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!

 

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!

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.

Bear: A Cat Every Diabetic Needs

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In the months before finding out I was diabetic my cat Bear started being my shadow. He followed me all over the house and curled up with me every night. I joked with my husband that I must be dying. Little did I know I was walking around with high blood sugar and my cat was trying to tell me.

After being diagnosed Bear was persistent whenever I had high blood sugar. He would meow at me and follow me until I checked my blood sugar. Once I corrected it he would leave me alone. I found this to be peculiar. I know there are dogs that are trained to warn their owners when blood sugar is dropping. But a cat who warns when blood sugar is high?

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Recently I have experienced a couple of lows at night. I am unfortunately a heavy sleeper. But not so heavy that my cat licking and pawing at my face didn’t wake me up. Both times I checked my sugar and I was at 50 for one and 40 for the other.

So, I wanted to give a shout out to my cat. He is the best cat this girl could ask for. I don’t know what I would do without him.

Sick Again!!

So I am sick again and this time my blood sugar is refusing to stay low. At breakfast I only ate sugar free oatmeal (22 carbs) with 2 doses of my insulin and at lunch my blood sugar was at 200.  Whatever this bug is I have my body is really not liking it. Guess I am low carbing it for the next few days. What fun! Good thing my Zevia ginger ale is 0 carbs.

Crock-pot Low Carb and Low Sodium Vegan Ramon Noodle Soup

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After researching various recipes I decided to come up with my own version of vegan Ramon low sodium and low carb soup. Before I dive into the recipe I should explain why I make recipes like this. About three months ago a friend found out that his health needed some improvement. Per the doc he had to cut down on sodium and animal products. So, I offered to make him a dinner once a week that is vegan and low sodium. Since I eat low carb I also do my best to keep it low carb.

My first vegan Ramon noodle soup I followed a recipe I found online. For the Ramon pictured above I did my own thing. Sadly my Skinny Pasta was out of stock, but silver lining is I found another very good option for noodles called Smart Noodle by House Foods. They taste very good; slightly higher in carbs, but only by 2 carbs. Sodium is the same. I think I will likely use them again.

In all, I am very happy with how the recipe turned out. Per serving it was only 15 carbs and sodium was 180 mg. If you make this carbs and sodium will depend on the ingredients you use. Please keep in mind I made this to be spicier, so if you want it less spicy add less of the chili powder! If you like it super spicy add more chili. My friend loves spicy food so he added a little more spice to his bowl. Mine was more than

Ingredients:

  • 2-3 Packages of Smart Noodles or Skinny Pasta
  • 1 Package of extra firm tofu
  • 4 Cups vegetable broth
  • 1 Cup Water
  • 1 Teaspoon minced fresh ginger
  • 2-3 Minced fresh garlic cloves
  • 1/4 Cup shredded nappa cabbage
  • 1/4 Cup chopped carrots
  • 2 Medium turnips cut into small cubes
  • 2 Tablespoons chili powder + 1 table spoon chili powder
  • 1 Tablespoon chipotle chili powder + 1 tablespoon chipotle chili powder
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoon coconut amino soy sauce
  • 1 to 2 Teaspoon sea salt or kelp granules
  • 2 tablespoons of oil (Coconut, vegetable, etc.)

Instructions:

  1. The night before prepare the tofu. I found a wonderful website for making the best tofu! Please reference the link here. https://minimalistbaker.com/tofu-that-tastes-good-stir-fry/ . For those wanting a quick how to:
    1. Wrap tofu in paper towel and set something heavy on it. Once paper towel is soaked through, remove the paper towel and wrap the tofu with fresh paper towel. Repeat the process until paper towel is not completely soaked.
    2. Cut tofu into cubes.
    3. Use the oil to grease a cookie sheet.
    4. Sprinkle evenly 1 tablespoon of chili power, 1 table spoon chipotle chili powder and 1/2 teaspoon salt on the pan.
    5. Put tofu on the pan spaced apart.
    6. Cook for 15 minutes, take out of oven, flip each tofu piece and bake for another 15 minutes.
    7. Remove from pan and let them dry further in a sealed container.
  2. The next day get out your crock-pot. Add all ingredients except for the tofu. Make sure to follow instructions for the low carb noodles. Most will suggest washing the noodles.
  3. Cook on low for 6 hours or on high for 3-4 hours depending on crock-pot.
  4. About 30-40 minutes before serving add the tofu.
  5. Enjoy!