An August Appendectomy
In August, (one month ago today)I had an appendectomy. There was very little drama involved, the doctors office visit led straight to a same day CT scan and an emergency review with the radiologist who informed me the appendix couldn't be seen but the colon was most definitely inflamed and I should go to the ER if it got worse. To the ER I went that night, to a hospital where the D Care is very good (had that going for it). They admitted me under observation, coursing enough pain medications through me to make me sick for the next 14 hours. The plan was to do another CT the next day. In observation, as I was trying not to ...
Source: The D-Log Cabin - September 20, 2017 Category: Endocrinology Authors: HVS Source Type: blogs

Everything New
  This is Fiasp. Fiasp and I will be hanging out for 4,500 units over the course of the number of days it takes to go through that,& maybe more. We went to FFL 2017 and had a good time. My eyes are pristine despite the last horrid a1c and actually better then last year and I got a Dr Ben hug and all is right in the Universe. I finally have the courage to go to JH Wilmer Eye& move on from my joke of an opthamologist. I am good. I am thriving. And I deserve someone who I like, or at least, do not hate. In five years I may be eligible for replacement cataract lens surgeries because new technology will b...
Source: The D-Log Cabin - July 17, 2017 Category: Endocrinology Authors: HVS Source Type: blogs

2017: On the Brink of Beyond.
2017 feels like December 31 @11:59.59 pm.We are waiting. Waiting on a new administration, waiting through upheaval in the streets and riots and the perfect fear of the unknown. Waiting on an ACA replacement. Waiting is not easy.We are waiting on 2018, when actual real live commercial " Artificial Pancreas " systems will hit the shelves and maybe maybe maybe anyone with insurance can get one. Without insurance your options are still non existent. Many,many people need these...they will save lives and improve a1cs and cut complications and make a lot of people functional& " compliant " for the first t...
Source: The D-Log Cabin - January 26, 2017 Category: Endocrinology Authors: HVS Source Type: blogs

Two MODYs walk into a bar...
Recently I had my follow up with the geneticist/Endocrinologist of last August's appointment. I absolutely adore her, because I have her personal email and every question I have is a promptly answered. Learning to live with MODY hasn't been all roses and sunshine, as I've developed a swelling of my left kidney (called hydronephrosis) which I've had an ultrasound and abdominal CT for and am scheduled for a renal perfusion scan in two weeks. It hasn't affected the overall function of said kidneys but it's there,like an albatross, needing attention. There are no kidney stones (#1 cause) and the geneticist feels like it's MODY...
Source: The D-Log Cabin - June 29, 2016 Category: Endocrinology Authors: HVS Source Type: blogs

Blog Week: The Mental Stuff(ing)
We think a lot about the physical component of diabetes, but the mental component is just as significant. How does diabetes affect you or your loved one mentally or emotionally? How have you learned to deal with the mental aspect of the condition? Any tips, positive phrases, mantras, or ideas to share on getting out of a diabetes funk? (If you are a caregiver to a person with diabetes, write about yourself or your loved one or both!)I wasn't planning on participating in #Dblog week, due to being fairly busy with the wrap up of Nursing School Year 1, but life had other plans. Tonight, my husband, son and I went out to eat a...
Source: The D-Log Cabin - May 19, 2016 Category: Endocrinology Authors: HVS Source Type: blogs

Hello April
It's hard to believe that it's the end of March and April will be here by the end of the week. I'm busy (isn't everyone?), but it's Spring Break,so I'm feeling a little less stress. I am deep into the second semester of new nursing school,& that means OBGYN/Medical Surgical 1. As someone who has not closed the door on wanting more babies, being around babies makes you feel like that biological clock just cranked up to 2359.59.(not true,FTR,but those days will come) Babies do things to the sane part of your brain. Anyway,this semester is a whirlwind of tests-clinicals-lectures-skills-care plans. It always seems like I n...
Source: The D-Log Cabin - March 27, 2016 Category: Endocrinology Authors: HVS Source Type: blogs

Year in Review: Diabetes Style
In conclusion,everything I thought about my body was essentially proved wrong this year,I got three new diagnoses,and my son can get MODY as well. (Which feels bad but anyone can get type 1 too so I'm not sure why it feels so bad. Every parent with D is afraid their child will also get it.(on the plus side,he's had no elevations in blood sugar and all the labs are good.)  I'm waiting to January to try sulfonureas because it's going to be a very interesting can of worms to open,& my Endo gave me explicit instructions on how to do it all.(the drug causes hypos very readily) It's really unknown as to whether MODY 5 p...
Source: The D-Log Cabin - December 20, 2015 Category: Endocrinology Authors: HVS Source Type: blogs

A Rendevous With the Artificial Pancreas
Last weekend, my dreams came true. Well, kind of.It was a joyous thing, to get off from class and coast off into parts unknown, the weekend entirely free from school and kid and spouse and life and blahdeblah...a kind of weekend getaway, as it were. I'd gotten a random "hey, we think you could be a good fit for this study" email from UVA several weeks prior, and after some serious analyzing of my schedule determined I could do it Friday Oct 16-Sunday October 18. Since UVA is a nice little 3-5 hour drive away, (depending on the Beltway traffic) timing was absolutely everything. I have certain days that absolutely ...
Source: The D-Log Cabin - October 23, 2015 Category: Endocrinology Authors: HVS Source Type: blogs

A New Diagnosis
On Monday, I awoke,took my child to the baby sitter(as schools were closed for the Jewish New Year) and came back to a voicemail on my phone."call us immeadietly." (Signed, Genetics Dept.of University)I called. I knew in my gut they were going to tell ME I was the reason for my child's genetic condition because that is how it is,my husband is the largely healthy one."we got the results back...Breathe.And you also have the 17Q12 deletion."Well, joy. And does this mean I have MODY as well?""yes,but we need to communicate with Dr.S (adult geneticist-it was J's genetic counselor who called me...
Source: The D-Log Cabin - September 17, 2015 Category: Endocrinology Authors: HVS Source Type: blogs

Wondering " if "
 My head knows it's impossible..but on days like today and yesterday,my heart whispers " what if? What if you weren't type 1? What if pills were a possibility? What if everything you ever thought you knew about diabetes control is just another option? " I ate 200 carbs yesterday. 150 today. My sensitivity is through the roof.(Mostly that is because I was doing a grueling flea market prep,actual 7 hrs at flea market, & amp; then carting the remainder home.) Hot weather, & amp; exercise have serous effects on my bg. 14 units as a TDD is hardly a cure,but it is 10 fewer units then I'd normally nee...
Source: The D-Log Cabin - August 15, 2015 Category: Endocrinology Authors: HVS Source Type: blogs

Wondering "if"
 My head knows it's impossible..but on days like today and yesterday,my heart whispers "what if? What if you weren't type 1? What if pills were a possibility? What if everything you ever thought you knew about diabetes control is just another option?"I ate 200 carbs yesterday. 150 today. My sensitivity is through the roof.(Mostly that is because I was doing a grueling flea market prep,actual 7 hrs at flea market,& then carting the remainder home.) Hot weather,& exercise have serous effects on my bg. 14 units as a TDD is hardly a cure,but it is 10 fewer units then I'd normally need for such a day. It'...
Source: The D-Log Cabin - August 15, 2015 Category: Endocrinology Authors: HVS Source Type: blogs

One Thousand Tomorrows
I use to thinkThat 1,000 tomorrows would make upFor 52 bad yesterday's.Ah,hope springs young,& eternalYears passA thousand tomorrows will soon be todayAnd turn into yesterdays.Normal numbers don't save meFrom the darkness of the place I'm in.I don't see the light.I don't see the hope.I don't see the promise of tomorrow.There is only today,& living the pain.(And the further spiral of the numbers.)Yesterday probably even wasn't that bad,because yesterday I was at least breathing.And my yesterdays with diabetes now match those without.(16.5 + 16.5)This also I knowThat a bad todayKeeps you from feeling the promise of t...
Source: The D-Log Cabin - August 4, 2015 Category: Endocrinology Authors: HVS Source Type: blogs

FFL: Complicated
Ten years ago, I got on a plane and went to Florida to hang out with a bunch of diabetes people. I was getting to know (IRL) the people that had previously lived only in my computer.(aka the Children With Diabetes Chatrooms) There was no Adults With Diabetes support. I volunteered to be a chaperone at the Teen Dance,which amounted to me standing outside the door and making sure no parents snuck in.(That was how I met Joe S.)2015. My ninth FFL. I am kind like the shy little sister that hangs around and that everyone kinda knows of,but not really knows,because I am a shy introvert and public speaking doesn't happen much...
Source: The D-Log Cabin - July 15, 2015 Category: Endocrinology Authors: HVS Source Type: blogs

Surfing the Sugah Wave
The best part of Endo appointments is after they are over..and the next three weeks are squeaky clean,filled with promise and hope and resolve..a diabetes clean slate.That day has come and gone for me.(almost a month into my current "journey.") In the meanwhile,all the promises I made (email CDE! Prebolus! Eat more green things! Do not stuff Twinkies into mouth at midnight and "forget" to bolus!) are a distant memory, I really suck at diabetes improv projects. But then I dropped a pump,& another threw 5 consecutive cartridge error alarms and had to be replaced and my blood sugars were a grand and un...
Source: The D-Log Cabin - June 20, 2015 Category: Endocrinology Authors: HVS Source Type: blogs

Project: Genetics
I've come to the conclusion that I have "Left-side-of-the-body-itis",having had to have had 2 cataract surgeries,1 L.arm ulnar nerve surgery,1 tonsillectomy, 1 C-section, 1 L.eye muscle surgery for double vision,& I'm not entirely sure where the pancreas really is in me but I'm guessing it's toward the left. Also 1 messed up Lumbar Disk affecting strength and motility on the Left Leg although that has much improved,& I'm now in matenence phase (chiropractic) for that. However,I now have a messed up ligament in my left shoulder and it hurts to do anything with it. I told my chiropractor today that I wanted...
Source: The D-Log Cabin - June 4, 2015 Category: Endocrinology Authors: HVS Source Type: blogs

Day 6: My Favorite Blog Post
If you have been blogging for a while, what is your favorite sentence or blogpost that you have ever written? Is it diabetes related or just life related? If you are a new blogger and don't have a favorite yet, tell us what motivated you to start sharing your story by writing a blog? (Thank you Laddie of Test Guess and Go for suggesting this topic.)Dear Beanie Baby would be my very favorite blog post of all time.Because in the beginning, it was this.Followed by this..And by ten weeks, it was apparent that this was a human being. (favoritist photo of all time, as it looks like he was smiling and waving at me. TEN WEEKS,and ...
Source: The D-Log Cabin - May 16, 2015 Category: Endocrinology Authors: HVS Source Type: blogs

Day 5: A Day in the Life of my Food Choices
Today’s topic is Foods on Friday.  Taking a cue from Adam Brown's recent post, write a post documenting what you eat in a day!  Feel free to add links to recommended recipes/shops/whatever.  Make it an ideal day or a come-as-you-are day – no judgments either way.  (Thank you, Katy of  Bigfoot Child Have Diabetes for this topic.)Welcome. You have now entered the No Judgement Zone.(aka it's so good to be with friends,although if you are a telemarketer intent on immeadietly sending me a email of the latest super food product please don't. I don't really need it. Also I ...
Source: The D-Log Cabin - May 14, 2015 Category: Endocrinology Authors: HVS Source Type: blogs

D Blog Day 4: Changes
Today let's talk about changes, in one of two ways. Either tell us what you'd most like to see change about diabetes, in any way. This can be management tools, devices, medications, people's perceptions, your own feelings – anything at all that you feel could use changing. OR reflect back on some changes you or your loved one has seen or been through since being diagnosed with diabetes. Were they expected or did they surprise you? In 1924, what did it feel like to receive an expirimental drug that had only been tested on dogs-was it scary?In 1939, were parents already sick of this "in five years" line?In 19...
Source: The D-Log Cabin - May 13, 2015 Category: Endocrinology Authors: HVS Source Type: blogs

Day 3: Cleaning House
Yesterday we kept stuff in, so today let's clear stuff out.  What is in your diabetic closet that needs to be cleaned out?  This can be an actual physical belonging, or it can be something you're mentally or emotionally hanging on to.  Why are you keeping it and why do you need to get rid of it?(Clean up,clean up,everybody everywhereClean up,clean up,everybody do your share.- Favorite of pre-K teachers everywhere)  Oh, how I'd love to clean house on all my diabetes junk.Bin after bin after bin of stuff accumulated from my 'betes life. I try to organize occasionally and find a home for it if I can't use ...
Source: The D-Log Cabin - May 12, 2015 Category: Endocrinology Authors: HVS Source Type: blogs

Keeping it to Yo'self: Dblog Week Day #2
Many of us share lots of aspects of our diabetes lives online for the world to see. What are some of the aspects of diabetes that you choose to keep private from the internet? Or from your family and friends? Why is it important to keep it to yourself? (This is not an attempt to get you out of your comfort zone. There is no need to elaborate or tell personal stories related to these aspects. Simply let us know what kinds of stories we will never hear you tell, and why you won't tell them.) (Thank you Scott E of Rolling in the D for this topic.) Good rule of thumb: if something could potentially damage the reputation (or o...
Source: The D-Log Cabin - May 11, 2015 Category: Endocrinology Authors: HVS Source Type: blogs

Keeping it to Yo'self: Dblog Week Day #2
Many of us share lots of aspects of our diabetes lives online for the world to see. What are some of the aspects of diabetes that you choose to keep private from the internet? Or from your family and friends? Why is it important to keep it to yourself? (This is not an attempt to get you out of your comfort zone. There is no need to elaborate or tell personal stories related to these aspects. Simply let us know what kinds of stories we will never hear you tell, and why you won't tell them.) (Thank you Scott E of Rolling in the D for this topic.)Good rule of thumb: if something could potentially damage the reputation (or oth...
Source: The D-Log Cabin - May 11, 2015 Category: Endocrinology Authors: HVS Source Type: blogs

I Can...(Say Yes)
In the UK, there was a diabetes blog theme of "I can...” that participants found wonderfully empowering. So lets kick things off this year by looking at the positive side of our lives with diabetes. What have you or your loved one accomplished, despite having diabetes, that you weren't sure you could? Or what have you done that you've been particularly proud of? Or what good thing has diabetes brought into your life? (Thank you to the anonymous person who submitted this topic suggestion.) (I save things.This is no secret,but if you're looking for obscure insulin pump promo posters from the turn of the century, o...
Source: The D-Log Cabin - May 10, 2015 Category: Endocrinology Authors: HVS Source Type: blogs

Better
"I want you to promise me something, Heidi.""Sure." (ANYTHING. Dear Lord,what am I doing,what am I even saying? Stop.Stop right now before he asks you to get your a1c to 4 & you agreed to this? No.)" I want you to promise me that you will fight for you,to not give up on this, to not give up on yourself,you need this. You are worth it. And I want you to live a good long life, with sixty more years."Yes. Yes. YES. Of course I was going to agree to that, that I was going to plow forward, to keep up the fight, to continue the struggle to keep up my magnesium issues. Never a question. As I hugg...
Source: The D-Log Cabin - May 1, 2015 Category: Endocrinology Authors: HVS Source Type: blogs

Turn Around
The past few weeks have been..hard.Depression and Anger. That's where I am right now,after my beautiful 3 yo was diagnosed with 17Q12 micro deletion syndrome.(in layman's terms,it's a chromosomal issue that happens during development. It didn't stop there,no,because it also means he's at risk for kidney cysts/dysfunction, autism,schizophrenia, seizures, and Maturity Onset Diabetes of the Young type 5. I'm not going to tell you that every item on that list doesn't makes me want to cuss up a blue streak and punch something,because I do. He doesn't currantly have any health issues but things make a lot more sense now..the low...
Source: The D-Log Cabin - March 26, 2015 Category: Endocrinology Authors: HVS Source Type: blogs

Unconferencing the Ve(gas)ness
This is not a story about a group of people who went to Vegas and did whatever you do in Vegas. Because while some of that certainly happened,(High Roller-never again) the reality of those few days went beyond that.And while you are probably expecting to get a blow by blow account of the lovely warm fuzzy moments of what all happened (at said diabetes conference), that can't happen either. Solemn vows were said (over unbreakable 100 mg/dl's, only not mine, because at no point was I that low) to not repeat/tweet/FB/spread on social media the happenings of said conference, to respect those individual's privacy/feelings that ...
Source: The D-Log Cabin - March 17, 2015 Category: Endocrinology Authors: HVS Source Type: blogs

Four Things (meme)
1. Four names people call me other than my real name: Adel-head-brother Peggy-brotherHeidi-Who(my dad)Splenda(the hubs)2. Four jobs I’ve had: babysitter Childcare center workerRetail Distribution Center worker 3. Four movies I’ve watched more than once: The Sound of Music(#1)Mary PoppinsA Man Called PeterChariots of Fire4. Four books I’d recommend: Little WomenSweet bloodThe Kid who ran for PresidentThe Kite Runner5.Four places I’ve lived:Virginia,Mississippi,Virginia,Virginia,Virginia,Virginia,and Maryland.6. Four places I’ve visited: Copenhagen, London...
Source: The D-Log Cabin - March 11, 2015 Category: Endocrinology Authors: HVS Source Type: blogs

The Coldest Night
Last Friday, I took J in for an head MRI..which the developmental pediatrician ordered(can at least tell if the brain anatomy is normal and rule out that as a cause of his delays). It was a bitterly cold morning,-20 is so not my cup of tea to have to deal with early in the morning but J was fine with being woken up at 4:30 in the morning.(what can I say..he's his Daddy's son) We got there about 6:30,registered,and went back to the Children's Dept. There were two nurses getting him checked in,etc.,and then the nurse practitioner arrived to explain things,have me sign a consent form,etc. Being a 3 year old with sensory issue...
Source: The D-Log Cabin - February 24, 2015 Category: Endocrinology Authors: HVS Source Type: blogs

In Defense of Kids(Everywhere)
Something happened this week. Something that ruffled all my Mama-Bear feathers, and got me out on the warpath. Something that hurt like the dickens and yet is just a small something in the whole parenting a child,probably not even a blip on the radar of a parent of a CWD. But it was a something to me.Monday, J got in the bus in front of our house, and at 11:30 the bus brought him back. And as the aide was unbuckling him from his seat and he was excitedly running/squirming all over the back of the bus,the aide said the words "come here,you sweet demon" and laughing,like it was a joke. Quite frankly I don't think o...
Source: The D-Log Cabin - February 11, 2015 Category: Endocrinology Authors: HVS Source Type: blogs

Be(ing) Me, Bravely
So much happened in 2014, that I didn't have the time (or inclination) to blog about. My blog has turned into a ghost town, with the occasional sighting of human life. (like, once every 5 months?) But really thats ok, because its better then the constant angst of one thing after another going haywire in my life. 2014 was the year of REDISCOVERY, and really, you'd have thought by this point in life I'd have my life plan pretty well mapped out, well, no.   Major highlights: getting baptized, joining the church in August, joining MOPS organization, getting my 10 year Eli Lilly award, having a .6 drop in my a1c, gett...
Source: The D-Log Cabin - January 12, 2015 Category: Endocrinology Authors: HVS Source Type: blogs

Dear Santa
,It's late,& my tired brain is running on East Coast brain in a West Coast world so I shall attempt to be brief. All I want for Christmas is a cure,but in the absence of that, a sparkly Tandem Tslim/G5 Dexcom duo would get my heart pumping. Or Afrezza,(inhaled insulin)which I would utilize when I had a high that I wanted to get down very quickly. Or mini-dose glucagon,which would also be shelf stable & a one step process. Or a mn Artificial Pancreas that would keep my blood sugars on a much more even keel.(been there,got the tshirt) Or a test strip disentegrator...or a 3D printer that "prints"test strips....
Source: The D-Log Cabin - December 23, 2014 Category: Endocrinology Authors: HVS Source Type: blogs

Dear Fellow PWD
Dear Person With Diabetes,I am you. I have lived with this disease for almost 16 years..I have highs, I have lows. I know that this struggle is very,very real. I hate it,as you do. I know that it doesn't lend itself to "control." But I need to tell you something, the rest of America seems to be a bit confused on all things diabetes.(No, insurance does not always cover "necessities." Grrrrr.)We, the people who actually sometimes give a darn,know things. We know that strips can be wildly inaccurate, we know that it's entirely possible to go from 80 to 30 in less then 15 minutes, we know Your Diabetes...
Source: The D-Log Cabin - August 18, 2014 Category: Diabetes Authors: HVS Source Type: blogs

Owning the Number
" This your number. Now own your number." That's what TV extreme weight loss guru Chris Powell tells each of the people stepping onto the scale for perhaps the first time in years. They are scared and ashamed. They cry. And they hate,hate,hate their bodies and themselves (and him)and that life could get to that point.But that number is a starting point in their journey,and they take that number and work towards making it lower. They must feel like it's impossible and sucky and there are a thousand million reasons (this is sounding so,so familiar...I am so the Queen of diabetes excuses)WHY their weight is 300 lbs...
Source: The D-Log Cabin - July 30, 2014 Category: Diabetes Authors: HVS Source Type: blogs

A Matter of Spine
Last week, I went to the chiropractor..despite my feelings that they are kind of snake oil medicine people.(one would think that they'd be learning something during those 4 years...they are "doctor" after all) But anyhoo, I went, because I have been ignoring my back for years..in hopes that it would just eventually magically get back in shape.(This is really NOT a good idea, much like ignoring your teeth and never getting to a dentist is..problems just cascade from there.) But I finally decided that if there were a chance NOT to have to live the remainder of my days with shooting,burning pain..well,it was worth a...
Source: The D-Log Cabin - July 25, 2014 Category: Diabetes Authors: HVS Source Type: blogs

Summer Dayz
Still here, still kickin.' Summer is flying by..and we still haven't made it to a beach. We have made the annual "Trip to the Zoo" and the "Trip to the National Aquarium" though. (During the three weeks that my MIL came to visit.) Whereas last year young J wouldn't even look at an animal, this year he got more into things...petting the goats at the petting zoo, pointing to the birds, and baaaaing at the goats. He is still a toddler,and would far rather run around (sans protective hat) screaming "Runnnnnn" at the top of his lungs but it's nice that he's actually interacting more now.I finished ...
Source: The D-Log Cabin - July 22, 2014 Category: Diabetes Authors: HVS Source Type: blogs

FFL: Touching the Elephant
There's this common misperception that CWD friends for life is just for kids with diabetes,and their families.But it's so much more complex then that. FFL is many things to many people,depending on your social 'sphere.If you grew up with it,you are pressed into service for free labor.(as a young adult)If you are a sponsor,it's an excuse to go out with your buddies at the end of the day & unwind at the hotel bar.If you are in the DOC (blogger,etc.) it's a place of great support & one of the few places where everyone else is just like you.If you are a parent, it's where you find support,and knowledge,to help you in y...
Source: The D-Log Cabin - July 9, 2014 Category: Diabetes Authors: HVS Source Type: blogs

Gone with a G
"It's not about me."Except it was,darn it. My nephrologist had announced his retiring intentions via mail,and there was no going back..only forward."I want to find someone who is good for you,& your set of rather unique issues."And so,we talked. (At my last appt.)We talked about my magnesium issue,the diabetes,the Vit. D (where he dropped a rather potent analogy comparing my taking a few Vit. D pills to sipping a drop of water for dehydration),the upcoming gastro appt,the possibility of Celiac(doubts it),this,that,the other. He is leaving the practice to take care of personal issues and won't be bac...
Source: The D-Log Cabin - June 21, 2014 Category: Diabetes Authors: HVS Source Type: blogs

The Celiac Connection
Last Saturday, a T1 friend and I drove to TCOYD in DC. I've been under the impression that one either had celiac(or not) for quite some time now. Since I've tested negative several times for antibodies, I've assumed I don't have any problems. But at Friends For Life last year, they were doing HLA genotyping(along with antibody testing) which I participated in. Last month, that test came back positive which means I have the genetic susceptibility for the disease.(as does my offspring) I had J tested(amid the eye rolling of the pediatrician),and he is currently antibody negative.(to get the genetic test done I'm pretty sure ...
Source: The D-Log Cabin - June 10, 2014 Category: Diabetes Authors: HVS Source Type: blogs

The YoYo Effect
Up. Down. Up. Down.Such is the flow of life with type 1 diabetes,and it can be wearing at times. Especially as the days turn to months,the months turn to seasons,the seasons turn to years,the years turn to decades."Are we there yet?"We are a long way from being "there", a long way from anything resembling a cure. Slamming the door on hope is a hard thing to do,but I think we can at least hope that things will get better in our lifetimes.(in terms of diabetes treatments) And maybe,a cure. But having another condition for which most of the world has never heard about let alone have any interest in,the con...
Source: The D-Log Cabin - June 1, 2014 Category: Diabetes Authors: HVS Source Type: blogs

The Magnesium Wars
When you get dxd with diabetes,food goes from being food to being a collection of carbohydrates,proteins,and fats.(the same, I imagine,with any GI related illness) When you have problems with maintaining electrolytes food turns into a collection of potassium,magnesium,etc.The above photo shows four types of magnesium supplement..as with insulins,not all supplements are created equal. Magonate is the rapid-acting,chug it down and in 2-3 hours your acute symptoms with subside,stuff. Slow Mag is the gentler on the stomach stuff(kind of like UltraLente-longgggg curve of action) and Milk of Magnesia is just there to get things ...
Source: The D-Log Cabin - May 21, 2014 Category: Diabetes Authors: HVS Source Type: blogs

Dblog Week: Saturday Snapshots
(I guessed 80. I was wrong.)(Tandom Twins!!)(a history of old pumps)(Bad day.)(I hope.)When Mommy has diabetes.Splenda crop circles.Low treatment.Sale at CVS.Or waddle.And don't forget it!!!-Posted using BlogPress from my iPhone (Source: The D-Log Cabin)
Source: The D-Log Cabin - May 17, 2014 Category: Diabetes Authors: HVS Source Type: blogs

Dblog Week: Diabetes Life-Hacks
Share the (non-medical) tips and tricks that help you in the day-to-day management of diabetes. Tell us everything from clothing modifications, serving size/carb counting tricks to the tried and true Dexcom-in-a-glass trick or the “secret” to turning on a Medtronic pump’s backlight when not on the home-screen (scroll to the bottom of this post). Please remember to give non-medical advice only! (Thank you Rachel of Probably Rachel and Kelley of Below Seven for this topic suggestion.)Life Hack #1I'm amazed by the number of people who have never heard of Tegaderm/Opsite/IV3000...and then complain that they h...
Source: The D-Log Cabin - May 16, 2014 Category: Diabetes Authors: HVS Source Type: blogs

Dblog Week: Pollyanna Moments
Yesterday we opened up about how diabetes can bring us down. Today let’s share what gets us through a hard day. Or more specifically, a hard diabetes day. Is there something positive you tell yourself? Are there mantras that you fall back on to get you through? Is there something specific you do when your mood needs a boost? Maybe we've done that and we can help others do it too? (Thanks to Meri of Our Diabetic Life for suggesting this topic.)If you look for the good in something,you surely will find it.-Abraham LincolnThere is still good in you,Father. I can feel it.- Luke SkywalkerRough days-I've had a lot of them ...
Source: The D-Log Cabin - May 15, 2014 Category: Diabetes Authors: HVS Source Type: blogs

#Dblog Week: The Mental Stuff
In nursing school, I cared for a patient with a leg ulcer. This person did not have diabetes,but they did have impaired circulation to their feet,as a result of cardiac conditions. And the resulting cascade of unfortunate events(leg gashed on trailer hitch) left a wound to the bone,& a subsequent infection of the worst possible kind.(when I looked at that leg ulcer, it was like staring into a "maybe me" future.The amazing thing to me,is that he felt no pain. This was a wound easily the size of my hand,and redness all around. Inside,there was yellow pus and black eschar(dead tissue) which stuck to the bandage....
Source: The D-Log Cabin - May 14, 2014 Category: Diabetes Authors: HVS Source Type: blogs

Dblog Week Day 2:Dance of the HyperFairy
(This year, Diabetes Blog Week and TuDiabetes are teaming up to bring out the poet in you! Write a poem, rhyme, ballad, haiku, or any other form of poetry about diabetes. After you’ve posted it on your blog, share it on the No Sugar Added® Poetry page on TuDiabetes, and read what others have shared there as well!)Numbers dancetwirljumpsmashcrashplungerocket A beautiful symphony of life,through the lens of a dysfunctional CGM.It is my normal.To be otherwiseis something so foreign(Yet so exotically appealing)as to wonder"What else would I be doing with my life?"Site changespost-brushing teeth lowsdoctor a...
Source: The D-Log Cabin - May 13, 2014 Category: Diabetes Authors: HVS Source Type: blogs

Dblog Day 1: Changing the World
Let’s kick off Diabetes Blog Week by talking about the diabetes causes and issues that really get us fired up. Are you passionate about 504 plans and school safety? Do diabetes misconceptions irk you? Do you fight for CGM coverage for Medicare patients, SDP funding, or test strip accuracy? Do you work hard at creating diabetes connections and bringing support? Whether or not you “formally” advocate for any cause, share the issues that are important to you. (Thanks go out to Kim of Texting my Pancreas for inspiring this topic.)Diabetes is the leading cause of nothing..so they say.Oh,wait. That's not quite ...
Source: The D-Log Cabin - May 12, 2014 Category: Diabetes Authors: HVS Source Type: blogs

The First Mothers Day
Mothers Day, 2011.As I stared into the church rafters that day, I wondered if I,indeed,would be joining those ranks soon. It was a melancholy sort of feeling..and an intense one,to boot. But it was far too early for even a blood test. I could hear the words of my Endocrinologist echoing in my brain..and she was of the opinion that this was it..time to batten down the blood sugar hatches. She would prove to be right.Five days later, my world shifted on its axis ("hello,yes,you are pregnant")and every "am I or aren't I" symptom hit with a bang. (At 28 days) My little blastocyst lost no time in announcing ...
Source: The D-Log Cabin - May 10, 2014 Category: Diabetes Authors: HVS Source Type: blogs

The Early Bird & The EI Therapy
In the 80's(and prior), the popular opinion of the day was that if you didn't worry about your kid's development,they'd eventually catch up with the others and turn out normal. (I'm still not sure this worked on me.)Not speaking till the age of 4? Your little Einstein is just thinking deep thoughts...just relax, Momma. 30 years later, we've progressed to Early Intervention Programs and nipping those problems right out of the womb,so kid turns out As Normal As Possible. My child is almost 2.5 now..and he's been in EI for about 9 months. He isn't on par with the other kids his age,he speaks mostly in one word requests(while ...
Source: The D-Log Cabin - May 5, 2014 Category: Diabetes Authors: HVS Source Type: blogs

The Endo & the Gastro
I saw both today. The Gastro spent time berating on my lack of good control (I don't really care,he doesn't know anything about type 1) and said the plan of action is to run a stool study(yay,poop collecting!) and a colonoscopy to make sure things look to be normal /not inflamed down there.(slated for middle of May) This is not a test that I ever envisioned myself having before the age of 50,but if it clears up the mystery of the magnesium problems I'll do it. The stool study will measure my pancreas enzymes.(or lack thereof)A few hours after that, I hopped on over to my Endos office. She is going off on surgical leave and...
Source: The D-Log Cabin - April 30, 2014 Category: Diabetes Authors: HVS Source Type: blogs

Down
The phone rang,right on cue with my toddler's "waaaaaa"ing for some more juice.Deep breath. Check number. Pick up."hello?""Hi Heidi this is Dr. Nephrologist. Your mag is still low at 1.1 and there's something not right going on..how much mag are you getting?""4 grams a week.""I'm concerned you may have a malabsorption problem..you need to see your primary and a gastroenterologist,are you cramping?""All the time.""And I think you will need a port,because your veins are probably giving up by now.""Yes,"(fighting back the urge to bawl).."The ...
Source: The D-Log Cabin - April 16, 2014 Category: Diabetes Authors: HVS Source Type: blogs

Stuck
Unless things really improve with my mag levels in the next 2 weeks, I'm going to have to get a port.(in my upper arm or chest) All my arm/hand veins are completely shot. Ports scare the bejabbers out of me,& I refuse to have one done. But magnesium has to get in somehow. I'm trying to supplement with fast-acting magnesium liquid,& I 'm going to talk to my doc about Epsom Salt soaks(that is a very iffy method of upping levels though and my doc said he once knew someone who did it so much she put herself in a high magnesium coma that led to death). My mag levels are being drawn weekly.(and they are staying stable-lo...
Source: The D-Log Cabin - April 10, 2014 Category: Diabetes Authors: HVS Source Type: blogs