tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-50101639445660494032014-07-01T16:41:07.515-07:00My Diabetic Journey : Recently Diagnosed Type 1 Diabetic AdultA blog about diabetes and diabetes management from the perspective of a newly diagnosed Type 1 diabetic. Discusses treatment, overall health, diabetic complications, insulin issues and the general everyday life experiences of an insulin dependent diabetic.mydiabeticjourneyhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/13094855994908098957noreply@blogger.comBlogger72125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5010163944566049403.post-43331545619988499252014-01-09T10:49:00.000-08:002014-01-09T10:49:26.158-08:00How Others See Me and How Do I Think They See Me<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">This is a post in response to a question in the low testosterone section.&nbsp; Someone is concerned about their friend who has T1D and numerous lows, sometimes as low as 27.&nbsp; They have questions about how insulin works, etc.&nbsp; I am basically looking at this as how I would want to be approached by a concerned friend while also providing some education.&nbsp; I can't give any medical advice but I can write about my personal experiences and how I would like to be treated if this was me.&nbsp; Also, based on feedback from the diabetic community in general I am just going to write a little about how PWD feel judged by society for things that are sometimes out of our control.<br /><br />If my sugar gets down to a level anywhere near 27 I should be pretty concerned but may not have the mental capacity in that state to realise I should be A.) testing my sugar B.) be doing something to raise my sugar.&nbsp; I would imagine if I was at 27 I would be going to the hospital.&nbsp;&nbsp; <br /><br />If I ever had a vacant look or catatonic look I would want my friends so just ask me if I have checked my sugar.&nbsp; Maybe suggest that I have some juice or pop.&nbsp; NEVER inject my insulin for me.&nbsp; EVER.&nbsp; Now, I wouldn't appreciate my friends always asking me this sort of thing, only if I appeared abnormal.&nbsp; Diabetics tend to feel judged when it comes to their numbers because society is told Type 1 Diabetes is "manageable" which it is, it is just extremely challenging and the body doesn't always co-operate.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <br /><br />I use Humalog for my meal time insulin and it starts working about 15 minutes after I take it.&nbsp; It continues working for approx 3-4 hours depending on certain factors.&nbsp; Now sometimes diabetics accidentally "insulin stack", that means take their insulin with a meal, get hungry an hour later and have a snack and take more insulin, at this point there is more "insulin on board" than normal.&nbsp; This is not a good thing.&nbsp; This may also be causing the diabetic to start to already go low and then they have another snack and more insulin because they are in a confused state.&nbsp; This sort of thing is easy to let happen.&nbsp; I have also had one severe low where I took my breakfast insulin and forgot to eat.&nbsp; These sorts of things just happen sometimes.&nbsp; Also, in the summer, if it is hotter, insulin can work quicker.&nbsp; Even the weather affects insulin!&nbsp; I know that my insulin requirements go down about 25% in the summer because of the heat.&nbsp; This can vary day by day.&nbsp; That is just one example of how sensitive and erratic my body is to insulin. <br /><br />I know that people without Type 1 Diabetes don't understand that when someone is low they are not themselves.&nbsp; Please remember that when dealing with your friend if he gets very angry, sad, volatile, not himself, etc that could be a sign his blood sugar is low or high.&nbsp; My emotions go crazy when I am low.&nbsp; If I freak out it is a guaranteed cue for my wife to ask me to go test my sugar, 99 times out of 100 I am low.&nbsp; The other 1 I am being an idiot/jerk.<br /><br />As far as my thought process and cognitive ability go when I am low; if my sugar is around 70 I feel like I have had a few drinks, if it is around 40 I would feel like I have had a case of beer and a few shots for added measure.&nbsp; I probably would not remember that low the next day.&nbsp; That is really the only thing I can compare it to that most people would understand.&nbsp; For me sometimes with my hypoglycemic episodes (lows) my vision actually looks like a drugged persons vision on some thriller TV show.&nbsp; You know the shaky camera work, the breathing, the confusion.&nbsp; It can be scary.&nbsp; <br /><br />To be clear, these sorts of lows are really rare for me.&nbsp; I am lucky, I usually catch them around 70 and have a small can of Coke and I am good.&nbsp; Other people have more trouble recognizing their lows, this is called hypoglycemic unawareness and this is more common in people who have had T1D for years.&nbsp; As the body has more lows it can get more insensitive to them and they are hard to recognize.&nbsp;&nbsp; You may want to look this up, I am sure you would learn lots and it would be very helpful to you in possibly understanding your friends situation.<br /><br />Having Type 1 Diabetes is a very mentally demanding.&nbsp; The sad fact is that my life depends on me doing numerous mathematical equations everyday and sometimes doing them while not all there mentally.&nbsp;&nbsp; This is no different than anyone else with T1D.&nbsp; With the exception of children whose parents have to make those calculations and I am sure that takes the pressure to a whole new level!&nbsp; <br /><br />All of this said if you are that concerned about your friend (which you probably should be seeing as he is requiring that much emergency medical attention) you should maybe try to have a chat with him.&nbsp; See if he is ok with you asking him what his sugars are if he is appearing erratic.&nbsp; Ask him where he keeps his sugar in his home.&nbsp; Where does he keep it when he is on the go?&nbsp; In his pocket?&nbsp; Bag?&nbsp; Does he have liquid glucose available?&nbsp; If so where does he keep it?&nbsp; What other emergency measures does he have?&nbsp; Does he have a medic alert bracelet, chain, watch, tattoo, etc. for when friends are not around?&nbsp; Ultimately it is up to him with how comfortable he is sharing his health situation.&nbsp; Everyone is different and everyone should make their own choices based on their comfort level but having your friends know where you keep your emergency sugar is a must.&nbsp; <br /><br />Don't be offended with his response but please tread lightly.&nbsp; PWD (people with diabetes) tend to be pretty defensive when it comes to this sort of stuff (by this sort of stuff I mean anything diabetes related) but it is only because we often feel judged for our condition.&nbsp; I often hear people say that someone "wasn't taking care of themselves and their diabetes" and X happened to them, as if that person wasn't even trying or they got exhausted from trying (Diabetes Burnout, another good thing to perhaps look up).&nbsp; I am certainly not saying this is you.&nbsp; At all.&nbsp; You are obviously a concerned friend but PWD hear those sorts of comments all day from strangers, acquaintances, TV shows, etc. So, when someone they actually care about brings up any aspect of their diabetes they can feel even more judged.&nbsp; "Great, society thinks I am not taking care of myself and now my friends do to."&nbsp; </div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/mydiabeticjourney/unlT/~4/ZttaTII3uhI" height="1" width="1"/>mydiabeticjourneyhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/13094855994908098957noreply@blogger.com0http://www.mydiabeticjourney.com/2014/01/how-others-see-me-and-how-do-i-think.htmltag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5010163944566049403.post-88721549390090715532013-05-21T12:38:00.002-07:002013-05-21T12:38:57.088-07:00Low Testosterone and Diabetes Update<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">So for some reason it seems that low testosterone and diabetes seem to be related.&nbsp; I have spoken before about my issues with low testosterone and diabetes.&nbsp; <br /><br />It seems that my Dr. and I have found something that actually works.&nbsp; I now take 1.5 ml per week, every week.&nbsp; This has raised my testosterone up to a normal level and I have noticed an improvement in my energy.&nbsp; As a Type 1 Diabetic it sucks to have to take another needle but it is not that bad.&nbsp; I figure I already take about 30 needles per week so what is one more.&nbsp; <br /><br />I am happy that it seems we have this sorted out... now if we could get my thyroid figured out I would be happy.&nbsp; It is interesting how all of these things are connected.&nbsp; Insulin, testosterone, thyroid, etc.&nbsp; I guess it just proves how complicated diabetes can be and how little we actually know about the disease.</div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/mydiabeticjourney/unlT/~4/55mghVp6ZJA" height="1" width="1"/>mydiabeticjourneyhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/13094855994908098957noreply@blogger.com3http://www.mydiabeticjourney.com/2013/05/low-testosterone-and-diabetes-update.htmltag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5010163944566049403.post-33394001908508708842013-05-16T21:13:00.003-07:002013-05-16T21:13:53.917-07:00DBlog Week: Accomplishments Big and Small<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><em>We don’t always realize it, but each one of us had come a long way since diabetes first came into our life. It doesn’t matter if it’s been 5 weeks, 5 years or 50 years, you’ve done something outstanding diabetes-wise. So today let’s share the greatest accomplishment you've made in terms of dealing with your (or your loved one’s) diabetes. No accomplishment is too big or too small - think about self-acceptance, something you’ve mastered (pump / exercise / diet / etc.), making a tough care decision (finding a new endo or support group / choosing to use or not use a technology / etc.).</em><br /><br />It has been almost 2 years since I have been diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes.&nbsp; Dealing with this change has been an extreme challenge for me.&nbsp; By far the biggest accomplishment for me has been overcoming my fear of needles.&nbsp; I had a fear of needles.&nbsp; A paralysing fear of needles.&nbsp; When I was in kindergarten we had a field trip to the hospital and they gave a fake needle to a teddy bear.&nbsp; I feinted.&nbsp; And puked.&nbsp; From a fake needle on a stuffed animal.&nbsp; <br /><br />I now take 4 or 5 needles a day while also getting 1 giant testosterone needle per week.&nbsp; I also poke my finger 8 times a day.&nbsp; This is a&nbsp;huge accomplishment&nbsp;for me.&nbsp;</div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/mydiabeticjourney/unlT/~4/0rVxfqrvYZU" height="1" width="1"/>mydiabeticjourneyhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/13094855994908098957noreply@blogger.com0http://www.mydiabeticjourney.com/2013/05/dblog-week-accomplishments-big-and-small.htmltag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5010163944566049403.post-30550900486891355802013-05-15T22:17:00.000-07:002013-05-15T22:17:59.687-07:00D-Blog Week: Diabetes Memories<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">By far the most memorable day of my diabetic journey (had to say it) was the day I was diagnosed.&nbsp; That day happened about&nbsp;two weeks after I was admitted to the hospital.&nbsp; It was August 2011 and my wife and I had just got back from Italy. We had a great trip.&nbsp; <br /><br />We got home and within a week I was in the hospital with Epiglottitis.&nbsp; This is where your epiglottis gets swollen and makes it hard to breathe and is unfortunately&nbsp;a life threatening situation.&nbsp; I had no idea what Epiglottitis was, I had never even heard of it. All I knew was that I was transferred to&nbsp;the University&nbsp;Hospital from a smaller hospital in an ambulance after the Dr told me I could die at any moment.&nbsp; How reassuring.&nbsp; Especially seeing as how that same&nbsp;Dr. was going to discharge me until I insisted on getting my throat&nbsp;scoped and I do not mean the mouthwash (brutal, I know).&nbsp;&nbsp;As an aside, in regards to the first post of the week about health care professionals, telling an extremely sick individual that you almost discharged that they may die at any moment&nbsp;is not the greatest thing from a&nbsp;patient&nbsp;experience standpoint.&nbsp; It doesn't exactly instill confidence in the system.&nbsp; <br /><br />The conversation went something like this when I got to the University Hospital...&nbsp; <br /><br />The Dr. asked me, "Do you have AIDS?" <br />Me: No.&nbsp; <br />Dr: "Do you have HIV?" <br />Me: No.&nbsp; <br />Dr:"When was the last time you smoked?"&nbsp; <br />Me: I don't smoke.&nbsp; <br />Dr. "Not tobacco, I mean crack"&nbsp; <br />Me: I don't smoke that or anything else.&nbsp; <br />Dr. "Not even meth?"&nbsp; <br />Me: No, not even meth.<br /><br />At this point I was thinking there was something majorly wrong with me.&nbsp; If the Dr's first guess is I have AIDS and their other guess involves meth and crack I must be in trouble.&nbsp;&nbsp;I was also on Percocet, wide spectrum anti-biotics, steroids, morphine, anti-virals, anti-inflammatories and probably a few other things that I did not know&nbsp;about.&nbsp; I was half wondering if I was hallucinating and not answering the Dr's questions properly.&nbsp; Was the Dr. even in the room?&nbsp; They were, there were no hallucinations.&nbsp; <br /><br />Apparently epiglottitis usually only appears in young children and is usually&nbsp;caused by an influenza strain.&nbsp; If an adult gets it they usually are a drug user and some glass breaks off their pipe and irritates the epiglottis to the point of epiglottitis.&nbsp; The other reason adults get it is if they have an AUTO IMMUNE DISEASE.&nbsp; And so it&nbsp;began...&nbsp; </div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/mydiabeticjourney/unlT/~4/1vihrrNQI5k" height="1" width="1"/>mydiabeticjourneyhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/13094855994908098957noreply@blogger.com1http://www.mydiabeticjourney.com/2013/05/d-blog-week-diabetes-memories.htmltag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5010163944566049403.post-73247717769745283092013-05-14T14:20:00.000-07:002013-05-14T14:20:39.996-07:00D-Blog Week: We The Undersigned (Petitions)<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">I have been thinking about writing a post on this topic for a while.&nbsp; I have noticed that on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and diabetic blogs that people with Type 1 Diabetes are petitioning to have the name changed to further differentiate the disease from Type 2 Diabetes.&nbsp; <br /><br />I understand that people with Type 1 Diabetes can get frustrated when the media mentions diabetes and they do not differentiate from the different kinds of the disease.&nbsp; To me it seems like the two diseases have very little in common, there are different types of medication, there are different nutritional and exercise requirements, T1D is auto-immune and&nbsp;it is perceived that people with Type 2 could have prevented their condition ( just a perception, not necessarily reality.) ( This doesn`t even take into account Gestational, LADA, Type 1.5, or whatever else they decide to come up with.)<br /><br />I think people with Type 1 Diabetes get frustrated because they are lumped into the same category as people with Type 2 Diabetes and the general population has a VERY negative view of people with Type 2 Diabetes.&nbsp; People with Type 1 Diabetes do not want people to have that stereotype held to them.&nbsp; The thing that people with T1D have to remember (including myself) is that people with Type 2 Diabetes do not want to have that label or stereotype either.&nbsp; No one has chosen to get either type 1 or type 2&nbsp;diabetes.&nbsp; <br /><br />I think from a public health and educational standpoint it would be a good idea to have more differentiated names other than Type 1 and Type 2.&nbsp; It seems that there is&nbsp;a lot of anger from people with Type 1 Diabetes when it comes to these petitions.&nbsp; People need to be careful not to direct their anger to others with Type 2 Diabetes, this just ruins any credibility they may have.&nbsp; I know that&nbsp;these petitions are&nbsp;not supposed to be an attack on people with Type 2 but that is how it comes off.&nbsp; It is important to remember that no one wants to have any kind of diabetes.&nbsp; It may be a good idea to have a name change but the fact is the general population is&nbsp;extremely uneducated on most health matters, not just diabetes.&nbsp; I do not think a different name is going to change any sorts of discrimination or anger that some people feel is directed to them.&nbsp; In general, I think people are going to be ignorant of most diseases until&nbsp;they are&nbsp;directly affected.&nbsp; A name change&nbsp;will do nothing to solve this.&nbsp;</div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/mydiabeticjourney/unlT/~4/iYsCJqeSvy0" height="1" width="1"/>mydiabeticjourneyhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/13094855994908098957noreply@blogger.com2http://www.mydiabeticjourney.com/2013/05/d-blog-week-we-undersigned-petitions.htmltag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5010163944566049403.post-30491578542106558852013-05-13T13:22:00.001-07:002013-05-13T13:22:40.056-07:002013 D-Blog Week: Share and Don't Share<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><em>Often our health care team only sees us for about 15 minutes several times a year, and they might not have a sense of what our lives are really like. Today, let’s pretend our medical team is reading our blogs. What do you wish they could see about your and/or your loved one's daily life with diabetes? On the other hand, what do you hope they don't see?</em><br /><em></em><br />I have 4 main health care professionals that help me with my Type 1 Diabetes, my endocrinologist, my family physician, my ophthamologist, and a nutritionist.<br /><br /><strong>My Endo...</strong><br /><br />I would like to thank him for diagnosing me properly when so many other doctors had missed it.&nbsp; I would like to thank him for his undivided attention when we have our appointments.&nbsp; I never feel rushed and I usually&nbsp;get my questions answered.&nbsp; I wish that my Endocrinologist would be able to see beyond the diabetes and that I have other health problems that need to be addressed that are likely caused by having Type 1 Diabetes.&nbsp; Should my wife have to ask for him to check my testosterone numerous times only to be told "He has lots of testosterone, look at all his whiskers."&nbsp; Well, that is scientific.&nbsp; Should I have to argue to get thyroid medication even though my labs say I need it?&nbsp; <br /><br />My Endocrinologist is a fabulous doctor for diabetes but I wish he could see the whole picture.&nbsp; Just because my A1C is at 6.3 doesn't mean I am a super healthy individual.&nbsp; It means I have my diabetes under control... for now.&nbsp; I still have other health issues that I believe should be observed&nbsp;within the&nbsp;context&nbsp;of my diabetes and how they could relate to each other.&nbsp; As&nbsp;I said, he is a great doctor for diabetes so I have decided to listen to him for my diabetic needs but listen to my family physician for everything else.&nbsp; They do communicate with each other so they are at least on the same page.<br /><br /><strong>My Nutritionist...</strong><br /><br />I doubt you eat like you tell me to eat so please do not judge me.&nbsp; I know that you don't drink but that doesn't mean I can't.&nbsp; It is not like I am out at the bar every night.&nbsp; I do eat healthy and I often say to my wife "I wonder what Ms. Nutritionist would say about this meal?"&nbsp; I do think about the advice that you give me and try to incorporate it into my everyday eating habits, I know this is important and thank you for your assistance but I could do without some of the judgement.<br /><br /><strong>My Ophthamologist...</strong><br /><br />I would like to thank him and his office for being very thorough.&nbsp; They have found&nbsp;problems that others have missed and for that I am extremely grateful.&nbsp; My sight is something that I take very seriously (seems obvious but it is something most people take for granted)&nbsp;and I could have lost it.<br /><br /><strong>My Family Physician...</strong><br /><br />My current family doctor is unbelievable.&nbsp; I&nbsp;feel extremely fortunate to have found this doctor. She genuinely cares and always has time to answer my many questions.&nbsp; She looks at my overall health and not just the diabetes and for this&nbsp;I am very grateful.&nbsp; She is extremely supportive when it comes to dealing with insurance companies and filling out paperwork that needs to get done.&nbsp; Not many doctors are this blatantly caring and I feel fortunate for being her patient.&nbsp; <br /><br /><strong>To all health care providers...</strong><br /><br />As a patient I understand you have an extremely taxing job.&nbsp; <strong>Thank you for what you do.</strong>&nbsp; Please realise that being a Type 1 Diabetic is extremely taxing as well and take this into consideration when discussing your patients health.&nbsp;&nbsp;I am&nbsp;a lot more concerned about&nbsp;my own health than you are about my health.&nbsp; I take this seriously.&nbsp; Please realise this when you are speaking to me about my health.&nbsp; I really am doing my best.</div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/mydiabeticjourney/unlT/~4/FqPcq9QQa6U" height="1" width="1"/>mydiabeticjourneyhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/13094855994908098957noreply@blogger.com4http://www.mydiabeticjourney.com/2013/05/2013-d-blog-week-share-and-dont-share.htmltag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5010163944566049403.post-19855977946340893992013-05-04T01:57:00.000-07:002013-05-04T01:57:40.003-07:00Overnight Lows<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">Last night I went low at about 3:30 am.&nbsp; I got out of bed and had to go to the bathroom.&nbsp; Normally I would just walk to the bathroom like a regular person.&nbsp; Last night I was wobbly when I stood up, then I was blindly staggering around the bedroom with my hands searching for the doorknob to the bathroom.&nbsp; I thought "This is weird".&nbsp; Then I got really hungry.&nbsp; Starving.&nbsp; It clicked "I must be low".&nbsp; <br /><br />I rarely go low during the night so this was a little scary/strange.&nbsp; My wife came down and found me in the kitchen eating.&nbsp; She was a little worried as this is not normal for me.&nbsp; I started to feel better and made my way back to bed.&nbsp; <br /><br />There were some odd things about this episode.&nbsp; I have gone hypo before but never quite like this.&nbsp; <br /><br />The strangest thing about this whole episode is that today I felt absolutely awful.&nbsp; The worst I have felt in months.&nbsp; I had absolutely no energy.&nbsp; I could barely make if off the couch and then when my wife got home I had a two hour nap.&nbsp; Did I mention that even with my interrupted sleep the night before I still got 9 hours of sleep.&nbsp; I have never experienced a hypo hangover like this before.&nbsp; They usually last only about an hour or two and then I feel better.<br /><br />Another odd thing about this hypo is that I wasn't actually in the hypo range.&nbsp; I was at 4.8.&nbsp; Usually I feel OK at that level but not last night.&nbsp; I think I could have had a rapid drop from a level of 10 to 4.8 in about two hours so that may be the reason I felt so out of it.<br /><br />The last strange thing about this even&nbsp;is there was no reason I could see why it happened.&nbsp; Usually if I go low I know that I gave myself too much insulin before going for a walk, or I overestimated the amount of carbs in a meal, etc.&nbsp; This time I could find no difference in my pattern to lead to the hypo.&nbsp; My wife did mention one thing tonight and it made total sense.&nbsp;&nbsp; We were out for supper with our brother in law and I had two beers.&nbsp; When we got home he and I had a rum and diet Pepsi.&nbsp; So I had 3 drinks over a 4 hour period.&nbsp; I would not think this would effect my blood sugars that much but perhaps that is the reason.&nbsp; I have drank a lot more than that in the past with no negative consequences...(other than the actually hangover in the morning).<br /><br />Or perhaps this was just one of those strange random diabetic events.&nbsp; Sometimes weird things happen with no reason and we just have to deal with it.&nbsp; I think I may have to resort to having some juice in my nightstand though.&nbsp; Just to be safe.&nbsp; </div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/mydiabeticjourney/unlT/~4/DU-qaM1A6_Q" height="1" width="1"/>mydiabeticjourneyhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/13094855994908098957noreply@blogger.com0http://www.mydiabeticjourney.com/2013/05/overnight-lows.htmltag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5010163944566049403.post-6749333053978549762013-04-19T17:00:00.000-07:002013-04-19T17:00:35.019-07:00Organ Donation and Diabetes<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">I know when I croak they won't want my pancreas.&nbsp; Will they take my corneas, heart, liver (unlikely), lungs, kidneys, etc?&nbsp; <br /><br />For quite a while&nbsp;I thought I could not be an organ donor because I need to take insulin.&nbsp; For some reason I have heard many people say that Type 1 Diabetics could not be organ donors because we take insulin.&nbsp; A friend of mine had a kidney transplant while we were in college and he posted an organ donation registry on Facebook.&nbsp; It made me wonder if what I had heard about organ donation and Type 1 Diabetes was true.&nbsp; It turns out it is not!!!&nbsp; <br /><br />&nbsp;I called and asked the nice folks at our health department if people who take insulin could donate organs. They said yes. The organs are checked for quality (not her words) and then if you are deemed worthy they take what they want and leave the rest of you to the worms (really not her words). <br /><br />I live in Canada and this info is what I was told.&nbsp; I am sure other countries and regions have different rules in regards to this subject as well as many others when it comes to Type 1 Diabetes.&nbsp; If this is a topic that interests/concerns you please speak to your health care provider about if you are eligible to be a donor and if you want to know&nbsp;how to sign up.&nbsp; Some places have registries, some you sign the back of your drivers license, some the back of your government issued health card, etc.<br />&nbsp; <br />We can donate organs, we just have to be dead.&nbsp; If you have T1D you can not&nbsp;be a living donor.&nbsp; This&nbsp;makes sense really, they wouldn't want to take one of our kidneys while we are living because we are more likely to have our kidneys fail at some point in the future than the&nbsp;general population.&nbsp; Sad but true.&nbsp; Also, when it comes to giving blood, they will not allow&nbsp;me to donate because it could cause adverse blood sugar reactions,&nbsp;most&nbsp;likely hypoglycemia.&nbsp; I have heard that other Type 1 Diabetics have been allowed to donate blood.&nbsp; All of these rules will be slightly different depending on where you live.&nbsp; I am just passing on what I have learned.&nbsp; I encourage everyone to speak to their doctor about these issues.<br /><br />Info for US Citizens&nbsp; <a href="http://www.organdonor.gov/">http://www.organdonor.gov</a><br /><br />Registry&nbsp;for people in Ontario <a href="https://beadonor.ca/">https://beadonor.ca/</a><br /><br />Registry for people in British Columbia <a href="https://transplant.bc.ca/OnlineReg/bcts.asp">https://transplant.bc.ca/OnlineReg/bcts.asp</a><br /><br />Registry for people in the UK&nbsp; <a href="http://www.organdonation.nhs.uk/">http://www.organdonation.nhs.uk/</a>&nbsp;</div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/mydiabeticjourney/unlT/~4/rsdvKINiJbo" height="1" width="1"/>mydiabeticjourneyhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/13094855994908098957noreply@blogger.com2http://www.mydiabeticjourney.com/2013/04/organ-donation-and-diabetes.htmltag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5010163944566049403.post-38746895556852557512013-03-19T21:50:00.002-07:002013-03-19T21:50:28.200-07:00More dumb things people say to Diabetics<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">More dumb things people say to Diabetics<br /><br />Over the past two days I have had to people say ignorant things to me.&nbsp; <br /><br />First one, I was sitting in a restaurant with my dad and the waitress sees me testing my glucose.&nbsp; "oh that is cool, I wish I could do that." me&nbsp; "No you don't".&nbsp; <br /><br />Second one, I was on the phone with someone.&nbsp; "Well at least you don't have cancer".&nbsp; Well, this will piss off some people but frankly, if you could give me say, testicular cancer and the had to chop off my left nut and undergo some chemo I would take those odds versus looking after my diabetes for the rest of my life.&nbsp; <strong>I know, cancer is very serious.</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;I am just&nbsp;sick of hearing people say "Well at least you don't have cancer".&nbsp; <br /><br />That concludes my rant for the day.</div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/mydiabeticjourney/unlT/~4/CKVvbJeM25Q" height="1" width="1"/>mydiabeticjourneyhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/13094855994908098957noreply@blogger.com0http://www.mydiabeticjourney.com/2013/03/more-dumb-things-people-say-to-diabetics.htmltag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5010163944566049403.post-25830623805631876772012-12-09T23:42:00.001-08:002012-12-09T23:42:40.761-08:00I Wrote my First Test Today Since my Diagnosis<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">I Wrote my First Test Today Since my Diagnosis.&nbsp; <br />&nbsp;&nbsp; <br />I know right about now lots of college students are writing finals so I guess the timing of this entry is somewhat pertinent.&nbsp; <br /> <br />I haven't written a test in a few years so I was a little rusty coming into it.&nbsp; I didn't really think until the night before the test about how I was going to take care of my diabetes while writing the test.&nbsp; This was not a good idea, plan ahead.&nbsp;&nbsp; A few thoughts, ideas, and suggestions...<br /><br />Be prepared/Have a plan&nbsp;- Decide at what time you will test your BG before you right the test.&nbsp; Take&nbsp; with you, juice, snacks, your regular diabetes kit.<br /><br />Explain to the proctor or teacher that you have Diabetes and will need to test, at least they won't think you are cheating.<br /><br />Test during the test -&nbsp; As discussed above, have a plan for this.&nbsp; Will it be a time or will it be based on how you are feeling?&nbsp;You know what is best for you.&nbsp; That said, if the exam is long, (mine was 3 hours) I would suggest you test at least once.<br /><br />Adjust accordingly&nbsp;- I had decided to test at 10:00 am. The test started at 9:00 and I had breakfast at 8:00.&nbsp; My blood sugar was 11.5 mmol/L.&nbsp; I rarely go over 10.&nbsp; I&nbsp;took a 1 unit shot&nbsp;of Humalog to bring me down a bit.&nbsp; I tested again after an hour and it took me down to 9.&nbsp; That was acceptable to me.&nbsp; <br /><br />Try to get in a routine in the days before the test -&nbsp; Eat your breakfast at the same time.&nbsp; Do your glucose testing at the same time.&nbsp; Do your studying at the same time (if possible).&nbsp; <br /><br />Do&nbsp;as much as you can&nbsp;to lower your stress level - Get to the exam room early, nothing like running late to spike your BG.&nbsp; All that glucose floating around in your blood, not getting to your brain!<br /><br />It was strange, I didn't know how serious&nbsp;mental exertion was going to effect me.&nbsp; This test involved a lot of serious math that I do not use on an everyday basis.&nbsp; When I was studying, I often found myself going low, I assume from using all that energy thinking (insert insult/joke here).&nbsp; Every once in a while, I was going high.&nbsp; Was it even related to the studying?&nbsp; Who knows?&nbsp; Your body will probably react differently in a test setting&nbsp;because it is a new environment, there is pressure, you may be nervous, etc.&nbsp; There is really&nbsp;no way to tell.&nbsp; I guess my solution to this was to test my BG and react.<br /><br />So how&nbsp;did&nbsp;my test go?&nbsp; Pretty well&nbsp;actually, I think.&nbsp; Other than a few concentration issues I think I&nbsp;did pretty well.&nbsp;&nbsp;I think they concentration issues had more to do with some medications I am taking for neuropathy than from diabetes/BG issues.<br /><br />How do you take care of your diabetes when you are writing a test?&nbsp; I am curious to know as I am starting an MBA next semester and need all the tips&nbsp;I can get!</div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/mydiabeticjourney/unlT/~4/jQLZzY5lhIU" height="1" width="1"/>mydiabeticjourneyhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/13094855994908098957noreply@blogger.com4http://www.mydiabeticjourney.com/2012/12/i-wrote-my-first-test-today-since-my.htmltag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5010163944566049403.post-89356480638471402722012-11-30T22:54:00.002-08:002012-11-30T22:54:47.209-08:00Little Reminder on Glucose Testing<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">This afternoon&nbsp;I was at my computer doing some work and I started to realise that I was having trouble concentrating and holding my thoughts.&nbsp; These are tell tale signs for me that I need to test my blood sugar.&nbsp; So I took out my meter and did my test.&nbsp; 11.8.&nbsp; Strange, I thought I was low not high.&nbsp; I almost&nbsp;gave myself a correction shot.&nbsp; I decided I better give my hands a good scrubbing under the sink and then test again.&nbsp; So I took the test and it came back at 3.4.&nbsp; I tested again on my other hand and it was 3.6.&nbsp; Yikes!!!&nbsp; I almost took a corrective shot when I was already low.<br /><br />A few things to point out here...<br /><br />1.) You should always cleanse your hands before you test your BG.<br /><br />2.)&nbsp; If you are considering giving yourself a correction shot then make sure you re-test your BG before you do.<br /><br />3.)&nbsp; Considering my BG was at 3.4 I was lucky I had the presence of mind to go wash my hands and re-test.&nbsp; There would have been some serious consequences if I would have given myself my 2 units of Humalog like I normally do for a correction when my glucose is in that range.<br /><br />I guess that I had got a little sloppy in forgetting to wash my hands.&nbsp; I always do; or at least use hand sanitizer before I test.&nbsp; Complacency almost got the best of me.&nbsp; I&nbsp;am pretty sure&nbsp;what happened is that when I went into my diabetes kit, my hands must have rubbed up against my Dex tabs.&nbsp; I keep everything in the same bag, including my hand sanitizer, which in this case&nbsp;would have been very helpful to use.&nbsp; Lesson learned.&nbsp; Or&nbsp;refreshed.&nbsp; Either way a close call.&nbsp; Learn from my mistake, or get a refresher from my mistake, whatever way you want to look at it.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Consider it a reminder, just wash your hands!</div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/mydiabeticjourney/unlT/~4/VV7_y5FWNiw" height="1" width="1"/>mydiabeticjourneyhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/13094855994908098957noreply@blogger.com0http://www.mydiabeticjourney.com/2012/11/little-reminder-on-glucose-testing.htmltag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5010163944566049403.post-91359826888867116542012-11-30T13:57:00.001-08:002012-11-30T13:57:58.758-08:00The Little Things You Take for Granted... Like Light<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><h4 style="text-align: left;"><em><u>The Little Things You Take for Granted... Like Light</u></em></h4><br /><br />I have issues with testing in the light sometimes when I am low, let alone in the dark!&nbsp; <br /><br />I find the injections in the dark to be more of an issue because I am often in a public place when I need to take an injection.&nbsp; I was in a movie theatre, trying to give myself my nightly basal shot and couldn't see the numbers on my pen.&nbsp; I got out my IPhone and used it as a light source for maybe 20 seconds, next thing I know the guy next to me freaks out and starts yelling at me to put away my phone.&nbsp; He was literally yelling at me, in a public place, and he was a stranger.&nbsp; <em>This was during the previews</em>.&nbsp; I just held up the needle and said "I am diabetic and need to give myself insulin."&nbsp; He replies "Whatever".&nbsp; Frankly, the guy was a real jerk and didn't even apologize.&nbsp; I was a littel upset.<br /><br />I have successfully given myself my basal shot at a Foo Fighters concert, a Pearl Jam concert, and a Red Hot Chili Peppers concert over the past year though.&nbsp; I consider that a great&nbsp;success.&nbsp; The strobe lights and lasers help me read the numbers on the pen.&nbsp; Rock concerts rule, great for diabetics!&nbsp; Way better than movie theatres!<br /><br />Since getting T1D my wife has started taking pictures of me testing and injecting in interesting locations.&nbsp; I will post them when I get a chance.&nbsp; <br /><br /><br /><br />&nbsp;</div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/mydiabeticjourney/unlT/~4/uzmOeZ-fb-o" height="1" width="1"/>mydiabeticjourneyhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/13094855994908098957noreply@blogger.com2http://www.mydiabeticjourney.com/2012/11/the-little-things-you-take-for-granted.htmltag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5010163944566049403.post-29903978045875206142012-11-30T01:48:00.002-08:002012-11-30T01:48:21.846-08:00More on Emotions and Other Complications<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><h4 style="text-align: left;"><em><u>More on Emotions and Other Complications</u></em></h4><div style="text-align: left;">&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;">I had a very stong response to my last post on emotions and diabetes.&nbsp; In fact, I had more reaction to that post than any other since I have started this blog.&nbsp; So, I decided to find an online&nbsp;&nbsp;resource specifically relating to the mental health complications that can come with diabetes.&nbsp;&nbsp;I personally think that the emotional side of dealing with diabetes&nbsp;is the most overlooked complication that we deal with and was&nbsp;happy to find resources to this on a main stream charitable organisation's website.&nbsp; </div><div style="text-align: left;">&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;">I found a pretty good resource on complications on the Canadian Diabetes Foundation website (found here&nbsp;<a href="http://bit.ly/hQvSC6">http://bit.ly/hQvSC6</a>&nbsp;).&nbsp; I am pleased that they do mention Depression and Emotions along with the other complications such as Celiac's, foot care, peripheral neuropathy,&nbsp;Thyroid&nbsp;Disease and Vision Health.&nbsp;&nbsp;There is some good information here, especially for the recently diagnosed.&nbsp;</div></div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/mydiabeticjourney/unlT/~4/EJPv-Nm6ljY" height="1" width="1"/>mydiabeticjourneyhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/13094855994908098957noreply@blogger.com0http://www.mydiabeticjourney.com/2012/11/more-on-emotions-and-other-complications.htmltag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5010163944566049403.post-30280086554380741962012-11-27T02:23:00.001-08:002012-11-27T02:23:29.575-08:00Mental Illness, Stress, Anxiety and Diabetes<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><h3 style="text-align: left;"><u>Mental&nbsp;Illness, Stress, Anxiety&nbsp;and Diabetes</u></h3><div style="text-align: left;">&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;">Living with Type 1 Diabetes, or any form of Diabetes for that matter is not easy.&nbsp; It is not just the routine aspects of care such as giving yourself injections, testing your blood sugar, changing your tubing if you have a pump, or&nbsp;going to the doctor every 3 months to check your blood work.</div><div style="text-align: left;">&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;">The thing that is most often overlooked is the emotional strain or mental illness&nbsp;that can&nbsp;come with the disease.&nbsp; </div><div style="text-align: left;">&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;">It is the anxiety you feel before you prick your finger.&nbsp; I still have times where I have the lancet against my finger for a minute and I just can't push the button.&nbsp; I have to take a breather and then get it done.&nbsp; It is against human nature to cause pain to yourself.&nbsp; Not to mention fear of needles and anxiety towards that</div><div style="text-align: left;">&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;">It is the anxiety you feel when you test your BG and it is high or low.&nbsp; What&nbsp;do you have to do to take&nbsp;care of that?&nbsp; How can you stop it from happening in the future?&nbsp; Will this high&nbsp;BG&nbsp;test result in some sort of immediate complication?&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;">&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;">How about your doctor visits...&nbsp; Are they going to find something new that is wrong with me?&nbsp;&nbsp; I get worried about my HBA1C... is it going to be higher than last time?&nbsp; If so, does this mean that I have failed over the past three months at managing my diabetes effectively?&nbsp; What sort of guilt comes with that.</div><div style="text-align: left;">&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;">I think that we all have some of these thoughts or worries sometimes and that is perfectly normal and to be expected.&nbsp; We deal with a lot.&nbsp; People who don't have diabetes do not necessarily understand that.&nbsp; </div><div style="text-align: left;">&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;">What I have come to realise is that a higher HBA1C can be the result of illness over the past three months, if you had lots of unexplained highs or lows, if you were stressed more than usual, if you were having trouble sleeping, etc.&nbsp; Can&nbsp;I control these things?&nbsp; Not really.&nbsp; <strong><em><u>As diabetics we need to give ourselves a break.</u></em></strong>&nbsp; What we live with is not our fault.&nbsp; We do the best we can with the hand we were dealt.&nbsp; The way I see it is that as long as we&nbsp;are doing our best, regardless of the outside factors we may be dealing with, that is all we can do.&nbsp; There is no reason to feel guilty or anxious about that.</div><div style="text-align: left;">&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;">All this said, as diabetics we are more likely to suffer from anxiety, depression, or other mental illness.&nbsp; It can be overwhelming sometimes and at those times it is important to seek out professional help.&nbsp; <strong><em><u>It is nothing to be ashamed of.</u></em></strong>&nbsp; </div><div style="text-align: left;">&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;">I have a close friend who deals with another chronic illness.&nbsp; He needed an organ transplant to survive.&nbsp; At one point he was taking over 25 pills a day.&nbsp; These were not pills that had little side effects, these were major drugs that had bigtime side effects.&nbsp; The guy is amazing for going through what he did and still dealing with it on a daily basis.&nbsp;Yet, he told me once&nbsp;he went through years of self destructive behaviour before he finally accepted that he was going to live with his illness and get some peace within.&nbsp; This isn't the sort of thing men usually talk about but it made me realise that it isn't just&nbsp;diabetes that can get a person down, it is any form of chronic&nbsp;illness.&nbsp; <strong><em><u>It also made me realise that reaching out to friends can be a great thing.&nbsp; </u></em>Some friends will understand, some won't.<em><u>&nbsp; But, getting to relate to a true friend is something that is invaluable.&nbsp; It is worth it to reach out, take the risk and let others know what is going on with&nbsp;you.&nbsp; It can be extremely rewarding.</u></em></strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;">&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;">I have a close family member who has MS.&nbsp; It is a brutal disease and she deals with it like a pro.&nbsp; If you didn't know her, you would not know that she had any health issues.&nbsp; My mother and her were talking and she said that she hoped I could accept my illness quicker and easier than she did.&nbsp; People with chronic illness tend to have some emotional baggage that comes with it... it takes time to realise that and to conquer it.&nbsp; The sooner&nbsp;I can do that, the more rewarding my life will be.</div><div style="text-align: left;">&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;">The point I am trying to make is that it is important for us to not just look after out physical health but it is equally important to tend to our mental health.&nbsp; If you find yourself feeling down,&nbsp;feeling burnout, being overly anxious, seek help.&nbsp; In the long run, it will probably make the biggest difference in your life.&nbsp; I am still struggling with this and I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes&nbsp;in August 2011.&nbsp; I am just starting to realise that to live with this disease you have to find some acceptance within.&nbsp; Try to put things in perspective.&nbsp; Overall, my life is really great at this point.&nbsp; Yeah, I have a disease... but I also have a supportive family, a loving wife and great friends.&nbsp; That is the stuff that truly matters.</div><div style="text-align: left;">&nbsp;</div></div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/mydiabeticjourney/unlT/~4/i0-8oQDHMY4" height="1" width="1"/>mydiabeticjourneyhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/13094855994908098957noreply@blogger.com0http://www.mydiabeticjourney.com/2012/11/mental-illness-stress-anxiety-and.htmltag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5010163944566049403.post-30789929873081935852012-11-20T22:34:00.000-08:002012-11-20T22:34:26.973-08:00Spouses of People with Diabetes<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><h3 style="text-align: left;"><u>Spouses of People with Diabetes</u></h3><h3 style="text-align: left;"><br /></h3><div style="text-align: left;">I have to say that my wife has been an unbelievable support to me since my diagnosis.&nbsp; From the first day of diagnosis she has been amazing.&nbsp; She has dealt with my weird mood swings, my lack of energy, my scary lows, my complications and everything else that comes along with being a Type 1 Diabetic.&nbsp; She is great at not being the "Diabetic Police" and politely corrects others when they are.&nbsp; Yet, she is very supportive of the proper lifestyle changes in regards to exercise and nutrition that we have had to make.&nbsp; (In reality, she was already exercising and eating healthy, me... not so much).&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">She has become just as knowledgeable as I have about the disease and that is a great help when I need to figure out patterns with my BG levels or to know the signs of when I am low.&nbsp; Sometimes I am not always that receptive to her suggestions when I am low...</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Wife - "I think you are low, you should test your blood"</div><div style="text-align: left;">Me - "No"</div><div style="text-align: left;">Wife - "You should eat."</div><div style="text-align: left;">Me - "No, I really don't think I need to." </div><div style="text-align: left;">Wife - "I think you are low, you should test your blood and if you are low you can have some Coke"</div><div style="text-align: left;">Me - "Ok"... "Oh you were right" </div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Thankfully I usually realise when I am low.&nbsp; Plus, she knows a little bribery never hurts.&nbsp; Real Coke!&nbsp; Not Coke Zero!&nbsp; Yeah, it should be juice or something but you gotta have your treats here and there.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">I wish that all diabetics could have such great support as well although I know not everyone does.&nbsp; If you don't have a good support system check out other blogs, message boards, twitter, or perhaps there is an actual support group in your community where you can meet face to face.&nbsp; There are all sorts of people out there willing to help and listen, I am just very lucky to have one at home. &nbsp; </div></div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/mydiabeticjourney/unlT/~4/brgmFN2irss" height="1" width="1"/>mydiabeticjourneyhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/13094855994908098957noreply@blogger.com0http://www.mydiabeticjourney.com/2012/11/spouses-of-people-with-diabetes.htmltag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5010163944566049403.post-41174515753760060582012-11-20T22:14:00.000-08:002012-11-20T22:38:39.046-08:00Parents of Kids with Diabetes<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><h3 style="text-align: left;"><u><i><span style="font-weight: normal;">Parents of Kids with Diabetes</span></i></u></h3><h3 style="text-align: left;"><b><span style="font-weight: normal;">&nbsp;</span></b></h3><div style="text-align: left;"><b><span style="font-weight: normal;">I just have to say it.&nbsp; Parents that are dealing with </span></b>diabetes in their children are amazing.&nbsp; Knowing what it is like as an adult living with diabetes and knowing what I was like when I was a small child, the perseverance, patience, and courage those parents must have.&nbsp; It's funny, I was a good kid in most respects, but when it came to needles, I was a nightmare!&nbsp; I still am a little scared of needles.&nbsp; Not a great phobia for a Type 1 Diabetic but it's not like I have a choice then to stick myself numerous times a day.<b>&nbsp;&nbsp;</b></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-weight: normal;">Back to the point...&nbsp; for all of those parents and families dealing with this, keep it up, I know it must be very hard and emotionally straining to "be in charge" of taking care of your child's illness.&nbsp; </span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-weight: normal;"><br />I realise I am only thinking of small children here.&nbsp; When I think of what it was like to be a teenager, yikes.&nbsp; My mother was worried about me enough without the added burden of worrying about my blood sugars.&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-weight: normal;">Those parents who are helping their children with this disease, well, you are amazing.&nbsp; Just needs to be said.</span></div></div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/mydiabeticjourney/unlT/~4/uE-3IfhgU-E" height="1" width="1"/>mydiabeticjourneyhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/13094855994908098957noreply@blogger.com2http://www.mydiabeticjourney.com/2012/11/parents-of-kids-with-diabetes.htmltag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5010163944566049403.post-33343617623315549952012-11-20T00:15:00.000-08:002012-11-20T00:15:01.909-08:00Update on Insulin Neuritis<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><h3 style="text-align: left;"><u><i>Update on Insulin Neuritis</i></u></h3><h3 style="text-align: left;"><br /></h3><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-weight: normal;">My Insulin Neuritis has gotten worse over the past few months.&nbsp; I spoke to my Dr, about it and they were surprised it had not gone away yet but were concerned about the pain it was causing me.&nbsp; The burning sensation has increased over the past few months.&nbsp; They basically said there were two options...</span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-weight: normal;">1.) Opiates</span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-weight: normal;">2.) Gabapentin aka, Neurontin</span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-weight: normal;">Now, I will take as many opiates as the next guy if I have temporary pain like a broken foot or finger or whatever.&nbsp; What I do not want to do is take it for a chronic pain issue that is more of a nerve issue.&nbsp; I know some people have no choice in taking opiates for their pain management and I am not saying that is a bad thing.&nbsp; I believe everyone has the right to try to live a pain free life.&nbsp; No judging here.</span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-weight: normal;">I know for a fact that I would probably get in trouble with some sort of addiction problem if I had to take an opiate a few times a day.&nbsp; I have suffered withdrawal from enough prescription drugs that I know I want to minimize that aspect of my life.&nbsp; It is extremely disruptive, painful, and straining.</span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-weight: normal;">Now, so far the Neurontin has worked fairly well for me.&nbsp; I am taking one pill when I take the rest of my pills at 10:00 pm.&nbsp; I find that wears off around 7 pm. so I take another one then.&nbsp; My prescription says I could take two pills at breakfast, lunch and nighttime.&nbsp; The first time I took one of these pills I was so off kilter the next day it was not even funny.&nbsp; After a week of one pill I upped it to two at night time.&nbsp; I do not suffer anymore of these effects...&nbsp; that said I do not want to take the chance of using these during the day when I may have to drive, work, think, etc.&nbsp; My pharmacist said it is safe to do so if you increase your dose gradually.&nbsp; But, the fact is I do not need that for my pain right now so I am not going to risk it.&nbsp; If I did have to take some in the morning I would definitely refrain from driving for at least a week or so.&nbsp; Maybe others have had different experiences with this drug but I know it has been helpful for me.&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-weight: normal;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-weight: normal;">There are some weird side effects though, my dentist did warn me that it can increase the rate of tooth decay so that is something to watch out for.&nbsp; As with everything else with this disease it is about balancing the pros and cons and figuring out in conjunction with your healthcare team what works for you.</span></div><h3 style="text-align: left;"></h3></div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/mydiabeticjourney/unlT/~4/u_OmjICuVbM" height="1" width="1"/>mydiabeticjourneyhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/13094855994908098957noreply@blogger.com0http://www.mydiabeticjourney.com/2012/11/update-on-insulin-neuritis.htmltag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5010163944566049403.post-87562808458831370062012-11-19T23:46:00.003-08:002012-11-19T23:46:59.644-08:00More on Testosterone and Diabetes<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><u><b>More on Testosterone and Diabetes</b></u><br /><br />Well, I haven't made a post in some time but I am going to get back on the horse.&nbsp; I have been dealing with a new host of endocrine problems.&nbsp; Judging from the traffic on this site I can see that the one of the most popular readings is on Testosterone and Diabetes.<br /><br />Low testosterone is a common problem that many men have but it does seem to happen more with people with type 1 diabetes at a younger age.&nbsp; I am only 31 and my testosterone levels were basically non-existent.&nbsp; After months of hormone replacement therapy here are some of my observations.<br /><br />I tried the gel that you put on your arms.&nbsp; There are a few concerns I had with that...<br /><br />1.) It did not work to raise my testosterone levels<br /><br />2.) It is extremely inconvenient to apply the gel.&nbsp; You have to squeeze half a pack onto your hand and apply it to your upper arms.&nbsp; Then you do the other arm while the one you just did dries.&nbsp; Then you repeat and have to wait for it to dry again before putting on your shirt.&nbsp; Then you have to wash your hands rigorously, and I mean rigorously.&nbsp; You don't want to expose anyone else to this stuff which leads me to my next point...<br /><br />3.) I found it worrisome that I could be exposing my wife to unhealthy levels of testosterone just by giving her a hug.&nbsp; A healthy 29 year old woman does not need extra testosterone.&nbsp; Seriously, the gel can rub off.<br /><br />So, now I am at the point where I take weekly injections of testosterone cypionate.&nbsp; It has worked in that it has raised my T level to over 20.&nbsp;<br /><br />The one really difficult thing about having low testosterone that I have found is adjusting the dosage.&nbsp; The main issue with this is that it takes a really long time to get the lab results back.&nbsp; My understanding is that it is an expensive test to do so they wait until they have enough requisitions before they run the tests.&nbsp;<br /><br />Still at that point you don't know if it is really accurate.&nbsp; Do you take the blood test 3 days after the injection?&nbsp; How about 1 week?&nbsp; How about 2 weeks when you are at the end of the cycle?&nbsp; I guess that is between you and your Dr.&nbsp;<br /><br />Looking back I remember saying that I did not want another needle in my life and that is why I opted for the gel.&nbsp; If I could do it over I would have gone straight for the injections.&nbsp; I am sure the gel works for some people.&nbsp; Just not me.&nbsp; </div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/mydiabeticjourney/unlT/~4/4s3DxGClaaQ" height="1" width="1"/>mydiabeticjourneyhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/13094855994908098957noreply@blogger.com0http://www.mydiabeticjourney.com/2012/11/more-on-testosterone-and-diabetes.htmltag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5010163944566049403.post-23897443996368289322012-06-22T15:31:00.000-07:002012-06-22T15:31:51.158-07:00The Honeymoon is Over!!!!!!!!!!!<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">It's been a while since my last blog entry.&nbsp; Things have been going nuts for me lately.&nbsp; My blood sugar has been all over the place.&nbsp; I would wake up and I would be at 7 and then I would test two hours later and I would be at 15!&nbsp; This happened for about 3 days in a row so I decided to lower my carb/insulin ration from 7.5 g per 1 unit of Humalog to 5 g per 1 unit of Humalog.&nbsp; I know that is a big change and you are not supposed to change it that much but I felt like it was needed.<br /><br />So, I tried that for a couple of days and the same thing was happening!&nbsp; I couldn't believe it!&nbsp; I went and spoke with my diabetes educator about it and she said that it was probably due to my honeymoon period ending.&nbsp; The honeymoon period is where your pancreas is still giving out a little bit of insulin on a somewhat erratic basis.&nbsp; For me, apparently this made it much easier to control my diabetes.<br /><br />So I have been working on trying to get my morning sugars under control.&nbsp; I have been doing this by keeping my ratio at 5 to 1 plus going for a 15 minute walk directly after eating in the morning.&nbsp; Surprisingly this has been helping somewhat.&nbsp; Unfortunately, like lots of other things with diabetes, this is a process that will take time in order to figure things out.&nbsp; It seems like just when you think you have it figured out, BAM, it changes on you.&nbsp; That is the nature of the disease.&nbsp;&nbsp;I will just have to keep at it and get it regulated.&nbsp; </div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/mydiabeticjourney/unlT/~4/1P3MIhxwYvs" height="1" width="1"/>mydiabeticjourneyhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/13094855994908098957noreply@blogger.com1http://www.mydiabeticjourney.com/2012/06/honeymoon-is-over.htmltag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5010163944566049403.post-15798277902938700962012-05-30T15:40:00.000-07:002012-05-30T15:40:00.300-07:00Digestion Issues with Diabetes<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">Great article&nbsp; <a href="http://journal.diabetes.org/clinicaldiabetes/v18n42000/pg148.htm" target="_blank">HERE</a> on gastrointestinal issues in people with diabetes.&nbsp; <br /><br />It is good to know what you are up against.&nbsp; I struggled with some of these issues before I was diagnosed but since I have been diagnosed as a Type 1 and have started insulin therapy these issues have substantially decreased.&nbsp; Good knowledge to have anyways.</div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/mydiabeticjourney/unlT/~4/_E7auyi-oXM" height="1" width="1"/>mydiabeticjourneyhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/13094855994908098957noreply@blogger.com0http://www.mydiabeticjourney.com/2012/05/digestion-issues-with-diabetes.htmltag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5010163944566049403.post-75098578108523128992012-05-29T13:00:00.000-07:002012-05-29T13:00:06.438-07:00Success! Glucose Under Control<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">Yesterday I posted about my glucose control being a little out of whack over the past few days.&nbsp; I rested pretty much all day yesterday and tried to drink plenty of fluids and it seems as though the tickle in the throat is gone.&nbsp; This morning my blood glucose was at 7.5 (135 for Americans).&nbsp; This is an ok number for me, anything under 8 I consider ok.<br /><br />In order to get there I had to increase my Levemir from 40 units per day to 46 units per day over a 4 day period.&nbsp; I was worried about going low overnight with the increase but that did not happen.&nbsp; I have had a fear of going low overnight because you hear real horror stories about that.&nbsp; I am starting to get over that though.&nbsp; We shall see.&nbsp; <br /><br />Perhaps as my journey continues I will start to be a little more aggressive with my basal insulin like I am with my bolus insulin.&nbsp;&nbsp;Situations like this just go to show that you have to always be watching for patterns to keep under control.&nbsp; Soon I may have to lower the Levemir down again but perhaps not if I start getting levels around 6 (108) in the mornings.&nbsp; Any lower than that and I don't think I would be comfortable.<br /><br />What do you aim for as a level in the morning?&nbsp; Is it consistent and are you comfortable with it?</div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/mydiabeticjourney/unlT/~4/ffUgVKS5Pa8" height="1" width="1"/>mydiabeticjourneyhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/13094855994908098957noreply@blogger.com4http://www.mydiabeticjourney.com/2012/05/success-glucose-under-control.htmltag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5010163944566049403.post-38702105054210143552012-05-28T14:05:00.000-07:002012-05-28T14:05:00.302-07:00Bad Glucose Control Over the Past few Days<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">Over the past few days I have just not been able to get my blood glucose under control!&nbsp; Frustrating!&nbsp; There seems to be no reason why&nbsp;it has suddenly spiked up.&nbsp; It seems like no matter what I do there is no rhyme or reason to it.&nbsp; I have started to give myself 1 more unit of Humalog when I do a correction and it still isn't working.&nbsp; When I wake up my fasting glucose is 10 (180 for my American friends) and that is where it stays for the rest of the day it seems.&nbsp; Also, I have been increasing my&nbsp;Levemir by a&nbsp;couple of units per night.&nbsp; Still when I wake up it is at 10 (180) or more.&nbsp; FRUSTRATING!<br /><br />Then I found the culprit, this morning I woke up with a tickle in my throat.&nbsp; No cough or anything. just a plain old sore throat.&nbsp; It is amazing how these small things can set you off course.&nbsp; My doctor said that even&nbsp;the weather affects some people's glucose levels.&nbsp; I believe it!&nbsp; <br /><br />This is a hard disease to get your head around sometimes.&nbsp;&nbsp;Everyday&nbsp;is a learning experience that is for sure.&nbsp;</div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/mydiabeticjourney/unlT/~4/DxyPf0tUenE" height="1" width="1"/>mydiabeticjourneyhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/13094855994908098957noreply@blogger.com0http://www.mydiabeticjourney.com/2012/05/bad-glucose-control-over-past-few-days.htmltag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5010163944566049403.post-55554596850497262682012-05-24T10:30:00.000-07:002012-05-24T10:30:02.218-07:00Diabetic Meal #4 : Chicken Souvlaki with Greek Salad and Lemon Potatoes<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-tBcW9gYBLlQ/T7LB4CwkCCI/AAAAAAAAACk/9IOIfKh1DoU/s1600/P1020004.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="240" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-tBcW9gYBLlQ/T7LB4CwkCCI/AAAAAAAAACk/9IOIfKh1DoU/s320/P1020004.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-kRLiBbclVdw/T7LB9SRvVEI/AAAAAAAAACs/uQDeo1-NYi4/s1600/P1020005.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="240" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-kRLiBbclVdw/T7LB9SRvVEI/AAAAAAAAACs/uQDeo1-NYi4/s320/P1020005.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">The meal for today is Chicken Souvlaki with Greek Salad and Lemon Potatoes.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">I love making this meal because it is so flavourful and relatively easy to make.&nbsp; Basically, I take two chicken breasts and cut them into cubes.&nbsp; I cook for two and find 1 chicken breast per person is a good amount of food.&nbsp; I let them marinade for a few hours in the fridge.&nbsp; Take them out and skewer them on the small wooden sticks and throw them on the BBQ.&nbsp; </div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">To make the potatoes, I like them with dill, lemon, salt, pepper and lemon juice.&nbsp; I use small potatoes that are about 3 gr of carbs each.&nbsp; What I usually have is 5 potatoes, so about 15 gr of carbs.&nbsp; I halve them and put them in tin foil along with the dill, lemon juice, salt pepper and&nbsp;used lemons.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><b>15 g of carbs per serving</b></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">The salad is a combo of... </div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">Makes about 4 servings</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div>1/2 of a cucumber <br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">1 red and 1 yellow bell pepper (12 gr of carbs total)</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">1/2&nbsp;red onion </div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">1 cup of baby tomatoes (6 gr of carbs total)</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">feta cheese</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">2 or 3 Tbsp of Olive Oil</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">1 Tbsp of Balsamic Vinegar</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">1 Tbsp of Fresh Thyme</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><b>4.5 gr per serving</b></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">The marinade for&nbsp;2&nbsp;Chicken Breasts&nbsp;is as follows...</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">2 or 3 sprigs of rosemary chopped</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">1 sprig of thyme chopped</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">3 cloves of garlic minced</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">juice of 1 lemon</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">salt and pepper </div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">lemon rind to taste</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">2 tbsp of Olive Oil </div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">I also like to have a couple Tbsps of tzatziki with my meal to dip the chicken and potatoes in.&nbsp; This has 2 grams of carbs in it.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><b>Total Grams of Carbs is 21.5 g of carbs per meal</b></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"></div></div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/mydiabeticjourney/unlT/~4/rCvr_iw5c_k" height="1" width="1"/>mydiabeticjourneyhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/13094855994908098957noreply@blogger.com0http://www.mydiabeticjourney.com/2012/05/diabetic-meal-4-chicken-souvlaki-with.htmltag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5010163944566049403.post-43276666069876807412012-05-23T09:47:00.000-07:002012-05-23T09:47:00.314-07:00Miracle of Chia Seed?<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">I have found this new product (for me anyways) called Chia Seed.&nbsp; Apparently, the ancient Aztecs used to harvest it and it was a staple in their diet and even used it as currency in trade.&nbsp; It is also the same stuff they use to make chia pets.&nbsp; There are many ways it can be used and it is quite nutritional.&nbsp; It is full of protein, fibre and as an added bonus has lots of omegas in it.&nbsp; As far as flavour goes, it is bland.&nbsp; It takes on whatever flavour you put in it.<br /><br />One way you can use it is to just sprinkle it only a salad or into your cereal or yogurt.&nbsp; This is a little crunchy for my liking though.&nbsp; You can also grind it up and use it to top yogurt or cereal similar to how many people use flax seed.<br /><br />There is another way to eat it but you must be warned, it is a little strange...&nbsp; Well, some would consider it very strange.&nbsp; If you soak it in liquid for about 15 minutes it takes on this weird consistency.&nbsp; I guess I would describe it as a sort of tapioca texture.&nbsp; Or perhaps crunchy bubble tea, if you have ever had bubble tea.&nbsp; I have found if I take two Tbsp and soak it in 2 cups of either almond milk or water it makes me feel quite full.&nbsp; It would be good in a shake as well.<br /><br />Now, like I said, this is not for everyone.&nbsp; Many people might consider it's texture, shall we say, slimy and off putting.&nbsp; I find it isn't that bad though and I am going to continue to use it.<br /><br />Sometimes I put two Tbsp in a glass of water and just drink it quickly.&nbsp; It's relatively tasteless and does the job. <br /><br />If I am feeling more ambitious I will put two Tbsp in 2 cups of cold almond milk and add a little cinnamon and splenda to it.&nbsp; It tastes pretty good to me and it gives me a low carb snack with lots of fibre and I am always looking for fibre to help with my overall health.&nbsp; <br /><br />I picked up a&nbsp;900 gram bag of this at Costco for $9.&nbsp; That is cheap compared to the grocery store where&nbsp;it is&nbsp;$7 for a 300 gram bag.&nbsp; Here is the nutritional info for 2 Tbsp.&nbsp; (Sorry for the image quality, I just took a picture of the bag with my phone as I couldn't find one on the internet.)<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-32RZv3KGL94/T7vCz0cYXLI/AAAAAAAAAD4/11h9FJQ3liM/s1600/IMG_0165.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-32RZv3KGL94/T7vCz0cYXLI/AAAAAAAAAD4/11h9FJQ3liM/s320/IMG_0165.JPG" width="240" /></a></div><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /></div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/mydiabeticjourney/unlT/~4/MBVLxZO9S3s" height="1" width="1"/>mydiabeticjourneyhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/13094855994908098957noreply@blogger.com2http://www.mydiabeticjourney.com/2012/05/miracle-of-chia-seed.htmltag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5010163944566049403.post-65378201798198442232012-05-22T09:20:00.001-07:002012-05-22T09:20:22.919-07:00Low Carb Snacks<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">Late at night or throughout the day sometimes I need something extra to eat because I had a light supper or lunch.&nbsp; I do not usually have snacks as part of my nutritional routine unless I am working.&nbsp; Sometimes in the morning I will get a little hungry after breakfast and I have an apple or something but it is rare that my breakfast isn't enough to get me through to lunch.&nbsp; If I am working then I need to have a snack around 2 pm. or I will be low by the time I go home.&nbsp; I usually try to keep this snack between 15-30 grams of carbs.&nbsp; <br /><br />The fact is though, for other times of the day I don't want to inject myself with 1,2,or 3 units of Humalog just to have a quick snack so I am not hungry before bed.&nbsp;<br /><br />As far as my insulin routine for nighttime snacks there are 3 situations I could be in.&nbsp; For each situation my rule basically goes ...<br /><br />1.) If I have had a normal day then I make no adjustments and try to have a low carb snack.<br />2.) If I have had a day where my BG has been high I will have a small snack and adjust at a rate of 1 unit of Humalog to 14 grams of carbs. (I don't want to get nighttime lows so this is about half of the normal insulin I would take, usually it is 1 H per 7.5 grams.) <br />3.) If I have had a day where my BG has been low I will have a regular snack (15-30 grams) and take no insulin.<br /><br />Of course, with all of these situations I factor in my 10 pm. BG number as well. <br /><br />This post is about situation #1. <br /><br /><a name='more'></a><br /><br />One thing I have found that is ok is beef jerky.&nbsp; It is super low in carbs usually (look out though, some have lots of added sugar, check the label!).&nbsp; There are some cons to beef jerky.&nbsp; A few that come to mind are that I am trying to limit my exposure the red meat.&nbsp; Also, it has a fair amount of sodium.&nbsp; Also, it makes my hands smell like beef jerky and that is gross.&nbsp; On the positive side it is low in carbs and has lots of protein.<br /><br />I have also taken to nuts, specifically cashews.&nbsp; I go to the store and buy them from the bulk bins, half salted, half not salted.&nbsp; I also get a bag of mixed nuts, half salted, half not salted.&nbsp; The cons for the nuts is that they are super high in calories.&nbsp; I find it hard to eat just a handful.&nbsp; They are high in fat although it is good fat.&nbsp; Also, the salt content is extremely high but to me I just don't find them tasty without the salt.&nbsp; Because they are so salty I do tend to drink lots of water with them which is good because that fills me up to.&nbsp;<br /><br />Also, I have found that drinking almond milk is a decent alternative to regular milk and it has no carbs.&nbsp; You do have to make sure you get the unsweetened version though.&nbsp; I would rather drink real milk but at 13 grams per cup and I usually have a glass that holds two cups, that means 3 units of humalog and another injection I would rather not take.<br /><br />There is another food I have recently found that is some sort of wonder food.&nbsp; It is called chia seed and does a great job making me feel full but that stuff deserves a post of it's own.&nbsp; <br /><br />Does anyone have any tips in regards to what low carb snacks they have when they don't feel like taking an extra injection?</div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/mydiabeticjourney/unlT/~4/KFLD6VsHL8U" height="1" width="1"/>mydiabeticjourneyhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/13094855994908098957noreply@blogger.com2http://www.mydiabeticjourney.com/2012/05/low-carb-snacks.html