Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Insurance Schmimshushrance

The nice Dexcom lady called me today to let me know my claim is on it's way. Best case scenario is 80% covered. I'll take it!! Now we pray. Lots. Please approve me. I only have one sensor left. I love this machine. I can't imagine life without it now. Especially at night... it's like a cuddly little security blankie that saves me from my hypo-unawareness while I'm sleeping.

I <3 My Dexcom 7.

Friday, February 22, 2008

A Third Child???

No, no... don't worry, I'm not pregnant!

I took both of my kids to the grocery store with me, by myself, for the first time the other day. I had been scared to do this because my newly-turned 3 year old son, Gabe, has a tendency to run off, hide, and tell random strangers that his baby sister likes to eat Mommy's boobies. I seriously prayed as I left the house. "Please God... just let me get both kids back home without losing Gabe, or having to scrape him off the candy isle screaming, or....ugh. Amen."

We arrived, I put Zoe in her carrier up top and sat Gabe down inside the cart. We went STRAIGHT to the Publix bakery for a free cookie. This buys me about 10 minutes. Thankfully, Gabe eats slow. I zipped up and down the isles in record time, piling the groceries on top of Gabe. Got to the check out. And the wonderful bagger lady helped me to my car without even asking if I needed her to. ROCK ON!

But what about my third child? Ahhh.....yes Good ole' diabetes. It's like having a third kid to worry about sometimes. Diapers? check. Sippee cups? Check. Extra clothes? check. Blood glucose meter? Juice for low blood sugars? Extra pump supplies? Batteries? Lancets? Dexcom? And then there's always that nagging feeling when you DO forget something... "Do I turn the car around and go get it? Or do I chance it and keep going?" If I start to feel funny I have to stop and test my blood sugar (or these days look at my CGMS) "Am I high? low? Do I need water? Juice? Is this headache totally unrelated to diabetes and just a result of being an over-tired new Mom?"

Can you tell I'm a little frustrated today with the big "D"? Sometimes we have these days

*end rant*

I love my first two children with all my being. The third I'd give away in a heartbeat. Any takers? ha.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

I spy with my little eye...

I have my annual retina specialist appointment today. I'm had nothing but good news for the 7 years I've gone. Hopefully today will be no different!! More later...

UPDATE: Things went well!! The doc said that I had a couple tiny hemmorages, but nothing developed to where I would need any treatment. Next appt. in 6 months. YAAAAAAY! I was excited to tell the doctor about my CGMS, but he didn't seem to really care much about it which bummed me out. *I made an L on my forehead as he left the room and stuck my tongue out at him*

Friday, February 15, 2008

Flat Earth Chips- FREE!

I LOOOVE Flat Earth Chips!!! And I found this coupon for a free bag at Bargain Lady Shopper's website. Click HERE to print your coupon. I have a really good recipe for a fruit salsa that you can dip the Apple Cinnamon Flat Earth Chips in if anyone wants it just leave a comment.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

My Name Story

I was over at Amylia's blog yesterday and read her awesome story of how she changed her name in the midst of a spiritual journey. I enjoy reading her blog because she has a unique tilt on things, a sensitivity to simple beauty that I think a lot of people in this world are too busy and miss.

My name story isn't quite as exciting and interesting, but cool none the less. For everyone over the age of 35... you can probably already guess where my name came from. Yup, you guessed it. The Association's 1967 hit, "Windy". Now, if you live under a rock and have never heard the lyrics to this song, go culture yourself before reading on. People have speculated for years about what this song is REALLY about. Here's some fun conspiracy theories. My favorite is that Windy was actually a man. Ugh. I'm so glad I was an 80's child. I'd like to think it's NOT about a prostitute? Or a peeping tom? But a nice gal who smiles innocently at everyone she sees and reaches into her pocket to give them sun-shiny rainbows to make people happy. (Yeah, right)

Now what DOES make my naming kinda cool is the fact that my Dad was a 60's drummer. My friends get a kick when he starts to rattle on about all the people he played and toured with when he was a young teen playing in some pot smoking satanic band called, "The Magic Circle".... they played in the shape of a pentagram. I've heard him drop names like The Who, The Yardbirds, and Hendrix. He gave me a Hendrix CD last year and sho' nuff there was his picture inside the jacket with his purple croc boots on, Jimi in front of him, about to ram a guitar through an amp. Apparently he got to fill in for the regular drummer, Mitch Mitchell, when he was too strung out to play a set.

Now you'll all be happy to know Dad is one of the few musicians who survived the 60's and then married my Mom who has a more Cleaver-ish background. After some stints with a traveling zoo and a few sessions of shock therapy we're happy to report that he's close to normal. (love ya Dad) My Mom roped in his wild side just a bit and gave him two beaut-ee-ful daughters. By his early twenties he was out of the music scene completely and now the craziest venue he gets to is the modern worship service at their local church. =)

So there it is. Told ya I was a Diva. What's YOUR name story?

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Random Funness

My hubby found this image while doing a google search on who knows what. He used it on our family .mac site for the top of a blog entry promoting our JDRF walk. I thought it was funny. His caption under it said, "If you’re wondering Justin is in the blue for fear someone will recognize him and Windy is ready to punch Diabetes in the face!"


Tuesday, February 12, 2008

JDRF Walk To Cure Diabetes

Yippee!! I'm doing a diabetes walk! I'm very excited! Info is below:

Hello friends, family, and fellow D-bloggers, (original content edited for this website)

We are writing you today to let you know we will be participating in our local JDRF Walk To Cure Diabetes Event this year. As most of you know, I (Windy) have been battling Type 1 Diabetes for almost 20 years now. I've been hospitalized numerous times, taken thousands of insulin shots and endured to date about 29,200 finger pricks to test my blood sugar ( 7,300 days x 4 tests a day). Over the past couple years I've begun to see the very first signs of the long term complications I knew would someday come. I made a commitment at the beginning of 2008 to make this the year that I joined the millions of people who have been touched by this disease in finding a cure. I began by starting this personal blog called The Diabetic Domestic Diva where I journal about new technologies and daily struggles and triumphs of my diabetes and provide links to several other diabetic blogs and informative websites. Next, I joined a photography project that a bunch of diabetics from around the world participate in called Diabetes365 where we document living life with diabetes, one day at a time. Now, our family (YUP, even Gabe and Zoe) have committed to participate in a walk to help benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and you can help!

If you can make a donation On The JDRF Secured Website to help us reach our team goal by clicking HERE. All donations are tax deductible.

If you are unable to donate financially yourself we COMPLETELY understand. However, if you know of anyone who might like to support this cause or has been touched personally with diabetes, we would be grateful if you could forward this information to them!

Thanks so much for taking the time to read this and help us fight one of the fast growing diseases in the United States. If you decide to donate (even $1) please let me know so we can send out a thank you!!

Our Deepest Love and Gratitude-

Windy, Justin, Gabriel and Zoe

Friday, February 8, 2008

Flat Tummy... shaaa.

I re-inserted a new CGMS sensor last night. I got out my quickstart guide because if I screw up it's an $80 oopsie. I noticed that on the guide it said, "Find a flat part of your stomach and attach the adhesive."

Flat part of my stomach? BWAHAHA!! I'd like to find that too folks!!!

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

CGMS... Round 3

I took off my CGMS sensor last night. I got almost 14 days out of that one. I used an IV 3000 clear sticky thing over it and it helped the adhesive stay on and in place so well! I'm sniffing around for some on ebay because they are pretty expensive. I also have a couple nurse friends who are trying to round some up for me. =)

I haven't put a new one on yet. I'm taking a break for a couple days. I have 3 left and don't yet know if my insurance is going to pull through so I'm trying to stretch things out. I miss being able to look down and see if my sugars are on the rise or on the fall. The trends are one of the best things for me about it. It's not just ONE reading from a finger stick, it's the ability to see if your bolus has kicked in or if you need more insulin to cover what you've eaten, etc. Not a perfect technology, but helpful still.

I'll probably put a new one in tomorrow.

I'm ready for the Hollywood Rounds of American Idol to start. I can't take anymore delusional people who think they can be rock stars.

Monday, February 4, 2008

My Perfect Feet and a Psycho

It's been a long term joke between me and several of my friends that I have perfect feet. Whenever I'm asked what my favorite body part is I immediately pipe in, "My Feet!!" I just love them. Anyways....

The message below was posted on my Flickr account after this person saw a picture of my feet I had taken for my Diabetes365 awareness project.

Click HERE to see the photo

If you would like to fess up to being "Slave Alex" please do so below as I am both freaked out, and laughing about this. Enjoy this..... it's great.

Hello I must say to you that you have the most beautiful feet that I have see in my life. Thank you for your Photos and for your album.
Pardon for this message and for my English who is very bad. I am a Spanish slave, in this moment I don't have Mistress, It is a dream for me to be able to get to be your servant, your maid, your butler, your houseboy, your cleaner house, and your slave. I have 5 years of experience in the submission and the servitude to a Mistress and her partner, I had been her maid, her servant and the her partner's servant from 5 years ago.
It is a dream for me to be able to be your servant your real slave a live in slave. I always have wanted to be able to manage to be a slave 24/7,It is a dream to be able to your slave and be able to belong to you, to your feet my Princess
If you wish to have vacations/holidays in Spain in a house on the beach, you have here your house and a slave 24 hours to the day to your service.

At your feet always

Slave Alex

He wants to be my "cleaner house". Your passport's on its way, Alex.