Friday, April 28, 2006

Christmas in April

Yesterday was the day.

The box came.

Note sample Ascensia Contour, sitting on my floor, without use, compliments of Bayer.

With presents (well, not really):

Hey, hey, no bad at all:

And the good news- I like the insets a lot better than the comfort I tried last week.

Saturday, April 22, 2006

I Feel Like a Pregnant Woman

Only, without the baby growing inside me.

The move to pumping seems to have turned me into an emotional wreck this weekend.

I'm not sure why, but all the excitement I felt toward pumping has turned into fear and sadness. I'm still fairly new to diabetes, just over 6 months for me. And I feel like I was just figuring things out on shots. Now it's changing, probably for the better, but changing nonetheless again. And due to honeymooning, I feel like my blood sugar levels don't punish me too badly for a missed dose here and there, resulting in me not feeling insulin dependant totally. This in turn has led to me feeling like I don't really need a pump.

I feel like a pump will make me more diabetic, if that makes sense. I went to my last endo appointment half expecting to be told I don't have diabetes, and came back with a pump ordered. Whoa... And I feel like I have been viewing the pump has a fun toy to have, not a permanent life line. This struck me yesterday when I read the manual and it kept saying how important it is to have a back up plan if you need to disconnect and to make sure you don't have occulsions and such. It's there. All. The. Time.

I keep wondering what it is going to be like. I was doing house work this afternoon and put my mp3 player on my waist. And it annoyed me. Granted, my pump will be half the size.

Going on the pump is making me feel like I am being diagnosed all over again. It's making me accept something I haven't quite accepted yet.

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Purty Purple Cozmo

I saw a new endo today. He told me I'm an ideal pump candidate. He had me meet with the trainer right away. And guess what. My cozmo is on the way. I think this officially makes me a pumper!

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Book Meme

This has been circulating around The OC, so I figured I would give it a try, even though it will probably make me look like I have very immature reading ;)

Instructions: Bold the ones you've read. Italicize the ones you've been wanting/might like to read. ??Place question marks by any titles/authors you've never heard of?? Put an asterisk if you've read something else by the same author.

Allcott, Louisa May Little Women
Allende, Isabel The House of Spirits
*Angelou, Maya I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
Atwood, Margaret Cat's Eye
Austen, Jane Emma
??Bambara, Toni Cade Salt Eaters??
??Barnes, Djuna Nightwoodde??
??Beauvoir, Simone The Second Sex??
*Blume, Judy Are You There God? It's Me Margaret
Burnett, Frances The Secret Garden
Bronte, Charlotte Jane Eyre
Bronte, Emily Wuthering Heights
Buck, Pearl S. The Good Earth
Byatt, A.S. Possession
Cather, Willaâ y Antonia
Chopin, Kate The Awakening
*Christie, Agatha Murder on the Orient Express
Cisneros, Sandra The House on Mango Street
Clinton, Hillary Rodham Living History
Cooper, Anna Julia A Voice From the South
??Danticat, Edwidge Breath, Eyes, Memory??
Davis, Angela Women, Culture, and Politics
??Desai, Anita Clear Light of Day??
Dickinson, Emily Collected Poems
Duncan, Lois I Know What You Did Last Summer
??DuMaurier, Daphne Rebecca??
Eliot, George Middlemarch
??Emecheta, Buchi Second Class Citizen??
??Erdrich, Louise Tracks??
??Esquivel, Laura Like Water for Chocolate??
Flagg, Fannie Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe
Friedan, Betty The Feminine Mystique
Frank, Anne Diary of a Young Girl
??Gilman, Charlotte Perkins The Yellow Wallpaper??
??Gordimer, Nadine July's People??
*Grafton, Sue S is for Silence
??Hamilton, Edith Mythology??
Highsmith, Patricia The Talented Mr. Ripley
*hooks, bell Bone Black*
??Hurston, Zora Neale ust Tracks on the Road??
??Jacobs, Harriet Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl??
Jackson, Helen Hunt Ramona
Jackson, Shirley The Haunting of Hill House
??Jong, Erica Fear of Flying??
Keene, Carolyn The Nancy Drew Mysteries
Kidd, Sue Monk The Secret Life of Bees
Kincaid, Jamaic “Lucy
Kingsolver, Barbara The Poisonwood Bible
??Kingston, Maxine Hong The Woman Warrior??
??Larsen, Nella–Passing??
L'Engle, Madeleine “A Wrinkle in Time
Le Guin, Ursula K. The Left Hand of Darkness
Lee, Harper To Kill a Mockingbird
Lessing, Doris The Golden Notebook
Lively, Penelope Moon Tiger
Lorde, Audre The Cancer Journals
Martin, Ann M. The Babysitters Club Series
McCullers, Carson The Member of the Wedding
McMillan, Terry Disappearing Acts
??Markandaya, Kamala Nectar in a Sieve??
??Marshall, Paule Brown Girl, Brownstones??
Mitchell, Margaret Go with the Wind
Montgomery, Lucy Maud–Anne of Green Gables
Morgan, Joan When Chickenheads Come Home to Roost
Morrison, Toni Song of Solomon
??Murasaki, Lady Shikibu The Tale of Genji??
Munro, Alice Lives of Girls and Women
??Murdoch, Iris Severed Head??
??Naylor, Gloria Mama Day??
Niffenegger, Audrey The Time Traveller's Wife
*Oates, Joyce Carol–We Were the Mulvaneys
O'Connor, Flannery A Good Man is Hard to Find
Piercy, Marge Woman on the Edge of Time
Picoult, Jodi My Sister's Keeper
Plath, Sylvia The Bell Jar
Porter, Katharine Anne Ship of Fools
Proulx, E. Annie The Shipping News
Rand, Ayn The Fountainhead
*Ray, Rachel 365: No Repeats
??Rhys, Jean Wide Sargasso Sea??
??Robinson, Marilynne Housekeeping??
??Rocha, Sharon For Laci??
Sebold, Alice The Lovely Bones
Shelley, Mary Frankenstein
Smith, Betty's Tree Grows in Brooklyn
??Smith, Zadie's White Teeth??
Spark, Muriel The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
Spyri, Johanna Heidi
Strout, Elizabeth Amy and Isabelle
Steel, Danielle The House
Tan, Amy The Joy Luck Club
??Tannen, Deborah You're Wearing That??
??Ulrich, Laurel A Midwife's Tale??
??Urquhart, Jane Away??
Walker, Alice The Temple of My Familiar
Welty, Eudora One Writer's Beginnings
*Wharton, Edith Age of Innocence
Wilder, Laura Ingalls Little House in the Big Woods
Wollstonecraft, Mary A Vindication of the Rights of Women
Woolf, Virginia A Room of One's Own

Monday, April 10, 2006

Pets with Diabetes

My dog has never had an accident. Not until this week. He has had two this week. Both times he tried to get to the door and didn't make it. I'm worried. Maybe I am paranoid. I don't want him to have diabetes. Pets with diabetes die shortly after diagnosis.

Anyone know how to test a dog's blood sugar? Or even the normal range for a dog's blood sugar? Yikes, I hope we were just ignoring him too much for him to make it outside in time.

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Top 5

Top Five.

Top Five Non-Diabetes Related Websites
2. e-mail (,

Top Five Reasons You’re Grinning Today
1. Cause I stayed home from school.
2. Cause we have really good cookies right now
3. Cause I got The Chronicles of Narnia on DVD.
4. Cause my blood sugars have been in range all day despite being sick.
5. Cause I finished an assignment

Top Five Uses for Bacon Bits
1. Take up space on salad bars
2. Throw at sisters in fit of rage
3. Make money for certain companies
4. Hide in dog's fur for interesting scene
5. Definitely NOT eat

Top Five Places You Want to Travel To
1. Africa
2. California
3. Alaska
4. Germany
5. Colorodo

Top Five Guilty Pleasures
1. Long hot showers
2. Chocolate
3. Naps
4. Long drives in places with high speed limits
5. Copious amounts of caffiene