Month: March 2014

Gluties.

that awkward moment when you meet someone, busy munching a bagel, who reaches toward me for a handshake. uh…yeah, no thanks.

 

don’t give me gluties.

 

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take it easy, but take it–sans gluties.

Brianna

Continuous Stress Monitor: CSM

I hate that I haven’t written in over a week.

 

My CGM has officially taken on a new role, a CSM. With a frenzied day-to-day existence right now, comprised of 12+ hour days, ever-changing Levemir doses, quick meals on the fly before exams, endless hours trying to navigate Adobe Illustrator to create  a research poster in time for the conference in T-minus 12 days…well. That’s why I haven’t written.

 

In a nutshell, here are some thoughts about the college diabetic-celiac existence in a period of beyond high stress:

1. Yes, I know that stressing about the stress of high blood sugars is obviously not helping.

2. I also know that I can’t run on empty and survive a day of nearly not eating cause of the stress-caused high blood sugars and that the not eating practically all day is just going to cause more stress. *cue Brianna tornado of hunger and high blood sugar anger*

3. But, sometimes that’s just a day in the life. These few weeks have been very trying of my mental strength, and my physical not-so-strength. With two conferences, 4 exams, and 21 days of classes left–I’ve got to pull through.

4. PS- though this is NOT MEDICAL ADVICE, the extra days past 1 week on the CGM are allowing for some crazy accurate days, which is one less thing to think about. Except…that peeling tape is definitely not my most attractive look. Maybe I’m grateful for the 19 degree, end of March day we’re having in AA today? Just kidding. Get me out of this season.

5. PPS- Definitely turned off the high alert on the CGM this week after nearly chucking it against the wall after the 4th alarm overnight from the tiny fluctuations above and below the threshold. I ONLY GET FIVE HOURS OF SLEEP AS IS, SO PLEASE CGM, SHUT UP.

I’ve picked up a new skill these last few weeks however, and that is gluten-free, insanely low-carb, crazy quick meals. I generally try to keep my meals low-carb, but with the high blood sugar issues exacerbated by the stress, I needed to find quick meals to fit my endless schedule with less than ten carbs to keep the blood sugar relatively in check. Here are some ideas:

-Lettuce+Tyson Grilled and Ready Chicken Strips+ Annie’s Roasted Red Pepper Dressing+ SteamFresh Green Beans+Sargento Mozzarella Shredded Cheese+sliced cucumber= a salad-in-disguise for a non-salad eater.

-Turkey-Cheese Wraps [don’t be stingy on the turkey!]+3 pickles+Diet Snapple= perfect quick lunch before more Calculus 4 cramming.

-Burger patties [quick broil for 5 min]+slices of cheese+small apple+Hershey’s Kiss=perfect after exam meal [my plan for this evening, after my LATE exam til 10 pm!]

 

Again, I ‘m sorry it’s been ages. I’m always available for a quick email [or Tweet @briwolin], just not entirely on top of cohesive posts these couple weeks.

 

Take it easy, but [find some crazy way to] take it.

Brianna

The ABCs of the dreaded A1C.

That moment when you look at your calendar, now six weeks ago, and realize how close spring break is. That same moment when you look at your calendar, now six weeks ago, and realize that your endocrinology appointment is in six weeks and you’ve gotta get you’re you-know-what together for the dreaded A1C.

For those celiac non-diabetics, an A1C is a measure of essentially your average blood sugar over the last 6-10 weeks. Which means six weeks before the endo appointment is major crunch time to get everything in order.

Due to a few confounding variables, I knew my A1C wouldn’t be pretty, as I’ve been running much higher than normal lately, without much ability to change the matter. However, post-endocrine appointment, though with a majorly disappointing A1C of 8.8, I think they’ve found my solution to the other variables and I should be able to get back in order.

And beyond that, my beloved Dexcom—the all-knowing diabetic machine—has been treating me well. I realized that I really don’t know how I lived before having it and how everyone I know manages without one! The coolest update of its existence is my recent acquisition for it—decals from PumpPeelz. Yup, I’m a child—busy decorating my hardware. But I’m okay with that. Scott, one of the owners, was beyond friendly and helped me out on the price [college kid budget, of course!] and I’m now happily colorful. Take a look!

Geeked out with girly decorations. There are all different pattern options!
Geeked out with girly decorations. There are all different pattern options!

Sorry I hadn’t posted all week—being home from break means suddenly having to be consistently social and work with schedules other than your own! Promise to post more often now.

Take it easy but take it.

 

Brianna

PS- For an extra laugh, I’ve been waiting to share this with all of you–thanks College Diabetes Network:

Too, too true.
Too, too true.