Marie B's Blog (14)

All I want for Christmas...

I know, It's December 17, but my 90 year old mother is just getting around to asking me what I want for Christmas. Here's what I told her: a donation to the Diabetes Hands Foundation! To make it easier for her, I'm sending her an pre-addressed envelope, all she has to do is pop in her check. She already…


Added by Marie B on December 17, 2012 at 1:40pm — 4 Comments

A Proud Day for Me

Yesterday I became President of The Warwick Valley Quilters' Guild in Warwick, NY. It's going to be an exciting experience for me, and we are going to have a busy year.

The festivities continued with our holiday luncheon and boutique, where members were allowed to sell their handmade items. Lately I have been in a bit of a quilting slump, but I've gotten a bit hooked on making fabric luggage tags. Here's one with my husband's business card in it (he works for a food… Continue

Added by Marie B on December 9, 2009 at 12:30pm — 16 Comments

I am getting so excited about The Big Blue Test!

Tomorrow, November 14 is World Diabetes Day! At 2PM, your local time, won't you join me and thousands of others for The Big Blue Test? If you participated at our last big test-in in July, you know how much fun it was. The feeling of community and solidarity was just wonderful. I was following the action on Twitter, and right here at… Continue

Added by Marie B on November 13, 2009 at 10:27am — 3 Comments

I had Lunch with Manny and Andreina

Recently my husband Ed and I were in San Francisco for a few days. I was so excited that Manny and Andreina accepted our invitation to go to lunch. When the day arrived, I was ready and waiting in the lobby of our hotel, pacing, heart pounding, watching everyone who got off the elevator. Ed was trying to make me laugh with a countdown, "30 minutes until Manny!, 15 minutes!", which really helped because I had a huge knot in my throat, and I was tearing up at the thought of meeting my… Continue

Added by Marie B on September 15, 2009 at 11:29am — 6 Comments

Back from NYC with my Report on the Fancy Food Show

This weekend I went to NYC with my husband Ed to go to "The Fancy Food Show". This is a trade show for people in the specialty food business. This year I went with a focus on what's new out there that's diabetes-friendly, low-carb, and healthy. I found a few products that I thought were terrific. (none of these are in any way connected to my husband's company).

The Kitchen Table Bakers won the gold in the "Diet/Lifestyle" category for their "Aged Parmesan Gourmet Wafer Crisps". The… Continue

Added by Marie B on July 1, 2009 at 1:16pm — 3 Comments

I'm having a good day!

Wow, I don't know what I did, but I'm here to report almost perfect blood sugar numbers so far today:

4AM 114

8:20 114 (where's my dawn phenom?) bolused 2.0 for 20 gm

11:00 106

12:00 80

1:00 102 bolused 2.8 for 30 gm.

3:30 103 (took basal to 0% for 2 hours because of walking)

4:30 70 (oh well, almost perfect)

plus, I got a good night's sleep, got an idea for a great quilt and made all the parts for it, had some laughs with my husband, and watched… Continue

Added by Marie B on March 20, 2009 at 1:59pm — 3 Comments

Weekend in NYC and the $150.00 bottle of Humalog

Friday as I was getting ready to go to the city for the weekend to celebrate our anniversary, I remember thinking, "don't forget your eyedrops! oh, I'll grab them from the fridge when I get the insulin". Of course, the realization that I had neither my eyedrops for glaucoma nor the insulin didn't hit me until hours later. I had about 100 units left, and I only average about 18-20 per day, so even a 35 or 40 unit prime would get me to Monday morning, but I kept worrying about the possibilities… Continue

Added by Marie B on December 30, 2008 at 9:56am — 9 Comments

Blood Draw Blues

My husband Ed (t2) and I (t1) always go together for our regular visits to the doctor, and as ususal, we can't wait to see our files to see what the numbers are. So I'm looking at my lab report, and the only test they did on me was for Vitamin D. Whaaaaat? Where's my a1c? microalbumin? etc! Holy crap I'm mad! The place we have to go is so crowded, it never takes less than an hour, and this time it took 1.5 hours! And the phlebotomist HURT me! I had blood all over the place too! Now I have to go… Continue

Added by Marie B on September 16, 2008 at 12:59pm — 5 Comments

It happened so quickly, and I'm not sure why...insulin over 28 days, maybe?

Woke up this morning, felt good, bg 135 at 8:00, bolused for 20 gms, ate one of my usual breakfasts. At 11:20, bg 108 -good! At 12:15, I thought I'd have a BLT for lunch - so tested again - 143! hmm, whazzup? bolused for 30 gms, and started making the bacon. By the time I finished, my heart was pounding, itching, nausea - checked again at 12:45 - 196 and ketones! Took a shot, changed my set with a brand new bottle of Humalog (just changed sets yesterday, and the site looked and felt fine). By… Continue

Added by Marie B on July 30, 2008 at 12:54pm — 3 Comments

It's good to have friends with glucose meters

My friends and I had planned a road trip to a quilt store for yesterday, and I had been looking forward to it. I decided to change my infusion set the day before so (hopefully) I would have no problems. I also packed my bag with the usual supplies. I remembered that I had put an extra vial of strips in my usual tote bag a few days ago.

But when I left, I did not take this tote bag!

So, the four of us are driving, we're hours from my house, and I feel like crap, so of course I want to… Continue

Added by Marie B on July 10, 2008 at 7:49am — 3 Comments

New Endo visit

We live in one of the most rural parts of New Jersey. Currently, there is no endo in the county. Yesterday, I drove an hour to get to an endo whom it took me a month to get an appointment. Of course I have to keep a food diary for a week, and test at midnight and 3AM, which is incredibly disrupting, but there it is. She changed my basals from 5 different rates during the 24 hour day to two: 6AM - 7PM, .7 u/hr and 7PM-6AM, .5 u/hr. We'll see how that goes! and boluses are 1 unit/20 gm and 1 unit… Continue

Added by Marie B on June 5, 2008 at 7:51am — 5 Comments

Quilt Show

I am a member of a quilt guild, and we just had our biennial show. It's a tremendous amount of work to put on a show, requiring many volunteers. On Tuesday, we had "judging day." We had over 190 quilts this year, so I knew it was going to be a long day, so I brought my travelling kit with me (insulin, shots, infusion sets, etc). I have been having a rough time lately with my bg, so I am testing like 10 times a day or more. It is very exciting to see paid professional judges give their opinions… Continue

Added by Marie B on May 19, 2008 at 12:12pm — 3 Comments

Machine Applique

Recently, I've been doing a lot of machine applique. In this technique, you must only focus on the fraction of an inch right in front of your needle, and not worry about what's coming up next or how complicated your applique is. I'm going to get a dental implant on May 20, and I'm terrified. Maybe I need to do some more machine…

Added by Marie B on April 30, 2008 at 11:49am — No Comments

Bad batch of infusion sets

Ok, here goes my first blog....So I've had t1 41 years, and been on the pump since approx 1989, you'd think I could figure things out better by now. I have an accu-check spirit, and i've always used mini-med sof-sets. I normally change every 3 days, but the past month, i'm lucky if i can go 2days without changing my set. i thought it might be something changing in my skin or something, because God knows a lot of crazy things have been going on in my bod the past couple of years (i'm 53), and my… Continue

Added by Marie B on April 14, 2008 at 8:10am — No Comments



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