Review: One Drop

I found this brand one day while I was scrolling the App Store trying to find a new app that could keep track of my diabetes management like blood sugar readings, weight, medication, and insulin dosages and notes. Then I came across One Drop. I liked how the app looked, the color scheme was appealing and had a couple of little tabs at the bottom for diabetes lessons and contacting your coach. You can also log down your food and exercise.

I downloaded it and started exploring. I found the profile tab and noticed there was a Shop Now link that took me to their store. I looked at what they had to offer. Their meter featured a chromatic, sleek style and you could sign up for monthly subscriptions for more test strips and lancets. I didn’t need more lancets since I got a whole new box for my Reli-On lancer so I just looked into getting a meter and test strips.

After purchasing a Diabetes Package, I also got access to my own diabetes coach, named Rachel. She’s been getting to know me to see where I’m at with my diabetes and what my goals are currently. She’s been giving me some really good advice too. I have also noticed that she doesn’t work on the weekends lol.

When I got the box I was very impressed with the packaging. It was very organized and aesthetically appealing. The leather holder was also very nice. The only complaint I have was that I had ordered the black accent marks on my meter and lancer, but instead I got the default orange, which I’m a little mad about. I got 100 strips in my box and another 25 in my package. It also came with 10 lancets. I didn’t need anymore than that because I still have my Reli-On lancets. As of this review, I have not tried to use the One Drop lancer on myself.

Want to order your own? Get $20 off your new subscription here!

I used my device for the first time a couple days ago. I had also bought control solution to make sure my meter was working properly before my first use, it was. The device beeps when you put the solution or blood to the test strip to let you know that it’s good and ready to process. It doesn’t require a lot of blood at all coming in at 0.5 microliters for a reading. That is such a tiny drop of blood. My TureMetrix Air also ran at 0.5 but I feel like the One Drop runs on even less because it doesn’t require the strip to be full before it’s ready to process.

You stick the strip in, prick your finger, get enough blood for a test, the meter beeps when it has enough blood and gives your results within 5 seconds. If your app is open, it automatically syncs with your device and the reading is logged down and you can enter in notes, like which finger you pricked and what you did before taking your reading.

Then the app takes your averages, for the day, 7 days, 30 days, and then each month. Really cool. You can also press the button on your meter to turn it on and check the readings on there. There is only one button the meter. Press and hold it for a few seconds and it’ll turn back off.

I haven’t used the lancer yet but it is very interesting. The cap pops right off to put a lancet inside, you pull the butt end to prime it, and you can adjust the depth of your needle as you need. The ‘+’ is deeper and the ‘-‘ is shallower pricks. Then just press the button and launch!

So far it’s under $25 (not including tax) to purchase the Diabetes Health Package and then under $25 each month for your subscription of 50 test strips each month, price varies if you add on lancets or more test strips each month. Also BONUS: they send you a brand new meter every year!

Here are some photos of what was in the box and what the app looks like. You can also watch an unboxing video on my Instagram to see how the packaging looked.


Summary

Ease of Use: 10/10

Aesthetics: 10/10

Ease of Order: 9/10
I got a little confused about ordering a glucose meter and ordering a Diabetes Package, the Diabetes Package was cheaper. The test strip and lancet subscription was a bit confusing especially since I didn’t know I was getting 125 test strips right now and I didn’t need any lancets for the timebeing.

Order Accuracy: 9/10
Marked down because even my invoice says black accent and it still came in orange.

Overall: 9.5/10
Overall, I give this app and product a 9.5/10!


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Travel with Diabetes

As a diabetic, you need to be more prepared for traveling than others. There are more equipment and medications to pack and more steps to take before you are even ready to leave for your trip. This post mostly refers to type 2 diabetics, but some of these tips can transfer over for type 1 diabetics.


Before leaving on a road trip or vacation, remember to get a doctor’s note that includes a list of medication, monitoring and dispensing equipment, details on the need to carry supplies in your hand luggage as well as contact details for your diabetes care team.

Big tip: When you’re planning for a trip, make sure your destination has an in-room refrigerator for your insulin, if you take any.

Road Trip

BEFORE YOU LEAVE: Check your blood sugar, less than 100mg/dL -> have a snack (like a hard-boiled egg or orange), wait 15 mins then test again.

Stock the car with hard candies, crackers, and other fast-acting sugars within reach while driving. Add some substantial snacks (like cheese and crackers or trail mix).

If you’re on the road for an hour or more, check you blood sugar every 2-4 hours.

Once you get to your destination, place your insulin in the fridge.

Hypoglycemia – if you experience sweating, anxiety, and the shakes, pull over to the side of the road as quickly and safely as possible. Check your sugar and treat your low before you get back to driving.

Airport

  1. While planning for a long distance trip, make sure your destination has hospitals or pharmacies nearby. In case of emergency, if you’re in need of a hospital, extra supplies, or medication. Also take note of the time change so you can change the time on your equipment for better management.
  2. If you have an iPhone, make sure you setup/update your Medical ID. It should include the numbers for your doctors, medical condition, medication you’re on, and the contact information of any family members that know about your medical condition.
  3. Consider getting travel insurance. In case of medical emergency or cancellation, or lost, damaged, or stolen luggage. Especially if you’re storing your equipment in your checked luggage.
  4. Flying with diabetes supplies – As a precaution and in case of emergency, pack twice as many supplies than you think you need. In your carry on pack lancets, test strips, insulin, health insurance card, extra batteries for your monitor, contact information, oral medications, snacks and juice boxes, and glucose tablets.
  5. Get to the airport at least 3 hours before your flight. In case you run into any snags while checking in.
  6. TSA & Diabetes – Find out about the TSA’s guidelines for traveling with diabetes. You can get a TSA diabetes notification card or a letter from your endocrinologist.
  7. Tell the TSA officer about your diabetes supplies. You can’t remove your CGM or insulin pump.
  8. Keep your insulin cool while flying. Use a pouch or bag with an ice pack. There are some on Amazon that you can purchase for under $15.

Check your sugar before leaving for the airport, check again before boarding your flight, and once more when you’ve landed. If your flight is more than one hour, check every 2 to 4 hours as you think is needed. If you don’t have a designated disposal container, carry a ziplock bag or container with you for the used test strips and discard securely when able.

Arrival

When you arrive at your destination, here are a few tips to help keep your trip enjoyable.

  1. Avoid raw or undercooked seafood.
  2. Stay clear of food that’s been left out for long periods of time.
  3. Buy bottled water.
  4. Ask for your drinks without ice.

No one wants to spend their vacation on the toilet the whole time.

Remember no two people are the same. Some run high, some low. You know how your diabetes works so act accordingly to avoid medical emergencies.

If you have any more travel tips, please feel free to comment them below and share them with your fellow diabetics.


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The Journey: Episode Nine

APRIL 25, 2020

So I just got my new glucose meter and MyID Medical ID. I’m super excited about both of them. This Thursday I’ll post a review of the One Drop Meter. I’m very excited about it. If you want to see the unboxing video, I posted it up on my Instagram. Besides that, it’s pretty much business as usual.

Thanks to the One Drop app, I have a diabetes coach named Rachel. This past week she’s been getting to know me and my diabetes a little more to see exactly how she can help. I’ve learned a bit about diabetes from her too.

With 55units of insulin as my current dosage, I can inject about 5 days per pen and I’m down to my last three pens before my next appointment this Thursday and I don’t know how long after that I’ll be able to get my next prescription.

Unfortunately, 55units isn’t working. My doctor said that my max should be 65 units so I’m getting pretty close to that. I’m a little afraid of upping it to 60units because 55 takes so long to inject as it is and it hurts even if I go slowly. Last night was weird, I injected on the right side of my piko (belly-button) and it was a little sore, but when I tried to push the plunger down, it was having trouble going down and started to hurt a lot. I think I managed 5 units before I couldn’t push anymore. So I stopped and pulled it out before trying in another area close by. There was a bit of blood from the first site. The second site went in less painfully and was easier to push down. I wonder what was blocking the first injection that it didn’t go down well.

I had my A1C blood test this past Thursday and I should know the results during my appointment, which will be done over the phone because my doctor is on Oahu and they’ve had a lot of cases in the past month and a half. Super scary to travel to Oahu with diabetes right now. Plus I’m unemployed now and couldn’t afford a plane ticket.

I hope my A1C reflects well on my insulin usage. This quarantine has really messed me up. Before the quarantine, 45 units was doing really well for like three weeks and then it wasn’t working anymore and I had to up my dosage to 50 and now 55. I might have to up it to 60 units before my doctor appointment so I can see if that brings my numbers lower. My fasting glucose reading has been over 140mg/dL with a couple under 125. I don’t know if 60 units is going to help but I want to see anyway, even if I’m afraid of the paid of a prolonged injection speed.

APRIL 26, 2020

Last night, I upped my insulin to 60 units I first tried to inject and it was too painful so I stopped and removed the needle to inject in another site. That one was a lot easier and less sore. However, my fasting blood sugar was reading at over 170mg/dL. I am very upset with this reading. My weight has dropped 5 pounds in the past week so I’m glad about that which means I’m eating better and getting good exercise. I’m definitely eating more veggies, mostly pickled veggies but veggies nonetheless. I am so excited about the One Drop meter and the app.

So now I’m just waiting for Thursday’s doctor appointment to see how well I’ve been doing or not doing on my insulin. Not gonna lie, when I saw the plunger go up to 60 units I was like holy cow that’s a long way to go.

Other than that, quarantine is really messing with my eating habits and my mental and emotional health. I live in a house with zero privacy and can’t enjoy a night alone with my husband just relaxing and enjoying each other’s company. Our wedding anniversary was on Wednesday and it was the most alone time we’ve had in two months and it was spent not at home. Plus, we were both rejected for unemployment and the letter said we had to contact the office for an appeal, but I can’t get through on the phone and no one has answered my email. I’m getting very frustrated and losing hope.

BUT the other day we got approved for SNAP benefits and that is the best news we’ve gotten this year so far. We don’t have to worry about food now just the bills we still have to pay for unfortunately. We might have to cut off Netflix and Disney + and just stick with Amazon Prime, just to make bills easier for us. We’ve gotten deferments for most of our bills until July but there’s some that we can’t get deferments on, like our cellphone bill. We have to get in contact with our bank about deferments on our loans there.

This is a crazy time and we’re all just trying to survive. Be smart and be safe out there everyone.

Your Diabetes Care Team

When you get diagnosed with diabetes, it’s important to establish referrals and contacts with other medical professionals that can help you manage your diabetes. This team of professionals will help you during your journey and will require multiple appointments throughout the year. Here are the professionals you should have on your team.

  1. Primary Care Physician (PCP): your family doctor may be the physician who diagnosed your diabetes. Your PCP can coordinate your healthcare team and even recommend diabetes specialists for you.
  2. Endocrinologist: this doctor specializes in treating diseases of the endocrine system, such as diabetes and thyroid problems. The endocrine system is the collection of glands that produce hormones that help regulate metabolism, sleep, and more, including the creation of insulin in the pancreas.
  3. Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE): a specially trained healthcare professional, such as a nurse, dietician, or pharmacist, who can counsel and educate people with diabetes. A diabetes educator helps you set achievable behavioral goals and helps you address your concerns and challenges. To find one in your area click here.
  4. Ophthalmologist: a doctor that monitors your eye health to look for any damage uncontrolled blood sugar may have done to your vision. Check ups are usually for at least once a year, maybe more depending on your condition. Diabetes can affect the blood vessels in the eye.
  5. Podiatrist: this doctor checks your feet for nerve damage or wounds. They treat feet and lower leg problems. Uncontrolled blood sugar can damage the nerves in your body and the podiatrist checks your feet once or twice a year to make sure you can still feel in your feet and there are no hidden wounds between your toes. Daily checks done by yourself can also help you notice if anything has gone amiss.
  6. Dentist: a dentist knows about oral care and is trained to take care of your teeth and gums. Diabetics are at greater risk of gum disease because of the high amounts of sugar in our body. Our mouths become the best place for bacteria to thrive. Check us with your dentist are recommended for every 6 months.
  7. Registered Dietician: an expert in nutrition (what food your particular body needs to stay healthy). They help you use what you eat and drink as tools for managing your blood glucose.

It is important to choose diabetes care team members who can provide the best level of support you want and help when you need it. But let’s not forget that just as much as you need a team of professionals for support, you also need the support of your family and friends. You’re not going through this alone.

If you ever need anyone to talk to, feel free to reach out to me. I’m not a professional, but I will be a friendly ear you can talk to. My inbox is always open.


References

Web MD
Diabetes.org
Health Monitor, Guide to Diabetes, p. 14.


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The Journey: Episode Eight

APRIL 19, 2020

So I am super excited. Yesterday, I ordered a new glucose meter and I ordered my very own Medical ID! When I bought my True Metrix Air from CVS, I didn’t read any reviews on this particular meter. I thought, Oh my, a bluetooth enabled meter?! I want it! I am all about that technological age and I wanted an app that could help me along my journey with diabetes. I figured my True Metrix was as good as it can get for now.

A couple weeks ago, I was scrolling through my Tumblr dashboard looking for posts to reblog on my The Young and Diabetic blog and I came across a post about my meter. The original poster had noticed that her meter was reading significantly lower than her previous meter (a Reli On Prime like my old meter). Now I know there are some differences in accuracy across different meters but I had gone three weeks with my blood sugar seemingly being within range but what if it wasn’t within range?

I read other reviews and there were other reviews just like it. I thought, No my meter isn’t one of those. So I decided to test it out. My grandma also has diabetes and she has a good old fashioned One Touch Meter. I used hers and mine for a whole week and you know what? Mine was consistently lower by 20-25 mg/dL. Her meter was saying that my blood sugar was actually just out of range. This obviously concerned me and I had to think about getting a new meter maybe. One more reliable but bluetooth enabled so I can keep track of my readings electronically.

The other night I was scrolling through the App Store for a diabetes app that could help me keep track of my glucose readings, food intake, and whatever else I wanted to keep track of. Then I came across the One Drop app. It was colorful and can keep track of my glucose readings, A1C, medication (with reminders), weight, food intake, and blood pressure. I was super excited for that app and downloaded it.

While I was exploring the app, I found a link where I could order my own One Drop Chrome Glucose Meter Kit. I loved it immediately. The chrome was so chic and it was a sleek, small, and simple design. AND it only required a 0.5 microliter of blood for testing like my True Metrix. My husband said I had to wait until all the bills were paid first before I could order my kit. Now that all the bills are paid, I put in my order yesterday and I am anxiously awaiting for my kit! When it comes in, I’ll do a sort of unboxing video and show you folks what it looks like.

Another great thing about One Drop is that it comes with a subscription plan for testing strips and lancets. They will send you how ever many strips and lancets you need at whatever frequency you want (one month, two months, etc.) AND every year they send you a brand new meter for free!!!! That is so cool!

To check out One Drop for yourself, click here!

Then last night I was scrolling through Facebook and I found an ad for MyID Medical ID and I decided to check it out. I looked at what products they had available and I asked my husband if I could get one. I’ve been wanting to get a Medical ID for a long time but it’s always been kind of expensive. He said yes because he’s an amazing husband. I decided to go with the Sport band in blue and turquoise for $24.95. Then I also decided to upgrade to Plus for $12 for an entire year (50% off from $24). Basically the Plus can also send a text message that my Medical ID was scanned and give a GPS location, in case something happens to me while I’m out and by myself, my husband can know there’s an emergency.

While I was in the checkout, I looked back through their menu to see if there was anything else I might want to get. Then I saw they had a clearance section so I decided to check it out and there I found the Sport band that I was getting but it was $7.50 in a different color! What a freaking deal! So I got the white and salmon sport band instead and saved $17. Then I Googled to see if there were any discount codes for MyID that I could apply to it and I found one for 30% off! So I bought a discounted MyID and a year’s subscription of Plus for the price of ONE ID!!! How awesome is that?!

The MyID also comes with an app where I can update my information and pick and choose what I want to show up on my profile when a medial professional scans my Medical ID. Also a bonus of the Sport band is that it’s waterproof so I don’t have to take it off when I shower.

To check out MyID, click here.

So now I’m just waiting for those things to ship out. I’m a little upset that I didn’t find these earlier this week so it could ship out sooner but oh well. I can’t wait for them to come in so I can show you folks, I’m so excited!

Other than that, which was a whole mouth full or eye full. My insulin is up to 55 units and so far my True Metrix says I’m within range. Unfortunately, I weigh 210 pounds again. This pandemic is not good for my health. I am sleeping irregular hours and I don’t know how to fix that just yet. The only highlights of my day are now writing for this blog and walking the dogs at the park in the early evening. I want this pandemic to be over.

10 Healthy Habits to Improve Your Diabetic Life

You’ve either just been diagnosed with diabetes or you’ve had for a while now and sometimes the days feel gloomy. The constant blood sugar checks, glycemic index reviews, and insulin injections seem to drag you down. Here are some habit changes you can make that can help improve your life a little bit.


  1. Make sure you chew your food well. Instead of gobbling down your food, take your time to enjoy your food. You’ll taste your food more and you’ll likely eat less and feel fuller.
  2. Stock up on healthy food. Instead of snacking on processed foods full of sugars and unhealthy fats, stock up on dried fruits, seeds, and nuts. You’ll feel a lot fuller eating those than eating empty calories.
  3. Aim for 10k steps a day. This is the minimum recommended amount by fitness experts. Get up and move, walk in the park, and always take the stairs. Even if you’re stuck at home, get up during commercial breaks, walk up and down your stairs, or just do some laps around your kitchen. Get up and get active.
  4. Be active outside the gym. Going to the gym is a total plus for being active, just don’t let the gym be your own activity in the day. Did you know that some people will go to the gym for an hour then go to work where they sit at a desk the rest of the day? There are plenty of opportunities to be active throughout the day, like taking the stairs instead of the elevator or spending half your lunch break eating and the other half going for a walk.
  5. Don’t eat until you are full. A healthy person’s stomach is about the size of a fist, whereas an unhealthy person’s is the size of a football. With a bigger stomach you may need to eat more and more to feel full and satisfied. I’m not saying skip a meal or two, instead don’t go back for seconds, eat smaller portions, or once you feel 80% full, stop eating and throw away or save the rest. Don’t force yourself.
  6. Halve your sugar intake. Sugar is in almost every processed food we eat. It’s so addictive that hardly anyone can completely cut out sugar from their diet cold turkey. So instead, wean yourself off the sugar by choosing less sugary options. If you have to choose between a sugary drink and water, choose water. Reduce the sugar you put in your tea and coffee. Don’t add sugar to your cereal and choose to snack on healthier options.
  7. Choose an enjoyable exercise. Choose a fun exercise like dancing or yoga. If it’s fun you’ll be more motivated to do it regularly. Plus, if you enjoy the exercise, you’ll also produce endorphins and feel really good. Bonus!
  8. Spend time in nature. Exposure to sunlight can increase your serotonin levels. Time in nature also helps to boost your mood. And while you’re outside, why not take some beautiful landscape photos to share with friends and family?
  9. Meditate. Meditation helps to reduce stress, anxiety, and health issues. It can come in the form of sitting quietly, yoga, prayer, or purposeful breathing. It can also help to regulate your heart rate.
  10. Learn something new. It can give you purpose and focus increasing your ability to cope with stress. Learn a new skill or language to make you valuable in the workplace or a new hobby to occupy your time, like knitting or scrapbooking.

Hopefully, these new habits can help you manage your life with diabetes. I am currently doing some of these right now. All the unhealthy snacks are gone, replaced by baby carrots and nuts. I’m walking the dogs down at the park every day for an hour as well as choosing to get off my butt when I’m at home. I’m also learning graphic design and Spanish. All while doing this blog. Busy but purposeful.


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The Journey: Episode Seven (Easter Edition)

APRIL 12, 2020

Happy Easter! Or, I suppose, the day after Easter. For most of my life, Easter was literally about the egg hunt and loads of candy afterward. My sisters and I helped our parents pack the eggs the night before and my parents would hide them the next morning. Usually, before 8am they’d go out and we were released at 9am. I loved dyeing the eggs when we were little. Then I turned 12 and it was mostly for my sisters. Then we all got too old, but thankfully my aunty had a son when I was 11. By the time we were too old for eggs, Hunter was just the age for the hunt and we got to do it all over again for him. Then Hunter’s sister, my cousin Kale, had a son and we were doing it all over again for him. In 2015, I had an egg hunt for my husband (then boyfriend) because he never had one before and I thought it was so much fun doing it for him. He loved it and we shared the candy afterwards.

Now that’s my history of the egg hunt. Easter has always been about the candy and my grandma’s honey baked ham (YUM). Now I’m 25 turning 26 this year. Coronavirus is a thing and the Merrie Monarch was canceled this year. Merrie Monarch is an annual hula festival that takes place here in my hometown of Hilo. Every year, Hawaiian craft and clothes vendors flock to Hilo and sell their special Merrie Monarch collections. It brings much needed revenue to the town. Now that’s all changed.

In August of 2018, I started going to church just as something to do with my coworkers. When I was little, I used to sleepover for the entire weekend at my friends houses and we’d go to church on Sunday, whatever church they went to. So I’ve been to a lot of different churches and seen a lot of different denominations. Last year, I ended up getting baptized and joining a Christian church in my area. Last Easter, before I was baptized, I went to their service and I enjoyed the service very much. I just watched their Easter service online and it got me thinking.

I’m really glad I joined the church last year and I have this faith to kind of keep me sane during this pandemic. Everything seems so bleak and depressing and it feels really good to have a faith to keep me sane. But at the same time, during this quarantine and lockdown I’ve been thinking about how this will change our society when it’s over. How will it change holidays, sports, and school?

Do you know how much candy goes in to this holiday? I was thinking how can we change that? How can we take the sweets out completely or at least decrease it? Then I saw a video on Tik Tok. I follow a lady called CouponKatie and she showed how she does Easter for her kids. Besides candy, she also puts some money and small toys in the eggs. Nothing more than $5 bills but that’s up to you and small lego figurines and other toys that can fit in to eggs. I thought that was a fabulous idea!

So for my diabetic parents or parents of diabetic children, save your plastic Easter eggs for next year and cut back on the candy and fill them with other items like change and toys! Guess what we’re having for dinner tonight. The very not-diabetic-friendly dish of kalbi (YUMMM). If you want the recipe for that (and I know it’s not diabetic friendly) just comment below and I can share it this coming Saturday. My husband has had it marinating overnight and my grandma has been craving it since she graduated from her Ornish program. Breaking the diet already.

Anyway, besides church and egg hunts, my diabetic journey isn’t going well. I have gained weight in this quarantine even with all of the healthier food and exercise. I believe it’s the unhealthy amount of snacks and the constant snacking while I’m not doing anything. It’s healthy snacks but of course, everything in moderation. How the heck can you really avoid the Quarantine-15?! How can I avoid gaining 15 pounds during this?! I’ve already gained 5 pounds here.

Otherwise, my insulin injections are getting better and I’m taking my medication and everything. My blood sugar is not within range anymore and I’ve had to up my insulin dosage to 50 units but it’s been five days so now I have to go up to 55 units tonight. I think it’s a whole bunch of factors like being locked down and snacking so much. Hopefully this pandemic ends soon and I can see if what I’m doing now (minus the snacking) is working.

In three weeks, I am going to get a blood test to check my A1C and the following week I’m gonna have my endocrinologist appointment over the phone and see what we’re gonna do next. Here’s to hoping!

Have as great an April as you folks can have out there! Stay safe and stay healthy! I love you guys!

A Day in My Life (Quarantine Edition)

Here’s what my day looks like during quarantine.

Wake Up (any time between 6 and 10am)
Blood Sugar Check (between 7 and 9am)
Breakfast and get ready for the day.

Then it could be anything that needs doing around the house.
We defrosted and cleaned out our chest freezer, we’re thinking of ways of better organization for it. We’ve already cleaned out the refrigerator, so next is the cabinets and the pantry shelves. We also have to clean our car and clean the area we’re staying in at my grandma’s house. We have plans to cut down the invasive trees in the yard and break them down, that’ll involve the whole day. There’s also time to walk in the yard and harvest the fruits from the trees.

We usually finish by 2pm and I spend the next hour to hour half working on the blog, WattPad, language lessons, or do some research.

By 4:30pm we get ready to take the dogs to the park for a walk. We do one lap around, which takes so long because Angel likes to stop and smell everything that’s interesting. Then we go to a little island in the park that has bridges to it and we let the dogs go around off leash. When we’re done, we take Meli and Paws back to mom’s house then we head home.

I take a shower immediately coming home, I hate feeling sweaty. Then it’s dinner time. After dinner, my evening is spent either on my laptop working on the blog or watching tv.

Around 10pm, I take my bedtime insulin, but I don’t go to bed yet. I usually stay up until 1am, which I’m sure does wonders on my blood sugar in the morning.

And because I went to sleep so late, I will wake up late as well.

My days are pretty boring during quarantine and I hope after being so bored here I’ll live a less boring life after quarantine. Yea, right. But here’s to hoping that I won’t want to be cooped up in the house all day ever again.

One day, I hope to buy a DSLR camera and go out and take photos of my island. We plan to move to the mainland one day and I think I’m gonna need those photos to remind me of where I came from. I also want to make a video of all of my favorite places to take with us. I also want to do some painting. Maybe I can do some of that now. So many possibilities.

Diabetes Myths & Misconceptions

Here are some myths about diabetes that you may have heard. If anyone ever confronts you with these, just inform them of what diabetes really is. If you have any more questions about diabetes, feel free to contact me and I’ll get them answered.


Diabetes isn’t that serious.

In 2018, 34.2 million, about 10.2%, of the population in the U.S. have diabetes. The 1.5 million new cases in 2018 were aged 18 years and older. Approximately 210,000 were aged 20 years and younger; about 6,000 were children and adolescents, aged 10 to 19, were diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. In 2017, diabetes was the #7 leading cause of deaths in the U.S., about 83,500 death certificates listed diabetes as the underlying cause of death. In 2016, there were about 235,000 hospital visits were for hypoglycemia and about 224,000 were for hyperglycemia, with diabetes as the listed cause.

Being overweight causes diabetes. Thin people can’t get diabetes.

This isn’t necessarily true. There are many people who are overweight that aren’t diabetic and there are some “normal” people who are diabetic. Body size doesn’t determine whether or not you’re diabetic. There are many risk factors that may lead to diabetes, such as family history, age, and poor diet to name a few. Only about 80% of diabetics are overweight. Even if you don’t have a lot of visible fat, your body might have visceral (hidden) fat. The presence of visceral fat can be a factor that leads to diabetes.

Diabetes doesn’t run in my family, so I’m good.

Just because you don’t have diabetes in your family history, doesn’t mean you guaranteed won’t get diabetes. There are a lot of factors that lead to diabetes, not just family history. If you live a sedentary life and have a poor diet, you might just increase your chances of getting diagnosed with diabetes.

It’s okay to stop my medications once my blood sugar is under control.

Unless your doctor tells you you’re okay to stop your medication, don’t stop your medication on your own. Your doctor may want to come up with an alternative treatment plan before you stop your medication.

People with diabetes can’t eat sugar.

It’s not completely okay to stop intaking sugar especially if you have a history of hypoglycemic episodes or have Type 1 diabetes. You should definitely monitor how much sugar you take in and have a balanced diet. Sugar is necessary to fuel your body.

Diabetes is contagious.

Diabetes is a non-communicable illness, meaning it is not something that can be passed on to someone else. There’s no sneezing or coughing that can cause you to spread it. There are multiple risk factors that can help determine how at risk you are of getting it, but just because you hung out with your best friend who has diabetes, doesn’t mean you’re going to become diabetic from them.


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references

Beyond Type 2
Diabetes.co.uk

The Journey: Episode Six

APRIL 5, 2020

So I’m a little bit a lot upset. Three days straight my morning blood sugar has been higher than normal, over 150 mg/dL. We’ve been having dinner a bit late but I’ve eaten by 8:30pm. I took my berberine, did some exercises and after three days, it was still high. So last night I decided to go up to 50 units of bedtime insulin. I woke up and took my blood sugar and it was still a bit high. 128mg/dL just three marks above my goal. I’m a little upset that I had to go up in insulin after a little over three weeks at 45 units.

My weight has pretty much stayed the same. Which is completely lame. I’m getting out, I’m sweating, my heart rate is up. Physically activity isn’t my issue now I guess. It’s literally what I eat. If it wasn’t for this damn coronavirus, everything wouldn’t be either expensive or out of stock. We’re literally just buying whatever is available and making whatever we can with whatever we have.

Hopefully this all ends soon so I can find replacements for the things I currently have. I will be making a post sometime either this month or next that will be all about the foods diabetics can swap for something healthier. While I’m creating it I will definitely look into how much it’ll cost too. I know for myself, quinoa would be a better alternative than rice, but since rice is more available and affordable right now than quinoa, I have to make do with it.

I guess for now, the most I can do is just keep my weight steady. I don’t want to become victim of the Quarantine 15 and gain 15 pounds while trapped in my home. At least my state has allowed residents to get exercise outside. My sisters and I try to keep our dog walks around one hour. It’s pretty much the only time we go outside besides taking trash to the dump and running to the store to get essentials, still haven’t been able to find toilet paper. It’ll be a real accomplishment to weigh 200 pounds at the end of this quarantine.

Tomorrow, I have a doctor appointment to refill my other prescriptions. I forgot to call and see how the appointment will go, but I suppose I just go in, because they didn’t call me either. My endocrinology appointment will be done over the phone since I’m too afraid to fly to Oahu for my appointment. The bulk of our coronavirus cases are on Oahu right now and I’d be stuck there for hours depending on when the flights home would be. Last I checked, Southwest was canceling most of their flights so I’d have a flight over in the morning but because my appointment is at 3pm, I wouldn’t be able to catch a flight out on Southwest, I might have to fly another airline. But at least I can do it over the phone. I have a blood test to do the week before, then they’ll call me around my appointment time and we’ll go from there. I’ll probably get more insulin.

For now this is what’s up, I’m still fat, we have food (not super healthy but it’s the best we can do), our chest freezer is defrosted and devoid of all the old food from five years ago (yuck!), I’m getting exercise almost every day (as long as it’s not raining, like today), and I’m trying to maintain my weight and blood sugar to the best of my ability. Great stuff.

Since I’m currently unemployed, I have a lot more time to work on my blog and I’m also writing fanfiction for fun. I’m also taking an online course for graphic design and learning Spanish and American Sign Language on the side, just to keep my brain from rotting. Hopefully my new skills will make me valuable in the workplace.

When this is over, I really want to go for a long coastal drive and play my music loud with the windows down and enjoy some time in the open, fresh air. Good luck to those of you in quarantine and lockdown. Hopefully this ends soon and we can all go outside again.