10 Random Things from the Author of The Girl’s Guide to Diabetes
Hi! I’ve been away from the blog longer than ever since it started 3.5 years ago. That ends today. But, here is what has been consuming my thoughts and making writing about diabetes a lower priority:
1. Travelling with diabetes is challenging. I’ve really been working at getting the knack of it. I don’t want it to be bad for my health you know? The other day, I tried my best to check my blood sugar in line at the airport where you put your things in cubbies to get scanned and just as I put the blood in the strip the scanner sucked my cubby with my meter in it inside to be scanned and I had to ask the lady at the scanner, “Excuse me, what number do you see on my meter?” She lifted the scanner flap and peeked inside and said, “911 I think?” Huh?! It came out a few seconds later and I saw a 116, phew! People behind me looked a little nervous and I don’t blame them. One TSA agent said, “We need to do a pat down, do you mind?” I said, “Of course you need to now, go ahead.” What was I doing checking at the most inappropriate time? I felt really off like I might be very low and ready to pass out and didn’t want to hesitate with checking because I had to run to the next gate so I felt I needed to just do it then. I get sick to my stomach with flying so I take dramamine and that makes me kind of loopy…but I still love it. Flying that is, not the dramamine.
2. My favorite number is two. I know that’s random but-My dad was diagnosed with bladder cancer. It’s really scary because even though surgery removed the tumor, the likelihood of return is very high. I’m making him vegetable juices and hoping that does something to help. This has made me have a heart to heart with myself about my diabetes because I can do so much to make my outcome a good one-I really need to remember that and be grateful for it.
3. My kids being 3.5 and still at home with me all day is driving me nuts. I hate feeling nagged because I really am very happy to have them with me, to read books and play games all day, mold their minds into caring, open, patient people, watch them impressed as they have expert command of the computer, but at the same time, I know I’m not enough. And I’m not sure how to solve this which leads me to:
4. My husband Alex and I are having a hard time deciding where to live. We can’t decide whether to rent or buy, to get a house or condo or loft. And its because what we want doesn’t exist where we live. We want to buy a really small place (so that the cost is low and the space is just for basic needs) and then we want to use our extra money to eat well (for health’s sake) and to travel (for our kid’s mind’s sake). And I don’t mean travel abroad, I mean anywhere. Right now just driving to a neighboring town to visit isn’t doable because rent is so high (since we want a nice and safe area-gee are we just asking for too much?). When we walk out of our front door we want to be around people, a community. I live in a place that is too large to be a town and too small to be a city and so we don’t have any of the best of either world. Others would disagree but I must be ambitious because I want more. Alex does, too. We’re lonely. There, I said it. My kids are lonely. School is coming for them and I’m sure they will love it. Maybe that’s all we have to wait for. In the meantime daycare/preschool is too expensive here and we make too much to get federal aid for it-nor do I want it. Stubborn Sysy strikes again.
5. I’ve noticed there is a back lash online towards people who are health coaches or something similar. Usually, the most upset are those who studied for years to get an accreditation of some kind. I can understand. However, what someone like myself does as a health coach is in no way a threat to what a dietitian or a nurse or a diabetes educator does. Think of what a coach does? Supports, cheers, listens, encourages. I’ll write more about this soon. And I’d like for people out there to know that vocation has a lot to do with how good one will be at their job. Just think, we all took math in high school but how many of us could teach others that math? I couldn’t to save my life. My health coaching training took one intense year but I’ve been reading and training on the subject my whole life as if I grew up knowing what I wanted to do only not knowing it actually existed until recently. And I think that goes for many people of all types of professions and work. I may write more about this later in detail but for now, I just want to say that health coaches don’t take the place of the other health care professions, they just want to help alongside of them. And there is a need for them otherwise so many people wouldn’t be calling us for help and leaving happy and satisfied. And we deserve to make a living off of it because we’re working hard, helping people (isn’t that the point?), and can’t do our work as homeless people. We don’t have huge loans to pay back but that’s not our fault. We do have to struggle more to find work since so many are still skeptical however.
6. I’d like to remind you all of the website Guerilla Goodness. It’s awesome and inspiring and really cheers me up this time of year. Great ideas here for spreading around secret acts of kindness-which I agree with the author-do change everything.
7. I’ve been thinking about how to reconcile my love of fashion and quality clothing while not spending much and while buying from small businesses and while keeping my closet simple. A friend from France emailed me explaining what most girls there do: They buy a few pieces a year that they carefully select while walking around town, making sure they fit perfectly and they get shoes that are comfortable but exactly what they are looking for. Then, they wear the same few outfits over and over and over. It keeps things minimal, lets them wear what they love, and keeps costs down. And at the end of the year, they have completely worn out their shoes and clothes and can start anew the next year. I read the same thing in a book recently, too. Just thought I’d share because I think too many of us have too much clothes and we don’t even love most of it and then our closets are overwhelming, we’ve spent too much, and for what?
8. There is a website I want to share. My type 1 friend Cynthia Zuber is on a holistic health journey. She is doing great and it’s been very inspiring to get to know her and see what all she does to regain her health and maximize it. She shares the most delicious recipes I’ve seen and just want to let you all know to check out Diabetes Light.
9. Did you get the flu shot this year? I didn’t though I can understand why some do. I haven’t in many years. So far, so good. Things have been great since getting my Vitamin D levels up with Vitamin D3 supplements. Oh and frequent hand washing. Just wanted to share.
10. My most popular post is about nerve damage reversal. I am submitting an update here that as of December 2012, I have less foot pain than I have ever had. In fact, I have had none this year. I don’t know why. I wonder if running bothers me (I’ve been doing more yoga and walking and less running). For years I had tons of foot pain, tons! Then as I regained control of my blood sugars the pain increased (which doctors told me could be due to healing of nerves) Then the pain went away for 99% of the time. I credit this lack of pain now to well managed blood sugars. I thought I would halt damage by improving my sugars but it seems I’ve reversed some because of the lack of pain? Pretty fantastic what great blood sugars can do. Makes the discipline and healthy lifestyle so worth it. Even if I just do it most of the time Anyway, I share because the possibility of less pain is a big motivator.
Take care, all.