Molly Monday: Lets play catch up!

Molly Monday: Lets play catch up!

Hi everyone, Molly here. Its been a few weeks since I took over Mom’s blog. Mom and I have been running around a lot. October and November seemed to be filled with stuff we planned and stuff, well, nature planned. Hurricane Matthew was hard, Mom packed Judd (my brother) and I up and we had to evacuate and we went all the way to Maryland from Florida. I was able to keep an eye on Mom while she was stressed out. Afterwards, my brother had to be left at my Auntie Soly’s house for a few weeks while Mom and I flew back to go back to work. I got to stay in a hotel when we got back. I’m not sure I like those places quite yet. Mom was pretty stressed after that, but all is normal now.

Thanksgiving was a lot of fun. Mom got to visit with the human side of the pack, and I got to hang with my canine pack friends. Mom always tells me that I bark too much and I am bossy  with them. What can I say? I know all the answers to all the questions.

Thanksgiving was hard for Mom, apparently her insulin line got pinched off so she wasn’t getting her medicine so I had to rescue her to tell her she was smelling weird. I sat in her lap until I knew she felt better. It took a long time that night, but that is what my job is, and I will do it!

Speaking of blood sugars, what is going on? Mom (and therefore me), have been riding a roller coaster lately with her blood sugars. Mom told me she went to her endocrinologist and they made some tweaks, but dang it, its been hard having to be on call all day long. Since the change though, things are going back to normal and I do get a little break. She seems less stressed too.

Mom is doing a lot more reading lately, and a lot of picture taking. I think these things make her happy. Personally? I think I make her the happiest, even more than my brother Judd. I just want her to be happy.

What have I been doing? Outside of helping Mom out, I have hidden a few more things like toilet paper rolls, tin foil and Judd’s favorite stuffed animal in my secret hiding spots. I can’t tell you where they are because they wouldn’t be so secret, now would they?

I also had a photo shoot with my Auntie Soly when we saw her. Did you like one of the pictures? I don’t look too shabby, huh? Thanks Auntie!

I hope everyone is doing good. I will see you guys next week!

❤ Molly

 

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My Struggles Lately

My Struggles Lately

We all have moments where we question ourselves. We second guess every decision in every aspect of our lives, even as simple as did I get the right brand of butter? Recently, the burden I have chosen to carry (purely by blind masochistic choice apparently) is that I find myself struggling to share my life with #ThriveNation. I don’t feel worthy or useful to anyone. Truly, my purpose is to encourage anyone walking this journey with me, and right now…. I don’t think I do nor am I worthy of wrapping an arm around someone’s shoulder and walking their journey with them.

When I write that, I read it, and I know my brain thinks its silly, but my heart struggles to accept the truth. I am a believer of the Word of God (ie. Bible). I believe its God breathed and applicable to my daily life. As a result, I really focused my quiet time with God in my *identity* in him. How does GOD view me? Because there is no other importance in this world but his perception of ME. Here is what I found.

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My identity, and worth is beyond my own perception. God SEES me as righteous through his Son Christ. I have been meditating on the previous scriptures and particularly 1 Peter 3:3-4.

No matter how hard I try, my hair is a curly mess by the end of the day, my pancreas is dysfunctional and I can’t seem to get food to NOT fall on my clothing at some point throughout the day. I am not full of physical grace, and stumble and trip all the time. But God sees glory and purpose in it all. Who am I to question it?

So, folks, I’m no beauty model, nor a person that will most likely have perfect hair and make up, but I am your sister, and a person who wants to hold you up when you need it. I am a resource, and it would be a blessing to just be there. If it annoys you that I share my life, well, I can’t help it. If I can be an encouragement to ONE person, then my purpose is complete.

We all struggle, and I am not excluded. I thought this may make you chuckle or commiserate, disheveled hair and dysfunctional pancreas and all.

Until next time…

My Sweet Regards,

❤ Suny

Happy Anniversary to my……… pump!

Happy Anniversary to my……… pump!

My  anniversary with my insulin pump was this past week. I used this time to reflect on my diagnosis and the progress I’ve made in thriving with diabetes. My insulin pump is a big a part of this journey and so I’d like to talk about how and why it is so important to me.

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My pump removed my leash to my needles and constant ties to eating on a 2 hour block.

My pump gave me the freedom to live a relatively normal life. I can eat within reasonable times.

It granted me freedom from constant needle pokes each time I put something in my mouth.

My insulin pump gave me the confidence to learn the needs of my body and allow me to customize my insulin needs to my current state, which could be impacted by oral surgery, illness, stress, hormone cycles and travel.

My insulin pump gave me the confidence that I had some means of control over this diabetes monster. It may drive me mad most days but I had a tool that fit my needs.

Do I hate diabetes? Yes. Do I wish it away? Yes. But there are bigger burdens and crosses to bear.

So, as long as I need insulin, I am grateful for my insulin pump.

Diabetes: A “Cleanse” with The Ultimate Reset

Diabetes: A “Cleanse” with The Ultimate Reset

Really? A cleanse? Suny, have you lost your mind?

No, of course not. The Ultimate Reset is one of Beachbody’s premium programs I tried prior to my diabetes diagnosis and loved. It broke my addiction to caffeine, the drive thru and convenient food. I slept the deepest, and felt the most vitalized. I even lost 9.4 pounds too. It was by far not an easy program if you struggle like I do, but it was certainly worth it.

Fast forward 2 years….

I have been struggling managing my addiction to caffeine, and sugar again, but now I am on insulin. I didn’t want to commit 21 days to pure elimination of all the above, but one day of blood sugars over 300 forced me to face the truth. I needed to break the above and complete a”Reset” before I cause permanent damage.

I made the commitment. 21 Days, the Ultimate Reset and I, me and my meter.

The supplements and foods are based on whole foods. This is the cleanest food regimen one can get. The only problem is, because it is a total reset of my system, many protein sources are eliminated and no caffeine, no coffee, and definitely no pure sugar. As a result, I needed to be glued to my meter to make sure my insulin needs are met.

Whew. This has been an interesting 16 days. Week 1 was very difficult. Not only did I see a major drop in my insulin use (woohoo!), I was withdrawing from caffeine and sugar. To say things were complicated is to say the least. Was it worth it? YES! Look at my numbers on Days 1-7 below:

Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Day 6 Day 7
Fasting 97 99 94 103 96 98 101
Post-Bk 114 122 117 121 110 111 123
Pre-Lunch 101 110 98 82 72* 95 102
Post-Lunch 133 126 118 129 105 130 122
Pre-Dinner 85 99 102 80 98 82 78
Post-Dinner 122 134 121 156 118 144 111
Bedtime 118 122 105 133 112 134 105

* Symptomatic for low

Those are beautiful numbers aren’t they?? (My goal is to have tight control of 70-140. Your goals may be slightly different.)

Well the magic is in The Ultimate Reset. Good vegetable based food. Good supportive supplements and massive lifestyle change. I am determined to make this permanent.

I have 5 more days, and I look forward to sharing my results.

I have had a significant decrease in insulin use and so far have lost 7 pounds. I feel fantastic and super pumped for the last few days.

If you can’t wait for my results to look at the Ultimate Reset, click here.

Do you HAVE to do the Ultimate Reset to get the above results? No, but it sure helps. Keep your eyes peeled on Thrive with Diabetes to learn how to incorporate clean foods daily to manage your blood sugar. It doesn’t have to be the Ultimate Reset, but you do have to commit to changing your habits. It IS worth it, I promise.

My *SWEET* Regards & Thrive On,

❤ Suny

 

We are EXPLODING, so I recruited help…

We are EXPLODING, so I recruited help…

Wow. I am so humbled. Humbled isn’t even the word that fits what I am feeling. As of 11:17 AM on June 4, 2016, we have 911 likes on our page. This goes beyond what I even imagined. My heart and soul when creating this page was to create a growing community for diabetics, and those who love them to come together, share ideas and have some fun. I wanted to show what THRIVING with diabetes is like. I wanted to share life with people who understand the good, the bad and the ugly with this disease. NOW I, get to do this with almost 1,000 of you. What can I say?

THANK YOU! Thank you for supporting the mission-that-hasn’t-quite-been-concrete-yet-but-about-to-be-posted of this page and blog.  Thank you for being a part of MY Thrive life.

As a result of the sudden growth (yay!), I needed help. Between my full time job as an occupational therapist, a wellness business owner through Beachbody and an ordinary person with friends and hobbies, I needed help! I did not want to disappoint any of you. That is when I turned to my dear friend Emily.

This is Emily (below), she is as demure, sweet and amazing as she looks. A true friend.

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She has been part of my Thrive journey within the first month of my diagnosis. Emily has a heart of gold and a heart for THRIVE. She has her own personal story and I will be proud to have her share it here soon.

Emily will be helping me gather, organize and bring you new content each week. She is the anchor to my insane idea-creating brain. Any post you see on TwD may be from me or her, and you should be excited, because I sure am.  I’m sure you’ll enjoy her heart as much as I do. Welcome to Emily, the Social Media Coordinator! ❤ ❤

As for what is coming ahead of us, look for polls, fun prizes/giveaways and challenges so we can manage this disease and THRIVE!

Thrive On,

❤ Suny

Disney World: Blood Sugar Management At Amusment Parks With My Insulin Pump

Disney World: Blood Sugar Management At Amusment Parks With My Insulin Pump

Disney World is one of my most favorite places to go. It is truly a magical place. It can also be one of the trickiest places to manage one’s blood sugars. Whether you are Type 1 or Type 2, managing how your blood sugar rides can be tricky during periods of different activity, such as amusement parks.

First, lets talk about the stress. Try organizing your family, get to the amusement park, find parking, find transportation/walk to the park gate, fight the crowds, buy your ticket, stand in another security line and then maze through the crowds to just enter the park. Is your blood sugar high yet? Wait, maybe its low because of all that walking/activity.

Recently, I brought my parents to Disney World (see first sentence) for their first time. It was a fantastic experience. I have been to Disney World quite a few times and I actually have a nice routine down after having experience a few blips.

Activity = increased sensitivty to my insulin, which in turn means faster lows if I do not manage them. Well, one of the strategies I employ in managing my blood sugar at Disney World is set a temporary basal. I determine the % my basal rate is by certain factors: how long I will be there, how much walking I will do, how hot it is and how readily accessible I will be to food. This time, I totally forgot to do it, in the hustle and bustle of getting to the park I forgot to set a temporary basal rate.

This was the result:

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Well, 8 glucose tablets later (my favorite kind of tablets) my sugar was safe and we were on our way to eat lunch. I set my basal rate to 25% for 9 hours to account for the rest of the day. I bolused like usual and enjoyed a burger for lunch, cotton candy, a dole whip and beef nachos and bolused accordingly. My blood sugar remained 150-170 all day. Perfect for me. Some may say thats a little high, but for me, it creates a cushion of not crashing. As always, consult your doctor!

Basal rates are so important to me. I use them heartily. I use them for 3 hours during workouts, during inactive periods, when I am sick, and for Disney. I adjust basal rates for more or less depending on what I need. It is fantastic!

For my fellow insulin users but use pens, I suggest tucking away snacks such as peanut butter crackers, or other snacks with carbs with protein/fat. They will hold you steady. Always make sure you have your glucose tablets or correction tools as needed. It is definitely trickier with injections, but it sure is possible. That is for the NEXT Disney post…

How do you manage your blood sugar in places like Disney World? What about my T2ers on meds, or managing with lifestyle?

My Sweet Regards,

❤ SB

Striving to Thrive

Striving to Thrive

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Everyone with diabetes don’t always remember the day they were diagnosed. Some were diagnosed when they were very young and some just have had the day become a blur in their mind. I think the reason my Diagnosis Day is so vivid is that its been less than a year!

I woke up one Monday with one of the worst migraines I have experienced. I administered my first dose of migraine medication and went to bed. (I worked Tuesday-Saturday.) Come Tuesday, the headache did not relent, but I had to go to work. I pushed through the day, hoping for relief on Wednesday.

Wednesday, a few compassionate coworkers sat me down and took my blood pressure. The readings were outrageous: 190/115, 175/100, 205/105. As dangerous as those numbers are, we all attributed it to the pain level I was experiencing.

The pain continued until finally Friday, I called my doctor. I have experienced unrelenting migraines, called cluster migraines before and believed this is what it was.  Once they heard what my blood pressure numbers were, they sent me to the ER. My boss found coverage for Saturday and I left work early that Friday.

Once in the ER, I was quickly seen due to my blood pressure. The bloodwork came back. Surprisingly, for once in a long time, I was not anemic, kidneys looked good, EKG looked good, but my blood sugar was through the roof. The doctor came in and forever changed my life. I was a diabetic, and my sugar was so high, my blood pressure was high.

The next few months were so difficult. Coping, bargaining, dealing and just finding balance. Once I was put on the proper insulin regimen and the insulin pump, I was able to achieve that balance I needed to gain perspective. As tragic as the diagnosis was, I was determined to not allow it to consume me. I was determined to thrive.

I am lucky. I have the education and resources to equip myself immediately to prevent long term complications and even achieve a non-diabetic A1C with the supervision of my endocrinologist. 8 months after diagnosis, my A1C was 5.5. I was thriving. What I did realize was that thousands and millions of people do not have access to the same information as I do.

My daily goal is to strive to thrive. Thriving is living a fullfilled, happy and contentful life. Daily choices, daily actions and daily thoughts are a part of this road of diabetes. I certainly struggle on some days, lows, highs, crazy numbers, but in the end I strive to thrive. I want to share this message of thriving, and therefore this blog Thrive with Diabetes was born. I want to be an avenue for education for my fellow diabetics.

I hope your Dia-Journey is filled with thriving, if it isn’t, do something to start striving for thriving. I appreciate you joining me on this adventure. I hope I can serve as support, advocacy or a resource.

My Sweet Regards,

❤ SB