I posted about the Big Blue Test last year. And I’m going to reflect back on that post since the initiative is going on again this year! If there are 20,000 tests logged by November 14, 2013, the Big Blue Test grants (St. Anthony’s Medical Clinic in San Francisco, CA and University of Colorado, Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences in Aurora, CO) will be funded to provide people touched by diabetes who are in need with lifesaving supplies, medical tests, treatment, and/or patient education (each will receive US$2,500) and an additional US$5,000 will support projects in Haiti and the Dominican Republic.
One of the things that I struggle most with in terms of my health and(or) diabetes management is consistent exercise. Usually I do well for a few weeks then work hours are longer or I have more things to do and I get off track. I’ve made a promise to myself recently that I am going to make it a priority in my life no matter what. What helps me a lot to stay motivated honestly is support and inspiration of others. When I see someone post about working out or read about the accomplishments of athletes living with diabetes or pass by someone who is running or riding a bike in my neighborhood, I want to get active.
That is why I love the Big Blue Test. It is a movement started by the Diabetes Hands Foundation in 2010, to help promote the positive affect physical activity has not only on a person with diabetes’ blood sugar, but on everyone’s health in general. It is so simple. All you have to do is test your blood sugar, exercise for at least 14 minutes, test your blood sugar again and log it over at http://www.bigbluetest.org. Those people without diabetes can participate also, just minus the blood sugar readings part. The best part is this: if 20,000 entries are logged by November 14th, Roche will donate $100,000 to organizations that will provide life saving diabetes supplies to those who need it the most.
I know together, we can achieve this goal and help those less fortunate than us while helping ourselves stay healthy. I’ve logged my Big Blue Test three times already this week. Have you?
This is why I’ve been quiet and will be for a while. Calgon, take me away!
(image credit goes to the internet)
A few of you had asked me to keep them posted on my new endocrinologist story. Which I appreciated. And so here is an update.
I saw Dr. R last week. Was it magical? No. Was it dreadful? No. Was it satisfactory? Yes. It was kind of strange to have to start from the very beginning of my diabetes life when giving her my complete history. But I had to and she updated my records with the information I gave her. I of course included the minor complications I have been dealing with over the past couple of years. She wasn’t surprised by this since I have been living with diabetes for over 30 years. She asked if I was on an insulin pump and when I confirmed I was indeed on the OmniPod, she asked for the PDM right away to download. Note: at my old practice, this information was only downloaded at my CDE appointments. She inquired about my last A1c and how it has been generally speaking. When I stated that since being on the Dexcom CGM, it has been pretty stable around the 7% mark, sometimes a bit lower, sometimes a bit higher, she asked for the Dexcom to be downloaded and was almost shocked why I didn’t give it to her upfront. I explained that I was not used to having my devices downloaded at endo appointments. I felt so silly! We spoke about general endo issues as well including celiac. When I was tested for celiac about 2 years ago, it wasn’t at the suggestion of my endo but at my own request. I inquired how my visits would go in terms of seeing her and other staff in the practice, like a CDE for example, she said to her it was apparent that I did not need continued education so it would be quarterly visits to see her. However I would have access to a CDE in the practice, one who I could contact for anything. She ordered a bunch of blood work which was done in the in-office lab (plus!) and a urine analysis. She requested I see her in three months when she will perform a follow up sonogram on thyroid nodes that were identified on me last year. I called yesterday for the results of my lab work and was pleasantly surprised when she was the one who called me back. The blood work and urine was normal and my A1c is back under 7%. All of which made me extremely happy 🙂
Moral of the story. Was I blown away by the first meeting with this new doctor? I wouldn’t say so. But she was more assertive in addressing things than what I’m used to. And she adjusted one of my insulin to carb ratios, something that has never been done for me by an endocrinologist. And we got along. My dear husband’s view is that I became stagnant at my old practice and a change would be good. This doctor is also associated with a bigger and better network which could be a benefit down the road. I’m feeling positive which is definitely a good thing. I think I will take the next three months to decide but I’m already leaning toward keeping Dr. R. What I am very glad about is that I am an empowered patient and have the wisdom to make this sort of determination. I wish everyone could have that knowledge and not settle for mediocre health care.
Yesterday was No D Day. It is something that my friend George started a few years ago. “It is one day a year when we all try our best to NOT mention diabetes online, all day. ALL DAY! We all spend a lot of time talking about Diabetes and our lives are filled with more that that disease. We are more that a disease!” While I am a day late, I still wanted to get my No D Day in.
Ever since Kerri posted her Anti Rant a couple of weeks ago, it has been on my mind to do the same. So here goes my list of just some of the things I am thankful for 🙂
- Pumpkin. It sounds cliche but I love pumpkin flavors or scents. My living room smells delicious with the wallflower scent of Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin from Bath and Body Works. So do my hands for that matter with the same scent of cream. Who doesn’t love a pumpkin latte? I’m on the hunt for some pumpkin pie spice to add to my meal replacement shakes in the morning. And a pumpkin cupcake from Crumbs? I’m not even going there.
- Boston. My hubby and I have visited there 5 out of the last 6 years. We love it. We just enjoyed a weekend there and the weather was absolutely beautiful. Boston Common has got to be one of my favorite places on earth. I could sit and walk around there all day 🙂
- A good workout. Honestly. I don’t know why I fought exercise for so long. 100% of the time when I am done, I feel great. Whether it’s a ride on my spin bike or one of the few programs I have at home, it’s all good.
- Easy days at work. I work for an investment bank so my job is a high stress environment. There are times when I feel too burnt out for my age after working in this industry since college. But there are those rare days that are not completely filled with meetings or deadlines or audits or issues. And I cherish those.
- Sleep. I am not one of those people who get up before their alarm on their own. Ever. Now that it is the time of year that it is dark when I get up during the week, it is so much harder to actually get up. I hate it. I count down the days until the next time I can sleep in!
- A good book or movie or TV show. I love when I’m reading a book that I cannot wait to get back to or even make extra time to finish reading. Any book by Elizabeth Joy Arnold is one of those. And thank goodness for Netflix! During our long trip to Boston over the weekend, I was able to start catching up from the first episode of New Girl. Hilarious show. I highly recommend it if you don’t watch it already.
- These kids. My daily life is very different from those of you who have children. It’s quiet 😉 I can do whatever I want, wherever I want, whenever I want. And while I enjoy that piece of my world, there is always that part of me that deeply misses out on having my own children. But these three? They come pretty darn close. (Especially since they could pass as mine thanks to the identical twin genetics that I share with their mother!)
There is so very much that I am thankful for. But I wanted to keep this post at a reasonable length 🙂