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November 24, 2018: Rest After Tasks/Jersey Gardens

I’m writing this a couple hours after I intended to, but it’s okay. I had a well-deserved rest after heading to the lab this morning. It’s kinda rough getting up early on a Saturday, but it’s also nice that this lab has hours that accomodate my work schedule. So early Saturday appointment it is. It also helps that the phlebotomist was an easy going person, makes the process quicker. Anyway, this is my routine every 3 months, in order to stay on top of my health. Now it’s waiting until early next week for the results.

It’s crazy hearing about the Black Friday shooting in Jersey Gardens. I’m just happy that there were no fatalities, and the one person who got shot was treated quickly (nj.com reported that one person was shot in the wrist). I really don’t understand how people can act so foolishly in a public place, and bring weapons with them. Hopefully it will a peaceful, uneventful weekend.

May 14, 2018: Therapy and Diabetes Life

  • Week 3 of Occupational Therapy. So far I think it’s gone well; doing the hand exercises regularly, and taking part in activities that strengthen my wrist near the thumb. Today my OT wrapped my wrist in Kinesio Tape. It looks interesting, fits well to the skin. Hopefully it will stay on my arm and wrist until Wednesday.
  • My grandfather came home from the hospital over the weekend. He’s still having trouble breathing, yet the swelling went down on his feet, so that’s positive news. I’m hopeful that he maintains his health down a good path.
  • I’m glad that I ended Basaglar. I never had a good feeling about being on that insulin. I’ve been taking an extra Lantus pen while waiting to begin Levemir. I miss being on Lantus nightly, but I’m curious to see what Levemir will do for my health.

May 13, 2018: Sunday Thoughts

Some thoughts as I get ready for the week:

  • I had a quiet Mothers Day celebration with Andy’s family. We went to Longhorn Steakhouse. It’s their ‘go-to’ place for Mothers Day, since Andy’s brother and sister-in-law loves this location.
  • I have my annual Facebook ‘blackout’ on Mothers Day. As much as the posts are heartfelt, it’s just painful to view since my mother is no longer here to celebrate with me. I ventured onto Instagram today, and wished I hadn’t. Tomorrow will be precarious to tread onto social media as well, since the algorithms feel like you MUST view the posts you’ve missed over the weekend!
  • I had a much needed visit with a dear friend over the weekend. Without going through too much detail, she is going through many health difficulties. I truly cherished the time we spent together.
  • I picked up Levemir front the pharmacy this afternoon. I said ‘goodbye’ to Basaglar, due to the issue of weight gain while on the medication. Despite heavy exercise and activity, the weight gain continued. I’m hopeful the the Levemir will be a better option for my health.

April 28, 2018: Rainy Days and Sugar Lows

I had a very crazy afternoon at work, which Fridays always are. The children were extra loopy due to the rainy day, and my blood sugar kept going low, despite me having glucose tablets to bring it back. During my break I usually eat then write up the classroom highlights sheet to post at the front of my door, with pictures on display. It’s a lot to do in 60 minutes, but when I’m feeling normal I get it done. Yesterday however, the only energy I had was to eat, then write up the highlight sheet. I couldn’t get the photos done, so I emailed then to management to have them (hopefully) printed, so I can post them in the afternoon. Unfortunately it never got done, so I’ll need to post them on Monday morning. Rainy days and sugar lows at work make things very complicated.

During my break I spoke to Andy about my crazy morning, while writing my classroom highlight sheet. He’s a great listener during these times. When I was done, he shared good news with me: our outing we’ve been planning for June went through. It’s going to be exciting to spend a few days away from work. Hopefully my left wrist will feel much better by then also. I enjoy working with my group at work, but time for myself is surely needed.

April 20, 2018: Weekend and Freestyle Libre

Friday morning, and already I’m looking forward to 6pm. After work me and Andy are heading out to dinner to celebrate his birthday. It’s tomorrow, but birthdays falling on the weekend are really good, since you have plenty of opportunities to celebrate. Tomorrow we’re going to meet some good friends from college for Andy’s birthday dinner. I just need to contact someone to make sure she has a way of coming to Readington, since we would need to come get her if she doesn’t. I need to get in touch with her about that, since we haven’t spoken in a couple of days.

I’m beginning the third month of my Freestyle Libre reader. I’ve found that as close to the mark it’s been on my glucose levels, it’s way off line in the last day of the 10 day duration. I’m not sure if it’s just part of the way the sensor works so you can switch it accordingly, but a few hours before the duration ended it was off by over 100 units. I’m truly thankful that I kept my glucose meter test strips!

April 9, 2018: More Freestyle Libre Findings

***These are my thoughts as I use my Freestyle Libre Sensor. My doctor prescribed the sensor to me back in February.***

As I continue to wear my Freestyle Libre sensor to manage my Type 1 Diabetes, I notice that the sensor nearly always reads lower than the standard glucose meter reading. Before meals I test with both my standard glucose meter and my Libre sensor. I guess I’m too accustomed to using a regular meter, yet it’s helped figure out what my actual glucose levels are when it’s absolutely necessary. Some sensor durations are truly on point. Other sensor periods had a 50 point difference from my regular meter. It’s something I will certainly share with my doctor when I have my 3 month visit in May.