Friday, November 14, 2014
Thursday, October 23, 2014
When the event was finally upon us I was nervous, there were only like 69 teams registered and our time was pushing the cut off and we also had team members with all sorts of ailments from back problems to even me and heart surgery. The thing is though, Don pushed through and got replacement after replacement along with drivers for each van and also navigators for each van. He even harassed Medtronic enough to get them to buy us appetizers for our pre-race dinner.
I don't know if my friend Don is aware of it or not but he has started something big with this event that is just going to grow the campaign to cure diabetes ignorance. Don even went so far into harassing the Dallas Morning News to do an article on the team and he sold it to them so good that they did a follow up story on the team after the event. This was one of those events that I just happen to be in the right place and the right time with a great person in Don to allow me to do 40 hours of juvenile diabetes comedy with a van of unwilling participants I am glad to call my friends afterwards and on a team that I would call a family.
Monday, October 13, 2014
I learned the most from bugging all the other patients in rehab about what procedure they had done, how they knew to seek medical advice, and how they felt in general about what people around them reacted to their diagnosis and how they felt personally about their own heart issues. This is the part I am most sad about, before rehab it was just me trying to figure out this stuff alone. Then once in rehab I had a network of professionals and patients that I could use as my support system. Heck the second time I went to the hospital one of the ladies at rehab was already showing me some interesting things on my EKG while running that eventually led to my pericarditis diagnosis. It does bother me a little to not have this vast network at my disposal three days a week any longer but they gave me all their contact information to keep bugging them.
One of my favorite movies is "About a Boy" and the theme throughout the movie is Hugh Grant saying: a man is an island. Then in the end he realizes that man is not an island and we have to create a network of people that will support each other. Ever since I have found this philosophy with my diabetes and now with my heart stint, I know that my network of people constantly grows and am better prepared for anything else that life throws at me.
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Heart Hospital and once I am there it is under the knife I go so the doctors can have a look for any new blockages and stuff.
Once the doctors don't find anything it is back to square one on why my EKG reads elevated but I don't have any blockages. Then after several more doctors, nurses, and random people trying to figure out the issue it comes down to pericarditis. Which in my non medical terminology is an inflammation of the tissue around your heart. The moment the hospital gave me the pill to ease the pericarditis I was instantly feeling better.
The entire experience was a bit depressing for me, I was going to have to take it easy for three weeks, answer a million questions of if I am OK, wait three days for the silly puddy filled hole in my leg to heal, and other stuff. Then the biggest thing hit me about the entire ordeal was what the doctors said to me. They let me know that going in this second time and looking around that my heart was 100% good and if I ever have chest pains or stuff like that again then they are quite certain that it isn't the heart but maybe my gallbladder or heart burn related and they wont drill another hole in my leg for a very long time. It's funny how something so depressing (having more heart issues) and dreadful to go through for a second time can have such a positive result on myself and all the medical professionals around me. Plus my co-workers gave me the funniest balloon in the hospital that disturbed all the doctors. The balloon said "its a girl" like I just had a baby and they were completely lost, and they gave me a my little pony unicorn because of my obsession with unicorn comedy. Like my favorite thing to say when something amazing happens to me which is " its like French kissing a unicorn," so funny or Charlie the unicorn on youtube or the unicorn episode on robot chicken. Unicorn humor is so funny.
Thursday, August 21, 2014
Monday, May 19, 2014
The cool thing about the allergy testing is you know right then and there what you are and aren't allergic to. Turns out I am allergic to diabetes, just kidding. I am allergic to Bermuda grass, timothy grass, English plantain weeds, marsh elder weeds, mountain cedar trees, mesquite trees, kitty cats, mold, and dust mites. Now with this information they can inject me with the truth serum that will help my immune system defend myself from these evil things. The cool thing is the nurse lady told me about putting those wet the bed cover things onto your mattresses and pillows to get rid of the dust bunnies. who would have know that I can cure my bed wetting issues and allergies with the same mattress trash bag?
Friday, May 16, 2014
I get this "Texas runner and triathlete" magazine because it lists all sorts of cool events that aren't easy to find. Then the other reason I love getting this magazine is it has absolutely hands down the best running and triathleting articles ever. I used to get runners world and other runners magazines but the articles sucked. This sucker absolutely rocks. Back in February or so they had one article that I read but completely disagreed with. This guy talked about a run he was going to do but it was raining that day and all sorts of bad mojo was in the air. He did the event but declared after that near death experience that if he didn't feel right or the weather was not playing nice that he would just skip the race. I thought that to be the dumbest thing to ever do. Why would anyone sign up, pay, and not do a race because they knew it was going to be hell?
So back in April was the Oklahoma city memorial bombing marathon. I had ran the inaugural event and I thought it would be fun to do it again this year. I paid my money back in January and did my half-ass training (I really need to follow a program and not just randomly train) for the event. Then April gets here and it is the worst allergy season ever on the planet. Then the weekend of the race is nigh upon us and there is a slight 30mph wind, rain, and all the allergies you could possibly ever stick up any ones nose. My plan was to survive long enough to cross the finish line. Then as the miles went by and by, slower and slower, I then hit mile 14 and the wind off the lake was crazy bad and I then started to get light headed, blurred vision, and my legs were wobbling more than grandma's jello mold (sugar free of course because I am diabetic). I then went to the last backup plan I had which was walk and take it easy but by mile 15 it went downhill and the people passing me all kept asking if I was OK and at that time I knew to find the mile 16 medic tent and call it a day.
I guess life is a full circle and I just kept thinking about that article and now I knew what the writer was talking about. This was already going to be the worst run ever and throw in a two hour rain and lightning delay and having to time the start and my BG's along with my headphones dying and I lost the 5hour pace setter so I didn't have to think about time and I should have just bailed on this run and never even thought about doing it. So I went from thinking an article was dumb to now thinking it is right on the money.
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
That ultimate flashlight would be the Nitecore TM26 with its four, yes count them four CREE (my favorite brand of LED bulbs) XM-L2 bulbs putting out an amazing 3,800 lumins. I can only think that it would be like holding four suns in your hand that was the size of a diet coke (because I am diabetic that is why I use the diet coke analogy) can. So you are wondering why I haven't gone out and purchased one of these amazing flashlights yet? That would be because they retail around 400 bucks and on EBay I see them going for around the 200 dollar mark. That is alot of money to throw down on just holding four suns in my hand. Then I think, that is worth the price to hold four suns in the palm of my hand isn't it? They do make lower but similar models to the TM26 but they are no where close to the 3,800 lumins that the TM26 produces so I will always be longing for this one. I will be saving all my nickels and pennies and one day I will hold the sun in my hand, and try not to shine it in any ones eyes.
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Thursday, April 3, 2014
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Then I see at the bottom of the bottle that nine out of ten diabetics saw a noticeable skin improvement in one hour. I then was thinking about that and they are saying that one person didn't even realize they had lotion on their hands? I am not sure this stuff is that good if one out of every ten diabetics are walking around with globs of lotion on their hands because they can't feel it.
Finally I had the perfect image of what this lotion is for. Remember the movie "Silence of the Lambs?" This lotion is for the part where Buffalo Bob catches a diabetic and puts them in his pit to shrink them and make a baseball cap out of their right buttock. So my mind was doing all sorts of things like having the diabetic in the pit yell at Buffalo Bob that they have to get their 10:30am 15 gram snack in before they can take their Lantis, and how the diabetic in the pit asks to see the nutrition label for the chicken he gives them to feed. OK, so I guess I do have a bit of an imagination but it is so much fun with diabetes on TV all the time.
Thursday, March 13, 2014
My good buddy Vic told me a while back that he likes to take his bike in every now and then when he feels like he lost some speed or that it just doesn't feel right. You know that feeling when you sit on the smallest seat you can stand for seven hours and it starts to kind of hurt? Cyclists are so weird, but it is true that once you are comfortable with cycling you start trying to get everything as small as possible. I bought my recent bike like six months or so ago and it felt great except I kept having funny soreness in my legs, back, and arms. So I moved my seat a little up and down and all around but it just moved the discomfort from one place to another and after three hours on my bike I felt like it was the last thing I wanted to be on because I was bored and just didn't feel good on it. These are not good things to be feeling with a new bike so I took Vic's advice and went into my local tri shop and had them do an eyeball adjustment (tri shops charge alot for everything so I was hoping to pay the least and get the most from them). The before picture is on top and you can see that I was sitting like a complete dork on my bike. Putting all sorts of weight on my arms, my back was compensating for my handlebars being in the wrong spot and my legs were not extending properly. The bottom picture is what I looked like after (yeah still a complete dork but in proper form) flipping the handlebar neck over, the seat being raised, and my seat being shifted slightly rearward and tilted forward. The bike feels so freakin awesome now and I would recommend this procedure to anyone. Sure we all know how to twist this, turn that but to have someone else watch you is like night and day. I now feel like I can sit on that itty-bitty seat forever and still pedal till my hearts content. Then talking to the tri shop pro, he gave me all sorts of little tips to make my rides even better. I would have never been willing to pay for this work in the first place and then even to know to get it done if it were for listening to the good advice from Vic.
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
The good thing with modern science and stuff is that we have a way to combat issues like this. Now when I get my pump supplies each part is individually wrapped like the infusion site, the tubing, and the cartridge. So I did what my buddy Steve taught me over the summer to do, and that was not to waste my primed cartridge and pump site but to just replace the tubing and go along my merry way. With that knowledge in hand I fixed my issue and was munching of a fresh sub in no time. Now for the legal mumbo jumbo: do not ever do this, if you read a recommendation from my website that saves time, money, or anything do not do it because you can sue me if it does not cure your diabetes. I am not a professional of any medical designation, heck I couldn't even pull off dressing like a wizard if I had too. So this is for entertainment purposes only and the blog is intended to show you cool stuff I do because I don't sue people.
Friday, March 7, 2014
Even though Saturday Night Live is just a shell of it's former glory days they do still have some pretty funny skits. A while back they did a spoof on the Walking Dead AMC TV show that was really good. I love the back and forth with the zombie racist bits and at the end they throw in some quality diabetes comedy that kills me every time I see it. I don't know if it is bad of me to enjoy diabetes humor or not, but I do. Is that bad for me to admit? Should I be more straight faced and professional with my disease or is enjoying the few things we get to enjoy because of this disease good enough? Have a look at the SNL skit in the link above and I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
Thursday, March 6, 2014
So I must apologize for being gone for a bit. I had some computer issues plus my job had me tied up, but here I am and still diabetic as ever. People say I am like an old man that has bad jokes, passes alot of gas, and complains alot. They are probably right on all those points but those aren't all my downsides. Living in the Dallas area is great for those of us that do not like much of a winter and summers that are blasting hot. This year was much different though as all of you are probably familiar with the Siamese polar vortex winter bears or whatever that thing is. All I know is winter was rough for me (yes that is a complaint not a fact). The winter brings massive dry skin, sickness, and the dark. I would say the winter is my reminder (I like our short one week winters the best in Dallas) that in late August when we are counting the days of 100 plus degree hot days that I need to enjoy how my tanned moist skin feels, how I haven't been sick in a long time, and how the days are light all the time. You wake up with light, get off work in light, and heck even go to bed and the sun sometimes is still up.
Then this week my bulbs came up (it is still cold in this town) and reminded me that the end of the Siamese polar vortex winter bears is near. The time change is around the corner and all the runners, cyclists, and dogs are gearing up to have some fun. So the next time something brings you down like what a cold Siamese polar vortex winter bears does to me don't think about the downside to it all. Think about how there is so much upside in the other three seasons. I think that is like glass half full stuff but proper winter work brings excellent summer results as my fitness instructors tell me. This year has been bad but that just gave me more reason to do more workouts and focus on how awesome I am going to be once I can stop wearing a huge yak haired coat and Eskimo mittens all the time.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Monday, February 17, 2014
www.insulindependence.org stop by Dallas to hang out with me and my diabetes for a few days. They are on a cross-country adventure to visit members and also to recruit new members. So if you are not a member of www.insulindependence.org you need to log on right now and sign up. Then Peter and Blair were on a mission to find out what diabetics are looking for in an inter-web page that can work with the exercising diabetics. I gave them the few things I would like to see such as a calendar of events and daily discussion items.
So one day while they hung out at my house while I was at work they decided to treat me to a home cooked diabetes meal. I was expecting some sort of salad, baked chicken breast, steamed veggies, and a nice glass of water to wash it all down. Instead they made me this awesome stir-fry chicken with vegetables and couscous all mixed together. I for the life of me can't ever remember having couscous and with a single bite I was hooked. I made them show me exactly how they did it and also to leave the box so I could get the right kind and everything. The other great thing was how flippin easy it was to make this meal. The couscous takes about five minutes at the most to make and the rest is just stir frying up some veggies. I think this is the best way to learn new things to prepare that are out of your normal meal routine. This is why I am a big person on saying "yes" to any invitation that I am invited for, you get the benefit of trying something new or a twist on something from a friend. To keep an open mind about life and foods you can occasionally find something that is easy and tastes great. I have now made this couscous meal two more times and have several more boxes ready for me to experiment with different veggies and heck even throwing an egg or two in it and make it like stir fry rice. I am not sure if couscous is healthy or not but for right now it is good stuff.
Monday, February 3, 2014
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Thursday, January 23, 2014
www.LivingVertical.org in which he took his diabetes out on the road and climbed 365 days consecutively while living out of his car. This documentary was amazing, and the things he had to overcome to achieve the consecutive days of climbing were amazing. His car was attacked by a bear, then later the car died, and then throw in all the weather and not to mention diabetes. The documentary really engages your inner diabetic child and gives you this feeling to not just live with this disease but to push it to the limits. I was definitely inspired to do more with my diabetes after seeing some of the awesome places he dangles his diabetes off of. Normal slacker diabetics like myself often see people like Steve and think they are super duper diabetes avengers and stuff but after the showing of the documentary he took questions and in the end Steve is just another diabetic like you or I. He has just channeled that inner diabetic child to motivate him to live better. I would definitely tell every one of you to go out and see his documentary on: www.LivingVertical.org
Monday, January 20, 2014
www.insulindependence.org Carlsbad Marathon event, and it probably was one of the greatest diabetes filled weekends to date. I think mainly because I didn't offend too many people too much and that I met alot of people that allowed me to be a juvenile like I am because of my juvenile diabetes. Then hanging out and catching up with old friends with diabetes and that always leads into us working on our diabetes comedy routines, which then leads us to coming up with some wacky diabetes inventions that would rock the world but would and could never be a reality. The entire weekend was capped off with a simple marathon at the end in southern California. I always tell people I meet with diabetes that to overcome all these millions and millions of issues we deal with in the diabetes community you have to increase your network of friends, family and people with diabetes. There are no doctors, lawyers, or scientists that don't have diabetes that can help you as much as a group of misfit odd people that have diabetes. Then you always have to keep an open mind about anything and everything. Heck even the cinnamon might actually come out to be a real cure one day or something but to say "oh I only eat this or do that" in any certain situation is being closed minded and limits your possibilities. When you get a gaggle of weirdo diabetics in the same room we teach each other how to cheat the system, how to deal with the "others" (non-diabetics that want to preach to us), and alternative forms of diabetes management like nutrition, medical devices, and treatments. I even learned what they call non-diabetics in Canada, they call them 5.5's. Then I learned that type ones are not called loonies and type twos are not called toonies in Canada. Who would have thought I would have learned so much?
Monday, January 13, 2014
So recently I had serious viruses and diabetes and all sorts of non-sense going on so I am way, way, way behind on blogging. Then last week was the great 2014 freeze and if you didn't know it but I am located in the warm state of Texas and we had it cold down here as well. So I do an organized outdoor group workout after work Monday's through Thursday's. When I workout I just take my pump and CGM off so they don't get in the way of squats, jumping jacks, and all sorts of stuff. Then last Tuesday with the 2014 polar vortex bear sitting on us when I went back to put my pump on after the workout, the little guy was buzzing and beeping like crazy with a low battery issue. So I get in my truck, replace the battery (because all of us diabetics keep a stash of batteries on us at all times) and the pump instantly goes into low battery mode again. Then I changed the battery again, and the pump has low battery issues all over. Then I put my diabetes detective hat on and remember way back in the day when I was camping in Paulo Duro canyon and it was freakin cold as can be and all my meters wouldn't work. So I put my pump where the sun doesn't shine for a few minutes and put the battery in my hands and blew on it to warm everything up and sure enough I was back in business. This also reminds me of a diabetic friend that lives north of US and she has written about having to put meters and pumps down bras and stuff to try and keep her diabetes stuff working. Here is Scully's awesome blog: http://canadiandgal.blogspot.com/