insulin, stress, type 1 diabetes

The Lord and Diabetes

This is a hard topic for me. Many bad things have happened in my life that I got angry with God for. Diabetes wasn’t one of them.

I honestly did not curse God or anything like that. I didn’t have long prayers saying to Him why me or asking why he chose to do this to me. I finally got the picture. I got the point. Do you know that song with that line “Jesus take the wheel?” It’s like that. I am learning to give up control.

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Today, I saw my endocrinologist. I am doing what I am supposed to. Testing, taking insulin, working out. . . .My body, however, is not responding like it should. I still have high blood sugars that are dangerous. I admitted to the fear of having a low blood sugar. The fear of going into a coma, stroke, or death doesn’t seem strange, now does it? It’s my life. So do I live in constant fear or allow God to deal with it?

 

 

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The Jimmy Kimmel Test

Now a member of our government, Mick Mulvaney (our budget chief) thinks pre-existing conditions should pass the “Jimmy Kimmel Test” or did you bring about the condition yourself. . . .aka your fault. Jimmy Kimmel’s baby has a heart condition that was operated on and that brought about an arguement about Obamacare and the upcoming healthcare imposed by Trump.

I find Mick Mulvaney’s comment on diabetes to be completely ignorant and dangerous. He said “That doesn’t mean we should take care of the person who sits at home, eats poorly and gets diabetes. Is that the same thing as Jimmy Kimmel’s kid? I don’t think that it is.” People are predisposed to diabetes as with many illnesses.  Just because I’m overwieght I must have gotten type 1 because of it? Um, no.  It was my genetics and I was born with it LIKE JIMMY KIMMEL’S BABY.

Type 2s: I must admit I know type 2s who neglected their health, were predisposed and got type 2 diabetes. Some of them, and I mean some, just don’t care about their health. That’s with any disease though- some people just don’t care.  How do you even prove that?

That small handful shouldn’t f*ck it over for us all.

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I experience frequent burnout. Do I not care about myself? No! This is part of the ride of diabetes. We ALL go through burnout stages and trying this and trying that. Our bodies are different and different things work- or don’t work.

I imagine the government would look at our blood sugar numbers, age and type of diabetes and GUESS who deserves treatment coverage, guess who needs a pump, guess who needs insulin and guess who needs a CGM. AHHH! NO! I do NOT want that.

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This kind of thing is precisely why I believe socialism CANNOT work in the United States. Our government is too stupid and doesn’t actually care about me as a human breathing person with feelings and a beating heart. They see dollar signs.

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Reblog from MakeItUltra: 5 Benefits of Journaling

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been frustrated, angry and wanted to lash out about my illness. I didn’t ask for this, why won’t this work and blah blah blah! I’m part machine now! I’m so tired of this! This is embarrassing! Well, I worked on finding outlets for all that.

One of them is a journal. Cliche as it is, I decided to destroy a journal and write all over it- page by page. I let everything flow out. Sometimes I draw happily or other times I write in anger. Anything really goes. I’ve stuck stickers on it and torn it. I’ve tried to use it to remotivate myself, which is a huge issue with diabetes. It stays by my bed, ready to use when I feel like it.

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Follow this link to read about the benefits of journaling:

Written by Caitlyn K., MA. (USA) Founder of: Living Without Limits Every therapist always has the same advice: keep a journal. We hear the advice so often, that we often dismiss it as meaningless. However, journaling can be very powerful and healing. Five Benefits of Journaling include (but are not limited to): 1. Externalizing your story […]

via 5 Benefits of Journaling — MakeItUltra™

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Happiness is not in Pounds

I started going through clothes that don’t fit me today. A lot of them are from when I was an itty-bitty me and wore tons of tight Forever 21 clothes. I got a bit depressed. I feel that being that weight again is far away and perhaps even impossible.

I gained a lot of weight due to diabetes. It’s rare for a type 1 to have this happen but it did for me. Insulin is also making it hard to lose any pounds. I’m stronger, can walk farther but still I have the weight.

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I’ve decided to get rid of clothes that don’t fit me but get clothes that do. Clothes that I like- not clothes that just fit me. I miss my style! My style became warped with gaining weight.

Then I read a post by a friend on facebook: “Losing weight is hard. Being fat is hard. There are so many beautiful reasons to be happy. Stop stopping yourself.”

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I needed to hear that. It’s not all about my weight. It’s about being healthy and taking care of my diabetes not all about my weight. I gotta be happy! There are reasons to be happy. I’m not sick, I have a wonderful husband, 3 great furbabies and a job. My friends are awesome too. I don’t need to be down in the dumps! Heck with it!

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The unhealthy stigma about healthy eating

Berries and Stitches

Everybody who likes to eat healthily, or has specific dietary requirements knows the situation: you’re out with friends, they decide to get a takeaway, and you, with your ‘fussy’ eating, are left wondering what you’re going to do for your meal. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with having the occasional takeaway, but if you’re anything like me, a processed, stodgy meal does not appeal (I’m more into chocolate than burgers).

Unfortunately, there’s a sort of stigma around eating healthily, that you wouldn’t expect to find today, but most people have probably experienced it. Eating healthily is different to being on a diet; it’s a lifestyle, and what I think most people misunderstand is that most of the time, you would rather have that delicious salad from your favourite coffee shop, than fried chicken or a burger from your local takeaway. Personally, I have no specific dietary requirements, I’m not vegan…

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That Unicorn Frappe

Remember my post, Are diabeetus memes funny to diabetics?, well that Unicorn Frappe that everyone and their mother have heard about has a popular meme attached to it now.

diabetesunicornI gotta say, I carefully considered who posted this meme and if they were serious. Of course they weren’t serious. They were just commenting that the frappe has a lot of sugar. In fact, I’ll even agree the cotton candy frappe tastes like pure sugar. GAG. According to Starbucks online, a grande Unicorn Frappe is just about the same amount of carbs as my favorite grande Mocha Frappe. So the reality is that the Starbucks drinks just have a lot of sugar. Did I mention I can’t really tolerate their coffee anymore?

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You can’t contract diabetes from them, though. Am I offended by someone saying you’ll contract diabetes from something sugary? Not as long as they aren’t serious. Eating sugar will not cause diabetes. There are many factors contributing to diabetes such as age, genetics, and lifestyle.  I hope people realize this when they post these memes.

I still insist that these memes are doing some good in the diabetes world. More and more people are realizing that lifestyle can contribute to type 2 diabetes and that diabetes is a disease that really sucks.

Yet I will say again, if you post these kinds of memes, I will always gauge how stupid you are. Comes with the territory. Sorry not sorry.

 

 

 

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My Big Purse

I’ve become known for my purse at work. It’s big, I get that. Diabetics are known for big purses. I just muttered to them “It’s for medical reasons.”  My big grey studded floppy purse doesn’t even fit in the locker they provided me. I just ram it in and make it look half way decent.

It took awhile to even find this large purse, but when I finally found one I was so happy! It didn’t cost a fortune either, which was difficult enough. What they want for a purse is ridiculous.

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It’s a great purse because it holds all my diabetic stuff. I even got a special little wallet/ purse to hold my supplies and it’s pink. Hooray girly stuff! It holds insulin, an inset, a needle, has a little trash bag, extra this and extra that. And can you believe that sucker isn’t big enough?! I still don’t have enough room for all my diabetic stuff in it, so things just float in my giant purse.

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So after my big bag becoming a joke at work and realizing this bag really should be locked up (an insulin vial costs quite a bit) I decided to give in. I bought a diabetic purse. An actual purse made for diabetics exists! The purse is made by myabetic and is called the Cherise Diabetes Handbag. I got it in “Paradise Blue.”

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The center is where I’ll carry all my goodies as shown above. It’s a more organized and concise purse, so I should be able to lock it up at work. It’s also a lot bigger in the center than my pink wallet/purse is. There are also two pouches on the sides of the center wallet to carry other things.

So take that! My purse won’t need to be the classic huge-as-hell-diabetes-bag. It will be an organized expensive purse.  Most women have those right? Ugh, my bag is still special.

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Are diabeetus memes funny to diabetics?

Are the diabeetus memes funny to diabetics? Heck, is any joke about diabetes funny?

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YES. I often find them hilarious if the person using or posting them knows the information isn’t true and they aren’t serious. When the person really thinks a big piece of cake causes diabetes it’s no longer funny and just makes the person look really ignorant. These jokes get diabetes attention and gets the conversation going. What if the person thinks the meme is serious? Well, I get to confront them and explain the truth about the disease. I see this as a win.

So many people get butthurt these days about everything. Everything is so offensive. I really enjoy laughing and I think laughing is great medicine apart from my insulin. I say go ahead and poke fun at diabetes.

 

 

 

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Get yourself a man that can do both!

I was diagnosed in my second year of marriage. We two were driving along when I got the phone call that I was sick and had diabetes. He saw I was about to cry and immediately wanted to know what was wrong. My life changed that day.

I’ve heard from friends and the internet that relationships can be affected by diabetes. I wondered if my honeymoon phase would be over like so many other people and the struggle would begin. Other relationships have ended due to diabetes. The significant other didn’t want to put up with it, eat the same way, refused to learn anything, and showed no support. I’ve heard dating is a struggle too. My girlfriends have been dumped JUST because they were diabetic.

Luckily I got myself a man that is supportive. He’s driven me to the ER and goes to my endocrinologist visits. He eats like I do (if not healthier) and even went on the Paleo diet with me. He’s decided to go to medical school and minor in nutrition. I motivate him and inspire him. He does the same for me.. Maybe it’s due to my husband being European so eating differently comes natural and he already didn’t eat like an American.  Maybe that is Nordic culture. Yet- I’d like to think Americans can be just as supportive of their diabetic spouses.

It’s really important to find someone that can support your health. The priest does say “in sickness and in health” right?

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Repost: How I Planned My Diet

Well, first of all it’s more like a lifestyle change and a way of eating than a diet.

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Yes, once AGAIN I will be making a switch. For the millionith zillionith time. . . . . but BUT this time I designed it and it is already working. I feel better, feel satisfied and my blood sugars are going down. So what did I decide? I did what makes sense from my research.(Oh lawd did I read a lot) I used diets and ways of eating that already exist. I talked to people who know more than I do about nutrition. . . . and voila! So what ways of eating did I look at and what am I applying?

  • The Low Carb High Fat Diet: Like I said previously, this diet in it’s entirety cannot work for me. The high fat and protein amount my tummy just won’t handle. However, the idea is that you make your body use fat instead of carbs for fuel. This I understand to work for many diabetics. What did I steal? Low carb. Some of their recipes I can tolerate, others I can’t.
  • The Paleo Diet: Eating like our primal ancestors is the thought behind this way of eating. Fruits and vegetables, healthy fats, proteins, nuts and seeds are all part of the diet. Alcohol, beans, dairy, processed food, and grains are all no no’s. Gluten is eliminated for celiac disease and it’s lactose free. So what did I steal? I’m going to eat as little processed food as I can and reduced dairy intake. Also reduce my grain intake. I don’t need gluten free but I believe I am dairy sensitive. 
  • The FODMAP diet: This diet is meant for those with digestive problems and disorders. It reduces problems related to these issues by eliminating a series of different fermentable and poorly absorbed carbs that cause havoc in the gut and may cause different ailments. The lists of food are long and confusing honestly but make sense that they cause problems. I was told to go on this diet by a professional. So what did I steal? Everything but completely lactose free and completely gluten free. I will also be having whole grains when I eat grains. Otherwise- everything! 
  • Healthy Skin Diet : I complied a list of everything I could find that is good for healthy skin. What did I steal? I’m definitely going to be including these foods as much as I can.

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So my guidelines in summary are:

  • no soy
  • limited garlic
  • limited onion
  • cooked veggies, berries and fruits
  • low lactose
  • low grain
  • low carb
  • lean protein

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