Work vs Life Balance & the Freestyle Libre

I’m not sure why I keep paying for hosting or to keep this domain since I just don’t really feel the need to blog like I used to. I’m just too busy. Edward and I both leave for work at 12:20 PM and catch the bus and by the time I get home at 11 PM and take my insulin, change and head out in the car to pick Eddie up for Midnight and drive home it is almost 12:40 AM. We sleep 7 or 8 hours get up and do it all over again. That’s been the last year and a few months in a nutshell.

At first I was working 3 PM to 11 PM and was able to get discounted parking at $76 a month but then I requested an earlier shift at my doctors suggestion to help regulate when I ate supper and had my afternoon and evening breaks before and after supper because I was on both short and long acting insulin. Testing my blood sugar when I woke up and went to bed and before and one hour after every meal. They put me on a 1:45 PM to 9:45 PM shift with a 3 PM break, 5 PM lunch and 7:30 PM break which works out pretty nicely except that now I get to work about 1 to 1:15 Pm because I like being early and discount parking doesn’t start till 2 PM at Scotia Square’s Parkade. So I switched to taking the bus back and forth to work as the non-discounted parking is something like $200 a month with taxes.

It means using less gas, less wear and tear on the car and also more walking (walking to the bus stop, being outside more) and generally getting a bit more exercise so that part is a plus but I have to leave at 12:20 PM to get there by 1:08 PM for my 1:45 and when I leave at 9:45 the next bus is not till 10:23 PM which gets me home about 11 PM. So it’s a bit of a trade off. Bus passes are like $78 a month so only $2 more then parking. It’s just I could have left around 12:45 and got home by 10:15 If I drove.

There is no like work vs life balance really. Our weeks are taken up so much by work and getting to and from work that we have time for nothing else. When I worked at a place that had free parking and when I was on day or rotating shifts I found I could typically get more time to have a life and do things on the days I worked. So right now we are really living for the weekends lol.

I shouldn’t really complain. I get paid more then most people I know, more then my husband by about $6 an hour and because of me we have health benefits that cover 80% and dental that covers 90%. As well as I have short term disability benefits that cover 100% for a certain number of weeks and then 66.67% for the remainder until I am back at work and since I have been hospitalized twice since I started working there a little over a year ago and had to go on short term benefits 3 times in a year and 3 months I am really extremely lucky there.

Because of my benefits I was able to get this. It’s been’s a wonderful tool to have, the Freestyle Libre flash glucose monitoring system. After installing the sensor on the back upper arm you can just scan it whenever you want to see what your blood sugar is. Took me a little bit to get the hang of using it but now I use it almost exclusively and only test when it shows I am rapidly going low or high and even then when going low I know it. I can feel it and can act to catch it before it happens because the arrow shows me going low and then within minutes I feel symptoms. I admit I scanned like 35 times a day in the beginning. I was paranoid it was not working as I didn’t understand the 10-15 min delay and how to spot trends but now I can accurately use it to dose. Even though I still use my Contour Next One to double check.

I was able to bring my A1C down from 8.2% to 6.1%. With 8.2 that means my average blood sugar was about 11.9 mmol/l (215 mg/dl) and I brought it down to 6.1 which means average of 7.8 mmol/l (140 mg/dl). My target right now is I would like to get below 5.6% for my A1C and keep it there. But as with a lot of diabetics it will likely fluctuate I will likely go up and sometimes down. I just have to really use the Freestyle Libre and I am also going to try signing up for and using the LibreView software which I am going to sign up for after this blog post to see if I can figure it out. There is so much more I can be doing with it like recording insulin, carbs, exercise and using the charts to determine where I need to make more changes.

At the beginning of this post I said I don’t know why I keep paying for hosting and keep this domain but maybe I can use it to connect with other bloggers who are diabetic either type 1 or 2. I always loved the support you could receive in the blogging community and have been blogging for over 18 years. In fact I bought this domain in 2008 though I do not remember the month so this blog is now in it’s 10th year or almost in it’s 10th year! Wow

4 thoughts on “Work vs Life Balance & the Freestyle Libre

  1. I’ve seen those scan types of glucose gadgets, very handy. I think it’s a good idea to use the blog to connect with other diabetics. A friend of mine who is also diabetic wants to start a blog to write about her experiences, maybe I should connect you two.
    What I don’t understand is your shift work, I thought you worked in a bank? Or do you have another job now?

    1. They are very handy. I really love being able to see what my blood sugar is without poking my finger and also like the way it tells you if your going up or down. you could definetly connect us if you want I really want to see other people’s perspectives and how they manage. As for my work shifts I do work at a bank but I work in their contact center so it’s all over the phone. They have branches all over but I’m in the contact center here so I was on 3-11 but requested an earlier shift so they moved me to 1:45 to 9:45

  2. Congrats on your 10 year anniversary! Also, welcome back to blogging. I have been a little bit worried that you would stop paying for hosting. I hope that you would give me some warning if they day comes so I can find a new host.

    That sucks that you have no work/life balance right now. Working late shifts like that sucks. Thankfully, over the last year or so I have been able to work mostly days.

    That also sucks that parking costs so much. Are you allowed to park at Halifax Shopping Centre for free and take the bus from there? Or are there signs saying no Park and Ride parking? My mom would do that when we were little because she didn’t like driving downtown.

    1. Thanks Deanna, I know it’s been a little while. I keep getting sidetracked and then before I know a year has passed lol. But don’t worry I have no plans of getting rid of the hosting and domain. If I ever did I would give you some warning. even though it’s been a year and a half I can’t stand to part with the domain on blog and love having the old posts and the hosting is so cheap I just keep it anyways. I am hoping now though to start blogging a bit more. even if just one post a week or two. Maybe I’ll join some sort of blogging challenge or something to give me ideas.

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