Disability Awareness Week brought up a lot of discussions around 'invisible illnesses' - t1d being one of them! Find out how to best manage life with an invisible illness in this handy article. https://buff.ly/2Qlaw7Z #stitchhub#meandt1d#invisibleness#diabetes#T1D
At the time I snapped this pic, that smile was real. In the moments and hours that followed, not so much.
Three weeks ago I had pneumonia. Doc caught it early, but I was crazy sick. I coughed so much that I have chondritis or pleurisy or a cracked rib...whatever it is, it hurts to breathe.
10 days ago I had surgery to remove a mass from my wrist.
But this evening, I felt good. Hand wasn’t hurting, my back and side pain had been minimal all day, so I pressed play on the 10 minute sneak peek of Transform 20.
I did burpees y’all! 10 days post surgery. Not sure that was legal, but I did it and it didn’t hurt!! So about 2 hours later my side feels like someone beat me with a baseball bat. I’’ guessing that maybe since today was the first time in 3 weeks it didn’t hurt to breathe I should’ve gone for 2 in a row? 😂
#butididntdie so it’s all good! Working out with ShaunT is my favorite and I am 1,000% grateful for the strength, health and ability to press play and do work!
For those of you who are curious what a high blood sugar feels like: your cells cannot eat. Your blood is getting thicker from the onslaught of sugars, but your cells are are starving to death, being ripped apart and having all of your water sucked out of them by spongey blood. Insulin also allows your cells to eat the potassium they need to keep your internal workings working, so now you have your potassium backing up, causing your blood to become acidic. In a last ditch attempt, your cells start burning protein. You are literally starving to death. Broken down proteins and fats produce ketone. Starving cells produce lactic acid. The combination of the two and all the extra potassium, your blood is now acidic. Before, your kidneys may have been able to compensate the sugars by secreting bicarbonate, but not anymore. That won’t be enough. The only other way your body can try to fix this ‘acid blood’ problem is by releasing a lot of carbon dioxide. Carbon dioxide is acidic in blood. Now you’re suffocating. You’re suffocating, your body is starving, you’re dying of thirst, your blood vessels are shredded, and potassium is backed up in your in your blood so your heart’s muscle pumps are so overwhelmed that your heart just stops. #t1d#diabetes#highbloodsugar#sick#autoimmunedisease
Well, it’s winter ❄️!!
I escaped cabin fever and set out with my housemates to frolic in the fresh snow on the trails by our house.
As the temperatures drop, my blood sugars tend to rise, and I find I often need more insulin in the winter than in the summer. It appears I’m not the only one as HbA1c levels in both northern and Southern Hemispheres tend to trend upwards in the cooler months.
My mom’s hypothesis was that people exercise less and eat more in the winter. Although there may be truth to that, exposure to cold and fewer hours of daylight have also been associated with elevated cortisol and norepinephrine levels, lower thyroid hormone levels (T3 & T4), and lower leptin levels (specifically in women). These factors could contribute to increased insulin needs in the winter months in some individuals.
Staying active in the winter, and exercising outdoors when possible helps me cope with the colder shorter days and usually makes managing my blood sugars a tad easier.
How do you all make the most of winter?
I baked up a batch of my favorite Keto rolls (just 2g net carbs) to dunk into leftover Keto jambalaya. My brand of psyllium powder turns the rolls kind of purple, but they still taste great and work very well with soups and stews, or for sandwiches. Rolls by @diet_doctor and jambalaya by @thisoldgalcooks . #DiaBadass#KickingDiabetesButt#T1D
Food here may look different for awhile. First.... I live in the deep South and it's winter so it's dark by 4pm. Meaning I have no natural light for dinner pics. Also, food here is prepared for my daughter first. I have had a really hard time finding recipes with total carbs as opposed to meaningless "net " for her. So we're doing a lot of math. I thought I'd share for any other #T1D folks. Tonight was cottage pie. I did them in 2 cup Pyrex containers that I'd already purchased for #mealprep . I did per serving- 1/3 cup great value frozen peas and carrot mix (5g carb), 1.3 Ish pounds lean ground beef, 1 save more brown gravy packet (12g whole pack), 1/2 tsp each onion and garlic powders (1 total carb), salt and pepper and 1tsp worcesestershire sauce (1g). I got 5 pies from the beef and gravy making each serving of beef and gravy 3 total carbs. Then 1/2 cup instant Idaho home style butter mashed potatoes (20g) and 1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese (0g). I did my pie with mashed cauliflower but for my t1d people each serving is 28g and I got 5 servings. She had a yogurt and 1 Graham cracker for dessert/with her insulin because she needs 45 min per major meal. For me I had a salad with ranch for my side. With my cauli topping and side I was in S mode for thm since I have the luxury of net carb counting where she doesn't.
I don't think my logbook understands how bedtime works!
Trying to record things the old fashioned way this week, to see if it keeps me more engaged than entering data into my phone. Won't really know until the weekend, when my lack of work structure really "tests" me.
Did you know that when #typeonediabetes is first diagnosed, there’s a “honeymoon phase” where the pancreas can still kick in some of its own insulin and help control blood sugars before it completely conks out and your insulin needs go up? Chloe’s was a bit longer than they usually see, probably because we caught her diagnosis early, by chance, before she got real sick. However, after a prolonged stretch of pretty stellar blood sugar control, we’ve been on an unpredictable rollercoaster the last few months. It can be really frustrating for all of us, especially when you have to keep making adjustments and something that seemed to work last week or even yesterday doesn’t all of a sudden. She’s a trooper and it’s hard for this momma nurse to see it take the wind out of her sails...but together we can definitely work through it. Tonight Chloe asked to join me for my #movetilspring circuit — I’ve tried to never pressure her to exercise, just objectively discuss that physical activity is one of the variables in the blood sugar control equation that can help keep it lower. We modified some of the weight things for her (like jumping jacks instead of KB swings) but she impressed me and stuck it out on every single interval. Sometimes the responsibility of raising kids feels so overwhelming and directionless, and sometimes there are shining moments that affirm maybe you aren’t doing it *all* wrong. This girl of mine makes me want to be better, do better.
A couple of weeks ago I did a week long series on pregnancy and diabetes and I meant to do a written recap but work was so busy last week I didn’t get a chance. But I’m doing it now!
Pregnancy for a lot of women with diabetes is fraught with anxiety, hesitation and unpredictably. But it is something that thousands of women do each year. I get a lot of questions about a lot of details about how to do a diabetic pregnancy and that’s one reason why I saved the pregnancy week in my Highlights.
Preparing for pregnancy takes a lot of preparation. Just like anything to do with bringing a child into the world, you need to be prepared. Understand what role your OB and endo will play. Understand their expectations. Understand that you are Mom and you get to make the final call on a lot. Understand what you need to change in order to make your health and your pregnancy what you want. Having a baby and becoming a Mom involves a lot of change, and part of that will be how you manage your diabetes.
Know that you can do this. Believe in yourself. Find resources when you need support. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. You are a Mom from the minute you conceive your child and that anxiousness and concern you have for your baby is normal. But take care of yourself, physically, mentally, emotionally. And trust yourself. You can do this.
And I am excited to share that I WILL be launching a diabetic pregnancy coaching service in the new year! The feedback was amazing and I definitely think there is a huge need. I’m thrilled to partner with Moms in bringing their babies into the world. If you are interested in receiving information about my services by email when I open, send me a DM with your email!!
Day 1 of 30 day meditation challenge for those with Type 1 diabetes complete. Thank you @evan_soroka for the challenge and the practice. Stillness brings peace and clarity. Meditating daily has changed everything for me. Start small, but start. #t1diabetes#t1d#meditation
20 pounds. That's how much I lost this year. And I've kept it off.
Holidays, vacations, birthdays, two car accidents where I couldn't work out due to injuries, stress from not working, stress from working...you name it, it happened this year.
That's what a plan can do for you- & I can't wait to see how this plan unfolds in 2019!
One week into Whole30.
This is not hard. Fighting cancer is hard not CHOOSING to put whole food in my body.
And that thought right there is what has gotten me through week one.
It has been really rough on my blood sugars and trying to get them stabilized. The lows have been consistent, not too bad but consistent and extremely annoying. I have already decreased my basal insulin 20%😳and had to raise my insulin to carb ratio. It’s been gnarly but honestly so awesome, so much less stressful, and so so rewarding. 10/10 recommend.👌🏻 #choosingBOLD
Have you ever wanted to be a part of the @jdrf_ride program?! Team Western Wisconsin will be hosting our 2019 JDRF Ride Kick-off on Wednesday, January 9th at @wisconsinbrewingco. Come learn about this year’s events, get fundraising ideas, and meet Honey Badger teammates—new and veteran riders are welcome to join!🚴♀️🚴♂️
Behind these shades is the most beautiful girl who is courageously fighting a disease she does not deserve. My love for her is beyond words. Dillon, don’t stop spreading the joy that so naturally exudes from your soul. #t1d
Monday #mealmotivation 👆🏻. Butternut squash roasted with 1/2 yellow onion + EVOO and seasoned with TJ Everything But The Bagel (because I finally restocked and, why not 😋), brussel sprouts & ground turkey with taco seasoning. This random healthy meal all mixed up was delicious and easy! (after all the chopping thanks to @soupy_mc). .
Now I only wish we had doubled it for more meals prepped, ready to go. Adding it to my meal prep guide! (With a reminder to find squash pre-chopped!).
Another reason I love my virtual gym and boot camp challenges so much is seeing new yet simple recipes pop up! I’m inspired to try new recipes or variations of food that I already know or work well for me.
How do you get inspired in the kitchen? 👩🏼🍳🥘🍛
Still getting used to shooting up! 💉 Lots of “trial and error” with diabetes, but overall, I’m liking the change! No itchy site! Yay! I’ll def continue this week with MDI!
Edit* for those of you that don’t know, just taking a pump break for a few weeks! Trying to give my body a break from the pump rashes and itchiness!
Incase you didnt already know & you’re in need of some patches .. you can call #dexcom & they’ll send you a pack of 10 for free! Haven’t put them to use yet but all the comments I’ve seen about them have been good! #t1d#t1diabetes