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!

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.

Kinda Low Carb Meatballs

Tonight I created another Katherine original. I threw this together very randomly, but this time I actually noted what I did! So here it is! If done correctly you should have about 12 medium sized meatballs. Each meatball is about 10 carbs roughly depending on what brand or amount of breadcrumbs you use. I think I might be able to get this a lot lower carb, but it will take some playing around first. If I do come up with a lower carb version I will update this post.  IMG_20190204_185340

Ingredients:

1/2 pound pork
1/2 pound beef
2 eggs
1-2 cups bread crumbs
1 cup mozzarella cheese
1 tablespoon mince garlic
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon white pepper
A dash of black pepper
1 1/2 teaspoon basil
1 tablespoon parsley
1 tablespoon oregano
1 teaspoon of rosemary
1/2 teaspoon celery flakes
2-3 tablespoons red pepper flakes

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Put all ingredients in a bowl except the red pepper flakes. I suggest taking off any rings as this time as this can get gross! Are you ready? Roll up the sleeves and start mushing everything together.
  3. Once everything is combined form medium size meatballs and place on cookie sheet. Sprinkle red pepper flakes over meatballs.
  4. Cook for about 30-35 minutes depending on your oven. I flipped the meat balls halfway through. Using the thermometer verify they are the correct temp. Let sit on the oven while preparing noodles and sauce. I used Skinny Pasta (5 carbs per serving) and Mezzetta Napa Valley Homemade Marinara sauce (also 5 carbs per serving).
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Welcome to the Club!

20180806_2128182I’m 29 years old and I was diagnosed with type one diabetes. I eat healthy and am active. Before you ask, no I am not overweight. Type 1 Diabetes is an autoimmune disease that anyone can get, but genetics unfortunately play a part. Lucky me. I’m handling it okay, but the emotions come in waves. This blog is to help me cope and hopefully help others in the near future. I will write about my failures and successes. I want to prove to myself that this is something that I can live with and help others in my situation to see that they can too.

It all began back in January. I was experiences symptoms like dying of thirst, needing to use the restroom more often, legs cramping all freaking night, increased appetite, irregular periods, and a burning desire to consume all the sugar I could find. I went to my doctor in Feburary about my legs. When there she basically said “well that’s weird…we can run some blood work.” In retrospect I should have done that, but I felt stupid at that point for even going to see the doctor. So I started taking bottles and bottles of supplements to stop my leg cramping. It worked enough to alleviate my concern.

However, my irregular periods where becoming a nuisance. My period kept starting a week early. Last about 7 days. I would have a one day break and then my period would start again lasting for about 5 more days. Not fun.

So l I went to my gynecologist. I was set up with an ultrasound and my results came back normal. My GM decided that blood work was the next step. My husband asked me earlier that day if thought I could be diabetic. I immediately said no. I was too old. My brother is type 1 and he was diagnosed in his early twenties. There was no way. However, to be on the safe side I asked that they check my blood sugar in the test. I put off going into hospital for days. Finally I was hanging with my brother and told him my symptoms. He frowned. “I want you to eat something sugary, wait one hour and then come to my house sometime this weekend.”

That Sunday I ate a good portion of jellybeans and half a Sayklly’s fudge egg. In an hour I bravely went to my brother’s house and felt I was ready. He pulled out his glucose meter and pricked my finger. My results appeared and all I could do was blankly stare. I was at 519. An average person should be around 90-120. I felt numb and sick. Nathan, seeing my face, said let’s retest. This time it was 546. No, this can’t be real. I’m too old. It has to be something else. Something curable. Something I don’t have to live the rest of my life with. My husband checked his next. That stupid man had perfect levels. Nate tested his and his were currently normal. At this point Nate patted me on the back and said “Welcome to club sister.”

The next morning, Monday, I woke up early and went in for my blood test finally. I told them about my results from the night before. There were two women there who were very nice. I cried as she inserted the needle and said “I better start getting used to needles.” They both were wonderful. One was diabetic and told me there was nothing to be concerned. It will be apart of who I am if the result come back positive. I left the room calmer, but also numb.

Within two hours I received the call. My blood sugar was at 290. I was told to call my doctor immediately and get in as soon as possible. I was in to see my doctor in less than 2 hours. I finally got the fateful news. I was type 1 diabetic. Emotions washed over me. I tried to stay calm and not cry. It didn’t work. They had one more test before they could prescribe insulin, but there was no doubt.

I was sent to a diabetic learning center in the hopes it would help calm my mind. In a way yes it did. Everyone around me seemed to be speaking a million words a minute. I tried my best to fight the tears. My husband finally arrived a calm washed over me. I always feel so safe and secure with him. The appointment ended and I decided to throw in the towel about returning to work. Instead I went home and called my insurance company to determine what was acceptable prescription wise. After I was done with that I felt so emotionally drained. I felt I could cry no more.

Foolishly I sat down and read the materials they gave me. I got to the section about inserting the needle and broke down. That is when my husband walked through the door. He was by my side in an instant. If you haven’t guessed, I am terrified of needles. That fear is still there, but deminished with short needles.

In the end I survived my first day of being diabetic. It was a whirlwind of information that went right over my numb head, but thankfully I have the wonderful support of my husband. I also have an amazing support system in my family and my friends.