News For The Cleaning Lady

It has been an incredibly busy two weeks so I decided to spend my first day off deep cleaning my home.  Happy Sunday to me.  I have a confession, cleaning makes me happy and I know that the rest of my week will be more productive because everything is in it’s place.

I kicked off my cleaning spree around 10:30am and even put on gym shorts and running shoes.  I wanted to be on my game for this day long adventure.  At around 2pm I realized I had about 412 projects going and most of them were about 64% complete.  Bed is stripped and sheets are in the dryer, shower is ready to scrub and dust bunnies are begging for mercy.  Unless the bunnies can pay rent, I am evicting them and their friends.

At some point around 2:45 it dawns on me that I am not completing anything.  DING, DING, DING…  this sounds like low blood sugar. Continue reading

Cottonmouth Confession

I recently woke up in the middle of the night and realized my mouth was SUPER dry.  First thought –  high blood sugar.  I scrape myself out of bed and test my blood sugar.  I was relieved my blood sugar was 107, but was left wondering what was causing this sudden dry mouth.  I went back to bed and woke up a few hours later and realized I had been sleeping with my mouth slightly open.

BINGO – sleeping with your mouth open = incredibly dry mouth.  I pray I didn’t swallow a spider.

As a diabetic, I constantly second guess everything in my life (dry skin, blood shot eyes, even a minor scrape).  Every once in awhile when you discover that your recent ailment is just allergies or something “everyone” else experiences, it is kind of nice.

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Walgreens Worked a Wonder

Insulin at the pharmacy

No, I have not been paid off. No, I am not in the pockets of big pharma. No, I do not purchase all prescriptions from Walgreens. Yet, my perspective on pharmacy refills took a turn for the grateful last week with the singular effort of one pharmacist.

In accordance with a common theme, I was looking to pickup a prescription right as I need it. Picking up a prescription early has never crossed my mind. Due to some insulin resistance from scar tissue (referenced here), I made the switch back to the pens (Lantus and Novolog). When I called Walgreens expecting it to be ready within the next hour, relayed to me was the news that each prescription would be costing $150 under my coverage (BCBS Oklahoma under HealthCare.gov). Continue reading

Early Menopause or Just a Low Blood Sugar

Sweaty Woman

 

You would think with 30 years of diabetes under my belt I would have a pretty good handle on this disease, but I am still amazed by how my blood sugar affects my body.  A recent middle of the night low reminded me of an interesting conversation I had years ago.

Barbara, my former high school teacher and recently diagnosed adult Type 1, was kind enough to attend an outdoor event I was hosting.  She sat down next to me as I was suffering a serious low blood sugar (sweaty, not able to put together a complete thought, etc.).  We cursed how the serious lows seem to pop up at the most inopportune times.  She has a dry sense of humor, which I totally appreciate, and made a comment that only diabetic women could understand – “Menopause will be nothing – you experience the equivalent of an unbearable hot flash with any major low blood sugar.”  Good to know!!  This inspired me to to compare the symptoms of menopause (Healthline.com) and diabetes.

Similarities:

  • Hot Flashes – Hot flashes can be a sudden feeling of heat either in the upper portion of your body or all over. Your face and neck might turn red, and you may feel sweaty or flushed. The intensity of a hot flash can range from mild to very strong, even waking you from sleep.
    • Every T1D has woken up in a pool of sweat or even worse – had a sweatfest during a social event.

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The Weekend Workout

Yoga is back. YouTube is THE resource for yoga on the internet–many teachers with so many styles. To make a wide-sweeping, not all that educated generalization, I see two different ways to practice:

1) Classic – This is your flow-based, Vinyasa style. Based on a traditional pose oriented routine. Think Sun Salutations.
2) Workout – This is the new age. Without a care about peace and mindfulness. Savasana what? Sweat and fatigue are the primary goals here. Continue reading

How Going Vegan Changed My Type 1 Diabetic Life

Vegan Type 1 Diabetes

In one year, my life with type 1 diabetes changed in ways I never thought possible.

After 12 months of eating a plant-based diet, my insulin needs decreased by 50%. As a 24 year old with Type 1 diabetes, I injected on average 60 units of insulin per day. Now at 25, I dial up 30 units per day. While defying conventional wisdom, I achieved these results while doubling my carbohydrate intake – effectively increasing carbohydrate consumption from 100 to 200 grams per day.

For those not familiar with Type 1 diabetes, let me clarify. People with Type 1 diabetes make no insulin. Every carbohydrate I eat is compensated for with insulin. We with diabetes do not know why our pancreas went on permanent vacation, but it did. I can exercise, eat right, and meditate until the proverbial cows come home, and I will still be using insulin.

How then, can we explain that I am eating more carbohydrates (fruit, vegetables, grains and legumes) but taking less insulin? Continue reading

Tuesday Topic: Medical Research Donations vs. Deaths

Fundraising ChartI came across a recent article, The Truth About the Ice Bucket Challenge by VOX.com, that sparked a bit of anger.  As someone in the non-profit world, charitable gifts are a HUGE component to the success of your organization or cause, and in my industry we have to be transparent as to what the donation will be used for (capital improvements, programming, general operation expenses, etc).  The recent ALS challenge and the statistics from this article brought that gut wrenching question to the surface – where is this money going?  Will it focus on finding a cure or just advancing methods/medications to treat the disease.  Both are very important, but my blood begins to boil knowing that a few companies actually benefit from the focus being on medications instead of a cure.   Continue reading