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.


Pump vacations

I was fortunate to start pumping insulin on a Minimed 507 pump on September 30, 1997. I was actually hospitalized to start the pump at Oregon Health Sciences University hospital. It was so exciting to no longer need to take shots and carry all of the paraphernalia with me.

I took to the pump fast and rarely took a break from it. A few years ago I did take a one month break. It was really nice to not have a pump weighing down my clothes. However, the major downside was that my blood glucose control was horrible. Try as I might, and with the help of my CDE, I was not able to see an improvement; so, it was a very easy decision to go back to pumping. I haven’t taken a break since then.

I find that in life I need vacations too. Ever since I was served with divorce papers I have been pushing myself hard. I decided that for my own health and well-being that a vacation is just what I need. I can’t wait to get away and just be in the present. I know this will be just what the doctor ordered.

When I return home I will be well adjusted to my unwanted but given to me title of single mom to the best son I could ever have asked for!