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I Gave Up Soda and Juices for hint Water – Sponsored Post

A few months ago I was sitting at the dinner table pouring the remaining diet soda from a 2 liter bottle. I realized that I just opened this 2 liter at lunch time. I thought about how much water I had to drink that day and the answer was easy…. none.

I had a few cups of coffee and a bunch of soda throughout the day, but no water.

It’s no wonder why I felt sluggish all the time. The amount of water I was drinking was extremely low.

My wife would come home with the 12-packs of diet soda, 3 for $10 and they would be gone by the time the next shopping trip came the following week.

I’ve always forced water down just because I knew I needed it. Whether it’s because I am going to the gym and want to be hydrated or I am dealing with a high blood sugar and I need to hydrate and flush my system, I’ve just always had to force the water down.

I can’t remember the last time I thought to myself, “I could really go for a nice ice cold glass of water”.

Just last night I thought to myself, “I could really go for a bowl of ice cream”, but that’s a totally different story!

hint logoThe story of how I came across hint water goes like this. Every Monday I receive the Gary Vaynerchuk Hustler’s Digest and for a while, he was allowing brands to do a giveaway or discount at the bottom of his newsletters. I just so happened to be sitting at the computer at that exact time on a Monday when hint was giving away a free case of water.

I was one of the first 200 or so people to sign up for the free case of water.

I actually won something from a newsletter, sort of.

I’ve tried plenty of different flavored water options. Flavored, soda water, powder mixes, liquid squeezers, everything. And nothing tasted right. So, at first, I was not sure if I was going to even like the hint water, but I figured I’d give a try.

My thoughts on flavored water changed when I tried hint for the first time.

Yes, this is a sponsored post, and yes, I really do drink hint and think that it’s amazing.

I love hint because it tastes natural and real. Because it is.

hint Water Variety PackI’ve been drinking hint for a while now and drinking water is no longer something that I force. I love the taste of the watermelon infused water. It’s not overwhelming to the point that it tastes fake and artificially sweetened.

It actually tastes like water with a hint of strawberry.

Now, I must say that I haven’t fully substituted hint out for all water consumption in general. I still drink a glass of regular water in the morning, before and after the gym (when I actually go) and one at dinner. But, I have replaced soda, juices, and other sparkling water drinks with hint.

When I first tried hint after winning the GaryVee giveaway, I tried their original fruit infused water. I was then able to try their hintfizz water as well. The hintfizz is their version of sparkling water and has some carbonation to it. I like to drink this at dinner time because the carbonation gives it that feeling of drinking a diet soda, but without all the bad that comes along with it.

My wife and I have even started giving our daughter hint water. Her favorite is the watermelon. Which makes total sense hint fizz Water Variety Packsince her favorite fruit to eat is watermelon. She now always asks “daddy, can I have some watermelon water please?”

Of course it’s impossible to say no when she says please…. right?

As I mentioned above and I will repeat it again here, this is a sponsored post, but these are my true feelings about hint. I wouldn’t promote something and share with you if I didn’t use it myself, and also love it myself.

That’s the main reason why I decided to do this sponsored post.

I’ve heard a lot of people with diabetes talk about not drinking enough water because they hate water. Well, this is a perfect reason to not hate water anymore and to increase your intake of water. Most diets that exist today would allow hint to be included in it. For example, hint was just recently accepted into the Whole30 diet.

I still enjoy a diet soda, or two….. Ok 3… when I’m eating out, but when I’m home, it’s all natural infused water.

Just a few facts about hint:

  • Zero diet sweeteners
  • Zero calories
  • Zero preservatives
  • Vegan
  • Gluten-free
  • Non-GMO
  • All Natural

Some of their flavors include:

  • Raspberry
  • Peach
  • Watermelon
  • Honeydew
  • Blackberry
  • Blood Orange
  • Crisp Apple
  • Pineapple
  • Peppermint
  • Strawberry Kiwi
  • Grapefruit
  • And more

You can check out all of their flavors and products at DrinkHint.com

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Mindy Bartleson’s Kickstarter for Her New Self-Published Book

Mindy Bartleson is writing a book and she needs our help to crowdfund in order to self-publish. The Kickstarter campaign is already live, please go  check it out here – https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1535066151/coming-of-age-with-chronic-illness-and-mental-heal

Below is a guest post from Mindy talking about her book.

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Over the years, I’ve adjusted my blog. I wanted to talk about it all together- the type 1 diabetes, PCOS, endometriosis, anxiety, OCD, ADHD, (other diagnoses), loss, and more- because like the title of my blog says- “There’s More to the Story”. I wanted to talk about it honestly- the good and the bad. I didn’t used to do this. I thought I had to pick a viewpoint and couldn’t change my mind. I had to either be positive or negative so I found myself not only lying to the world around me, but also to myself. I eventually changed this mindset and aimed to be honest.

Mental health is important- regardless if you have a mental health diagnoses or a chronic illness. Sadly mental health is taboo and a lot of people don’t see it as important. I used to not acknowledge it at all, but over time I realized how important it is. I also realized that I cannot just focus on one thing in life- one diagnosis- because that means that things can get missed.

About two years ago, I made the decision to start a project. I decided to write a book about chronic illness and mental health. I’m aiming to balance the positive and the negative together on growing up in general but also with chronic illness and mental health along for the ride.

Over the past two years, writing this book has pushed me to process a lot of my past. All of it. I’ve seen how far I’ve come and realized the importance of so many situations.

I’m pursuing self-publishing and utilizing crowdfunding to make this dream happen!

Mindy is self-publishing an honest book about growing up with chronic illness and mental health. She wrote the content before rose colored glasses impacted her experiences too much. To help this book get published, you can visit the crowdfunding page to learn more, back her project, and help spread the word. You can also follow Mindy on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and her blog “There’s More to the Story”.

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fever with diabetes

A Few Day Fever

A couple of weeks ago I was back up in Pennsylvania visiting family. After coming home from my brother’s house where my daughter and two nieces and one nephew were playing for a few hours, I felt extremely tired. I wasn’t sure if it was just the exhaustion of watching 4 kids play and runaround or the lack of sleep was just catching up to me.

I ended up falling asleep around 9-10 p.m. that night. I know that might sound late to some people, but to me, that is early.

The next day I was still a little sluggish but decided to go to the park to meet up with my friend’s kids and I just felt like crap. I was just sitting on the bench watching the kids have fun, but didn’t feel like getting up to do anything.

Ketones

My first thought was ketones. Definitely ketones.

Now, let me give a little history here. In my 14 years of living with diabetes, I have never, ever, checked for ketones at home.

Never.

My mentality has always been to just drink a lot of water when I had a high blood sugar or just felt sluggish with a “normal” blood sugar.

My brother was coming to the park too, so he was going to bring my some ketone sticks to check. Well, as soon as I got home, I checked and I had trace ketones.

I guessed right. That’s why I was sluggish and tired.

But then several hours later I felt warm.

So I checked my temperature.

101.4

Ut-oh.

That’s not normal.

Fever

I went for the Tylenol and hope that the fever broke and I would be ok.

Well, this went on for 2 days. Fever would go away, then come back, then go away and come back with the help of Tylenol.

I didn’t want to take Tylenol for more than 2-3 days so I knew that come Monday morning I was going to the doctor.

Now I know that with type 1 diabetes, you shouldn’t mess around with a fever, but here’s why I did.

No Out of State Insurance

My ACA insurance plan is only good in the state of Florida. I didn’t know that when I chose the plan, but if I went to the doctor or ER in PA, I would be set back a couple hundred dollars, if not more.

I was willing to go to the doctor or ER on the 3rd day if I had to, but I wanted to try and beat the fever.

Luckily, on the 3rd day I woke up and the fever was below 99.1. A few times it crept to about 99.3 that day, but nothing higher than that.

Now, I thought this was weird because I had an appetite, I wasn’t vomiting or feeling like I had to. Just a fever and tired.

I also had trace ketones the whole time this was occurring as well.

I am the type of person that coughs once and freaks out and thinks that something horribly wrong is happening. So I kept freaking myself out that something more serious was or still is going on.

Now that I am back in Florida I have set up a doctor’s appointment for next week to just get a check up and make sure everything is working inside of me.

I know that if you are reading this you are probably screaming through the computer screen or smart phone, that I should have went to the hospital or saw a doctor.

And you are 100% correct. I should have.

But I chose not to, so now I am hoping that it wasn’t anything serious that had long lasting effects on my body.

But we shall find out soon enough.

Bright Spots and Landmines Review on YouTube

Hey everyone. I finally did my review of Adam Brown’s Bright Spots and Landmines and decided to do it over on YouTube. I have embedded the video just below, but you can also click over to YouTube to watch the video with this link.

In order to be eligible to win the FREE copy of Adam’s book, you must Like, Comment and Share the video on YouTube.

If you’d like to purchase Adam’s book you can do so with this link (http://amzn.to/2uxOfHO), I believe it is priced at less than $7 which is awesome.

Hope you enjoy!

My Backup Plan When My Insulin Pump Fails

The other night I was up late working and needed to rewind my pump and fill up a new reservoir. I knew the battery was low, but I was hoping I could just make it to the morning because I was in my office where I didn’t have any spare batteries.

While in the middle of rewinding the pump alerted me that the battery was dead and the pump needed to be restarted. Once I restarted, I tried to rewind the pump again, but I could tell that it already finished rewinding.

I attempted to rewind and it would get another area and need to be restarted.

This just kept happening over and over and over.

At that time, I knew the pump was having some sort of motor issue and was done.

This was at about 1:45 AM.

The back up plan was needed.

Luckily, I always try and keep some form of long-acting insulin at home. I usually get this from my endo as samples that haven’t been used and she needs to get rid of.

I took a lower dose of what I would normally take for basal insulin because I knew I had a lot of insulin on board at the time.

First thing in the morning, I called Medtronic and went through the troubleshooting and determined that indeed the pump was not going to work. Since the pump is under warranty a new one would be sent out to me overnight and I would receive it by noon the next day. That’s almost a 24 hour turnaround time.

Replacement MiniMed 630G Insulin PumpPretty amazing.

The point of the story here is that we all must have a backup plan if using an insulin pump.

Do you have one?

Do you have any long-acting insulin? Do you have your pump settings saved? Do you know how much basal insulin you need?

If you don’t have a plan yet, then I highly recommend speaking with your doctor or healthcare professional in order to create an insulin pump failure backup plan.

As I was finishing this up, I heard the horn.

There was the big brown truck with my replacement pump.

Time to get connected again.

Here’s a link to the first unboxing of the MiniMed 630G, this should bring back memories.

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Weekend Reading – July 15th, 2017

I catch up on a lot of reading on Saturday’s so I decided to just start sharing some of the posts that I’m reading from the week before.

I’ll be doing this every Saturday in my weekly email newsletter.

So, if you would like to see what I’m reading and get weekly updates from the DOC then sign up below:

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Here is a little taste of what you will see every Saturday.

New in Diabetes Drugs: Healthier Hearts, Improved Glucose Management – DiaTribe

Flashes of Diabetes Inspiration from Friends For Life 2017 – DiabetesMine

Could Gene Editing Be Used to Cure Diabetes? – DiabetesMine

Why People With Type 1 Diabetes Shouldn’t Compare Themselves With Others – Diabetes Daily

COLLEGE DIABETES NETWORK ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP WITH AGAMATRIX – College Diabetes Network

WHAT I WANT MY DAUGHTER TO KNOW ABOUT MY DIABETES – Medtronic The LOOP

Recipe for FFL – Six Until Me

I’ve Been Nominated for a WEGO Health Award

I’ve been nominated for a 2017 WEGO Health Award. I have been nominated in the Healthcare Collaborator – Patient category. I am honored to have been nominated.

This aware is for people who speak at conferences, consult with healthcare companies to try and make change in the healthcare industry.

This is something that I am passionate about, and one reason I receive a lot of negative feedback from some.

As someone with diabetes, I know that I have to rely on products that are manufactured by businesses in order to survive. So, I can just constantly battle with these businesses or I can work with them to find common ground and help them make advancements with the community as whole.

I have to live with them, so why not live peacefully with them.

You can click on the badge on the right hand side of the screen for desktop or scroll down to the bottom if you’re on mobile to vote.

You can also just click here:

Vote Chris Stocker – The Life of a Diabetic for Healthcare Collaborator: Patient

I greatly appreciate your vote.

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Why I Took a Long Break and What You Can Expect from Me in the Future

Over the last year, especially the last 6 months, I have not been updating this blog as frequently as I did in the past. There are several reasons for it, but the main one is simply for the fact that I just didn’t feel like it.

Why didn’t I feel like it?

Because I am just tired of the constant bickering within the diabetes community.

Just like anything in life, you can never please everyone. I don’t ever even try to please everyone, because it’s impossible.

But I felt like the blog just wasn’t getting as much feedback as it once did, but I was continuing with great engagements on Facebook and Twitter and felt like I was helping people there.

I also stepped back from the amount of interaction I did on Twitter as well because that’s just the worst place in the world right now.

I love Twitter and hate it at the same time.

Twitter has given every one a much louder voice, which in my opinion is a blessing and a curse.

It’s great because it allows people to voice their opinions and be heard.

But it sucks because those same people turn into internet trolls and bullies towards people that do not support them or do not agree with their views.

An opinion is an opinion, it’s personal, it’s not a fact. So, your opinion may not actually be right. To you, it is. But to me, it may not be. Or maybe I agree with you, but I have higher priorities.

That’s what the diabetes community has become.

There are many initiatives involving insulin pricing and helping people get insulin, healthcare laws, partnerships between companies and more. I’ve seen some of these groups attack others because they don’t work directly with their group and support another group instead.

This is just absurd in my mind.

I have written about this idea in the past.

We all have different passions. We all have different things we can advocate for. I am going to advocate for what I feel like I can do the best at. It may not align with you. It doesn’t mean I don’t agree with your advocacy, it just simply means, I can’t advocate for everything because nothing will ever get accomplished.



If you don’t respect what others are advocating for, how do you expect someone to respect you and your cause?

So, what can you expect from me in the future?

I’m going to be here. I’m going to be writing (and Vlogging, which you will see more of my life in general, not just diabetes).

I’m going to be writing about what peaks my interests. What I’m advocating for. What I’m having issues with or troubles with during my life.

You can read, or you can just block me. I’d appreciate the reading choice, but if you don’t like it here, the back button is located in the corner of your browser and you are more than welcome to hit it at any time.

If not, I’ll see you around the DOC some more.

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Weird and Funny Keywords from April – VLOG

Every month I check the keywords that people searched to get to my blog. I like to see questions that people are asking because it helps me answer people’s actual questions. Anyway, some times there are some weird and funny keywords, so here is a few of them from April – https://youtu.be/F69s2g1dBzQ