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Wednesday
Jan142015

The Blogaversary Post

Since starting this blog back in 2006:

Pluto was demoted to a "dwarf planet"

Apple introduced the iPhone

Tu Diabetes is introduced to the DOC

2 Summer and 3 Winter Olympics happened

The United States have held 2 presidential elections

30 Rock debuted and ended

CGM became widely available

Twitter started

Night at the Museum 1, 2, and 3 were released in theaters

I have had 3 different insulin pumps, 2 CGM's, several different doctors, thousands of tweets during DSMA, 1 trip to the Friends for Life conference in Orlando, found and met my soul brother, discovered a community I cannot live without, had a kid graduate from high school, saw my wife acheive her master's degree, kept the same job, moved 3 times, got a cat, had 2 stents put into my heart, celebrated 2 new nieces and 2 new nephews, recorded an original song, and celebrated my 40th birthday.

 

 

 

 

Thursday
Jan082015

New Year Post

The holidays were spent in a cough syrup fog and breathing treatment haze. Not the way I normally I like to spend the end of the year but so be it.

As I look ahead to 2015, I am hoping my involvement in the DOC will reach back to the level it used to be. Seminars, chats, blog posting, blog reading, and just being around was such a joy for me. Plus it kept me focused on my health so much more than I am without the DOC. 

I can probably find 100 posts that sound exactly like this one. Promises to be more involved, to remember every day how much this community means to me. Wishing to travel to conferences and meet up with my online friends. I write a post like this often. 

For me this is like quitting smoking. I must have quit smoking 50 times before I finally actually quit. Sometimes it takes talking yourself into something over and over before you actually pull it off.

Once my pastor said in a sermon, "everyone is a hypocrite when they are trying to change their lives. The key is to not focus on it and to rather continue on until you have become that changed person." I think about this a lot. 

So often I am critical of everything I do and everything I want to become. I have to remember that the stress of life like family, work, money, and diabetes can take its toll. Sometimes just saying we want to change can be the beginning of the change we need to make. 

That is where I am once again. This time may be the one that does it! 

Thursday
Dec112014

All At Once

Over the last two week I missed lots of doctor's appointments.

Podiatrist.

Opthamologist.

Cardiologist.

Diabetesologist (my diabetes doctor is not an endo).

With the holiday and work being nutso, I had to cancel them all. It's tough to ask for all the time off for doctors appointments when you have to see so many. 

No one else in the office has medical needs like I do and it's almost embarassing to say "I have to go to the doctors." AGAIN!?

I wish I could take a day off and see them all but there is no way to coordinate a day like this since my doctors are all over town! Ultimately I know I have to get in to see them all. And all for very important reasons.

Having neuropathy in my feet makes the Podiatrist appointment a high priority. I have my wife look at my feet every night but there are some issues with the bottoms of my feet and bone structure that we are keeping an eye on. 

After the heart issue a few years back, seeing the Cardiologist is a high priority. I need to follow up and see when we need to schedule another stress test and EKG. Dad died of a heart attack at 42 and since that age is coming up for me in a few months, I am wee bit concerned. History repeats and genes and all that jazz.

Mine eyes have seen dialation only several months ago, but my optho saw a minor bleed she had not seen before, so she told to come back real soon to see if its bled more, this is high priority! (that didn't end as strong as I had hoped)

After getting an A1C at a terribly high number, and FINALLY getting a Dexcom sensor in me (thank you Sara!) I need to get in to see my doc. I also showed a high level of cortisol which my doctor is concerned about. He actually wants me to repeat he cortisol test again to be sure there is an issue. It may explain my insulin resistance. This is a high priority.

So what do you do? I have to work. I have to have a job. I cannot take a ton of time off. When these all are hitting at the same time I give up and cancel them all. It's too stressful thinking about it all. 

I think today I will call one at a time and schedule them out at least a week apart. I have to have room to breathe. Diabetes and caring for it can be so exhausting. 

Regrouping and coming up with a plan helps me to not get stressed out too much. 

No stress is a high priority! 

Wednesday
Dec102014

Planning The Trip

I don't know if I can pull it off but the very first step has been taken.

For those of your who don't get my reference above I am talking about the Friends for Life conference in Orlando, Florida. I have only attended 1 FFL several years ago and since then I have wanted to attend each one since but have not been able to. Heck I am not sure I can make it this time but at least I got the time off of work already.

This year it feels like I need the conference more than ever. I need that community, that feeling of being normal, the friends for life that I need hugs from.

Lately I have been in a funk, a serious funk. I need to refocus, refresh, and reconnect. Just writing this post makes me feel better. It's funny how that works and yet I have stayed pretty silent online. What is the deal?

This is the funk I am talking about and what I hope to remedy in a big old bowl of DOC love in Florida.

Will I see you there?  

Monday
Oct202014

Strolling to Vegas

Quick game! Of the following three statements, only one is an absolute fact. 

1. Las Vegas is about 250 miles away from me. 

2. Diabetes can be cured by eating cinnamon and cupcakes.

3. Bacon is delicious.

Ok, I guess Las Vegas actually is about 250 miles from me so there are, in fact, two facts. Sorry ;)

(correct answers are 1 and 3)

Last year you may have remembered that yours truly was able to visit the 702 (Las Vegas' area code in case you were wondering) with my mom and walk on team TriSaraTops at the JDRF Walk for a Cure!

Well, this year I cannot be there because I will be speaking on a panel at Diabetes Sisters. Bummer.

So I am going to be virtually walking to Vegas this week in hopes to "make it there" with your help! 

 

 

My goal is $1 per mile or for those of you paying attention $250! I really wish I could be there to actually walk but this virtual walk allows me to help a great cause like the JDRF and participate in a great event like Diabetes Sisters.

So what do you say? Can you get me a few miles closer to Vegas? Every mile counts!

THANKS A HEAP!