I realize I have not been blogging much lately so wanted to say hello to everyone and let you all know what’s been going on around my neck of the woods and keeping me busy. Or maybe distracted.
- It seems my blog anniversary completely slipped by me! The end of August marked four years since I started here and I want to thank everyone that has ever stopped by to read, to comment and support me. This wouldn’t mean to me what it does if it weren’t for all of you.
- In July, I had a repeat gastric emptying scan done. Unfortunately it confirmed what both me and my gastroenterologist figured, my gastroparesis has progressed. Compared to the first one I had four years ago, it is still considered mild but it has gotten worse. She prescribed two medications to take as needed and luckily I’ve been able to manage without them. My hubby did some investigating to see if there were any natural remedies to help and he found out about ginger root. I have been taking capsules before most meals and have noticed that it does help. Thank you hubby! I have learned a lot about this condition and it is not something that I would wish on anyone. I’m truly hoping that managing my blood sugar as best I can will help keep it mild.
- A few weeks ago I had my very first insulin pump infusion site infection, after almost 8 years of pumping. I had removed the pod from my lower back and it was a little sore which is not completely unusual. However the next day it was extremely painful and with the advice of a friend, I had it looked at by a doctor. It was indeed infected so was put on 10 days of an oral antibiotic. It has healed nicely but I have to admit I’m a bit weary of getting another one. I’m hoping it was just a one-time-fluke type of thing.
- I have been more involved with IRL citizenship and advocacy type efforts. I am part of the citizenship committee as well as the disability network at my job. It is very fulfilling to be part of such great networks and helps make my “regular” job more worthwhile. I am also on the walk committee of my local JDRF chapter this year. It makes me proud to be part of an organization that has announced such exciting advances in type 1 diabetes research in recent months.
- Over the past 2 months, I haven’t exercised and my eating habits weren’t always the greatest. While I’m finally working on changing that now, I was extremely surprised at the results from my endo appointment this past week. A1c went down, not up like I expected and also one of the lowest I’ve ever had. Also I lost a couple of pounds. None of this makes much sense to me and really not the motivation I was hoping for to get back on track but honestly I’ll take it. It makes me think back to all the times I was expecting and hoping for an A1c a lot lower than it turned out to be. Sometimes diabetes is just unpredictable.
- Most importantly, on September 3rd, my Mema (grandmother) passed away. It wasn’t sudden as her health had deteriorated rapidly since earlier in the year but I still cannot believe she’s gone. I’m glad I got to spend more time with her the few weeks before she passed, even though she may not have realized it was me. I’m glad and thankful she was a part of my life for so long. I’m glad that she lived such a full life – she would have been 95 next month, had 8 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren. I’m glad that she went peacefully and is now in a better place. But it still hurts and I miss her dearly.
I suppose that’s most of it in a nutshell. I’m hoping for more peaceful times to come and to make a better effort at blogging more often. Especially with a big month coming up with a lot to do and say. Oh, one more thing. I got the new iPhone 6 on Friday (I was one of the crazy people who pre-ordered early in the morning on September 12th and not the crazy person who got on a line at the Apple store two weeks ago) and would highly recommend it for other iPhone lovers out there!
(image credit goes to the internet)