Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Just a quick update

I'm sorry I haven't had a chance to post this week. For those who are interested, I did talk to my doctor about my issues with my high blood sugars and we have tweaked my pump. So far things have been a little better and hopefully will continue to even out.

This will have to be a quick post. If I can find the song I am thinking about, it always brings back memories of my senior year in high school and that summer when we finished up and spent a week at the beach celebrating. It was with my two best friends and one's older sister as a chaperon. I don't know why I like this song or group so well, but hey, I was 17! It was done by the Lovin' Spoonful. To this day, when I hear it on the radio, I travel back in time.

We are leaving tomorrow morning for a two week trip to Belize. I will not be able to post as we are not taking a laptop or even my cell phone! Costs too much for roaming charges, so I will have to do without. I can feel withdrawal symptoms already! I will catch up when we get back.

Take care everyone. xxxx

Friday, April 12, 2013


I know I have already posted on the subject of vulnerable earlier this week, but a problem I have been experiencing brought the word into immediate focus for me today. I have been having problems all week with my blood sugar levels running high.  I am an insulin dependent diabetic. I use an insulin pump (5 years now) so my body gets what it needs to keep my blood sugar in check. This week, I have been all over the place with my readings and I don't know why. I can say, this makes me feel very VULNERABLE. I have tried different solutions and have not been able to come up with a fix. Uncontrolled blood sugars can do significant damage to your body if left for any length of time. While mine are not bad enough to make me go running to the nearest hospital ER, I am bothered by it greatly.

Today I am pushing drinking water and trying to stay away from carbohydrates as much as possible. Just about everything you eat (except for pure protein) has some form of carbs. I have been very good so far today but my blood sugars are still running high. If I can't get things back to normal by Monday, I will call my endocrinologist and ask about tweaking the settings on my pump. Illnesses can cause your blood sugar levels to go up as well. I have had sinus headaches all week, so maybe I need to see my family doctor on Monday.

Here is a picture of my insulin pump (for those of you who have never seen one LOL). It's pink!

Everyone have a good weekend. xxx

Monday, April 8, 2013

Let's Reflect - April

Here is an excerpt of Anne's challenge for April....

After our Laugh week in March, we now go back to something more serious, as our word is vulnerable.

What do you do when you feel vulnerable, what do you eat, what do you say, how do you dress, whom do you talk to, what do you avoid doing, what do you do much more ?

Do you dress in bright colors, do you go clubbing, do you hibernate, do you go for long walks, do you cuddle your Teddy in your PJs all day, do you read a book, do you raid your local supermarket for chocolate, do you look at yourself in a mirror and do faces ?

We all have our own small things we do to try and feel better and I would like we share them with each other, as we never have too many ways of trying to feel better, do we ?

This week, we open a massive savings account ( at least one that won't go bust, LOL)  and we all deposit our little secret remedies. At the end of the week, we all will feel richer and more prepared to fight grey days, would they come.

I have to say that I don't feel vulnerable very often. My first marriage was not always a happy time for me and I came out of that relationship with very low self esteem. Now, I am just the opposite of the person I was at that time. I am not mean or a bully but I don't let people take advantage of me. In the rare times that I do feel vulnerable it is usually because my feelings have been hurt. At those times I tend to retreat into myself for a while and mull things over. I might sleep more than normal or be a little more quieter than usual, but it never lasts for long. I have also been known to give myself a stern talking to! If that doesn't work, I talk to my husband Thadd. He can always put things back in perspective for me. LOL!

I have been through a lot in my life (my mother used to tell me I could write a book about it) but I believe the experiences have only helped me to become a stronger person. I have shed gallons of tears, had lots of sleepless nights, and gone through bouts of depression, but I am a survivor in every sense of the word. I try to focus on the positive, happy things in my life, like the beautiful sunset below.

Friday, April 5, 2013

April View Challenge

Wow, I can't believe it is April already! Where does the time go? Our challenge this month is another picture of our view plus a new one from our kitchen window and our neighborhood. The weather here has been rainy for the most part all week which made it difficult to get out. I did manage to get a few shots though it may seem like I am repeating myself. Maybe I am. They say you have a tendency to do that when you get older. LOL!  So, my view as you know is Henry. Here is a collage of some new pictures of him. He is so photogenic (takes after his mom, not me).

I am adding a picture from my kitchen window but I know that view hasn't changed since my last picture. Unless I go hang something on wall (maybe that's not a bad idea) they only difference you will see is where Thadd may have shifted some of his lawn tools around.

It is hard to tell in the picture, but in the window sill I have a small statue of St. Joseph. A friend of mine at work who is catholic gave it to me when we were trying to sell our house (the one we owned before this one). If you don't know the story, it goes like this. You bury the statue upside down in the yard of the house you want to sell. It is supposed to help you sell your house more quickly. I don't know how, but it sure worked. I buried it and within a week we had sold the house. It amazed me! After you sell your house, you dig him up and give me a place of honor in your new house. I put him in the kitchen window because he is seen there all of the time. Here is a close up of the statue.

And finally here are a couple of pictures of some Amaryllis blooming in the yard. I will try to get some other neighborhood shots before the week is out if I can. Everyone take care and have a good weekend. xxx