Bullet Sunday #16

It’s been a while since I’ve done a Bullet Sunday and there’s so much random stuff going on I figured it was fitting to do one today.

  • Last weekend the sun was shining, it was close to 80 degrees outside and we had a BBQ. This weekend we’re taking pictures of the snow that fell. SNOW. In April. This just isn’t right. It wasn’t a lot of snow and it’s gone now but still. Snow? In April? Unheard of around here.

    Snow that fell April 19, 2008

  • Today’s the day we get to go to JCPenney and to have them correct their mistake. I have to quote Jeff in the comments on that post because he gave an awesome suggestion for how to handle it:

    Jeff on April 20th, 2008 at 7:29 am

    (((RING))) (((RING))) (((RING)))

    Tracie: “Hello, Store Manager? Yes, I’d like you to send someone out to the house to finish the job that your sales clerk didn’t.”

    Store Manager: “Well, Ma’am, I don’t think I can do that.”

    Tracie: “I’ll come to you, then. I’ll be the one with the flock of kids running wild up & down your aisles of nice, light-colored, ladies springtime outfits with triple-scoop chocolate ice cream cones.”

    My kids are usually well-behaved in stores. (I say usually because sometimes when their dad is with them they are less well-behaved because he’s a big dopey kid himself who doesn’t see anything wrong with running up and down the aisles.) But in this case, I think Jeff’s idea is a good one. Don’t you?

  • Today is also the day we will finally replace the stupid vertical blinds that plague our back patio door. I can’t stand them anymore. Though I do think I’ll be in for disappointment. I’m pretty sure the curtain I want will have to be ordered. *sigh* I also want to look at installing some motion sensor lights for our driveway. Our old house had them and I miss being able to turn off the porch light but still have those come on when we came home or when someone comes over.
  • I haven’t updated on my health lately so here’s quickie: I’m doing OK with the Diabetes and my BG levels are pretty under control. I have a doc appointment coming up soon’ish and I’ll find out how my cholesterol levels are. I know he’s going to want to put me back on the Lovastatin and I’m not looking forward to that battle with him. Weight-wise I’m still stuck in the same rut (lost 50 pounds, gained back 10 and have plateaued).
  • I changed up the site design here at spacytracie.com a bit. The basic template is the same but I’ve taken out the colors on the sidebars and changed up the fonts a bit. I also created a graphical logo for the header and a favicon. I think this is easier on the eyes and a bit less busy. What do you think?
  • Who watched Battlestar Galactica? I don’t want to say much … but OMG! Just.. OMG! What a totally messed up episode. OMG! … lol

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Learning to Relax with Yoga

If my recent posts are any indication, my life can get stressful. Very stressful. I’m a wife, a mother of 4, a stepmother of 3, and I work full time. And lets not forget I have diabetes and living with diabetes isn’t easy. Being stressed out or anxious wreaks havok on my blood sugars so it’s important I try to keep my stress level from reaching a point where it’s affecting my health. This is easier said than done.

Sometimes it’s hard for me to recognize that I need to slow down, take a breath, and center myself. If I don’t, the stress creeps up on me and I end up crying too easy, letting little things get to me, etc. In a nutshell, I’m not fun to be around. I know having music on throughout my day helps and I’ve done well this week to keep some sort of music going and it has made a big difference. But I need a bit more help.

Yoga DVD I decided a while ago to give Yoga a try. I’ve known people who swear by Yoga and what it does for them. I’ve always been intrigued by the concept of Yoga but have never tried it myself. I have acquired this yoga dvd to check it out. What attracted me to this particular DVD was the quick 30 minute sequences. I figured these sequences are something I can easily do on my lunch break (another perk of working from home).

The first half of my work day today was extremely stressful. I had to deal with an irrational client (he was so irrational on the phone I had to hang up on him, twice). 😦 I figure today was the perfect day to try out my new yoga dvd during my lunch break.

I have never tried Yoga before so I wasn’t sure what to expect. I watched the first part of the intro but then had to skip the rest since I was on a time constraint and went straight into the first 30 minute beginner sequence. I was worried that it was going to be hard but it wasn’t at all. It may get more challenging as I get a full grasp on doing the beginner sequences and move on to the more advance ones, but it was quite easy to start out. Anyone can do this.

After having finished, all I can say now is wow. Actually it’s more like, “wow man… that was like.. totally cool man…”

As I write this I feel like a wet noodle. Every muscle in my body is relaxed. The stress of all that happened this morning is completely gone and I am ready to face the rest of my day. I did not expect results like this. I don’t know if it was the soothing voice coming from my TV, the stretches, or the breathing. Maybe it was a combination of all, but I cannot believe how relaxed I am. My head is even clear. If this is what Yoga is about, I can see myself becoming addicted to doing this. Daily.

Thursday Thirteen #24 – Annoyed

I haven’t done a TT13 in a while so I figured it was time to do one. I wish it could be more positive, but alas, I’ve had a rough couple weeks and I just need to get a few things off my chest. Here’s thirteen things that really annoy me:

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  1. Laundry. That always puts me in a foul mood. A friend said the other day, “why can’t clothing be disposable?” For real. Why can’t it?
  2. Liars. There are many people who lie and think nothing of it. I have zero tolerance for dishonesty.
  3. Judgmental people drive me insane and I’ve had my fill of them lately. Especially the ones who base their judgments on information they *think* they have but really have no clue about. Anyone who’s ever hosted a blog knows all about these types of people.
  4. People who don’t listen or do a good job in the workplace, but will go above your head to try to get others in trouble to make themselves look better lose all respect from me. There’s a word for people like this: brown-noser. Or: ass-kisser.
  5. News flash for the condescending people out there: you make yourself look like a jerk and no one looks up to you.
  6. Self-righteousness, it takes a strong person to admit their faults and learn from their mistakes. It drives me nuts when people can’t.
  7. Screaming fighting children. It’s a BOX boys.. a BOX. Is it really worth screaming at each other over?? (Yes they were fighting over a cardboard box!)
  8. Passive-aggressive behavior makes me twitch and blink. At the same time. I don’t look good when I twitch and blink at the same time. So please just say what you gotta say.
  9. Speaking of looking good, vain people annoy me.
  10. Speaking of looking good and vain people, hypocrites annoy me.
  11. Self-pitying Whiners. If you want something in life you have to go for it. You can’t sit around and wait for others to make life happen for you. John Lennon said, “Life is what happens while you’re busy making other plans.” It’s so true!
  12. Losing weight. I seem to take two steps forward, then one step back. I actually researched diet pills the other day after a friend online said she started on Alli. If you know me, you know that’s totally out of character, and being a diabetic, it’s just a no-no…
  13. Did I already mention hypocrites? Just checkin’.

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Power walking and shopping

My blood sugar shot up today. I couldn’t figure out why. I ate good today (even eating breakfast on time). I got more exercise than normal running up and down the stairs to do laundry, so there was no reason for it that I could see. Except then it dawned on me that I forgot my meds this AM. I never forget. But… I also rarely eat breakfast when I first get up. Since I did eat something first thing this morning, I totally forgot to take my doggone pills. I thought about taking a brisk walk to help bring it down, but it started raining. Then hailing. I ran to the store instead on my lunch break and walked really fast up and down the isles. I’m sure people thought I was crazy but it helped! It’s times like this I wish we had exercise equipment in the house such as one of these ellipticals. Then again, I have no idea where we’d put one.

Tips for Diabetics – Thursday Thirteen #22

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13 Tips for Diabetics:

  1. Take one day at a time. Don’t sweat the bad days (advice I need to learn myself) and praise yourself on the good days.
  2. Check blood glucose levels often. Hm. Another one I need to learn. 🙂
  3. Eat several smaller meals each day and never skip a meal. I’m getting a LOT better about this!
  4. Exercise! It helps bring your BG levels down if they are too high, plus it’s just good for you, even if you’re not a diabetic.
  5. Take care of your feet. I was told to wear socks all the time. I have a hard time with this in the summer.
  6. See your doctor regularly. I’ve been told at least 4 times a year. I see mine 3-4 times per year. I should probably see him more.
  7. Take care of your teeth and be sure to keep up on your dentist visits. Tell your dentist you have diabetes.
  8. Get your eyes checked regularly and be sure your eye doctor knows you have diabetes.
  9. Take your medications, if any, regularly without skipping doses. I’m pretty darn good about this one, tyvm.
  10. Eat healthy food. When I’m being ‘good’, I prefer to eat low-carb and naturally non-fat foods.
  11. Keep juice and fruit on hand at all times in case your blood sugar drops too low.
  12. Don’t let your test strips expire. They are expensive. Use them up!
  13. Treat yourself to a warm bath, a good book, or whatever it is that makes you happy. You deserve it!

Yay! Another Thursday Thirteen done early! I may not have time to post much the rest of the week. We’ll see how it goes. After work I’ve been catching up on the cleaning and the mountains of laundry in between calling around for auto insurance quotes. I’m still mad at my current car insurance company. But it’s hard to switch after being with them for over 10 years.

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Medical jewelry

I feel totally weird going back on topic after three posts about how much Lunarpages sucks… Actually it was two posts and one about my blond moment… But alas, I’ve come clean and feel good about that so it’s time to move on. Unless they do something really stupid again (I have every confidence they will) and I feel compelled to revisit the subject.

Medical Jewelry

When I was first diagnosed with diabetes and put on metformin I was told I needed to wear medical ID jewelry of some sort, preferably a bracelet. In case of an emergency, it’s smart for a diabetic to wear some sort of medical ID that alerts medical professionals you have a condition. It’s a good idea to include what medications you are on as well. For the longest time I wore this ugly stainless steel bracelet. I couldn’t take it anymore so I started looking into something prettier and possibly in gold. What I found is that a gold medical bracelet is pretty spendy.

I ended up purchasing a fairly inexpensive 14k gold normal ID bracelet and having it engraved, then buying a red and gold medical alert charm to hang off it. It was so cute! I thought I was being so smart and thrifty by doing it that way.

That’s what I get for thinking…

The engraving on the top side has almost worn off, and the charm fell off long ago never to be seen again. I still wear it, but trying to cut corners on this turned out to not be my greatest idea. It just looks like any old bracelet now and I doubt a medical professional would even notice it let alone read it unless the light was just right.

Now that I’m working I’m thinking of saving up for a nicer actual medical bracelet. Something like this:

Gold Medical Bracelet

The chain on this one is exactly like the chain on my current bracelet. But the engraving plate is much thicker and has the medical alert symbol built right onto it. No charm to fall off and lose forever. The cost: almost $400.00.

*gulp*

Maybe I should go back to the ugly-and-clunky-but-functional stainless steel one that doesn’t match anything. Booooooo!

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Random diabetes – Thursday Thirteen #19

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I haven’t had a chance to do a Thursday Thirteen in a while.. so here’s thirteen thoughts about my diabetes that randomly pop into my head from time to time.

  1. Living with diabetes sucks. Maybe that’s not so random.. but.. it’s true and I think that at least once a month.
  2. Metformin is a strange name for a drug. Most drugs have strange names but whenever I say this one I feel like I’m saying the name of a football player.
  3. I’m sometimes embarrassed to admit or tell people I have diabetes.
  4. Having diabetes scares is scary.
  5. Diabetes could shorten my life.
  6. Will the day come when getting health insurance won’t be easy?
  7. Will I need some sort of medicare supplement in the future?
  8. Not if. When.” These words haunt me sometimes.
  9. They’ll never cure diabetes. Pharmaceutical companies make too much money off it.
  10. I wonder if I would be better off on insulin.
  11. If I hadn’t of eaten all those Suzie-Q’s when I was a kid, would I still have diabetes?
  12. I wonder if Diabetes ran on my biological father’s side of the family. (I never knew him and he was adopted.)
  13. Mom had cancer. Sister had cancer. Brother has arthritis. I have diabetes. But we all have great teeth. Go figure.

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Christmas and the day after

Did you have a good Christmas? We did. The kids grabbed some camping gear (air mattresses, extra blankets, pillows, etc) and “camped out” in the boys room Christmas Eve. This has become a tradition for us. None of them sleep well Christmas eve so it’s easier to camp out together, and watch movies. Some of our little heathens angels were still up at midnight! Then they gathered around our bed at 6 AM Christmas morning and sang a “get out of bed it’s Christmas” song to us. I didn’t get startled this year like I have in years past, lol. We came downstairs to discover lots of presents under the tree and stockings overflowing. We let them go through their stockings while we had some coffee and tried to shake the cobwebs out of our heads. Then they opened their gifts in record time.

After that is was a day of laziness and rest. I burned myself rather badly (second degree) on Christmas eve while preparing our feast. The burn was so deep it didn’t hurt at all, but looked awful. It was white where the burn was and charred on the edges. I ended up going to the ER for a tetanus shot and treatment of the burn. (How deep it was and the lack of pain actually scared me a bit…) It’s somewhat painful now but the area where they gave me the tetanus shot is actually more uncomfortable. So Christmas day I was dealing with a sore arm (since they gave me the shot in the same arm that was burned) and since we had no plans to go anywhere, we laid around and watched Christmas movies all day while the younger kids played with their new toys. It was practically a miracle day as the youngest boys got along all day without a single argument. Other than the bitterness I’m still feeling over how screwed up my extended family is, it was a wonderful Christmas.

Food-wise, I did pretty good. I tried to stay fairly low-carb and had only a handful of sweets here and there, nothing to raise my BG levels too much.

The kids got lots of gift cards and money this year. So they want to go shopping today. There’s a part of me screaming NO NO NO… NO MORE SHOPPING!!! But, we do need some gift tags, new stocking holders, and new lights for our Christmas tree next year so today is a perfect day to get that stuff I suppose. We also need to pick up some ice cream, yogurt, pudding, etc. for Cody’s surgery tomorrow.

How was YOUR Christmas? Are you shopping at all the clearance sales today?

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Santa is too fat? Santa should lose weight?

I love Santa! I’ve been reading a lot lately about the size of Santa Claus. Apparently some chick named MeMe Roth wants Santa to lose weight. (I don’t watch Fox News much.) You can watch the YouTube video of MeMe Roth’s debate over Santa’s weight here. I have never heard of this MeMe Roth person but after watching this video, I have zero respect for her and think she’s got some serious issues and needs to pull her head out of her ass.

So, now we have a Keep Santa Fat campaign. I guess this was more serious than I thought?

Tony the Tiger is under attack too. He apparently ‘died today, a victim of Diabetic complications‘. Oooooooooo K.

What’s next? Are the Keebler Elves going to die of a fudge cookie overdose? Is the Pillsbury Dough Boy going to keel over from clogged arteries?

The people coming up with this stuff are reporting what they think is Santa’s “actual” height and weight, and predicting that he has Type II Diabetes. Um… Have they run out of REAL gossip and drama this year? So they need to start making stuff up?

I’ve been trying to think of a way to express exactly how I feel about all this. Then today I read Kerri’s post at six until me and and yes.. YES. That’s IT. Even though Kerri’s a Type I, she gets it.

I get insulted when people blame marketing, icons, TV, commercials, etc. for being overweight. Do people seriously think when I was child I decided being fat was OK because Santa was? Santa being fat sets a bad example for our children?!? No… Those placing blame on stupid stuff like this are setting the bad examples here. They’re teaching our children that it’s OK to place blame on this stuff, rather than teaching their children themselves about what is healthy and what isn’t. Whatever happened to telling kids what they see on TV isn’t always real?

The whole thing is just so weird. It seems to me there’s a large group of people who have become paranoid and convinced people can’t think for themselves.

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Bye bye perfect teeth

I was blessed with naturally strong and straight teeth. But I screwed up…. and now I will pay a price.

I’ve had one cavity my whole life. Of course that ONE cavity had to be a huge pain in the ass. It was in a horrible place and the filling cracked twice, which led to a root canal, which led to an abscess years later, which led to massive pain and the tooth being extracted. So for most of my life I’ve had no fillings, no silver, nothing. Just my natural teeth.

After the fall I had over four years ago that resulted in five stitches in my lip and a minor surgery a couple years after that to correct the scar, I neglected my teeth. After all the trauma my mouth went through I couldn’t bring myself to get to the dentist. I guess I thought my naturally strong teeth would be fine on their own with my regular brushing. I finally saw a dentist today after much urging from my hubby and reminders from our family dentist… and found out I have 3 baby cavities as a result of my neglect. GRRRRR. I’ll never let THAT go again. Gone are my silver/filling free teeth. 😦

I also found out as a diabetic it’s more important to keep up on the cleanings and regular visits to the dentist. When I got home I researched this and found that:

1. Individuals with diabetes are more susceptible to the development of oral infections and periodontal disease than those who do not have diabetes. (source)

2. Some people with diabetes will experience a dry mouth. I experienced this a lot before I was diagnosed with diabetes. A dry mouth can increase your risk of cavities, because there’s less saliva to wash away germs and take care of the acids they create. (source)

3. Dental care is particularly important for people with diabetes because they face a higher than normal risk of oral health problems due to poorly controlled blood sugars. The less well controlled the blood sugar, the more likely oral health problems will arise. This is because uncontrolled diabetes impairs white blood cells, which are the body’s main defense against bacterial infections that can occur in the mouth. (source)

We don’t know how long my blood sugars were uncontrolled, but we guess at least 2 years. So I imagine this is some of the cause, but mostly it’s my own stupid fault for not keeping up on my dental care. 😦

It’s just another reminder that I DO need to stop taking care of everyone else once in a while to take care of myself: Keep working on the weight loss (I’m thinking of getting an elliptical machine), keeping my blood sugars under control, and now scheduling regular cleanings and checkups with my dentist.

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