#happydiabeticchallenge : Diabetic Essentials

1. The obvious choice for my number one: INSULIN.

2. And for me, the life changer, DEXCOM.

3. SUGAR should be on me at all times.  Sometimes I fall short of being responsible and on top of making sure it’s always with me.  But lucky for me, it’s always worked out, and I’ve always been able to find enough sugar to come back from low blood sugar hell. I’m putting a fresh pack of Mentos in my purse NOW.  I swear.

4. Daily EXERCISE.  I know this habit has helped me live a healthy diabetic life for nearly 25 years.  No complications.  And I hope to never have any.

That’s my short list of the absolute essentials in regards to my Type 1 diabetes care.

Blood Sugar Roll Call

I’m not totally sure what is meant by today’s topic put out by the #happydiabeticchallenge – I guess I’m suppose to shout out my current blood sugar?

Here’s mine right now:

That looks great, but let me tell you- had you seen me about an hour ago at the dog park, it dipped (I think) more than this graph shows, and I was NOT looking so good then.  I had to cut me and my boy’s time out there a little short because I was feeling like crap, as it took a while to get back above that magical 65/70 spot that makes all the difference. I had candy with me, but I HATE eating crap to treat a low.  So instead, I ate half a Larabar.  Way healthier, but it also takes a lot longer to bring my blood sugar up. Fortunately for me, I’ve got a patient dog. He was happy to take a load off while we waited for me to start feeling human again.

And if we could go back even further and look at the past 24 hours of that graph, you’d see I also got out of my “desirable” range (WELL above it, in fact) for no reason yesterday afternoon before dinner.  I brought it down, and felt pretty good about where it was at when I went to bed.  But around midnight, that bitchy blood sugar had a mind of it’s own and shot back up around 150 and hovered there all night.  I like to sleep through the night with a lower blood sugar than that and usually I do, but lately, that’s not the case.

(*Note.  I took a screen shot of my Dexcom readings for the 24 hour period to put here, but when I tried to post it, or import it into photos on my computer it said due to security reasons, I was not allowed to do that. Sorry there’s no graphic here. )

So I sort of call BS on this Blood Sugar roll call.  Saying what my blood sugar is in ONE moment, does NOT tell the full story of even a 24 hour period.


Biggest Supporters

Day 6 of the #HappyDiabeticChallenge: “Biggest Supporter”

The obvious answer could be, FERMIN!, my husband.  Because it’s true- he’s great.  He knows a lot about my diabetes and if I ask him to help me with something related to it, he will. He’s supportive enough.

But you know who is truly the best support team I have?

My loyal companions, Lucy and Ricky.  They support me by walking with me every single day.  Miles and miles and miles and miles.  Rain or shine.  And they’re always happy to do it.  And that daily ritual has a very positive effect on my blood sugars and my sensitivity to insulin.

Also, I’m pretty sure they know when my blood sugar hits an extreme low.  They seem to get up in my face when I’m low. They probably smell a difference in me or something.

If I’m not feeling good, they’re more than happy to lay around with me as long as necessary.

The best companions, and the best supporters a girl could ask for.




Diabetes and Style

Today’s topic from the #happydiabeticchallenge is “diabetes and style”-

That topic may better apply to pump users, which I am not.  So for today, this is all I got- My super cute felt coin purse that I use to carry my glucometer. So much better than the boring black thing it came with.  I’ve used this for several years now, after a friend gifted it to me. I love my little hedgehog!

Once the time comes that it wears out, I’ve already got the back up waiting in the wings…

Diabetes Awareness Month #HappyDiabeticChallenge

If you’ve found this blog, you’re likely either a/ a fellow diabetic, or b/ you know or love someone with diabetes. And you probably know that November is diabetes awareness month.

I’ve been far and away from this blog for a long while, but after seeing a post on Instagram about the #happydiabeticchallenge during this special month, I decided that was a great way to jumpstart things around here.

I’m a few days late, but each day, there’s some quick little thing to post about and I figured I would do it here, maybe with a little more verbiage than on Instagram.

So I’m cramming the first three days of it onto this one post.  (Don’t worry, they’re short!)

  1. Introduce Yourself.   I’m Kerri.  I’m a Type 1 Diabetic, and I have lived with it for, I think, 24 years now.  I was in my early 20s when I was diagnosed, but I’m not absolutely sure of the exact date. I use a Dexcom- not the latest version, yet- and take multiple daily injection.  I live healthfully and happily most days with diabetes, and by no means consider it the enemy. I’ve recently moved from Dallas, TX to Roxborough, Colorado.  My husband and are are both Texas natives, and we are so happy to finally be in a new and beautiful place.  I now have great hikes each day with our two Aussies, Lucy and Ricky Ricardo.  Do I wish we had gotten out here sooner?  Well, I think everything happens in its right time.  I appreciate all the beauty around me, the lack of traffic and concrete jungleness, and having 4 true seasons all the more, because I waited so long to have it.  I appreciate every single day of this beautiful life.
  2. Type of Diabetes. As mentioned above I’m a TYPE 1.  Hence, the name of this blog.  I find the confusion between the types of diabetes so annoying, because it leads to most people making (usually wrong) assumptions about my disease.  But, that’s just the thing- this particular case of diabetes, which happens to be Type 1, is MINE.  So even if I compared myself to other Type 1s, it’s all so different, and our bodies and ways of coping are just so individualized. But still, we can all learn from each other whether we have the same diagnosis or not.  We all aim to live as healthfully as possible.
  3. Pens, Pump, or MDI. I also gave this one away on the introduction paragraph.  MDI stands for multiple daily injections.  And I DO mean multiple.  I take one shot of Tresiba once a day, and shots of Humalog prior to eating a meal, and more shots whenever things are higher than the range I aim to stay in.  (In my case, I like my blood sugars to fall somewhere between 70-130 .)

Now I’m all caught up on things with the #happydiabeticchallenge so far.  And from this point on, for the rest of the month, I’ll just do a short post once a day on the given topic.

I hope to read about other people’s experience that also participate in this little challenge- all about sharing our experience with diabetes.