For me February is a month with a tough history. It was a year ago this month that my spouse was arrested for domestic violence.
I cried more tears since the arrest then I did in all the prior years combined.
Now I am a happily single woman who is in a safe place and I am living life to the fullest.
An A1c of 7.6 helps too.
I have taken a long break in writing on this blog. Originally, my plan was to have 1 post on Monday through Friday and take the weekends off. A quick look will show that I have not posted since May!?!
I am currently going through the roughest time of my life. Tougher then a diagnosis of T1 diabetes. Tougher then losing the guy I intended to marry to an unexpected death when I was 25 years old. Lately, I have really been focused on fixing the area of my life that is so uncertain. I just haven’t had the desire to write about diabetes.
So, when I feel overloaded, I take a break. Fortunately, for me, I just returned from a much needed and overdue vacation. I went to the mountains to a place I have known my whole life. I took in the beauty of the mountains, some still snow capped, and that sounds of a river. I spent time in a national park and marveled at the beauty. I saw a magnificent falls as well as many elk and 2 moose! It is really rare to see two at the same time.
Being in nature connects me back to what really matters in life. I fortunately did not have cell phone service where I stayed. I enjoyed being disconnected from my phone and tablet which stayed at home.
So, I’m glad to report that I’m back writing now. The words are coming easy. I don’t know how often I will post, but I do hope what I post is helpful. In this instance, I would rather have quality over quantity.
There are so many people who participated in Diabetes Blog Week. I did not have a chance to read as many blogs as I would have liked. However, one that I came across was Diabetic Dani at http://diabeticdani.blogspot.com/ . I enjoyed reading her posts and learning what works well for her in managing her diabetes.
I started my blog one month ago as I wanted to share my experiences in living as best as I can with Type 1 diabetes for the last thirty years. I hope what I write might help someone else along their journey with diabetes.
For this post I decided to go back in time to when I was following a low carb diet. This is what a low carb diet looked like for me on one such day.
Breakfast was a swirly egg casserole with zucchini. Lunch was 4 ounces of salmon with a spring salad with nuts and cheese. Dinner was 2 ounces of chicken with kale, a side of pumpkin, and half of an avocado.
It definitely took discipline and a shift in thought to be low carb. However, to have such stready blood glucose levels and much more energy made it worth all the effort.
For me this topic takes me back to my beginning with diabetes. The blood glucose meter that I used took a lady bug sized drop of blood and two minutes for a result. After one minute you had to wipe the blood off of the test strip. The meter was large. One thing I liked about it is the chemstrip had two colors that appeared and you could match the strip up to the test strip bottle to find out your reading. This was really convenient if you did not want to have to lug the meter around.
Of course, it has been great to see all of the improvements in glucose meters over the year. I am sure glad that mine does not need a large drop of blood and that it will even let me add more blood if need be. Only taking 5 seconds is very nice. I am thankful for these improvements and look forward to more in the future.
The first and easy answer that came to my mind for this question was that I still have a Dexcom Seven Plus with my stash of diabetes supplies. I need to dispose of this as it is of no use to me or anyone else.
I have noticed over my 30 years with diabetes that it is easy to hold onto diabetes supplies that I once used. I need to go through my supplies and see what I no longer have a use for.
Hypoglycemic unawareness has been with me for 28 years. I have far more low stories then I think I could ever share. I will share some of them, but the really scary ones of which there have been a few, I do not feel comfortable sharing online.
complete challenging races. The race I am most proud of completing is the Pikes Peak Ascent. This race starts in Manitou Springs in Colorado. The race is 13.32 miles in length with an elevation gain of 7,815 feet when the race ends at the summit of Pikes Peak which is at an elevation of 14,110 feet. I completed this race in 2002.
I have always enjoyed pushing myself physically and completing this race was something I was really proud of doing. I ran at the start for a bit and then walked up the mountain as fast as I could. If you don’t pass certain check points in the right time, you are not able to continue the race and must make it back down the mountain.
My sister was concerned with me doing the race as she wasn’t sure how my blood glucose levels would do. Thankfully, they did fine and did not complicate me finishing the race. It felt so good to reach the summit!
Exercise has always been something I enjoy doing. This morning I had some errands to run so I decided to get my exercise in by walking to the stores. Thankfully, I had my raincoat with me. By the time I made it home my pants were drenched in rain. My pump has covered up by a sweat shirt and rain jacket and my Dexcom CGM receiver was also covered up, so those were kept safe as they were each working to keep me healthy.
I am so thankful to have the CGM as it makes me less scared of going low after a workout. I certainly will be glad when I don’t have to carry a receiver with me as it weighs down my pants that are already weighed down by my insulin pump.