The Journey: Episode Eight

APRIL 19, 2020

So I am super excited. Yesterday, I ordered a new glucose meter and I ordered my very own Medical ID! When I bought my True Metrix Air from CVS, I didn’t read any reviews on this particular meter. I thought, Oh my, a bluetooth enabled meter?! I want it! I am all about that technological age and I wanted an app that could help me along my journey with diabetes. I figured my True Metrix was as good as it can get for now.

A couple weeks ago, I was scrolling through my Tumblr dashboard looking for posts to reblog on my The Young and Diabetic blog and I came across a post about my meter. The original poster had noticed that her meter was reading significantly lower than her previous meter (a Reli On Prime like my old meter). Now I know there are some differences in accuracy across different meters but I had gone three weeks with my blood sugar seemingly being within range but what if it wasn’t within range?

I read other reviews and there were other reviews just like it. I thought, No my meter isn’t one of those. So I decided to test it out. My grandma also has diabetes and she has a good old fashioned One Touch Meter. I used hers and mine for a whole week and you know what? Mine was consistently lower by 20-25 mg/dL. Her meter was saying that my blood sugar was actually just out of range. This obviously concerned me and I had to think about getting a new meter maybe. One more reliable but bluetooth enabled so I can keep track of my readings electronically.

The other night I was scrolling through the App Store for a diabetes app that could help me keep track of my glucose readings, food intake, and whatever else I wanted to keep track of. Then I came across the One Drop app. It was colorful and can keep track of my glucose readings, A1C, medication (with reminders), weight, food intake, and blood pressure. I was super excited for that app and downloaded it.

While I was exploring the app, I found a link where I could order my own One Drop Chrome Glucose Meter Kit. I loved it immediately. The chrome was so chic and it was a sleek, small, and simple design. AND it only required a 0.5 microliter of blood for testing like my True Metrix. My husband said I had to wait until all the bills were paid first before I could order my kit. Now that all the bills are paid, I put in my order yesterday and I am anxiously awaiting for my kit! When it comes in, I’ll do a sort of unboxing video and show you folks what it looks like.

Another great thing about One Drop is that it comes with a subscription plan for testing strips and lancets. They will send you how ever many strips and lancets you need at whatever frequency you want (one month, two months, etc.) AND every year they send you a brand new meter for free!!!! That is so cool!

To check out One Drop for yourself, click here!

Then last night I was scrolling through Facebook and I found an ad for MyID Medical ID and I decided to check it out. I looked at what products they had available and I asked my husband if I could get one. I’ve been wanting to get a Medical ID for a long time but it’s always been kind of expensive. He said yes because he’s an amazing husband. I decided to go with the Sport band in blue and turquoise for $24.95. Then I also decided to upgrade to Plus for $12 for an entire year (50% off from $24). Basically the Plus can also send a text message that my Medical ID was scanned and give a GPS location, in case something happens to me while I’m out and by myself, my husband can know there’s an emergency.

While I was in the checkout, I looked back through their menu to see if there was anything else I might want to get. Then I saw they had a clearance section so I decided to check it out and there I found the Sport band that I was getting but it was $7.50 in a different color! What a freaking deal! So I got the white and salmon sport band instead and saved $17. Then I Googled to see if there were any discount codes for MyID that I could apply to it and I found one for 30% off! So I bought a discounted MyID and a year’s subscription of Plus for the price of ONE ID!!! How awesome is that?!

The MyID also comes with an app where I can update my information and pick and choose what I want to show up on my profile when a medial professional scans my Medical ID. Also a bonus of the Sport band is that it’s waterproof so I don’t have to take it off when I shower.

To check out MyID, click here.

So now I’m just waiting for those things to ship out. I’m a little upset that I didn’t find these earlier this week so it could ship out sooner but oh well. I can’t wait for them to come in so I can show you folks, I’m so excited!

Other than that, which was a whole mouth full or eye full. My insulin is up to 55 units and so far my True Metrix says I’m within range. Unfortunately, I weigh 210 pounds again. This pandemic is not good for my health. I am sleeping irregular hours and I don’t know how to fix that just yet. The only highlights of my day are now writing for this blog and walking the dogs at the park in the early evening. I want this pandemic to be over.

The Journey: Episode Seven (Easter Edition)

APRIL 12, 2020

Happy Easter! Or, I suppose, the day after Easter. For most of my life, Easter was literally about the egg hunt and loads of candy afterward. My sisters and I helped our parents pack the eggs the night before and my parents would hide them the next morning. Usually, before 8am they’d go out and we were released at 9am. I loved dyeing the eggs when we were little. Then I turned 12 and it was mostly for my sisters. Then we all got too old, but thankfully my aunty had a son when I was 11. By the time we were too old for eggs, Hunter was just the age for the hunt and we got to do it all over again for him. Then Hunter’s sister, my cousin Kale, had a son and we were doing it all over again for him. In 2015, I had an egg hunt for my husband (then boyfriend) because he never had one before and I thought it was so much fun doing it for him. He loved it and we shared the candy afterwards.

Now that’s my history of the egg hunt. Easter has always been about the candy and my grandma’s honey baked ham (YUM). Now I’m 25 turning 26 this year. Coronavirus is a thing and the Merrie Monarch was canceled this year. Merrie Monarch is an annual hula festival that takes place here in my hometown of Hilo. Every year, Hawaiian craft and clothes vendors flock to Hilo and sell their special Merrie Monarch collections. It brings much needed revenue to the town. Now that’s all changed.

In August of 2018, I started going to church just as something to do with my coworkers. When I was little, I used to sleepover for the entire weekend at my friends houses and we’d go to church on Sunday, whatever church they went to. So I’ve been to a lot of different churches and seen a lot of different denominations. Last year, I ended up getting baptized and joining a Christian church in my area. Last Easter, before I was baptized, I went to their service and I enjoyed the service very much. I just watched their Easter service online and it got me thinking.

I’m really glad I joined the church last year and I have this faith to kind of keep me sane during this pandemic. Everything seems so bleak and depressing and it feels really good to have a faith to keep me sane. But at the same time, during this quarantine and lockdown I’ve been thinking about how this will change our society when it’s over. How will it change holidays, sports, and school?

Do you know how much candy goes in to this holiday? I was thinking how can we change that? How can we take the sweets out completely or at least decrease it? Then I saw a video on Tik Tok. I follow a lady called CouponKatie and she showed how she does Easter for her kids. Besides candy, she also puts some money and small toys in the eggs. Nothing more than $5 bills but that’s up to you and small lego figurines and other toys that can fit in to eggs. I thought that was a fabulous idea!

So for my diabetic parents or parents of diabetic children, save your plastic Easter eggs for next year and cut back on the candy and fill them with other items like change and toys! Guess what we’re having for dinner tonight. The very not-diabetic-friendly dish of kalbi (YUMMM). If you want the recipe for that (and I know it’s not diabetic friendly) just comment below and I can share it this coming Saturday. My husband has had it marinating overnight and my grandma has been craving it since she graduated from her Ornish program. Breaking the diet already.

Anyway, besides church and egg hunts, my diabetic journey isn’t going well. I have gained weight in this quarantine even with all of the healthier food and exercise. I believe it’s the unhealthy amount of snacks and the constant snacking while I’m not doing anything. It’s healthy snacks but of course, everything in moderation. How the heck can you really avoid the Quarantine-15?! How can I avoid gaining 15 pounds during this?! I’ve already gained 5 pounds here.

Otherwise, my insulin injections are getting better and I’m taking my medication and everything. My blood sugar is not within range anymore and I’ve had to up my insulin dosage to 50 units but it’s been five days so now I have to go up to 55 units tonight. I think it’s a whole bunch of factors like being locked down and snacking so much. Hopefully this pandemic ends soon and I can see if what I’m doing now (minus the snacking) is working.

In three weeks, I am going to get a blood test to check my A1C and the following week I’m gonna have my endocrinologist appointment over the phone and see what we’re gonna do next. Here’s to hoping!

Have as great an April as you folks can have out there! Stay safe and stay healthy! I love you guys!