Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Thankful

Today someone told me to have a happy turkey day, and it kind of rubbed me wrong. Similarly, last week when we were in Virginia for Tom's work trip, we heard a radio DJ say that gluttony was a good thing. On my way home from my errands this morning I was thinking about this and wondering how many people actually think about what they are thankful for this time of year or if it really is just an excuse to worship the idol of food or a day off. Tonight we're going to a Thanksgiving sharing service at church, so I thought I'd get a head start and share some of the things I'm thankful for, in no particular order.
  • I'm very thankful for Tom, my godly husband who takes care of and provides for me.
  • I'm thankful that Jesus chose to save me from a hopeless existence.
  • I'm thankful for our home, where I can work on projects, cook, and where we can have friends and family over.
  • I'm thankful that we have 6 adopted embryos waiting for us. (I'll catch you up to date on this later!)
  • I'm thankful for our kitties who keep me entertained and give fuzzy snuggles.
  • I'm thankful for our church and community group. We've got some great friends that we can share conversations and interests with, knowing that at the root of it all, we agree that Jesus is why we live and love.

Monday, November 9, 2009

D-Blog Day

November is Diabetes awareness month, in which, today is D-Blog Day. For this event I've decided to share what a typical day of testing blood sugars and keeping them in line looks like. I hope you find it somewhat interesting.

First, I'll share with you what blood sugar numbers mean! Good blood sugar in a type-1 diabetic should range from 70-140. If they're lower than 70 then I need to drink something sugary, normally grape flavored capri sun for me because the packet is the perfect amount of sugar! If it's higher than 140 I need to take a little more insulin.

7-8:30am: Wake up and check blood sugar. Take insulin and wait half an hour to eat breakfast. If it's shorter than half an hour, my blood sugar goes high then dips low later in the morning. If I wait longer than half an hour, my blood sugar goes low, then high later in the morning. Low blood sugars typically result in a migraine for me and do kill brain cells, so I try to avoid the lows at all costs! I can generally tell if my blood sugar is dropping too low because I start to feel panicked and sleepy. If you're ever around me and my mood changes dramatically, tell me to check my blood because it's probably low!

10:30am: Check blood post meal. If my blood sugar is high or low at this point, I'll either treat the low with some juice or take insulin for a high blood sugar. If either of these situations occur, then I will probably check my blood every 30 minutes for the next couple hours.

12-1pm: Check blood before lunch and take insulin, then wait 30 minutes to eat.

2-4pm: I generally check my blood sugar 2-3 times in this time frame to adjust for lows, highs, or just to make sure I'm keeping in range.

5-7pm: Dinner time! Another blood check, insulin, and wait 30 minutes to eat.

8-9pm: Check blood 1-2 hours post meal, adjust with insulin if necessary.

10pm-12am: Check blood before going to bed. This is the time of day I need to make sure my blood doesn't go low once I'm asleep. I do typically wake up if I'm low, but it's still not a fun feeling.

Variables
  • Exercise: If I happen to go to the gym, do a lot of cleaning, or walk around much while running errands, my blood sugar will drop lower. If I know I'm going to be active, my pump has a nifty function that lets me cut my insulin by a percentage for an amount of time that I choose. If I don't realize that I'm exerting as much energy, then I typically will have to recharge a couple times during the activity with juice.
  • High Fat Foods: These take longer to digest, which means I'm more likely to have a low blood sugar within an hour of eating and then to have higher blood sugars for the next 3-4 hours afterwards as the food kicks in. Again, my pump has an option just for these tricky meals that lets me spread my meal insulin gradually over an amount of time that I choose.
  • Coffee: This is one I haven't totally figured out yet! If I drink coffee in the morning, my blood sugar rises about 3 hours later, needing more insulin. However, if I drink it in the afternoon, I only need insulin for the creamer I put in it! I'm guessing that my body may be more sensitive to the caffeine in the morning.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Masquerade

Last Friday night we got to attended a masquerade party, a 10 year wedding anniversary celebration for our campus pastor and his wife known as Harleween. We'd spent a couple weeks browsing for masks online, but kept getting frustrated with prices. A couple days before the party I made a quick trip to Joann Fabrics and Michaels to see what I could find in the way of mask supplies. We both got base masks to start with, and then added paint, paper mache, edging, feathers, and such. Tom took a set of lenses out of one of his older pairs of glasses and attached them to his mask so he could still see.


The party was at the World Trade Center in Seattle, looking out over Lake Union. It was a super rainy night, which made the view a little more fun. We had a lot of fun celebrating with the Harlemans, visiting with our friends, and munching on yummy snacks and cupcakes (apricot cranberry punch is a wondrous thing)! I even got to re-use the matron of honor dress from Rebecca's wedding!