Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Flashback Wednesday

Sister C and I loved this 1966 NBC made for TV movie, called Alice Through the Looking Glass. I have no idea how we came across the movie as children, but we wore out the Blockbusters copy.

Some very famous actors are among the cast, including Jimmy Durante as Humpty Dumpty  and Jack Palance as the Jabberwocky.

My favorite part of the movie is in the Royal Garden, when Lester the Court Jester sings "Please Keep on the Grass" and when Alice reaches the castle to be crowned queen.

I spent years looking for it and waiting for it to come out on DVD; finally last year it was available. Mr. Harer and I bought it and oh my goodness it is super cheesy! I was almost embarrassed while watching it, and I felt bad for putting my grandparent through countless viewings. 

What "classics" from your childhood do you remember fondly, but wonder what why you ever liked it in the first place?

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

All I want for Christmas is....

A new pink pump!

I've been anxious about getting a new pump for over a year now. I debated switching brands, there are some features of the Animas Ping, that I really like, but ultimately I decided to stay with MiniMed.

I like the MiniMed CGM, my endo is a lead researcher for Medtronic and I've alway gotten good customer service with Medtronic.

My new pump arrived just in time for Christmas, so Santa kindly left it under the tree.

Monday, December 19, 2011

November is long over....

NaBloPoMo was a bust :(

Here is a rundown of how November ended here at the Hollow.

  • Sister C, is staying here for a while. It's been really interesting.
  • I was hospitalized for DKA, it sucked.
  • I hosted Thanksgiving at my house for the first time ever. (and used my wedding china for the first time, even though Mr. Harer and I have been married 6 years!)
  • Karen G of BitterSweet won my 3 Truths and 1 Lie contest. The answer was #3, as a matter of fact I hate grape glucose tabs,  as well as anything else grape flavored. 

Sunday, December 18, 2011


It came out of nowhere, I swear it wasn't my fault. No really, I didn't do anything to cause it. After 20 years of diabetes bliss, it just happened. I never want to go through that again.

Even though I had a little upper respiratory infection, I went to the rink like a normal Thursday night, we were working on the Christmas program. My pre-skating BG was a little low, but I treated, no big deal. On the drive home my stomach was feeling like a boxing match was taking place and I was so thirsty. First thing when I got a went to the little girls room, then I tested, although I already knew I was high.....

329! Okay, no problem. I dial a correction on the pump and watch Bones (and pee another 2 or 3 times). 1 hour later over 400. Okie dokie, I pull and replace my pump site, take a old school injection and wait another hour.  370, well it's coming down, I'm going to bed.

2am, I'm in the bathroom for possibly the 30th time. Test 429. Where are the ketone sticks? Mr. Harer says were out, so I run to CVS. Begin vomiting on the way home. I figure I don't even need to test the ketones, but since I need to pee anyway... Large Ketones.

Head to the ER, they give me 2 liters IV fluid and despite my BG still being over 350, they send me home. The vomiting continues at home and my BG is still rising. CDE says I need to go back to the ER, this time they admit me.

My hospital stay wasn't horrible, but the way I felt was miserable.

Now that it's been nearly a month and my BG's have been really stable. I kind of think the DKA reset my inner d-control center. I saw the endo on Friday, he assured me that the DKA was likely secondary to the upper respiratory infection and it wasn't my fault. In fact did you know that 90% of DKA hospitalized are secondary to infection?

I hope this helps prove to you D-Mamas, that sometimes things out of your T1's control will happen and mess up their diabetes bliss, but they'll know how to handle it. Don't be afraid of them growing up.