Saturday, April 30, 2011

Hoping for a cure. . . .

I was reading another article that talked about a new procedure aimed at "curing" Type 1 Diabetes. It was very interesting. You can read it  HERE

Taken from the story.........

In this latest study with monkeys, Ricordi loads islets on a disc and then implants them in the abdomen, rather than in the liver.
"The challenge is we're dealing with an autoimmune disease so we have to replace or get cells to regenerate that were destroyed," Ricordi told dozens of HUMC executives, physicians and health care workers on Tuesday. "And the key is to do this without a lifelong regimen of autoimmune rejection drugs."
Based on the success with the primates, Shapiro is hoping to have four patients undergo the procedure in early 2012, though recruitment hasn't begun. The ideal patients will be those who aren't responding to other treatments.

I guess with all the buzz about the "new" JDRF ideals, I too have formed a different idea of "cured" When I read up on organ donation, I was amazed at the articles I read about the medication that people had to take to not have their bodies reject the new organ, implants, or even new cells. I was sad when I read about a young girl who said she would rather have her insulin pump back than take all the medicine she needed to keep her donated pancreas and kidney. She said she was constantly sick, and puffed up from the steroids. Very sad:(  Don't get me wrong, I am so happy with the progress and I am not dissing on organ transplants, just pointing out that their story goes untold. They take on a whole new list of drugs, and worries. 

I have been thinking a lot about this. Yeah, we all wish for the miracle cure that would just take it away, but if we don't get to that point soon, wouldn't it just be nice NOT to be judged? Or be able to afford the technology we already have? 

I really enjoyed this article from CNN health from David Kendall of the American Diabetes Association. He says don't worry about the blame, focus on the disease. It's SO true. NOBODY wants to be diabetic. It's sad to me that people feel ashamed when they are because there is such a growing stigma. What's even MORE SAD.... now it has found it's way into the cancer world. Telling people that can PREVENT cancer by not being overweight and exercising. Yes, I agree we need to take care of ourselves, but if someone gets breast cancer, they didn't deserve it because they are carrying a couple of extra pounds.

Not only are people suffering, but people can't even afford to take care of the problem. I know people who  would kill for an insulin pump and Dexcom. I am so lucky that I can have both. I'm not going to lie, it's a HUGE burden of cost, even with insurance.  How many people do you know that would test more, if test strips weren't so expensive? I know plenty. 


All the D peeps in the world are in my thoughts and prayers, and I will always do what I can to educate the world about the truth of being a person with D. We are the future, we are educating the world, we are the change that we want to see in the world!
Thank you D Friends! I'm proud to be part of the DOC!

Friday, April 29, 2011

So touched by kindness and the winner of the iPod Touch!!!!!!!!!

I was in the store about 4 weeks ago, when I ran into a very prominent citizen in our city. An amazing man! He saw my medical ID and we started to chat. He told me of a granddaughter struggling with type 1. We continued to talk, ( I hardly know him) he asked me if I knew any good resources, and I told him all about the DOC. He was so happy! He asked me if I was a part of it and I told him about my blog.

Some time went by, and he had visited several sites and wanted to know if he could donate to our give aways. I said sure! THIS IS WHAT HE MAILED TO ME TO USE AS A PRIZE!!

YES, THE WINNER OF THE SURPRISE SUGAR BOLUS WILL BE GETTING A BRAND NEW iPOD TOUCH!! He asked me to make it a surprise, and said he will donate $1,000 to my  JDRF team! 
His only stipulation was that I keep him anonymous because that means so much to him! 

You are amazing! It's people like you that help us fight this disease, and help find a cure!
 I know you will be reading this, so THANK YOU!!!

The winner.....................

PLEASE E-mail me so I can send you this wonderful gift!

Thanks everyone for participating! :)

Tuesday, April 26, 2011


I realize I messed up the Sugar Bolus :(   (Thanks Wendy for always being so nice!)

I CAN GUARANTEE if you don't post for the Sugar Bolus surprise, you will wish you would have! So hop on over and leave me a comment! Have a happy day! :)

What a wonderful world

My Favorite parts of Easter Weekend........
I Love the stained glass windows at the church. I get lost in their beauty!

Eating candy, and not getting *too* HIGH! :)

Setting the table for Easter Dinner

Hanging with my wonderful family (me, my Mum and Poppy)

We got NEW baby chicks! They are sooo cute! 

When Tyler gets called out, thats not too fun, but we turned it into a beautiful Sunday ride. 
Oh the joys of working in the medical field! (We both do!) 

Spending my first Easter as Rachael Bott. Oh, how I love my HONEY! 

Friday, April 22, 2011

Happy Spring & Happy Easter

At the start of this beautiful weekend, I wish you fun, and  joyful blessings. No matter what our religions, beliefs, or thoughts. We are all bound together by a common thread. We have all had our lives changed by Type 1 Diabetes. We have had the days that are filled with tears and pain. Days filled with no sleep, and constant stress. Days and money spent at the hospital. Days wondering, "What's next?"

 BUT despite that. . . . 

Thanks to all my friends at the DOC, I have had days filled with hope. Days filled with smiles, and support. Days knowing that I AM NOT ALONE. You will never know hoe much you all mean to me! There isn't a day that goes by, that I don't think about all the wonderful friends I have. T1 may be awful, but it has had some beautiful side effects too. Thanks for being there for me. Have a wonderful weekend friends!

Sugar Bolus SURPRISE!!

Yay! I LOVE surprises!

So, this Sugar Bolus is a surprise! I won't be giving hints except for it's a non-food, item that anyone will love! So, take a chance and sign up today! :)

You know the rules!

● Leave me a comment before midnight on Thursday, April 28th. Please include your first name. Comments left without a name will be eliminated.
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● No duplicate comments are allowed. Duplicate comments will be eliminated.
● Winners will be selected via random draw at
● Winners' names will be posted here on this blog on Friday, April 29th.
● After winners' names are posted, winners will have 48 hours to send a message to me at If I do not hear from a winner within 48 hours, I will select a new winner.

Have a wonderful Easter and Spring Weekend!

Friday, April 15, 2011

I'm not dead......

I've been more of a "stalker" lately because I have been so busy! Nothing gives me a lift like the DOC! Even if it's just for a moment. It's funny because even when I read "sad" posts, I feel so much comfort knowing that this is a place where you are safe, and it's nice to know you're not alone!


I took the Grandfriends to the Living Aquarium and it was a blast! Here's some pics!

 I laughed so hard at the String Ray Petting Tank, because the Grandfriends would touch the string rays and let out a "OH" or little scream. I think people liked watching them as much as the fish! :)

Hope everyone has a great weekend! As for me I am cleaning out the garage! I'm actually excited about it too! ;)

Monday, April 11, 2011

I LOVE.. . .

Mornings like this! I have FINALLY figured out my morning basal rates! With help of the Metformin, I haven't had high BG in the morning for the past 10 days! WOOOT!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Mosquito Bites Already?

I was out in the garden last weekend planting some "cold" crops, and when I went to bed I was covered in mosquito bites! I can't believe it's snowing today and I am covered in "no-itch" insect bite reviler.  My husband says it's because I'm too sweet!  He's the sweet one!

I was a little worried since we had problems in our county with West Nile Virus. 
Did you know that people with Diabetes and Hypertension are at a huge risk for major complications and death due to West Nile Virus? This LINK explains why. It's early in the year, but I was sure to go out and get some repellent. My favorite: Avon's skin so soft. They have a brand that keeps those hungry blood suckers away! Oh the joys!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Adventures with the Food Police

Put the angel food cake DOWN!

(I'm kinda ranting today, Sorry!)

I work at a retirement community. We HAVE AWESOME FOOD! It's all home cooked, and our chef is amazing. I work with another person who is a Type 2 Diabetic Male "controlling" his diabetes with diet and pills. He thinks he has to make some rude, dumb A** comment, whenever I eat ANYTHING he thinks isn't "right".

SO this is the conversation the other day, like most we have at lunch. I line together happily dreaming of the yummy baked chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, and broccoli. We are also having a tossed green salad, homemade rolls, and angel food cake. (It's like elementary school lunch when you are having your favorite food)

I glance over and ask for a regular size meal with no broccoli. I happily take my plate and pour up a steaming hot SF hot chocolate. My mouth waters and I take a small cut of cake.

Grumbling next to me I hear, "Oh, yeah I forget, lucky one with the insulin pump eating whatever you want." I grab a salad on the end of the bar quickly taking a seat, thinking. . . .WTFudge!?

He plops down next to me eating a VERY LARGE plate of potatoes, gravy, chicken, and a roll. I really do laugh at the fact that canned peaches in syrup is HIS "decent" dessert.

"It must be nice". I don't answer...... "I try hard and the doctor says he wants to put me on insulin, I'm not doing it" I still don't answer......   "Must be nice to be a Type 1".......... I still don't answer and now is not the time to get super pissed. I am already experiencing a major heat wave of hot flashes and I could just jump and choke this idiot!

I count carbs and bolus, check my BG, because Dexter isn't being to good to me today. I only plan on eating half of the mashed potatoes because I am not very fond of them. He stuffs his face, and my ears feel hot. I know it's because I am pissed off. Before I know it, He jumps up and runs off for a LARGE bowl of seconds! He come back with about 4 servings of mashed potatoes and gravy. I just ignore him.

I take a bite of cake and that was the straw that broke the camel's back....

"I wish I could eat whatever I wanted to like you and not have to worry about it. That cake looks pretty good."

I grab my plate and retreat to my office, I can't handle anymore stupidity. Later on he asks why I was so upset. I try to explain that he already has eaten more carbs in one meal than I have eaten in the whole week! I gently try to explain that potatoes are carbs, and that there are a lot more in his meal, and that he could of eaten the cake, and been better off. By then I already know he knows, and I get even more ticked!

I don't play that "them vs us" but I sure do hate being nagged by "food police" that think just because I have a pump, my life is all games. I wish I could explain that one of the worst parts of being a type 1 D is that sometimes things OTHER than food really mess with your BG. IF food counts were all I had to worry about, I would have it MADE. Illness, sadness, exercise, excitement, sorrow, grief, fun, type of carbs, sleep, hot showers, work, and every emotion you can think of effect your BG! I would be happy to trade that anyday!

Some people are just DOO DOO HEADS! Grrrrrrr!

My sympathies go out to anyone (which I am sure is everybody) that has to deal with people's chosen ignorance!

Monday, April 4, 2011

It's Here!!!!

Guess what came in the mail today?

I love this SO SO SO much! Thanks Amy! This is such a comfortable and fun pump pack! The pictures don't do it justice! It's so happy and bright! When you're adult this kinda thing just makes you happy! No matter how old you get, you should be able to enjoy the things that make dealing with this disease a little easier! :)

If you haven't been by to see these awesome packs, stop by and take a peek! :)

Friday, April 1, 2011

Ladies, we have a winner!

Happy April Fool's Day!
It's no JOKE!


Linda, please e-mail me and let me know when you would like this delivered!

Thanks everyone for participating! :) have a wonderful day!

Visit Sweet to the Soul for next week's Sugar Bolus! has spoken!

Anonymous said...

ohhhhh i want this!

linda martha