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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

and the world spins madly on...

Happy first day of February! Can you believe I forgot I had a blog till a few days ago? Yeah...just a few bigger priorities I guess. When I disabled Facebook, and almost all of my other social networking outlets, I though I would have more time for blogging. Guess not! 

January was a busy month and one full of changes, both big and small. At the beginning of the new year I decided that this was going to be a "back to the basics" year for me. One of my biggest goals had been to regain control of my diabetes. After years of playing at being a "normal" college student I bit the bullet and have been working much harder at doing all the little things I know I have to do. I am proud to say that after only a month of working at it my daily blood glucose (bg) average is down about 20 points! I still have many months of hard work ahead but I was so encouraged by that! I also have been wearing my sensor almost constantly AND HAVE NOT HAD A SITE IN MY BELLY FOR 3 WEEKS!  That is huge for me! I have always preferred my stomach area for all my sites, shots, and sensor for almost 15 years. You can't imagine the scar tissue I have managed to build up...yuck! I have been enjoying reading the blogs from some people over at the DOC and was inspired to try putting my sites on my lower back and! I can't understand why I was so scared to try it till now. I haven't had a single problem wearing them back there, even with my sensor that is a little annoying to wear. Although, I have had to ask for help inserting and taping them...which I also NEVER do. I have always been very independent when it came to giving myself shots, finger sticks and inserting sites..oh well. 

I also went to a diabetes support group meeting last night! Its been years since I had any want to do such a thing. I even went by myself and only contemplated running out the door one time! ;-)  I was a little disappointed when I walked in only to see about 25 men and woman over the age of 60! Great...all type 2s...*sigh* I sat down anyway and was trying to listen to the CDE talk about pumping..and to not roll my eyes..when I heard a pump go off. Of course I looked down to check mine and then looked around the room to see another 20 something girl doing the same! I wish I could relate to you the excitement that was on both of our faces! There is just something about meeting people that know exactly what you are talking about. Don't get me wrong, my friends and family try very hard relate but its hard to understand what it feels like when my bg drops too low or the frustration of rolling over on my pump only to have it vibrate an alarm and scare me awake. Anyway, I was glad I went, and even more glad to talk "diabetes" with someone who had been living with it as long as I have.

Speaking of living with it for so long, August 15th will be my 15 year anniversary! I remember that day so vividly. Wow.. So in "celebration" I am planning on going to Friends For Life Diabetes Conference in Orlando! I am applying for a scholarship and trying to figure out some fund-raising so I can go!  Here's hoping! 

Golly this post got long and diabetic-y :-p. Guess I will just have to blog some more later.. 


  1. Hi Shay! Gorgeous beach pictures. How is the no-Facebook going? I've been tempted to pull the plug myself lately! That is AWESOME that there was another girl at the meeting! Veddy happy for you. :)

  2. Sara! So glad to see a comment from you! No FB is going well. I missed it the first day but that's about it. I say, pull it! :-P Hope all is well with you! We need to catch up...!