Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Flying Pump!



My pump has a mind of its own. During body combat (my all-time favorite exercise class), my pump detached from the clip and flew into the air! Then it swung recklessly around a couple of times. Just close your eyes and imagine a cowboy perfecting his rope-swinging skills. And now visualize a class full of people perfecting their punching and kicking skills. You now have the picture of what my workout looked like the past two days! Wow-that was embarrasing...and frightening! I can only imagine what would happen if it detached from my BODY??! 
I do wonder where my pump wants to travel to--perhaps to another country? My pump loves traveling as much as I do...I guess that's what happens when you're attached to something 24/7!

Monday, November 14, 2011

11.14: World Diabetes Day


BG: 186
Today's a day to remember all of the many years that people have been fighting diabetes. No matter what type of diabetes it may be--type 1, 2, or 1.5--we've all been struggling with a lazy pancreas!
Today's a day to remember the advancements that have come about in diabetic research--it helps diabetics live a much more manageable life.
Today's a day to remember how strong we are. As I always say: it takes a strong person to be a diabetic
Today's a day to remember, we are not alone.
Today, my World Diabetes Day postcard came. Perfect timing...right on the day! I was thrilled about getting something other than bills in the mail! This project was incredibly fun--and I look forward to participating again next year!
My postcard from Florida

Saturday, November 12, 2011

My World Diabetes Day Postcard


The creative Lee Ann Thill put together a World Diabetes Day Postcard Exchange.  Everyone was matched with another diabetic.  Each person was to create a postcard and send it on or before November 14th.  On Monday--which is World Diabetes Day--all of the postcards will be in transit and the blue diabetes circle will be seen by all! The diabetes love will be shared with the whole world!  
526 people took place from every continent! How cool is that?!  I am so excited to receive mine! 
Until then--here's mine, which I mailed out this morning...

Thursday, November 3, 2011

4 Years Ago

Some things I hold close to my heart: hope for a cure [bracelet], my marriage to Kristopher [wedding ring], and my kitty [who is always purring next to me when I have a high or low], LB.

Today is my 4 year diabetic anniversary. I chose to celebrate by writing a poem of my memories with this disease...
There’s one day a year,
It’s inevitable---impossible to miss.It is when I’m reminded of all the fear.
It’s November 3rd--the day I reminisce.
Bolus, basal, lancets---what do those bizarre words mean?It instantaneously became engrained in my life.
All of this immediately became my routine.
Diabetes suddenly became my own personal strife.
Without hesitation, the doctor uttered, “You won’t be able to do this or that!”As I lay there, dumbfounded, in the hospital bed.
Family surrounded me; they put their arms around me and gave me a pat.
I embraced this challenge and learned not to dread my life ahead.
And now I’m on track,I’m strong and I proved the doctors wrong.
There’s no looking back.
I knew in my heart--I could do it all along.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

I Wasn't Told...


Doctors don't tell you how to cope with medical bills--owing hundreds of dollars for pump supplies. Think for a moment about the thousandsof dollars my insurance company pays and hundreds that I shell out--just to lead a 'normal' life!
No, doctors don't tell you how to handle the fact that you have to pay outrageous amounts of money for all the little things: AAA batteries, alcohol swabs, glucose tabs, & bandaids. Those supplies aren't covered by insurance. How little we hear of the financial burden for diabetics.
Doctors don't warn you about the extra money you will have to provide for healthy meals. Sure--eating pasta, pizza, and all of the other wonderful carbs are cheaper...but how much is my health worth? So--the fruits, veggies, meats, fish, and almonds that help me stay a strong diabetic, also empties my wallet. Diabetics don't have the option to eat "cheaply," since cheap = crazy, uncontrollable bg's.
Oh, how nice it would be if I was told that I'd spend hours upon hours of my life on the phone--fighting for my rights. The right to be covered for this horrible disease.  
Doctors don't tell you how much money you will put out for doctors appointments.  Your general doctor, endocronologist, optometrist, dietician--just to name a few.  Copays, deductibles, coinsurance, in network/out of network--I've got numbers and terminology coming out of my ears!
The endocronologists don't tell me, because they showme: 

  • They're there for me (when I upload my blood glucose numbers and they give me the feedback I needimmediately.)
  • Constant encouragement ("You're doing great!")
  • I deserve the best health and that they'll fight for me! ("She needs the glucose sensor because it canliterally save her life!")
  • They feel my economic pain ("Here's some samples (of insulin, etc.) to help get you through.")

Thank you, my wonderful & supportive group of endocronologists. I'm lucky to have you in my life.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Letting Go of the Fear



"I was almost ashamed of my diabetes. I didn't want to tell the producers I was diabetic because I didn't want that special attention. I didn't want to be branded as different. I let my priorities get mixed up, and I was sick because of it." -Crystal Bowersox
Some people are afraid of spiders, snakes, or heights. But, what's my biggest fear? Diabetic judgement.  
After reading the interview with Crystal Bowersox in Diabetes Forecast, I realized that I currently feel the way she felt. For any of you that don't know, Bowersox was the American Idol contestant with Type 1 Diabetes. She didn't want to share the fact that she was a diabetic, and because of that, her health was severly jeopordized.
I'm a very private person--regarding all aspects of my life.  For some reason, I am extremely quiet about my diabetes. I don't know what the fear is--but I think Crystal explains it well in the above quote. I don't want to be discriminated or allow people to think that I can't do something. It's like I want to prove something to the world--but I know, deep down, I shouldn't feel that way. My career is important to me, and I'm petrified of being judged in the wrong way. If someone sees me testing or taking insulin...sometimes I would rather not share that part of myself in the workplace.  
I don't want to get handed a sympathy card & have people feel sorry for me. [Aw, it's ok, she hasdiabetes.]
I don't want people to start asking, 'You're allowed to eat that?' [YES, I can.]
I don't want people saying, 'I could never do that.' [I would have thought that many years ago, too. It's life, and you do what you need to do to survive.]
I just want to say to the world: "Hi, My name is Joanna, and I am a Type 1 Diabetic. Go under my skin, and reach in...this is what you'll find...
How does everyone else get past this in the workplace?

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

The Power of Body Combat


My strength is too much to handle. I exert an enourmous amount of power--that even I can't handle it.
The mornings are always difficult for me. Showering, eating breakfast, packing my lunch--so much to do! This morning, my pump went off and on the display screen it said, "insulin low". Grr, now I have to change my tubing and reservoir amongst all of my other morning rituals.
After filling up the resevoir with insulin, I needed to get the plunger out. But, it just wouldn't unscrew! Yank! Insulin...all....over. One hundred units of insulin all over my hands and dining room table. Lovely. 
It took me three tries to change the tubing and reservoir successfully. Phew. Thanks, body combat...I won the fight with my reservoir!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Voila--It's Magic! Or is it?



As I was reminiscing through old pictures on my computer, I came across the one you see above.  Just a few days before being diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes, and I am wearing glasses.  Why that might not seem like a big deal to you--just know that I previously had 20/20 vision.  All of these 'strange' things started to occur...one of them being that my vision was completely blurry! I was a senior in college, and my commute was about forty-five minutes to school.  I woke up one morning, and could not see!  I, being the dork I am, had to make it to school--no ifs, and, or buts about it!!  I hate excuses, and I wasn't about to start using them.  I borrowed my husband's glasses to give me a clearer view of the world.  
Later that day, I went to the eye doctor--the one in themall.  I told them how I woke up and couldn't see! Without even thinking of asking me, "Have you been checked for diabetes?", they simply gave me a prescription for glasses.  And, voila...an hour later, I could 'magically' see again.  
Oh, and then a week later, I was diagnosed with Type 1. The sugar coating over my eyes decreased, and my vision came back {Voila again!}.  
I went back to this particular vision store after being released from the hospital.  In my hand was the glasses, receipt, and hospital discharge papers.  
"I'd like to return these," I proclaimed to the woman.  I continued without giving her the embarassment of asking why.  "Turns out I can see afterall.  I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, as you can see here" [pointing to papers].  
I think I have the best reason for a return...hands down.  

Sunday, October 9, 2011

JDRF Walk 2011



What a huge success this year--Team Joanna Banana came in with a total of $1,746.25. I think that is by far the best total we have had yet! It couldn't have been a more perfect day. Sunshining...simply beautiful! 
Participating in this walk made me realize so much. For one, how giving people can be. So many people were able to donate. I stressed to everyone that it wasn't theamount that was given; no matter what amount, it helps JDRF and shows your support. So, thank you again toeveryone that donated. It is appreciated so very much!
It also made me realize how thoughtless people can be. If someone I knew had a serious chronic disease, I would donate. Granted, it may not be a lot of money compared to what others might give, but I know I could afford at least $1! I think that it is the support of others that gets us through the day. All I asked for is $1. Everyone can afford that--look in your car or couch---I'm sure there's spare change floating around! The people that couldn't donate even a dollar--well, I just don't understand. I'm sorry. Especially when I go out of my way and donate and do things for others.  Some people are such a disappointment.  
It was wonderful to have a huge group of advocates at the walk. From friends and family of PWD [people with diabetes], it was truly amazing to witness the support that was given! I was able to get Starbucks to donate coffee for the event, too! 
Then, we had our annual team celebration after the walk--where we ate hamburgers, hotdogs, & salad! Much healthier choice than last year (which was pizza). Check out the rest of my pictures in my diabetes album! Hurrah to my awesome team & for raising way beyond our fundraising goal. I know our 2012 walk will be even better! 

Friday, September 16, 2011

Invisible Illness Week


This week is Invisible Illness Week. I want to share more about my disease with my readers. Sometimes it can affect me in a way that no one else knows. Somehow, diabetes makes me into the person I am today.  
1. The illness I live with is: Type 1 Diabetes
2. I was diagnosed with it in the year: 2007
3. But I had symptoms since: 2006-2007; not quite sure when it was 'triggered'.
4. The biggest adjustment I’ve had to make is: Living 21 years of my life eating whatever and whenever I want; and suddenly, that changed.  I now have to count every carb I eat, and take insulin for it.
5. Most people assume: I had something to do with this happening to me; no, it was in my genes and something in the environment triggered it.  I didn't eat too many sweets, I exercised all the time, and I was not at all overweight.
6. The hardest part about mornings are: If I'm low--and I HAVE to eat some sugar to bring me back up. Especially if I'm in a hurry.  It's annoying to have to eat and wait until I feel better to actually get my day started.  It delays everything!
7. My favorite medical TV show is: Medically related?? Hmm, Nip/Tuck.  I don't watch many medical tv shows. Although, I did enjoy watching 'The Biggest Race' with the Type 1 Diabetic on it.  It shows me I can do anything!
8. A gadget I couldn’t live without is: literally? My insulin pump. But I do love my iPhone, too. :)
9. The hardest part about nights are: When I have a high or low blood sugar, and as much as I DON'T want to get up--or how tired I am-- I have to take care of it.
10. Each day I take __ pills & vitamins: Lots and of course, insulin.  Couldn't live without it.  Literally.
11. Regarding alternative treatments I: Well, I definitely think mental and emotional health is important.  I don't take any other alternative medicines (since there's not much of a choice other than insulin!); but, I do write, take yoga, and cuddle with my cat.  Those things help my emotional well-being.
12. If I had to choose between an invisible illness or visible I would choose: Invisible; I am such a private person...I like being able to choose who I share my personal information with.
13. Regarding working and career: It's tough being a teacher and diabetic.  Although, working with the little ones does help--because it's never awkward when I pull out fruit snacks in front of them.  They're always excited to see what kind of snack I have. However, I am always afraid of being judged in the workplace.
14. People would be surprised to know: That I get extremely frustrated with this disease; I don't show it to the public though.
15. The hardest thing to accept about my new reality has been: That this is my life.  In order to live a long, healthy life--I have to test my blood sugar, count my carbs, take my insulin, exercise, and go to the doctor on a regular basis.
16. Something I never thought I could do with my illness that I did was: travel throughout foreign countries; give myself needles.
17. The commercials about my illness: make me remember that I'm not alone.
18. Something I really miss doing since I was diagnosed is: eating tons of carbs, and not having to worry how it will affect me.
19. It was really hard to have to give up: I don't really have to "give up" anything.  But, I do have to eat carbs in moderation.  So, it was hard to give up eating a huge bowl of ice cream or tons of candy all at once.  Also, I thought I'd NEVER get use to diet soda.  Oh, how that has changed.
20. A new hobby I have taken up since my diagnosis is: yoga/meditating & blogging.
21. If I could have one day of feeling normal again I would: eat a lot of junk food, exercise all day [to whatever intensity I wanted], and wear a dress [without having to worry what I'll attach my pump to!]
22. My illness has taught me: What doesn't kill you, makes you stronger.
23. Want to know a secret? One thing people say that gets under my skin is: Are you sure you can eat that? YES I CAN!
24. But I love it when people: acknowledge that it is a tough disease and that it takes a lot of work to stay healthy.
25. My favorite motto, scripture, quote that gets me through tough times is: 1. "Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle." 2. "You don't know what being strong is until it's the only option." 
26. When someone is diagnosed I’d like to tell them: Join the online community-it's amazing the friends you will make and learn from.  
27. Something that has surprised me about living with an illness is: You have to fight even harder for your rights.  Whether it be medical coverage or whatever, it always seems a little bit more difficult.
28. The nicest thing someone did for me when I wasn’t feeling well was: Be right by my side; literally feed me sugar because I am too low to even do it; make sure I'm still breathing and ok at night [Love you husband!].
29. I’m involved with Invisible Illness Week because: I think everyone is fighting a battle that needs to be shared with the world.
30. The fact that you read this list makes me feel: thankful that you care enough to know more about me and my disease. 

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Diabetes Art Day


Today is Diabetes Art Day.  My piece of art, which is titled, "My Life Line," represents feelings, people, and beliefs I have in regards to diabetes.  It is all connected together [with used testing strips] and linked to my heart.  See if you can read every word on the map of my crazy diabetic life. 

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Living in the Moment.


I’ve never seen such beautiful numbers on my test meter!  For the past several weeks, I have been religiously counting carbs and wearing my glucose sensor.  The past six months have been a little hectic for me, working two jobs...so I haven’t been what you’d call a “perfect diabetic.”  But, I decided to get more on top of it.  
Last time I went to my endocrinologist, she suggested to test a little less while wearing the sensor.  I have never been recommended to do that!  I never thought testing LESS would be so hard!  What was happening was that I was testing 10+ times a day--and overcorrecting and the result was not good!  My doctor suggested that while I wear the sensor, I should test when I wake up, before breakfast, lunch, dinner, and before bed.  Of course, also test if I feel high or low.  I am learning to trust my sensor a little more.  At the beginning, this was very hard for me.  I don’t like putting my life in a piece of technology.  I want to be responsible for my health, not some little device that looks like a seashell! 
I have been working out, and eating much healthier than I was for the past six months.  The numbers on my meter are amazing.  I haven’t felt this good before!  The advice I have learned that helps me is to take one moment at a time.  You can’t even take it a day at a time.  Even then, you will become frustrated.  However, if you take it one moment at a time...breath when you become overwhelmed...the outcome can be remarkable! 
Sometimes, my mind wanders and I can’t help but think--really?  I gotta do THIS for the rest of my life??!
One moment at a time...one moment...

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Silhouette Space Saver.



Imagine: a silhouette that could save your spot when you have a diabetic emergency.  Well, let me back up and tell you the reason as to why I feel this would be an important necessity in my life.  
Sitting on the stage steps in the workout room. Watching everyone else involved in a group workout session of my favorite exercise class, body combat.  I have to test my blood sugar because it's about half way through my work out.  Damn-staring back at me on the meter is a big..fat..ugly......66.  I didn't even feel that low!  I quickly grab my fruit snacks...inhale them straight out of the package.  
Wait. Watch the class. Ugh, this sucks. 
I'm a regular in the class; everyone knows that I'm a diabetic.  Looks of concern...
"Are you ok?" many people ask.  
Wait. Watch. Repeat.
Ok, so I probably shouldn't have gone back into body combat as quick as I did...but I love the class.  I reassured myself that I waited long enough and that I was feeling a bit better.  
Before I went back on the floor, I glare out at everyone once again. What? People steal my spot? How aggravating. So, I get a low, and people think it's ok to take over my workout area? C'mon people, really? I go back out to my original space and make my way back in. I'm not losing my awesome workout spot because of my diabetic needs. I didn't look to my left or right, but I'm sure I got some evil looks for "making my way back in." 
If only there was some way to "hold" my spot while I take care of myself. This is where an invention of a silhouette space saver would come in handy! It's only fair! How is it my fault that I need to suck down sugar and wait a few minutes to continue my work out? Should I be punished because of this? 
Diabetics who enjoy working out deserve this kind of invention! :)

Thursday, May 19, 2011

10 Things I Hate About Diabetes


Sometimes you need to let it all out...
1. The fact that I can't eat everything and anything I want...whenever I want.  There's the annoying part of testing myself and giving myself insulin for all of the sugar I intake. Plus the super sugary foods can mess me up.  It can be quite annoying at times!
2. Being asked, "Wait...you can eat that?  I thought you were a diabetic?"  Yes, I am a diabetic.  Yes, I can eat this.  Leave me alone :)
3. The annoying beeping at night when my blood sugar is too high or low.  Can't a girl get a good night's sleep?!
4. It is almost impossible to wear a dress!  The only way I am able to pull it off is by going into the bathroom stall to give myself insulin.  
5. I want to be able to carry a small, teeny, tiny purse! I can't--I've got to carry my testing supplies PLUS extra pumping supplies in case something happens to the one I am wearing.
6. Lows can just ruin a day.  If I drop low, I have to eat sugar to bring me back up.  The bad thing is, my body is screaming "SUGAR!!!" so I eat too much sugar, therefore causing me to have an extremely high blood sugar an hour later. Lovely. 
7. Needles. Needles. Needles.  Can't get enough of them--Pricking of the finger about 10 times a day, changing my insulin every three days, and the ginormous needle that is jabbed into my back...[the sensor that is supposed to help] but OUCH-it hurts!
8. Planning to work out is more of a work out than the actual activity! I have to reduce my insulin an hour before working out, test right before as well.  If I'm low, I have to eat some fruit snacks, then I can work out. It doesn't stop there though--I have to stop about half way through my exercise and test to make sure I don't drop low.  Then, hours later, I have to check my blood sugar again because my bg usually goes a little high from working out. Man, I thought body combat could be challenging.  Fun.
9. Always having to stress about health benefits/insurance.  I can't go a day without it, my life depends on it.  Or, I'll just have to pay hundreds of dollars a month for it.  Either way, it's stressful!
10. I hate the guilt that comes with having this disease.  If I make a mistake, or feel frustrated...it all makes me feel bad and think that I'm not a "good" diabetic.  I'm human and I'm not going to be perfect at having diabetes. Also, the fact that this disease affects the people in my life that I love.  It's not fair for them to worry about me.  
Yes, I kind of added two things I dislike into number 10.  Ten is just too small of a number.    
I also hate the fact that I could keep this list going...and going. 

Monday, April 25, 2011

Everydayness.


Everydayness. Simple word; complex meaning.  It's one of the most important words that come to mind when I think about diabetes.  There's no break, there's no, 'Oh, I'll worry about it tomorrow.'
Sometimes I wish I could have a vacation from this disease that consumes my life.  No...if I go on a vacation, the D has to accompany me. Talk about invasive! 
When I'm sick, it doesn't go away.  No...then I need to just worry, 'Is my blood sugar being affected?' and prick my fingers just a zillion more times a day to make sure I don't have an unexpected high or low!
Pile on those emotions of sadness, anger, worry, fear, panic.......they all affect the 'big D'.  
Sometimes I wish I could leave it at home. 'Oops, I forgot it.' Damn you pancreas for failing me.  It's ok, I'm tough.  I can't.....won't let myself be affected by it.
Thank you diabetes world, for letting me vent.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Positive Thinking


Frustration consumes me. To stop these pessimistic thoughts, I decided to make a list of the positives related to diabetes...
1. I have become wizard at mathematics. ["So, I'm eating 50 carbs, and my blood sugar is 150...I need to figure out the correction factor and bolus for what I'm eating!"]
2. Being tough-especially when it comes to needles! 
3. Getting blood taken? No problem!
4. I have realized the true effects that food has on my body.
5. The special attention I get from my husband and cat when I am low or high.
6. The love my husband shows by changing my sensor because I can't reach where the site is on my back.  The way he comforts me if the needle stings. That's love.
7. Knowing the doctors and receptionists so well [because I am there so often!] that all I have to say when I call is "Hi, it's Joanna."
8. Being able to speak my own diabetic language: "bolus, basal, fixed prime..." No one except a diabetic would understand. 
9. I always have a clock AND a flashlight attached right to my hip. 
10. Being able to educate others about Diabetes-all the misconceptions and what exactly being a type 1 diabetic means.
11. Have a special event every year where my biggest advocates help raise money and support me and my disease.
12. Having an online community to relate with, share stories and frustrations. 
When I am having days like today in the future, I want to look at this list and think, "life could be a lot worse."
 “At the end of the day, we can endure much more than we think we can.”

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Diabetes Doesn't Stop Me.


The most awesome thing(s) I have done in spite of diabetes...
I've never used diabetes as an excuse.  In fact, I can't stand it when adults use excuses to avoid work or anything that might be slightly challenging.  I make it a goal NOT to start or end a sentence with, "but my diabetes..."
Diabetes is a pain in the butt.  There's no denying that.  However, I'm proud of all of the activities and accomplishments I have achieved in life so far (and continue to do!).  Here's just a few that I'd like to share:
  • Traveling the world (Europe, Vegas, NYC, etc.)
  • Teaching-always finding a new and exciting way to reach and motivate children 
  • Participating in intense workouts, like body combat and hiking 
  • Working two jobs, usually 12-14 hours per day
  • Staying healthy by eating nutritiously-even if this means preparing my lunch and dinner at the same time, the night before
What have YOU done in spite of something that might be physically/emotionally challenging? Please share!

Monday, January 10, 2011

Diabetes Exhibit [& Cupcakes]



This weekend, hubby and I visited the Insulin Discovery Exhibit in NYC.  It was a revealing experience that was jam-packed with startling and enlightening information...Here are just some facts that I found thought-provoking:
  • Thousands of animal pancreases were used to create artifical insulin.  I was astonished when I saw thispicture; all of the pancreases they needed to make just a little bit--no wonder there wasn't enough to help save all of the people with this disease.  They had to turn so many people away, only the most severe cases were treated.  For example, they helped save a three-year old child who only weighed 15 pounds.  After three months on insulin and consistent doctor support, the child weighed 29 pounds. 
  • We should be grateful we don't have to go through what PWD did many years ago!  Imagine having to test your blood sugar using this method? Yes, you would actually have to put your urine in the test tube, mix, and match up colors.  Wow, finger pricks don't seem so bad right now.
  • Many of us have our lovely pumps or sensors to help us figure out our blood sugar, how much insulin to take to make up for a high, etc.  Well, can you imagine having to keep track like this?  Talk about confusing!
  • These insulin kits don't look pleasant either!  Besides looking flat out scary--they also look like they might hurt a little bit more than our needles nowadays (that have different lengths and widths).
  • It was incredible to see all the different insulin vialsthat date way back from the 1920's to today!  It's important to remember that insulin is not a cure, but boy...does it save our lives.  I am relieved to have this medicine in my life.  How many of you are willing to share your insulin vials for the next exhibit years down the road?  Hopefully, at that exhibit, there will be a cure...and people will be amazed at what we had to go through now, in 2011. 
  • Technology really has come a long way!  Look at thisold, bulky pump PWD had to deal with! When my tubing gets stuck on the doorknob, or my kitty tries to play with it, I will remember what people "back in the day" had to go through!
  • I was surprised to find out how many famous people have diabetes! Did you know all of these people suffer(ed) from it?
  • I can't wait to get my medal, like the ones dispayedhere.  I'm going to live many, many years with it, and I hope one day--I'll see a cure.  Do you think I can get the 75 years one?
This exhibit, which may have taken some a matter of minutes, took me over an hour.  I began to remember how truly blessed I am to be able to manage this disease.  When people were first diagnosed, back in the 1920's, most didn't have an option.  They suffered from the disease, and diabetes won.  How thankful I am for insulin.  Can you tell?
After this informative 90 minutes, I was able to enjoy a wonderful cupcake!  Hey, I took my insulin, of course.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

New Beginnings...


I have been meaning to post; life has been so hectic lately!  I went to the endocrinologist last week, for my 3 month appointment.  I have been religiously checking my blood sugar and eating extremely well.  I was ecstatic when I found out that my A1C went from an 9.1 to a 7.9! The higher A1C three months ago mainly had to do with my carby trip to Europe.  
So, I have made a goal for myself for my next appointment in March. I want to bring my A1C into the 6's.  If I can do that, it will be the lowest A1C I have had since my diagnosis.  The start of the new year brings me high hopes of stable blood sugar and healthy eating.  I want to kick my old habits and bring my blood sugar down to where it should be! I am going to forget the past, my mistakes and frustrations with diabetes, and "toast" to new beginnings...the start of a new year with excellent blood sugars!
Happy New Year everyone!