I’ve Never Done This Before…The Diabetes Mistake I Made Today


This morning I made the epic mistake of taking my fast acting insulin, Humalog, in place of my long acting insulin, Lantus.

What does that mean?  It means that I have given myself an accidental overdose of insulin.  It means that I now have to consume 150 grams of carbohydrates this morning when I typically eat 25-60 or else I may suffer from extreme blood sugar lows that can result in shakiness, crankiness, coma, or death.  

Why this is so frustrating for me: My family had plans today.  I had plans today.  And now, we have to rearrange stuff because I’m not sure how my body will react.  In addition, I am making efforts to lose weight, exercise more, and be better at my eating.   I have to take added quick sugars to this morning’s meal.  Added sugars equals added calories.  In addition, because working out can lower my blood sugars, I will have to table my plans and wait out the result of my stupid mistake.  

Another frustrating thing, I just wasted about 20 units of precious insulin on a boo-boo. Costly.

I was making breakfast at the time.  Waffles.  So now I have added every syrup we have in the house and am drinking a glass of orange juice.

So when someone looks at a plate like this and labels it, diabetes, they may be right.  But this plate of sugary waffles will probably be what saves my life today.

Ok, I know that I will probably bounce back from this setback by lunch and can work out then.  I am just extremely frustrated with myself and quite frankly, I’m embarrassed that I’ve made this mistake.  (I’ve had diabetes for almost five years at the time of this post.)  

As embarrassed as I am to make this mistake, I cannot keep it a secret.  This is one of the many reasons I fundraise and work to bring awareness.  I know will be ok.  I know what I have to do to get myself to baseline.  But there are others out there who will not be ok due to these accidental overdoses and complications with diabetes treatment. 

I’m hopeful that one day I won’t have to worry about making mistakes like this.  

The First Time I Went Out to Eat With Diabetes

The First Time I Went Out to Eat With Diabetes


Actually, I went out to eat with my husband, Diabetes came along uninvited, the schmuck!

My husband and I have gone on mini-honeymoons for our anniversary every year since we got married.  Every year, we take turns surprising each other by picking the destination.  He took the odd years, I took the even years.  The year of my diagnosis, was an even year, and about 2 weeks after my diagnosis.   As apprehensive as I was to go, and as apprehensive as everyone else probably was, I had already booked our mini staycation. We were going.

We packed our bag.  That was the first time I experienced this feeling:

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We checked and double checked for everything I would be needing. Insulin, pen needles, test strips, my meter, sharps container, alcohol pads, and one lancet. (Just kidding, that was when I changed the lancet every time, so I brought many lancets-I know better now!)  In hindsight, I highly recommend doing a staycation after diagnosis before your first huge trip-it gives you some peace of mind the second time around.

We kiss the girls goodbye and head to our hotel.  We check in and go to dinner.  Johnny Rockets and my mind starts to wander and get sad. “No, milkshake for me.” Sadface.  I was under the impression that I couldn’t have any carbs or the Diabetes Police would send me to Diabetes jail…oh wait, I’m already in Diabetes Jail not being about to eat any carbs. (Please excuse the sarcasm.).

We order, I probably got something along the lines of a burger, no bun, no cheese, a salad, and an unsweetened iced tea.  My husband promises me a few fries off of his plate.  I excuse myself to test my blood sugars in the bathroom.  My husband says I should just wash my hands and test at the table.  Really? At the table? What if people are watching me?  What if I gross people out? These are all thoughts that are going through my head.  He assures me that no one will stare.  Ok here goes.

I test my blood sugars and guess what?  No one cared.  No one noticed.  Everyone was so busy at their own tables to even care about what was going on at our BS checking table.  I worried about all that for nothing.  I’ve been testing my BS at the table ever since.

It’s been  years since this has happened, and I now know that I can order that milkshake if I want it as along as I dose myself with enough insulin.

I feel so fortunate that I have someone to champion for me even when it didn’t occur to me to champion for myself.  A huge thanks…about the size of that backpack from earlier to my husband!

Do you remember the first time you ate out with Diabetes?  What thoughts went through your mind? How did it go?

One for the Soul

I was working as a greeter/brand ambassador at a tradeshow when I saw their CFO, this slightly older, but extremely glamorous and successful woman walk between the two showrooms drinking a glass of green juice.  This was my second season with them and so I felt a little more comformatble speaking with the higher ups of the company.  She walked by again snacking on something.  

“Lane, what healthy thing are you eating now?  I noticed you with your green juice earlier.”

She quietly opened her hand to reveal a colorful and tiny handful of…M&Ms.  She winked at me then graciously and equally glamorously said, 

“That was for the body, these are for the soul.” 

She then strolled into the next room to meet some international contacts of hers.  I almost felt like I was in a White Diamonds commercial with Elizabeth Taylor.  I stood there grinning, feeling like she had imparted some huge secret of the world, in our brief interaction.  I continued welcoming and  scanning in tradeshow attendees with a little more wisdom. 

I just loved that.  Something for the body, something for the soul.  I find that this is a great lesson in life and an even greater lesson in diabetes life.  

When we get newly diagnosed as people with diabetes, we face fears and stigmas of losing our vision, losing our kidney function, losing our limbs.  As a result, it is very easy to shut down, I know I did for a bit.  I don’t blame anyone else for shutting down either.  But if someone told me during those early days of diabetes learning, that I can still have something for the soul, things I like to call “shot worthy,” I wouldn’t have been as scared as I was of the life ahead of me.  I wouldn’t have tried to shield myself so hard from people who stay things like, “Should you be eating that?”  I could have confidently said, “Why yes, sweetheart, it’s for the soul. You should try it sometime.”

What an awesome rule to live by.  I sooooooooo want to to be her when I grow up!

  
What things do you do for the body? I’m more curious about what you do for the soul.  Tell us in the comments!

Enjoy these Cut the BS Carb Free-Sugar Free-Fat Free Muffins!

Enjoy these Cut the BS Carb Free-Sugar Free-Fat Free Muffins!

Want my secret receipe to these Diabetes Friendly Carb Free, Sugar Free, Fat Free Muffins???

Sure you do…

Here’s what you need  and what you need to do… 

 

April Fools!  They don’t exist! These are the full carb, full, sugar, full fat versions of Banana and Blueberry Streusel muffins!  My family loves them!

Here’s where the myth comes in…can People with Type 1 Diabetes eat them? Oh the horror…

The answer is:

Absofreakinloutely! 

We just have to dose our insulin appropriately and like everyone else…we too have to chain ourselves to a treadmill to burn it off!

Happy April Fools!

Your Cut the BS Girl 🙂

D-rinking Diabetic

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Ok the girls are in bed…come to Mama!!! It’s a Cut the B.S. appletini powered by Crystal Light and vodka (please don’t ask me which one as it is a cheap one…as in, it comes out of a plastic bottle! Ha!)

Now I feel I can still be diabetic and sassy! So thankful for these options! Now, if only they can carry these crystal light mixers at the bars!

In drinking, as well as in life, don’t forget to Cut the B.S.!

Christmas Kisses

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I’m making these little tokens of appreciation for the crossing guards at my girls’ school. Since, I’m a sucker for chocolate mints I pop one of these dark chocolate filled with mint truffle Hershey’s kisses. At 2.78 grams of carbohydrates per kiss. I can still enjoy my holidays in my “cut the b.s.” manner.

How do you “Cut the B.S.” from your holidays? I could use some ideas. 🙂

Happy holidays everyone!
Love your “Cut the B.S…and I mean Blood Sugar” girl,
Arlene

Deli sticks

I was on Pinterest and repinned this link from Eating Well. It is a post about 100 calorie snack ideas. Great ideas, as they also happen to be diabetic friendly. I found myself hungry for a snack so I picked an idea that I had the ingredients to and so I picked the Turkey Rollups idea.

Here’s how it turned out.

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I used mustard because I love that flavor and it has no carbs so I can kinda go crazy with it. It was quite satisfying and I love the crunch of the pretzel stick in the middle.

Then I began to think…

Girl, we can have fun with this!

Here are a few ways I can think of to change it up:

  • Mix up a little whipped cream cheese & cranberry sauce in place of mustard. Baby thanksgiving sticks! Cranberry sauce can be rather high in carbs so just watch out for that.
  • Use vegetable sticks instead of breadsticks to lower the carb content or to splurge on higher carb sauces.
  • Feeling beefy? A1 sauce & roast beef baby!
  • Want some kick? Use buffalo wing sauce, Tapatío, ooooo or sriracha! Oh yea./li>;;
  • Want some Far East flavors? Use sweet and sour, teriyaki, hot mustard-like from the Asian market, or wasabi!
  • Clearly, I love sauces…I’m quite the condiment girl. Again, remember to keep I mind the carb contents of these combinations as some of the sauces are of the sweeter higher carb persuasion.

    What ways can you think of to change up this snack? Please share in the comments as I’m always looking for new ideas.

    Keep snacking.
    Keep counting the carbs.
    Keep it D-licious.
    Keep Cutting the B.S.! …and I mean Blood Sugar!