Wednesday, 26 May 2010

Sister has a blog

Sisters Blog

I thought I'd post a link to my sisters blog before I get into trouble for not doing it quick enough.

Bloods are still running high =( And I still have a nasty chesty cough.
Its starting to get me down again. I now its partly my fault for not taking care of myself but its also the fact I've not been well recently.
I really want a new blood kit. I like mine but I just don't have the "ohh I must test my blood" going on at the moment so was thinking maybe a new blood kit might help me get back on track.
I need to get motivated for alot of things at the moment. Weightloss, diabetes control, writing this, my Avon work.
It's not that I don't want to, its just I don't seem to have the energy etc to do it.

I'm getting a aerobic step with DVD that I got off FreeCycle, and am picking that up on Thursday. I'm hoping that because its something I can do in my own home while watching tv or something I can keep it up. As I build up my fitness and loose the weight I'll start back on my exercise bike.

I'm going out for dinner later with my OH, his assistant manager and his OH. I get on really well with them and am really looking forward to it. We are going to a chinese restaurant.
My OH's boss is really starting to bug me, he keeps going early when he's said my OH can or one of the other workers can. Like today. My mum needs to use our car to get stuff for dinner and get money out etc and my OH was supposed to come home early so he can get ready for going out and mum can use the car and now his boss is leaving early... after being off for a holiday last week (or the week before - can't remember exactly). Does my head in!!!!!

Monday, 24 May 2010

Bad Blogger!

I've been a very bad blogger and I apologise.
I've been a little bit busy with wedding plans and seeing friends and having arguments and getting my Avon career off the ground.

My Avon work is going really well. I have to hand out more brochures later and am going to plug the sun care products what with the weather being soooo hot.

I went to the beach yesterday with my fiance, sister and cousins. It was a great laugh. The journey took 3 hours, just over 2 hours of that was sitting in traffic! Not good. I was wearing factor 50 sun cream and still managed to burn!
My diabetes has been a bit hit and miss. I was expecting it to be really high these past few days, as I'm had a stinking cold, well still do. But actually they have been better since I've had the cold than before it.
I keep forgetting to take my insulin *slaps wrist*. Its not something I am doing on purpose and am actually very annoyed with myself for forgetting. I am trying to get this sorted again and get myself back on track.

I have a question for you all now though.....

How does the heat affect your blood levels???

Wednesday, 19 May 2010

Uh oh

I'm starting to slip back into my old ways.
I'm forgetting to test my blood and take my insulin.
Completely forgetting to carb count when I do take my insulin.
I don't know what is wrong with me but I don't like it. I'm trying to make a real concious effort to remember to do everything right as I really don't want my HbA1c to rise again.
I'm still working on my weight loss.... which isn't really going anywhere at the moment. I'm not really putting in the effort for it to change if I'm honest. I seem to have hit a sort of brick wall, with regards to my motivation with both.
When I have checked my blood, they have been slightly higher, some very high even when I have taken my insulin. I think this might be contributing to the lack of motivation, which I know is totally the wrong way to go about it, but it is hard to try and keep going  when you feel like your getting it wrong again.

My Avon work is starting to take off so hopefully the walking will help with my weight loss *crosses fingers*.

I hope everyone else is having a better time and the diabetic fairy is behaving herself with you x

Friday, 14 May 2010

Where would you like to be right now?

There was a thread on Diabetes Support earlier that got me thinking hard.

Where would you like to be right now?

If money was no object, and you could be doing anything,anywhere what would it be? (leave comments telling me if you like)

For me, I'd be on Mevagh Mountain in Donegal, Ireland, in my own house, with a sea view. With lots of children, my wonderful fiance who I can't wait to get married to, with D his son, and a cat & dog. My family owning houses around me so we were all close enough, but not too close. I'd be a full time Avon Lady, earning just slightly more than enough to live comfortably so we didn't have to worry, and I'd still be able to paint. Oh and I wouldn't have diabetes!

I'm going to make this my reality one day!

Now its your turn...

(The photo is of Carrigart in Donegal near where my aunty lives)

Wednesday, 12 May 2010

I have a job!

I started my new job on Monday. I am now an Avon Representative!
I love it already. I love the fact I am my own boss yet there is help and support when I need it.
I love the Avon products that range from the well known make up & beauty to men's, kids,sports and jewellery.
I hoping to start doing parties soon and I start doing my roads next Monday.
None of the products are tested on animals which I support 100%. You are reminded that you are your own boss & you can go at your own pace. I'm hoping this will be pretty much my full time job. I am really going to push myself hard with this.

Because of the new job and great diabetes results from my clinic appointment last week, I have decided this is definately the start of the new me. The better me, The healthier me, The positive me, The me who isn't going to let anything stop me!!

My diabetes has been a bit weird today - my fault really. They were fairly good when I woke up this morning but went wrong when I had a tiger roll ( I swear these are gods gifts) for breakfast. I took what I thought was the right amount of insulin, but as there was no carbohydrate value written on the pack it was kind of hard to guess. They weren't tooooo bad 2 hours after (10.4mmol/L) so when it came to lunch I took an extra unit of insulin and by 2 hours after this I was feeling hypo. Tested and I was at 4.1 mmol/L. Although this wasn't at hypo level dinner was quite a while away so had something then. Two hours later 11.4!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So annoyed at myself! Dinner was not long after so took an extra unit of insulin to counteract the 11.4, and now I am playing the waiting game. Dinner was fish cakes, crushed potatoes and sweetcorn, a total of 16 units of insulin after carb counting (probably got it wrong as I was distracted).

I will edit this later to include the two hour reading.

I'm going to stay positive and keep looking to the future. Everyone is allowed to make mistakes and its all about finding what works for you, and what food works for you. I hope everyone can try to be positive with what ever is going on in their lives and know that things will get better, you just gotta keep your chin up.

Monday, 10 May 2010

Well what can I say...

The party was a great success!! I got a little drunk, which for those who know me  will know that is unheard of as I don't normally drink at all. It was great having my family and friends meeting Alan's family. There were people I haven't seen in nearly 2 years that came on Saturday!

The music was great, the people were fantastic and I haven't had a better birthday! We even got told by the steward of the bar that our guests "were the most polite, pleasant people they have ever had at a 21st". They are really wary about doing 21st parties where we held ours because of the reputation that everyone will be very drunk and very rowdy. So I am very happy with that comment =)

I decided to pretty much ignore my diabetes that night and only test it a few times. It was high when I tested but I wasn't too worried because of the alcohol. I didn't want to over correct and then go really low. But the worst part of ot was waking up on Sunday with levels of 11.6mmol/L!!!!! I decided to take 3 units then wait till after breakfast to take some more. Had breakfast and took 5 units with that to bolus for it, then played the waiting game.

We went to a family christening on Sunday and while in there I started to feel really odd so sneaked out to test my bloods which had risen to 14.9mmol/L !! Panic!!! I took a further 4 units of Novarapid and went and joined the rest of the congregation. It was another 2 hours before I got the chance to test again. And thankfully they were at 7.3mmol/L.

I personally feel that if I had stayed glued to my insulin or meter all night at the party I wouldn't have enjoyed it as much. I had a great night and didn't let diabetes control my life for one night. I'm now back in my usual routine of test, inject eat,  exercise, test, eat, inject, etc etc etc

Everyone needs to let their hair down once in a while and enjoy life!

Pictures are on facebook if you are a friend of mine on there x

Friday, 7 May 2010

Quick post.

Just a quicky post tonight. Its my 21st birthday party tomorrow so I got a lot to do tonight/tomorrow so I thought I'd post a picture of my dress like I promised. I will post a longer post on Sunday or Monday depending on how I feel =)

Thursday, 6 May 2010

Type 1 or Type 2

I have finally been told what type I am. I am Type 2!

After many years of not knowing it is good to finally have an identity, so to speak. I felt a bit of a fraud before, what with knowing I have diabetes but not which type. I was in a sort of limbo. I am not sure if it is good news or bad news. I'm going to go with its good because now I have experience living with type 1 and type 2.

When I was first diagnosed the doctors never told me what type I had. After a few months they said I was type 2, I was put on metformin and told to control it with diet and exercise but was never actually told what this meant, (I was 15 at diagnosis). Then after another few months and a different doctor, I was told I was possibly type 1, then another few months and another doctor after my other clinic closed, "Oh no your not type 1, your type 2 MODY".... Ermm ok, That means what?? Well according to my doctor it meant, Mature Onset Diabetes in the Young. Then after another move in clinics and another doctor and another diagnosis. I bet your all thinking "Why didn't someone test for the antibodies in your blood". Well..... I did have a test once, but when it got to the lab it got mucked up. So that's why it was never in black & white. But finally it is!!! I am definitely a TYPE 2!!

I know the difference diet and exercise make and also the difference insulin & other medication make. All types of diabetes are hard to live with and involve alot daily and I want to offer my support to anyone who wants it.

My hba1c is at 6.6% so I must be doing something right now!

I am going to go back on metformin and still take insulin.

I am pleased to say I have lived as a type 1 & type 2 so I hope I can help people living with type 1 and type 2 in the future. It doesn't matter if you are type 1, type 2, and any other types in between you should never feel like a fake/fraud diabetic. You are a very welcome, valued member of the diabetic family, no questions asked and no exceptions!

Tuesday, 4 May 2010

Best Day Ever!!

I had my first appointment with my new clinic today and it couldn't have gone better!
My hba1c is down from 11.8% to 6.6% in 6 months!!!
I officially have Type 2 Diabetes now.
I have been told to try and loose some weight which I want to do anyway. I am going to be referred to a dietician to help with the weight loss and to help with low carb meals and blood levels. I am going to be sent for a eye screening too as its been years since my last one. The clinic were really positive and helpful and very supportive. Me and my fiance have been given the go-ahead to start trying for a baby now. I am sooo happy! I want to say a mahuuusive thank you everyone on DiabetesSupport for everything they have done for me. I can't believe how much my life has changed in the past two years, but that's a whole different post.

And to top it all off I went out with my fiance and best friend and her daughter to find my dress for my 21st birthday party on  Saturday. Its stunning and will put up a picture of it at some point.

This is a message to all the diabetics out there.