Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Aaaaand please put your lancets down

A wonderful wrap up event. Congrats to my fellow "celebs". Thanks to the staff and volunteers at the local branch of the Canadian Diabetes Association, and, of course, to my dedicated and expert colleagues at the hospital's diabetes clinic. Finally, to those for whom battling/managing/enduring diabetes will continue each and every day--know that I, for one, will not forget this mind-opening and unexpectedly self-reflective experience. Thank you for the opportunity. Onward!

Over and out.


Final Day

I can't say that I'm disappointed that the challenge is over. I was very lucky in my "profile" requirements. All I had to do on a daily basis was remember to take a few candy pills, measure my blood glucose once a day and count and track my carb intake. Based on the fact that most of the participants had greater demands put on their time, I would say I really lucked out - but Im still happy it's over.

Tonight we'll talk about the cost diabetes places on our health system and on the families that are affected as it often exceeds the healthcare plan - if there is one.

I don't have diabetes and according to my blood glucose readings I'm not pre-diabetic. I can tell you that I'll be doing everything possible to remain that way. I've made some changes that will be permanent and I will try to get some activity in on a daily basis. I would say that is my greatest challenge and it will make the biggest impact on my health.

At present there are over 2 million people in Canada diagnosed with diabetes. It is expected that the number could increase to 3 million in the next year. That means that there are a lot of people living with symptoms that should be paid attention to. You can't ignore diabetes and wish it away. Catching it earlier could mean a easier management solution!

Are you at risk? Find out more!

Live it like ya mean it: Week 2

The week from "down under" is over! Gah, you know you have too many assignments when you forget to take any glucometer readings one day, and forget your evening medications the next, not to mention blogging this whole endeavor.

Tell you one thing - if I really were a diabetic, I'd be on the way straight to a complication or two. Sure, it helped to have the record-keeper booklet for glucometer readings, but being a student automatically constitutes unhealthy freudian slips - forgetting to eat, putting off a shower over the weekend, getting only 4-5 hours sleep for 4 days...

One thing that I know will be tricky for me is getting out of the habbit of mentally calculating/measureing how many carbs are in my meals - this morning I felt guilty when I poured a little extra cereal than what I'd been suggested in terms of carb content. Who's to say - I'll probably keep up with the 50 - 60 carbs/meal, but I'll be glad when I don't have to have M&Ms and Sourpatch candies everyday... ugh, yes, there is such a thing as too much candy... me and my sweet tooth have met our match.

Anywhoo, I'm back to work and will see you all at the wrap-up tonight! ^_^

Sunday, November 15, 2009

I been to Fez and back

We had a dinner party on Friday night. Recently, for a present, we'd been given a tagine. This prompted my wife to make all out Moroccan. She did lamb, snapper, and chick pea chili dishes as well. Various appetisers, and a fig tort (I guess you'd call it) for dessert with orange cream (yes, I had some). Made her own pita (which apparently is easy, but it seems to impress people to no end.) There was enough food for the whole of Fez. I spent yesterday eating leftovers.

Having pillaged another country's cuisine, I got to thinking about diabetics in developing countries. So, I googled diabetes in developing countries. This fact jumped out at me:

From: http://www.worlddiabetesfoundation.org/composite-35.htm

"It may seem strange that the developing world, which is often associated with hunger and inadequate nutrition for children, is now experiencing an epidemic in type 2 diabetes, a disease related to wealth and unhealthy lifestyle. This can be explained with the high degree of urbanisation in some countries like e.g. India that have made people adapt the lifestyle from the industrial countries causing diseases such as diabetes related to this new lifestyle. It is also a fact that some people genetically have a higher risk of developing diabetes and combined with great changes in lifestyle this risk has turned to reality for many people in those countries."

At what cost progress? Surely there are the choices beyond the stark dead ends of yesterday's hunger or tomorrow's diabetes?


Friday, November 13, 2009

Thinking About the Upcoming Holiday Season

I've made a few goofs this past two weeks, but nothing really bad ... until last night. Regular meals are usually simple to work around and calculate, but how do you manage a night out?

Last night, after a fabulous Pete's Game, our wonderful producers treated the crew to a after game get-together. It's usually held at a restaurant that serves bar-type munchies and the feast consists of wings, lattice fries, natchos etc. All the goodies you'd expect for a late night get together. I tried to be good and I did restrain myself but it got me to thinking of the upcoming Christmas holiday season.

Years ago I would start my Christmas preparations off with a bake-a-thon of about 150 dozen cookies. (I'm not kidding - this was my gift to family and friends, we didn't keep them all). Add to that the Christmas cakes, fudge etc and you can imagine the temptation all of that.

With holiday entertaining, we also have to consider all of the yummy appetizers, the drinks and long hours of trying to get everything done so that we can have the "perfect" holiday season.

This is a big strain on anyone, let alone someone with chronic health concerns. Stress - whether it be dietary, physical or mental, has a big impact on our health. The holiday season has the potential to be a triple threat to our health. A naturpath was telling me that the few weeks following Christmas are always busy with people who have over done the season and have fallen ill.

How would a diabetic handle the pressures of Christmas goodies, the mountain of pre-holiday tasks and events. Luckily for us, our Challenge ends this week, but for a diabetic, its a lifetime of challenges.

"Over two million Canadians have diabetes and that number is expected to reach three million by 2010" read more ...

This challenge has been a wake-up call for me and I will be watching my choices more closely now. I can make a real difference in my health outcome with some small changes.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

time is running out

I would first like to agree with Cheryl on the whole hectic livfestyle and how when you are so busy its hard to find time to have a good healthy meal. I know I am finidng it really hard to eat at the same time everyday 3 times a day. I know there are others who have a lot more hectic lifestyles than mine, but as a student my schedule is all over the place. The lack of time between classes or between classes and work makes it hard for one to have the time to make a proper meal at home. This certainly turns us to want to have fast food. The fast food resturants are all trying to compete with one another to see who has the better healthier choices for the menu. However do you ever wonder if the 'healthy salad' is actually better for you than the regular burger you eat? I know I do, and with all the preservatives that are used, and the healthiness (for lack of better word) of the dressings, it kinda makes you wonder.

As for the rest of the time we have left to get on track with being a person with diabetes, we don't have very much time left. I feel as though I am just getting a hold of the idea when I need to take my pills, take my blood sugar, and how much insulin to take. For such a drastic lifestyle change, it certainly does not happen overnight. I have come to the conlusion that because I have been reading labels the last week and a half, I will continue to do this in the goal of being a healthier person. I went out shopping with my roommate last night, we have both decided to make the healthiest choice when we are choosing our food that comes into the house. No more of the craving food that everyone craves every now and then! I think by having someone who is around me everyday doing the same thing as I am doing will be a good incentive and motivation to keep me going with this new 'diet' and exercise plan.

We only have 5 days left!!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

The Stress of a Hectic Lifestyle

Stress affects everyone and for someone who is ill or has health concerns - it places even more demand on a body ill-equipped to handle it. Health professionals advise us to monitor our stress and find ways to balance our life to reduce the impact stress has on us. Putting this strategy into action can be quite the challenge.

First, I will admit that I do not usually have a hectic lifestyle. I spoke with Betsy on the day we began this challenge about "hectic". My week is nothing compared to all of the meetings and functions she takes part in.

My stress is in not planning ahead so that I can care for myself with healthy options. I know I'm not alone in this otherwise our "fast food" industry wouldn't exist. We tend to go full tilt until we are famished, and then need something to eat "quickly" as we have to get back to what we were doing.

Many food services have revamped their menus to offer healthier choices also including providing nutritional data for those who need it.

I wish when I walked into one of these establishments that I "really" wanted the healthy choice. Why is it that the less healthy is almost always more appealing? Going into a restaurant that deep-frys anything almost guarantees that I'll have a craving for fries!

For me the best choice is to plan ahead and bring something delicious from home. Good plan - now lets see how long it takes for me to implement it!

Now - for those who have have better self-control - here's a handy Eating Out Guide!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

From the seeds we plant

The Sunday New York Times featured Sesame Street; it's turning 40 today. At this time, 40 years ago, I was a late second trimester lump, as yet to have emerged. And, as the Times pointed out, the issues of the day in late 1969 (rainbow Muppet's showing how we are all the same on the inside, and can get along in urban settings) have moved on. But does the show remain dedicated to social change? I think they who make it, would say yes. And, if so, who better to show change ("CHANGE" was the slogan after all) than Michelle Obama--today's guest.

Yes, I tuned in. I'm about to turn 40 too. Maybe Grover would help me cope?

First Lady Obama's message was, as promised by the Times, healthy eating. A kind of toddler locovore advocacy. Plant seeds in kids, so they'll plant seeds and eat healthily. Message received.

My children, Tom 5 and Ivy 3, watched along. But the show, over all, didn't hold them. It was too frenetic. Big bird thinking of leaving the Street at the beginning was grossly unearned sentiment. Then, the segments kept changing and not returning to the actual Street. Ivy walked away during Abby Caddaby's flying school sequence. I'm thinking not a good sign. Tom hung in there, but only because he could tell I was actually watching the TV with him, as opposed to snuggling with him while mostly reading a book or newspaper off to the side. There was a letter of the day for a split second: "H". And the number, obviously, was 40. A vexing, or abstract, one for everyone in my living room. As it ended, I was left with a feeling disjointedness and mild confusion. There was no overarching story arc. I guess I know why, although I grew up on it, my kids don't ask to watch it.

Maybe our world is a more tolerant place 40 years on. But, if Sesame Street feels it must act as if it has ADHA to compete and be "relevant" no wonder too many of our children are obese--and are facing diabetes diagnosis. No wonder they eat, and are being fed, so much, and badly. Sweet and fattening food, sensual and tactile, a piece of personal comfort to offset our distorting and alienating world. Okay, Michelle made it; but we've lost something too. Slowness, for a start. So, as a tonic, after 40 years, the answer is to tell our kids to go plant seeds? I wonder what Kermit would have sung for us, what feelings of self-worth, safety, connection, predictability, and love he'd have offered to help? He planted some deep seeds back in his day.

Monday, November 9, 2009

One week done!

As a type 1 diabetic, it seems as though taking care of your diabetes is pretty demanding. For someone such as I (and everyone else participating) who are not used to being on a strict medication schedule, it is very hard to remember that your pills have to be taken at this time everyday, you have to take your blood sugar before every meal and then calculate the appropriate amount of insulin to inject according to the amount of carbs you are going to have for your meal.
As a student I already find it hard to have appropriate meal schedule. Sometimes I eat 2 times a day sometimes I eat 4 times a day. With the chaotic schedule of being a student it is a hit and miss with meals, and also the timing of the meals as well. I have found that if I wake up in the mornign I will remember to take my blood sugar, pills and insulin, then I will have it on my mind that my next time is lunch time. I pack everything and bring it with me where ever it may be. When it comes to the afternoon I am usually not as good at remembering that I need to take it, so the times of when it is taken varies.
I can see that being diagnosed with diabetes would be such a change for an individual who is not used to being on such a strict schedule. Overall I feel that the frist week went alright, I am aware that I have to be doing this everyday 4 times a day and I have tried to stick to that. My goal this week is to get on an even better schedule where I will take my sugars around the same time every day. Hope everyone is managing alright.

Live it like ya mean it: Day 4-6

Okay, three days in one to cover...

Friday: no issues, really, enjoyed a nice flat bread sandwich loaded with veggies, a bit of turkey and a slice of swiss with a pickle on the side and that weird-tasting nestea zero (I blame the sucralose for the odd taste) and a little muffin on the side to make up the rest of the carbs (the flat bread was the only carb, and I guessed it was about the same as a couple bread slices).

Saturday: Went to the gym today for some treadmill and weight action - I enjoyed the treadmill (gotta love the intervals), but didn't enjoy the weight room; I blame residual teen-insecurities. Went out for dinner too - had a yummy grilled salmon with grilled veggies and some rice. Eating out can be done! Seriously, "BG" across from Wild Rock is awesome!

Sunday: Roomate with the car keys not back from her weekend away, so no grocery shopping, which meant a twist on lunch: one serving of tostitoes with a whole diced apple and some cheddar to hold it together and milk. Yum!

Oh! On Thursday, I was flipping through that day's Toronto Star, and found an entire section dedicated to Diabetes with an expo on Type I diabetes (a 7 yr old brother helping his 4 yr old sister read her glucometer at school after he tests himself; they're both Type I). So if you see the Thursday November 5th edition of the Toronto Star, check it out - there's some really good articles in there, including how much it costs another family with two Type I members each year.

Reflections - End of Week One

Its been a week now since I began this challenge and although I'd not wish to be diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes, I can say that the management of it is certainly do-able.

The healthcare professionals that instructed us in dietary guidelines and choices have done a great job in presenting the information in a way that it is easy to understand and work with. Food packaging and the newer cookbooks include the nutritional breakdown to make this calculation possible.

For those eating out, a Pocket Guide for Dining Out was provided, but many restaurants have the nutrutional information of their menu items available in some format - on the menu, in a brochure or on their website.

I never seriously considered the implication of our food choices until this past year when my husband became ill. Now that we are over 50, many people we know in our age group are now being diagnosed with a wide range of issues. Right now I am blessed with a strong body and good health, but I am overweight and not as physically active as I should be. I can still make changes now that will help ensure I stay as healthy as possible!

I can prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes
"Scientists believe that lifestyle changes can help prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes. A healthy meal plan, weight control and physical activity are important prevention steps." read more ...

What are the risk factors for diabetes?
If you are aged 40 or over, you are at risk for type 2 diabetes and should be tested at least every three years. If any of the following risks factors apply, you should be tested earlier and/or more often.


  • a member of a high-risk group (Aboriginal, Hispanic, Asian, South Asian or African descent)
  • overweight (especially if you carry most of your weight around your middle)

  • a parent, brother or sister with diabetes
  • health complications that are associated with diabetes
  • given birth to a baby that weighed more than 4 kg (9 lb)
  • had gestational diabetes (diabetes during pregnancy)
  • impaired glucose tolerance or impaired fasting glucose
  • high blood pressure
  • high cholesterol or other fats in the blood
  • been diagnosed with any of the following conditions: polycystic ovary syndrome, acanthosis nigricans (darkened patches of skin), schizophrenia

What are the symptoms?
Signs and symptoms of diabetes include the following:

  • Unusual thirst
  • Frequent urination
  • Weight change (gain or loss)
  • Extreme fatigue or lack of energy
  • Blurred vision
  • Frequent or recurring infections
  • Cuts and bruises that are slow to heal
  • Tingling or numbness in the hands or feet
  • Trouble getting or maintaining an erection

It is important to recognize, however, that many people who have type 2 diabetes may display no symptoms.


Sunday, November 8, 2009

Impulse Purchases - Day 5

Ahh, Saturday Morning! The Sun is shining and I have a list of things to do before I arrive at the football game. I'm mentally going through my list as I drive down the street and decide to stop for a beverage before I hit the farmers market. One low fat venti, Tazo Chai Latte please. Actually when I ordered it - it was several fragmented sentences cause I can't say it that smoothly in person ;-). This is a once in a while treat but I love it in the colder weather as the black pepper helps heat me up.

As I take my second sip before I drive off to the market I remember - shoot, this probably isnt the best choice carb-wise. I didnt think to ask for nutritional info before I ordered.

We have been instructed to target our carbohydrate intake to 50-60 g per meal and the evening snack to 15-20 g.

I already had my breakfast, so there was little room for additional carbs. Imagine my surprize when I checked the website and found that my darling chai latte was 56 G of carbs!

Once again - planning ahead may help. I don't know if I can make a real substitute with less carbs at home, but I'm sure going to have to give it a try. I guess the first consideration should be a smaller size!

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Blood and Sugar

What is it about seeing your own blood?
That drop, a ruby, right there on your finger tip.
And after you've tested. What do you do?

Suck it. Stick your finger right in your mouth,
as if five years old again with a boo boo.
And the slight taste of yourself?

What is that uncomfortable sweetness?
Blood and sugar, going together.
From hand to mouth, from mouth to hand.


Friday, November 6, 2009

Out and About - Day 3

Well - I did better today. I remembered lunch, all my meds and after my regular work day was done I was off the the Pete's Game!

I volunteer with TVCogeco and before the game we get together for talk and a pizza dinner from our meal sponsor - Boston Pizza. This was going to be a real test for the blood glucose and I was very curious to see the results. I actually prefer a vegetable pizza and last night our selection included my favorite Greek pizza with feta cheese. I told myself I'd just have 2 small pieces - but ended up eating 3 and 4 cactus chips with a touch of dip.

I had to test 2 hours after the meal and this worked out to be 2nd intermission. I was surprised to see my test results come in at 5.6. Our target range is 5-8 for 2 hours after a meal. So - pizza really is doable - yippee!!

Another thing. Doing a test in a public place is quite an eye opener. It took me just a few minutes and in that time I had three ladies asking me what my reading was and saying "good for you!" That means of the few people in the room at the time - at least 3 of them have had diabetes touched their lives.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Live it like ya mean it: Day 3

Today was much easier - I didn't have morning classes, so I could take my time with counting carbs and whatnot... though I did have a fit when I discovered we were out of bread for a sandwich at lunch. Oatmeal (sans maple syrup this time!) to the rescue!

Other than that, I think I'm starting to get the hang of things in terms of portion sizes at the right time of day.

Now I just have to get that jog into the mix and I'll be pretty much set... I think. (:

The Dog ate my meds!

As a novelist, as a communications professional, I don't ever blog. Never have. Just don't put myself out there like this. Usually. This is different...so here goes...

My embarrassingly fat lab-cross-ridgeback, ate my meds. My fault. Left them on the counter after I'd gotten home very late last night from the hospital. He loves ju jubes. Frankly, he loves everything. I'll pretend from here on in, or something.

I'm eating well so far. But then again, I always do. My wife is a former food-writer and restaurant reviewer. Spoiled, I am. We had an Israeli cous cous stew thing tonight.

Been too busy to get to the wellness centre since Monday. Hopefully tomorrow.

Yeah, yesterday was a complete right-off. I put in a 14 hour day. Skipped dinner until 9pm (stale egg salad sandwich and an old muffin...all I could find at the Hospital at that time.) I didn't blog. Didn't test. I'd hate to think of what would have happened to me if this was real and I acted that way. How do people do it?

Just took my blood sugar. The prick didn't phase me. (They never do.)


"Calculating the Shake"

Arrived at Pappas Billiards to pick up a ticket for the "100 Mile Feast" prepared by 'The Movable Feast' for November 21 at the Camp Kawartha/Trent Environment Centre. Could not resist stopping for lunch of a delicious cheeze-burger and vanilla milk-shake! As a Type I Diabetic, I had to calculate the grams of carbohydrates and then inject a sufficient amount of insulin before eating, to ensure it was in my bloodstream by the time food was absorbed. I never before thought so systematically about my favorite drink. How lucky to have a society where insulin is available. What is the cost? See fellow-blogger posts!

"Walking the Talk"

To beat Diabetes, or fight it back, we all need to get active and stay active. Ten thousand steps a day? How much is that? Arrived at the Kawartha Branch of the Canadian Diabetic Association to pick up my pedometer. I thought I was very active scooting between events every day. But "gas miles" don't equal "foot-steps" so I am nowhere near 10,000 foot-steps a day. As Head Coach of Special Olympics Soccer this summer, at least I was running the field. I need to pick up the pace again. New Goal!

Changing Bad Habits - Day 2

I used to skip breakfast and then feast on a muffin or toast and coffee around 10am. Thats about the time that all things would settle down - the kids were at school, I had finished several tasks and I finally noticed that I was really hungry. As "breakfast" was more of a brunch - I didnt need lunch but I would have a small snack in the afternoon and then look forward to a big dinner.

Now, I eat a good breakfast and dinner, but I sometimes get so wrapped up in work I forget the lunch time. Even though I work from home its still a struggle to take the time for lunch when Im in the middle of a task.

Usually I plan ahead and make something that can be readied quickly - if I don't its too easy to keep working through. This week I didnt leave enough time for that so planning will be the key to keeping regular meals on track.

My blood glucose readings have been good. As I test once a day, I was instructed to change the times of day I tested.

Its Thursday and that means I'll be at the Pete's game tonight. We have our regular pizza dinner with the crew before the game at 6pm. I usually have 2 small pieces and Im very curious to see what that does to my blood sugar. Im going to test 2 hours after the dinner meal tonight. Second intermission should fall in that time frame. In the real world, you have to do what you have to do - so lets find out how easy that really is ....

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Live it like ya mean it: Day 2

Wow... planning went down the tube.

Breakfast was simple and carb-appropriate, lunch would've been perfect if it weren't for the suprise! sugar blast in 1% chocolate milk and supper... yeah... that's where everything was thrown to the winds.

I received a surprise update about an annual general meeting I was to attend from 5-6pm, which meant I'd miss a timely dinner and my supper meds (took 'em when I got home)... but when free pizza is involved with general meetings... Yes. I legitimately forgot I was now diabetic, and probably ate 70 - 100g of carbs worth of pizza dough. >.< This does not bode well for my adherence capacity.

But enough of my personal doom n' gloom. As promised - a breakdown of costs for what I would have to pay if I did have Type II diabetes.

Test Strips = $100 / 100 Strips (approx) - $1 per
Strip Lancets = $20 / 100 Lancets (approx) - $0.20 per

Lancet Test Strips = 2 Strips per day x $1 per Strip x 365 days = $730 each year for Test Strips
Lancets = 2 Lancets per day x $0.20 per Strip x 365 days = $146 each year for Lancets

For 2 Weeks, this would've cost me $28 for Test Strips and $5.60 for Lancets if I don't mess up or succumb to curiosity and use more than 2 strips/lancets each day for testing. Now, this is JUST strips and lancets - I have no clue what the price-point for Asprin + metformin + lipitor + altace + acanda + gluconorm + diamicron + anuvia ON TOP of the $33.60 I'd be spending for JUST the 14 days. I'm not as bad-off as I could be (as a student), but even if I were earning 50K a year, I would not lightly spend $3000 - $10 000 on test strips, lancets and a grab-bag of pills because in a couple years, I won't be covered by a drug plan unless I have some sort of full-time job with a union or OHIP. Oh, and I'd be SOL for help from the government because I'd have to either qualify for welfare (which I don't) or be 65+ yrs and require professional assistance in some faculty to go about my activities of daily living (which I'm quite certain I'm still a healthy 21 yr old), so... yep, you guessed it! No government drug funding programs for me!

... there goes the mortgage.

"Briefing" - and we're off!

I'm Type I diabetic - and my world suddenly changed! How was I food shopping before? How many carbohydrates did I eat? What was my blood sugar? Things were about to change quickly. We're off!

Up and Running

Sarah has me up and running on my "Celebrity Challenge" blog.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Live it like ya mean it: Day 1

Oookay... only the first day and already I've almost forgotten to take my "metformin" once, I've realized with a grumble in my stomach that I seriously need to do some shopping... and any plans I may have had about going for a jaunt around the track have thoroughly been subjugated by my most recent 6am morning (I shouldn't complain - I've been used to 5am mornings for the past 2 years or so). Quite the "authentic" participant, ne? Well, at least I'm Type II managed by meds sans insulin - the cute little green pillow would've prompted many a giggle had I had to poke it with Na solution.

I have to admit - I'm enjoying using the glucometer, even though that's just my inner techy talking. I've even figured out which finger is the best choice for "milking" (yep, gettin' technical here). I'm thinking that by the end of this week, my finger will feel very much like an abused peach, despite how pleasantly fine the lancets are.

On the topic of blood and glucometers, its' definitely a visual way to show how much of a sugar junkie a person is when taking a reading after a meal. This morning's reading was (understandably) high after a bowl of oatmeal & maple syrup at home and a plate of fruit with some yogourt, juice and cheese at this morning's event kick-off. Yeah... not gonna do that again... maybe... um... yay for tostitoes and salsa!

Looking ahead, I know I'm taking this event pretty lightly on the first day in terms of what the CDA is trying to illustrate. Tomorrow I have lecture, and will have about an hour to navigate my way through "Company A's" sorry excuse of a balanced (and affordable - NOT!) diet from the Cafeteria, to rinse n' repeat Thursday and Friday. I will probably have to invest in a bagged lunch soon to leave my monetary investments in peace while meeting my Dietitian-approved (most excellent!) dietary suggestions to keep my islets happy and the rest of me healthy. Oh yeah... did I mention that the "pills" look like a fresh haul after Halloween? I'm not kidding - 5 "pills" at breakfast, 3 at lunch and one each with supper and evening snack. Now lets see if I can remember which colour of "pill" is supposed to mean what when I take 'em with me.

Anyway, tomorrow, I shall break down the numbers about how much I've guestimated my portion of the Challenge would've cost had this been real-life, and not a fluidic portmanteau. Trust me, it beats a Stephen King movie.

Living with Diabetes - Day 1

My profiles has me as a Type 2 Diabetes that is managed through diet and exercise. Additional health complications now have me taking medications for cholesterol, blood pressure and arthritis. At present - no insulin is required.

The first blood glucose reading was within acceptable levels and the meter provided was simple to use. The meter is provided without cost to the patient, but each test strip costs about $1. There is also the cost for the lancet - and these cost do not include any medication. Most will test multiple times per day to monitor their blood sugar.

I really did think I wasn't going to have too much trouble with the diet aspect of this challenge.
We have already made lots of changes to our daily food intake due to my husband's illness. After I started to log and count my carbohydrate intake I realized how blessed I am that I don't usually have to do this on a daily basis. The balancing act of including enough carbs is a lot more difficult than it first appeared.

Today I missed lunch due to a crazy work schedule as I didn't plan ahead. Although I may not suffer any harm in doing this - it could create some very real issues to a diabetic person.

Maintaining a consistent level of carbs in the meals & snacks is going to be very challenging but extremely important in order prevent the deterioration of the pancreas - and therefore requiring insulin.