Saturday, March 28, 2009

1, 2, 3, 4

Here's a meme from a non-DOC friend. Pass it along!

A. Four places that I go to over and over:
1) Home
2) Work (ugh)
3) Walgreens!
4) Micro Center (my husband is in IT)

B. Four people who e-mail me (regularly):
1) My husband
2) My best friend Alanna
3) My sister-in-law
4) Acai Juice Wonder Weight-Loss Drink Pitchman!

C. Four favorite smells:
1) My husband's hair
2) Rain in the summertime
3) Freshly popped popcorn
4) Old books

D. Four places I would rather be right now:
1) Florida with my husband
2) Cashing in a multimillion-dollar lottery ticket!
3) Walking down a street in London
4) Driving out West

E. Four favorite TV shows:
1) The Office (American version)
3) CSI: Miami
4) The First 48

Friday, March 27, 2009

How True

I'm checking out the new dLife Diabetes Timeline and came across a wonderful quote:

"Our characters are strengthened by a perpetual self-control; we have come to detest the pasty and the saccharine in thought, word and deed. We shall be plain and fine with each other. Formerly diabetics died, but now I shall begin to look for the diabetic influence in every aspect of life, in art, science, conduct, a new delicate strength, a restraint and a clearness."

--H.G. Wells, 1934

Amazing to think he got it, even then. Somehow I think this is what the Diabetes OC has become too. I wonder what Wells would have thought of all of us being 'plain and fine with each other'?

What inspiring words lift you up when diabetes gets you down?

Thursday, March 19, 2009

The Crazy Train: I Iz On It

Work has eaten me alive. I am consumed with a huge project, a difficult co-worker (who happens to be a friend of the boss IRL...ugh), and wouldn't you know it: a day of 250+ blood sugar levels. I'm beginning to wonder if my insulin has taken the day off.

At home my cat has gone mad with spring fever. He yowls at the bedroom ceiling every morning at 5:30AM, completely oblivious to the human heads underneath his paws. My husband is sick with the plague (oops, flu) and his old hip injury has flared up again. And our work commute has had us coming home late every. single. day. this week.

But hey--tomorrow is SPRING!

I just hope the crazy train goes back to the station soon.

Friday, March 13, 2009

(Almost) Like a Normal Person

The test results are in: my latest A1C is 5.9. My doctor was pleased."You're walking around like a normal person," she said.

Sure, I thought, if you consider it normal to shove sharp objects into your fingers and stomach several times a day. Or spiking into the WTF-300s for no apparent reason. Or see the worry and frustration on your husband's face when you say those magic words: "I'm low."

But it's a good thing to be back in the 5% club, I guess. One more small victory scored against fate. Next up: the annual eye exam in May. Woo-hoo!

Monday, March 2, 2009

Back in the World

Greetings all :-) Finally have time to post an update here. I'm enjoying a rare day at work without someone tracking my every Internet move ):-P

I'm happy to follow up on one of my earlier posts with good news: I had three wisdom teeth extracted about 2 weeks ago, and so far everything is healing nicely. Thanks to everyone who passed along their tips--it was far less intimidating with your knowledge on hand. I went with local anesthesia only, which worked much better for me, I think. The procedure only took an hour and I was better able to take care of myself afterward. I purposely cut back a unit of Lantus for the 72 hours immediately before & after, which helped manage the lows, but I had a couple of what-the-**** numbers in the 400s in the morning the days following surgery. Not sure if it was the stress, the antibiotic, or the Frappucinos I tried to drink to get my caffeine fix--probably all of the above (:-(. (Next time I'll remember to have some flat Diet Coke on hand!)

The dentist prescribed me Darvocet for pain which I ended up not taking...I didn't want to go low and not be able to treat myself. I managed pretty well on big doses of Motrin instead. (Interestingly, the dentist also wanted me to take prednisone for swelling but I refused, knowing what steroids do to BGs. Ice and heat kept it from being too awful.) The big take-away? Kids, get those wisdom teeth out while you're young! :-) I sure wish I had.

In unfortunate news, another ocular migraine hit me last week, the first one in about a year. Nasty buggers :-( They always freak me out, and I never know what to do except cringe in bed waiting for them to pass. This time I actually got a headache afterward, though not as bad as some I've had. Ugh.

Next up on the radar is my A1C, which I'll have done next Monday. Hope it'll be the same or lower than it was in November. After that I would very much like to forget about anything health-related for a while and just take a vacation. Of course, the D never takes a break, but you know what I mean :-)

Stay warm and see you on the flip side!