher than my normal readings – 135/120. Of course, at home, mine are in usually in the 115/70 area – sometimes lower. I’ve never had a problem with high BP.
Of course, he says this is all to do with my increased weight (jab, jab, JAB) – and then asks – “do you eat a lot of processed foods?” I tell him no, that I rarely eat processed foods; when I have time/money I try to do all my own cooking without adding extra salt, etc. Hmm, but inside my head I think … I DO LOVE CHEESE - which is high in salt!!!
So, the jist of the whole visit was that I’ve REALLY got to lose weight - especially with his concern over my BP. He stressed that I become active (he still insists that sailing is a lazy man’s sport – which in away – as a cruiser – it is – you don’t do much – not like he does with his golfing – where you have a goal – to find the hole).
And yes, my A1C despite my DKA episode over my holidaysthis summer – was pretty good (he says normally A1C will rise due to DKA) – it was abit higher – but still excellent. And he admitted, if I’d been on multiple dosage injections (MDI) – that probably the DKA would never have occurred – which I totally agree with him. Pumps do have their benefit - but not when they don't alarm for an occlusion, etc. like George Michael apparently didn't do in my case.
So, now I’m off to test my BG, hopefully accomplish a 30 minute walk, then test my BG again, and post my results for the Big Blue Test that I partake in every year. I’m hoping unlike the other day when I did it, I don’t drop in BG to the point of hypo land, and will be reducing my basal rate on my insulin pump abit (thank you Petronella Peach for that suggestion).
I recently watched the season opener of the Fifth Estate (a show similar to 60 Minutes on USA television) – about the evils of sugar and what it is doing to the populations health around the world (it’s effects on diseases like diabetes to cancer and Alzheimer’s to name just a few).
It was interesting for the most part – it opened my eyes up abit to what sugar does in the breakdown in our bodies (liver – wow does that take the brunch of access sugar). My only concern was how it was made that sugar is EVIL – that we should really avoid it all together. That’s not possible.
Sugar is in in everything we eat – it’s either added – or its part of the natural structure of the item we are about to gobble down. I do believe in reducing my sugar intake but for myself that’s mainly for my being a diabetic (and no – the type I have is not brought on by eating sugar or being overweight - SCREAM – the amount of times I’ve had to explain this to people). My Type 1 diabetes is all to do with my autoimmune system destroying my pancreas which produces insulin, a hormone that enables the human body to get energy from food. Capiche?
What I wasn’t aware of when watching this show – that the American government over the past 5 years has been trying to persuade food manufactures to show more information on their food labels as to the “percentage” of sugar – just like it shows for Fats, Salt.
“ In the USA, there are no government recommended limits for sugar but the American Heart Association recommends 9 teaspoons (45 ml) for men, 6 (30) for women. Meanwhile, USA lawmakers are trying to make information on sugar consumption clearer. ”
To me – this makes sense – if you want to have a more informed population of what they are putting into their guts. As we diabetics all know – especially those of us who match our insulin injections to our food intake – we scrutinize the food label like it’s a mystery novel! Or at least I know I do.
Not only, what is shown on the food label, but also the ingredients that are listed on the food label – make a big difference to what I purchase and put on our table to eat. And we always hope that what is shown on the label is truthful (even more so for those with food allergies – which could result in death).
So, would looking at the percentage of sugar on the product you’re about to purchase make a difference to you? Or would it just be another time consuming factor in your grocery isle experience?
Personally for myself, even though I try to cook from scratch most of the time, yes, it would help determine my reason for buying a product to consume!
How many of us have been designated drivers? As a diabetic, amongst my friends when I was younger, I would normally be the one a) that had a car (and could afford the gas/insurance); and/or b) didn’t drink to the point of total obliteration of the mind. So, after having a good time, piling into the car to head back home (for more partying sometimes) – I would make sure that my friends were okay - glass of water – few aspirins – then be on my way home if I wasn’t staying the night.
Sigh, the responsibilities of being a diabetic when your friends aren’t (I think we younger diagnosed diabetics have to grow up faster sometimes than our nondiabetic mates). To some of you, it may seem like we miss out on all the fun – but in away – I never felt I did (well – hey I did indulge from time to time –I mean I’m no saint). The main thing, I could remember EVERYTHING the next day, they couldn’t, and the stories I could relay to their kids today would be such a hoot - but I won't - don't worry.
The other day, a friend of mine, who immigrated to Quebec about 10 years ago, that I’ve known since the age of 7, called me up, inviting me over for coffee and cake (ohhh homemade cake .. NOT - they don't like to cook <lol>). I actually hear and see less of them than when we lived further apart. Their life is complicated (whose lie isn't?) – and boy oh boy – that could make for a whole other blog – but that’s their story to tell if they can write honestly.
At the time, I knew I had 4 units of insulin remaining in George Michael (my Animas 2020 insulin pump –still going strong into his 2nd year of being out of warranty – hope I don’t jinx him here by saying that). I figured that I’d be okay – my BG (blood glucose/sugar) was acting stable that day (5.1 mmol/l – 92 mg/dl) – so I knew I’d not need to correct with multitudes of insulin if I went high – even with coffee and cake.
I stayed for an hour – chatting up on what had been happening in their life over the last 3 months (boy oh boy – what a soap opera). Then Monsieur George went into ALARM mode – FEED ME NOW!! No biggie, and I guess for some of you reading this, you’re thinking “why didn’t she bring back up? She preaches this to all of us!!”. Well, I forgot, plain and simple. I also knew, that going without insulin for less than an hour would not be the death of me (not like my DKA experience back in August – 6 hours without insulin – NOT GOOD).
So as I attempted to leave (hey –they like to talk – yap yap yappity yap) – my friend was reminiscing about the times I had been low (Hypoglycemia / low blood glucose). If I could have captured the look on their face – of how I looked to them when I was “drunk” with a low – PRICELESS. It was something that I forgot about – that they’d probably seen me that way many times over the past 45+ years – and it was actually kind of neat that they would remember those details – and I was seeing how I looked in their eyes.
They work for a dentist – who is a Type 1 diabetic. They told me that they had asked their boss – incase the he went low – where did they kept their insulin, etc. The dentist was reluctant at first to tell them where it was kept in his office but in the end told them. That’s when my brakes came to an abrupt screech – and I said.
“ You would have given them insulin when they’re low? That’s the last thing you should be doing – they will go even lower!!! "
It actually freaked me that my friend, who is a Dental Assistant, who has known me for so long, would consider giving insulin to someone in that state - and would they know how to test their BG properly to access the situation?
I once again put on my “educators” cap like I seem to be doing alot lately when I'm out on the town – hoping that the simple explanation I gave to them, will ensure that any diabetic that they come across in future, that either may be going low or high (Hyperglycemia / high blood glucose/sugar). I’m hoping it retains in their noggin’ – because obviously knowing me for so long – they still don’t get it (like my Mum who thinks apple juice is sugar free).
It also proves to me – why many of us are so anal about our control – and taking care of ourselves – rather than others (even “trained” nurses in a hospital – and I speak from experience). We know what works best for us – and hope that we don’t get into the situation where we need someone to assist us – without full knowledge of what to do.
NB: When I got back home after picking up a few groceries along the way - I was reading 8.1 mmol/l - l46 mg/dl. Infusion change - fresh juice of life in my pump - back to regular programming!
I’ve been taking part in a Photo Challenge for the past month on Facebook where those that participate change their cover picture daily/sharing it at the groups wall – explaining why they chose that particular photograph. It’s been nice not to be involved in something that isn’t ALL diabetes related – but guess what – with some of the topics … diabetes somehow sneaks itself in!! It plays a role in some of my picture descriptions for one reason or another – yuppers – always the advocate – that I am!!!
Today’s topic was difficult (so far – as I compose this blog – I seem to be the only one that’s posted a picture on the Photo Challenge group page). I actually was stumped - Day 23 – A Gift Day – but then something dawned on me today – after meeting up with someone – of all places – Wal-Mart – in the baking isle – and my picture idea came to fruition ....
To fully understand the meaning behind the picture posted above – click on this link
Here I was, shopping list in hand (for items that were on sale from the flyer - trying not to veer off track– you know me – Frugal Queen) . Meanwhile, trying to cope with lugging a hand cart around as my strength started to ebb (I’m so dumb at times - why not choose a cart with wheels) –since I was now dealing with a low blood sugar (BG). Glucose Stick (formerly known as Quick Sticks) to the rescue as I try to make my brain function just abit longer – to get the last items on my list. Trying not to drip sweat all over the isle floor (I’m not sure if it was a heat flash due to menopause or the low – it’s sooooo confusing sometimes to distinguish between the two that make your hormones go flippy flop all the time). I then come to what I am wanting …. cake mix (think of the Simpsons theme playing here) – sinful to many die hard low carb eats – but in my low flying BG mind –a quick little treat to make up for those “I want to have something sweet treat” or be a bad-A** diabetic.
I noticed a woman pulling a package out of Butter Pecan – and she started to tell me in French that this cake mix was so good – just warm out of the oven … and then she lost me – while my low in gear brain tried to keep up with the fast pace of French. Hmmm, did she say she put frosting on it? Isn’t that high in sugar? Diabetes – rears it’s head again - stop taking over my sponge brain ….
I then started to tell her I was a Type 1 diabetic – blah, blah, blah – she then switched to English when she heard me stumbling with my French (later I told her – glass of wine – or funny smoke stuff makes me better at understanding ANY language thrown at me – or my speaking it). Then she reveals - she is diabetic too - a Type 2. Je suis trop bête!!
Of course, her Type 2 is not your usual diagnosis – being overweight / older / etc. – but because of having pancreatic cancer. What is left of her pancreas (and here I was invisioning how small the pancreas is – and that the surgeon managed to leave a teeny tiny portion of it there) seems to be performing okay but her doctor was talking to her about going onto an insulin pump.
Viola!! As my blood sugar started to creep back to normal - and my lips keep on flapping (yes – I was breathing inbetween my yapping – and listening to her as well) – up goes my t-shirt – George Michael my pink insulin pump flashes his pearly whites - "hello baby" – and well – you know the rest – showing the infusion set (now – who doesn’t do the same thing as I do – I’m proud to show my tummy to total strangers).
So, the good thing out of all of this? After exchanging contact info - I now have someone who is interested in learning about insulin pumps - how I've done it all these years since the 60's (I guess they think I know what I'm doing ). Though I may try to educate her on trying out MDI ((multiple dosage injections) ) prior to going onto a pump first – since she’d be paying out of pocket as she’s self-employed (I can give her suggestion for applying for Disability Tax credit (put link here).
In the end? I got home, feeling so hungry that even the cat food I doled out in their dishes made me lick my lips (oh oh – is the real cat woman coming out of me again???) – I realised that the gift I really appreciate is the food I can buy – that normally is considered not good (though in the picture there is some “not so bad” food – remember – I can cheat – I’m on insulin).
BTW, the pizza ... DELICIOUS ... the almond chocolate milk (my first time having this) ... OMFG DELICIOUS (forget beer with pizza - chocolate milk wins hands down - well at least for me today).
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