• Trulicity: A Few Observations

    So, I’ve been using the Trulicity for 4 weeks now, and have a few observations. First, my numbers are much improved overall. Fasting and post-meal are better. No major spikes. Second, it has wrecked my appetite. I don’t feel hungry much, and I’m not able to eat a whole lot when I do. There’s a bit of nausea, and I have noticed more heartburn flareups as well, but that’s the extent of the GI side effects that I’ve experienced so far. Third, I’m not using nearly as much insulin as I had been before starting this. I’ve cut my Lantus in half, and since I’m not eating as much, I’m not having to use as much Humalog. And I’ve stopped…

  • From the archive: What Brings Me Down

    May is Mental Health Month, so now seems like a great time to explore the emotional side of living with, or caring for someone with, diabetes.  It was originally written in response to a Diabetes Blog Week prompt a few years ago. It makes references to other posts where I’ve shared more intense periods in my struggle with mental illness. And I also talk about things that help me through the dark times.  I’m struggling right now, as May is hard for me due to a few death anniversaries that have a lot to do with my PTSD.  So, I needed this reminder. If you’ve followed my blog for any length of time, you’re likely aware that I’ve made no…

  • Hello, Trulicity; So long, Victoza!

    So, yesterday I took my first dose of Trulicity. It’s a once a week medication, taken via injection, to help with the insulin resistance with which I struggle. This change comes due to my insurance company stopping coverage for the Victoza that I’ve used successfully for a number of years. I’ve been putting this change off for a while.  Mostly because I’m stubborn and angry about having to give up a medication that works for me because some clueless jerk at the insurance company wants to play god with my health.  And also because I had a stockpile of Victoza that I acquired from friends who no longer use it, samples from my doctor, and out of pocket purchases that…

  • Attending HealtheVoices18 next week

    I’m both excited and honored to have been selected to attend the HealtheVoices conference in Chicago April 27-29.  That’s next week! The event brings together patient advocates representing a wide range of health conditions for three days of learning, networking, and story sharing.  I was fortunate enough to attend this conference for the first time in 2017 and it was a life changing experience.  I’m grateful for the opportunity to attend again this year. This year, the conference is offering a Virtual Experience, which will allow those who are unable to attend in person to join in from home. I will be sharing updates here and on Twitter throughout my time at HealtheVoices. So stay tuned. Disclaimer: Janssen is covering…

  • A Makeover for My Diabetic Heart

    So, if you’ve been to this site before, you’re probably noticing some changes right now. My Diabetic Heart is undergoing a much needed makeover. The blog has been around since early 2009, and the last major overhaul took place in 2013.  So, it’s overdue for a revamp. While I liked the old design, it just wasn’t working in terms of working well across multiple devices and couldn’t accommodate some new features I want to add soon. The new design will address those issues. Admittedly, the transition is very much a work in progress.  I’m still working on flushing out some of the content blocks that were on the old layout, and will be creating a new blogroll page soon, and…