You Might Be a Diabetic if…

So it’s the last hour of my day at work and I really want to head next door to the Hipster Paleo bakery for a cookie. But I am due for a CGM calibration and still coming down from a late lunch. Giving more insulin isn’t really an option, so no snacks for Jen.

Seriously though, what non-PWD would have to think about that? In this world of instant gratification, if you want a cookie, you go find one and eat it. Not for me. Eating cookies involves math and predicting the future outcome of your decision of consuming that cookie. Most of the time, the effort isn’t really worth it. (And the hipster bakery charges a lot for those cookies… so I just saved my blood sugars AND $2.75! Sweet! Not really…) I also hate doing math. So…

Anyway, here is a list of things that non PWDs may not actually think about too hard about, whereas I often spend TOO much time thinking about.

1) Consuming pizza in any form. Because one standard slice of mall pizza can have upwards of 51 grams of carbs and ten zillion grams of fat, thus causing your sugar to spike not once, but TWICE over the course of up to 12 hours. Why do I know this? See title of blog post. This also applies to Chinese food.

2) Shopping for pants. Not generally an issue for most, but apparently women’s pants are allergic to pockets. This makes carrying insulin pumps, glucose tabs, snacks, chapstick, cell phones, and so forth really difficult. Don’t even get me started on dresses.

3) Battery power. It’s a little bit of Russian Roulette when you go to sleep with your insulin pump battery on the last possible tick mark before it dies. Because of the pump dies… well let’s be frank… I could die. There have been one too many cases of PWDs never waking up from “pump malfunctions.” It’s a little different than when your cell phone battery has 20% life left, isn’t it?

4) Traveling. There is no such thing as “packing light” for a quick overnight trip. My suitcases aren’t small because I’ve usually packed well equipped for an Apocalypse. Insulin pump supplies, snacks, hypo remedies… and maybe an extra pair of shoes… are usually in my stash. I really have no idea how I traveled for a week in Europe using only a carry on suitcase and a large purse.

5) Restaurant dining. You order from the “Eating Healthy” menu section of restaurants because it’s the only section that prints carb counts in their menus. Then you wonder why you eating there in the first place. (Seriously IHOP… turkey bacon is just nasty.)

6) Strange beeping noises? Yeah, that’s me, sorry. I’m don’t silence my alarms either. So I’m THAT person in the theater. You’re welcome.

7) Scheduling appointments, meals, life. I prefer to have my dinners at 5:30 or 6 pm. There are days when that doesn’t happen. Sometimes, I eat at 9 pm because life throws me curve balls. But – usually there aren’t regrets because I like to stay busy. However, when your basal and bolus rates change nearly hourly in the evenings, a heavy meal before “bedtime” generally doesn’t go over very well. So while I’d love to just have a late meal, I’ve mastered the art of eating quick meals in 10 minutes flat and managing not to ruin my digestive system.

8) Other health issues! Long term, uncontrolled diabetes can lead to a slew of other issues that can also kill you or make life difficult in general. Heart disease, neuropathy, thyroid issues, kidney disease, etc. etc. So I get checked for these issues about every 6 months whereas someone my age with diabetes probably wouldn’t think about it. (Never too late to start though.)

9) Medical insurance and job switching. Not gonna lie. I’m f***ing expensive to keep insured. Sure, the typically 30ish year old could probably go without health insurance (until 2014) and be okay. The average bottle of insulin to keep me alive is about $125 retail. My insulin pump… about $3500, sans supplies. So generally, when I’ve accepted positions, my first question is typically “what kind of medical coverage do you offer your employees?” I’ve turned down available positions because of the lack of insurance and I’m struggling about what to do when the day comes that I can’t be a full time mom and full time employee anymore.

10) A misinformed society. While I try to keep my condition discrete, sometimes it just comes up in conversation. (See #6.) Naturally, I get the “oh, my uncle’s niece’s cousin had that and just did the South Beach diet and got rid of it… can’t you do that?” Do I launch into a full on public debate on how I don’t have what she had… or do I just smile and nod? Usually it’s the latter, even though I really want to do the former. Many. Many. Times.

What’s on your list?


Later 2012… Hello 2013!

I don’t make resolutions. I think they are stupid.

Instead, I usually come up with a list of goals for the following year on December 31st and post them for the world to see. And then check half way through the year on my progress. My last goal sheet was lost when Facebook got rid of their notes. (I simply can’t find them now.)

So here is a short list of things I’d like to accomplish next year.

1) Be healthy enough and maintain a decent blood sugar average so that in the event we are blessed with a child, I can carry him or her to full term with minimal complications. I don’t want to just say “get pregnant” because I feel that’s counter productive and puts WAY too much pressure on us as a couple. (And then I just sound like I’m going to miraculously spawn offspring at the drop of a hat. Nope.)

2) Learn to properly put on liquid eyeliner. (C’mon! Why is this so freakin’ difficult!?)

3) Continue my dance education as normal, including performances and west coast swing competitions, until it is deemed no longer healthy by my doctors.

4) Paint the damn guest bathroom. (Which has been on the to-do list since 2010…)

5) Become fully self reliant at my job and see a product launch from start to finish.

6) Survive MacWorld. And then survive the larger awards ceremony in March.

7) Survive another yoga class. (The last one brought back my shoulder impingement. Boo…)

8) Implement three home improvement Pins I’ve saved on Pinterest.

9) Cook with more fresh ingredients. Eat more veggies and fruit. Find alternatives for breakfast that don’t spike my blood sugars. Use my new crockpot. Drink more water.

10) Travel somewhere new.

Happy New Year friends!

Weekly Photo Challenge: My Dance 2012 in Pictures

Weekly Photo Challenge:

My 2012 in Pictures. Do I need to say more? And you knew this was going to be a multi-photo challenge! Make sure you include picture captions to explain to people what they’re seeing, and experiment with the tiled galleries I love so much.

Since dance is a huge part of my life, here are my top 10 dance related photos from the year. I had some big moments, so 10 doesn’t really cover it. Click on each for a caption.

Top 10s Begin NOW

With 2012 wrapping up, I’m dedicating the next couple of days to top 10s to summarize my year.

Let’s start with my newest obsession: Pinterest. Here are some of my favs from the last few months. (I joined back in September or so and have 650 pins. Yikes!)

10) White Chocolate topped Gingerbread Cookies ended up being my most popular baked treat this year. Will definitely have to repeat these next year.

9) Apple Pie Cocktails: Mix 5 parts cold cider with 1 part vanilla vodka in a pitcher. Dash of cinnamon. Add more vodka if necessary. (We did.) Yum!

8) 8 Can Taco Soup (no coincidence): We got our canned goods at Trader Joe’s in order to avoid preservatives and whatnot. It tastes like Tortilla Soup and warms up nicely in a crock pot in 2 hours.

7) Reinbeers. A fun gift to give and receive. (I couldn’t find the original source, but they are pretty easy to make.)

6) Peacock Make Up: Part of the reason I joined Pinterest was to find make up ideas for my Halloween costume. If only I had known…

5) This cat.

4) This chicken dinner. The link didn’t work, but the instructions were posted. (Melt in Your Mouth Chicken Breast, 1/2 c parmesan cheese,1 c Greek yogurt, 1 tsp garlic powder, 1 1/2 tsp seasoning salt 1/2 tsp pepper, spread mix over chicken breasts, bake at 375 45 min.)

3) This under-the-sink storage idea, which the hubs is apparently building for me this weekend. Woot!

2) A “clean” banana bread recipe that was modified to make even more diabetes friendly.

And my favorite for the year?

1) Something that must absolutely go in a future nursery some day. (If I can find it.)