I hate being sick!!! I want to be outside on my bike or running. I want to be at the gym hitting the weights and sweating. Instead I'm at home eating saltines, watching television and sleeping. I have had a low grade achy feeling all day and have been in a haze when I do get up to do anything. My blood sugars have been up and down today, I was 272 before lunch but have been hovering around the 100 range all day. Food wise things are getting a little bit better, I had a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for lunch and it is still in my stomach so I can't complain about that. I'm hoping to be in the gym on Monday morning until then I will continue to take it slow and hope that I wake up tomorrow morning and feel like my old self.
An hour after I posted my blog for last night I was headed off to the emergency room. I had begun coughing up blood and anytime I see blood when I shouldn't I go nuts and seek attention immediately. The good news was that I was not vomiting blood, I had vomited so many times that the back of throat was very raw and that is where the blood was coming from. Once I was checked in they quickly took blood and gave me a bag of fluids along with something to settle my stomach. The only negative from my visit was that the doctor suggested not taking any insulin after they tested my blood sugar and I was 257. The doctor suggested that I wait till the blood work returned, luckily all of the blood work was good and I could now take some insulin. An hour after I tested and was 257 I tested again and was 269. I took two units of insulin and Leanne and I headed home for the night. Leanne had to stop at CVS before her night ended however, I had no test strips at the house. I call in my prescription when I have ten strips left, yesterdays freak sickness had caused me to use ten strips in twelve hours. I'm very lucky that I had Leanne with me, she is the best care giver although she probably does want to punch me after I said I was sorry so many times for being sick and making her night crazy.
Today was a very slow and boring day. I felt better but had no energy and did a lot of sleeping. I have begun having soup and bread, I'm very happy to report that it has stayed down. The last thing I want to do is eat "normal" food and have it come back up. So far today I have tested seven time and my average is at 161. I'm still very cautious with my insulin doses, I'm still scared to go below 120 while my stomach is still off. While talking to the nurse last night at the hospital she had said that a lot of people have been in the hospital with the same symptoms. I will turn in to a mother and suggest that everyone washes their hands and covers their mouth when coughing or sneezing.
Abbreviated post this evening, I have been quite sick since 10am this morning. I will get sick, feel ok for a bit and then get sick an hour later. My blood sugars have been between 70-155, I just started trying to eat and drink again around 6. It is now 7 and my stomach just got very upset with me, which would explain why I am writing right now. I have been testing for keytones and have yet to see any which is good. I have a feeling it could be a very long night so this may not be the last post this evening. For now it is off to bed to lay down and hopefully not have to get up around 8pm to visit the restroom.
It is that time of year again and I couldn't be more excited. In the winter I turn in to a basketball junkie, I watch a ton of college basketball and love coaching the local high school freshman team. Since I was a little kid basketball has been a part of my life and so has diabetes, I love the the two are still working together.
It is not always easy coaching with diabetes however. Today I have practice from 6pm until 8, that makes my dinner time an hour earlier. I was just 103 and took 1.5 units to cover a mixture of quinoa and vegetables. Honestly I have no clue how that will workout, will I be so wired at practice that I go up to 200 and take small doses of insulin all practice or will I be running around like crazy and spend all practice sipping juice. When coaching I'm very intense, if my blood sugar is low or high I'm not myself. Tonight is the first night of tryouts and I need to have perfect blood sugars, I will leave shortly with two apple juice boxes, a Nature Valley bar and glucose tablets. I hope that I come home with the same but only time will tell, I'm excited for the year to begin and expect great things as a coach and as a diabetic.
"You are never going to be driven anywhere worthwhile, but you sure as hell drive yourself to a lot of great places. It is up to you to drive yourself there." Bobby Knight
The people of Novo Nordisk continue to come up with fun ways to educate people about diabetes. If you go to http://www.doyouknowdiabetes.com/ you can take a quick five minute quiz that tests your diabetes knowledge. Not only is Novo Nordisk looking to educate people about diabetes they are also making a donation to The Diabetes Hands Foundation each time someone takes the quiz.
I encourage everyone to take the quiz and help people living with diabetes. As we enter the last week of Diabetes Month lets go out with a bang and do all we can to increase diabetes awareness all over the world.
I love to be busy, if I'm not doing something I feel that I'm wasting time. Today was one of those slow days where I was not very active and diabetes wise my body is very happy that I took it easy today. As of 5pm my highest reading today was 145, I love when I have a day of great blood sugars. It is weird but good blood sugars make or break my days.
I had to do something today though, watching college basketball and the Price is Right wasn't going to cut it. I decided to put on my 50lb weight vest and clean the house and decorate for Christmas. Yes, I really wore a weight vest while I cleaned the house. It makes cleaning more fun and you will always make sure everything comes down stairs with you, going up and down the stairs with an extra 50lbs is never fun so I do my best to make that trip only once or twice. All went well while I cleaned, I had one low but got everything done and now I can go have a nice drink and listen to The Killers with my brother in law and a very close friend.
Thanksgiving football is a big deal in the small town of Westerly, RI. For 101 years Westerly High has been playing cross town rival Stonington High. Leanne and I are lucky that we get to volunteer at the game when it is in Westerly. We had a great breakfast at 7am with a good friend and then headed to the high school to help get ready for the game. Diabetes wise, I knew that I would be doing the chains during the game and that being low was not an option. I setup my sensor around 8am and was around 200. My blood sugar didn't move that much during the very exciting and intense football game. As we left the school around 12:30 my blood sugar was at 170, I was happy and headed home to shower before heading to Leannes parents house for thanksgiving dinner. After showering I felt a bit off, I quickly got dressed and tested again, I was down to 91 in less than 20 minutes. I quickly grabbed a juice and some crackers and headed out for thanksgiving dinner.
At dinner I had a decent sized meal, I took 2.4 units of insulin and enjoyed my meal. Then it was time for dessert, that is when the fun started. I decided to have a sliver slice of apple pie, I couldn't pass it up. While eating the pie I was thinking I didn't workout yesterday I better do something today. I looked at my pump and was at 187, I decided why not go for a run, my blood sugar was good and I just had pie so that will keep my blood sugar up while I run. I borrowed some running clothes from my brother in-law and off I went. While running I thought about how far I have come, nine years ago I was at a bar with friends drinking before going to thanksgiving dinner with my family, now I'm running two miles on thanksgiving because I had pie and didn't workout yesterday. I had a little meltdown while running (crying and running is interesting, don't try it) but I'm very happy with how things have worked out. The rest of the day went well, I had one low but as a whole the day went very well and I couldn't be happier.
I hope that everyone had a safe and enjoyable thanksgiving. I'm thankful everyday but today I did a little more thinking then I usually do. I'm so thankful to still be alive and enjoying what life has to offer. I'm so thankful for my family and wouldn't be where I am without them, we all have good days and bad days but no matter what happens your family will always be there and always supporting you. I can't say thank you enough!!
I'm not sure when all of the major American holidays decided to be about food, for people living with diabetes the holidays can be very tough. People living with diabetes are human and enjoy food just like everyone else and should be able to enjoy the holidays. Sadly all to often this is not the case, the last thing we want is to be low or high and not enjoying the day. When you are presented with a table full of different foods it is tough to calculate the carbohydrates and the correct amount of insulin. You have your carb heavy foods like, stuffing, potatoes and dinner rolls and then you have your high sugar foods like cranberry sauce, pies and beverages for those of us over the age of twenty-one. Lets say you have a plate full of quick acting carbs and also have a large amount of starchy high carb foods, what do you do?
My suggestion is to eat in shifts, I will start with a plate of turkey, stuffing and potatoes. I eat these food occasionally and know how to cover them with insulin. I will then wait to see how my body responds to my first course, if things go smoothly I will then have a drink or dessert and cover that with insulin. I have gotten odd looks when I do this but it is better than being 300 and angry. If that does not sound fun I would suggest going with square wave bolus, I have not tried this during the holidays but a square wave will give you a set amount of insulin over a set amount of time. With a square wave you can eat everything at one sitting and get maybe ten units over a three hour period.
Personally I treat the holidays like any other day, being so obsessed with cycling and working out I tend to watch what I eat more then I probably should. On Thursday I will have my normal breakfast, a small lunch (Peanut butter and jelly sandwich, and a few almonds) and then use Thanksgiving dinner as my mid-afternoon snack. I will have a small piece of turkey, a spoon of stuffing and a dinner roll, again I get odd looks but I know what works and I'm with family so they know how odd I can be. I will then have a bowl of pasta for dinner with a sliver of pumpkin pie. My plan is not for everyone but I wish everyone the best and encourage people to share what works for them.
To often we take technology for granted, we forget that technology is not perfect and like humans makes mistakes. All weekend while I wore my sensor I had no problems at all, when I would test the reading on my pump would be within five points of what my blood glucose machine would read. This made my weekend a little bit easier and I was able to have fun and not worry about my blood sugar every five minutes.
I changed the site of my cgm yesterday afternoon when Leanne and I arrived home. When I setup the sensor I noticed a little bit of blood, I was not worry because this happens often and the sensor never has any problems. I cleaned up the site and waited two hours till I had to test my blood sugar to calibrate the sensor. When I tested my blood sugar at 5:30 I was at 130 and feeling good, whenever I calibrate my sensor I like to test two or three times in the first hour to make sure the pump is reading my levels correctly. I had no problems until before bed, my pump was reading 265 but I felt fine, I tested and was at 86. I spent the next five minutes recalibrating the pump and hoping everything would be good while I slept.
When I awoke this morning my pump read 94, my sensor site hurt a bit but thought nothing of it. When I tested my blood sugar was at 235, I had enough, I ripped out the sensor site and swore at it a couple times. I hate being high in the morning, all morning at work I'd be worried what my blood sugar was and testing like crazy because I didn't have my sensor. It was not until my break at 9am that I finally cooled down, my blood sugar was at 71 and I thought to myself see the sensor helps but it is all about the patient and how he or she controls everything. Yes the sensor helps a lot but at the end of the day the patient is still in control not the sensor.
Friday afternoon Leanne and I packed our bags and headed up to Conway, New Hampshire with a a couple that is like family. It was nice to get away for a couple days and be able to regroup. Diabetes wise I was a little nervous when we left on Friday, our friends food schedule is nothing like ours. I made sure I packed plenty of quick snacks just in case any of our meals were later then usual. As a diabetic it I'm so scheduled that any change in my schedule could cause for high or blood sugars, this weekend I had no problem pushing meals back time wise. I was not physically active all weekend so I did not have to worry about including my exercise in to my day.
I had a couple of odd blood sugar spikes over the weekend but nothing drastic. On Saturday my breakfast consisted of a bagel with peanut butter and an apple, we would be eating a nice lunch and I didn't want to eat whatever I wanted and not have to worry that I ate a big breakfast. I didn't exercise so i was very cautious of what I ate all weekend, yes it was a weekend to relax but that doesn't mean I'm going to consume 5,000 calories a day. I'm so accustom to making healthy food choices that it was very difficult for me to order a cheeseburger and fries for dinner one night. I know that is a little over the top but my body is my machine, if you put bad gas in to your car it won't run properly. If I put fast food or bad food in to my body then when I go for a bike ride or a run tomorrow my body won't respond the way that it should. I'm looking forward to the week ahead, it was great to get away with great friends and I will be going in to the week refreshed but still carrying a heavy heart.
Dear Ryan Noonan,
Congratulations! You have been selected to attend the American Diabetes Association’s 2013 Call to Congress: Stop Diabetes® in Washington, D.C. on March 5-7, 2013.
I was very happy to receive that email from the American Diabetes Association earlier this morning. I'm honored to be a representative for the ADA, I feel like a young child on his birthday. My level of excitement is through the roof, it is a shame that I have to wait three months until the event. I'm looking forward to meeting new people and hearing everyone's stories. We all have our own diabetes history and each person is different, I can't to be in front of congress and making a difference for everyone that is living with diabetes. It is not just to help the people living with diabetes it is for their parents, siblings, husbands, wives, and caregivers. Diabetes effects everyone and we need to raise awareness and change how people view diabetes as a disease.
As everyone knows this week has been very tough for my wife and I. I can't thank everyone enough for their kind words in this tough time, it means a lot not only to my wife and I but to our families as well. Thank you again.
Tomorrow is one of the biggest days of the year for anyone that is living with diabetes and the people that care for them. A lot of information and events will be taking place for diabetes. Below is a list of events that will be taking place. I encourage everyone to wear a bit of blue tomorrow for everyone that has been living with diabetes and to raise diabetes awareness.
UF working hard to heighten diabetes awareness
Bob Evans restaurants holding Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation fundraiser on Nov. 14
Joslin at the Movies
T-24 hours until we make a HUGE ANNOUNCEMENT for
you and the diabetes community!!!!
The past twenty-four hours have been very emotional. A family emergency has made things like running a race not very important. I thank everyone that supported me but again a road race was not the most important thing yesterday.
We all know how emotions effect everything we do, for people living with diabetes it can throw our blood sugars all out of whack. That was the case for me this morning, at work I was also performing a job that I have never done so that stress just added to my crazy sugars. I went from being at 139 around 7am to 270 at 8am and up to 312 just after 10am. In this time I was taking insulin to try and lower my blood sugar but nothing was working. I was nervous to take to much because I didn't want to be low performing a new job on the golf course. Things finally started to get back to normal around noon, the insulin finally kicked in and I was down to 59, some juice and my lunch helped get me back to 120 quickly. I have been great sugar wise since then.
I believe that I am all set for tomorrows 5k. My only concern is the bowl of pasta that I just had for dinner, will I be able to keep my sugars below 200 the rest of the evening and while I sleep. This afternoon I hooked up the CGM just to be safe, I don't expect any low blood sugars during my run but having my blood sugar on my hip will help me to relax before I get ready to run. Yesterday afternoon I ran and felt very strong, I finished my 3.2 mile run in 23:19. I felt strong and I'm very happy to report that I had no problems with my left knee. I feel great and I'm looking to finish my run in under 23 minutes.
Anytime I'm going to race I always dedicate the run or ride to someone that means a lot to me. Today was a good day but one that was very tough for me emotionally. I was able to go down to the coastal area that was hardest hit by the hurricane almost two weeks ago. The past five years my wife and I have developed a close relationship with a family that owns a restaurant in the area, this family has done more then we could ever ask to help us with our fight against diabetes. Without them our annual fundraiser would be nothing. Going down to help with the cleanup was the least I could do to make the recovery for this family a little easier. I wish that I could do more to make things better, tomorrow when I start my run this family will be with me. Today will stick with me for a long time, seeing this family smile in such tough times will push me through small pains like the one in my knee. At the end of the day it isn't about some race or the awards we win, it is about the ones that mean the world to you. Without friends and family we are nothing.
Feeling like you have low or high blood sugars is never a good feeling and are to be avoided at all costs. The dizzy, angry, and tired feeling that accompany my lows are not fun as are the angry, lazy, and dry mouth feelings that a high blood sugar will bring. Sometimes however I get those feeling and my blood sugars won't be what I would call low or high.
Today it was a windy, cold and rainy day at work, we did our best to work outside but the weather made it tough to be outside for more then a couple hours at a time. All morning I was feeling that my blood sugar was high, (meaning I thought my blood sugar was above 220) I had my "work tester" with me all day and tested six time while working. Every time my blood sugar was between 120 and 210 so they were not readings that were low or high. All day I felt "high" and could not figure out why, my first thought was being dehydrated so I grabbed a jug of water and drank it all morning. The rest of the day I was rushing off to the woods to relieve my full bladder. I wasn't dehydrated so why the dry mouth? I'm not ready to blame it on the cold weather, I have been outside all fall and have been doing some kind of exercise in forty degree weather all month. My question to everyone is what is the cause and why is it present one day and non existent the next? Twenty-two years of diabetes and I have new questions everyday. I LOVE IT!!!
For those that visit the website on a daily basis you may be wondering what happened to athlete part of the website/blog. Things have been up and down when it comes to the athlete part of my life, the hurricane made things difficult at work and a little bit at home. I was able to run five miles this past Saturday and did so in a time of 37:16, I felt great but my left knee was really bothering me. When I would bend my knee I would get this sharp pain, the pain has subsided as the week has gone on but is still present when at work or if I squat. I'm happy to report that my knee has gotten significantly better the past twenty four hours.
This Sunday I will be running in my first 5k in over four years. I have not run since Saturday but have been doing squats, sit ups and kettle bell swings so my body doesn't go in to shut down mode. I plan to run tomorrow and Friday to test my knee but I have a feeling it should be good to go. I am also planning on a sub twenty-three minute finish time. I can't wait to get out and run!!
As everyone knows today is election day today, it is very important to get out and vote. Nothing is worse then the person that doesn't vote and then complains about the results.
People living with diabetes have more then likely looked at each candidates healthcare proposals. Living with a chronic disease effects everything in your life and voting for a president is a major moment in a diabetics life. I'm very very lucky to have insurance and amazing doctors, I feel that I get some of the best care in the world and I'm so thankful for that. To often I hear or speak with patients that don't have the same benefits that I do and that hurts. I can't imagine paying for insulin or testing supplies out of pocket with no insurance. That is one reason I hate myself after not taking care of myself for ten years. As I said I'm lucky to have insurance and supplies but for ten years the only supply I used was insulin, I could drive around my home town and find people living with diabetes that don't have access to the supplies they need and they are fighting this disease with all they have. I was killing myself for ten years and killing others at the same time.
We will not find medical coverage for every American overnight. Tonight your vote will help to change things for the better. Your vote will help a person living with diabetes in Colorado that doesn't have the money to see the doctor on a yearly basis. Your vote will help the undiagnosed get better medical information on the symptoms of diabetes. It may be one vote but it is your vote and that single vote will go a long way to helping millions in this great country of ours.
For the past few days I have not been feeling one hundred percent. Being an "athlete" I always have some kind of excuse for why I am not sick. I was able to go on a five mile run on Saturday with no problems until later that night. Saturday night I knew I wasn't doing well when my back was hurting, for some reason that is the main indicator that I'm sick or getting sick. I wouldn't give in however I decided that I was sore because of working like crazy since the hurricane. On Sunday things got a little better but I still had that run down drowsy feeling and my blood sugars began to spike randomly. I slept most of the day and hoped things would get better. Today was a lot like Sunday, I felt ok but I had moments when I felt very weak and a little dizzy. Work will once again be very crazy this week, my only hope is that it rains all day like it is forecast to do on Wednesday. With a soaking all day rain I may not have to work and I will then be able to sleep and rest up.
Being a diabetic I really should be listening to my body more then I am right now. I have been watching my sugars and checking for ketones more then normal. If my body really begins to say listen I'm sick I have no other option, I have to shut down and recharge my battery.
I believe that people living with Diabetes are the strongest people in the world. Being a diabetic takes a tremendous amount of heart and mental toughness. Diabetics are faced with people that say daily that we are unable to perform the same tasks as everyone else. As diabetics we try our best to ignore such comments but secretly we hold on to that negative comment and use it as motivation. I often get asked "Why do you enjoy torturing yourself? It seems that you do all that you can to physically torture your body everyday!!" I respond with a smile and say I need to know that I'm alive, what I really want to say is "So many people have told me what I can't do that I need to prove myself to them day in and day out." I'm way past riding my bike to prove myself to others, I now push myself to show other people living with diabetes that anything is possible.
I'm not the only one living with diabetes that likes to prove that a diabetic can do anything a person living without diabetes can do. Team Type 1 is built by diabetics that want to show they can do anything they put their mind to. While on Facebook earlier I came across a post from Team Type 1 that read
High blood sugars in temperatures over 100F nearly prevented Team Type 1's Sebastien Sasseville from completing Race Across The Sahara, but through resourcefulness and raw determination he pressed on to cross the finish line.
I then followed this link. I'm now in awe of Sebastien Sasseville, I want to complete the Race Across The Sahara one day. I feel my goals changing because of Sebastien and Team Type 1, they are far better athletes then I ever will be and they are showing me on a daily basis that anything is possible. They motivate me, when I'm sore on a run or bike ride I think of people like Sebastien, if he can race across the Sahara then I can certainly ride 200 miles or run a marathon.
I can only speak for myself but I feel that my life is so scheduled diabetes wise that any change in routine causes a bit of a problem. This morning I had a very important meeting at 9am, at the meeting it would be very rude to pull out a juice box or any item to raise my blood sugar. With that known, it was very important to go in to the meeting a little higher than normal. I woke up with a blood sugar of 146 and had my normal breakfast but took a half unit less so I would be a little higher than normal around 9am. As I left for the meeting I decided to test to make sure everything was ok, I was 207 and knew that I could go in to the three hour meeting not having to worry. Leaving the meeting I felt great and had a blood sugar of 171 when I got to my car. I hate to step out of my comfort zone as a diabetic but to be successful in life we have to do things that don't always make us comfortable. Stepping out of your comfort zone is a true test to how much control you have over your diabetes.
“Man often becomes what he believes himself to be. If I keep on saying to myself that I cannot do a certain thing, it is possible that I may end by really becoming incapable of doing it. On the contrary, if I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning.”
― Mahatma Gandhi
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