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Kelly Kunik: Spreading Diabetes Validation Through Humor; Ownership & Advocacy. Busting Diabetes Myths & Perpetuating Diabetes Realities. ©2007- 2017 all rights reserved~ kellykunik@gmail.com



Updated: 2018-02-16T04:39:25.391-05:00

 



#SpareARose - Save A Child

2018-02-14T12:45:23.352-05:00

It's Valentine's Day - a day when people break bank to show their love.
Here's the thing, you don't have to break bank in order to show your love - or save a child with t1 diabetes. 

For $5, the cost of one rose - you can provide one month of lifesaving insulin, blood glucose tools, and life enhancing diabetes education to a t1 child in a developing country.
Many children living with t1 in developing countries don't have access to all of the above. 
YOU CAN CHANGE THAT.
To learn about Spare A Rose, lifeforachildusa.org and to #sparearose and make a donation, click HERE
 No child should living with diabetes should die because they don't have access to life saving insulin, diabetes supplies, and diabetes education. 

Be the the change you wish to see. 
#SpareARose, save a child. 



Shine On, Judy Reich

2018-02-09T22:13:36.143-05:00

The DOC received the news late Wednesday night/early Thursday morning that we’d lost our friend Judy Reich, It’s hit many hard - me included. I’m a mess.I am devastated over Judy’s passing - every time I tried to put something into words I burst into tears.This one's for you, Judy~ ####Dear Judy - I found out the news just as I was getting ready to go bed late Wednesday night/early Thursday morning. It was weird - I’d just said out loud to myself, “today was better than yesterday,” and I looked at my facebook feed one last time - then it wasn’t. A mutual friend’s facebook status announced your passing along with a link to 8 News Now's video tribute. I yelled "NO" at my phone, clicked on the link and burst into tears and I couldn’t stop crying. I was up for hours, crying and talking online with our friends, trying to piece together the how and they whys, and trying to make sense of it, trying to find out what happened. And I’m still crying - and the tears keep falling.Judy - you were a kind; funny, talented, beautiful, and phenomenal woman, I was so lucky to call you my friend, and I’m really going to miss you.We met online first - and I’ll admit to being a little bit reserved at first, but then we met in real life at the very first UnConference - and you were so full of love and light, I was like: WOW, THIS WOMAN IS AMAZING. We bonded over our love of entertaining; theater, being the caretaker for our parents, my struggle to get over the loss of my mother, and both of us being maternal women with diabetes who weren’t mothers. That last part was big - it connected it us - and other women (and some men,) in DOC who needed feel that we not only existed - that we mattered. And Judy, you were a mother - you mothered and mentored so many whose lives were touched by your sparkled and joy.  Always kind and filled with love, always making sure your friends were doing OK.These past few days I’ve read beautiful facebook statuses and blog posts that are true testaments and tributes to the woman you were and the impact you had. Judy, you made a world of difference - you helped and encouraged - and you showed that 50 years living with diabetes could be done with style; grace, humor tenacity, a bit of bawdy, and boatloads of showwomanship! Your instant messages always seemed to flash across my screen just when I needed them most. When I was struggling; when I was feeling down or lonely - intuitively you knew it - and you started a conversation that would always make me laugh and feel inspired. The last time we chatted was after the holidays -both of us were short for time - it was a quick check-in with a promise to “catch-up soon, and a mutual hope that a real life meet up in 2018 was in the cards.“ We never got that chance and that is another reason I grieve. I'm sad and mad that we won't get the chance to hangout again in real life. Judy, thank you for being my friend and for always making me smile. Shine bright and shine on, because you truly are a star!I will never forget you and will miss you always.   XoxoKellyAnd to my Diabetes Online Community Family - No matter the diabetes type and in memory of Judy, I’m asking that you schedule an appointment with a cardiologist. I don’t have the all the specifics, but I do know that Judy’s death was cardiac related.February is Heart Month - diabetes and heart issues go hand-in-hand - no matter what type of diabetes you live with, because diabetes and heart disease isn't just a type 2 issue.PLEASE schedule up an appointment with a cardiologist and get checked out. Do it for yourself, for your family, and do it for Judy.If want to send Judy's husband Gary and her mom Arlene Reich condolences, send your cards to the Diabetes Sisters offices by the end of February - they will be forwarding them in bulk to the family. DiabetesSisters, 31[...]



So...How Many Carbs In A Slice Of Satan's Toast ?

2018-02-07T15:16:52.131-05:00


Deadlines are staring me in the face and while doing "research" on the facebook, I saw a link to the following video. 
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After laughing uncontrollably, diabetes brain immediately kicked in and thought: 
I wonder many carbs Satan's toast has & will it cause extended bloodsugar spikes? 
What do you think?!



HOLD MY CARROTS

2018-01-30T13:26:58.157-05:00

Taste the rainbow and diabetes bitchswitch, flipped.I don’t know why some people are obsessed with carrots and diabetes - but get a fucking clue, learn the facts about diabetes, and leave carrots alone - and leave me alone when I eat or buy them - because I LOVE CARROTS. This happened right before Christmas.#####I stood there in the veggie aisle, enthralled by the display of 2 lb bags of large and organic rainbow carrots - guys, they were seriously gorgeous, dare I say stunning?  A literal rainbow of colors - purple, orange, beige - and I couldn’t wait to embrace the rainbow of carrots, chop them up and get them in my belly!Bonus, they were only 50 cents more than the freakish large and weirdly uniform looking Frankenstein carrots  - and I knew they were tastier, because no chemicals. I’d planned on making an amazing carrot ginger soup I’d recently perfected when I got home, these carrots would be perfect. I grabbed two, 2 lb bags and walked towards the produce scale a few feet away.  Side bar: Bagged produce doesn’t always weigh the same, so take a beat and weigh them. In this case, one bag weighed a 1/2 a pound more than the other - and that would be the one I placed in my cart with the other ingredients. As I turned to put the other bag of carrots back, I heard someone say, “You’ll get diabetes if you eat all those carrots.” I looked over towards the apple bins and saw a woman standing in that aisle and with what seemed to be an inordinate amount of kale in her basket, but that's besides the point. She stood catty-corner to the isle, looking at me and shaking her head. I silently uttered ”fuck,” looked at her and said, “I don’t know anyone who eats two pounds of carrots at once and that’s not how diabetes works." Then I did my best to extricate myself from the lecture I knew was headed my way.It was like the baby carrot bbq incident of 2011 all over again - but different. Nine times out of ten, I try and educate about diabetes every chance I get - that's what most of us do. But not this time.This time - on a rainy and damn near freezing night, all I wanted to do was get home, put on my PJs and create the fabulous carrot ginger soup I’d been craving and which ironically, always seemed to be followed by post meal unicorn blood sugars, every time I made it. Which when you think about it makes perfect sense because It’s all veggies - it’s like drinking a liquid warm salad, except that sounds gross and this soup is anything but!I started wheeling my cart back towards the carrot wall, but Apple Annie followed my over. Apple Annie: Carrots are loaded with sugar - they're like donuts. Me: Ginger Donut soup doesn’t sound like it would be appetizing. Apple Annie: Carrots are loaded with sugar - they do more harm than good and mess with your insulin levels. And in my head, I panned left to the imaginary camera and said: HOLD MY CARROTS.In real time and standing in front of the rainbow of veggies, I stepped on my diabetes soapbox and stated: I already have diabetes - I’ve had diabetes since I was a little girl - and not because my mom fed me carrots... or donuts... or donuts laced with carrots. I have diabetes because my pancreas crapped out and destroyed the part of my pancreas that makes insulin - STOP BLAMING PEOPLE WITH DIABETES AND STOP BLAMING CARROTS.And instead of putting the second bag of rainbow carrots back, I tossed them in my cart in defiance and walked past her.And Apple Annie just stared at me like I had three-heads, all of which were happily munching away on rainbow carrots. Taste the rainbow, and diabetes bitch-switch, flipped and dialed up to 11. [...]



Simmering On Low Still Has The Potential To Be Hot AF

2018-01-16T15:59:36.884-05:00

Accidents happen and patience is a virtue. Bottom line: Make sure your hot food cools down before placing it in your mouth - and never, ever take a spoonful from the pot... unless you've made sure it doesn't have the potential to scald you. Seek help when something doesn’t seem right - even if it shows your flaws/stupidity/impatience to the world - because it’s better to be safe than sorry. ########On Saturday night I burned the roof of my mouth. BADLY. The culprit, a tortilla chip topped with delicious chili straight from the pot, that had been simmering on low. It was my fault. I’d thawed out, delicious frozen homemade chili, and had it on a low simmer. 10 minutes earlier it wasn’t hot. 5 minutes earlier it was tepid. 5 minutes after that, DEFCON 5, but by then it was too late. 5 minutes does indeed make all the  difference. What happened wasn’t pretty, it hurt like a MOFO - I could literally feel the top of my mouth swelling on one side.  It was searing pain and also felt like half my throat was closing.I wondered about going to UrgentCare, and after reading about mouth burns and infections on Dr. Google, I went - and even though I felt like a fucking idiot. The Good news: Thanks to the playoff game - the place was empty and the UrgentCare team was kind - assuring me that I wasn’t the only person to end up there because of a hot meal. The Dr. looked in my mouth with some periscope like instrument whose name I can’t remember; shook his head, and kindly confirmed that I had "a hell of a burn on the roof of my mouth.”  He wrote and filled an Amoxicillin RX (apparently, Amoxicillin is a great drug for mouth injuries,) and gave me detailed directions on how to take care of my burn. Directions including: take my antibiotics until I’d finished them; rinsing out my mouth with saline water rinses (made with only distilled water,)  hourly, over the counter pain meds, which I did my best not to take. Lastly, he put the kibosh on tomatoes, crunchy/sharp foods, (chips, crackers, toasted anything,) acidic/fermented foods. And absolutely no citrus, no spice, no hot temp foods,(only tepid,) and NO CHILI.For the record: I never realized how much crunchy, spicy, citrus, vinegar foods I actually eat. I’m sharing for several reasons. 1. The burn happened in seconds and started blistering up immediately.  I felt like I had something stuck to the roof of my mouth - that something was a HUGE BLISTER. 2. Pride almost prevented me from seeking medical attention - and that’s not good - and had the potential to be REALLY BAD. Burns can get infected easily and let's face it, the mouth isn’t the cleanest place, and people with diabetes need to be weary of infections.  I didn’t want to go and like I stated earlier. I felt so f^cking stupid. But I popped some ice cubes in my mouth and went - and I’m glad I did.3. The roof of my mouth peeled Saturday and Sunday (SO GROSS,) and my blood sugars were elevated for two days. Part of that might have been due to the fatty foods I was forced to eat - I don't know. I couldn’t sleep and would wake up in the middle of the night to rinse out my peeling mouth with cold, salt water.4. I was miserable.  Thankfully, yesterday was a holiday and I was able to sleep most of the day away. Yesterday afternoon, I took a friend on FB’s advice and bought the ingredients for Magic Mouthwash - liquid benadryl mixed with Maalox,  and made a mouth rinse that helped ease the pain, topically.As much as I love ice cream, yogurt, cheese, and bread topped with butter, eating a combo of the afore mentioned at every meal (and in frigid temps,) gets old fast. As does rinsing your mouth out with distilled water and salt every couple of hours and only drinking only distilled water because, germs. Today I woke up and I could tell I’d turned a corner - my blood sugar was normal and my mouth wasn’t the first thing I noticed when I woke[...]



Diabetes: Giving Up Control To Get Control

2018-01-03T13:35:09.793-05:00

Starting 2018 with much needed changes that I made at the end of 2017. Asking for help, giving up control to get control. This is me - except my hair never looks this good or this effortless. After my last Endo appointment in November; struggling to lower my A1C; (it's stubbornly stayed at 7.4 since July,) lower my daily insulin intake and drop weight, I decided to listen to my CDE., give up some control and let her and my Endo look at my numbers and make changes. And as long as I’m being honest, I was scared shitless to upload my Omnipod’s PDM to Glooko (which comes with Omnipod purchase,)and have my CDE and Endo access my info. Even though I have a fantastic and incredibly supportive relationship with my Diabetes Team,  old fears die hard, and I was afraid of being judged and shamed - even though my CDE & Endo have never done either. My diabetes team is amazing - and I know how lucky I am. But it’s amazing how old shame and guilt can rear it’s ugly head and cause you to NOT get the help you need. Showing my numbers would mean showing my flaws - which of course I have - and I know my HealthCare professionals know I have them - but now those flaws, were going to be print and available to share via Glooko. Also, lets talk about the the whole "control thing." There’s so much we can’t control on life… and our life with diabetes. Like you, I work hard when it comes to diabetes - and I still wasn’t getting the results I wanted. My a1c wouldn’t budge; I’d only lost a couple of pounds and I don’t eat huge carb filled meals very often - all incredibly frustrating. What I was doing wasn't working - I was taking much more insulin that someone my age and size should be taking.I needed to give up my control in order to get the control I need and crave. I sucked it up, took a deep breathe and did what I was asked. My first round consisted of uploading/ sharing 2 weeks worth of numbers, followed by a second round of uploading and sharing 12 days worth of numbers  - and apologizing for my sucky numbers. 4 days later, my CDE responded in the greatest of ways: “Kelly, please don't ever apologize for your blood sugars. You're obviously putting a lot of work into this. And these two weeks are much more stable than what we saw in the last upload. You aren't staying high, you work hard to bring the BG back down.”She also told me that I was actually doing too much work  - for the results I was getting. Her words literally made me cry tears of joy and I posted about it on fb and twitter.Her response motivated me to take her suggestions to heart and actually make them. My CDE was convinced that I was utilizing too much basal and too little bolus and wanted to closely mimic my old, "less insulin" pattern with a few changes to simplify things. She made drastic changes to my basal, carb ratio, and correction factors and said that if I wanted to wait until the holidays were over to make the changes, I could. I didn't want to wait put them into practice as soon as I received her email - 5 days before Christmas. The changes were immediate. My first 5 days (including Chinese food for Christmas dinner with my family because none of us felt like cooking,) resulted in daily insulin totals between 10 and 13 units LOWER per day, than my old settings. On day 6 the cold; sore throat, congestion, and cough that had been brewing in my system went all mock 5 and I caved. Setting elevated temp basal rates. Here’s the kicker: Even with higher temp basal for sick days, I was still taking between 6 and 10 units less on those sick days than I would have been with my old settings. And I’ve lost 1.5 pounds. MIND OFFICIALLY BLOWN.Things I've Learned/Been Reminded OfThis experiencereinforced that I don’t know everything, ca[...]



Take The dQ&A Diabetes Survey - And Have Your Voice Heard

2017-12-19T12:06:49.927-05:00

I spoke with the folks at dQ&A last week. YEP, impressed. ######There are things I absolutely love about the diabetes products and meds that I use daily and religiously.. and there are things that drive me absolutely bonkers about the diabetes products and meds I use daily and religiously.  There have been times where I’ve literally said out loud: Clearly, whoever designed this (insert name of diabetes technology, accessory, med, whatever), has never worn/used/taken said diabetes technology, accessory, med, whatever!  1. It's so incredibly frustrating. 2. I know I’m not the only one who feels this way.So how do we get our diabetes POV to the people who make and create? A good start is signing up and taking a diabetes survey from dQ&A, ( Diabetes Questions and Answers,) and participating in their patient panel.BackgrounddQ&A was created in 2009, with the primary goal of making sure that companies in the diabetes arena (like Insulet, Dexcom, Medtronic, and Abbott Diabetes Care,) know what we want and need when it comes to the diabetes technology, drugs, and innovation. Speaking of innovation, dQ&A also works directly with new diabetes companies whose products have yet to hit the market.Sidebar: They also rep our community. Last year dQ&A spoke in front of the FDA in support of the agency considering more than just A1c reduction when deciding whether to approve new diabetes drugs and devices. They backed up their claims by using a 3,500-person dQ&A survey to make and bring that point home.And I'm so damn glad they did - because people with diabetes are more than our A1C, and people with diabetes already get judged more than most. You can sign up to take their survey HERE, (results are anonymous, personal info is never shared,) and your feedback about living with diabetes goes directly to the designers and researchers working on today’s - and tomorrow’s diabetes products. I’ve taken the survey, it’s easy and doesn’t take much time. Sign up today, take the survey - become part of their patient panel and participate in future surveys. Your voice matters - USE IT to help yourself and your community. dQ&A’s surveys are global and open to people in the United States, Canada, The UK and Europe. A fee is paid to every individual who signs up and takes a survey, in the form of a check, gift certificate, or a donation made to one of the following fab diabetes charities:US Diabetes CharitiesDOGS4DiabeticsAmerican Diabetes Association (ADA)Diabetic Youth FoundationChildren with Diabetes FoundationJuvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF)Taking Control of Your Diabetes (TCOYD)The Faustman Lab at Massachusetts Generalinsulin-pumpers.orgAADE Education and Research (American Association of Diabetes Educators)Diabetes SistersDiabetes Research Institute The dLife FoundationThe diaTribe FoundationCarbDMBehavioral Diabetes InstituteBeyond Type 1Canadian Diabetes Charities JDRF CanadaCanadian Diabetes AssociationDiabetes Hope FoundationI Challenge DiabetesLife For A Child (IDF Programme)The Diabetic Children's FoundationCharles H. Best Diabetes CentreThe diaTribe FoundationDiabetes QuebecMcMaster Children's HospitalJulia McFarlane Diabetes Research CentreConnected in MotionDiabetes Advocacy UK Diabetes CharitiesJDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) UKDiabetes UKSouth Asian Health Foundation  [...]



Pictures

2017-12-17T15:08:36.279-05:00

Shells Today, I'm not uttering the D word. NOPE.  See Kerri's post for details.Instead - I'm going to post some photos from my own collection.Back story. I love to take photos - and I always have. When I was little I would steal my sister's camera and take pictures. Actually, my sister Debbie was the first person who let me use her camera to take a picture - I was 4, it was shaky and a bit our of focus- and  I still have it... somewhere in a box filled with family photos. I became an auntie when I was 6 years old - and since then, I've taken hundreds (maybe thousands,) of photos of all my nieces and nephews.In 4th grade - I wanted and received an Instamatic camera, for Christmas.When my sister Debbie passed, my parents gave me her 35 millimeter Camera because they knew I'd use it - and I did - until the shutter met with an unfortunate incident with a can of spilled Diet Coke.There was a time I loved having my picture taken - and I was quite the ham. Now...  at least for the most part, I like being behind the lens instead of always front and center. I love taking pictures.Photography helps me see the little details - and the big ones. I love taking pictures of my friends and their children (not posting them, because privacy ,) and they seem to like the results. Photography makes me happy. Every picture shows me a secret and teaches me a lesson.Photography relaxes me and feeds me creatively and spiritually.I need a better camera and I'm hoping to get one this year. Hope you dig~Sea foam, POVPhotographer as subject Atlantic City, back bay view from a helicopter 2017 Women's March, in the City of Brotherly Love,in front of the Philadelphia Museum of ArtMOMA - Louise Bourgeious  - I will never think of spiders thesame way again~Rainbow carrots & co My friend MistyStanding in my rain boots - in the sand and baptized by the sea[...]



Diabetes, Waiting Out A Low Blood Sugar And Recalling The First 3 Circles of Hell

2017-12-13T16:24:41.920-05:00

I originally published this post on February 19th, 2013. Had a nasty low blood sugar of 44 at 3:29 a.m. this morning that woke me up from a restless sleep. I waited it out, drained my bottle of juice and all sorts of weird shit went through my head while I waited for normal to return.This post from 2013 has been on my mind since breakfast. Hope you can relate. ######Every now and then weird shit pops into my mind, whether it's a commercial jingle from back in the day, an obscure movie reference, or facts I wasn't even aware I'd remembered or actually knew - until they popped out of my mouth.Durning my low blood sugar last night, long ago facts from a college List class popped into this List major's head and made for some interesting D analogies. And even though it's a strange pairing at first glance - I think it actually makes sense. #######You know when your blood sugar's low right before you start to make dinner so you drink some juice and then you try your best to "wait it out,"  because you don't want to ruin your dinner?But "waiting it out" doesn't work so you eat saltines with peanut butter & strawberry jam, because you live  by yourself and you're self sufficient, and you want to stay alive & this particular low makes you feel vulnerable in all all of the above areas.But even with waiting, your blood sugar feels like it's still in the 3rd Circle of Hell, where according to Dante, the gluttons are punished by lying in a vile freezing slush and are guarded by a 3 headed hound named Ceberus - think Fluffy from Harry Potter. Which actually makes sense -  because I do feel like I’m being punished for my insatiable hunger - And I’m starting to break into a cold sweat. And then I wonder out loud: Why the hell am I remembering Dante’s Circles of Hell at a time like this?  Seriously, WTF?Why does my brain remember such obscure facts at the weirdest and most inopportune of times? I don’t get it.I don't know, maybe my brain pulls out long forgotten facts to take my mind off moments that are scary. I’ve left Hell's Third Circle and some how I've made it to the 2 Circle of Hell, where the "lustful souls are tossed about in a violent storm without any hope for rest." And again, this actually makes sense because I feel battered and like this stormy low is never ending.I feel like my blood sugar will never go up and shove more peanut butter and jam covered saltines in my mouth because my lips are numb & I know that's not a good thing. I try and wait the low out and I sit at my computer and type what’s happening and what’s going through my head and for the life of my I can't believe that in this low blood sugar haze I’m thinking about Dante’s Inferno.I didn’t even get an A in that class - I think I got a B, and honestly, I haven’t thought about that class since I took it!I still think about my John Milton class from time to time - I did my Major Authors paper on Paradise Lost - And got a B in that class - And I remember being really happy about that because if anyone had told me that I would spend an entire semester studying and writing about John Milton and getting a B in the class, I wouldn't have believed them.... But I digress. Which leads me to Limbo - Dante's First Circle of Hell - that's where I am right now - In limbo - where Dante says the unbaptized & virtuous pagans live. And at this moment I really can relate to those virtuous pagans - I am one of them after all. Right now I’m praying to the Diabetes Gods to bring my blood sugar back up from the beneath surface so I can breath again. And now I've come up for air... I feel better and sick all rolled into one.&[...]



Patient Online Communities, Including The DOC - Fight For Net Neutrality!

2017-12-12T14:32:45.196-05:00

“The principle of net neutrality is simple: companies that connect you to the internet must treat all content equally. In policy terms, that means the government ensures internet service providers do not block, slow, or otherwise discriminate against certain content or applications.” Quartz Media, LLC. On Thursday, December 14, the FCC votes to repeal and dismantle Net Neutrality laws that are currently on the books.What does that mean? Digital inequality. Imagine being forced to use certain ISP (Internet Service Provider,) in order to surf the net.Example: Being forced to use Yahoo as your search engine instead of Google, because Verizon owns Yahoo. That’s why Net Neutrality laws are in place. Do you really want Companies like Comcast and Verizon to control what parts of the Internet you have access too ? Do you really want to pay them more money so you can GOOGLE or tweet? I DON'T. Hey, did I mention the newly elected head of the FCC and guy trying to tear down the Net Neutrality laws, Ajit Pait (also the guy making jokes about killing net neutrality and shilling for Verizon,) used to be a an big shot executive from Verizon. Dismantling Net Neutrality means no more even playing field  - and not even in the same ball park! Small businesses won’t be able to compete with the big ones, and it will become more difficult for people to have access to info on the net - hence denying us freedom of information. Not great if you’re in a poor school district, own a small business trying to compete with the big guys, or belong to a ***Patient Community. The Diabetes Online Community changed my life for the better - And I know that you feel the same way. The value of the connecting online for those of us living with a chronic illness is so incredibly important. The Internet not only connects us to valuable info, it connects us to our diabetes peers and consigliaries  -people who understand what it’s like to live with diabetes. The Web helps people with  diabetes and other chronic illnesses find our tribes; our teachers, champions, and our allies.The Internet gives us our voices to implement change. Our voices - our freedom of speech and our freedom to obtain information is THIS CLOSE to being taken away.Still not sure?  Ok, look to Portugal and Spain. Because they don’t have Net Neutrality, internet providers are now starting to split the internet into packages. It’s not a Red verses Blue issue - everyone no matter what side of the fence you sit, will feel the impact. How can you help? Sidebar: Cutting and pasting directly from facebook and HUGE thanks to John Oliver  - for creating a SUPER easy way to do this⚡️ - like RIGHT NOW: 1. Go to gofccyourself.com(the shortcut John Oliver made to the hard-to-find FCC comment page)2. Next to the 17-108 link (Restoring Internet Freedom), click on "express"3. Be sure to hit "ENTER" after you put in your name & info so it registers.4. In the comment section write, "I strongly support net neutrality backed by Title 2 oversight of ISPs."5. Click to submit, done. - Make sure you hit submit at the end!THEN: Call, tweet, facebook, and text ( text RESIST to 50409) your lawmakers and tell them to protect Net Neutrality. We are running out of time, your voice matters - SPEAK UP AND SPEAK OUT.[...]



Life Insurance - Another Diabetes Choice - John Hancock Vitality Program

2017-12-06T17:33:46.478-05:00

This is a sponsored post that contains affiliate links.I want and require options in my life ... and life with diabetes. Healthcare Options for PWD (people with diabetes) and the ability to choose among them, are critical for our physical; mental, Dtech, and fiscal well-being. We need more options and we demand more choices. When an option comes across my desk that I believe will give people with diabetes an additional choice, I want to know more.  A few weeks ago, John Hancock reached out to me (and some others in the Diabetes Online Community, like A Sweet Life and Diabetes Daily, to talk about John Hancock Life Insurance with Vitality, and their recent survey* around people with diabetes and  life insurance.The survey found almost 50% of PWD surveyed worry that they won’t qualify for a life insurance policy - and 45% thought life insurance with diabetes would be too expensive. In the past 18 months, 90% of people living with diabetes and looking for life insurance qualified for life insurance from John Hancock, with 88% reporting that they received standard or better rates.**60% felt the John Hancock Vitality program could provide them with the extra support they needed/wanted in managing their diabetes.I liked those stats. Sidebar: John Hancock Vitality life insurance rewards policyholders for the smarter choices they make every day to improve their health – exercising regularly, eating well and getting annual check-ups. Through the John Hancock Vitality program, policyholders can earn rewards and savings up to 15% on their annual life insurance premium. The Vitality Program is over 2 years old and thousands of customers are participating and pursuing healthier lives. So, when John Hancock asked to me to partner with them, I did some research and then said yes. Here’s why.I like the options and incentives that John Hancock Life Insurance with Vitality offers people with t1, LADA, and Type 2 diabetes for doing things that our healthcare team continually ask, tell, demand of us.Things like working out on a regular basis; eating healthy, getting a flu shot and visiting our healthcare team. I also like that the Vitality Program recognizes and rewards all the little changes that equal big ones.Speaking of... I really like the rewards:   Rewards*Choice of an Apple Watch for $25 (plus tax,) by exercising regularly.*Or a complimentary Fitbit*Up to $600 in annual savings on healthy food purchases from 70 national grocery store chains when you buy veggies, fruits, grains - healthy stuff like that. * Up to a 15% percent discount on your life insurance premium, annually.*Discounts from national retailers – including Amazon, Hyatt, iTunes, REI, Royal Caribbean International. While, I did have concerns about personal info, as in who was looking and whether my info was safe, I was assured that: John Hancock is committed to protecting policyholders’ personal information and it will only be used in order to conduct business and administer the program and as permitted or required by law. They do not sell information or share health data with third parties for their marketing purposes. They’ve been protecting customers’ data for over 150 years, and understand the seriousness of that responsibility.Bottom line: John Hancock Vitality Rewards Life Insurance is an option for you to explore if you live with diabetes. So, check it out and see if it’s an option that works for you!To learn more about John Hancock Vitality and the rewards the program offers for living healthy, head to  JHRewardsLife.com. You can also tweet them at @JohnHancockUSA, #RewardingLifeThis is the part where I talk about transparency and full disclosure: I am partnering with John Hancock (as in: [...]



It's December 1st, We Still Have Diabetes - And We Are Stunning!

2017-12-01T12:33:09.482-05:00

Diabetes Awareness Month has come to an end, 
it's December 1st, I still have diabetes and I bet you do, too!
Lin- Manuel Miranda said it best.
"You're stunning and the world is lucky to have you.
We are lucky to have you.
Get some rest." 
Also: Keep on keeping on - in life and in life with diabetes! 
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My #Dsma closing thoughts re: (National) Diabetes Awareness Month - courtesy of Lin-Manuel Miranda
#DSMA (Diabetes Social Media Advocacy) twitter chat is a twitter chat for people with diabetes, by people with diabetes. 

Follow @DiabetesSocMed and the #DSMA hashtag on the twitter and join the conversation Wednesday Nights at 9PM, EST. 




#WaybackWednesday: Diabetes And The Energizer Bunny

2017-11-22T13:40:42.877-05:00

A #WayBackWednesday pic that will hopefully make you chuckle!
I shot this pic from a rooftop terrace on the upper WestSide, Thanksgiving Day, 2011.
1. It reminded me of people with diabetes, because we keep going.. and going...and even when we don't feel like it.
2. Also, I immediately checked the status of my pump batteries...just in case! 
Sidebar: I originally posted this picture on the blog in December, 2011.
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Just like people with diabetes, the Energizer Bunny keeps going...
and going...and going.



Diabetes, Labs, And Taking A Beat Before Clicking On The Link.

2017-11-22T12:33:14.009-05:00

Back in early August, when I was dealing with a nasty viral infection that made me break out all over and feel like crap; required a slew of lab work and forced me to finally signed up for LabCorp’s patient portal. Bottom line it made communicating with my GP's office easier, especially since the staff was in rotating vacation mode, which resulted in unreturned phone calls re: my labs. I’ll admit that it was cool to see years worth of my lab work online, at my fingertips, and organized in one place by date and doctor.In August I thought it was great. But last Wednesday? Not so much.######Cut to last Wednesday afternoon. 3pm, me deep in thought and working on a project that was due on Friday.I took a break, opened my email tab and immediately focused on the Subject Line of an email from labcorp, letting me know that my labs were available online.All I needed to do was click on the portal link and sign in. INSTEAD, I IGNORED IT. I knew if I clicked on the link,I would be either happy... or I wouldn’t - because of my A1C.Clicking on that link would take me down the rabbit hole of numbers that I didn’t have the time or mindset to go down.  And at that moment, I knew I was reaching the brink re: my diabetes numbers breaking point. I took a beat, told myself my Endo appointment was the next morning and I would go over my results with Dr. J.Until then, I was going to give myself a break so I could assess and be proactive at my appointment - no matter what. It wasn’t easy to ignore the email.... at first. Seriously, (like for the first 20 minutes,) I kept toggling back and forth between screens. But slowly, I forgot about it, except for when I didn't - but I never clicked on the link.  Cut to Thursday morning at my Endo’s office. I sat in the exam room with a slightly elevated blood sugar and a normal blood pressure of 120 over a number I can’t recall. Dr. J walked in, said hello, shook my hand and stated: The good news - your A1C didn’t go up.......It’s exactly what it was last time you were here.And at that moment I was so glad I'd stayed above ground and hadn’t clicked on the link and ventured down the diabetes rabbit hole of numbers and what-ifs. I would have lost focus and been upset for the rest of the day. I wasn't thrilled, but I ready to talk it out and make some changes. Sidebar: I know a 7.4 A1C isn't terrible - it's not.But honest to God I really thought that I'd made strides since the beginning of August. I'd started on the Omnipod, (and really like it,) I'm taking less insulin per day, (by at least 10+ units,) and I thought my A1C would have reflected that. I was expecting it to be 7.0 or lower and not stuck in an the same a1c moment - and I told him that.I was frustrated with myself and with diabetes - and I knew Dr. J was too - even though he remained calm and kept his game face on. We talked it out. Dr. J asked me what changes I’d made that led me to believe my a1c would be lower.I told him about cutting back on my daily insulin intake and how I’d been trying to eat healthier. He asked if I’d been sick or dealing with anything that might have contributed to my A1C.I explained about the viral infection that had me down for the count for parts of July and August... but it was November 18th. I was grasping at straws and we both knew it. He asked me if I thought I was getting enough exercise.  I was honest. I told him that needed to do better in that department. And then he asked if I’d downloaded the Glooko app on my phone so I could download  my O[...]



World Diabetes Day 2017: Thank You, Great Job & You Are Magnificent!

2017-11-14T13:14:57.404-05:00

Today is world Diabetes Day - Dr. Banting's Birthday and the day when those of us living the diabetes life wear blue, educate other,s about life with D, tweet, chat, and live our lives with diabetes. ########Diabetes is hard work, it’s never ending and what we do as people living with diabetes, goes unnoticed and under appreciated by the mass, most of the time. So.... THANK YOU & GREAT JOB. Seriously, THANK YOU for dealing with diabetes 365 days a year with no time off for good behavior. THANK YOU for pricking (and dealing with pricks, personified,) and bleeding for your diabetes health when it comes to blood sugar checks, fasting labs, and the likes there of. THANK YOU for dealing with insurance company bullshit on a weekly basis, fighting for you (or your loved one's coverage,) and BRAVA for making it look easy. YOU ROCK. Fantastic job counting carbs - even when you have no freaking clue and wild ass guesses, included!Phenomenal job dealing with snarky diabetes comments from people who don’t understand. Diabetes burnout - you live with it, and it likes to rears its annoying and ugly head from bring us down - and it tries it’s best to keep us down. Getting back up can be so damn hard and there are moments when it seems like we can’t.Thank you and great f^c$ing job for falling down seven times and getting back up eight.MONDO job advocating, educating for yourself and others living with diabetes and doing the best you are able to do, every damn day. Thank you for the tremendous job you do for helping others (including myself,) in the Diabetes Online Community and in real life. STANDING OVATION for all your diabetes victories - big and small. Thank you for for inspiring others, for showing them that they are more than the number on their glucose meter or A1C. Thank you for showing healthcare professionals that every number has a story; word choice matters, and people with diabetes are PEOPLE first.  YOU ARE MAGNIFICENT - never forget it! [...]



Diabetesaliciousness Turns 10

2017-11-09T14:45:27.883-05:00

Time freaking flies~######1010 years ago today, I published my first blog post. I had no clue what I was doing - clearly that's obvious from my blog's name. I knew that I had something to say, I wasn't quite sure how or where to say it. Blogger looked easy enough - like a glorified word file - so I went with it.I didn’t know that the DOC (the Diabetes Online Community,) was an actual “thing” and I had no freaking idea how much I needed my community - until I found it.And thank God, Jesus, Buddha, The Goddess,The Spirit In The Sky, Kali,(whatever and whomever the heck you believe in) that I did! These past 10 years the DOC has given me love; laughter, support, knowledge and a fantastical D Tribe that has been there through all my HIGHS and the LOWS.... and not just re: my life with diabetes. Over the past decade, you guys have been there for all the highs and lows of my life! Cheering me on.... and picking me up whenever I fell. THANK YOU. Blogging about and advocating for diabetes has changed my life; reinforced that I am not alone, altered my career path, and taught me that my greatest perceived weakness ( my busted pancreas,) is actuality my greatest strength and biggest passion. I learn and continue to learn from every person with diabetes - or who has a loved one with diabetes.  I’ve made friends around the globe - some I’ve been lucky enough to meet in real life!AND I AM ONE LUCKY DUCK.My community taught me to speak up and speak out - that my voice mattered - that all of our voices matter. The DOC taught me that people with diabetes - and no matter the type, are in this together. There is no "separate but equal," when it comes to diabetes types - or anything else. And the Diabetes Online Community has proven to me time and again, that alone we trudge up hills, together we move mountains.Guys, thanks from the bottom of my busted pancreas for always being here for me! Now, back to moving mountains! [...]



Don't Forget To Take Care Of Yourself During National Diabetes Awareness Month

2017-11-06T15:59:55.332-05:00

I took a few days off before jumping into Diabetes Awareness Month on the blog. I celebrated my 40th Diaversary on Halloween (CRAZY,) had a celebratory dinner and drinks with friends on November 1, which was a fantastic way to kick of National Diabetes Awareness Month. Cut to Thursday me, the opposite of "chilled," and with the chills, the beginnings of a sore throat, and a low grade fever. Whatever crud I'd been running from (IGNORING,) had almost caught up with me. Almost because I was going to nip whatever in the bud before it had me down for the count! I went to my Nurse Practitioner, she prescribed an RX, and I spent the next few days chilling, but thankfully, leaving the chills behind.  Woke up with a normal temp on Saturday, on Sunday I was feeling more groovy than not.I’m still running an increased temp basal rate, (but it’s lower than it was over the weekend,) I'm starving, and I’m plowing through. National Diabetes Awareness Month is now officially in full swing and all of us are working hard advocating wherever and whenever we can. This post is your official reminder (and mine,) that we have to take care of ourselves - and not just the diabetes part, in order to advocate and take care of others this November - AND the other 11 months of the year.   Keep advocating , listen to what your body is saying, be kind to yourself, and continue with the kicking ass. [...]



Diaversary: It Was 40 Years Ago Today

2017-10-31T18:17:15.910-04:00

40 years with diabetes has gone by like "THAT!" I plan to hang with friends tonight and tomorrow night. Initially I wanted to throw a big 40th Diaversary party - but it's been a crazy quarter. So I've decided to celebrate throughout the year!######14,600 days ago, I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. It was 40 years ago, today - THAT'S CRAZY. Also: 40 years - W.T.F. How the heck can my diabetes be older than me?! So what have I learned since I was dx’d way back in 77? A hell of a lot and quite frankly, too much for one post. Diabetes has taught me to appreciate and celebrate the good days - and to acknowledge the not so great ones. That it’s OK to laugh at diabetes and I strongly suggest that you do - and as often as possible. On the flip- side, It is also absolutely OK to cry because of diabetes and I encourage it.Keeping “it” all inside is overrated and detrimental to our mental and physical health. It took me almost 40 years to realize that my parents weren't mad at me - they were upset at the number on the meter. Parents, keep your game face on - kids can't differentiate.  I discovered that diabetes guilt can be an anchor around your neck that you didn’t even know you were wearing. Get rid of that accessory, ASAP - it holds you back and keeps you down. Diabetes is still teaching me to choose my battles and focus my energies on things that are important.Diabetes proved to me that I was actually good at math. Four decades with a busted pancreas has taught me that there are moments when you feel alone with and because of your diabetes - but that if you have a d tribe - you are never alone. Find your tribe and never let them go. Finding the Diabetes Online Community has taught and continues to teach me that my diabetes isn’t better than yours - it’s just different... and in some ways, very much the same. So no matter what type of diabetes you have - I got your back. I will stand beside you and fight for you. I will listen and I will defend and I will not blame. Life and life with diabetes has showed me that you can do everything right, and still not get the results you want - but you have to keep trying. Life has reinforced the fact that there are worse things than diabetes.Things like losing your parents and the people you love.Diabetes has shown me that words matter - and that what you say and how you say it, does indeed matter. Choose your words wisely, check your tone often.Diabetes was the catalyst for training and developing my voice, because diabetes forced me to speak up and speak out from a young age - even when it was the last thing I felt like doing.Diabetes made me that realize that saying “I’M HIGH,” after checking my blood sugar, can result in shocked looks from strangers. Also: Obviously diabetes has been a huge influence on my twisted sense of humor. After 40 years of life with D, my empathy skills are dialed up to 11 - and that is the gift that keeps on giving. And during these last 40 years, I have learned that's OK to fall down - as long as you get back up. and that ssometimes getting back requires multiple attempts. Finally, 40 years of living with diabetes, but mostly because I am my mother’s daughter, I have learned that seeing the positives in life helps you get through life..  And every year on my diaverary, I make a list of positives and based on the Diaversary number I’m celebrating. here's what I came up with this year.40 Positives1. The color of the sky 10[...]



Embracing Low Carb Dinners - And Trying Not To Over Bolus

2017-10-27T16:25:55.302-04:00

If at first you don't succeed..... Since Monday (OK, really since Sunday, but that was because I had big lunch and didn't feel like eating much dinner,) night I’ve been consciously trying to eat low carb dinners for a multitude of reasons . Better blood sugars, trying to drop a few pounds, upping my veggie intake - all that stuff. Plus, low carb is easier to cook and requires less clean-up - at least in my kitchen. But while cooking/preparing low carb meals have been easy (tuna salad loaded with raw veggies, yogurt and fruit, eggs with 1/2 a baked sweet potato and lots of veggies, Bastard Homemade Chicken Soup,) I tend to over bolus for meals that are considered low carb. And then 9 times out of 10, I end up running low either a few hours after my meal, right before bed (and right after I've put my night-guard on,) or in the middle of the night - all of which negates the whole “trying to eat low carb dinners,” thing. So for the past 3 days I’ve been working hard on my bolusing skills for low carb.As in actually looking up carb counts (which by the way - I’ve been freakishly spot on with,)  and not counting the carbs in my animal protein ( I always count the carbs in legumes or quinoa) at dinner. Animal protein is where I usually make my mistake when it comes to bolusing. As always, your diabetes may vary.To be balls out honest, it was weird to see such a small amount of insulin flash up on my Omnipod PDM. On Tuesday night I had a meeting with myself and was like: If the 2.20 units don’t work out for my eggs,1/2 a medium size sweet potato, and green beans with hot sauce, no big deal - that’s what a correction bolus is for. Things went well. 100 blood sugar two hours later with insulin onboard, a very small glass of cranberry apple juice and a 130 bg blood sugar before bed.  Cut to Wednesday morning, a blood sugar of 120 and no middle of the night lows. I ROCK. Wednesday dinner blood sugar was 111 and I made a tuna salad loaded with raw veggies and served with gluten free crackers. 1.75 units did the trick and again - a little freaked out by the small dinner bolus - but I went with it. Went to bed with a bg of 135 and woke up at 116. And as I was drinking my coffee I may have uttered: WHO’S YOUR F^CKING DADDY, DIABETES?!Pickings are officially slim in my fridge, and last night's dinner was a repeat performance. Eggs over medium, the other half of baked sweet potato, and the last of the green beans. 2.75 units to cover my meal and 153 bg - all seemed right with my world. 178 bedtime bg. hmmmmmm and interesting. I chalked it off as being tired - considered a full correction dose - but only gave 0.90 unit instead of the 1.50 correction because I was going to bed and I was worried going low. Sidebar: I don’t wear a Dex. I need to be careful with bedtime corrections  because nighttime is the right time for my blood sugar to drop.Blood sugar this morning: 297Clearly - diabetes was sending me a message and that message was: WHO’S THE F^CKING DADDY NOW, KELLY!!? And sometimes diabetes likes to f^ck with me.... because it can. Also, I should have known something was up when I woke up at 4:30 to go to pee and then couldn’t go back to bed.This morning required a 6.25 correction bolus in the form of a shot and including insulin to cover the carbs for copious amounts of coffee. Then like we all do every damn day when it comes to living with our diabetes, I forged ahead. By l[...]



Diabetes And The Little Things That Can Mess With Our Heads

2017-10-24T17:18:32.533-04:00

It’s the little unexpected diabetes things that catch us off-guard...and can cause us to second guess ourselves in other ways and areas.And we have to deal, acknowledge, shake it off and get on with the business of living. #####Sunday night with spoon in hand, I headed for the fridge, grabbed a yogurt and some clean red grapes from a chilled glass bowl, closed the door and headed towards the TV room  to watch one of my favorite shows, OUTLANDER. Claire and Jaimie were about to get together for the first time in 20 years (and through the time and space continuum, which made it more like 200 years,) and I didn’t want to miss a thing. SIdebar: If you’re not watching OUTLANDER on Starz, rectify that situation, IMMEDIATELY.Fresh out of the shower after a day out in the sun -vanilla yogurt and red grapes in front of the TV were the perfect light and easy dinner.15 minutes to Claire and Jamie “officially reuniting,” I’d bolused accordingly, I was giggling like a school girl, and my yogurt and red grapes were hitting the spot. 10 minutes to Outlander, spoon in midair, half way through my yogurt and out of the blue, I realized that I hadn’t actually heard the fridge door close behind me. I put down my spoon, got up, went to the kitchen and saw that the refrigerator door was more than slightly ajar - the damn door was wide open! I went over and went in, checked in the produce drawer to make sure my insulin supply was still cold. And of course it was - it had only been like 5 minutes. But for my peace of mind I had to double check - insulin was too damn expensive to leave it chance. I closed the drawer, shut the door, and watched it close shut. And then I brushed my hand over the door handle and gave it a little pat.CRISIS AVERTED. 5 minutes to OUTLANDER and all I could think was what if I hadn’t realized or wasn’t home to realize that I’d left the fridge door open. I didn’t care about the food - there wasn't much in there anyway. But the “what ifs” re: 4 bottles of insulin going bad had me hyper focusing on diabetes.And diabetes was the last fucking thing I wanted to focus on. I took some deep breaths and did my best to shake it off. And I did. By the time the OUTLANDER theme music started, I was focused on a print shop in Edinburgh, Scotland, circa 1768 and on a reunion  20/200 years in the making. Also: SUCH A GOOD EPISODE.Claire & Jamie back together!Photo Credit: Aimee Spinks/Starz Entertainment, LLCCut to yesterday morning, after locking my front door and just as I was about to walk to my car, my thoughts went back to the opened fridge door from the night before.I took a deep breath, unlocked the door, went to the kitchen and did a quick double check that my fridge door was right and tight like a drum. It was. I ran back outside, shut the front door without a second thought..... until I was about to put the car key in the ignition and drive away - and then I wondered out-loud if I had locked the front door.I let out a string of F-bombs, removed my seat-belt, and opened my car door. For the record, I had locked the front door.But after the Sunday night insulin “could have beens and thank God it wasn't,” I found my second guessing and checking, again - because diabetes had messed with my head and my confidence - and for the third time in 24 hours. Yep - it was a Monday vibe for sure. Monday vibes and diabetes be damned, I put the key in the ignitio[...]



Adulting With Diabetes

2017-10-17T19:54:56.725-04:00

"Adulting with diabetes," buying what you need (and have just run out of,)with your Target GiftCard, instead of splurging on something you want! If you are an adult living with diabetes, you are “adulting with diabetes,” every single damn day - I get it and I applaud you for it. Some days it seems as if we adult with diabetes, more than others.Take last Wednesday - I swear to Gouda, it seemed that the majority of my day was all about “adulting with diabetes,” at least that’s how it seemed to me. And I was proud of myself for dealing with it and #adultingwithdiabetes. We - every single one of us adults with diabetes, are "adulting with diabetes," every single day, every single minute of the year - and there are moments that we want and should brag/bitch about it.Also: BRAVA and BRAVO to every damn one of us! ######Adulting with diabetes means NOT canceling your scheduled eye exam, even though it's happening on a beautiful Indian summer afternoon and you’d much rather be playing hooky outside than having your eyes dilated and all that goes with that, inside a crowded doctor's office.And then continuing with adulting by stopping by the cable company to exchange your cable box (which you remember to bring with,) something you’ve put off doing FOREVER. But today is the day - even though you know that you’ll have to hook it with dilated eyes when you get home. After picking up said new cable box, you realize that Target is right across the parking lot from the cable company - and that you have a $20 Target gift card.You finish up the 7 Tropical Fruit flavored glucose tabs in the emergency glucose tab bottle you always keep your car ( you're not low - but history has shown you that you will need the extra carbs for walking around Target,) and which you empty. And you save the bottle to use as a on-the-road sharps container. Then you decide to use that Target gift card on things you need, like windshield wiper fluid, cleaning suplies... and Target Glucose tabs. Not things you want or want to splurge on - like lipstick or new workout clothes.  Sidebar: You score an additional 5% off said glucose tabs with Target’s Cartwheel app - and you don't go low in Target - thanks to the extra glucose tabs you downed in the parking lot.Yes, TOTALLY ADULTING WITH DIABETES.Afterwards, you come home, sit in your driveway and down the rest of the water in your 24 ounce reusable water bottle -and put some much needed Windshield wiper fluid under the hood - before you walk in the door.  Speaking of walking in the door - you go straight to the fridge, put away the cheese and yogurt (have I mentioned that my latest yogurt obsession is OUI, by yoplait?) purchased at Target. You put away t\the cleaning supplies, then sit on your couch and hook up your cablebox – even though you can barely read the directions with your dilated eyes. When all is said and done and you’re ready to make dinner... adulting with diabetes, continues.  You do this by adding more frozen green beans to your leftover almost Bastard Almost Homemade Chicken Soup because you know that you haven't eaten nearly enough fruits or veggies, today. Speaking of almost leftover Bastard Almost Homemade Chicken Soup – you actually choose to eat homemade chicken soup instead of of caving into your takeout Stromboli craving.And then as you eat your fantastic soup loaded with green be[...]



Bastard Homemade Chicken Soup~

2017-10-10T15:50:21.398-04:00

Cooking - makes me happy - cleaning up - not so much. I always keep my pantry stocked with meal basics - spices; pureed tomatoes, garlic, onions, beans, organic, Low Sodium Vegetable and Chicken Broth - enough to make a simple meal.  FTR, stores like Target and ACME have tasty and reasonably prices organic store brand broths. #######Comfort food - we all need it, we all crave it. Food evokes memories of people we love and times and places we wish we could go back to. For me, soup is  one of my comfort foods - I like the the act of creating/making soup.  It makes me feel better when I’m feeling under the weather and it makes me feel good when I’m feeling down. The act of making soup has a beginning, middle, and an end. I find zen in slicing and dicing veggies, the smell of spices - fresh or dried, and adding them to a concoction that will eventually turn into a delicious bowl of something fantastical - I LOVE IT. I make soup for friends and family and my Soup Registry expands yearly - I think I'm up to 15 different soups.   This past Sunday I was feeling under the weather and wishing I had my mom’s homemade chicken or turkey soup - but I would have been just as happy with her hearty beef veggie soup - which was my absolute favorite mom soup, happier still if my mom was here to make it with me. Sunday was gray and damp and I dragged my but off the couch checked in my pantry ,and saw that I had organic chicken broth, awesome spices, pastina stars, onions and garlic. Carrots, celery,  and lemons were in my fridge and tricolored flash frozen green beans and white corn in my freezer . The only thing missing was chicken. I didn’t feel like roasted a chicken from scratch - lucky for me/us, there are other options and Bastard Homemade Chicken Soup is damn tasty!Sidebar and new edit: Read this great recipe for turkey stock over at Wilted and Wild! I jumped in my car, drove to the grocery store and picked up an oven roasted, lemon pepper chicken on sale for $7. I grabbed it from it’s perch, still hot from the oven. I did a quick drive-by through the produce department and I stumbled upon an herb bomb,(Italian parsley, thyme, leek, and a spicy, tied together with twine and ready to be stewed. I was immediately taken back to my childhood and watching my mom cook. My mom referred to herb bombs a "potherb," and it was a key ingredient to her soups and stews. She'd send me to the store to buy one and I always new that something delicious was going to happen in a few hours.I LOVED the flavor herb bombs add and I took it as sign from mom to proceed with gusto! I grabbed an herb bomb,, rang up my purchases,and rushed home to make my Bastard Homemade Chicken Soup . My Bastard Chicken Soup ws both delicious as comforting - as was the act of making it. Here’s the recipe - I hope it brings you comfort and love. Bastard Homemade Chicken SoupIngredients1 Oven Roaster Chicken 4 or 5 cups of Low Sodium Chicken or Veggie BrothFresh lemon - one or two slicesOlive Oil1 small or medium Onion1 or two stalks of Celery1 or 2 Carrots 2 cloves of garlictwo handfuls of frozen green beans 1/4 a cup of frozen White Sweet CornSea saltblack pepperdried basal and oregano 1 herb bombTake roasted chicken, pull all the meat and if you'd like some skin and bones  (I hate chicken skin, unless it[...]



Diabetes & A 49 Blood Sugar That Sneaks Up Like A Bitch Ninja

2017-09-20T15:36:13.750-04:00

It was a morning of trying to plow through, taking notes for an article I'm working on, two deadlines looming on the calendar, and doing my best to stop the Graham Cassidy insanity from happening. Focusing on getting shit accomplished. And out of nowhere, I suddenly felt shaky and tingly all rolled into one. I was sweaty and hungry and I didn't feel so steady on my feet. Diabetes had snuck up on me like a bitch Ninja and I was dropping fast. Status: Threat level Hot Mess, with a blood sugar of 49.  I grabbed a juice-box, sucked it down, and immediately sucked down a second.10 minutes went by and I ate 7 Swedish fish from the movie size box in my computer bag. The box of Swedish Fish I bought for 99 cents and on sale last week - and I don't even know why I'm mentioning that, but I am. Sidebar: Swedish Fish are now much smaller than they used to be. WEIRD. 5 minutes earlier I was sitting at my computer and everything was fine.Now? Not so much. I did my best not to overeat - easier said then done.I watched the clock and tried my best to wait before treating again.   20 minutes later my blood sugar was 95 and I let out a deep breath.I fiddled with the InstaMessage App for a few, (see above pic,) and 15 minutes later I checked my blood sugar again. I was 142. A small correction bolus was given - what had gone dangerously low, was now on its way towards the cheap seats. Current Status: Blood sugar is172 with 1 unit of IOB. Pod PDM suggests I give myself a 0.30 correction. For now I'm holding off. Back to work - but a quick blog post because this is life with diabetes - and I continue to plow through. [...]



My Omnipod Experience - Part 2

2017-09-07T13:29:32.499-04:00

Yesterday I wrote about part 1 of switching things up and starting the Omnipod. Today I share part two of my experience, where I discuss the stuff I love about podding - and the stuff that takes some getting used to. #########The Stuff I LoveSwimming in the ocean with my Pod - I LOVE IT.Not having to disconnect, and more importantly - not worrying about the contortion issues re: access to my pump site to reconnect after swimming - which for some reason, was always trickier for me, is freeing in all dimensions. The same goes for showering without disconnecting and sleeping naked if I so choose. Also: YAY!!Wearing dresses and not having to wear bikes shorts or pump garters - makes things so much easier. I still have to deal with Spanx on occasion, but at least I don't have to worry about dealing with infusion site issues!Access/Utilizing Arm/Leg Sites Is A Game Changer I could never navigate arm sites with my tubed pump and the thought of getting tangled in tubing freaked me out.Every time I tried a thigh site with my previous pump, they had a limited shelf life and normally only worked for 24 to 40 hours before crapping out. Thighs = high access area and the tubing was continually being pulled, yanked, etc. With Omnipod, I’m able to wear arm and thigh sites for three days and that makes my life with diabetes easier. Scar tissue was a huge issue with me on my previous pump and is the primary reason I chose the Omnipod. I was changing out my site every 30 hours - that’s no longer the case and I’m thrilled. Good To The Last DropMost of the time I’ve been able to use all the insulin in my pod - that wasn’t always the case with my old pump reservoirs - which normally would be less efficient when the reservoir went below 30 units.Cool Techno:When you activate your new pod on your person, the PDM tells you the exact date and time it’s supposed to expire, based on your personal pump settings and insulin amount.My pods run low on insulin between 3 and 4 hours earlier. That’s not on Omnipod issue, that’s a Kelly issue - yours truly needs to do some MAJOR basal rate testing, which I  didn’t want to consider let alone  attempt until I was wearing new diabetes tech. Basal Testing is now on the horizon. Loud Alarms The first time my 15 unit Low Reservoir went off, my PDM was in another room and I thought it was my smoke detector.The PDM & Pod do their priming dance BEFORE you put it on your body.Cool Software I can download the Omnipod PDM to Glooko, making it easy for my CDE to access all my PDM info: Carbs; blood sugars, basals, carb ratios, etc. This should allow for easier tweaks and I'm looking forward to giving it a try.Blood Sugars4 out of the first 8 days, my daily 24 hour insulin intake was 10 to 12 units lower than my old “low side” of normal. That still seams to be the case 36 days in - sans elevated bg's due to a couple "dead sites," and the summer cold that's been the bain of my existence for the past week.Facing Fears I have officially conquered arm, thigh, calf and love handle infusion sites. day 18 (and for the first time, ever,) I attempted a back /love handle site, it required some major twisting on my end, but mission accomplished!BONUS: Great numbers with that never before used real estate space.I tried an inner side calf site - it was easy but I had [...]



My Omnipod Experience - Part One

2017-09-06T14:56:12.952-04:00

Learning and discovering new things every damn day and glad that Insulet gives us 45 days to figure it out. There’s a learning curve when it comes to wearing the Omnipod, but so far it's been good - except for a few hiccups along the way.I’ve taken copious amounts of notes - so many notes that I had to divide them up into two posts!Part one is below and I hope you enjoy!######So this happened!Day 1: Omnipod training with my CDE went well and I'm officially untethered!Wearing pod on my right arm. It's weird not being tethered to my electronic pancreas ,but in a really great way!Also, discovered that I walk freakishly close to the edge of door frames.Seriously, why have I not realized this about myself before?  Another also, since noticing this Kellyism, I have become better at not slamming into door frames.  Day Day 2: Experienced absorption issues 27 hours into wearing with perfect numbers up until then. I was the wearing the pod on my arm - the one I kept banging into door frames. Called CS and replaced pod. More on that in part 2.Day 5: I swam in the Atlantic ocean with my pod for the very first time - it was fantastic!Also, it stayed securely on my person - muddy legs and all. Also: AWESOME. Actual aerial footage of my and my pod about togo in for a dip in the Atlantic~Day 8: I left my PDM/case on the table in a restaurant that I had just exited. I immediately noticed after checking my hand bag (to make sure I had my PDM,) and ran back in to retrieve it - and all the while silently praying to the Diabetes Gods that it was still there. It was and I was grateful - it has not happened since. Day 9: Wearing the pod on my left arm - it's working well, but I'm aware of my pump whenever I twist to exit my vehicle. Day 17: Getting the hang of podding and no longer waking up and reaching to check if my pump is attached to the waistband of my Pajamas. Same goes for reaching to disconnect every time I walk towards the bathroom to shower.Day 35: OK, every once in a while I Still grab my waist band to disconnect before taking a shower - old habits die hard.Maybe it’s just meFor the first few days, I kept confusing my PDM with my iPhone and whenever I was trying to take a picture of my PDM screen. I’d stare at the screen for a few seconds, all confused as to why I couldn’t take a screen shot. Unlike an iPhone you can’t take a picture of the PDM screen with said PDM and no matter how hard you try and attempt to press Home button and the nonexistent Silent switch. No matter how hard one tries, you cannot take ascreenshot with your PDM.But you can customize your PDM~Day 33 and since I'm being balls out honest, sometimes I still grab my iPhone when I mean to grab my PDM and then wonder "why" and out loud when I press the "Home" button and start to bitch out load because I can’t scroll down.Then I realize why and I feel like an idiot. Spacial IssuesI still have them, but instead of doorknobs and edges issue with pump tubing, arm pods and door frames have become my new jam - literally.  like I mentioned earlier in the post, for the first few days of podding, I banged my pod arm into my kitchen and bedroom door frames more often than I’d like to admit. Now, I'm specially more aware of my surroundings - at least when I'm wearing the pod on my arm. [...]