Ketones

I made it over a year without finding ketones in my urine. But the streak is broken. I knew I was running a little high so I checked and the strip was a deep purple. I was so bummed. However, I quickly pulled out my phone and started researching about what I can do to fix the situation. I read that if I drank eight ounces of water every 30 minutes I would flush them out of my system. So, I gave it try.

It took a whole 12 hours, but I succeeded! If you attempt this, be prepared to pee every 20 minutes and to feel exhausted the next day. It was worth it. At least, it was worth it to me. Of course I do not recommend completing this without discussing with your doctor first.

Omnipod Continued

It’s been three months since I started with Omnipod. I do not regret trying this product, but I am concerned that it is not the right choice for me. My blood sugar has been hot for a long time. I think the main issue is no longer using Tresiba; an amazing long acting insulin.

For those of you who do not understand how using insulin works here is the 411: if you are using injections you take a short acting insulin shot when you eat and once a day you take a long acting insulin. The amount of dose is determined by your doctor. Now if you are on the pump you set a continuous basal rate and then you give yourself a fast acting dose every time you eat. So the only difference is you are on the same type of insulin and you are not a human pin cushion.

Sounds great, right? I think it might be once I get my dosage right. Now that I am on the continuous meter I understand why they want you start first with the continuous meter. I never knew how much my blood sugar fluctuates. However, again, this could be because of the change in prescription. I would be curious to see if I fluctuate this much while on the shots…but at the same time I am loving not being a pin cushion.

I have narrowed down some favorite spots for placing the pods. My absolute favorite is on my legs. I was surprised by this, but is one of the spots that is less obtrusive. My next favorite spot is on my lower back. I am not a fan of placing the pod on my stomach or arm. Do you have a favorite Omnipod placement spot? Let me know!

 

Superior State of Mind : Where we’re going we won’t need window trimmings.

You may have noticed that there hasn’t been much action on our plans to build a new home. No, this isn’t a bad thing, it’s actually spectacular.

We had originally planned on purchasing a 2.5 acre lot on an extremely desirable piece of property. When that never materialized we began looking at alternative options like purchasing another home on the cheap like I did with our current one and remodeling it.

The problem with remodeling, especially when you are residing in it while doing the work is that it just plain sucks. Everything you own is constantly in the way and always at risk of getting covered in dust, debris, paint, etc. If you need to poop, good luck! The shitter’s back ordered so here’s the bucket! I was kind and bought the cutout lid for it so the thin walls of the bucket don’t dig into your haunches while you squat.

I refuse to do that again. In fact, I have been the procrastination king on our current house because I am just burned the eff out on doing crap on this house. The punch list for the house includes :

  • Finish Trim : Floor trim, room transitions
  • Paint Trim
  • Small amount of soffit & fascia work
  • Finish vinyl siding around the front porch (only been 5 years since I started)
  • Fix the foundation on the southwest corner(needs a new footing dug in in the crawlspace)
  • Move the dog kennel away from the road and driveway
  • Repaint the backyard deck
  • Put burlap curtains up around the front porch for times we want privacy

I want out. I am going nuts in this place because I want what’s next. I’ve lived here for over 8 years and am getting the itch to move into a place with a G D garage and some room to stretch my legs!

Enter : Katie’s Find.

35 acres. 35 acres of land in the most convenient damn place it could be. It’s closer to the shop where we run our business (I could bike to work in 20 minutes), it’s closer to Katie’s job, and it’s 35 damn acres! 35 acres at under $1500 an acre! Unheard of. An absolute steal.

Pics or it didn’t happen though, right?

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The closing date is July 12th. It can’t get here soon enough!

 

I’m Pumped!

So, I’m on to week two with the Omnipod pump and, so far, loving it. That being said it does have some draw backs. But let’s start with the positives first. It is super easy to get insulin! I just plug in my blood sugar levels, the carbs I plan to eat and the PDM calculates how much insulin I should get. Once I confirm that I agree with the amount it automatically gives me the medicine. Super easy!

One of the cons I think would be easy to see. It is an object that sticks out from your body and is easy to see. Nothing that can be done about that. This is not to say it is absolutely hideous, but you can definitely see it through clothing.

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The other issue I foresee is the insulin being wasted. I have to put a minimum of 85 ML in the pod. Even with my eating carbier I am no where close to using up the insulin. I am to the halfway point (lifespan is 3 days per pod) and I am not even halfway through my insulin. Per the manual I am to throw away any unused insulin in the pod. I am not amused by this. It seems wasteful but I understand. I read in other pumps you can reuse the insulin because it is not pressed up against your body. The pod for Omnipod is stuck to your body for three days. So the insulin is subjected to the temperatures of your body causing it to lose effectiveness. I am contemplating saving a vial to put the unused insulin into. This insulin will be used as a backup just in case it is needed. I am sure there are many cons to this and I am in no way recommending this to anyone else. However, I am someone who hates waste, so I feel better saving the unused pod insulin for emergency situations.

I recommend the Omnipod product so far! I will post any new updates. It has already been a great help. It was wonderful last Friday when I was out with friends to be able to take out my PDM and tell it what I needed for insulin. So much simpler!

Camping Recap : Craig Lake State Park

Craig Lake State Park is located in Champion Township, Baraga County, MI. It is Michigan’s most remote state park featuring six islands on the 374 acre lake with granite bluffs and is over 8400 acres in total.

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We are lucky enough to live within a 2 hour drive of this rustic campground. Katie and her family have been here many times but this was the first trip I was able to tag along. Graduation season cut into this trip but since it was so close it was easy to shoot up on Sunday of Memorial Day weekend.

The road in was very easy to locate using Google Maps. Signs warn of treacherous roads but they were in good condition even with the tremendous amount of rain we’ve gotten and the extremely high water table. A small crossover like a Ford Escape or a Rav4 would be more than enough to get in if the roads stay in this condition. The road is easily navigable but expect about a 20+ minute drive to get into the campground parking lot off of M28. Twists, bends, oncoming traffic, ruts and the occasional dirtbike poppin a wheelie force you to take it easy on your way in. I don’t think the speedometer made it over 20mph the entire drive in.

Katie and I joined our group as they were on Day 3 of their adventure. They had camped on the north shore of the Lake at campsite 2, but since they were departing early Sunday morning we were able to catch them at campsite 11. We basically car camped as we had planned on kayaking in to meet them at 2 but they changed their plans to get a jump start on their 10+ hour drive back to Indiana.

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Some views from the North Shore.

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The following is a photo series I call : Why Joe should never be put in charge of canoeing.

The Approach

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The Collision

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The Conclusion

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With the help of a paddle a canoe and a branch I once again swept my wife off her feet.

Second Attempt:

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The highlight of the canoeing was the bald eagle’s nest we spotted. It was massive, about 6′ in diameter. Unfortunately we have no photos as I am always on the verge of capsizing any canoe I occupy. Did I mention I hate canoes?

Here’s some views of camp site 11.

I really wish that we had had more time to camp this weekend but life milestones and a rainy Memorial Day sent us home early with a quick pit stop at the Corner Cafe.

Other highlights of the trip included :

  • Carl losing his truck keys in his pants pocket
  • Joe forgetting his quilt for his hammock and borrowing Larry’s wolfie fleece blanket
  • Carl losing his hearing aids in the bag in his hands
  • Joe convincing Katie to only pack a light blanket even though it got down to 36 degrees
  • Something bumping into Katie in the night and knocking her underquilt off so so she froze all night and couldn’t sleep
  • Carl in his mid 60s discovering vodka and cranberry juice as a drink combination

Other amenities to the campground :

  • Connects to the Baraga State and Michigamme State Forest. You have access to over 15 thousand acres of public land.
  • Located along the North Country Trail
  • Near Van Riper State Park
  • has BEAUTIFUL ADA accessible cabins
  • A feeling of complete seclusion with an easy hike in.
  • Tree branches which work well to dispatch wives

Building Muscles

Over the last few months I started working out with my friend Sheryl. She is a machine and amazing weight lifter! I am not, but you have to start somewhere. When I first started I watched Sheryl with amazement. While hanging from a pull-up bar she folded herself so her feet touched the bar and then rotated her body back and forth. Then she did a handstand and essentially did handstand push-up. By the end of the workout I was determined to get stronger so I could do that too.

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So, here I am nearly five months later and I am stronger. I am not even close to what Sheryl can do! I can do a headstand and that is it. I tried just a handstand and I my wrists gave out. After a little research I found that if I use something to elevate my feet I can build myself up to a handstand.

After a lot of work I am finally able to add more weights! I started with only the bar. Sheryl insisted I needed to get my form correct before adding the weights. I’m glad I worked on my form first! I’m hoping by the end of the summer I am able to do a headstand. More to come.