Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween! Here are some helpful tips I found online for diabetics to have a happy and healthy Halloween.

Here are some carb counts for some Halloween favorites.

Talk to your kids about how many pieces they can have each day as long as their blood sugars aren’t high.

Be prepared for high and low blood sugars while out trick or treating. Treat lows with some of your child’s candy as long as there is not a lot of fat in it.

When you are done trick or treating let your child have the amount of candy agreed upon (unless they have already hit their limit) and put the rest away for your child’s lunch box.

Discuss with your child about waiting until they get home to eat their candy (make a game of it to see who brings home the most candy so they won’t want to eat any until the end of the night)

Halloween would be a great night to use a continuous glucose monitor to keep track of blood sugars.

Just remember to have fun! Don’t overdue anything and let your child be apart of the process with you.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

My Missed Doctors Visit

The other day was my quarterly check up with my Endocrinologist or as I like to say my diabetes doctor, it's much easier. I never dread these appointments, I like my doctors office and my physician and take pride in the fact that I am a good patient. But the other day I lost my good patient reputation because I was 20 minutes late for appointment due to writing the time down incorrectly on my calendar. 

I was so bummed that I did that. I had so many questions I wanted to talk to my doctor about. Luckily, because I am an outstanding patient (yes, I just upgraded myself) they didn't charge me for my missed appointment, can I getta AMEN! 

Like I said I had a lot of questions. Since I have been doing my new diet plan my numbers have been really good, not perfect, but really good. However, there have been a couple of things that have been happening that I wanted to talk to my doctor about. For starters, I have to pee what feels like a million times a day and for those of you who have diabetes you know that that is typically not a good sign. But my numbers are great and the bad ones are no where near ketoacidosis levels. It's mainly annoying, but now is starting to be a little concerning and I won't be back to see my doctor until November 18th....kill me now. 

I'm partially guessing that insistent need to pee could also be coming from my large consumption of water. Lately, I feel like I could drink the ocean and still be thirsty. And yes, to any of you diabetics reading this, you know that is not a good sign either. This is why I wanted to get into my doctor,  these are two HUGE signs of uncontrolled diabetes, but if you scroll through my glucometer you will see that my numbers have been good and there really is no reason for this.

I will definitely keep you all updated on this once I do finally get into my doctors office to get some clarity.  If any of you have suggestions please leave me a comment I would love some advice if you have any. The good thing is that I am not dropping serious weight like I was before I was diagnosed, and I am not as hungry as I was when I was diagnosed, so I don't think it can be anything too terrible. But at the same time I am a firm believer of never letting anything go unchecked. Fingers crossed lets hope I make it to the next appointment. 

Monday, October 27, 2014

The Pumpkin Patch

I am not sure if you all remember me telling you a few months back that I am in fact an official aunt. I love my niece and of course am borderline obsessed with her and all her red haired glory.  So, naturally any big event possible I try to be there. My sister decided to take our dear Daphne to a pumpkin patch closer to my parents this year, to let them be apart of some of her first Halloween experiences. As you can see they were enjoying it every bit as much as our dear Daphne.

Me on the other hand decided to take in my favorite part of this holiday, THE PUMPKINS! I love shopping for pumpkins. I want to take all of them home, however, I cannot and that's okay because I really couldn't afford it anyways. But I grabbed my wagon and meticulously picked out my favorites.

My sister was just as excited as I was to be with our parents at a pumpkin patch, but I think she was having more fun sharing the moment with her daughter rather than turning into a gigantic child like myself.

What I love the most about this pumpkin patch is the fact that you can go wine tasting and walk around their crops. They had everything you can think of for this time of year, Kale, spinach, pumpkins (of course), tomatoes, peppers, and much much more. I could easily geek out for an entire day going through their garden.

A little garden selfie! Please don't judge, I couldn't resist!

This place has everything! When I walked by and noticed the bar my eyes immediately skimmed their refrigerator to see if they had anything in case I ended up having low blood sugars. I am usually always prepared for a low, but for some reason I always like to double check that there is a back up no matter where I am at. And they did! The Fridge was stocked with sugary soda and helped my mind be at ease.

How can I not be in love with this sweet little girl! She was having as much fun as I was at the pumpkin patch!

These were my picks, which were really unusual for me because normally I buy up all the unusual pumpkins. This year however, I was really into the smaller plain orange ones because they seemed to have the best stems and because they would be easier to transition into my Thanksgiving decor later.

 We had the best time at the pumpkin patch. Diabetes only crossed my mind once or twice, but couldn't keep me away from having a total blast! Happy Halloween everyone!