Thursday, January 17, 2013

Those Forty Eight Tidbits About Me

You might call it Hoskins 101.

I call it: The Me Post. Since I've never cared for MeMe...

But whatever it's dubbed, here's the 48 questions and answers all about me. Enjoy.

No. My parents wanted to name me David, but in the end Michael prevailed. My middle name is William, and that's specifically a family tradition on my dad's side. That is the first name of my dad's dad, and he was named after his own grandfather (my 2nd great grandfather) who was William Oliver Hoskins. The family name of William dates back to our ancestrial roots in the 1700s, I've discovered in my genealogy research.

I don't remember. But wanna know something a little embarrassing on that topic? I may have shed a tear or two in a movie theater back in the day (circa 1990) when Home Alone was showing. Remember, that scene at the end where the elderly neighbor finally reunites with his son and family? Yep. Very moving, it is. (sniff sniff)

I'm a reporter who has what can only be described as chicken scratch. But I can read it. (No, I'm not a doctor prescription pad ghostwriter). I do like my signature, though. I think I reinvented it somewhere around the 8th grade and have been signing it that way ever since.

Monday, January 14, 2013

D-Math Prepping for a Roadtrip

So, there was that trip up to Michigan to see family at Christmas that never happened.

Bad weather and the late 2012 "Snowpocalypse" that dropped a foot of snow onto Indy. Then ice. Then sickness. And then busy work schedules and travel.

Now, we're into the 2nd week of January. And finally, it's time to make the trip.

I'm excited.

Of course, diabetes will be going along with me (was there any doubt?)

And D-Math is already making the roadtrip, even before my car leaves home.

Being on a pump hiatus at the moment, I have been on multiple daily injections (MDI) since Thanksgiving. And that includes a Lantus SoloStar Pen.

My dose is divided up twice a day, with half in the morning and the remaining half just after dinner.

Enter the D-Math.

Currently, 100 units in my Lantus Pen after this morning's dose.

I take 12 units twice a day. Plus 2 primed units wasted with each dose. So, that's a total of 28 total per day.

Times five days up in Michigan.

(Mental calculation, finger counting, number scribbling, turning to Droid calculator...)

That's 140 units total. Not to mention the dozen (+2) units I'll need tonight post-dinner.

So, I guess another Lantus Pen will be needed. And since this was my last one taken from the box in the fridge, apparently my day-before will involve getting a prescription refill from my pharmacy (assuming I have a refill available, and won't need to phone my Endo).

Glad I decided to do this D-Math calculation before I hit the road and found out I didn't have enough in this current pen.

See you soon, Michigan. See you soon.