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! Continue
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 —
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 —
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 —
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 —
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 —
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 —
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 —
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 —
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 —
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 —
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 —
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.
Added by AngelaC on November 4, 2009 at 7:14pm —
Wow, I want to thank everyone for the support and encouragement here! It was a crazy few days, but now things have gotten a bit calmer here, and I wanted to update everyone on what's happened.
I called BD's toll free number to see what they would say about this. I spoke with a very nice representative, Susan, who listened to my story and who also was disturbed by the pharmacist's actions. When I told her that Target sold me a box with an open bag of syringes that had not been opened… Continue
Added by AngelaC on October 18, 2009 at 10:19pm —
I am not sure where within "TuDiabetes" to put this so I can reach the most people. Perhaps there ought to be a group for consumer affairs. After all, we're not just patients, we are also consumers of hundreds of products that impact our health everyday (though this is another issue for another day).....
Yesterday, I decided the time had come to transfer my diabetes-related prescriptions to Target Pharmacy from CVS. ATM, I needed to pick up some more Humalog and another box of BD… Continue
Added by AngelaC on October 15, 2009 at 3:48pm —
I'm back after a long absence! I've been busy, had things to do, including going to watch my brother get his MBA -- and helping him move. Going to see "the bro" reminded me how difficult this disease can be, how it seems to like to remind you that it's there when it's not convienent for you. My numbers refused to play fair, going high (over 220) one day, then the next going low -- down to about 55, and that was just before the ceremony started.
I've uploaded a few more photos. I… Continue
Added by AngelaC on June 8, 2009 at 10:54pm —
Today's the day I turn "Sweet 16" (does this mean I get my dm driver's license now?), and 16 years ago, it all began with a phone call.
My doctor called to tell me I needed to come in right away. My sedimentation rate was way up and she needed to find out why. So off I went, back to the health center for another battery of tests. More blood tests, urine tests and a chest x-ray (did I mention that I had been coughing, loudly and violently, for about 2 months at that point?). When I… Continue
Added by AngelaC on March 22, 2009 at 12:51pm —
I get a bit reflective at this time of the year. I'm bearing down on my dm anniversary, and in fact, though today (3/19) isn't the day I was actually diagnosed, as I think about it, this was a significant day in the days leading to my diagnosis.
Sixteen years ago today. It was a Friday. I remember because I had to wait the weekend for my test results from my doctor. The cough I had been experiencing since January and which had been abating, had returned with a vengence. My doctor… Continue
Added by AngelaC on March 19, 2009 at 7:24pm —
Hmm, what to say about myself? Well, I got my bachelors and masters degrees in psychology, focusing on cognition and reading development. I minored in music as an undergrad -- I'm a clarinettist who went to festival bands, was her college orchestra's lead clarinettist, played in clarinet choirs -- you know, all the good stuff. I've worked a number of different jobs, including teaching and human services, and was a literacy volunteer for a local adult literacy group. On top of all that, I have… Continue
Added by AngelaC on March 10, 2009 at 10:00pm —