My Diabetes is feeling 22 (ooh ooh)

Yep, I feel like i have to sing that in my head when i say the title of my blog post…in a Taylor Swift song kind of way.

I don’t know about you! But I’m feeling twenty-two! Everything will be alright if we keep dancing like my diabetes is 22, ooh-ooh. Twenty-two, ooh-ooh.

I don’t know about you, but I will be alright when we find the cure.

No more needles, no more pokes, no more worrying, no more bottles of insulin, no more test strips everywhere (I found one inside my shoe the other day), no more drinking apple juice because I have to…no more blood drops, no more diabetes.

But until that awesome day comes where the cure for Diabetes is found, I’m going to keep dancing and celebrate the fact that it’s been 22 years and I have NO complications from Diabetes. I’m pretty lucky, blessed, happy, thankful, and grateful! Thank you everyone who has helped me make it this far with my diabetes. My mom Jackie, my sister Jackie, my “aunt mama” Mollie,
my uncle b – Berlyn, my doctors, my friends, and all researchers!

Thank you for all that you do, even if it’s just a hug, and let’s not have another 22 years of this, ok? 🙂

Mollie Singer | curemoll.com – @curemoll – mj2twins

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My #diabetes #Christmas!!! All these boxes make me happy! I’ll be CGM’ing next time you see me!! #dexcomg4 #christmasinjuly #blogstocomekeepalookout

What other way to show my celebrate my 400th Blog Post than to be excited and happy to start back up on a CGM!!!! Many more blog posts to come!!

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Tutorial Tuesday: Bayer Contour Next Link!

So, for the first part of  #TutorialTuesday now on curemoll, I wanted to post this picture, which is about the coolest thing I have ever discovered about my new tester (meter) the Bayer Contour Next Link. Tutorial Below!

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  1. With meter off, double tap the power or menu button on the top [see the light icon on the picture] and the light will come on. It’s orange 
  2. Then, insert the strip.
  3. Wait for the meter to turn on and go through it’s menu.
  4. [To TURN OFF LIGHT:] simply double tap again. But it will go off when your meter goes off.

That’s it! So cool  right??!!

So, you might know, but I used to LOVE the Freestyle Lite meter because of the amazing light button and I was pretty attached to it…and my old meter that synced to my Medtronic Insulin Pump never had a light and I have always had so much trouble testing in the dark…[it’s hard to hold a flashlight or your phone and poke your finger at the same time] so when I discovered this, I was so excited I showed everyone I know and thought I should share it you!! 🙂

Let me know if this is helpful! It’ll be up on Pinterest and Instagram (@mj2molliej) too! 

Let me know if I can post any tutorials that YOU are looking for? Comment section is below!

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Kerri Sparling’s New Book, “Balancing Diabetes”

imageMy twin sister, Jackie, and I want the whole world and especially those involved with the Diabetes Online Community (DOC) to know how spectacular Kerri Sparling’s new book,  Balancing Diabetes: Conversations About Finding Happiness and Living Well,” is! We’ve admired, respected, and laughed along with her through the years, but seeing her attain this new level of success makes us even more proud of her!

After reading her book, I, as a diabetic myself, feel truly inspired and honored to know Kerri as a person; she has a true gift of reaching people and with such grace and wit too! I’ve been saying to myself all these years, “I don’t know how she does it!” and now I’m finally beginning to understand! Reading about Kerri’s diagnosis, growing up, going to camp for the first time, her sibling’s memories, falling in love and being blessed with her beautiful daughter has not only brought me back to the olden days of drawing insulin cocktails and fighting the urge to eat that darn birthday cake, but it has also showed me what I have to look forward to and how to handle experiences I have yet to deal with. 

It also made me very grateful and touched my heart when I read Chapter 4 about Siblings and Diabetes. Kerri has so many people in her life that are her “Diabetic Angels,” take her brother and sister for example. Seeing how much they care for her reminds me of my twin sister Jackie, who was also a contributor to her book. I know for us, me growing up with diabetes & having her as an integral part of my care makes my sister and I closer, because I know there is never a minute that goes by when she’s not wondering if I’m okay, or losing sleep over it.  

“…there were so many nights I would stay awake to make sure she was okay. It was terrifying to think that one morning I would wake up and she wouldn’t. I became her protector, always aware of changes in her breathing or sleeping, setting alarms to remind her to test her blood sugar at the appropriate time, grabbing juice and a snack for her when she couldn’t, and on two occasions before we were ten years old, setting up the glucagon kit and calling 911 while our mom held Mollie in her arms after she experienced an episode with dangerously low blood sugar levels.” – Jackie Singer, Chapter Four, Siblings in Balancing Diabetes

Reading about her brother, sister, mom, husband, and close friends being her “Angels” is so special. And as I’m sure every one of us diabetics out there have said at one time or another, “Thanks for watching over us!” So thank you Darrell, Courtney, Debbe, Chris, and Jackie for being Diabetic Angels!  

“Diabetes is a disease that affects the whole family. It’s not just the person who is receiving the injections or pump infusion sets or finger pricks who’s carrying the full weight of diabetes. I don’t know if my brother and sister understood what diabetes meant when I was first diagnosed and if any of us understood just how big the words without a cure really were. But I know that we learned about diabetes as a family, and dealt with it the same way.” – Kerri Sparling, Chapter Four, Siblings in  Balancing Diabetes

Balancing Diabetes explains the true complexity of the emotional toll diabetes takes whether you’ve had it for 1 month, 20 years, or not at all. After reading her trial and error tell-all, you don’t even know you’re informing yourself, you’re just inspired to have hope and integrate her subtle helpful hints into your daily life! Diabetes is a roller-coaster ride, and Kerri lures you right into her 27 year personal wild ride full of ups and downs, tears and laughs and if you’ve ever read her blog, SixUntilMe, you know exactly what we’re talking about….Kerri pours her heart and soul into Balancing Diabetes: Conversations About Finding Happiness and Living Well with her witty writing and her positive attitude rings true with each sentence. Like us all, she’s had her fair share of struggles, but she persevered and kept herself healthy and happy, all while inspiring others like my twin sister and me, to do the same. Kerri, if you’re reading this, you are a rockstar and will always be a beacon of light for the Diabetes community!! 

Balancing Diabetes: Conversations About Finding Happiness and Living Well is now available on AmazonBarnes and Nobledigital e-books, goodreads! You can find more about Kerri on her blog, SixUntilMe, you’ll love reading it! She’s also on Facebook, Twitter @sixuntilme, and Instagram!

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Sick, Too High, Hungry, and Frustrated + Thinking CGM?

*As I write this, my blood sugar is very high. So, if this doesn’t make sense, I apologize.*

I try to not complain too much about my diabetes, and I know i haven’t written on here in quite a while, but I’ve been having a really bad “Diabetic Day.” well..lets just call it a “Bad Diabetic Weekend?” yeah. I kept waking up the next day hoping I would feel better, but it seems like my blood sugars are going nowhere along with this cold. No matter how much i correct.

I’ve already gone through 2 site changes, 2 bottles of insulin, taken some shots, and who knows how many bottles of water. 

I know when you have a cold, blood sugars are a challenge anyway, but this morning, well last night, I went to sleep and my number was 273, so I corrected and tested 2 hours later (umm 2:30 in the morning) and I was only 197. Then, at 6am, I was so thirsty, I woke myself up. Tested again and I was back up to 251. Woke up at 197. Took a shot to correct even though i was wearing my pump, but at this point, i was not convinced my insulin or my pump site was good. So after waiting a while, I took a shot for my breakfast, 2 eggs and a fiberOne Blueberry Muffin. calculated the carbs, took a shot, ate my cold eggs, and then changed my site with a new bottle of insulin. Waited.

Now it’s 1:30pm in the afternoon, I’m hungry, not really sure how i feel because I’m achy everywhere anyway, (thank you sore throat, chills, coughing) and I tested. Im 421. 421?????? How in the world??? I did not feel this one coming. 

Freaking out and not sure what to do anymore, I called my endocrinologist’s office and spoke to them about what’s been going on all weekend. She told me to test for key tones, (she waited on the line- they’re at TRACE, the light pink, 5 level. Not too bad, but still, I have key tones and she told me drink lots of bottles of water) and to re-test my blood sugar. Even though I was had tested 10 minutes earlier and also corrected with my pump, she said to test again anyway. I was 336. She said to wait the 2 hours before correcting anything, and to only take shots using my insulin pens, until I’m back under control. And of course, now, I’m sitting here chugging water and blogging.

I’m hungry. and I’m not thirsty. I don’t want water. anymore. can someone go eat lunch for me??

Being on a CGM Sensor right now would be a good idea. I go into my endocrinologist tomorrow and will ask about what I need to do to get back on it. (If you’ve read my past blogs, you’d know the CGM and I are not the greatest of friends in terms of accuracy, (this was years ago)) so I am open to anything.  Any thoughts on what you guys prefer wearing? The Dexcom? The Minimed CGM? Any reasons why one over the other???

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Storing 20 Glucose Tablets in M&M’s Containers?

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So as you can see above, I am very excited to announce my new “diabetic discovery” for a very important part of my diabetic supplies and travel bag…Glucose Tablet storage! 

We’re all used to the standard little bottle that holds 10 tabs or the huge bottle that holds 50.  When you travel, that doesn’t last very long! 

On Valentine’s Day this year, our Aunt Mama gave us little bottles of M&M’s and after eating half of them with my sister and bolusing for them that night, I looked at the container and totally thought about Glucose Tablets fitting inside! It’s perfect!! 20 Glucose Tablets fit inside, (Fruit Punch are my favorite) and the top is still attached, so when I’m low, I don’t need to worry about unscrewing the top and putting it back, i can just pop the top, take a few and be on my way!  Plus, it fits in my purse and is very easy to find, who can’t find an M&M’s container? 😉 hehe.   Can you tell I’m excited by all my exclamation points? 🙂

Any creative ideas you can suggest would be great, I’m always open to new ideas!! 🙂 I just thought I would share this one for you all! 🙂 

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Low blood Sugar!! #bgnow58 and enjoyin the sunset while drinking some strawberry banana juice. 🙂 yumm #diabetes #diabetic #iamdiabetic #sunset #bloodsugar #type1diabetes #type1 (Taken with instagram)

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MJ2 Interviewed on CNN for Larry King’s Special: “Unthinkable: The Alzheimer’s Epidemic” May 1st [TONIGHT]


              Jackie J, Aunt Mama, Leeza Gibbons, Mom, and Mollie

Recently, Jackie, Aunt Mama, Mom, and I had the opportunity to be interviewed for the Larry King Special, “Unthinkable: The Alzheimer’s Epidemic.”  They asked us to participate in this special because we have spent the past few years caring for our parents/grandparents, both of whom were diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease.

This compelling special will air on Sunday Night, May 1, 2011 at 8pm ET/5:00, 8:00, and 11:00pm PT and and will re-air on Saturday, May 7 at 8pm ET/PT.

Below is a link to a short clip of the two people we love so much, and describes some of the difficulties they face. Thank you CNN, Larry King, Leeza Gibbons, and everyone involved in the making of this special for shedding light on such a serious subject. Your hard work is so greatly appreciated by all who have been touched with this terrible disease. 

Twins care for parents with Alzheimer’s

http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/living/2011/04/22/king.twins.care.parents.cnn

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CNN: Twins Care For Parents with Alzheimer’s – Larry King Special – Unthinkable: The Alzheimer’s Epidemic

mj2twins:

Recently, we had the opportunity to be interviewed for the Larry King Special, “Unthinkable: The Alzheimer’s Epidemic.” They asked us to participate in this special because we have spent the past few years caring for our parents/grandparents, both of whom were diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease.

This poignant special will air on Sunday Night, May 1, 2011 at 8pm ET/5:00, 8:00, and 11:00pm PT and and will re-air on Saturday, May 7 at 8pm ET/PT. Below is a short clip of the two people we love so much, and describes some of the difficulties they face. Thank you CNN, Larry King, Leeza Gibbons, and everyone involved in the making of this special for shedding light on such a serious subject. Your hard work is so greatly appreciated by all who have been touched with this terrible disease. 

CNN Presents: A Larry King Special

Larry King special “Unthinkable: the Alzheimer’s Epidemic” to air May 1 at 8pm ET                

On Sunday May 1st, CNN will air the first Larry King special, premiering at 8pm ET/PT and will be titled “Unthinkable: the Alzheimer’s Epidemic.” It’s being called the disease of the 21st century as an estimated 5.4 million people have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. It is the sixth-leading cause of death across all ages in the United States, but many Americans still do not know much about this illness. The one-hour special will look into Alzheimer’s disease, who gets it and why, the race to find effective treatments and a possible cure.

King will be joined by people who have been touched by Alzheimer’s disease and will include interviews with former First Lady Laura Bush and California’s former First Lady and Alzheimer’s activist Maria Shriver; actors Seth Rogen, and  Angie Dickinson; TV host Leeza Gibbons; football star Terrell Owens and  son of President Ronald Reagan, Ron Reagan. Neurosurgeon and CNN chief medical correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta will explain what Alzheimer’s is and how this disease affects the human brain. 

Seth Rogen, talks to King about supporting his fiancée and her family as they deal with her mom’s early diagnosis at the age of fifty-five.  He wants the world to know this is a young person’s problem too, “More and more people in our generation are gonna have to deal with it,” Rogen said.  “We’re dealing with it before most people have to,” he tells King.  “But as you get older and you see it happening to your parents, and ultimately realize it could happen to yourself and your friends, it becomes much more real and not some imaginary old person problem, you know?” Shriver, in the first interview she’s given since losing her father, Sargent  Shriver, to Alzheimer’s disease this year tells King, “I think anybody who’s not concerned about Alzheimer’s is in denial.”

In addition to visiting the Mayo Clinic, Larry King will visit the cutting-edge Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health at the Cleveland Clinic in Las Vegas, and he will be joined by Ron Reagan. While there, one of them will take a brain scan that will indicate if he is at risk for Alzheimer’s or other memory disorders, and one will opt out. Tune in and as they will share the results with the audience and talk to Dr. Jeffrey Cummings, Director, ClevelandClinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health and Larry Ruvo, philanthropist and visionary, to see how doctors are treating patients and what people can do to diminish their risk for Alzheimer’s. Dr. Ronald Petersen, Director, Mayo Clinic Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, who treated President Reagan warned, “If we don’t do something about Alzheimer’s disease right now, Alzheimer’s disease in and of itself may bankrupt the healthcare system.”The special hour will also broadcast on CNNi and will re-air on Saturday, May 7 at 8pm ET/PT. For additional information please visit Alz.org. Exclusive content will be featured on CNN.com including interviews with actor David Hyde Pierce and Harry Johns, President and CEO of the Alzheimer’s Association.

CNN Worldwide, a division of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner Company, is the most trusted source for news and information. Its reach extends to nine cable and satellite television networks; one private place-based network; two radio networks; wireless devices around the world; CNN Digital Network, the No. 1 network of news Web sites in the United States; CNN Newsource, the world’s most extensively syndicated news service; and strategic international partnerships within both television and the digital media.

Taken from: http://cnnpressroom.blogs.cnn.com/2011/04/18/cnn-presents-a-larry-king-special/ 

To view video on CNN.com, click here and to watch the video on YouTube, click here. 

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