Friday, November 27, 2009

You know you're a diabetic when... cut your finger and feel like you should test so you don't waste the blood.  :)

This morning I was one of the crazy ones shopping at 5 am.  I got up around 4:15 am, got dressed, ate a pb&j sandwich to avoid my sugar crashing, and set off.  Lists in one hand, ads in the other.  Thankfully I wasn't after any of the high-demand items, so I was calm and enjoyed the morning of great deals.  My biggest accomplishment this year is using cash.  No credit at all!  (Minus the magazine and calendar I ordered over the phone for hubby last month.)

While at the first store, I went to pick up a pair of snow boots that had fallen off the display and into the aisle.  The tag must have gotten wedged inside the boot because I wound up with a nasty cut on the tip of my right index finger.  (Yes, typing this hurts!)  Luckily I was near the fitting rooms so I was able to ask an associate for a bandage.  Man, those cuts sting!  Afterward I was feeling a little off.  I wasn't sure if it was my glucose levels or from lack of sleep.  I should have used some of that blood that had been dripping down my finger earlier.  I tested and found I was in the 150s.  Dawn phenomenon with a pb&j chaser! 

After a few hours of shopping, I returned home, stashed my purchases in a basement room, and enjoyed a piece of pumpkin pie.  I figured by that time (about four hours later), my sugar had recovered and I was hungry.  Yes, my children know where I put the unwrapped presents and no, they do not peak.  They know if they do (and mom always knows!) they will get no presents Christmas morning - not from mom, their sisters, or *gasp* even Santa.  I don't know how my mom stashed presents when we were little, but I love having this back room of the basement to store ours.

The kids have cleaned the foyer, put up the trees, put on the lights, and are now decorating the tree.  I enjoy letting them do the decorating of the tree.  Not because I don't want to do it, but because I enjoy hearing the conversations that come out of that room while they cooperate to decorate the tree together.  Every once in a while I hear, "I want to put that ornament on the tree!"  However they quickly work it out by trading or making compromises.  I love Christmas music and we've had it playing all day!

Wishing you a stress-free holiday season!

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