You Never Know Who Is Watching

Truth be told, I have been embarrassed to check my sugar in public. I either didn’t want  people to know I was diabetic or for people to whisper things behind my back. I was even afraid that I would get judged. As silly as it sounds now, it was a problem that I had. As I got older I started to care less. Checking my sugar is what is keeping me healthy and that is the number 1 priority. And you know what? I grantee you that nobody even notices or thinks different about it. I will not lie and say I flaunt diabetes, because sometimes I still feel self conscious about it. When I do feel that way I simply do it all in my purse. It hides me pricking my finger and looks as if I am digging through my purse. You can even excuse yourself to do it in the restroom. Another constant reminder to myself for when I need to check my sugar in public is that you never know who is watching. It could be a younger diabetic. Seeing you do it could motivate them and let them think, Hey, If she/he can check their sugar in public, I can too! I know it is a challenge to branch out with your diabetes, but remember… challenges were meant to be faced!

Hope you are having wonderful holiday fun! (=

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Ginger bread men and ginger bread tree cookies!

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Traditional buckeye balls, cinnamon streusel bread, and spicy sweet almonds (highly addictive)

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Over Due

Last week I went to my Endo to get my lab work done. Every three months I get blood drawn from my arm for routine test to get my A1c, and  make sure my kidneys and heart are healthy. I was supposed to have this done in November, but with the unexpected trip to see my great grandmother before she passed pushed my appointment back. Now with Thanksgiving and Christmas, getting an appointment is hard to do since everyone wants to take off work. Now my appointment to see my doctor is scheduled for January 2nd which is a little ways to go.

Not to fear!

I whipped out my A1c home test kit and got to work. We keep these in my house just in case I need them and it turns out this is a just in case situation.

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I followed the instructions to a T and waited for a long five minutes to see the results.

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Woohoo! That is what I am talking about!

I am proud to see that it was in the perfect range. Although, I knew it would be good from all my hard work, it is still great to see and be proud of.

I find keeping these A1C home test can be  very helpful to improvement. If you test every month and see your number lowering, you know, “I can do this!”.  Just work hard and keep up with the good work, and you too can have an awesome A1C!

Hope you have a wonderful, snowy week!

I am Thankful For Insulin

and….FAMILY!

Sorry to neglect blogging but it is that crazy, WONDERFUL time of the year! A favorite of mine. I already started up the holiday music driving my sister up the walls. I really can’t get  enough of this joyful time. I love the elegant Christmas lights and the pine tree smells. I love the family bonding and the comedy Christmas movies (Home Alone and Elf are my favorite!) I can’t forget to love the giving and the wonderful feeling that Christmas brings.

Now enough with the Christmas talk. We can’t forget Thanksgiving like every where else does. Thanksgiving is lovely. The food, family, and insulin dosing. I promise you, insulin is a diabetics best friend on Thanksgiving!  This year we had a 20 ILB turkey! It was ginormous and I had to have one of the huge turkey legs. Thanks to the amazing farm that also was where we got our lovely veggie and fruit basket over the summer!

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We also had regular mashed potatoes, homemade cranberry sauce, pretzel rolls, and wheat yeast rolls. Safe to say I was stuffed……INTILL, we brought the crazy amount of pies out!

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Pies were: My grandmas delicious  chocolate pie with a graham cracker crust, my talented chef brothers homemade apple pie and homemade black bottom pumpkin pie, and my homemade pumpkin pie with a gingersnap crust. There was also some baklava that my sister-in-law brought.

All were terrific!

Thanksgiving is full of carbs and desserts which can drive your blood sugars crazy! That is why checking your blood  sugar a lot is very important to see if you took the right amount of insulin. I even documented my insulin:carbs of that day.

(Important: My insulin to carb ratio will be different to lots. What I take doesn’t matter what to what you take. Everybody is different!)

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I am kind of a Nazi when it comes to checking my sugar. But, it sure does pay off!

When it comes to the holidays and winter months, us diabetics have to be sure to check our sugars a lot and make sure we are exercising when needed to. Trust me! I know how mouth watering all of the food and TREATS are. If we follow the triangle of checking blood sugars, taking insulin, and exercising we can indulge too! Of course that doesn’t mean pounding food down your throat. Nobody should be doing that! So monitor your self and watch for portions! Portions are the key!

Happy Holidays!

P.S. Just because it isn’t Diabetic Awareness Month doesn’t mean it has to end. Keep people aware and lets try to make being a diabetic easier!