• Playing catch-up

    So, it’s been a while since I last updated the blog and some things have happened in that time that I feel a need to write about. This will be a bit long, so bear with me. Esophageal ManometryOn January 29th, my new gastroenterologist had me undergo a test called Esophageal Manometry. The test is used to measure the functionality of the muscles and lower sphincter of the esophagus and determine if there are issues. The procedure wasn’t the most pleasant of ways to spend a morning. To begin, I was given a cup of lidocaine gel to swallow and then a syringe full of the same gel was emptied into my left nostril. A thin probe was then passed…

  • Then and Now: Reflecting on 10 Years

    I’m really not a fan of the “how hard did aging hit you” challenge that’s floating around social media right now. The idea that aging is something to be ashamed of is totally bogus.  Still, I see this as a good time for reflection and gratitude for the time I didn’t expect to live. The photo on the left was taken in October 2008, two months before I was diagnosed with congestive heart failure and what was then believed to be type 2 diabetes. I was near death and didn’t yet know it. When I was diagnosed on December 29, 2008, the doctors didn’t think I’d live another 3 months. A lot has happened since then. There have been some…

  • A Belated Happy Holidays from My Diabetic Heart

    It’s been quiet around the old blog this month as I’ve taken time off to regroup after diabetes awareness month in November.  I’ve also been busy with new doctor visits and holiday shenanigans with family. While Christmas is now over, I wanted to take a moment to wish you and yours the very best of the holiday season and a healthy and prosperous new year. I also wanted to share some photos from the holiday shenanigans that have taken place over the last week or so.  This year, I was Santa and traveled to Louisville, KY to deliver gifts to my family. Mom and Santa Nana and Santa Santa and Buddy Santa with Jack Skellington Whitney and Santa Santa with…

  • #MakeDiabetesVisible Day 30

    It’s the last day of Diabetes Awareness Month. I want to say a big THANK YOU to everyone who participated in the #MakeDiabetesVisible Photo Challenge and awareness initiative. It has really warmed my heart watching this idea grow. Thank you all for sharing your diabetes life with the world. The good, the bad, and the completely ridiculous. Lots of love! 💙 Also, I received my first shipment from mySugr today. I’ve been curious about the Accu-Chek Guide meter for a while and want to see if the bundle plan will work for my needs right now. Time will tell.

  • #MakeDiabetesVisible Day 29

    It’s the friendships with fellow people with diabetes that make this life bearable. Asha Brown, founder and executive director of We Are Diabetes,  is one of the best!  I’m thankful to count her as one of my closest friends and as a sister.