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I’ve been exercising pretty consistently. I feel good if I can get 3 workouts in a week. 4 makes me feel awesome! I like to go every other day if I can. I’ve been doing a lot of jogging and coming back and doing abs. I haven’t been doing the calisthenics, lunges, bleachers, etc because Rachelle has been really busy the last couple weeks and hasn’t been able to work out with me. When I’m alone I tend to just walk/jog for a few miles and then come home and do my abs. At least it’s something and it’s consistent. I’m missing the burn in my thighs though!! 🙂

I’m going on a walk/jog tonight when I get home from work. I’m planning on 3 miles, then some walking lunges when I get home, and then my abs. I need to look good in my halloween costume tomorrow!

It helps me stay on track if I set and keep goals.

Goals:

  • Get and maintain toned body
  • Drink lots of water
  • Exercise consistently
  • Eat healthy meals
  • Get rid of headaches without taking meds
  • Keep positive attitude
  • Enjoy the now
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Yum, I am really enjoying this hot chocolate. If there is one reason I love when the weather gets colder, and the days get darker, it’s getting to have hot cocoa!

Well, my blood sugars have been pretty good! I’m a little thrown off by the fact that I’m not having terrible lows, and I didn’t have to adjust my basal settings on my pump! If there’s one thing I like, it’s understanding what is going on, and why it’s happening, and that it’s happening consistently. Of course I don’t WANT lows, but at least it would make sense if I was having them. Actually, my sugars have been on the higher side….like 130 – 150. So today I increased 2 of my basal settings just a little to hopefully bring my sugars back to around 100.

Also, my carb to insulin ratio has stayed at 1:10. Trial and error is the name of this game. I’m happy that I haven’t been having lows, and hopefully my body will continue down this path! It’s been great not having to use so many test strips to! Even with insurance those are very expensive and I hated using 12+ a day. I have to test so much more when I’m having a low.

Things are going pretty well. I’ve been exercising pretty consistently. I feel good if I can get 3 workouts in a week. 4 makes me feel awesome! I like to go every other day if I can. I’ve been doing a lot of jogging and coming back and doing abs. I haven’t been doing the calisthenics, lunges, bleachers, etc because Rachelle has been really busy the last couple weeks and hasn’t been able to work out with me. When I’m alone I tend to just walk/jog for a few miles and then come home and do my abs. At least it’s something and it’s consistent. I’m missing the burn in my thighs though!! 🙂

I’m going on a walk/jog tonight when I get home from work. I’m planning on 3 miles, then some walking lunges when I get home, and then my abs. I need to look good in my halloween costume tomorrow!

Goals:

  • Keep blood sugars between 70 – 150
  • Get and maintain toned body
  • Drink lots of water
  • Exercise consistently
  • Eat healthy meals
  • Get rid of headaches without taking meds
  • Keep positive attitude
  • Enjoy the now

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One night, my husband Travis and I decided to have some drinks. I had about a bottle of red wine to myself that night. I woke up to 5 male paramedics standing around my bed. I thought it had to be a dream so I closed my eyes again, but then I felt that I had oxygen tubes in my nose and I could hear a bunch of people talking about me, so I realized it was real.

When I opened my eyes the 2nd time, One of the paramedics said,” Welcome Back Sarah. Don’t move your arm ok, and don’t panic about all the blood on your sheets, we had a little trouble getting your iv in. Do you know whats going on?” I had been scanning the room while he was talking and by this time I had finally located Trav, standing at the foot of my bed next to a couple other paramedics. I realized that this must be happening because I’d had a low blood sugar, so I nodded yes at the guy who asked if I knew what was going on. I looked at my arm, and the pool of blood next to it. Blah, that grossed me out.

One of the medics said, “We heard you were partying like a rock star last night”. I tried to laugh…a little snicker is all I managed. They took the oxygen mask off, and took the iv out. The lead medic told me I should go to the doctor for a follow up, and had me sign a release saying that I didn’t want to go to the hospital. It was crazy how hard it was for me to do normal things when I woke up. It was hard to move, hard to talk. It didn’t feel real at all.

After they left Trav came over to me and hugged me. He started crying. He said he didn’t know what to do. He woke up at 6 and I was shaking and he couldn’t wake me up. He knows how much I hate it when he calls the ambulance (he called it one other time before we were married when we wasn’t with me and when they got there I woke up and opened the door for them, so after they left I called Trav upset that he had called them. He said I was really out of it and he didn’t know what else to do. So he didn’t want to call them prematurely again), so he tried everything to wake me up, but I guess I just wouldn’t. I told him it was ok that he called, he did what he had to do. Poor guy. He said they had 3 medics holding me down and one trying to put the iv in and they still had trouble because I was jerking my arm away. Sounds about right. I hate ivs and blood draws!

I know it was the wine. I’d been having trouble with lows in the morning, but never ever have I not been able to wake up because it’s so low. Never. It sucked. But I’m alive and well and we’ve given Trav a few more ideas of things he can give me to help me wake up when I’m unresponsive before calling 911. We also got a glucagon shot for the house. I used to get them once a year but I never used them, or even came close to needing one. I stopped getting them a few years ago. Now I realize that it would save a lot of time, money, embarrassment, and trouble to just have one available!

I don’t plan on having that happen again. It was very scary. I’m glad I’m ok and back with the “concious” people! It was a learning experience and definatly got me to pay much closer attention to my lows and try harder to avoid them!

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Monday’s are such hard days for me. It’s so difficult to get back into the work groove after enjoying the weekend! And on top of that it seems that Mondays are always the busiest and most hectic day of the week! I hate when my alarm goes off at 6:45 and I have to get out of bed. Especially now that it’s getting colder, I just want to snuggle underneath the warm covers that much more! But, alas, life goes on!

So far this cycle, this half of this cycle (pre-o, confusing enough?) has been nothing like my last one! I haven’t had to adjust how much insulin I take when I eat, nor have I had to adjust my basal settings. It’s very strange. So, I’ll continue to keep a close eye on it. So far though, my sugars have been pretty good. Not many crazy lows ( a few) and just a few highs, usually caused from bringing up lows! It’s not perfect though, and thats that I’m working on!

I’ve been enjoying some wine over the past few days. Wine tends to cause lows, but not until the next morning. I’ve experimented and so far it seems that if I eat a piece of bread before bed, I can avoid the lows. Also, it seems to be a great way to avoid a hangover!

A couple months ago I didn’t know how low the wine could take me, and it took me into my first diabetic coma. It was very scary! I’ll save that story for another post though.

Not a lot new to report right now. I’m just working through every day, trying to have the best sugars I can! It would help if the candy dish at work wasn’t full…. 🙂

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I am feeling very good about my eating and exercise patterns recently! I’ve been staying on top of it, not losing sight of my goal!

I worked out Tuesday and Thursday, even though I wasn’t feeling great. Tuesday I went on an hour long brisk walk, and Thursday I went on an hour long brisk walk mixed with jogging. Both were very nice. Got my heat rate up and burned some calories!

I’ve also been keeping my daily calorie intake between 1200 – 1500 calories a day! I’m feeling better about myself already, so I know I’ve just got to keep on top of it!

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I started a new cycle yesterday. I am anxious to see how my sugars react. I am wondering if maybe my body “knew” it was coming and that’s why I had low’s for my past couple 3am tests. Who knows. Last night I lowered my basal a little during the night. It was 71 at my 3am test…..much better than the 30’s! I ate a couple bites of bread just in case it was heading lower. I’m glad I did, because I woke up to a 55. Looks like I should have had a few more bites.

When I was going into my pump settings to lower my basal settings last night, I discovered a new function it has that I am excited to use. I think it could be very useful. I can save 3 different “patterns” for my basal settings and chose whichever one I need at the time. So if I notice that during this part of my cycle I have lows (like last month) I can set a pattern of the basals I need during that part of my cycle, and set another pattern for the basals I need during the 2nd part of my cycle, when my sugars go back up.

I’ve always thought a pump should have this setting, but the 715 didn’t have it and I haven’t been able to play with the 722 since I got it. It was great to find that and I’m excited to set it up. Hopefully it will make the switch between part 1 and part 2 of my cycles much smoother.

Other than that, my sugars have been good for the past couple days. I’m ready for the weekend! I’m going to try to drink some wine and keep my sugars at a good level while drinking, after AND in the morning! I’ll let you know how it goes!

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Overall yesterday was a pretty good day. Other than my waking high sugar, and my after lunch high, my other sugars were all good.

My 3am was low, very low – 33. I really don’t like having those lows, especially not in the middle of the night when I’m sleeping.

September 1st I went into my first Diabetic Coma and it’s not an experience I’d like to go through again.

So at 3 I had a piece of bread and tested again in a half hour. It was up to 45, so I went back to sleep, knowing that it was going up. At 7 it was 193….higher than I would have liked but at least I didn’t end up in a coma!

Again, the frustrating part is not knowing why it does what it does. My sugar has been 80 – 130 for my 3am readings for the past several days. Why was it 33 this morning at 3am? More research to do I see! I’ll keep on trying to figure this out. I feel that getting a Continuous Blood Glucose Monitor is very important for me. Hopefully the letter my doctor sent to my insurance will work!

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