My Favorite Breakfast Recipe – The Versatile Egg White Omelet

My Favorite Breakfast Recipe – The Versatile Egg White Omelet

Since becoming diabetic 36 years ago I have eaten breakfast every morning.  Through the years I’ve had English muffins, bagels, cold and instant hot cereal (Irish style Oatmeal), toast, eggs and occasionally pancakes. I get into zones when I eat the same thing every morning for weeks until I get bored.  Of late I’ve switched to Arnold’s Melba Thin Rye Bread.   2 slices are only 20 carbohydrates. I eat 1 slice so do the math — 10 carbs a slice! Just be careful to set the toaster on a low setting or you’ll be eating charcoal.

I’m still enjoying the egg white omelet due to slightly elevated cholesterol levels. Still in my “egg white omelet zone” with a few variations.  If you prefer yellow, you can always get the “Egg Beaters” or their generic counterpart.  Basically they are egg whites with yellow coloring in them—no yolks.

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Spinach Tomato Blue Cheese Omelet

My Versatile Egg White Omelet Recipe:

Spray a small frying pan with Pam or a generic brand.  After heating the pan on a low flame for a few minutes take 1/3 cup of egg whites and pour them into the pan.  When the omelet is white add some of the following into the center: 2 tablespoons of diced salt-free canned or freshly sliced grape tomatoes, sprinkled with an fresh herbs like basil and rosemary, then sprinkle parmesan cheese over that and cover the pan.  After two or three minutes of heating the ingredients remove it from the heat.  Taking a pancake flipper and fold the omelet over, then slip it onto your dish.  I enjoy either a slice of “Nine Grain” toast (by Prairie Grain Bread Company) or the Melba Thin Rye on the side with non-butter spray and some Polaner’s Blueberry Spreadable Fruit (Jam).

The egg white omelet is very versatile.  The most important part is to cook it on a low flame.  You can add blueberries for a pancake style omelet and use Cary’s Sugar Free Syrup on the side.  Any fruit will do; chopped apples, strawberries, pineapple, peaches.  You can even add a few chopped nuts and cinnamon.

Garden Blueberry & Rosemary Blue Cheese Omelet

Garden Blueberry & Rosemary Blue Cheese Omelet

So enjoy and remember – eat everything in moderation.

Bon Appetite!


Living the Boomer Life with Diabetes!

On May 5, 2016 I had the privilege to be on The Bonnie Sher Show, Boomer Life, in Los Angeles. Bonnie has been a Type I diabetic most of her life. She started the show about six months ago and her format includes an interview with a Hollywood celebrity on the the first half of the show and a Baby Boomer with Type I diabetes in the second half. I tell my story and compare notes with Bonnie. So I guess you can say I had my fifteen minutes of fame. Below is the link for the show. Click on the arrow and it jumps to my segment. Enjoy!


Hot! Cold! Hot! Cold! Recipes for Temperature Changes

Here’s a couple of recipes – Fresh Fruit Sorbet for days when it’s like summer outside, and Fresh Vegetable Soup for the colder days.  So easy! So delicious!

Fresh Fruit Sorbet

raspberry-sorbet-top-12[1]I love this easy sleazy fresh berry sorbet recipe. It’s so flexible.  You can add any berries or fruit. For Valentine’s Day I would choose red berries like raspberries or strawberries.  Freezing fruit only takes a couple of hours.  And remember, fruits have carbohydrates so adjust your insulin accordingly.

Must haves:

Blender or food processor


2 cups of frozen strawberries, raspberries or both

1 frozen peeled banana

1 cup orange juice

Add berries, banana and orange juice gradually into blender or food processor. Blend until it is smooth and thick – a sorbet consistency.  Serve immediately in a parfait dish, wine or martini glass.

Optional: Top with a mint or basil leaf, sugar free whipped cream or Cool Whip.

Below is one of my favorite soup recipes. You can cook it slowly in a crock pot while you’re at work or over the stove in 10 minutes. It is also very versatile. You can eat it as a vegetarian soup or use it as a base for leftovers such as chicken, shrimp, pasta, rice or ground meat.Slow Cooker Vegetable Soup

Vegetable Soup – Slow Cooker or Stove Top

10 oz baby spinach leaves (already washed in package)

2 medium carrots, chopped

2 medium celery stalks, chopped

1 large onion, chopped

1 medium garlic clove, minced

4 cups of vegetable broth (low sodium optional)

28 oz canned diced tomatoes (low sodium optional)

2 bay leaves

1 Tbsp dried basil

1 tsp dried oregano

1/2 tsp red pepper flakes, crushed

Place all of the ingredients in a slow cooker; cover and cook on high for 5 hours.  Remove bay leaves, stir and serve.  Yields 1 cup per serving.

For stove top:  add the ingredients to a large pot on the stove top.  Bring to a boil and then reduce to a low heat; simmer, partly covered, about 10 minutes. Then it’s done.



Drop the Butter! Ditch the Sugar!

Okay so what do diabetics do about “duh buttah and duh sugar?” Love it or leave it? Add it in or toss it out? Most of the time I eat the substitute, occasionally the real thing. There are lots of butter substitutes, my favorite being the spray I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter. True, it may not be a “health food” but I can spray it on my toast for a dash of butter flavor. The best part is that it’s void of calories, fat and cholesterol. For moi “decadent” is spraying it on a slice thH03E7YS8of  Arnold’s Melba Thin Rye toast, steamed veggies such as asparagus or broccoli, or cooked frozen veggies and baked potatoes.  thR7RVVZ4N

A few summers ago I spent a week in Scottsdale with my friend Helen and her husband Jerrold. They ate everything fresh and organic. No chemicals. So after that visit I got on a kick of buying organic unsalted butter, organic fat free milk and organic yogurt. The butter was really the only leap for me—I hadn’t bought the real stuff in years. So I’ve added organic unsalted butter to my diet, occasionally, and stick with the spray…everything in moderation.

Then there’s sugar. Now, I’ve talked about sugary stuff in my other posts but today I was a bad girl– a real bad, bad diabetic! I went on a bit of a sweet binge after finding out that my hemoglobin A1C was an awesome 6.8.  Prior to this quarterly blood work it was 7.2 so I figured, what the hell, why not celebrate? I had three th[6]raspberry hamentashen – each one weighed an ounce and was 13 carbs. I ate half a small bar of organic dark chocolate, thR15K98M9a sugar free 100 calorie 20 carb ice cream sandwich, an apple and five strawberries. Not at the same time of course because that would be disgusting. That’s a lot of carbohydrates in one day for me.

The balancing of my diet came at dinnertime: 4 ounces of chicken breast, 5 steamed asparagus, sautéed onions and mushrooms (in a teaspoon of oil) and salad with balsamic vinegar. All I had to do was drop the butter! Ditch the sugar! Good diabetic!                                                  Good girl!


Myths About Diabetes


               Hey – it’s spring and time to clean up!  De-clutter! Toss out the old stuff! Refresh yourself!

               I’m taking this springtime opportunity to help you toss out the myths about diabetes and hang onto the truths. We’ve all heard them:  “Eating too much sugar causes diabetes;” “When someone with diabetes feels faint, pour orange juice down their throat;” “Diabetics can never eat sweets again;” Diabetes is Contagious;” “Diabetics go blind!”  These myths make my blood curdle, my blood pressure rise. I can hear my insides screaming out of frustration – “Pass me some cheesecake…Please!” Cheesecake

               The general answer to all of these myths: Not true!

                Eating too much sugar causes diabetes:  For Type I diabetes or Juvenile Diabetes this is not the case. Having Type I diabetes means that the pancreas does not produce any insulin. In many cases (but not all) Type I diabetes can be genetic. For example, my grandfather had diabetes and was diagnosed in his sixties.  I was diagnosed in my late twenties.  My third cousin was diagnosed at age nine. 

               For Type II diabetes or Adult Onset too much sugar could be a partial cause. Why? Because Type II diabetics tend to be overweight (but not all). As we all know, sugary foods can cause weight gain and metabolic problems. Having Type II diabetes means that the pancreas produces insufficient amounts of insulin to keep your blood glucose in normal ranges.

               In my opinion Type II can be a familial thing because families tend to have similar eating and exercise habits.  Children tend to model their parents. Parents tend to feed children the same foods and quantities that they eat and so on down the line.  They all may have an inactive lifestyle however this is not always the case.

Suggestion:  If  Type I or Type II diabetes is present in your family history, have your blood sugar checked annually. Know the symptoms. Don’t forget to indicate this on the form you fill out at the doctor’s office.

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                When someone with diabetes feels faint, pour orange juice down their throat:  No – not unless they ask you for orange juice.  Diabetics can feel weak and faint from either low or high blood sugars when their lower than 70 and higher than 120. I know if my blood sugar is too low (lower than 50 in my case) I get sweaty, shaky and weak, (same as I would while watching a Republican presidential debate).  I’ll drink 4 ounces to 8 ounces of orange juice to bring my blood sugar numbers up.

               When my blood sugar hits 200 or higher, the first sign is feeling sick to my stomach, however I don’t feel tired and weak until it’s over 300.  In this case I don’t want orange juice but extra medication. I test my blood sugar and take additional insulin to bring that number down.  I monitor it every hour. If it keeps going up, I’ll test my ketones with ketone test strip. If there’s ketones in my urine I’ll drink water or sugar free soda to help wash out the ketones. I’ll test my blood sugars and ketones hourly until the numbers go down.

Suggestion:  Have a plan from your doctor for low and high blood sugar emergencies, otherwise call the doctor. If a person is going into a coma, call 911!

               Diabetics can never eat sweets again:  Not true. When I was diagnosed with diabetes I was so upset that I cried and asked, “Doctor, you mean I can’t eat any more chocolate or ice cream sundaes?”  He mentioned sugar free options so I ran out and bought a huge sugar free chocolate bar! It tasted like cardboard but I was determined to like it.  I ate the whole thing in one sitting!  This one was sweetened with Sorbitol and unbeknownst to me, eating too much Sorbitol is like eating a pound of prunes!  Need I say more. 

               When I went for my follow up visit I mentioned what I did. He said that if I want chocolate, eat real chocolate, but a little bit– everything in moderation.   Since then food labeling has been developed. It has increased my food choices and has made a diabetics life so much easier. The carbohydrate guessing has gone away.  It tells us how many carbohydrates are in ONE SERVING! Remember, ONE SERVING! If a serving is 1/2 cup and you eat 1 cup then double the carbohydrates. 

               In case you don’t know, diabetics have a formula from their doctor or nurse educator of carbohydrates to units of insulin.  So if I have one serving of ice cream – 1/2 cup – and there are 35 carbohydrates – then according to my formula I need 3.5 units of insulin or 35:10. If I have two Kedem Tea Biscuits which equal 8 carbohydrates – then my insulin dose will be .8 units or 8:10. Every person has a different formula.DSC01238

Suggestion:  This does not give you permission to eat sugar but if you do make sure you have your medication on hand and test before eating it.  Remember: Eat everything in moderation.

               Diabetes is contagious: Not true. You cannot “catch” diabetes like you can catch a cold. Diabetics are not lepers and should not be banned from your home. On the contrary, diabetics need to be empathized with and cared for. Many of us don’t even talk about our disease so just be sensitive to our needs and perhaps have some low sugar options in the house for the next time we visit.

Suggestion: Although many of us don’t talk about having diabetes, you can always call or text that person prior to a dinner party and ask if they have any special meal requirements. Putting out only dishes of M&M’s could be a problem. On the other hand if you’re the diabetic, bring a low sugar or sugar free dish that everyone can eat, i.e. fresh fruit salad.

                All Diabetics go blind: Not necessarily.  If you take your medications, exercise, watch your diet and see your doctor quarterly, complications can be avoided. Most importantly see an Ophthalmologist one time a year. This type of eye doctor will do a detailed examination of your eyes, catching any small problems before they become big ones.

               So those are my explanations of some of the myths of diabetes.  If you have any questions or comments feel free to send me a message.

The “Singing Tower” Starring the Blue Palmetto Cafe

I must say that the Bok Tower Gardens are one of the best kept secrets in Florida.  Our day was filled with lush gardens, panoramic views, beautiful Carillon bell music, delicious food and a new appreciation for rainstorms. However the biggest surprise was the Blue Palmetto CaféA gem within a gem, eating at the café during a rainstorm was like adding a spoonful of fresh whipped cream and a maraschino cherry to my day.

Photo op The first sight was a life sized sculpture of an alligator at the front of the main building. This brought a big smile to little Ava’s face as well as mine.   Bok TowerBok Towers Alligator

The building houses a small museum with the story behind the Bok Tower Gardens and the “Singing Tower.” Built in 1929 by a Dutch immigrant, Edward W. Bok who spent his winters in Lake Wales and loved the views from Iron Mountain. That is where the tower sits today. His grandmother had taught him to “make the world a better place because you live in it.” Bok created the bird sanctuary, lush gardens and built the “Singing Tower” where a sixty bell carillon is located. The bells play musical pieces throughout the day which are chosen from the Anton Brees Carillon library collection in the tower.

 Photo op!  The tower is a sculpture in and of itself.  Built out of coquina stone (St. Augustine, FL) and pink and gray marble (Tate, GA)  there is a sundial on one side, brass doors on another, a moat filled with Koi, and panoramic views, all enhanced by music.

While looking over the rich green valley of orchards and farmland we noticed some thick gray rain clouds approaching.  We quickly headed to the café arriving as the skies opened up.  Bok Tower Gardens Vista

The Blue Palmetto Café can only be described as a gem – definitely not your typical tourist site cafeteria.  Luckily we got to know it intimately while we waited an hour and a half for the rain to stop.

Upon entering it looked like a plain cafeteria but when I started examining things closely, it got interesting.  There was a glass case with different flavors of ice cream. Atop the case were bottles of wines and micro brews.  The menu read like that of a four star cafe:  Garden Fresh Salads, Sandwiches & Wraps, Dressings and Vinaigrettes, Boxed Lunch & Dinner, Breakfast and Desserts. From the sides you could choose Sweet Potato Fries, Beer Battered Fries, Chicken tenders, all frying oil with ZERO grams of Trans Fat. Beverages included Florida OJ, Chai Tea, a variety of specialty sodas and coffees like “Bokuccino.”  There was a toppings bar for the ice cream which included an array of sprinkles and candies, hot fudge and fresh whipped cream.  Being the good diabetic that I am, I passed up the candies and added a dollop of fresh whipped cream on top of my steamy gourmet half caf.  Photo op! 

For lunch I chose the Vegetarian Wrap ($6.95). The wrap combined hummus, Swiss and cheddar cheese, bell peppers, cucumbers, carrots, Spanish olives, lettuce and tomatoes within a fresh, warm wrap topped with a Chipotle dressing. I rated this as one of my “multi-napkin” meals because the dressing dripped down my chin and hands every time I took a bite. Photo op? Although the wrap was about 30 carbohydrates and the hummus 4 carbohydrates, it was still a healthy, filling meal.trop2-300x199[1]

My husband was very happy with his Turkey and Swiss Sandwich ($6.50) on swirled pumpernickel.  It is described in the menu as “Sliced all natural turkey breast with Swiss cheese.” Other bread choices included white, rye, croissants or a wrap.

My son Mark and his girlfriend Kim had the Vegetarian Chef Salad which was topped with crispy corn strips and a Zinfandel Vinaigrette.  Little Ava had PB&J on multigrain bread.

As we watched the rain cascade down the picture windows, Chef Cory stopped by to see how we liked the food.  When I saw that he was dressed in a white chef’s jacket and hat, I knew that this place was the real deal.  We let him know how delicious all the food was and that he succeeded in impressing us. “We’ll spread the word” we said, so I reviewed the Blue Palmetto Café and Bok Tower Gardens for Trip Advisor with major thumbs up.

After a few more stops for coffee and whipped cream we ran through the rain to the gift shop, spent a few dollars then headed home.

http://boktowergardens.orgBok Tower Sundial

Bok Tower Gardens

1151 Tower Boulevard

Lake Wales, FL 33853

Phone: 836.676.1355, ext. 2228 (Blue Palmetto Café)






Jewish Mom’s Rap Against Guns

When you live with a disease it can be conquered by doing something totally out of the box.  Last year I performed at my class graduation at the Funny Bone Comedy School in Virginia Beach, VA in front of 400 people.  I’ve also performed it at some clubs and parties.  It came about after I talked about an observation while doing standup: “Why do rappers carry guns? Why don’t they just talk themselves out of a situation!”  The lead in is a couple of jokes about Gangsta Pants.  I’ll tell you, I’ve started writing some more raps and look for ideas for beats on the internet. It’s a lot of fun. Makes me forget diabetes for awhile.  Enjoy the video!


Diabetes versus Drug Complications

For the first time in thirty six years diabetes was not the first thing on my mind –  here’s why.

I remember the date and time as if it were yesterday.  It was May 17, 2013 at approximately 9:15 a.m. I was working out with my personal trainer.  The exercise was new.  After two repetitions I knew something wasn’t right.  That was the day my lower back went out of whack! From that day on my body went through a domino effect — I experienced pain like never before. Screaming Woman2My blood sugars were out of control! Haywire! Off the charts! My Dexcom graph looked like the scribble of a three year old; there were no patterns.

Due to an administrative decision by my insurance company I was unable to get treated immediately the way I wanted to– with steroid shots to cure the inflammation. This would require an MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging), which are expensive and a curse to insurance companies. I had to go through 2 ½ months of drug therapy with painkillers and Aleve (Naproxen) and physical therapy.  Finally the insurance company was convinced that I needed more aggressive treatment. So on July 29, 2013 I got the MRI.  No signs of twisted or deteriorating discs proved that the steroid shots were the next step. My back slowly got better.  

Unfortunately the saga continued. I had adverse reactions to the painkillers that the insurance company insisted I take first.  They caused havoc to my intestinal tract.  Although I was conservative with their use (a Tramadol at bedtime, and a Lidoderm patch 12 hours a day), the side effects ruined me.  The only good that came out of it was a decrease in starchy foods therefore less carbohydrates. This lowered my insulin dosage and had positive effects on my blood sugars. 

After weeks of stomach pain and sleepless nights I had more tests to find out what was going on with my intestinal tract, gallbladder, pancreas, liver, etc. I had X-rays, blood tests, a CT Scan and a Hidascan. While being pumped with nuclear medicine I heard noises in my head; sounded like Debbie Boone singing “You Light Up My Life…”   There were endless doctor appointments and opinions; friends phoning in from coast-to-coast with their diagnoses and medical cures. Xray

I was hoping that the radiologists would find something wrong with my interior…a stone, an irritated intestinal lining, a blockage or perhaps the lost diamond from my engagement ring!  Nothing! Nada! Zilch!  This was my rabbi and cantor’s fault. They put me on the Mi Sheberakh List (Prayer for the Sick) at Shabbat services. It worked! 

So now I’ve accepted the fact that I’m not dying. I’ve accepted the fact that I don’t need surgery. Mustering up all of  the mental strength that I had left I have decided to get out of my “sick” zone.  I’ve started my yoga and exercise walking again. I’m glad to say that today I’m down to one experimental pill and I’ve changed my diet. I’ve lost 10 pounds!  

As for my diabetes…for the first time in my life it has not been the first thing on my mind 24/7.  I’m testing less and in pretty good control.  Yay!

Carbohydrate Robot…Robot…Robot…

My life with food:  Banana = 13 carbs; Oatmeal 1 cup cooked = 26 carbs; 1/2 cup of orange juice = 13 carbs; 1 medium apple = 13 carbs; 1 6oz potato=26 carbs; 1 piece melba thin rye=10 carbs; 1 tbsp of Polaners or Simply Fruit jam = 10 carbs; Robot…Robot…Robot…2 Kedem biscuits=6 carbs; 1 sugar free fudgicle=9 carbs; 1 cup of black coffee=0 carbs; 1 8oz glass of skim milk=12 carbs; 1/2 bagel = 26 carbs;  Robot…Robot…Robot…1 glucose tab = 4 carbs; 1 microwave bag of popcorn= 22 carbs; 1/2 cup canned pineapple in natural juice=17 carbs; 1/2 cup canned peaches in natural juice= 12 carbs; salad=5 carbs; eggs=0 carbs; 1/2 cup egg whites=0 carbs; cheese = 0 carbs; Robot…Robot…Robot…1/2 cup pasta sauce=11 carbs;  1 cup spaghetti cooked 37 carbs; 1 cup cooked brown rice=26 carbs;  Banana = 13 carbs; Oatmeal 1 cup cooked = 26 carbs; 1/2 cup of orange juice = 13 carbs; 1 medium apple = 13 carbs; 1 6oz potato=26 carbs; 1 piece melba thin rye=10 carbs; 1 tbsp of Polaners or Simply Fruit jam = 10 carbs; Robot…Robot…Robot…2 Kedem biscuits=6 carbs; 1 sugar free fudgicle=9 carbs; 1 cup of black coffee=0 carbs; 1 8oz glass of skim milk=12 carbs; 1/2 bagel = 26 carbs;  Robot…Robot…Robot…1 glucose tab = 4 carbs; 1 microwave bag of popcorn= 22 carbs; 1/2 cup canned pineapple in natural juice=17 carbs; 1/2 cup canned peaches in natural juice= 12 carbs; salad=5 carbs; eggs=0 carbs; 1/2 cup egg whites=0 carbs; cheese = 0 carbs; Robot…Robot…Robot…1/2 cup pasta sauce=11 carbs;  1 cup spaghetti cooked 37 carbs; 1 cup cooked brown rice=26 carbs; Banana = 13 carbs; Oatmeal 1 cup cooked = 26 carbs; 1/2 cup of orange juice = 13 carbs; 1 medium apple = 13 carbs; 1 6oz potato=26 carbs; 1 piece melba thin rye=10 carbs; 1 tbsp of Polaners or Simply Fruit jam = 10 carbs; Robot…Robot…Robot…2 Kedem biscuits=6 carbs; 1 sugar free fudgicle=9 carbs; 1 cup of black coffee=0 carbs; 1 8oz glass of skim milk=12 carbs; 1/2 bagel = 26 carbs;  Robot…Robot…Robot…1 glucose tab = 4 carbs; 1 microwave bag of popcorn= 22 carbs; 1/2 cup canned pineapple in natural juice=17 carbs; 1/2 cup canned peaches in natural juice= 12 carbs; salad=5 carbs; eggs=0 carbs; 1/2 cup egg whites=0 carbs; cheese = 0 carbs; Robot…Robot…Robot…1/2 cup pasta sauce=11 carbs;  1 cup spaghetti cooked 37 carbs; 1 cup cooked brown rice=26 carbs.  




Diabetes versus My Siamese Twin

Having diabetes is like having a siamese twin that is a pain in the butt.  I’m driving along and see Carolina Cupcakes. I’m thinking “Yum” and my twin is saying “you should have an apple.”  A little bit further down the road I see  Skinny Dip ( stupid name for a frozen yogurt shop), and then I step on the brakes while my twin shouts “Have a carrot!” 

It’s a constant battle.  Ever since I was told “no more sugar” I’ve wanted sugar. I know that I should say “no” or turn the other way but my hands start shaking, my mouth starts salivating and my mind weakens.  For example, today. I just went for a 25 minute exercise walk.  Came home and my son offered me a piece of lemoncello cake. Instead of giving him a loud, definitive “no,” I said, “maybe later.”  The numbers for one slice: 49 carbohydrates, 450 calories! “Maybe later” arrived pretty quickly.  I shared a slice with my hubby who doesn’t need it either. After bolusing 2.75 units of insulin, I cried inside and asked myself “where is my siamese twin when I need her?”   Have a carrot! An apple! A pickle! or just suck your thumb – no carbs or calories there and the disgrace is the same.

I’m not sure about other diabetics and their struggles.  I assume theirs are similar.  Personally I’m getting very tired of food.  Too bad we can’t live on something else like flowers or grass (lawn). There’s plenty of that outside.  Too bad my body can’t sustain on telling 5 jokes a day…while making people laugh the humor feeds my body and soul.  Or movies, I love movies.  One movie a day will fill me up although that may trigger a junk food response. How about sports…one game in the afternoon and one at night. Yum.  No carbs or calories there. Wait a minute…a bottle of beer, peanuts! popcorn! cotton candy!

I suppose food is everywhere we go, at least in our country.  Or shall I say no matter what the activity, it will bring on a food response.  I was born that way.  When I cried I got food or a bottle of milk.  When I’m sick I “starve a fever and feed a cold.”  Even when I’m typing a report for work I think…”maybe I should take a break and go warm up some coffee and grab a cookie cause my blood sugar is low.”  Or maybe that’s just boredom.  Yep, food versus boredom.  I’ll drink to that! One O’douls please! (13 carbs).


Curse You Diabetes!

Diabetes sucks

You could have Type I, like me, or Type 2, like 80% of the diabetics.  Either one sucks.  If you don’t take care of yourself it’s suicidal.  That’s why when I was diagnosed in my 20’s I promised myself that I will do my best to avoid complications.  I’m talkin’ loss of eyesight, loss of limbs, kidney failure, heart problems, neuropathy (numbness, loss of circulation) and life in a wheelchair.

Let’s face it, having diabetes sucks.  I don’t mean to depress anyone but there is no cure for Type I diabetes–at least not yet.

Twenty four hours a day, seven days a week, 24/7. If I don’t take care of myself it’s Death by Diabetes. I envy those with Type 2 because through diet and exercise you could possibly be cured.

I’ve said it before – having diabetes is like having a Siamese twin that I hate!

My evil siamese twin.

My evil siamese twin.

What does my daily life  look like? Check it out:

– 7:00 a.m.  Wake up and test blood sugar.
– Adjust blood sugar with insulin from insulin pump if it’s too high.
– Drink some orange juice or have a glucose tab if it’s too low.
– Eat a healthy breakfast.  Take insulin to compensate for carbohydrates.
– 8:00 a.m. Exercise walk or do yoga exercises after breakfast.
– Get ready for work.
– Pack glucometer for testing, lunch bag with snacks and lunch (fruit, yogurt or sandwich on diet rye with hummus or avocado), glucose tabs.
– 12:00 Test before lunch at noon.
– 3:00   Test blood sugar and have snack.
– 6:00   Test before supper. Eat supper. Take insulin to compensate for carbohydrates.
– Relax after dinner.
– Snack around 9 p.m.
– 11:00 Test before bedtime. If low blood sugar have a glucose tab or orange juice. Put glass of o.j. next to bed.

Every 3 – 4 months I go to the Diabetes  Institute and get my bloodwork done.  They test for any or all of the following:  A1C (six weeks average blood sugar); Lipids, Cholesterol, Thyroid, Vitamin D.  The toughest part is going in fasting. That means I haven’t eaten for about 9 hours. This is tough for me. A week later I see my endocrinologist with the results. At this time the nurse takes my glucometer and Dexcom (discussed in a previous article) and prints out a graph of my blood sugars. The doctor looks at the graph and we figure out where my highs and lows are and how I can adjust my insulin to get rid of these issues.

Well it’s late – gotta go test. Arrrghh!  Curse you diabetes!