Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas!!

Just a quick post to say
and to make sure that everyone is

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

2012 In Review

“This post is my December entry in the DSMA Blog Carnival. If you’d like to participate too, you can get all of the information at"

So this if my first DSMA Blog Carnival entry.. ever. The topic is to reflect on diabetes in 2012. 

Holy cow!! It has been quite a year for me.

The first couple months of the year were your normal everyday months.  Work, laundry, family, pets, chores, work, laundry, family, pets, chores, etc.  Nothing really stands out diabetically speaking until March. 

In March I had my first, and hopefully only, surgery since getting "Freeda" my insulin pump.  My doctor was very accommodating.  When I talked to him about staying connected, or at least reconnecting right after surgery his response was, "You can take care of your diabetes better than we can so we will give you back control as soon as possible."  Have I said that I really REALLY like the doctors I have now?  No?  Well, I do.

In April I got "George" my CGM. Who knew that having that much information could be addictive? My readings have always been WAY OFF if I start the new sensor right after inserting, so I usually swap out the sensor before I go to bed, and then start it in the morning. That does mean I have a whole night of no safety net alarms. I did it all the time, so why should I worry? But I do. Those nights I don't sleep real soundly. Thankfully I can get about 14 days out of each sensor.

Also in April, I unknowingly at first, participated in my first ever JDRF walk.  I was the adult in charge (no laughing) of the JROTC group that was helping with the games and clean up.  My doctor was there and said that next year I should be on the walk committee.  So far, the committee meetings have been great.  I think we're doing a tour of the local pizza parlors though.

In May, at my regular doctor's visit my doctor asked if I tweeted.  I didn't at the time, but looked into it.  I've been tweeting ever since.  I found the DOC (Diabetes Online Community) and participate in DSMA Wednesday evenings, just about every week (life permitting that is).  I have met some awesome people around the world that someday I hope to actually meet in real life!  It will happen.. life permitting that is. 

In October I started this blog.  There were so many ideas running around in my head of things I wanted to share.  Things that took more than 140 characters to explain.  Can anyone really tell their diagnosis story in two sentences?  I couldn't.  The hardest part in getting started, however, was figuring out a name.  Looking around my desk at work, my house, and my hectic life it came to me..  My life was a zoo,  a Sweet Zoo.

In November I participated in the National Health Blog Post Month.  The joy of having topics given to me to write about was great.  Little nudges of ideas that got my brain working in a certain direction.  Some days I was stumped.  I now have a greater appreciation for those that always do a blog post everyday. 

So here we are in December.  My first DSMA Blog Carnival post. 

What will 2013 bring?  I have no idea.. but I'm sure that there will be lots of things worth writing about so stay tuned.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Find All The Things - Time to clean the drawer

I recently brought in some Welch's Fruit Snack to work.  I have ran out of treats for lows a few times so I try to make sure I have enough at my desk.  I've been bringing something new in each week.  I might need to rethink that practice.  I tossed the fruit snacks in the drawer, and then took this picture.


I really need to clean out and organize the drawer.  I will add it to my list of things to accomplish in 2013.  In the meantime, lets play FIND ALL THE THINGS!!  Here is a list of what is in the drawer.  Let me know how many you can find.
  • Dexcom sensor
  • sauce packets (ketchup, Taco Bell Sauce)
  • hot chocolate packets
  • Starbursts
  • Fig Newtons
  • Powerade Zero
  • non-dairy creamer
  • silverware
  • 4 mugs
  • peanut butter cups
  • Welch's fruit snacks
  • Smarties
  • dish cloth
  • bag of cookies
  • salt and pepper
  • 6 flavors of tea
  • box of Spree
  • enough napkins to clean my car
  • Tic Tacs
  • ice bucket liners
  • instant coffee
  • flavored Splenda packets
  • BK zesty sauce
  • Airborne
  • gum
  • glucose meter
  • Now 'n Later
  • Nerds
  • Tuperware container and small baggie of Splenda
  • soda can topper
  • jar of old pump tubing
  • drink mix packets
You want proof?  Okay.. here you go:

Yes, in fact all of this was in that drawer.

After a little consolidating and a little throwing things out (the instant coffee was empty, why did I keep it?) I was able to make the drawer a WHOLE lot better looking.  It still looks full, well because it is, but at least now I know where everything is.  I can actually get something out of it without dumping napkins all over the floor.

Much better.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Maintenance and Blog Roll

So, I've been looking and reading a lot of blogs lately.  Well, I've done that for quite awhile.  However, I've noticed that most blogs have some sort of blog roll on them.  Right now, my blog roll is a "Favorites" folder on my browser.  So, over the next few weeks I'll be adding a list of all the blogs I read to my page.  It may take a bit.  Between work, holidays, driving, being a mom, and other stuff (sleep doesn't count.. I don't get enough), my day gets pretty full so it'll be a work in progress.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Recap NHBPM - Post 30

WOW!  30 days is done and over.  So, it was done and over a few days ago, but better late than never, right?  I must admit, I did both better.. and worse.. that I thought I would when I first started this. 

Back around the end of October, Christina of Stick With It Sugar tweeted that she was going to do the National Health Blog Post Month challenge and wanted to know who was with her.  I had just started my blog in the couple weeks prior and figured, why not?  What better way to get into the blogging routine?  So I agreed.

I kept the list of suggested topics both at work and at home.  The first few days were GREAT.  I cruised along until day 6.  I had to pick an alternate topic then.  I just couldn't think of anything.  Day 12 was my first "post free" days.  I didn't have a smart phone (yes.. this has since been corrected) and so I didn't have a favorite app.  Calling BS on something that was ridiculous?  Well.. I would still be typing that one.

I then started cruising again, up to day 22.  Then I hit the technological brick wall.  Thanksgiving weekend was also lost, but I was able to come back on day 27 and finish everything off.  Okay.. so day 30 is three days late, but it's here and that is what counts.

I am glad I participated and I look forward to doing it again.  I truly hope you all enjoyed reading as much as I enjoyed typing.