What are you ON?!

Disclaimer: Hey guys, I’m not a doctor. ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS talk to your doctor before making any medical decision regarding your diabetes. Also, unless noted, all links are from the US. National Library of Medicine.

I want to take a sidestep from my recent mom entries and head over to the ‘betic part of my blog.

There’s not too much going on here for T2’ers, so naturally, there’s not a lot on here about oral meds (as opposed to insulin shots). See T1 people, we (t2’s) get the pleasure of grabbing some oral meds before we go over to Syringe  City. Well, first, they tell us to control it with “diet and exercise”. Let me tell you, that’s BULL. That works for a while, but as soon as I got pregnant again, it was Syringe City for me and now that “diet and exercise” crap is over.

The drug of choice for type 2 diabetes seems to be Metformin. I took Metformin for a little while and ended up with terrible stomach pains (a common, yet unpleasant side effect). I talked to my endocrinologist after 3 months of being on it and he decided to have me try Glumetza, which is a branded form of Metformin. When he first said something about it, I sort thought he was full of it, but apparently Glumetza is a branded form of Metformin designed for people who had stomach discomfort on generic Metformin. Interesting!

Glumetza is like a miracle for people who hate feeling like their stomach is being ripped out every time they take Metformin (like me). I also notice better control over my sugar and therefore better glucose readings AND a better A1c. WIN!

Let me take just one quick second to explain oral meds v. injectables. See, the reason that Type 1 diabetics can’t go with orals is because (VERY basically) orals tell at the pancreas to step up its game and kick up the production of insulin. Type 1 diabetes is a complete inability to produce insulin, so taking a pill that tells the pancreas to kick up its game is silly, since the pancreas isn’t even playing anymore. Type 2 diabetics CAN produce insulin, just not enough and not at the right times. (think: that one kid in gym class who just sat there and never went for the ball [type 2] vs the kid that sat out every day[type 1]) When your pancreas just doesn’t want to play anymore (more advanced type 2) or can’t (type 1), it’s time to move over to injectable insulin. Obviously, this is just manually providing your body with a synthetic version of what the pancreas produces to metabolize sugars. Hey – if you want something done right, you gotta do it yourself!

Bottom line is: I highly recommend Glumetza for type 2 diabetics who are having some annoying gastric upset on regular Metformin. It IS a little more expensive, since it’s not a generic, but the manufacturer does offer a discount plan for people prescribed the drug. (Glumetza obviously didn’t ask me to write this or anything, guys.)

Hope you enjoyed your diabetes lesson of the day! As always, leave a comment with your experience with diabetes meds, oral or injectable, OR with your experience fending off medication with diet and exercise!

PS, I’m thinking about looking into being some sort of diabetes educator or something, anyone have any idea on how to go about that?

“Please I want that?”

It finally happened: Haley sees a commercial on tv and wants whatever is on there. Today: Twinkle Toes, Stompees, Stuffies, Magic Bullet, Press Dough, some spray on rubber sealant, and a cake pop maker.

I either need to parental block all commercials (yeah right) or watch them with her because I couldn’t tell you the difference between a Stompee and a Stuffie if you held a Smith and Wessie to my headdy-weddy. Seriously. What the hell.

I know the simple solution is to turn the TV off, but that’s not ACTUALLY the simple solution, that’s the bash-your-head-on-the-wall-after-your-kid-is-bored-and-screaming-and-the-baby-won’t-stop-screaming solution (I’ll have to come up with an abbreviation for that…. seems a little long-winded – “The BYHOTWAYKIBASATBWSS Method”).

I mean really, WHERE DO THESE KIDS GET OFF DOING THIS?! Wanting everything they see on TV. Stupid advertising. She doesn’t even need to know what is it, what it does, or it’s intended consumer; she just wants it. She’s ridiculous. Christmas will be easy this year I guess, no?

“Eat The Cake, or Go in Time Out!”

What the…?! Yeah. I actually had to say this to my three year old. It went like this:

Hal: I want cake!
Me: You gonna eat it this time? I don’t want to throw out more food.
Hal :YEAH!!!
Me: (gives Haley cake)
Hal: I don’t want this!
Me: (frustrated) ARE YOU KIDDING ME?! You wanted the damn cake, eat it!
Hal: NO.
Me: EAT THAT CAKE OR YOU’RE GOING IN TIME OUT!!”

I was laughing inside thinking about how absurd the entire thing was. I’m pretty sure this kid just says no to be obstinate. I mean, I’m sure she is, BUT HOLY CRAP.

Seeing as how I am here today, as are plenty of people older than 3, I am sure that SOMEHOW these kids are living though this, so mine will too.

Anyone? Suggestions? Tips/tricks?

 

The Battle of the Bulges.

Harper is teething. It’s terrible. Like, horrible, terrible. I mean I know every kid does it, but ugh, not every kid does it to me. Even as I write this, I am falling asleep due to weeks of 4 hours of broken sleep a night. What the hell?!

I tried to look into why teething sucks so badly, but it seems like no one REALLY knows. (sorry about that guys, this was going to be a really interesting post!) There is so much conflicting information on the web, between doctors, and from moms, that it’s no wonder why people are going crazy trying to fix an age-old problem. Now, the new thing is not to give the kids Orajel or any other topical benzocaine gels, so look into that if you are up for handing over the Orajel. Doctors and dentists are unwilling to agree on symptoms of teething. The only thing I can tell you with absolute certainty, after researching on the intent, is that all babies teethe eventually.

No help? Yeah, me either. I feel like I need an explanation as to why my sweet little girl, who never really fussed or cried and always slept well, has joined the dark side. She slept so little last night, that now, at 7:24 in the morning. She has gone down for a nap. I will say that teething, like every other cranky-inducing milestone, is the first test of patience and resilience. And you thought labor and delivery were bad… that’s just the beginning!

Anyone got ideas for teething that don’t include giving my baby alcohol?

 

170 Finger-lickin’ Calories and 30 Totally-worth-it Carbs.

 

 

Today I’m talkin’ breakfast! Or, if you’re me, breakfast, lunch, or a snack.

FAGE Total 0% Greek Strained Yogurt with Honey.

I eat this every morning for breakfast. Now, I know that technically, as a diabetic, I should be picking something a little less… full of honey, for breakfast, but I’m all about choices! If you refer back to my post about carb guidelines for meals, I am right where I want to be for carbs for breakfast, even if they are all sugars.

Here’s what the nutrition facts look like: 

  • Serving size: 1 container
  • Calories: 170 (Fat cal: 0)
  • Total Fat: 0g     0%DV
  • Cholesterol: 0mg     0%DV
  • Sodium: 50mg     2%DV
  • Total carb: 30g     10%DV
  • Fiber: 0g
  • Sugars: 29g
  • Protein: 13g     26%DV
  • Vitamin A: 0%
  • Calcium: 15%
  • Vitamin C: 0%
  • Iron: 0%

There are definitely worse things to eat for breakfast! Let’s not forget about all the benefits of eating Greek yogurt, anyway.

Diabetics, I have the worst time finding something good to eat for breakfast that doesn’t mess with my sugar (besides this, that is), what are you guys eating for breakfast? I mean there’s always…. eggs.

 

Look What Came!

 

So, a while back, I ordered a shirt that made my day. Not only did it have a graphic I LOVE on it, but it’s hilarious. Dan, from thediabetesgame actually made it and I’m pretty sure I reblogged his post about them being for sale (if not, here). Anyway, I was super excited to wear it, so I made sure to throw it on the other day.

Real moms know that no make-up and wet hair does not mean that you aren’t “ready”.  Not wearing pants is not being “ready” (which I clearly am).

Also, the actual shirt is super comfy (it’s from American Apparel).

I am encouraging my pancreas-impaired friends to go get them some of these here t-shirts! Wooooooo 😀

 

Giveaway Results.

I got an email this evening from SlimKicker. They decided their favorite entry was:

“great idea about reducing portion sizes… hmm.. my challenge would be to eat while sitting down and not having any distractions like watching TV or surfing the internet.”
from  Trikim! So CONGRATS, Trikim! I sent you an email with directions to claiming your prize.
Thanks everyone who entered!
Just because you didn’t win, doesn’t mean that you can’t benefit from this. Head on over and read the comments on that blog post (I think there were 33 of them) for great weight loss challenges you can do yourself (or with a friend) and get into gear! I definitely enjoyed doing this giveaway and will hopefully be doing another one soon.
Just for slimkicks and giggles, try some of these challenges, even if you don’t heave over and sign up with SlimKicker (though they really are neat) and come back and share your experience. I’m really interested in everyone’s progress. I know I will be posting about how I’m doing with it (and maybe a few suggestions of my own, targeted at people with diabetes) too.
Congrats again, Trikim 🙂