Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Twas the Day Before Thanksgiving

Dear All,


I hope everyone is feeling warm and fuzzy inside, spending lots of time cooking and sharing with family!  If your families are anything like mine, however, I know that you are feeling anything but warm and fuzzy as you run 9 million errands for tomorrow amidst bad weather and crazy shoppers. 'Tis the season!

In all seriousness though, preparing the Thanksgiving meal is a highly ritualized tradition in America and does a lot to bring families together. Since the beginning of time, the dietary practices and the act of eating a ritual meal have been engrained in every culture across the earth. The food choices, the methods of preparation, the members in participation and the meal time play large parts in the socialization of family and community. In my family, Thanksgiving dinner includes turkey, stuffing, green beans,cranberry sauce, yeast dinner rolls and pecan pie... Your Thanksgiving dinner does as well????  Well, that's my point entirely. For this one meal every November, families across America join one another at the table, sharing the same food, and uniting our family communities to our larger national one.

Thanksgiving and the holidays in general are daunting to me. Especially this year.... Does anyone have any advice for me about how to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner and still fit into my deb dress for the Bal D'hiver on Saturday night? I am all ears. Yikes.

The average American consumes 5,000 calories on Thanksgiving Day. Hilarious.

"DO NOT ask your aunt what her secret ingredient is and blame your request on your diabetic daughter. My aunt had already made my daughter a special meal and she was furious with me for trying to trick her into divulging her delicious secrets."
- this came today from a reader!

The first picture is of the transmitter. It is inserted into my body about an inch. It tests the sugar of the interstitial fluid in my body and sends the data to my pump (on the other side of my body) every five minutes.

The second photo is of the sensor transmitter sitting in its charger. Once it is charged, it clips right onto that transmitter and I tape over my stomach with IV tape that is waterproof.

This year, I am most thankful for my wonderful family, amazing friends, my boyfriend, my health and my new GLUCOSE SENSOR!!

XO Be Sweet

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Feast Your Eyes...

... But no eating!!

This was the cake I got the Chris and Andrew for their birthday. I had one bite and was done for... sugars went up 25 points in about 5 minutes! It was totally worth it to celebrate with them though.

How to cover cake?? Well... One piece of cake the size of a bar of soap (without icing) is 30g. Start there.

XOX Eileen

Monday, November 8, 2010

D-Life in College #4

There are 15 places to buy and enjoy coffee within a 15 minute walk from my apartment.

I am sure that a lot of other colleges are like Vanderbilt in this regard. Coffee at Vanderbilt is a necessity for early mornings after late nights but it is also a very common social meeting place. My friends (and I am guilty of this as well) want to meet at Starbucks for study dates, coffee dates, breakfast dates, afternoon breaks etc. People at Vanderbilt get picked up, asked out, checked out, dined and dumped at Starbucks. My professors want to meet at Starbucks to go over papers or before walking over to the hospital for clinicals. To deny coffee completely would be equivalent to basically cutting off a few of my friends who seemingly live there.

  I need a coffee in the morning, no doubt, but lately I have been having one or two more in the afternoon. I am completely and totally addicted. Why did I ever start drinking coffee in the first place????

My friend just told me I started drinking coffee because my boyfriend is from Seattle...  perhaps a little truth to that?

This is all fine and dandy for all of my friends (we can still charge coffee to our parents on the campus card) but let me tell you... I have high blood sugars tonight after drinking so much of it. Now I am going to be wide awake for hours and then need a gigantic coffee to get me going in the morning after a night of no sleep.

Burning the candle at both ends is the norm in college, and coffee certainly helps me stay sharp when I'm exhausted. Here are a few facts about diabetes and coffee - do with them what you will!

- caffeine makes it hard for people with diabetes to control their blood sugar
- 2 cups of coffee raised blood sugars 8%, according to a new study sponsored by the ADA
- "caffeine increases blood glucose as much as oral diabetes medications decrease it in type 2 diabetes..."-James Lane (Duke University researcher)
"Diabetes Sufferers: Beware of Caffeine"
January 2008

Other studies suggest that coffee drinkers have a lower risk of diabetes than do other people. Since the jury is still out on whether or not coffee is good or bad, my suggestion is to drink your java in moderation.

* this information came from WebMD. I guess the jury is still out on them as well as the coffee...

Have a good night!!