May Goals

Today’s a double post day. As I mentioned in my post earlier today I want to do a monthly post on my goals for the upcoming month. So I decided I would do two different posts one in the morning and one in the evening.

Here is a list of my May 2018 goals.

  1. Walking – By the end of May I would like to be walking 10,000 steps/1 hour walking a day and two 5-7 km walks each week. The longer walks would likely be more on the weekends then the rest of the week but I don’t see why we can not get a walk in before we start work. It’ll mean getting to bed earlier and getting up earlier which would be good for us anyways.
  2. Blogging – I would like to post at least 2 times each week even if the posts are written at the same time and scheduled through out the week.  I have been looking for a WordPress plugin with a daily prompt on the dashboard. I remember one that I had installed sometime in the past but can not find it. I find it hard sometimes to come up with things to write about but I really want to challenge myself to write about what is happening in my life and about things that are important to me. Not so much for anyone else but for myself.
  3. Blood Sugar – I would really like to get my blog sugar under better control. I would like to keep it within my target range as much as possible which is 4.6 to 7.8. I have mentioned this in a previous post I think however I even though I got my A1C down to 6.1 which is pretty good for a diabetic. I want to keep it there or even lower it a bit more and also get myself in my target range more often. I really feel like a failure when I spike up above 7.8 and I also feel stupid when I go below 4.6 because that means I am not being careful.

What are your goals?

April Recap

I want to start posting doing a post each month about my goals for the following month and pick 3 goals that I would like to achieve for the coming month. I would also like to do a post as well at the end of the month of a monthly recap of 3 things that have happened in my life over the last month. I have created a category for each.

Here is a recap of what happened in April.

  1. Going back to work  – So I started off April on Short Term Disability after having my wisdom teeth removed at the end of March and getting a dry socket. I started back to work half way through April on the 15th. My return was uneventful other then the fact that I didn’t get paid for a week because someone at work didn’t get me changed from unpaid STD to paid STD after my claim was approved on time. I was supposed to get paid the extra week this past Thursday and didn’t. I called HR and they advised I would get it on my next pay on May 10th but I have rent to pay and bills coming out automatically. After talking to them they advanced me 60% of what they owed me on May 10th on Friday and I will get the other 40% on May 10th. At least we were able to pay everything on time and are not behind on anything but it still kinda sucked and required borrowing a little from my mom to make that happen. So now we have to pay her back
  2. Edward broke a tooth – So my husband somehow broke a tooth a week ago or so on a plastic bottle (like a pop bottle). No idea how really. He says he just hit it off the top of the bottle when taking a sip. He ended up going a week with a broken tooth. Luckily for him it didn’t hurt at all and no bleeding. It also didn’t end up costing much to fix surprisingly. Yay for 90% dental coverage! He ended up getting it fixed a few days ago and you can not even tell he did it. He also got a few cavities filled while they were at it.
  3.  I started taking the bus to work – Yep. I did. Nothing wrong with the car. It’s just to expensive to park downtown. I think I mentioned this in a post but to me its a big thing. I have anxiety and have panic attacks from time to time and buses have always been a place I have been very uneasy. I do not like crowds and I am also claustrophobic and when the bus is full (which thankfully it hasn’t been too bad due to the time I go to and from work) it makes me really uneasy. I have had panic attacks on the bus before and was of the main reasons I first got a car because I was so uneasy and felt trapped. For me taking the bus is a big step in overcoming all that. I have been medication free for years (well as far as my depression & anxiety, obviously I’m on insulin) and I was concerned I might not be able to handle it and was scared it might trigger bad memories but I am actually quite enjoying it really.

How about you, anything interesting happen this month?

Changing the Freestyle Libre Sensor

Today is sensor changing day. Technically it is not due to end for another 21 hours but my current sensor is coming off and the readings aren’t that great because I think the filament is maybe bent or coming out. That’s what happens when you catch it on a door frame if you are not careful

I decided I would do a video of changing it. Not so much as a how to as there are a ton of better ones out there then mine but just more of a “day in the life” kinda thing. I admit it was hard. I am really self conscious about my weight and was self conscious about making a video of myself but I did it anyways. Sorry about the quality.

Before we get started on the video here is a look at my diabetes case (if you are on the main page the custom excerpt strips the image, click the post to see images and videos):

 

Starting from the very left we have a Tegaderm then some test strips for my Libre itself in case I need to test my actual blood. Followed by a SkinTac wipe and 2 alcohol wipes. I keep those in what is technically my waste pouch area which I don’t actually use for waste, I have a old test strips bottle that works well for that

Next inside the zippered part I have 4 or 5 needles, my old glucose meter which I keep in case and some lancets for my old lancing device, next I have the lancing device as well as my Basaglar insulin pen. Bottom right is a test strip bottle from my old meter which right now has some left over unused test strips but when they are gone I will just use it for waste and above that is my Libre Reader. The case itself is the Kate Universal Supply Case  which is $24.99 CDN before taxes and shipping. I absolutely love and recommend it.

And now to the videos of me changing my sensor, since I can’t figure out how to merge them there is two videos:

I completely forgot to do another video when I activated it. We were out so I just activated it. All there is to it is pressing the on button on the reader and scanning the new sensor a message pops up asking if you would like to start a new sensor with the options yes and no (which is nice if you sometimes have the old and new one at the same time if you like to let the new one settle for 24 hours so you don’t accidentally activate it too soon), after selecting yes it asks you to scan again and then starts counting down an hour. After the hour is up you are ready to go and can start scanning

 

Spring Is In The Air!

Edward and I spent the day out today… well yesterday technically since it’s 2:30 AM. We both took a long weekend this weekend because I had a lieu day that I wanted to take and I decided I didn’t feel like working Sunday so I took the day off and he ended doing the same. We went for a walk for almost an hour in Point Pleasant Park which is a large park in the south end of Halifax by the port. The view from it is beautiful, a view of the mouth of the Halifax harbour which is one of the worlds deepest natural harbours. The second I think (maybe the first?).

I took a few pictures with my phone but unfortunately they didn’t turn out to well so I didn’t bother uploading them. We walked for 58 minutes and walked 3.30 km. We were just walking really slow and stopping to admire the view and take pictures which is why we didn’t go very far distance wise. It worked out to 5981 steps and 288 calories burned. In total I actually managed to get 10,154 steps in. I have my goal right now set to 7500 steps, need to work my way up to 10,000 and beyond. I am really proud of myself I have met my goal every day this week.

It was a beautiful day out and reached 19°C and was nice and sunny. Maybe a bit of a cool wind down around the harbour but it was still nice enough I only had on a t-shirt and capris. I am so happy that spring is here. Now all we need to do is try and get our all season tires back on. We put it off because it really seemed like winter was never going to end. We had 4 storms over 10 days just the beginning of this month. Tomorrow (today technically) is supposed to rain like 20m but still get to 14°C, then Sunday is supposed to rain 5-10mm in the morning, clear up for a cloudy but 17°C afternoon. I am hoping to get Edward out driving. He is working on getting his license, he finally has his learners.

I have been thinking that I want to start some sort of project online maybe a clique or forum for diabetics or some sort of site where we can share stories, share recipes and support each other. I know there are tons of sites, blogs, etc out there and I really do want to try and do something a little different. I’m not sure what yet but I guess I will keep thinking on it and see if I can get some ideas. I don’t know maybe something more local, for people here in Halifax and Nova Scotia, some sort of support group/website.

 

Fostering & Adopting

After 3 years of trying to concieve we finally decided a few months ago to go to a Fostering & Adoption orientation. My parents came with us as they were also interested in fostering as well. The orientation was very informative and pretty much what I expected of it. We have the paperwork all filled out but have yet to get the required police checks.

It’s not a decision we just came to a conclusion on quickly before going. It’s something for me that has been in my mind since I was a teenager and my parents adopted my brother and when we first got together and the relationshop got serious even before we experienced infertility issues it was something I brought up and he agreed with me that he would love to foster and/or adopt with me.

As I mentioned the forms are all filled out. We just have to get the police record checks done and submit it. I’ve been sitting on it a bit because I need to call and clarify which of the checks we need to get done and submit with the application. We decided first on fostering and maybe adopting down the road.

There is such a great need for foster homes, especially for children with disabilities and for babies. I’ve just also been holding off hoping to get our schedules and little more open because we spend hours getting to and from work each day added to working 8 (me) and 9 (him) or more hours a day. If we foster there is no parental leave so I was hoping one of us could get on a day shift and the other a night shift so that we only paid for childcare for a few hours each day but that’s not working out so well as neither of us can get days, they wouldn’t even give it to me for valid medical reasons after I first got diagnosed.

I kinda feel like we are juggling health and logistics problems with our desire to be parents and it’s not really working out to well for us.

At one point in my life before Edward my desire to be a parent (I was all for adopting on my own or fostering) was hampered by dept and financial issues and in the case of pregnancy lack of a partner. Now that everything seems to be on track in those departments now there is infertility, health issues, and logistical issues with just never being home. I don’t want us to be parents that never have the time to spend with our kids. so we just have to find and make the time. Eventually hopefully everything will fall in place. We haven’t given up on pregnancy yet. We know what the issue is, it’s just a lack of finances and resources to try and overcome it which is so frustrating. Right now we are just hoping for a miracle but we really need to stop stalling and get the paperwork in so that we can become the parents I know we were meant to be.