Thankful

Happy Monday!

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving with your loved ones and are settling back in after a hopefully long weekend.

I feel like I saw even less online about Thanksgiving this year, just more and more on Black Friday and shop early… and of course Christmas.

I did my best to stave off all things Christmas until following Thanksgiving, but I think I’ll let Thanksgiving hang on a little longer and share just a few things I’m thankful for this year:

  • The health of my loved ones, this year was rough on the family from start to finish when it came to medical emergencies
  • My loving, supportive husband
  • The technology that makes communicating with others easier
  • The ability to travel
  • Our beautiful new home
  • Plenty of healthy food
  • My career growth
  • Friends both online and offline

There are so many things and people to be thankful for, I am truly blessed.

Over the weekend the Christmas switch was able to be flipped and we began decorating the new house, making plans and listening to Christmas music.

How was your Thanksgiving?

November Notes

It’s been a quiet week at ProbablyRachel.com. I truly can’t believe that November is almost halfway over already!

Here’s what’s happening-

Travel

I attended the PRSA International Conference and Leadership Assembly over the “weekend.” I left for Atlanta on Friday afternoon, the leadership assembly happened on Saturday. The International Conference ran from Sunday through Tuesday and I got back on Tuesday night. The conference was great and I learned a ton!

While I was conferencing it up, Brad was getting on a plane for Los Angeles where the lucky man got to attend T-Mobile’s UnCarrierX event and a concert with Bruno Mars, Zedd and Lil Jon. He proceeded to send me pictures of his whirlwind tour of LA making me even more jealous that I couldn’t go with him. He officially returned last night.

Which means, we spent an entire week apart. The longest time we’ve been away from each other since before we got married. It was weird.

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Diabetes Doesn’t Give Holidays Off

Next week marks my 3rd year of using OmniPod to manage my type 1 diabetes. This isn’t really relevant to today’s story, but I wanted to point it out.

It’s sometimes hard to believe how much time has gone by since I was diagnosed with diabetes and since I started using an insulin pump. It’s an all-day, everyday condition that gives no time off for vacations, holidays or good behavior. In fact, I think that mine punishes me on vacation and during holidays!

I know it’s been a few weeks, but let me tell you about my very unthankful and unpleasant start to Thanksgiving. The evening before Thanksgiving Brad and I went down to his family’s house. We usually help prepare and cook the meal. My blood sugar was a little high, but I assumed it was from having lunch out with my coworkers. I took corrections and set temp basals, but got kind of wrapped up in the prep for the big dinner that I wasn’t as vigilant as I should have been.

I was over 200 before bed, so I corrected and set an alarm. I woke up to my alarm and was still high so I corrected again and set another alarm because no one really needs to sleep, right? I have no recollection of testing a second time but my PDM shows another reading and correction, it was lower but still too high. When I woke up the next morning and checked my Dexcom I almost had a heart attack, it read over 300. I immediate stuck my finger and sure enough, I was 302.

Its hard to be thankful when you start the day with a device failure, pod change and moderate ketones. #walkwithd

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Something was clearly wrong so I took a manual injection from my brand new vial of insulin and started the pod change process, right there in my in-laws’ guest bed while Brad was just waking up. The old pod was starting day 3 and was the last of my previous vial of insulin, that coupled with the mystery food and my dysfunctional immune system created the perfect diabetes storm to threaten to ruin my Thanksgiving. Continue reading

Thankful

Since this is probably the last blog I’ll post before Thanksgiving so I figured I would take a moment to share a couple of the things I’m thankful for this year.

1. My wonderful husband

2. Good health

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Thanksgiving Thoughts from My Husband

Last week, I was felled by a migraine. It started as just a headache while I was at the office but got progressively worse, by the time I got home, the nausea, light/sound/smell sensitivity had hit and I knew I was done for. I took a single Advil, put on sweatpants and laid down on the couch. I had let Brad know that my headache was now migraine. When he got home from work he came in quietly and kept the light off. Then he snuggled up on the couch with me and just held me.

Brad does a lot for me. He saved my life probably more than once. As I laid there waiting for the migraine to subside, I was thankful to have found and married such as wonderful man.

He’s not too bad to look at either 😉

I’ve been trying to get him to write a blog post for me occasionally, but he continues to decline. Then I found Samantha’s Blogger Men Tell All link up where she provides themed prompt questions and blogger husbands, fiances, boyfriends or male friends/relatives answer the questions. I sent this week’s set to Brad and he answered them below, my commentary will appear in [brackets] Continue reading