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AngelaC's Blog (46)

Update: Vacation and Recent Numbers

Phew, what a few weeks I've had! Went down to North Carolina to visit with my aunt and uncle, then went to South Carolina for my stepbrother's (very swanky and very exclusive) wedding. While I didn't attend the wedding (long story, don't ask), I did have the opportunity to wander around Charleston, SC -- at least a little bit -- and to sail around the harbor on a tall ship, which is something I've never done before. Made for an interesting vacation, though one in which there were WAY too many… Continue

Added by AngelaC on June 21, 2011 at 6:41pm — 4 Comments


Do you remember what you were doing 18 years ago today? Were you sitting in a classroom, taking notes, daydreaming about the cute kid in the back of the room? Was it "just another day at the office"? Were you caring for your children? Was it a day to fall in love?

Eighteen years ago, I was a graduate student at a large, midwestern university, where I'd hoped to earn a PhD. Just a few months earlier, I'd received my Master's degree in psychology from a smaller, private university and… Continue

Added by AngelaC on March 22, 2011 at 10:00am — 3 Comments

The Most Awesome Thing I've Done Despite Diabetes

I was looking through the blog posts I read and noticed on Keri's, AmyT's, and Rachel's pages that there's a blog carnival going on called "The most awesome thing I've done despite… Continue

Added by AngelaC on February 21, 2011 at 10:53am — 6 Comments

Sick. Again.

I hate getting a cold. My nose is plugged, my head feels like it's barely attached to my neck, my ears are ringing, I'm dizzy, and worst of all, I'm sick to my stomach. Intellecutally, I know this is part-and-parcel of the human existence, something everyone has, but why couldn't there be an escape clause for those of us who've developed a chronic illness?? No "regular person" illnesses for us! It's enough to deal with the daily burdens of bg testing, insulin injections, lows, highs, ketones,… Continue

Added by AngelaC on January 21, 2011 at 6:26pm — 2 Comments

Real Person Sick

To borrow a phrase from Kerri of Six Until Me, I've been "real person sick" for the past few days. Yuck. Nose stuffed, dizziness, head feeling like a helium balloon, and nausea. That last one hit yesterday. Thankfully, bgs have been behaving themselves (thank goodness for small favors). I even checked for ketones just in case the meter wasn't giving the right reading. Good news: Only small amount of ketones.

My biggest issue right…


Added by AngelaC on December 29, 2010 at 2:59pm — 6 Comments

Diabetes Controversy That Led to the DCCT

While participating in Richard's thread on Starvation Diet from 1916, BSC brought up a point about tight control, the founding of the ADA, and the DCCT. This stirred a memory of something I had read in James Hirsch's book, Cheating Destiny. I found what I was looking for and, so as to not hijack that thread, decided to post my findings here.

The diabetes controversy that led to the founding of the ADA and the DCCT (information found in…


Added by AngelaC on December 12, 2010 at 10:30pm — 6 Comments

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! No matter where you are, may all your dishes be "bolus-worthy"!

Added by AngelaC on November 25, 2010 at 12:13pm — 3 Comments

Doctor Visit and Test Results

Irony of ironies, I had an appointment with my endo on 11/10/10 -- 1 year to the day I had my first appointment with her! Today I got the results of the lab work. The visit and the labs were a mixed bag of good and not so good and a reminder that diabetes isn't the only problem I need to watch.

Blood pressure was good, at 110/68. I have better touch sensation in the bottom of my feet than I did 2 years ago (yeah!). Overall, My doctor is very happy with my bgs. I'm still having lows,… Continue

Added by AngelaC on November 22, 2010 at 11:31pm — 4 Comments

NOT Diabetes: If you're in L.A. on Nov. 7th, here's a movie to see

I am about to burst with excitement. I was told a while ago that a cousin of mine had gotten involved in a movie. I thought at first he was simply an extra, but it turned out he was cast as the lead as a child!

The movie is Hamill: The Movie, and is the story of Matt Hamill, mixed martial artist, UFC champion and Deaf wrestler. He also is a three-time NCAA Division III wrestling champ and a gold and silver medalist at the Deaflympics. Quite an accomplished athlete!



Added by AngelaC on October 18, 2010 at 10:16pm — 8 Comments

Why I Will Walk with the ADA...

I added this to my Facebook page and thought I would share it with you:

Why I choose to walk for the ADA

Most of you know me personally, having hung out with me in high school or college, or for some of you, even earlier. We marched together in the band, rooted our football team to victory -- and commiserated when we were defeated. We danced the weekends away while working at "The Cafe" and doing the banana cheer at Homecoming soccer games in college. You supported me… Continue

Added by AngelaC on September 28, 2010 at 10:38pm — 1 Comment

Diabetes and my hobby

I enjoy photography. I like taking pictures and capturing both the everyday moments and the more unusual moments. One topic I enjoy snapping are weather photos, especially lightning photos. Blame it on having lived in the midwest, where thunderstorms are fierce and lightning strikes are almost always spectacular. I will stand outside, in the rain and wind, with lightning flashing all around me, for well over an hour just to get one or two shots of… Continue

Added by AngelaC on June 1, 2010 at 12:30pm — 4 Comments

The ol' bait n' switch-er-oo

I am expecting family this weekend for the holiday and a celebration of my mother and stepfather's 30th anniversary of their meeting. Today was a busy day, as we were trying to finish our garden and get some grocery shopping done. Now, I know that fast food isn't the best food to pick, and I know there are better choices, but when you're in a hurry, a quick hamburger, value fry, and small diet seems like a deal. So I stopped in at the Burger King near the grocery store and ordered the… Continue

Added by AngelaC on May 27, 2010 at 9:43pm — 9 Comments

Angela and the Very Bad Day

Have you ever had one of those days where everything seems to go wrong? Well, for me, today was one of those days.

First, I woke up late. I hate getting up late, so my day didn't start out on a good note. Test blood sugars -- fine, in the 80s -- fix breakfast. Remember that I needed to weigh my clementines and figure out how many carbs are likely to be in there so I could properly dose, but forgot a calculator, so it's back to the bedroom, dig out the calculator, and then get back to… Continue

Added by AngelaC on May 12, 2010 at 9:15pm — No Comments

On "Docs-in-the-box" and infections

I woke up on Sunday with what appeared to be a couple of pimples, but one of which turned out to be much worse: The start of an infection, on my upper lip. So for the past few days, I haven't been feeling well. I did go to see a "doc-in-the-box", and while I did get antibiotics to help combat this, this experience with the "doc in the box" was not quite what it should have been.

The office was nice, but there were a few things that seemed "off" to me. First, the nurse didn't know how… Continue

Added by AngelaC on May 5, 2010 at 4:40pm — 4 Comments

A Blunt Reminder

I recently joined Facebook and after receiving a surprise message from an old friend, I decided to search Facebook for other people I've known. I have a master's in psychology, and I always got along with the professors. One of my favorites was the social psychology professor, Charles, or as we called him, Charlie. He helped me get into a doctoral program in education, though he really wanted to see me in social psychology research, like him. He was outgoing, brilliant, demanding, yet fair.… Continue

Added by AngelaC on April 6, 2010 at 10:17pm — 3 Comments

17 Years and Counting

I find it hard to believe that today marks 17 years since I was diagnosed with diabetes. In fact, 17 years ago was a Monday as well. And Easter was closing in on us, too, as I recall. The endo I was assigned told me that he expected type 1 dm to be cured in 5 years. At that time, there was a sense of expectation, since the DCCT was about to be released, confirming that tight control helps reduce the incidence of complications. "Keep yourself in good shape, keep your bgs down and you have a good… Continue

Added by AngelaC on March 22, 2010 at 6:18pm — 1 Comment

Thinking About Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease

I do not know if I ever mentioned this here before, but my mother has Type 2 diabetes, for more than 12 years. She manages with metformin, glipizide, and Januvia. She also has hypertension that she's had since 1991. Over the years, she's never been to see an endo, a diabetes educator, or even a dietitian. She was simply thrown a pre-printed Lily diet sheet and told to "follow it", to take her medications as prescribed, and to test every so often. Her doctor doesn't even ask for her bg readings.… Continue

Added by AngelaC on February 4, 2010 at 10:40pm — 2 Comments

And the Answer Is.......

Well, maybe not an answer, but I did get my lab results in the mail! That in and of itself was good news. My endo told me that unless there was something wrong that she needed to discuss with me, I would be getting a letter from her in the mail. Today, I got it and I couldn't be happier.

My HbA1c is............5.5! It translates to an average bg of approximately 112 and is higher than the average bg from my meter, which was 92 (translates to an A1c of 4.8) as of 11/10. I know I… Continue

Added by AngelaC on November 19, 2009 at 7:38pm — 5 Comments

New endo and surprise

I had an appointment with my new endocrinologist last Tuesday and unlike so many other appointments I have had over the past two years, this one was quite pleasant. She didn't argue over type or treatment, was happy with the results in my bg logs -- and didn't question their authenticity (really, I had one doctor who didn't think the computer-generated print-out could be real because it wasn't a traditional bg log!). Generally, I was fairly pleased with her.

She didn't take the time… Continue

Added by AngelaC on November 15, 2009 at 10:34pm — No Comments

Target Update 3 -- Guess Who's Back?

I've been busy this week, my last week with my brother who is visiting from China, so I didn't notice I was getting low on test strips. Really low. I ran out today and I had several things to do that were in the vicinity of Target. I went to the endcap where the strips usually are, but the spot for the OneTouch Ultras was empty. I went to the pharmacy counter, and what did I see but.....

The same pharmacist who gave me so much grief and who had uncapped a syringe.

I… Continue

Added by AngelaC on November 4, 2009 at 7:14pm — 2 Comments



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