Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Christmastime is here

I can't believe it's only three days until Christmas. It really snuck up on me this year. I am not even finished shopping yet. Between Graduation, which was Saturday, finishing up finals, and working 10-20 hours a week in retail on top of it all, I was really surprised yesterday when I realized Christmas was in five days and I had done almost no Christmas shopping. Luckily, my list isn't too long. I am going to exchange gifts with friends after Christmas, so I still have time to work on that. David and I decided to wait until we both had steady jobs to think about doing gifts. We may do something big for each other around Valentines day. I did buy him a rubix cube with KU stickers instead of the standard solid colors on it. Other than that, I just had my parents and my two brothers to shop for. My older-younger brother asked for a movie that I have been unable to find and may have to order on amazon and give him a homemade card to stand in as a gift til it comes in. That's what I get for waiting. Haha.

What I really wanted to write about is how much I let my diabetes care slide this time of year. It was my goal for my a1c to be below 7.5 by the time I visit my Endo on January 20. I was well aware I would have to muddle through Thanksgiving and Christmas before I got to that point, but I thought I could handle it. I seem to have overestimated myself. I forgot that with people coming home, and having more free time, that everyone would want to go out to eat. I forgot that in the winter, I crave meat and bread and potatoes. I forgot that my  house would be filled with homemade treats all month, thanks to my Pastor Dad and parishioners looking for cheap presents to show their appreciation for his hard work.

I forgot how hard it is to make it through the holiday season with D!

What do you do to keep yourself on the right track during the holiday season?


  1. I guess for me, even with a different list of foods that I am eating.... I still take insulin and check frequently to help me stay where I want to be. I still have excursions with highs and lows.... but I treat them. I have never noticed my A1c creep up around holidays. Interesting! I hope you are able to enjoy the season and not sacrifice your Dcare!

  2. Sarah-

    I diff understand the A1C creep up but since I am figuring out this whole pumping thing...I've been doing pretty well! You will do just fine. Did I mention how cute you and Eric look:)

  3. As you know, all too well (teehee) I'm new to this holiday-eating-with-Diabetes-looking-over-my-pancreas. So, I'm trying to substitute dishes when I can -OR- take ONE bite of my favorite when I can't. When I take that one bite. . I really, REALLY enjoy it. I let it sit in my mouth and try to taste every ingredient and feel the texture and conjure up all the memories I have attached to it. Then, ever so slowly swallow it and cast a quick prayer for my BG as it goes down. What's surprised me. . is that if I really take the time to enjoy it, one bite is enough. I used to inhale food so fast, it took the whole plate to work through all the "feelings" I guess.
    Have a very Merry Christmas! and enjoy spending time with David (forever more aka: Eric) ha ha. Hugs to you girl!



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