Friday, November 14, 2014

It's here! Diabetes Day is here!

We're celebrating by counting carbs and dosing insulin.  So pretty much like every day around here.  :)  Something new was changing the cartridge on my daughter's insulin pen.  This is our newest insulin-taker, my 2nd oldest (note to self - need nicknames on here) was prescribed a refillable half unit dosing insulin pen (forgive me for not knowing the exact name, there are 2 brands that I'm aware of).  It's a little intimidating, but also very nice to be able to turn the dial forwards and backwards and dose in half units! 

I would love a cure.  I am in awe of the early researchers of insulin, they gave all diabetics the chance at wellness and continued life.  My oldest daughter's diagnosis was scary, and I can't imagine taking her to the hospital where there was no insulin, no treatment, only wasting away and death. 

I am thankful for necessary-don't-judge-me-for-taking-insulin-I'm-diabetic.  I am thankful for improving treatments.  I am thankful we're all here today.  I am thankful, but I am waiting - waiting for that cure.
Thanks to Kerri for the above ear worm.  :)

Monday, November 3, 2014

Diabetes Awareness month - Daily Life

Well, here we go again, another November has rolled around and it's Diabetes Awareness Month!  I'm not going to make any big promises to blog every day because I'm already two days behind.  Ha ha.

With all of the shots, insulin cartridges, needles, lancets, etc that are used on a daily basis we need somewhere to dispose of these items properly.  For my state, we can use laundry detergent bottles.  So, if I come asking you for any clean and empty laundry detergent bottles, you'll understand.  These empty insulin pens have to go somewhere!  :)

No one in my house likes the smell of insulin, so these pens had to be emptied when no one else was home which is almost never!

Monday, October 13, 2014

"Why is she crying?"

My oldest says about my 2nd oldest, "Why is she crying?"

"Because it hurt, and she's bleeding," I say.  We've crossed over, our 2nd oldest daughter started insulin last week.  We all want to cry, or make funny faces to distract my daughter at shot times.  It's a family affair around here, always has been.

But I really want to post some pictures of the odd places I've been finding my oldest daughter's test strips.  Please do not skip ahead, take these pictures one at a time!  :)

In the popcorn bowl:

and here's a close-up

How about my youngest daughter's belongings?  I found this in her swim bag.

The next one is reconstructed, but it is honestly how I found it!!

Would you like a test strip with your marshmallow treats??

*Note: do not start at the bottom of this post but please start at the top and read down!!!!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Book Review Visible Threat

Visible Threat by Janice Cantore was good and suspenseful.  I think Janice Cantore does a good job of balancing writing from a cop's perspective (since she is a retired cop) and not bogging the reader down in police details, like the perp is in violation of code blah blah blah.  Human trafficking is a horrible horrendous thing and the author did a good job of describing it and its seedy underworld.  This is the second book to feature Brinna Caruso, so I would recommend reading Critical Pursuit first. 

Book Review Every Waking Moment

Every Waking Moment by Chris Fabry was different than any book I've read before.  I was amazed at how quickly I cared about Treha and what happened to her.  Not only did she have an unusual name but she also has an amazing gift and a mysterious medical condition.  I think the author Chris Fabry did a better job this time, compared to one of his past books, writing female characters.  Check out Every Waking Moment and be immersed in the mystery of Treha and her world!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Oh the blood!

Oh the blood!
(Think Scarlett O'Hara with her hand across her brow)

It showed up on my toothpaste lid
from a blood sugar check I did
it's everywhere, it's everywhere!
even on the waistband of my underwear.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

When I Fall in Love book review

I must say that I fell in love a long time ago to my husband!  When I Fall in Love by Susan May Warren is the third book in the Christiansen Family series.  Who wouldn't want to go to Hawaii?  Well, apparently Grace Christiansen is thrown for a loop when her family gets her a special trip to participate in a cooking program in Hawaii.  She's never really been out of Deep Haven, except camp, and please don't bring camp up with her!  But Grace needs a break and finds Hawaii might be the best place to hang out as long as she doesn't really have to see her brother's teammate Maxwell Sharpe.

I love the descriptions of Max as he turns into different personas depending on the situation.  Also the storyline of Raina is heartbreaking.  I was hoping the next book would be coming out sooner, but it sounds like I'll have to wait until February 2015 for Always on My Mind.  But there will be a Christmas novella, Evergreen in September 2014.

Firewall book review

I've read some other books by DiAnn Mills, but I think I liked Firewall the best.  There's a very tight storyline in Firewall, due to a deadline that is quickly approaching.  I think the author did a great job in sticking to and following the dates and times in the book, sort of like a season of 24 but instead of one day it lasted less than a week.  I feel so sorry for Taryn, the story starts as she's about to go on her honeymoon but there's an airport bombing and her brand new husband is gone!  She barely survives and now has to deal with who and what her husband might be.

Moment of nitpickiness: the cover picture doesn't match Taryn's description - she has red hair and green eyes.  :)

It had to be you book review

It Had To Be You by Susan May Warren, the second Christiansen Family novel after Take A Chance on Me (my review here).  The book was great, I'm really enjoying the Christiansen series.  I stayed up late reading, wondering what was going to happen.  I love how Eden does her job but also cares so much about others and spends time with them to get their story.  The real gem in this book (no offense to Eden's story), is the novella included at the end about Eden's mom and dad.  The story of how they got together and how it seemed impossible at first. 

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Dee Henderson, unsolicited review and personal tirade

I loved Dee Henderson's books.  I started with The Negotiator, the first in the O'Malley series, and loved it.  I tried to wait patiently for the books coming out but it was really hard.  Then I went back and read the pre-quel Danger in the Shadows.  And eventually I read her early book, The Marriage Wish.  I read her Uncommon Heroes series and liked it but not as much as the O'Malley series.  Then she published some stand alone books: Kidnapped (also known as True Courage), Before I Wake, and The Witness; I really liked those.

Then Dee was in a terrible accident and didn't publish anything for a while.  I was very excited when her new book came out and now two more.  So now we're to Full DisclosureUnspoken, and Undetected.  I've been disappointed each time.

First, the books are longer than the O'Malley series books so each book seems to go on and on.  Second, I keep waiting for the suspense.  Because her new books were labeled "romantic suspense", I expected some suspense to be in these books. There are moments of problems and issues, and I know something is going to happen but I never really feel the peril or surprise at who the "bad guy" is.

It's not that these books are bad, they're nice stories.  But really not what I expected when I opened a Dee Henderson book.  She used to be my favorite author and I think I'm starting to look for a new one.