Sunday, December 9, 2012

Casting call - Photo shoot - Type 2s

I received an email from a casting director in New York, looking for people with Type 2 who use Lantus to do a photo shoot.  You don't have to live in New York to apply.  I don't qualify, but I thought I'd pass this along.  This is due by tomorrow, so hurry!  If you do participate, I'd love to hear about your experience!

- Men & Women, Ages 40-55, with Type 2 Diabetes currently using Lantus. IDEALLY, Lantus Solostar Pen, but open to those using insulin syringe. 
- All shapes, sizes and ethnicities welcome

Monday, Dec. 10th, 2012

SHOOT DATE (if selected): 
Thursday, December 20, 2012 – 1 Full Day
Location: New York City 
**will compensate for travel and lodging if selected. 


- EMAIL: 3 or more pictures of yourself. Full length and close up to 
These do NOT need to be professional - candids are fine.

- TELL US: Do you currently use Lantus for your Type 2 Diabetes? Do you use the Solostar Pen, or insulin syringe?

- BE SURE TO INCLUDE: Your full name, age, where you live, and contact email/phone

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Are You My Type?

Anyone who knows that I have diabetes also knows that I am Type 2.  I don't hide this fact. Actually I'm pretty vocal about it.  However, if you were to look at my contacts through the DOC, whether on Facebook, Twitter, or other places, a majority of those people have Type 1. 

Why is this?  I was thinking about this yesterday. Is it because there are more Type 1s online?  Since they are stereotypically younger, are the Type 2s just old and not tech savvy?  Are the Type 1s just more vocal?

Or are the Type 2s in hiding because of society's stereotypes?

That last question hit me hard.  Although I don't fit those stereotypes, I'm always looking out for the comments.  I'm always afraid of hearing the Type 2 jokes.  Calling people who have diabetes fat, lazy, over-eaters hurts.

The cartoon that mimics a math word problem is a good example of misinformation. "Billy had 32 candy bars. He ate 28. What does he have now? Diabetes. Billy has diabetes." No, he does not.  Sugar doesn't cause diabetes. What he has is a major stomach ache!

But back to my original thought.  Although most of the people I know with diabetes, online or in real life, have Type 1, most of the time that does not matter.  We may manage our disease a little differently, but our fears are the same.  Our complications are the same.  Our hope for a cure is the same!

When I meet someone with diabetes, I might ask them what type they have or what resources they use (diet, exercise, oral meds, injection, insulin pump).  However that's just small talk.  Once I've met someone with diabetes, there's a little connection there.  We're part of the same family.  It doesn't matter if we have Type 1, Type 2, LADA, or gestational diabetes.  Yes, I would love to meet more Type 2s my age, but that doesn't mean I can't feel supported by someone who doesn't fit that criteria.  I can still offer support to someone who wears an insulin pump even though I don't.

I still feel that Type 2s need to have a more visible role in the DOC and world in general.  Don't hide! We're all here to support you!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Cough, Cough - Go away!

I'm at home with a cold.  It's actually been developing for almost two weeks.  Last week we only had two days of school.  Since the cold was just at the "annoying" level, I went ahead and subbed those two days.  However, over the Thanksgiving break it got worse instead of better.  I almost called the doctor on Friday and Saturday mornings, but decided maybe all I needed was some rest.

Then Saturday night came and I started coughing.  Uncontrollably.  You know the type of cough where you get stuck in an exhale and can't get even a tiny inhale? Yeah, that type of cough.  I don't mind so much the coughing fits where you're able to inhale between coughs.  Those are annoying.  However the coughs where you're stuck in that cough and can't inhale - those are scary!  I was starting to regret not calling the doctor that morning.

Then Sunday night hit, and the cold hit my ears.  Yes, we were now in the dizzy and nauseous stage.  Of course I was still being stubborn and wondering if I could work the next day.  After a night full of coughing fits, I relented and told hubby that I would call the doctor in the morning.  Thankfully I didn't get a call to sub even though I promised him that I'd turn it down.  I called the doctor about 10 minutes after they opened.  Next available sick appointment?  4:50 p.m.  I made some sort of comment how they've been busy.  The receptionist replied that they had been swamped with calls.

A few times during the day I felt pretty good.  I even thought about calling back and cancelling my appointment.  Of course that would be about the time another coughing fit would start up again.  At lunch, hubby made me promise not to cancel.  That afternoon I took my temperature and had a fever (100.2).  Ok, I'll go.

Of course I already knew the doctor would say I have a sinus infection.  Bending over to pick up a toy on the floor told me that.  (OUCH!)  He gave me a prescription for an antibiotic and some yummy cough syrup. Seriously, this cough syrup *is* yummy! I think it tastes like cotton candy.  Hubby says it tastes more like burnt marshmallows.  Either way, I like it and don't have to build up the courage to take it like I do for that icky cherry stuff.

So last night I took the antibiotic.  Unfortunately I forgot to take another dose of cough syrup before bed and spent half the night coughing.  Yes, I will admit here for everyone to read that I was too lazy to get up out of my warm toasty bed and walk two rooms over to take another dose.

I decided last night to take today off from subbing to give the meds time to kick in before facing a classroom of children.  I sent a text message to our awesome substitute coordinator.  She replied saying it was a good idea and hoping I was better soon. 

So yesterday and today are days of rest.  Pretty rare for a mama of five.  How has this cold affected my diabetes?  Well on Saturday my fasting glucose was 110 when I'm typically in the 120s or 130s.  Not bad!  I'm making sure to eat, but trying not to get into unnecessary snacking.  I admit I haven't checked my numbers like I should, but I'm working on taking care of myself.  It's hard to sit still, even when I'm sick.

Image credit: Found here.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Home Sweet Home

For the next five days, I have no other obligations but my family.  (Oh and that paper I need to work on for my graduate class, but I plan to have that done tomorrow.)  I am looking forward to focusing on the six people that mean the most in my life.  The people that bring me joy, even when I'm a little frustrated with them.  Like any wife and mother would admit if being truthful, they drive me up the wall at times, but I love them with all my heart.

Among my many blessings, I am grateful to have been blessed with a husband who is a wonderful cook.  I am looking forward to the amazing meals that he will prepare during out break.  I am looking forward to the help I will receive (and have already received) from the children as we catch up on housework.  I am also looking forward to decorating the house on Friday for my favorite holiday - Christmas!

For now, I want to enjoy the here and now - not rush into what tomorrow brings.  Right now I am enjoying a cup of tea from my Keurig.  Great for my cold and sore throat!  Hoping a few cups of tea before bed will help me feel better in the morning so I can knock out that paper I have to write!

It's really hard to keep in this moment.  As you see, I already started talking about tomorrow and my paper.  My kids are growing up way too fast.  I used to wish away the days, looking forward to their futures.  Now I know that those futures come quickly.  Over the next five days I am going to work on enjoying the moment while working on letting tomorrow worry about itself. (See Matthew 6:34)

Sunday, November 18, 2012

My Very Lonely Blog

Yes, I have neglected my blog lately. It really bothers me, because I do enjoy blogging. However, my outside life has taken away a lot of the free time I used to spend writing. Now most of my computer time is spent with my online graduate course or decompressing on Facebook or Pinterest. Oh, yes, I've gotten sucked in to Pinterest!

This week is Thanksgiving. My oldest, a sophomore at the university, has the week off. My other children only have school two days this week. I am really looking forward to some extra time with my husband and children. Even though I will have a project to work on for school, I will be home most of the week. My substitute teaching job follows the same schedule as my children.

Maybe during this time off (after I finish my homework), I can work on pre-writing some blog posts. In the mean time, I'm thinking of my blessings and all I have to be thankful for this year. It's been a tough year with all the business, but I am thankful nonetheless. My family is, of course, my biggest blessing.

Friday, November 2, 2012

A Funny Thing Happened... #dblog #NHBPM

I'm one of those people that finds the humor in just about anything. Yes, even a chronic illness such as diabetes.  For example:

* I love calling others with diabetes "sweetie"

* I ran to the store at 6:45 am to buy a blue shirt to wear today in honor of Blue Fridays (Google it. Too tired to figure out how to link on blog phone app)

* I have been known to claim to have low blood sugar as an excuse to eat a candy bar when someone is criticizing me (moderation of course!)

* I've also claimed high/low glucose levels as an excuse when I'm cranky

Hey, if you have to deal with it, might as well have fun!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Thankful (#dblog)

Sometimes it's the little things that make me happy... Like some Diet Coke!

Monday, September 17, 2012

To My Children

Don't let anyone tell you that you don't matter. God made you the way you are. "You are meant to be!" Meant to be the way you are. No one can change that. No one should change that.

God made you special, and He loves you very much! And so do I!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Portrait Post (#A4Amonth)

Today's Advocating for Another blog carnival prompt: Write a descriptive portrait of your community. Share qualities that make them, them – and include an image! (A photo or creative work of them!)

My community would be the DOC, diabetes online community. Although there are other diabetes groups, the DOC is the one I feel closest to than all the others.

The DOC contains patients, parents, spouses, children, caregivers, physicians, educators, and those that are seeking out information.

Sometimes we debate, maybe even argue. I try to stay out of discussions that involve which type is harder, whether each type should have their own name, or whether or not Type 2s "deserve" their diagnosis.

However when it comes right down to it, the DOC consists of a fun, loving, accepting, caring group of people from all over the world that have one goal - a cure for diabetes!

Monday, August 20, 2012

Nervous Beginning, Wonderful Support

Today is the beginning of my journey into graduate school.  I have received my first two assignments.  Thankfully I'm almost done with the first one already.

Although I know my family is very supportive, sometimes it helps to know there are others cheering me on as well.

Yesterday I was having some quiet time, trying to calm my nervousness. When I looked down, I saw the bracelets on my left wrist.

Red: ADA, White: You Can Do This Project, Silver: Diabetes, Blue: Living Vertical

It's like my left wrist was a DOC bulletin board, reminding me of all the people out there rooting for me. Not just encouraging me in my diabetes management, but life in general. Ever since I decided to apply for graduate school, I have received so much encouragement from people I have never met, brought together by diabetes.

Thank you to my family and my "family" in the DOC! I love you all!!!

Monday, August 13, 2012

Get a clue


Do you ever want to give someone the board game "Clue" and tell them, "Get a clue!"?

Yeah, me too.

That is all...

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Vacation from Diabetes?

Recently, my husband and I took a small vacation for our 20th anniversary. The children were well taken care of, in the care of hubby's mom and sister. We had decided we didn't want anything fancy, just time to relax and enjoy each other's company. A state park with private cabins and a cute restaurant was our destination. A perfect place to get away from everything for a few days. 

However there was one thing we couldn't escape. Diabetes.

About an hour after we left home, I realized there was one thing I forgot to bring. More test strips. There were only a couple left with my meter. Did we want to add another two hours to our travel time or keep driving? Since I'm diet and exercise controlled, not needing to worry about insulin doses, we decided to keep driving toward our destination.  If I felt I needed a meter, we'd stop by a local drugstore and pick up their store brand model.

We had a wonderful time. We hiked trails, took naps, ate delicious food, read books outside, and forgot about everything else.  Well, just about everything.  Diabetes, the uninvited guest, was still present.

With my hubby's help, I was able to keep track of how I was doing by how I felt and how I acted.  If I got that sick feeling in my stomach shortly after eating, I knew my glucose levels were high and we'd go for a walk. While in the middle of a trail, I started feeling that my legs weren't moving when I told them to, we stopped for some M&Ms. 

Although diabetes can be a pain at times, I proved to myself once again that it doesn't have to stop me from doing the things I love.  With a little creativity and planning ahead, I was able to enjoy our anniversary get-away without any complications.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Lessons from a Lizard

Sometimes there are obstacles you can't see.  That doesn't mean you should just give up. Keep digging and eventually you will be rewarded. (Anoles got some crickets right after this video.)

Friday, June 29, 2012

So Busy

Saying life as a mom of five is busy... well, that would be an understatement. Summer doesn't seem to slow things down much. Summer camps, mission trip, swimming lessons, part time job, craft business, driver's ed hours, etc. On top of that I'm looking into starting graduate school this fall. How do I find time for *me*?

It's not always easy. I've learned to love the term "pockets of time." As I type, hubby and #4 are in the kitchen making dinner. I'm letting them have the time together while I sneak into my room, using the Blogger app on my phone. It's not the easiest way to type, but it's peaceful.

Finding time here and there for reading or blogging has gotten easier as the kids have gotten older. From my lack of recent blog posts, I guess I've done more reading than blogging. Blame my new Kindle Fire for the renewed reading addiction.

I still need to work on finding time for exercise. Yard work, housework, and running kids around have been most of my "exercise". I did mow the front yard this week. It's a job I rarely do, but I wanted some exercise and it sounded good at the time. Unfortunately we're now experiencing a heat wave which limits my time outside. Going to the Y is difficult with the kids' schedules. Ok, I am realizing that I'm good at excuses.

Is there anyone out there who would like to join me, taking advantage of those pockets of time, and stepping up the exercise routine or even starting one? Comment below. All comments need approval, so let me know if you want your comment to remain private.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Ever Have a Day...

I'm anxiously awaiting to hear about my graduate school application. Thinking about that and all the uncertainty going back to school entails is a little stressful.

Have you ever had a day when you just need to hear a particular song? Yeah, today was one of those days.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

My Diabetes Hero (#dblogweek)

Today's D-Blog prompt: Let’s end our week on a high note and blog about our “Diabetes Hero”.  It can be anyone you’d like to recognize or admire, someone you know personally or not, someone with diabetes or maybe a Type 3.  It might be a fabulous endo or CDE.  It could be a d-celebrity or role-model.  It could be another DOC member.  It’s up to you – who is your Diabetes Hero??

My hero when it comes to my diabetes management is my wonderful hubby.  He is my Type Awesome. He's been the one to keep me focused. He never gets upset if I need to change what we're doing because of my glucose levels. Yesterday we were working in the garden. He noticed I was shaky and encouraged me to go inside to take care of myself. Today he didn't complain during my many breaks. He is my motivation. He is extremely understanding and devoted!

Photo credit: Image found here.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

My Day in Pictures (#dblogweek)

Today's D-Blog prompt: Back for the third year, let’s show everyone what life with diabetes looks like!  With a nod to the Diabetes 365 project, let’s grab our cameras again and share some more d-related pictures.  Post as many or as few as you’d like.  Feel free to blog your thoughts on or explanations of your pictures, or leave out the written words and let the pictures speak for themselves.

Bacon! It's what's for breakfast

Tired dog after running around in the back yard while I was gardening.

87 and dropping. Normal activities such as gardening can be scary for a PWD!

Added sugar to my iced tea and had a banana to deal with a gardening-induced low

...and where are we going?

The peppers and cucumbers are planted

Friday, May 18, 2012

What I'd Like You to Know (#dblogweek)

Today's D-Blog prompt: Today let’s borrow a topic from a #dsma chat held last September.  The tweet asked “What is one thing you would tell someone that doesn’t have diabetes about living with diabetes?”.  Let’s do a little advocating and post what we wish people knew about diabetes.  Have more than one thing you wish people knew?  Go ahead and tell us everything.

There is so much I'd like to tell people about diabetes. Not the physiology of the disease - the ins and outs of insulin resistance for a person with Type 2 diabetes. That's only a minor part of the disease. For me there are blood checks throughout the day as well as lab work a couple times a year.  Yearly check-ups with my doctor, more if necessary. Watching carbs. Watching activity level (insulin resistance can suddenly backfire, causing sudden lows). The mood swings. Fear. Wondering if I'm going to need to use the bathroom at an inopportune time.

What is the number one thing I'd like people to know? Don't judge. Shortly after my diagnosis, I was talking to an older gentleman. Not realizing it, I had actually started off in my advocacy calling right away. I started talking to him about my new diagnosis, to which he replied, "We're watching our weight so we don't get diabetes." Did he just call me fat? To set the record straight, I am slightly overweight but not in the obese category that society would consider "at risk." I was also in my late-30s. Also not an "at risk" category.

Was he judging me? I feel he was. My diabetes was not caused by lifestyle, rather genetics. Do I blame my mother and her blood line? Not any more than I blame my father for my mousey brown hair that gets a little color treatment now and then. It is what it is. I love both of my parents dearly and thank God for all they have given me - including my hair color and my diabetes.

Those who have read my blog before know that I see my diabetes as part of a calling to reach out to others. I've had the opportunity to reach out to children with Type 1 diabetes locally. Even though I have Type 2 (and they know it), we still have a bond of sorts. Whenever we see each other, they know that there's an adult that gets it, even if just a little. And of course I ask them if they've been behaving. They know I don't just mean behaviorally.

Living with a chronic disease, especially an invisible one, is extremely difficult and often lonely. Thankfully I have an awesome support system at home that tries to understand, plus the DOC that totally gets it.

Before you judge or blame, remember that first and foremost, I am a person. Yes, I am a person with diabetes, but that doesn't make your judgements alright. Blaming my lifestyle means you haven't gotten to know me, only society's misconception of what causes Type 2 diabetes. I don't sit around all day eating bon bons. (I'd like to see you keep up with my five kids while working two jobs! What's a couch?)

Photo credit: Image found here.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Fantasy Diabetes Device (#dblogweek)

Today's D-Blog prompt: Tell us what your Fantasy Diabetes Device would be?  Think of your dream blood glucose checker, delivery system for insulin or other meds, magic carb counter, etc etc etc.  The sky is the limit – what would you love to see?

Hmm...  Like Rachel at Tales of Rachel, it's really hard for me to think of something. I'm a diet and exercise controlled Type 2. Maybe something to get me to exercise. Or a device that will play pre-recorded answers to all the common diabetes questions. Honestly, one currently used device I would like to have would be a CGM (continuous glucose monitor). But how to convince insurance to pay for a CGM for a diet and exercise controlled Type 2. HA!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

One Not So Great Thing (#dblogweek)

Today's D-Blog prompt: Yesterday we gave ourselves and our loved ones a big pat on the back for one thing we are great at.  Today let’s look at the flip-side.  We probably all have one thing we could try to do better.  Why not make today the day we start working on it.  No judgments, no scolding, just sharing one small thing we can improve so the DOC can cheer us on!

In my last blog post, I basically mentioned a few things. "I'm not on top of checking my blood sugar or exercising all the time like I should. I try to watch my carb intake, but every once in a while my plate looks like the diabetic denial meal. Thankfully I don't need to take meds. I try to carry a small snack with me at all times in case of a low, but sometimes I forget to replenish said snack."

Probably the biggest thing I need to work on is exercise. I used to be on top of it, going to the gym once (or even twice) just about every day. Then my schedule changed and I just haven't adapted my exercise schedule. This is what I need encouragement about the most.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

One Great Thing (#dblogweek)

Today's D-Blog prompt: Tell us about just one diabetes thing you (or your loved one) does spectacularly!  Fasting blood sugar checks, oral meds sorted and ready, something always on hand to treat a low, or anything that you do for diabetes.  Nothing is too big or too small to celebrate doing well! 

This prompt is challenging. Honestly I'm not always the "good diabetic." Quite often I feel the opposite. I'm not on top of checking my blood sugar or exercising all the time like I should. I try to watch my carb intake, but every once in a while my plate looks like the diabetic denial meal. Thankfully I don't need to take meds. I try to carry a small snack with me at all times in case of a low, but sometimes I forget to replenish said snack.

However there is one diabetes-related thing that I am proud of - setting people straight! There are so many misconceptions about Type 2 diabetes. Sometimes it gets me so frustrated that I could scream or even cry. I have decided instead of just getting upset, it is now my mission to educate others. If I can dispel diabetes myths for just one person a week - Imagine how many people I could reach! Not just those 52 people I talk to, but others that they talk to as well. I can just imagine someone with whom I have spoken then sharing that information with others they come in contact. "I heard that eating too much candy causes diabetes," will then get a reply of, "Oh, that's not true. I've talked to someone with diabetes, and this is what she said..."

Imagine if we just educate one person a week what we could accomplish!

Monday, May 14, 2012

Find A Friend (#dblog week)

This week I am participating in Diabetes Blog Week, aka D-Blog week. I will be joining tons of other diabetes bloggers this week, blogging about... well diabetes, of course!

Today's D-Blog Week prompt: It seems the most popular thing about Diabetes Blog Week is that it helps us find blogs we weren’t reading yet and connect with some new blog friends.  With that in mind, let’s kick off Diabetes Blog Week by making some new connections.  Think about the d-blogs you read that you think we may not know about and introduce us to one that you love!!  Let’s all find a new friend today!

Well, as I'm sure others have said, there are just so many awesome diabetes blogs out there. Some are well known, while others may not be. When I started my diabetes blog, I found several Type 1 blogs written by PWDs and parents of CWDs. However, it was hard to find blogs written by PWDs with Type 2. Luckily this didn't discourage me from writing a blog. On the contrary! It actually encouraged me. If I was looking for other Type 2s, maybe there were others with the same pursuit. By writing my own blog, I was actually hoping to connect with other Type 2s.

One blog I have found is Kate's Sweet Success. Now I have to admit that I don't read her blog as often as I'd like, but I do find it comforting read from the blog of another person with similar issues. She doesn't fall into society's stereotype of what a Type 2 should look like. To me, Kate looks young and physically fit. Yes, I realize that I don't know her all that well, but just her profile picture is comforting to me - knowing that someone else out there gets it.

I'm looking forward to reading some of the blogs participating in D-Blog week. I know I'll discover many more treasures like Kate!

Sunday, May 6, 2012

So Good! So Yummy!

At church this morning, while we were holding our little square of bread waiting for the cue to eat together, I overheard a young girl around eight or nine years old. She was looking at her piece of bread and said, "So good! So yummy!"

This got me thinking. While preparing to serve, our pastor says, "Taste and see that the Lord is good!" Did that child know how her words related to those of our pastor? We know the Lord is "so good." But is He also "so yummy"?

 Think about your favorite comfort food. The food that makes you feel all good inside. Full of great memories or just so satisfying to the taste buds. Got that? Now multiply it times the biggest number you can imagine.

Can you even start to understand how yummy that would be?

Me neither, but that's how Jesus is. So good! So yummy!

Picture credit: Communion clip art found here.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

WEGO's Health Activist Writer's Month is Over (#HAWMC)

Thank you all for following along during WEGO's Health Activist Writer's Month challenge. It's been a lot of fun. I've been able to think about diabetes in a new way, stretch myself as a blogger, and discover some really amazing blogs.

I hope to keep up on the writing and expanding on the creativity.

Diabetes isn't going away any time soon....

and neither am I!

Monday, April 30, 2012

Diabetes Word Cloud (#HAWMC)

Today's WEGO prompt: Word Cloud. For today’s post we’re going one further and putting your words into an image, a word cloud or tree representing YOUR health focus, interest, or passions.  Write down some of your favorite topics off the top of your head or review the tags in your blog post for some surprises.  For some examples on layout check out

I made this one for the World Diabetes Day postcard exchange last year, so I thought I'd bring it out again for today's prompt.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Six Sentence Story (#HAWMC)

Today's WEGO prompt: Six Sentence Story. In this day of micro-blogging – brevity is a skill worth honing. Can you tell a story and make it short and sweet? Check out some 6-sentence-posts here:

Thinking about a story with such criteria isn't normal for me. Usually I let my blog posts flow where they may, without worry. I guess this is a lot like diabetes, wanting to do what feels natural but knowing there are some "rules" you need to adhere to. Like eating a candy bar, but only so much so my numbers don't spike. Or even cleaning the house, but worrying about how fast and furious so my numbers don't plummet. There are too many things to worry about in the world, so I'll stop worrying about this blog post and move on with my day.

Image credit: Today's picture found here.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

The First Time (#HAWMC)

Today's WEGO prompt: The First Time I… Write a post about the first time you did something. What is it? What was it like? What did you learn from it?

 The first time I checked my blood sugar wasn't as scary as I thought it would be. Being pregnant with my first child and diagnosed with gestational diabetes was scary enough. Poking my finger was minor in comparison. After all, I had my share of blood work over the years. Of course I flinched at the sound of the lancing device. I learned to just poke myself and get it over with. The anticipation was usually worse than the actual act.

Now it doesn't even phase me most of the time.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Challenges & Vitories (#HAWMC)

Today's WEGO prompt: 5 Challenges. 5 Small Victories. Make a list of the 5 most difficult parts of your health focus. Make another top 5 list for the little, good things (small victories) that keep you going.

 5 Challenges
  1. Carb counting
  2. Exercise
  3. Diabetes police
  4. Mild depression at times
  5. Not feeling "sick"
5 Small Victories
  1. Lower A1c
  2. Started going back to the Y
  3. Limiting "treats" or finding a lower carb alternative
  4. Educating others
  5. Trying to distract myself from comfort eating

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Diabetes Tagline (#HAWMC)

Today's WEGO prompt: Health tagline. Give yourself, your blog, your condition, or some aspect of your health a tagline. Make sure it’s catchy!


many types 

but one desire for a cure

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Third Person Post (#HAWMC)

Today's WEGO prompt: Write about a memory you have but describe it using the third person. Use as many sensory images (sights, sounds, textures, etc) as you can. Don’t use “I” or “me” unless you include dialogue.

The little girl sat on her father's lap. She was probably about seven or eight years old. Smiling at her father, she decided to play a game she called "clay man". Distorting her father's face and moving his arms, she would burst out laughing at the goofy expressions he could present. Every once in a while, he would make a scary growl to accompany his new look. This caused the little girl to scream and then fall into fits of laughter. Sometimes her younger sister would join the game and together they would move the clay man into funny poses.

All too soon the little girl grew out of such childish games, until... Several years later, that little girl became a mother. She taught her own children the game of "clay man."

Photo credit: Sculpture image found here.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Health Mascot (#HAWMC)

Today's WEGO prompt: Give yourself, your condition, or your health focus a mascot. Is it a real person? Fictional? Mythical being? Describe them. Bonus points if you provide a visual!

 This is me a couple years ago with a model of the Sue dinosaur's head. Being named Sue, of course I found this hilarious.

Why do I think this dinosaur should be a mascot for diabetes?

Like the dinosaur Sue, I'd like diabetes to become extinct!

Monday, April 23, 2012

Why Do I Walk When I Can't Walk? (#HAWMC)

Today's WEGO prompt: Health Activist Choice Day 2! Write about whatever you like.

For the past few years I have raised money as part of the American Diabetes Association Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes. I have only been able to make it to one event, a small nearby walk that no longer exists. The rest of the walks I have registered for have been too far for me to travel due to family obligations. This is the case again this year. All of the walks in my state are a few hours away and conflict with obligations that are already on my schedule this far in advance. However, I still signed up to walk. Why?

I walk because I have hope. I walk because I have faith. I walk to find a cure for diabetes. Not just Type 2 diabetes, but all types: Type 1, gestational, medically induced, etc. No one should live a life with diabetes. No one deserves it!

Please help us find a cure for diabetes! You could either sponsor me, join my team, or start your own team. My goal is to have ten people on my team, raise $2,500 as a team, $1,000 of which I hope to raise myself. I know this will be a challenge as a virtual team leader, but life is full of challenges. Remember, you can (join the) walk even if you can't (go to the) walk.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

The Things We Forget (#HAWMC)

Today's WEGO prompt: Visit and make your own version of a short memo reminder. Where would you post it?

While flipping through pictures previously posted to my blog, I found this one. It shows that in case of an emergency, take care of yourself before others. It's not to be selfish. Not at all. It's a reminder that if we don't take care of ourselves, we do no good to those around us. Those who depend on us. 

Honestly, this picture speaks to me right now louder than any words. As a wife and mother, I often put my husband and children ahead of myself. However, if I don't take care of myself, how am I going to have the strength to take care of them? If I let my diabetes get out of control, will I serve them better from a wheelchair than if I took the time to exercise to keep healthy? 

I need to post this reminder several places. On the bathroom mirror, so I remember each morning to do something to take care of myself. On the nightstand, so I remember to get a good night sleep. In the kitchen, so I make healthy choices in the foods I eat.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Health Madlib Poem (#HAWMC)

Today's WEGO prompt: Go to: and fill in the parts of speech and the site will generate a poem for you. Feel free to post the Madlib or edit it to make it better.

I decided to leave my poem as it was generated. It made me laugh and it also baffled me. Hmm, a lot like the ups and downs of diabetes.

sad glucometer's sad glucometer

      I run my cars and all the bicycle reads lamp;
  I read my couchs and all is wonder again.
  (I dream I sleep you up inside my ketchup.)

    The filing cabinets go snoreing out in large and harry,
  And beautiful magazine celebrates in:
  I smile my computer and all the book flys house.

    I cureed that you cryed me into table
  And laugh me happy, typeed me quite enourmous.
  (I dream I sleep you up inside my ketchup.)

    horse hops from the lizard, frog's Diet Cokes dance:
  sneak monkey and mouse's cell phone:
  I smile my computer and all the book flys house.

    I driveed you'd swim the way you hide,
  But I travel complicated and I smile your piano.
  (I dream I sleep you up inside my ketchup.)

    I should have listened a paper instead;
  At least when pen ignores they talk back again.
  I smile my computer and all the book flys house.

  (I dream I sleep you up inside my ketchup.)

    - Sue & Sylvia Plath        

Create Your Own Madlib on

Friday, April 20, 2012

April #DSMA Blog Carnival

This month's DSMA blog carnival prompt: Describe your ideal diabetes “support group”? What would you discuss?

Honestly, my ideal diabetes support group at this point would be *any* local support group. Right now I have absolutely no local support for diabetes. Yes, I have the awesome, amazing DOC. Yes, I have religious support and my parenting support, but no diabetes support. I've heard that there is a diabetes support group that meets on Thursday nights at our local hospital. Unfortunately that conflicts with another support of sorts - my musical support (handbell choir). Bell choir doesn't meet during the summer, but neither does this diabetes group.

What would be my ideal group, if one existed? A group that shared in the ups and downs of diabetes, never telling you that your numbers are "bad", never telling you "You shouldn't eat that!" It would be a loving group that strives at lifting up the other members. A group that you can have on speed dial to call if you needed a pep talk.

It may come down to me starting my own group, if I really want a local group. At this time, the DOC works. ;)

This post is my April entry in the DSMA Blog Carnival.  If you’d like to participate too, you can get all of the information at

Miracle Cure? (#HAWMC)

Today's WEGO prompt: Write a news-style article on a miracle cure. What’s the cure? How do you get the cure? Be sure to include a disclaimer. ;)

Disclaimer: This story is purely fictional, written for fun, and should not be mistaken for an actual cure.

Cure For Diabetes Found!

At a press conference earlier today, the Diabetes Online Community (DOC) announced that a cure was found for diabetes.

"This is very exciting news," a spokesperson said, "as the cure is not just for one particular type of diabetes." The researchers report that a cure was found for all types: Type 1, Type 2, Gestational, illness/medication related, etc.

When asked for details about the cure, researchers stated that they happened upon it by accident.

"Previously we thought the cure might be found in the saliva of reptiles. It turns out we were very close. The cure is actually derived from the saliva of amphibians."

Lucky for our friend the frog, the animals must be alive, healthy, and happy for their saliva to provide the components for the miracle diabetes cure. Only one ounce of the serum (a combination of amphibian saliva, tree moss, and Diet Coke) is needed to cure any type of diabetes.

Patients who desire this cure need only contact the DOC. Each dose of cure will cost one dozen cupcakes, sprinkles optional.

Photo credit: Frog cupcakes photo found here.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

My Diner Guest List (#HAWMC)

Today's WEGO prompt: Who are 5 people you’d love to have dinner with (living or deceased) and why?
  1. Mister Rogers -  I've always looked up to him and his gentle, accepting nature. He's an inspiration for the type of parent and teacher I look to be.
  2. John Denver - Hubby and I have enjoyed sharing his music during our courtship. My ringtone for hubby is actually a John Denver song.
  3. Mary, Mother of Jesus - Two of my favorite songs are "Breath of Heaven" and "Mary, Did You Know" - both songs that talk about the birth of Jesus from his mother's point of view. How was it to raise our Savior?
  4. My maternal grandmother, Beulah - I never had the opportunity to meet her. She was a beautiful woman, and I would love to get to know her.
  5. The DOC - What? Are you saying I can't lump the diabetes online community (DOC) into one person? Well, this is my blog and I couldn't think of anyone else at the moment, so I decided to get creative. The DOC is my main support system while dealing with diabetes, so I'd like to invite them all over for dinner!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Open a (Board?) Book (#HAWMC)

Today's WEGO prompt: Choose a book and open it to a random page and point to a phrase. Use that phrase to get you writing today. Free write for 15-20 without stopping.

Since I wanted the book to be random as well, I had my youngest (seven years old) pick out the book. She giggled when I told her what her assignment was, so I knew she'd find something fun. She found something fun and extremely challenging to write about.

She found That's Not My Bear from Usborne Books. (We don't get rid of books usually. They come in handy when we have young visitors.) The page she picked for me to write about says, "That's not my bear. Its tongue is too scratchy."

Now how am I supposed to write about that??? Can I somehow work with this to relate to my medical condition? I'm up for the challenge!

"That's not my bear. Its tongue is too scratchy." How about: That's not my diabetes. Its complications are too scary. Or maybe: That's not my diabetes. Its roller coaster is too all over the place.

Yes, it would be so nice to say, "That's not my diabetes." I would love to just dismiss it. Brushing it off would be easier than dealing with the facts. Easier than the fear of complications.

Of course I could also follow the thought of what is my path. Afterall in this book the mouse is trying to find its bear. "That's not my path. It's not where I'm meant to go." At the end of the book, the mouse finds its bear. "There's my path. It's right where I belong."

(Normally 15-20 minutes of writing would give a lot more text, but this topic took much more thought than originally anticipated. Many pauses due to writer's block.)

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Learning the Hard Way (#HAWMC)

Today's WEGO prompt: What’s a lesson you learned the hard way? Write about it for 15 today.

Unfortunately, I sometimes need to learn things the hard way. Some are funny, like making sure I always carried an extra outfit for my newborn baby. Others are more life threatening, like becoming dehydrated while pregnant with my second child. Of course I've also had to learn some lessons about my diabetes management.

Like many PWD (people with diabetes), I've gone through periods of denial. Do I really have diabetes? I don't feel sick. I can eat this whole bag of candy without any problems. What do you mean my blood glucose is 256? Kids, take this candy from Mom. *sigh*

Maybe it's because I'm diet and exercise controlled (no oral or injected meds) that I sometimes "forget" about my diabetes. It isn't always staring me in the face like other PWDs. However that doesn't mean I should be less conscious of my disease. My glucose levels still go high like any other PWD. It also can go low very quickly.

The need for exercise is also a hard lesson to learn. When I was first diagnosed, hubby and I had already made a commitment to take care of our health and start exercising on a regular basis. We were going to the gym on a regular basis, feeling great about it. I was never athletic growing up, so this was something new for me. I was actually enjoying exercise. Then I started subbing. It now feels near impossible to find time to exercise. As a result, I've gained some weight and don't feel as energetic.

This blog post has helped me realize two things: I need to take more control over my diabetes, and I need to get exercise back into my life in order to get that control.

Monday, April 16, 2012

My Pinboard (#HAWMC)

Today's WEGO prompt: Create a pinterest board for your health focus. Pin 3 things. What did you pin? Share the images in a post and explain why you chose them.

I've been part of Pinterest for a while now but haven't had the chance to figure it out. Today's prompt gave me the opportunity to at least get a few things pinned.

I picked this image because I am participating in the ADA's Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes as a virtual walker. I am unable to attend due to distance and family obligations, but that doesn't make my desire to raise funds any less. Actually my goal is higher this year! I am hoping to raise $1,000 myself and get together a team to help raise $2,500. If you would like to sponsor me or join my team, please click here.

I was so happy to be able to submit my own video to the You Can Do This Project which allows PWD (people with diabetes) to share the ups and downs of diabetes. Even though diabetes sucks, you can still take control. My video submission can be found here.

Source: via Sue on Pinterest

For me, finding others with diabetes is important so I don't feel so alone. I really like the World Diabetes Day postcard exchange where I can celebrate WDD with another PWD.

I hope I did ok with my first few pins and sharing them. Thanks for allowing me to start. Hopefully there will be many more pins from me to come!

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Writing with Style (#HAWMC)

Today's WEGO prompt: What’s your writing style? Do words just flow from your mind to your fingertips? Do you like handwriting first? Do you plan your posts? Title first or last? Where do you write best?

My typical writing style is to think of a topic and just ramble, hence my blog's title, RFamHere's Ramblings. Sometimes I write by hand first, taking advantage of down time when I may have paper and pen but no computer. Rarely do I plan ahead. Quite often I will start with a title, changing it only if my ramblings make it irrelevant. There isn't really a place I write best, rather a time. When all is quiet. When the kids are in bed or playing outside. When chaos is at a low and peace is present.  Of course I don't always find myself in an ideal blogging environment, but I do my best with what I have.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

My Dream Day (#HAWMC)

Today's Wego prompt: Describe your ideal day. How would you spend your time? Who would you spend it with? Have you had this day? If not – how could you make it happen?

I actually had a dream day last month. It started off a little sad, visiting our dog, Mira, at the vet. We made the most of it, walking there as a family. Our visit was great, seeing how our pup had improved.  After our visit, my hubby suggested a walk to the nearby park. The older two (high school and college age) were given the choice to go home or join us. Hubby and I were mother surprised that they decided to come with us to the park. We spent about an hour at the park - all seven of us! It was such a fun time!

Honestly, the rest of the day is a blur, but I do recall going to bed that night feeling content. We had an amazing family day!

The activities weren't what made it my dream day. Spending time with my hubby and all five of our children, enjoying each other's company, little to no arguments - that's what made it my dream day. I look forward to many more to come!

Friday, April 13, 2012

Top 10 List (#HAWMC)

Today's WEGO prompt: 10 Things I Couldn’t Live Without. Write a list of the 10 things you need (or love) most.

I decided that I'm just going to list the ten without explanation of each. Maybe I'll save the explanation for another blog post.
  1. My family
  2. My faith
  3. My church family
  4. My community
  5. Small town living
  6. Teaching
  7. My pets
  8. Snickers
  9. Diet Coke
  10. My glucose meter

Image credit: Top 10 picture found here.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Stream of Consciousness (#HAWMC)

Today's Wego prompt: Stream of Consciousness Day. Start with the sentence “This morning I looked in the mirror...” just write, don’t stop, don’t edit. Post!

This morning I looked in the mirror and I saw a woman who is more confident today than she was 20 yrs ago.  I didn't see "a woman with diabetes." I saw someone who has grown in confidence as she helps her children do the same. I saw a woman who is proud of her accomplishments, but still has more to do. A woman who is sometimes, far too often, unsure of herself. A woman who surprises herself when she takes those leaps of faith. Am I proud of that woman I saw in the mirror this morning even with all of her imperfections? You bet!

Image credits: Today's picture was found here.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Theme Song (#HAWMC)

Today's Wego prompt: Theme song. Imagine your health focus or blog is getting its own theme song. What would the lyrics be? What type of music would it be played to?

Wow, this is a hard one.  I can think of some songs already in existence that make me think of diabetes. "Sugar Sugar," "Pour Some Sugar on Me," and "I Like Candy" all go with the stereotypical approach to diabetes. However, one of my goals is to dissolve stereotypes.

I'm not good at coming up with my own song lyrics, but I can think of a few songs that I would dedicate to PWDs (people with diabetes). Some of those songs are:
  • We Are the Champions
  • We're Not As Strong As We Think We Are
  • Blue Suede Shoes
  • Friends
  • It's My Party and I'll Cry If I Want To
  • We Shall Overcome
 Anything inspirational that lets others know that they are not alone would work. Country, rock, classical, and folk - all of those would work as well. Sometimes the type of music needs to adapt to the situation. Just like no two people have the same management, each person's theme song is different. And that song can change at any time, without warning.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Dear 16 year old me (#HAWMC)

Today's WEGO prompt: Write a letter to yourself at age 16. What would you tell yourself? What would you make your younger self aware of?

Dear 16 year old me,

Wow! It's hard to believe how many years have gone by since I turned 16 years old. There are so many things I'd like to tell you, but that would ruin the awesome surprises you have in store.

I will give you one clue. There's a special guy you'll start dating next month (ditch the one at your birthday party!). Your instinct about the new guy is spot on. He's an awesome person and loves you more than life itself. Follow your dreams and allow him to do the same. Be honest with each other, even if it hurts a bit. Being true to yourselves will help your love grow stronger, not pull you apart.

Take care of yourself. I know you're super-thin now and don't think exercise is important (just the idea makes you shudder), but taking care of your body isn't just about weight. Yes, you'll put on some pounds as you grow older (not a bad thing, bean pole!). Even though obesity isn't an issue, exercise is. You already know that diabetes runs in your family. Although exercising won't prevent you from becoming diabetic, it will make it easier to manage.

Love yourself, be good to yourself, and take care of yourself. Learn to enjoy exercise. It will make taking care of those five kids less tiring. Oops, did I just spill the beans? ;)

An Older You