Letter To A Diabetic

Or I Understand What You're Going Through

School’s Out!

Well, I just finished my BA program, like, the whole thing! I apologize for my absence the last couple of months. Moving and new job and BA and diabetes, it’s been crazy. But I am once again back to a normal-ish schedule and more postings will be added. I’m going to take a few days to bask in the no-homework-ness and then I’ll be back with an article on anxiety over upcoming endo visits. Good health and BGLs to everyone!


Regenerative Cell Therapy for T1D

Read the article here and comment below with what you think. I”m curious to hear.

How To Test Basal Insulin Levels

For five days in a row, I woke up with 200+ readings. Okay, a pattern. I get it. So back to basal testing to make the necessary adjustments to my pump settings. So I tested every two hours last night and ran low 100’s, then get up this morning with a 71. If anything, that indicates my basal insulin needs to be reduced a few hours before waking. Zoinks! So I’ll see what I wake up to tomorrow and retest if needed. But it brings up a good point: do you know how to test your basal insulin levels?

For pump users especially, because we can adjust our settings, this is a very important piece of info. Even if you are on MDI therapy, it is still a must-have piece of info. How it works:

Eat your normal dinner at least four hours before heading to bed. Then don’t eat again until the next day. No food! Not even a skittle. 🙂

Set an alarm to go off every two hours. Something annoying that can’t be ignored is good.

Test just before going to bed and write down your bgl. If it anywhere between 100 and 250, don’t do anything to correct.

Every two hours, when that super annoying alarm goes off, test and record your bgl.

If the numbers stay within a thirty point range, you’re great. Don’t make any changes.

If they drop or increase more than 30 points, talk to your doc about adjusting your basal levels.

My doc has me increase or decrease in 10% increments as needed to make adjustment. Example: I have my basal insulin set at .5 units/hour. A 10% decrease to lessen the amount of basal insulin (if my numbers drop more than 30 points between any two testings) would put me at .45 units/hour. The basal adjustment has to be set for somewhere between 1 and 2 hours prior to the change in bg readings to allow time for the adjustment to take place.

BUT REMEMBER! If this whole basal testing thing is new to you (or even if it isn’t), talk to your doc!!! before making changes to your regimen.

Happy Valentine’s Day (Yes, Diabetics Can Celebrate Too)!

i love youJust because it’s a holiday doesn’t mean we have to submit ourselves to feast or famine. We can still ride the blood glucose middle line and avoid both the crazy highs from indulging in too many of those sweets, and the frustration of feeling like we can’t eat anything at all. There’s a word for this. It’s called: moderation. And planning. Yeah, they’re both the word for it. Plan ahead, use moderation, and remember that, like always, those little chalky, heart shaped glucose chunks are NOT worth a 297 reading on the ol’ glucometer. And neither are all those delicious cupcakes and cookies. Sorry guys, but our feet and eyes are far more important. 😉 Besides, Valentine’s Day is all about love and that, my friends, is always carb free.

Take a look at this WebMD article for a little more on the topic.

Rocky, the Diabetic Pup

Thank you to those who visited and clicked in the American Dog contest a few weeks back. I thought some of you may be interested in seeing who Rocky is. He’s my diabetic-turned-hypoglycemic pup. And he’s the one of the best things I have ever had in my life. Of all the teachers I have had, I never expected that it would be a diabetic chihuahua mix that would help me come to terms with my own diabetes.

Educate Yourself

I say again and again how important it is to educate yourself – especially when it comes to diabetes. One of my favorite places to start gathering easy info is youtube. Now, of course you have to keep in mind that anyone can post anything on youtube but there is also some great info on there posted by creditable organizations who really do know what they’re talking about. Take a few minutes to dig through and you may be surprised by what you find.


Help Bring Attention to Diabetes in Dogs!

This is a little off from what I would normally post but since it is a personal and related event, I am hoping you’ll be so kind as to click and vote for Rocky! Rocky is my dog. When I adopted him from the shelter a year ago, he was well on his way to recovering from untreated diabetes. He was so sick when he arrived at the shelter 5 months earlier, I don’t how he managed to survive. But he did…and so they named him Rocky. Since then, he has gone from being diabetic to having hypoglycemia. We can’t figure out exactly what it going on but one thing in for sure: this pup does not have stable blood sugar values. I have entered him into this contest on the chance that he should win and help to bring attention to both special needs pups and how prevalent diabetes is in humans and dogs! Click on Rocky’s name above or here to vote.  The contest only goes through the 13th and you can vote daily so please click and vote today and everyday through the 13th!

Me and my Rock!


Thanks everyone,


Gene Therapy for Diabetes in Dogs

I’ve had a nice break but I think it’s time I get back to sharing some info.

I heard about gene therapy for diabetic dogs and I went article searching. I found this. Diabetes in humans and canines is similar so there is hope that a similar therapy could be used in people with T1D as well. Of course, the dogs tested do not have naturally occurring diabetes. I’m personally not a fan of animal testing but in this particular case, I think that findings may be worth the research, especially given that at a four year check-in, the dogs were still free of diabetes.


Merry Christmas!

English: A bauble on a Christmas tree.

I realize that not everyone celebrates Christmas but for those of you that do…Merry Christmas! And for those of you who don’t, may your blood sugar stay stable and have a wonderful week while I kick it with family.

Remember…pie is not worth high blood sugar. Embrace your health, not comfort foods. Resistance is NOT futile! LOL. I’ve clearly been watching too much Star Trek.


The Best and Easiest Salsa Ever

Onion white background

Onions are packed full of nutritious goodness. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I love salsa. It’s easy to make. It’s low carb. It’s gluten and dairy free. It’s effing delicious. And here’s my recipe:

10 roma tomatoes – 1 C chopped = about 7g of carbs

1 large white onion – I’ve read that 1 C chopped onion = about 15g of carbs but the glycemic load is so low (5) that I usually don’t even count them in my meals. Use your best judgement.

1 or 2 serrano peppers, depending on your preference – 1 C chopped serrano pepper = about 8 g of carbs. 1 pepper chopped is less than a tablespoon.

2 tsp garlic salt or 2-3 cloves of fresh garlic diced

1 bunch cilantro (optional)


Rinse it, chop it, mix it up in a bowl and let it sit in the fridge overnight so the flavors all mix together. Eat.


Lately, I have been using salsa to make spanish rice, omelettes, and with GF tortilla chips for dipping or to add to nachos. So tasty!





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