Whoa. Things have been insane lately. Major layoffs at work (thankfully not me!) has the entire office stressed out and working double time. I am still loving my job but I feel bad being happy around…

Whoa. Things have been insane lately. Major layoffs at work (thankfully not me!) has the entire office stressed out and working double time. I am still loving my job but I feel bad being happy around so many people who aren't!

Also on the finishing stages of my thesis (i.e., the actual study part!!) and am aiming to be done that in May-June or so. (I have to be done by August or I run out of time, since I spent over a year procrastinating and doing nothing!) So now the pace has picked up a LOT and I'm spending most of my time writing and putting in ethics approval, sending out notices to recruit participants, working on the logistics ... all very exciting but a TON of work! It's not helping that I've never done any of this before so feel like I have no idea what I'm doing, but I suppose that's what a master's thesis is for.

Another business trip coming up in three weeks or so. I ordered a Dia-Pak Deluxe from Amazon, a blue one, to keep all my stuff in. Last trip I had a bunch of cartridges and infusion sets in a ziplock bag and security took them out to search my bag, and didn't put them back! It was an accident, but I would have freaked out if I'd gotten to a hotel 10:00 at night to discover that! So I want a case that's bright and big so that I'll notice if it's not replaced.

My blood sugars have been insane lately. I was running low for a while so lowered everything one or two notches, then started running really high so put all the settings back up and beyond where they originally were. Now I'm still running high except for the random times I'm low. The day before yesterday I was really high all day. Yesterday morning I woke up low but was high the rest of the day, so I put all my settings up. Today I've been high all day except for before dinner when I was low. I put all my settings up again. Makes no sense to me! Hopefully it will sort itself out soon. I am sure I'm a bit stressed out even though I don't feel stressed, so maybe that's affecting things. It's also been cold out so maybe if my weather theory is correct that's having a negative impact, too!

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Comment by smileandnod on January 23, 2013 at 8:48am

Hey Jen, the work on your thesis sounds exciting! My daughter just finished her thesis and you sound just like she did during that crazy time period - she would say it was like working a full time job and being a full time student at the same time. The light at the end of the tunnel will be so worth it though! One step closer.

I've followed your journey with your blood sugar and have been having similar issues myself. We do the best we can do to react and move forward. I hope yours sorts itself out soon. Enjoy your trip! :)

Comment by Jen on January 23, 2013 at 5:43pm

@Judith: I hope whatever is stressing you out ends soon! Thanks for all your support!

@smileandnod: The thought that in six months all this work will be worth it is what's keeping me going with my thesis right now! It is DEFINITELY like being a full-time student top of my full-time job -- and that's not counting the other full-time job of managing diabetes!!! :)


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