Yesterday was not a fun day. Basically, it went like this. Sat in my office chair almost all day, didn’t eat lunch because I completely forgot all about it, before dinner had a 581 blood sugar and before I went to bed it was 115. So what happened in between? I honestly don’t know.
Around 2 o’clock I tested and the meter read 145 and I went right back to work and didn’t even eat anything. I did forget to take my Levemir in the morning, but I didn’t want to take the morning dose so late and then would need to adjust the night time dosage of it as well. I am taking half my Levemir at night and half in the morning. After a quick trip to Target, which everyday is either a trip to Target, Walmart or the Dollar Store when you are married to a teacher.
Our spaghetti and meatballs were almost done so I decided to test again….581. Wait, what did the meter just say? I tested again, now it just said HI, like it was playing with me. I told Amanda that it was crazy high, so I would not be eating dinner with her and I would eat later. After taking a massive amount of insulin for a correction and drinking a lot of water it was beginning to come down. That wasn’t my only issue at this time.
I also have a caffeine addiction, a really bad one. If I don’t drink an energy drink or a large coffee after lunch, I begin to get nauseous and light headed around dinner time. If I don’t have that caffeine, I have to take a nap or lay down for a bit and then I feel all better, that is until I drink a soda with my dinner. With that little side story, I didn’t have an energy drink yesterday, so mixed with the high blood sugar was also the caffeine withdrawal I was dealing with it, so it was time to take a nap while Amanda ate and hope that my sugar came down enough to be able to eat when I woke up.
I slept for a little over an hour and when I woke up my sugar was now down to 310 or so. I still wanted to wait a bit for it to get down below 200 because I just cooked spaghetti and meatballs, you better believe I was eating it. Once it went below 200, I bolused again for the meal and ate. The rest
of the night my numbers were great, hovering around 115-140. When I went to bed my blood sugar was 115.
I did wake up in the middle of the night with a low, but with some bedside Skittles that was fixed pretty quickly. Now on to today for a whole other advantage with diabetes. Can’t wait!
Well, it wasn’t really a weekend at Disney, but Orlando / Kississimme / Lake Buena Vista, but it’s just easier to say Disney. Amanda and I absolutely love coming to Orlando for a weekend trip because it’s not too far from our house and we love the Disney atmosphere, because, well, who doesn’t love Disney.
We decided to take a pre-mini honeymoon over Labor Day weekend to just relax and venture around Downtown Disney. This was my first trip to Disney (Orlando) not wearing an insulin pump. Every other time I went, I was on a pump and eating all the wonderful snacks and sweets there was very easy. Just hit a few buttons and bam, insulin delivery. Things were a tad bit different this time.
Our first night there, we decided to go to Uno’s, it’s one of our traditions when going to Orlando. If you have never been to Uno’s or have never have Chicago deep-dish pizza then you really haven’t lived your life to the fullest yet. I have come to the conclusion that there is no logical reasoning in how to bolus for this meal. It’s a “damn, I better take a shit load of insulin and just deal with the low if it comes later” kind of thing. (Remember kids, don’t try this at home, even with your parents’ permission.)
Not only was I not using an insulin pump, I was fresh out of insulin pens and was using the old school syringe and vial method of insulin delivery. The bathrooms in Uno’s was perfect for a dude who had to take an insulin shot in private. If I am drawing insulin from a vial with a syringe, I will tend to go to the restroom to do so, if it’s from a pen, I’ll shoot it up right at the table.
After Uno’s we decided to head on over to Downtown Disney, which was walking distance from our hotel, so I thought the walk would definitely help with the carbs and blood sugar dilemna that I thought I would be having because of that amazing deep dish pizza. Guess who’s blood sugar went low while at Downtown Disney after walking around for almost two hours? Guess who was also ordering a Mickey Mouse rice crispy treat covered in dark chocolate, then smothered in Reece’s Pieces and topped with a white chocolate swirl?
If there was ever a perfect time for a low blood sugar it was then.
The next day was all about the outlets. If you haven’t been to Orlando, they have three sets of Outlets, two of them are the nationwide Premium Outlets and they also have a smaller Lake Buena Vista Outlets. It’s usually Amanda’s goal to hit all three! Fortunately, for me, it was about 95 degrees all day and Amanda was over it after the first stop of outlets. I was also about over standing out in the heat and was feeling like I needed to eat because my blood sugar was trending down. Quick lunch at Joe’s Crab Shack raised my sugar a bit too high than I would have liked a couple hours after eating. (This exact Joe’s Crab Shack was robbed the very next day).
I knew that we were going to CityWalk at Universal Studios and would be out pretty late, so I don’t like not having a “stable” blood sugar before going out for a long night. This was definitely one of those unstable times, high morning, low before lunch, higher after lunch, high before dinner, etc.
After making pit stops to Margaritaville, Fat Tuesday’s, and Pat O’Briens, it was time to get some food. When we decided to eat at the food court in CityWalk, I didn’t realize there was no bathrooom and I have to go all the way downstairs and have a pretty long walk to get there, just to take an insulin shot, so I went against what I said earlier about not drawing up a syringe at a table. I not only had to take my bolus, but it was also time for my Levemir, so it was a double shot! No weird looks, so I would call it a success.
All in all, my last trip to Disney, without an insulin pump was not that bad. I thought that it would be more of a pain in the ass to draw up shots everytime that I wanted to snack, but I found myself just not snacking as much as I would have if I was wearing my pump.
Next up, the real honeymoon on a cruise, now that’s going to be interesting.
Less than one week away from getting insurance again. I am super excited and haven’t been this excited in a long time. It’s been a struggle without the insurance and I would never want to have to live through it again. My A1C has gone up since I haven’t had insurance and easy access to supplies, but luckily the DOC pulled through and really helped me.
I can’t wait to be able to help others in the DOC out.
September 1 just please hurry up and get here!
Life Is Short, Laundry Is Eternal: Confessions of a Stay-at-Home Dad is by far one of the best books that I have read in a long time. That could be the end of this review but I should probably tell you why it’s one of the best. It has taking me a long time to finally write the review, but I finished this book in less than 2 days because I couldn’t put it down.
As some of you may know, I work home. I work for myself, actually for my clients, but you get the point. Amanda is a teacher, so that means she is gone most of the day and I am home all day. Since I feel that being a teacher is one of the most important jobs in our world and I understand how hard she works, I like to make sure the house is cleaned, dishes are done, food is cooked and laundry is done. So, even though we don’t have kids, I am a stay at home dad in training.
When I first met Scott in real life in Indianapolis, I loved the fact that he was a stay at home dad and I couldn’t wait to read the book. There were so many different stories in the book that I caught myself saying, wow, I had that same discussion or thought with Amanda.
Scott does an amazing job telling the story of a stay at home dad by making it funny and serious at different times. Honestly, I think he makes it look cool to be a stay at home dad. Tie in a little sports and diabetes, and you have yourself a best seller
A few of my favorite chapters in the book are:
- The Path to Parenthood Starts with Sex
- I May Be Growing Ovaries
- Her Breathe Smells Funny
- I Remember Having Sex..and the Baby Proves It
- Could I See You in the Basement for a Minute?
I would definitely (this is so cliche, but oh well) recommend this book to my friends and family. In fact, the copy that I have has now been read by myself, my mother, grandmother, and I read most of it out loud to my wife because I was laughing so much throughout it.
If you haven’t read this book already, I hope you enjoy.
Getting a low blood sugar in the middle of the night really does affect all the people in the house. I have had a low blood sugar a few nights in a row and it sucks when I do because I feel bad because it wakes Amanda up. She’s a teacher and with school starting back up again, she needs to get up around 5:30 – 6:00 and when I wake up at 2-3 a.m. with a low blood sugar making noise to get candy or to go out into the kitchen to get some OJ, she always wakes up and stays awake a bit to make sure that I am feeling ok.
This low blood sugar then affects her sleep and trust me, she needs her sleep.
During wedding week when all of my family was here I had a low blood sugar at my house before we were leaving to head over to the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner. At this time, I had my parents, grandmother and her husband, and a few others in my house. I tested and mentioned that I was having a low blood sugar and I needed some juice. My mother and grandmother kicked into action real quick. Mother got the juice, grandmother made a half of sandwich. Then for the next 30 minutes they were both asking me if I felt fine, was everything ok, did I need something else, etc.
This is yet another way that shows how much diabetes affects not just the person living with it, but those that surround them and I’d like to give a big thank you to all of those people.
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What a month July was. There were so many highs, lows, ups, downs, and whatever other phrase you want to use. My wedding was in the middle of the month, but my family flew into town the first week of July and that’s when the vacation in my mind kicked in. I stopped going to the gym on July 3 because of the holiday the next day and then parents flying into town. The week after the wedding was a relaxation week and I didn’t get to the gym at all that week either. Then, the week after that I was flying up to Pennsylvania to spend time with family and have a little reception up there as well, so still no gym.
Since I’ve been back from PA, I haven’t made it back to the gym either. Today is going to be my first day back in over a month, so this should be a lot of fun.
Obviously, by not going to the gym for over a month I have put all the weight that I lost, back on. During this month long vacation, I didn’t eat very well either. In the month of July I probably cooked dinner a total of 5-6 times and ate lunch at home maybe 2-3 times a week, the rest of the days were all eating out.
Also, during this time, my insulin supply was low, so it was pretty stressful not knowing where I was going to get my next round of insulin from. My morning blood sugars have been crazy high since I went off the pump, so I have been dealing with that during the month of July.
Everytime I would try and sit down and write a blog post or read blog posts, or talk with people on Twitter or do anything related to the DOC, I never seemed to have any time to do so.
I am happy for all of the great things that happened in the month of July, but I am also glad that it is over and now that Amanda has started working again with the school year here, I have so much more time to do a lot of the things that I have been missing out on.
I know that I’m a little late to the Strip Safely party, but I have been reading as many posts from others about their concerns with meter accuracy and the great grassroots campaign that has been created by several members of the Diabetes Community. After a high blood sugar that occurred yesterday, I felt that today would be the best time to write about it due to the large inaccuracies from yesterday.
After sitting at the Social Security Administration for two hours in order to get Amanda’s last name changed, we were hungry and tired and decided to grab fast food. While we were dining in, I went to the bathroom to take a shot of insulin with a syringe, and the insulin vial dropped and shattered all over the floor. I figured that I would just eat and then go home and take insulin right away, it would only be a 15 minute difference. Well, that was a bad idea, I can tell you that. Two hours later my BG was 475….well that was the first test. I tested again about two seconds later and the meter read 398. Well, either way that’s high, but I was not very happy with the big difference. Maybe there was something wrong with the meter, or strips, or who knows what. But what I do know is that there is some serious inaccuracy there. read more…
As of September 1, 2013, I will be re-United with health insurance. See what I did there? United Healthcare was my former health insurance company before the whole COBRA fiasco, and now United Healthcare is my insurance company again. I am super excited to have this full insurance again. I can’t wait to order all of my supplies and not have to worry about things not being covered and paying for everything that I need out of pocket or nagging my doctor to provide me with free samples just so I can get by.
I will be on an HMO plan until October which is when open-enrollment is, but even then, I don’t think I will switch to a PPO because it is nearly $700 per pay period, so in total around $1,500 a month for just Amanda and I. To me, that doesn’t make any sense for the fact that Amanda works for a government organization, but it is, what it is.
For all of those that helped me along the way, thank you. I don’t think that I can ever pay any of you back for how much it really meant to me, the best that I can do is now try and help others who are in need of help.
Thank you all once again.
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