Smarties Funny

My nephew Brandon has Downs. He always asks what I have in my purse and he always wants Smarties. He doesn’t really like them so will eat one Smartie and then hand the rest off to his mother.

The other week, he was at my place and wanted some Smarties. I gave him some and didn’t really expect him to eat more than one. He likes to sit at my computer and watch a slideshow of my critters. He actually ate about half of the pack of Smarties while doing that. When my mother came back and they left, he took his Smarties with him (but he dropped a couple for the dog on the way out the door).

He managed to have some left when they got back to his house, so my mother put them in a baggy for him. After my sister got home from work, she saw them sitting there and decided to tease Brandon – she told him that she was going to eat them.

I love Brandon’s response: “No, those are for my insulin!”  Smart kid!


I Wish My Insurance Company Paid For

Juice and SmartiesThis month’s blog carnival topic is:

Diabetes can sure be expensive.  Insurance can help take away some of the financial burden, but sometimes the things we want, or even need, are not covered by insurance.  With that in mind, we turn back to our April 18th chat to Fill in the Blanks on the following sentence . . .

I wish my insurance company paid for _________because ______________.

I have been pretty fortunate and been able to get the things that I needed.  Even when I went thru a period without insurance, I was making enough money to be able to buy the things that I needed.  Of course, the kind of insulin we used was a lot cheaper back in those days.  I had to stop and think about something I use a lot of that is not covered by insurance.  I really didn’t have to think very hard!

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Saturday Snapshots – 2012

Today’s topic for Diabetes Blog week is:

Back for the third year, let’s show everyone what life with diabetes looks like!  With a nod to the Diabetes 365 project, let’s grab our cameras again and share some more d-related pictures.  Post as many or as few as you’d like.  Feel free to blog your thoughts on or explanations of your pictures, or leave out the written words and let the pictures speak for themselves.

I decided to keep it simple today!

Giant Container of Smarties

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My Fake Pinboard

Today’s prompt for Day 16 of the Wego Health Activist Writer’s Challenge is, “Pinboard. Create a pinterest board for your health focus. Pin 3 things. What did you pin? Share the images in a post and explain why you chose them.”

I setup an account at Pinterest for this post but I haven’t done anything with it yet nor have even “looked” to figure out what to do there. I had a good laugh today when a friend said that I seemed “distracted and scattered” lately! I have been being pulled in too many different directions lately so decided to take the easy way out with this post and not bother with Pinterest. I figured I would pick out 3 pictures that I already have and go from there.

I picked the Dexcom saying low for my first picture. For those people that don’t have a Dexcom, your blood sugar has to be below 40 for it to say low. And yes, I treated the low before taking a picture! Being low is no fun. I don’t feel most of my lows, so the Dexcom helps catch them before I get too low. Even with the Dexcom though, if you are dropping fast, you can still end up “low.”

Dexcom Low

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10 Things I Couldn’t Live Without

Today’s prompt for Day 13 of the Wego Health Activist Writer’s Challenge is, “10 Things I Couldn’t Live Without. Write a list of the 10 things you need (or love) most.”

Apidra pens and vials1.  Leading the top of that list would be insulin.  I wouldn’t be able to survive if I didn’t have my insulin!




Aviva Boxes2.  After insulin, I also need my test strips.  It is hard to adjust your insulin or treat lows if you have no idea what your blood sugar is.




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Insulin Mix-up

Last night, I was getting ready for bed around 11. Like I always do, I test my blood sugar and then take my Levemir. If I need to take a correction, I will do that also. I tested at 115, so was happy with that. I just needed to take my Levemir so I picked up a pen, dialed in 8 units and stuck it in. As I pulled the pen out, I realized, I just gave myself 8 units of Apidra, not Levemir. Fortunately, I still had my pen in my hand so there was no doubt as to which pen I had used.

Levemir and Apidra pens
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