Friday, May 15, 2015

Food Choices, Play By Play: (Day 5 of DBlogWeek 2015)

Mmmm, food.

That's the topic of Day 5 of this Diabetes Blog Week 2015.
Taking a cue from Adam Brown's recent post, write a post documenting what you eat in a day! Feel free to add links to recommended recipes/shops/whatever. Make it an ideal day or a come-as-you-are day – no judgments either way.
(Thank you, Katy of  Bigfoot Child Have Diabetes for this topic.)
We have been trying to eat healthier and tone down our carb intake, a combination of overall interest in just losing weight and being healthy but also for me to navigate blood sugar swings that so often accompany carb-saturated meals. I've been inspired by D-peeps sharing more of their stories, and it's been a slow process putting this into practice... one mostly hindered by my lack of willpower. But, that's a work in progress and we do our best each day.

As this morning began, I realized two things:

1. I hadn't prepared a post for today, and
2. No clue what I was going to eat throughout the day.
3. We hadn't gone grocery shopping since returning home earlier this week, after several days away.

So, that pretty much meant I would take it as it came at me, doing a sort of play-by-play on food as the meal goes by. This is a normal Friday workday at the home office, with scattered phone calls and nothing overly pressing that will draw my attention. So, the food shouldn't be too tough to navigate.

I'll update this throughout the day with the latest food.

Breakfast (5:30a):

  • Dannon Light&Fit Greek Yogurt, my last blueberry flavored one. 8g of carb.
  • A small handful of dried cranberries mixed into my yogurt, equalling about half of one-third a cup. So, probably 15g
  • Black coffee, nothing polluting it. (my 2nd cup, and many more to follow)
Thought about a brown cage egg or two, but there were none in the fridge. Plus the pan normally used for eggs is dirty and I just didn't care to wash it just for an egg or two.

Post-breakfast Update (8:40a):

Damn it. Part of the whole reason I did "good" at breakfast was to not have too many carbs and raise my BG... but then I forgot to bolus for my yogurt and cranberries. So much for a flat line after breakfast... Figures.

And I'm hungry again. Great.

Oh Screw it, a 2nd breakfast, it is... (9a):

Luna protein bar, chocolate PB flavor. 19g of carb. And more coffee.


An hour or 90 minutes until lunch... yep, this Low isn't going to work for me. Juicebox time! 24g of applejuice through a straw.

And a small handful of PB trail mix with M&Ms. Because. +10g of carbs (I'm guessing.)
No bolusing.

Lunch (1:30p):

Salad on the Go from Panera Bread (my wife rocks for picking this up on her lunch hour!)

  • Cobb Salad with Avocado, Half Order with Greek dressing. 7g
  • Baguette: I had planned for an apple, but this bread appeared in the box and it's here now, calling to me... so what the hell. After that earlier Low blood sugar pre-lunch, I'm eating it. 36g
Total carbs: 43g

Unfortunately, I'm out of Diet Coke. So, a bottle of water it is.

Dinner (8p):

So, breaking news not only delayed dinner, but it nixed the plan for either Taco Night or the contender B'Dubs for some beer and wings. Instead, fast-food snuck its way into the house...

No clue what the carb count is on this, and I don't care enough to look it up online. So, I'm going with a Scientific Wild Ass Guess (SWAG) and going with 80g for the turlkey bacon ranch wrap, a pair of potato cakes, and a chocolate turnover.

Plus, a Michigan-made Founder's All Day IPA to help me welcome in the Friday evening.


And that, is my Friday Food Play By Play.

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Others are sharing some food for thought (pun, served!) today, so make sure to check out their posts and also keep tabs on the #DBlogWeek hashtag on Twitter.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Diabetes Changes (D-Blog Week 2015, Day 4)

This is Day 4 in this year's Diabetes Blog Week. The topic: Change.
Today let's talk about changes, in one of two ways.  Either tell us what you'd most like to see change about diabetes, in any way.  This can be management tools, devices, medications, people's perceptions, your own feelings – anything at all that you feel could use changing.  OR reflect back on some changes you or your loved one has seen or been through since being diagnosed with diabetes.  Were they expected or did they surprise you?
OK, this is a little too serious for my taste today.

I don't want to talk about that oh-so-serious something I'd change in the world of diabetes. There are many things: CGM Availability for all who want it, Global Insulin Access, Insurance Coverage Navigability, Public Awareness, blah blah blah. It's all important. And stuff I advocate for - just not today.

Yes, I feel like I've seen a good amount of change in the 31 years since my T1D diagnosis. And those who've lived longer have seen their share, too.

Most recently at the JDRF TypeOneNation Summit in Metro Detroit, it was pretty fascinating hearing the legendary Dr. Fred Whitehouse talk about his experience during the past seven decades -- from seeing his little brother live through a dx'd, his practicing with the Dr. Eliot Joslin in the late 40s, moving his practice to the Detroit area and even treating the grown-up Elizabeth Hughes Gossett who as a girl was one of the first to ever get insulin from Dr. Banting himself.

The man has pretty much seen it all, and a hell of a lot has changed, no doubt.

Yep, true that. Kudos to Dr. Whitehouse, a man who at 89 has it going on!

Oh, and seriousness aside?

Today, my wish for that oh-so-great-change in diabetes (short of a cure):

Beer, instead of insulin.

Yep, I wish that those of us with diabetes didn't need insulin to survive. Instead, I wish that beer had
blood sugar lowering effects.

That would be awesome, and I'd have the best A1C ever.

Now, that would be a change I could get behind... and raise my glass to, without raising my blood sugars!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

D-Blog Week 2015 Day 3: Moving My Diabetes Crap

We are prepping for a move back to Michigan, where we were born raised. This comes after 11 years of living in Indiana.

During that 11+ years, we've moved three times -- from an apartment, to our first house, to a smaller house. All within a couple miles of each other. The last move from a bigger to smaller house presented a perfect opportunity to condense everything and clean out all the items that we didn't need or have use for anymore.

Now, we're in that same boat once again.

And with all of that, I get to figure out what diabetes crap I need or do not have any use for. With this being Diabetes Blog Week, I took a look through some of that recently for the fittingly on-point Wednesday prompt Cleaning It Out... and oh hell, there's a lot of it.

Not to mention all of the supplies that mostly live in a plastic flip-top tote underneath the bed. This is actually the stuff I use on a daily basis. Not sure if there's anything to actually clear out from this tote, but I will need to go through it before we move.

Then there's this mess of diabetes crap stuff scattered around my office -- old meters, long-expired strips, those discontinued white BD glucose tabs, my old Dexcom 7+ CGM "egg," boxes of infusion sets and supplies of devices long past, and even a boxful of little keychain glucose tab holders. Yep there's a lot of it.

Hell, even my black meter case that I carry around with me needs to be cleared out. So many used test strips in there...

Lot to go through in the coming months, on just the diabetes side. Glad we have stocked up on boxes...

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

D-Blog Week 2015 Day 2: Keeping It All Top Gun

Keeping It In, so says the Day 2 prompt of D-Blog Week 2015.

This conversation from Top Gun comes to mind:

"That's classified."

"It's what?"

"It's classified. I could tell you, but then I'd have to kill you."

"Lieutenant, I have Top Secret clearance."

"The Pentagon sees to it that I know more than you."

"Well, ma'am, it doesn't seem so in this case now, does it?" 

Yes, even with diabetes, some things are just Top Fucking Secret -- from others online, or even those closest to us for the time being.

The reason is simple: It's no one else's fucking business, until I decide it is.

Because sometimes, my Diabetes is complicated. It's like I'm in a 4g-inverted dive with a Mig28, flying about two meters apart, and I'm giving my D a big "Fuck You" middle finger. Or sometimes I'm just afraid what I'm doing is going to lead to the death of my best friend and it's going to mess with my head, and so I don't share that.

All of the above and more, there are stories that don't get shared for whatever the reason. Or there are details, numbers, names, places, and so on.

I keep some things off-the-record, until some reason arises to change that. Or if there's isnt a reason, I just keep it on the DL.

I'm the same as everyone else out there, and I'd say if anyone says otherwise they're either A.) Lying, or B.) Starring a documentary about themself, starring themself, with the camera never turned away.

Only then, could that claim be made. We all keep certain things off-the-grid publicly, whether we realize it or not -- specific names, spouses, kids, addresses, diabetes numbers, whatever. We have to, because honestly there's so whack jobs out there in this online world.

So, I have no issue with keeping things classified, if needed.

Just because I blog and preach transparency, that doesn't mean you get access to everything. Especially when there are whack jobs out there exploiting info, stories, and pictures.

And that is all I'm gonna say about that.

Oh, and btw: "There's two Os in Goose, boys."

Monday, May 11, 2015

Because I Believe, And My Coffee Mug Says So (#DBlogWeek 2015 Day 1)

Welcome to Diabetes Blog Week 2015, the sixth time our online community has come together for this!

If you know what #DBlogWeek is, then you need no intro to this. If not, go ahead and click on over to what Karen (the creator) says about this. And now, today's prompt:

I Can

In the UK, there was a diabetes blog theme of "I can...”  that participants found wonderfully empowering.  So lets kick things off this year by looking at the positive side of our lives with diabetes.  What have you or your loved one accomplished, despite having diabetes, that you weren't sure you could?  Or what have you done that you've been particularly proud of?  Or what good thing has diabetes brought into your life?  (Thank you to the anonymous person who submitted this topic suggestion.)
Here's what others are saying on this particular topic.

And my response?

Even though sometimes it feels as if I'm at the bottom of the well, staring up at the top without any way to climb out, I know that there's hope. And that no matter the life or diabetes challenge, it's possible to move forward.

It's been years since my A1C has been as low as 6.1%, but that did happen right after college. And I know that when I "do what I'm supposed to," often that means my blood sugars and diabetes remains good to go. And so, I know that I Can (if I apply myself).

Growing up, I worried about not being able to achieve my dreams of becoming a reporter, covering a daily beat and being out on the scene of a community. I did that. Graduated from college (despite a horrible first year). Met and married a great woman.

All so many things... I have done, and can do. And I know from many of the inspirational stories out there, that I Can do so much. Even now, as I work to eat healthier and limit my carbs, I know from others that it's not impossible and that helps motivate me.

So, thank you to all in the D-Community online and offline who help inspire me, to be empowered and know "I Can."

What's next? I don't really know, but I am pretty sure that I'll be able to do it or will give it my best.

Oh, and if there's any more doubt?

Yes, I know I can do anything I want... because my coffee mug says so.

And sometimes when in doubt, I have a little reminder right there on my wrist, telling me that I Can Do This thanks to all the latest D-tech and gadgets and peer-connections that exist to help me along the way. (see also: Go Go Gadget Nightscout!)

Yep, I can. You can. We can.

So, let's make that happen.