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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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