Food, glorious food

Taking a cue from Adam Brown’s recent post, write a post documenting what you eat in a day!  Feel free to add links to recommended recipes/shops/whatever.  Make it an ideal day or a come-as-you-are day – no judgments either way.  (Thank you, Katy of  Bigfoot Child Have Diabetes for this topic.)

Ive recently changed what i eat in a big way so here is a typical food day

Breakfast
Porridge with either blueberries/raspberries/banana topped with agave syrup & fruit juice.

Lunch
Either chocolate snackajacks topped with strawberries & raspberries.
Or ryvita topped with cottage cheese.
Yoghurt
Popcorn or a kitkat

Occasionally though i have sushi (which i love again after horrif food poisoning from eating M&S’s sushi)

(Saturday & Sunday’s are days i can have bread)

Dinner
Bit of a anything goes but its things like
Chilli
Spag bol
Curry either indian or thai
Chickpea dahl
Jacket potato
Occasionally a shop bought pizza or take away (i try to only have this once or twice a month)

My weaknesses are
icecream
Chocolate
Pringles
Cakes
After all ive got a bolus for that 😉

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We’re going through changes…

Today let’s talk about changes, in one of two ways.  Either tell us what you’d most like to see change about diabetes, in any way.  This can be management tools, devices, medications, people’s perceptions, your own feelings – anything at all that you feel could use changing.  OR reflect back on some changes you or your loved one has seen or been through since being diagnosed with diabetes.  Were they expected or did they surprise you?

Hmmmm i think one of the main thing id like to see is a cure, even before i took part in JDRF UK’s CountMeIn campaign at Parliament.

I (at the possible amusement/annoyance of my healthcare team), want to try every possible “cure” & new management method going.

One thing i really want is the artifical pancreas, reading about it makes me giddy at the posibilities for the future in our healthcare then nostalgic for the days when i wasnt Laura with diabetes (i know, i have diabetes but it doesnt have me).

Over the 12 years of being diagnosed, ive seen some amazing break throughs in diabetes like the forms of therapy to meters that dont require you to attend hospital for a blood transfusion.

Let it go…

Yesterday we kept stuff in, so today let’s clear stuff out.  What is in your diabetic closet that needs to be cleaned out?  This can be an actual physical belonging, or it can be something you’re mentally or emotionally hanging on to.  Why are you keeping it and why do you need to get rid of it?  (Thank you Rick of RA Diabetes for this topic suggestion.)

So blog week has decided on a topic to match that bloody frozen song, let it go (no i wont be bursting into song).

I dont think i have much to let go regarding my diabetes, my hate of the disease comes & goes.

I do however horde diabetic supplies, i still have my first blood sugar meter, first MDI pens & at my mums house, the glucogen injection kit they sent me home with 12 years ago….

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Diabetic filter or lack of….

Many of us share lots of aspects of our diabetes lives online for the world to see.  What are some of the aspects of diabetes that you choose to keep private from the internet?  Or from your family and friends?  Why is it important to keep it to yourself?  (This is not an attempt to get you out of your comfort zone.  There is no need to elaborate or tell personal stories related to these aspects.  Simply let us know what kinds of stories we will never hear you tell, and why you won’t tell them.) (Thank you Scott E of Rolling in the D for this topic.)

So todays topic is keeping it to yourself.

My diabetes = my rules.

If i want to rant about a crappy day of sugars or celebrate exercising without a serious crash of blood sugars then i will (but i may not do it so colourfully to my consultant or DSN).

In plain terms, this shit is hard to live with 24/7 so there are times when i may say something like i shouldnt.

Take the time at work asking for a plaster as id sprung a leak aka i’d removed my previous cannula to be greeted with a mixtute of blood & insulin coming out of the site (that apparently was overshare, to me it was normal).
Or like the time i announced at home time that i was off to find a pot to piss in for clinic (the look on everyones face at work was funny as hell to me as i have no dignity left in this game anymore, especially when someone asks for your urine so they can test it there & then before sending it off to be tested some more).
Or like the time i had to lift up my dress, pull down my tights to show my attractive male DSN my cannula sites (my fat tummy jiggled as he poked & prodded, i wanted the ground to swallow me up).

I do speak my mind #nofilter so very little is off limits to me.

I love that i have fellow diabetics in my life who know where youre coming from when you say something that doesnt make sense to normal people.

no such thing as cant

In the UK, there was a diabetes blog theme of “I can…”  that participants found wonderfully empowering.  So lets kick things off this year by looking at the positive side of our lives with diabetes.  What have you or your loved one accomplished, despite having diabetes, that you weren’t sure you could?  Or what have you done that you’ve been particularly proud of?  Or what good thing has diabetes brought into your life?  (Thank you to the anonymous person who submitted this topic suggestion.)

Yay its blog week again & todays topic is I can….

Well i can do almost anything with my diabetes in tow.

Yes i may not have the best out look on life as im a glass half full kinda gal depending on my depression.

I can kick ass/argue til im blue in the face all in the name of diabetic prejudice (or a bad mood).

But more importantly i can educate those out there who are misinformed/uninformed about the disease that came to stay with me 12 years ago.

I do hope for qualities for diabetics but that maybe a long time coming.

My favourite things from #dblogweek

Well its sunday 18th may which marks the last day of #dblogweek.

Ive never been involved or heard of it until i joined twitter then on monday 12th may, i saw all these blogs pop up.
Kev of circles of blue blog told me what it was all about & i must say ive never enjoyed blogging so much without feeling so self concious about what im writing.

I cant pick a favourite blog as they were all so good from Annie (understudypancreas) letting 10 year old pumplette take the reins & saying her views to the grumpy pumper putting a frown on it all to kev (circles of blue) as a parent of a cwd.

The common theme ive got from #dblogweek is that we all want a cure but more importantly we have diabetes but it doesnt have us.

Keep calm & blog on shall be my new motto & hopefully it wont take til #dblogweek 2015 to post my next blog

diabetic snap shots

Todays blog will be less hard to write, to say how i truely feel.
This is my life in pictures, ive met some great people with jdrf & #ourd on twitter

These guys keep me alive & im thankful for the nhs
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These guys from jdrf’s type 1 parliament & twitter make me smile (even the grumpy pumper)
We must all remember no matter how lonely we feel with our non diabetic friends & family, we arent alone because we have each other…..

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its a hard knock (diabetic) life


Share the (non-medical) tips and tricks that help you in the day-to-day management of diabetes. Tell us everything from clothing modifications, serving size/carb counting tricks to the tried and true Dexcom-in-a-glass trick or the “secret” to turning on a Medtronic pump’s backlight when not on the home-screen. Please remember to give non-medical advice only! (Thank you Rachel of Probably Rachel and Kelley of Below Seven for this topic suggestion.)

 

things that my diabetic life “easier”

  1. i always have a bottle of lucozade & a tub of sweets by my bed & also in every room of my home (and handbag!) as you never know when those peasky hypos will hit!
  2. i wear a bright pink medical alert “i run on insulin” bracelet from Pump Fashion (http://www.pumpfashion.com/shop/75-adult-i-run-on-insulin-wristband).
  3. i have plasters & wipes in my meter case incase i need them from leaking/bleeding cannulas.
  4. i also carry rock tape for lifting cannulas (thank you to Annie from the understudypancreas for that tip!)
  5. as i like to always be prepared – i carry a make up bag kit of cannuals, cannula inserter, syringes, lift plus spray (to help with cannula removal), spare batteries for pump & meter as well as an empty cartridge. Pickfords wont beat me at carrying items!
  6. i also could beat boots with the amount of medical supplies i have – i dont ever want to be caught short (due to gp’s neglect or me forgetting or if accu chek are short on supplies)

tell me a story (wildcard)

Write a short story personifying a diabetes tool you use on a daily basis. A meter, syringe, pump, pill, etc. Give it a personality and a name and let it speak through you. What would it be happy about, upset about, mad about? (Thank you Heather of Unexpected Blues for this topic.)

 

hello my name is Jerry & i’m 7 months old.

i’m laura’s pump, i dont know why she called me Jerry – think its some reference to her diabetes being called Tom as well as a cat & mouse.

i like the fact that i can keep laura safe during the night & she has had hardly any hypos in her sleep since she got me as well as the fact i’m flexable compared to her regime on MDI.

the things i really hate about living with laura are

  1. she tries to kill me in my sleep with her boobs, she just puts me down her top at bed time & i cant breathe!!!!
  2. she complains when i’m hungry & want more insulin late at night or in the very early hours of the morning.
  3. she goes for a bath or a shower & stops me! i cry for her to come back but she ignores me, she is VERY mean!!

anyway its lunchtime & i’ve got a very important job to do!!!

Mantras not tantrums

Yesterday we opened up about how diabetes can bring us down. Today let’s share what gets us through a hard day. Or more specifically, a hard diabetes day. Is there something positive you tell yourself? Are there mantras that you fall back on to get you through? Is there something specific you do when your mood needs a boost? Maybe we’ve done that and we can help others do it too?

 

what gets me through a hard day? a good old fashioned alcoholic drink *hick*

i joke…

 

the main thing i think of is that despite how hard my actual job is/mentally exhausing/complicated etc is that i’m keeping myself alive & thats the hardest job of all.

i have my career in law as a barristers clerk & i also have the job of being my own pancreas (no pay & no damn holiday – surely there should of been a tribunal hearing by now on employment regs?!?!?!)