Took a few minutes tonight to jot down the thoughts on the top of my mind regarding a diabetes wishlist. Not necessarily in order of priority or even the items at the top of my list, just the items I was thinking about tonight.
I can’t believe it has taken me over a week to write about the local JDRF walk but considering our volunteer wrap up meeting is tonight, I don’t think I’m that late!
“You proved me wrong. I always said that it would be impossible to have a walk team and be in charge of the volunteers.”
“Nope. You were right.”
And that basically summed up one of the most fun and exhausting weekends I’ve had in a very long time.
During this week of Thanksgiving, I especially want to acknowledge all the things I am thankful for regarding Team TriSaraTops Diabetes:
I am thankful for amazing friends who traveled for hours to join me for the weekend.
I am thankful for the friends and family (blog readers definitely included!) of everyone on our team who donated to our efforts. I was selected as Grand Marshal for being the new team with the highest fundraising total, which we certainly could not have accomplished without the support of friends, family, and diabetes online community friends and family.
I am thankful for my nephews who helped come up with the team name, my niece for entertaining our teammates as we walked, and my sister in law for designing our logo.
I am thankful that my boss and her husband joined the team for walk day (disclosure: they ARE the parents of my SIL and I’ve known them for 19 years!).
I am thankful for how competitive my mom is and how she gave me quite the challenge both during fundraising and when insisted on walking every inch of the walk course (while the rest of us took the 15 yard shortcut back to the main field).
I am thankful for the roughly 275 volunteers that gave up their Saturday morning and did their job with enthusiasm, which made it such a wonderful experience for the 4000 walkers in attendance.
And of course I am thankful for a JDRF chapter that never says no to an advocacy project and is doing amazing things for the people in this area living with diabetes.
Oh, and naps. I am also very thankful for naps.
I’ve written out my (mostly) full diagnosis story here but I knew that this was the picture I needed to share for today.
I was admitted to the hospital in DKA at diagnosis in the middle of planning a birthday trip to Vegas with my friends. Perhaps not knowing what he was advising, the doctor said I could either have diabetes at home or have diabetes on a trip with my friends. Eight days after diagnosis and four days after being released from the hospital, our trip began.
When I look at this picture I see how gaunt that I still looked. I know what size those pants were, and I see how much they were still hanging off me and how they probably would not stay up without that belt.
Ten and a half years ago, taking this picture in front of Caesar’s Palace, I had no family in Vegas and had no idea what the future had in store for me.
I understand that there aren’t really GOOD or BAD numbers on my glucose meter. The act of checking my blood sugar is good, and any number is just information for me to make the next decision.
That being said, the number that appeared on my meter when I got in my car at the end of work today made me very HAPPY.
I had to run to the grocery store on Wednesday night. I knew the Diabetes Awareness Month prompt for the day was healthy so I decided to capture a few images in the produce section.
I was slightly confused/annoyed by the “sugar free” bakery items. I would love to know the recipe that allows them to make a baked good that does not contain any sugar. It’s almost as bad as those diabetic recipes I’ve seen advertised in the aisles.
Also, can we ignore the fact that I was at the store just to get Diet Pepsi and gluten free crackers?