Sunday, November 13, 2011

Big Blue Test!

Sister C and I both completed the Big Blue Test today at IceTown in Riverside, Ca.

Sister C (non-D)
Beginning BG - 159 mg/dl (uh umm, yeah that's a little high for a non-d person)
After Exercise BG - 92 mg/dl
Total drop = 67 mg/dl

Mrs. Harer
Beginning BG - 128 mg/dl
After Exercise BG - 126 mg/dl
Total drop - 2 mg/dl (so not fair!)

Saturday, November 12, 2011

D-Blog Day 2011

As usual I am a few days late, but better late than never right?

This years D-Blog day is a scrapbooking project. Everyone will make a 12×12 scrapbook page and take a pic of their creation and post it on their blog. Then they will all be incorporated into a book format. 

Here is my page;

Friday, November 11, 2011

Christmas Wish List 2011

Last year by this time I had all my Christmas shopping complete, however not this year.

To expedite shopping for  my family I want to make sure they know exactly what to buy. There will be no ugly sweaters under my tree!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Attention Walmart Shoppers

It happens occasionally, you spot someone else with a pump and feel this instant pull towards them. Every fiber in your being wants to reach out and connect with them. And if you let the moment pass, you'll be thinking about it and wishing you'd acted on your impulses for hours afterward.

This isn't what happen to me at Walmart tonight...

Mr. Harer, Sister C and I went out for an almost midnight snack. As we were working our way towards the checkout lanes, basket full of carbolicious goodies, Mr. Harer informs me that he saw an ad for the One Touch Ultra Mini on sale ($10.97). I've been meaning to pick up another one for awhile now, so we head down the diabetes care aisle.

I ask Mr. Harer and Sister C to help search for the pink Ultra Mini (yes, it has to be pink), when a very lovely lady standing in front of the glucose meters ask, "Are you diabetic?"

"Yes, I am." I reply. She begins to tell me how her 14 year old daughter was just diagnosed. She asked about the pump and the glucose sensor. I happily relayed information about how the pump is wonderful especially for a physically active teenager. We talked about resources available in the community,  JDRF, Diabetic Youth Services, Camp, sparkly unicorns and about the DOC.

Suddenly I looked around and noticed Mr. Harer and Sister C had migrated off to another aisle. But I wasn't finished talking. That's the thing, when you get the chance to share your experience  expertice diabetes with someone and give them hope that everything will be okay, it's kinda hard to know when to stop! I could talk about diabetes for hours and I am happy to share it all.

After I did finish my conversation and track down my missing family members, Mr. Harer mentioned how awkward he thought the whole encounter was. But I don't agree,  we PWD's and family members of PWD's need each other's support. That connection is what makes the DOC so wonderful.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

3 Truths and A Lie

It addition to being NABloPoMo, it is also National Health Blog Post Month!

Although I'am not participating fully this year, some of the prompts are too compelling to pass up. Like today's;

Tell us 3 things that are true about you, your condition, your Health Activism, or your life. Now tell us 1 lie. Do you think we will be able to tell the difference?

Exciting right? I happen to have a natural talent for making up "stories" so lets see if you can figure out which fact is not true. Leave your answer in the comments and I will enter all the correct answers in a give away for a really cool handmade diabetes awareness brooch. Happy Happy Joy Joy

  1. Once when I was low, I disappeared for hours, then told my husband I was at a tea party with my friend from kindergarten. 
  2. I was afraid to give my own injections until I turned 11 years old. 
  3. I love grape glucose tabs.
  4. I used to wear my infusion tubing as a belly necklace complete with charms and pendants.
Ok let's see your answers.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

My Bolus Worthy Snack



30g carbs = 3.7 unit bolus = Happy Mrs. Harer

Monday, November 7, 2011

This makes me mad

I know most of the people who read this blog are somehow associated with Type 1 Diabetes; but if even one person sees this and can be educated about the difference between Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, then it is worth posting.

Type 1 Diabetes is a disorder in which the body does not produce insulin (a hormone that aids in moving sugar from the blood to the cells).  This type of diabetes can be due to a virus or autoimmune disorder in which the body does not recognize an organ as its own and attacks it.  In this case the body attacks an organ known as the pancreas where insulin is made.

Those with Type 1 Diabetes are required to take insulin injections to move sugar from the bloodstream.  This type of diabetes is usually diagnosed before age 40.

Type 2 Diabetes occurs when insulin that the body produces is less efficient at moving sugar out of the bloodstream.  Some sugar is moved out of the blood, just not as effectively compared to a person with normal insulin efficiency.  High blood sugars are a result of this. 

Diet, exercise, weight loss, and possible medications are the treatment for this type of diabetes.  Occasionally, someone with Type 2 may be placed on insulin to better control blood sugars.  

Type 2 is often associated with physical inactivity and obesity, however this is not always the case. 

An unhealthy diet and lack of exercise isn't the cause of any type of diabetes. Insulin issues are the cause of diabetes.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

About the Sensor

I took a nasty fall at the rink today while working on a backward outside to inside change of edge sequence. I hit my knee at first and then fell on my hip. Unfortunately I fell on the hip with the sensor site. 

About 15 minutes later Coach tells me "you're beeping." A quick glance at my pump, I've got a lost sensor alarm. Coach is uber concerned, so I explain;
"It's probably 1 of 2 things, either I bent the electrode under the skin when I fell or the transmitter popped off. Either way it's fixable and isn't life threatening, but I'd prefer it be the latter." 

Coach; "Why?" 

Me; "Well if the transmitter popped off, it means I just need to snap it back into place. If the electrode bent, then I will need to insert a new sensor and I really really hate doing that."

Coach; "Why?"

Me; "It's a long *** needle and it hurts!"

Coach; "Oh!"

After a few failed attempted to find the lost sensor, I gave up hope that it was the transmitter (although I hadn't actually looked to be sure the transmitter was still connected.)

When I got home from the rink, down came the transmitter as I peeled off my skating tights. I am so thankful I didn't have to insert a new sensor. 

But I do wish the connection was a little more sturdy, I hate being without the instant gratification of the sensor data. 

**I do use IV3000 over the sensor/transmitter to keep it in place, but I guess I am too rough on it!

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Fashion Magazines

You know what really bothers me about fashion magazines? I hate it when they advertise on the cover "Outfits for Every Budget!" and when you flip to the article you find 1 or new pieces of clothing featured that are reasonably priced surrounded by other clothing and accessories that are budget busting.

I want to see a magazine address how to dress for the upcoming holiday season head to toe for $100. Because let's face it, none of us have a ton of cash to blow on new holiday clothing. Here are a few of my finds.

Work Friendly: $114
Holiday workwear
Holiday workwear by jharer featuring sparkle jewelry

Weekend: $108

Friday, November 4, 2011

New furniture

We bought a new bedroom set for our guest room today. I am so excited to set it up, since we may have a guest coming on Saturday. All our new furniture is from Ikea.


Thursday, November 3, 2011

Dog Blog Day - Moral Obligation

Duke our corgi mix has some issues. My sister C, adopted him from the shelter. At the time she lived in a place where they were not animal friendly and Duke was subjected to some very inhumane treatment.

Sister C, moved out of there and was living in her car and moving from place to place (that's a whole 'nother story), so Mr. Harer and I offered to care for Duke until she could find a permanent place to stay.

We've had Duke for 5 years now, and Sister C has moved out of state.

The problem is, Duke has major behavior issues;

  • He is aggressive to all men other than Mr. Harer. 
  • When we are away at work during the day Duke has to be contained otherwise he destroys household items and furniture. But, he doesn't like being locked in a room, so he's tore up carpet and scratched through a door. We can't put him outside because he barks constantly. He also doesn't like to be in a dog crate. 
  • After tearing up the mattress for Sheila's dog bed, just after we moved into our new house, we decided that Duke needed to be in a crate whether he likes it or not. 
 We bought him a metal crate and a nice cushy mattress for it. 
*similar to this crate

Within a day, he tore the mattress to shreds. Then he chewed on the water dish until it broke. Now he's started tearing apart the plastic tray that lines the crate and biting the metal bars, which are all bent out of shape.

At this point I just don't know what to do with him. He gets lots of love and attention from us, plenty of exercise at the dog park. He is socialized (Sheila's crate is right next to his and she behaves fine) We feed him high quality food. I just don't know, why he is misbehaving.

We can't place him with another family because he is aggressive. Mr. Harer says we need to put him down, but I don't think that is ok. You wouldn't kill your kids if they had behavior issues. However the dog destroys our house and costs us hundreds of dollars in pet supplies and medical bills.

It's tearing me up and I don't have a solution to the problem.

Sheila & Duke

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

T1 Day

November is Diabetes Awareness Month. It has been mentioned all over the DOC (diabetes online community) that we kind of get shafted since our "month" comes right after breast cancer awareness month. You just don't see blue everywhere, the way you see pink. But! With enough voices I think that we can have an impact and begin to see more diabetes awareness type activities.

The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation JDRF has announced November 1 to be T1 Day. They created this short video to raise awareness.

I will definitely be getting a foam finger, but in addition I plan to have blue Fridays at work and wear my blue skating skirt at the rink. My hope is that by wearing blue, I will have the opportunity to talk to people about Type 1 and answer any questions or misconceptions they might have. 

What other great awareness ideas should I implement?

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

It's NaBloPoMo

That's right, today is November 1st, which means it is National Blog Posting Month. I think we are in for a wild month here at Mrs. Harer's Hollow.