Friday, 31 January 2014

Endo Appointment Extraordinaire

This past Monday morning I had my 6 month appointment with my Endo, Dr. Greg.  As always I was nervous going in.  I met with my nurse first and she downloaded a month of number from my pump and chatted with me for awhile about how things were going. 

Enter Dr. Greg.  As usual he made me feel comfortable right away and we talked for some time about how I was doing and how I was liking the insulin pump.  He asked a lot of questions about my activity levels and how I felt I was managing my blood sugars before, during and after.  He asked about my race plans through the year and gave me some good suggestions about when to take carbs in during the triathlons.  Dr. Greg gave me the floor to talk about some of my frustrations about diabetes and how I was feeling in general.  This is why I love him as my Endo, he listens and never interrupts.

He did a quick check of my feet and said that while I do have some nerve damage, it has not progressed any further at this time.  I was pretty pleased with that.

Dr. Greg then started reviewing my numbers from the past month.  I am always amazed how the specialists can look at the numbers and pick out patterns.  He said the only thing that really stood out was that I was having lows in the mornings, particularly the mornings after a tough training session.  He suggested I reduce my basal rate starting at 5:30am instead of 6:30am and see how that goes (I require more insulin during the night due to dawn phenomenon).  

Then it came time for the big reveal.  He was happy to tell me my A1C had dropped to 5.9%.  He said that he was happy with this as I had not achieved it through suffering a lot of lows which is the first thing he checked for.  He gave me a pat on the back and said that he did not have to see me for another 6 months.

I am very happy with the appointment and the results.  This disease is not easy, but the hard work certainly does pay off!!

Now off to Mexico for a week :)  Ola!

Friday, 3 January 2014

December 2013 Training Wrap Up

First of all - HAPPY NEW YEAR!  Hope everyone enjoyed the holiday season.  Mine was not too shabby.  I had a few days off work and got some solid workouts in over the Christmas period.  Pretty happy with the way things are going.  I am enjoying doing more strength work and am feeling stronger - that is a plus!  

Here are the numbers: 

Hours of training = 51.3 hours
Bike (including Spin) x 13 = 345 km's
Run x 11 = 107 km's
Swim x 2 = 5,600 m
Weights/tabata/core= 18 hours 50 minutes
Rest days =4

So far the 2014 is off to a good start.  I don't make resolutions, I just want to stay active and continue pursuing goals of triathlon and running healthy.

I do have the goal of blogging more!  Lots of ideas and posts started, just need to organize myself and get them done!

Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Monday, 16 December 2013

November 2013 Training Wrap Up

Well better late than never! Not sure where this month has gone.  Work and life in general has been very busy.  We are in the depths of winter and the majority of my training has been inside unfortunately.  I do usually run outside however have my limits as to how cold I will go out in.  I have gotten a lot of time in on the bike (spin and little J in my living room) and quite a lot of strength training.  I actually have hired a personal trainer to work with me twice a week to work on strength and core.  I have noticed that the stronger I am getting the better I perform on the bike and run.  I want to see how some structured strength/core will help in the upcoming race season.  

Here are the numbers: 

Hours of training = 49.7 hours
Bike (including Spin) x 13 = 363.7 km's
Run x 9 = 94 km's
Swim x 2 = 5,000 m
Weights/tabata/core= 17 hours 45 minutes
Rest days =5

December has been great so far and I am enjoying being able to do what I can.  I am itching to get out snowboarding soon!  Also, Ryan and I booked a trip to Mexico in February.  I can hardly wait for some sun, sand and relaxation :)

Thursday, 21 November 2013

An Open Letter to Diabetes

I was asked to write a blog post about how it feels to have Type 1 diabetes and I said that I would love to! This really got me thinking. I mean I live with the damn disease every day but I don’t always think about it.  I think I actually avoid thinking about it for many reasons.  I decided to write an open letter to diabetes explaining how I feel about it (him? her?).
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Dear Type 1 Diabetes,

We have been together for just over two years now and I have never really told you how I feel about you.  First of all I want to make it clear that I do not want to be with you, never have and never will.  Unfortunately for us both it looks as though this relationship is here to stay.  I think honesty is very important in relationships, so here goes.

I really feel like this is a one way relationship.  I spend a lot of time thinking about you every single hour of every single day and I do a lot to take care of you.  Sometimes I make a mistake and you let me know, but often I feel like I do everything right and you just act like a total jerk.  You are very needy and time consuming; sometimes I feel so drained by you and wish I could ignore you.

The times you sneak up on me are not appreciated and I wish you would stop.  Like at Thanksgiving when all my family was around and you decided you needed to be the centre of attention.  Sitting at the dinner table with my loved ones with my insides shaking, my brain turned to utter mush and drenched in sweat was not cool.  I felt terrified I was going to pass out and really had to concentrate to keep my eyes open.  I could tell everyone was worried and I don’t like worrying my loved ones.

On that note, you make me feel self conscious at times.  I often feel stares from strangers when I am testing my blood sugar or funny looks from people when I fish out my insulin pump.  This is not so bad really.  It is when I have important things to do I worry you will throw a temper tantrum.  Like when I have an important work meeting and I go low or high.  Having to discreetly fish out glucose tabs and force them down without making a fuss.  Trying to articulate clearly in a meeting when my head is so sluggish and words won’t come together and things I know well disappear from my mind.  Or in the middle of a tough spin class and no matter how much juice or glucose I take you won’t listen and I have to stumble off my bike, explain to the instructor in front of the entire class that you are acting up and I have to sit down on the floor.  The looks of pity I get make me feel so self conscious and I want to disappear into a hole at times.

You won’t be surprised to hear that at times you frustrate the hell out of me and in fact have the ability to make me very angry.  Why can I eat the same breakfast week after week with no issues and all of a sudden you decide to change things up, sending me skyrocketing into orbit or down low into the depths of despair?  Why I can have many days of successful runs, swims or long bike rides and you behave like a perfectly trained pet and then suddenly decide you don’t like our usual routine and throw me right off.  Why sometimes you do prevent me from doing the things I love.  This one is the one that makes me so mad. I spend a lot of time taking care of you in order that I can do what I want.  

One other thing, you are bloody expensive to take care of!  Between the test strips, meters, pumps, needles, pump supplies, insulin, glucagon, back up supplies, bigger purse, extra food and all of the doctors expenses you are one high maintenance partner to lug around!

You also make me feel very scared at times.  When you give me high numbers for no reason and my head swims, eyes ache, body parts go numb and I just want to sleep.  When you give me scary lows which make my heart nearly pound of my chest, my vision go blurry, my mouth and tongue go numb, sweat to pour off me and to jumble my brain to the point where sometimes I am unable to speak.  When I wake up with a low blood sugar shaking and trembling only to realize that I am lucky I woke up at all.  You make me scared to go to sleep at times for the fear of not waking.  You have already done damage to my eyes, my teeth and the nerves in my body.  My feet still burn and tingle as a reminder that you are closely watching me, and it terrifies me. What do you have in store for me next?  My organs? My limbs?  It is scary to feel so vulnerable and helpless.

You do often make me feel determined however, so I guess that is one good thing to come out of this relationship.  I have been able to educate others, I have been able to do triathlons and have big plans for other distance events.  I have been able to meet and connect with some amazing people out there because of you.  Don’t allow that to make you feel too happy however, as we often spend a lot of time discussing how we wish you were no longer around.

The truth of it all is that you make my life harder.  You are my ever constant companion who is very deceiving to others.  People look at me and assume I am just fine. I mean, I look pretty healthy and do a lot of activity, but looks can be deceiving. You are exhausting and quite frankly I wish you would take a hike.

Yours begrudgingly,


Thursday, 7 November 2013

October 2013 Training Wrap Up

Hard to believe that we are already into November.  Snow is on the ground and it is getting chilly at night.  Winter is truly upon us.  We definitely lucked out and had a lovely long fall.  In fact I rode my road bike outside right up until the last weekend in October.  This makes me happy.  October was a solid month for me training wise.  I did attend some physio for the pain I was experiencing through the right side of my butt/leg.  They determined that I have a very tight IT band and need to work on building strength in my hips.  The physio said that is is very common in endurance athletes to neglect focusing on their hips as most would just think that your hips would strengthen with all of the running, biking and swimming. Turns out this is not the case.  I have a series of hip exercises to perform each day as well as instructions to use my foam roller more often and to stretch more diligently.  I went to four sessions and they also did some IMS and needling.  The IMS felt great, the needling hurt like a you know what.  I am feeling much better and my running is feeling good.
Now for the numbers:
Hours of training = 47.5 hours
Bike (including Spin) x 12 = 316 km's
Run x 12 = 109.6 km's
Swim x 4 = 8,700 m
Weights/tabata/core= 13 hours 30 minutes
Rest days =4

November has been off to a roaring start and I have been going to spin class and running outside in the snow and ice.  I really don't mind running in the cold so this is not bothering me too much.  Not a huge fan of ice, but not much we can do about it in this province.  Just need to be careful.  A girl I know was getting rid of her bike trainer as she switched from road biking to mountain biking a couple of years ago.  All she wanted was a bottle of wine and a donation to an animal charity.  Done.  I will be setting it up this Saturday and giving it a whirl.  As much as I do enjoy spin class, I love my bike and want to be able to do longer rides through the winter.  I don't want to leave my bike collecting dust until May when the snow melts.  She may get lonely :)