Thursday, March 15, 2018

#tbt - Dear Lady Sitting In The Magnolia Bakery

I originally wrote this post on September 8th, 2009 - and it's about how awesome  Diabetes Meet-ups are - even when you don't know they happened until it's over! 
Hope you enjoy!

Dear Lady sitting in the Magnolia Bakery:
You kept looking at me and I wasn't sure why.
I was waiting in line with my friends in cupcake anticipation and wondered why you kept staring at me.
I thought it might be because I laugh way to loud- - you know, from my belly.  
Or maybe you thought I was being to silly for swooning over my cupcake like a giddy little schoolgirl, which of course I was!
My friends and I were laughing and recovering after three days of wedding activities. 
N (the bride) was still glowing from her wedding the night before.
We were a chatty, happy, and tired group looking forward to our cupcakey goodness and final moments with friends, both old and new.
My weekend had been truly bolus worthy, on every level. 
A whirlwind of wedding activities, and a flurry of meeting all types of wonderfully interesting folk.
I’d had lunch with a D Blogger Shero on Friday (a post and pic on that VERY soon) and had experienced diabetes moments of bonding with other guests of the happy couple, but I digress.
The line to pay was long and I was DYING for just one bite of the sprinkled frosting- it was torturous to hold my cupcake topped plate and act like an adult. 
Cupcakes me happy and I want the world to know it!
There you sat, a party of 1, at a table for 2-with and with a plate full of crumbs and a folded up Metro Section of the New York Times.
I caught you staring at my pump, YET AGAIN.
I thought maybe you were going to reprimand me, tell me that I shouldn’t indulge if I wanted to be healthy. Maybe you’d say “NO DIABETICS ALLOWED,”unless they behaved.
I looked away and then looked at you again, and you were still staring. Then you smiled and said: I’m leaving, take the table and enjoy your cupcake.
Me: Thanks, but we need a bigger table. 
You glanced at my pump one last time and got up. 
You grabbed your handbag and Times & turned to leave, but just before you walked out the door you turned, looked straight in my eyes, and flashed me your insulin pump and a smile.
You were gone before I could say anything and my friends (who had missed the whole lightening quick exchange because they’d been debating between Vanilla Banana pudding Vs cupcakes) and had missed it all. 
I could have run out and tried to catch-up, but I still hadn't paid for my cupcake. 
I smiled and said nothing. It had happened in a matter of seconds, in a crowded Cupcake bakery of all places.
It was unspoken moment of D-bonding at the Magnolia Bakery on 69th and Columbus, in the city that never sleeps.
Another beautiful moment in a weekend of many.
Thank you for sharing, without even uttering the the "D WORD." 
Kelly K

Monday, March 12, 2018

Diabetes By The Numbers - On A Monday & Before 3:30 PM

Diabetes By The Numbers  - on A Monday & Before 3:30 PM
I've decided to catalogue today's numbers because it's amazing how much time, energy, and thoughts we devote to our diabetes throughout the day - even when out numbers are in range.... and especially when they aren't.
Also, diabetes is fucking weird, man.
7 blood sugar checks so far today. SEVEN - and started at 2:54 a.m.

2:54 a.m. - I woke up from not the greatest of slumbers and thought I might be low. 
I was 129 and didn’t correct. 
WHY DIDN'T I CORRECT? Because I was 159 when I went to bed and didn't correct, because I had 0.60 insulin on board and didn't want to risk going low in the middle of the night. 
When I woke up at almost 3 a.m., things were heading in the right direction.

7:15 a.m. bg 249 and I'm like: WTF, there’s no fucking way that can be right. I check again one minute later.
7:16 a.m. bg reads as 241- W.T.F. 

Breakfast blood sugar was 241 ( I have no idea why,) bolus for 40 grams because coffee (and yes, I like mine with extra cream and sugar,) and required an 8.25 correction and an extended bolus of 4.25 units followed by the other 
4 units, 30 minutes later.
2 mugs of coffee required - each with an individual bolus - the second one was for 1.9 units. FTR, I bolus for my 2 cups of coffee individually and I've found it to be helpful re: mid morning spikes. That works for me - YDMV. 
My breakfast was not large because 241, bg. Cheese sticks and a small Bartlett pear (8 grams after subtracting 3 grams for fiber) that was not  even close to ripe, but I ate it anyway.  

11:48 a.m. My blood sugar is 134.

12:27 PM  - My lunch bg, 107 - Didn't bolus for the 16 carbs of blueberry Icelandic yogurt or the Food Should Taste Good Chips because my blood sugar was 107 and I still had 2 units of insulin on board.
FTR: I almost always bolus for lunch - but I normally don't have so much insulin on board. 

1:41 PM - I am very well aware that I shouldn't check my blood sugar so soon after eating, but I'm curious because I didn't bolus for my lunch.  BG is 128.

3:04 PM - My blood sugar129

7 times I’ve pricked my fingers today and I will never be a hand model.

2 meals ingested.

48 grams of carbs bolused for - the majority for the two mugs of coffee. 
8 for the unripe, hard to digest pear.
None for the cheese sticks.    
None for the yogurt or chips. 

30.10 units of insulin delivered since midnight
Insulin Total Breakdown according to my Pod's PDM
Bolus(35%) 10.60 units
Basal (65%  19.50 units

I’m still trying to figure out the 241 at breakfast , but have decided to embrace my inner Elsa and let it go or it will drive me fucking nuts. 

35 ounces of water consumed. I need to drink more water - that's not enough. 

Again, still pissed about the 241 at breakfast because: 
  1. today’s numbers are weirdly good- except for 241
  2. I am not super hungry today, which isn't a thing for me - So I'm going with it... for now
  3. I would probably be down by 4 or 5 units of insulin today if it wasn't for the G*d damn 241 breakfast blood sugar!
  4. I'm thinking that my lower than normal numbers are due to yesterday's hike
  5. Still can't explain the fucking 241 bg. 
I’m hungry and I'm probably going to eat a KIND bar.
Twirling like Elsa and letting it all go because shit happens, so does diabetes.

I know and have accepted that tomorrow's numbers will be completely different - because diabetes is like that  - same goes for life. 

As of 10 minutes ago, I'm looking forward to a big dinner. 

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Another Diabetes Option: Accu-Chek® Guide SimplePay Program

Another diabetes option ended up in my inbox a few weeks ago in the form of a Press Release re: Accu-Chek Guide SimplePay Program ( a cash discount program for Accu-Chek's Guide meter and test strips,) and info re: a recent Diabetes Care survey that reported that “more than half (52%) of Americans living with diabetes report the cost associated with managing their diabetes has negatively impacted their finances.” 

OK, not a shocker and an absolute no brainer if you’re a person/family living with diabetes - but kudos to them for getting actual statistics on the subject.

Yes, the cost of living with diabetes keeps us up at night, as does the quality of care re: our diabetes tools of the trade. We worry, we cut back in all aspects of our lives so that we can afford diabetes tools that keep us healthy and keep us alive - the more affordable and accurate options, the better! 

How do you find out if you're eligible for the program and how do you get the card?  
Got online, answer some questions, see if you qualify. 
If you do, downloaded the card for free online at .

Is Accu-Chek® Guide SimplePay Program/Card insurance? No, it’s a cash discount program and it cannot be combined with any form of health insurance -And not everyone qualifies.

What if you're insured by a government healthcare program? 
If you are a Medicare/Medicaid recipient, are in the military or VA, you’re not eligible for the program. 

If you meet the requirements, the Accu-Chek® Guide SimplePay Program test-strip breakdown is listed in the graphic below. 

Bottom line: Life and life with diabetes is all about options, so take a beat, do the research in all dimensions, and see if the Accu-Chek® Guide SimplePay Program is a diabetes option that might work for you. 

Friday, February 23, 2018

A Scientific Diabetes Sea Shanty: Banting's Imparted Years -A Capella Science

I literally just watched this and I'm so damn impressed and cannot get this D Shanty out of my head - and now neither will you!
Watch until the end and learn about Leonard Thompson - the first person to ever receive an insulin injection, our beloved Dr. Banting & Co, the fact that insulin isn't actually a cure, diabetes orgs, and the amazing Tim Blais and his A Capella Science !
Shoutout to Erin from Sea Peptide for originally posting on her personal facebook page!

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

#SpareARose - Save A Child

It's Valentine's Day - a day when people break bank to show their love.
Here's the thing, you don't have to break bank in order to show your love - or save a child with t1 diabetes. 

For $5, the cost of one rose - you can provide one month of lifesaving insulin, blood glucose tools, and life enhancing diabetes education to a t1 child in a developing country.
Many children living with t1 in developing countries don't have access to all of the above. 
To learn about Spare A Rose, and to #sparearose and make a donation, click HERE
 No child should living with diabetes should die because they don't have access to life saving insulin, diabetes supplies, and diabetes education. 

Be the the change you wish to see. 
#SpareARose, save a child. 

Friday, February 9, 2018

Shine On, Judy Reich

The DOC received the news late Wednesday night/early Thursday morning that we’d lost our friend Judy Reich, 
It’s hit many hard - me included. I’m a mess.
I am devastated over Judy’s passing - every time I tried to put something into words I burst into tears.
This one's for you, Judy~ 
Dear Judy - 
I found out the news just as I was getting ready to go bed late Wednesday night/early Thursday morning. 
It was weird - I’d just said out loud to myself, “today was better than yesterday,” and I looked at my facebook feed one last time - then it wasn’t. 
A mutual friend’s facebook status announced your passing along with a link to 8 News Now's video tribute. 
I yelled "NO" at my phone, clicked on the link and burst into tears and I couldn’t stop crying. 
I was up for hours, crying and talking online with our friends, trying to piece together the how and they whys, and trying to make sense of it, trying to find out what happened. 

And I’m still crying - and the tears keep falling.

Judy - you were a kind; funny, talented, beautiful, and phenomenal woman, I was so lucky to call you my friend, and I’m really going to miss you.

We met online first - and I’ll admit to being a little bit reserved at first, but then we met in real life at the very first UnConference - and you were so full of love and light, I was like: WOW, THIS WOMAN IS AMAZING. 
We bonded over our love of entertaining; theater, being the caretaker for our parents, my struggle to get over the loss of my mother, and both of us being maternal women with diabetes who weren’t mothers. 
That last part was big - it connected it us - and other women (and some men,) in DOC who needed feel that we not only existed - that we mattered. 
And Judy, you were a mother - you mothered and mentored so many whose lives were touched by your sparkled and joy.  

Always kind and filled with love, always making sure your friends were doing OK.

These past few days I’ve read beautiful facebook statuses and blog posts that are true testaments and tributes to the woman you were and the impact you had. 

Judy, you made a world of difference - you helped and encouraged - and you showed that 50 years living with diabetes could be done with style; grace, humor tenacity, a bit of bawdy, and boatloads of showwomanship! 

Your instant messages always seemed to flash across my screen just when I needed them most. When I was struggling; when I was feeling down or lonely - intuitively you knew it - and you started a conversation that would always make me laugh and feel inspired. 
The last time we chatted was after the holidays -both of us were short for time - it was a quick check-in with a promise to “catch-up soon, and a mutual hope that a real life meet up in 2018 was in the cards.“ 
We never got that chance and that is another reason I grieve. 
I'm sad and mad that we won't get the chance to hangout again in real life. 

Judy, thank you for being my friend and for always making me smile. 
Shine bright and shine on, because you truly are a star!
I will never forget you and will miss you always.   

And to my Diabetes Online Community Family - No matter the diabetes type and in memory of Judy, I’m asking that you schedule an appointment with a cardiologist. 

I don’t have the all the specifics, but I do know that Judy’s death was cardiac related.
February is Heart Month - diabetes and heart issues go hand-in-hand - no matter what type of diabetes you live with, because diabetes and heart disease isn't just a type 2 issue.

PLEASE schedule up an appointment with a cardiologist and get checked out. 
Do it for yourself, for your family, and do it for Judy.

If want to send Judy's husband Gary and her mom Arlene Reich condolences, 
send your cards to the Diabetes Sisters offices by the end of February - they will be forwarding them in bulk to the family. 
319 N Weber Road, pmb 163, 
Bolingbrook, IL 60490

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

So...How Many Carbs In A Slice Of Satan's Toast ?

Deadlines are staring me in the face and while doing "research" on the facebook, I saw a link to the following video. 

After laughing uncontrollably, diabetes brain immediately kicked in and thought: 
I wonder many carbs Satan's toast has & will it cause extended bloodsugar spikes? 
What do you think?!