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Time Flies… 5 Months with Type 1

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Well, I have been slacking on keeping up with my blog lately. And not because I don’t have anything to write about – I come up with Diabetes thoughts all the time! Like when I was at Marshall’s the other day and they asked me at check-out if I wanted to donate to help Juvenile Diabetes and JDRF? Heck, yeah! They had me at JDRF. Which led me wonder, when a store supports a certain cause, are you more likely to donate if the matter is close to your heart, or even more, if you have it? You may think that’s a silly question… but seriously, I wonder how much more likely you are to donate to a cause that you’re more familiar with. Anyways, Marshalls got an extra $5 from me that day… and I got an extra pep in my step! And maybe some new pumps : )

It’s been about 5 months since I was diagnosed with Type 1, and a lot has happened!

I’m still trying to stick to a lower carb diet, so I don’t have to take a lot of insulin at mealtime. Typically, I give myself 2-3 units. I can tell that my honeymoon phase is changing though, as I need more and more insulin at mealtime to prevent my glucose levels from nearing 200.  Wah, wah. I used to eat an apple with 1-2 units; now it’s almost 4. Or, maybe the apples are getting bigger? Jk.

My ankle is doing a lot better, which has allowed me to start exercising again. Thank goodness – I REALLY missed those endorphins! This has also been a learning curve for me too, as my blood sugar levels drop drastically during my cardio work-outs. Last night, I dropped 80 points in 20 minutes on the elliptical. Yikes! Therefore, I try to be at 175 – 190 before my work-outs, and bring sugar tablets with me if they surpass 40 minutes. It used to really bother me that I had to get high in order to work-out; now I just accept what it is. Having higher blood sugar for 30 minutes isn’t going to kill you – especially since the goal is to work-out.

I continue to take my Lantus in the morning, even though my doctor advised that I start taking it at night – because I’m still experiencing the Dawn Phenomenon. If I’m at 130 or higher before bed, I take a unit of Humalog and I will wake in the morning around 100. If I have wine before bed, then my numbers will decline overnight, so being at 120 means that I will wake up around 70-80.

My sister got the Dexcom-4 this week and I’m OBSESSED! I really want to ask my doctor about getting one during my appointment in October. Until then, I can follow Amy’s numbers and compare them with mine. (Just kidding! Maybe…)

My husband Sean and I attended the JDRF One Walk Kick-Off in the beginning of August at Angel’s Stadium. It was really motivating and supportive to be around so many Type Ones, and after the kick-off, I was really motivated to start a team. However, as time has passed, I have become less and less motivated to join the walk. Not because I don’t believe in it – just because I hate asking for money. Maybe I will volunteer at this one, and join next year’s? Hmmm, we’ll see!

Until next time,

Ashley