BIG BLUE TEST RECAP

Last week I promised a recap of my big blue test festivities with the whole humaBLOG family! On Monday my mother, my sister and I all participated in the Big Blue Test! So here is the recap!

We all ate dinner before the festivities took place so yes we did expect some higher blood sugars to occur. But that is the point of the Big Blue Test, to get blood sugars in control using insulin and exercise.

So anyway, I had some homework to get done on Monday night and while writing a paper and getting excited about or world diabetes day festivities I decided that I really wanted to try my hand in some baking. So I made us all some World Diabetes Day cupcakes for our celebration! 

No judging though because I’ve actually never made cupcakes before so I was pretty proud.

When the time finally came for us to do some big blue testing, not only had I just bolused for dinner but I had just bolused for some good ol’ frosting spoon licking. So I was expecting my BG to be high.

The rest of my family also had just eaten dinner as well so we all were expecting highs.

I’d say that we were right only except for me. My BG was normal, (I think you can see where this is going) Ems was a little on the high side at 233 mg/dl, and my poor Mom for some reason had reached a very high blood sugar at  354 mg/dl. 

We began our work out. We decided together to do a 15 min abs work out. It was so fun to spend time with my family exercising. I hope we can do it again real soon!

Anyway after the 15 mins was up we tested again and the results were:

  •       Rach -60
  •       Em - 219
  •       Mom - 373

My poor mother’s blood sugar rose! Which is actually pretty out of character for her Diabetes. But that is just the point. Diabetes can sometime be predictable. But most of the time it is VERY unpredictable! Sometimes there is no reason for a blood sugar to fly into the 400s or drop below 30. But it happens and we have to deal with it EVERYDAY!

That is really what World Diabetes day is about! The realness and permanent-ness od diabetes is what Diabetes awareness week is all about. Diabetes doesn’t take a breat to celebrate, to take a vacation, to go to work or school. Diabetes is with my mom, my sister and I every day of our lives.We can hope for a cure all we want but until that day comes we will live with this disease until we pass on.

Anyway back to WDD festivities. After logging out BGs and exercise on the Big Blue Test website we partook in some lovely confetti cake cupcakes, and of course bolused (except for me obviously)

I hope you all had a wonderful World Diabetes Day and I want to thank everyone who supports what I do here on humaBLOG! Without the support I don’t think I would be able to have an outlet to open up about my thoughts on my diabetes and I want to thank you!

So Thanks!

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World Diabetes Day (International Diabetes Federation) Website

Big Blue Test (Diabetes Hands Foundation) Website


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16 November 2011 ·

WORLD DIABETES DAY!

Happy World Diabetes Day!

In celebration for this day many of my DOC (Diabetes Online Community) friends and I are participating in the Big Blue Test! The Big Blue Test is an event celebrating World Diabetes day by testing, exercising, and then testing again. By far the coolest thing about that is that every test that is taken helps a diabetic get the supplies that they need to survive.

Last week I said that I would get the whole humaBLOG household to take the Big Blue Test this weekend. Well scheduling conflicts affected that. Never fear! We will all be participating tonight.

However I’ve big blue tested quite a few times last week and once this morning. So to fill the void between now and Wednesday when I report on the humaBLOG household Big Blue Test-a-thon, I will report on this mornings Big Blue Test!

This morning I woke up just a few moments earlier than usual to get in a good walk with my dog, D, before it rained. I woke up at a BG of 184 mg/dl. I was pretty happy with that number before exercise.

We bundled up a little, and headed out for a walk around the neighborhood. Our goal was a 1 mi walk this morning.

We got about .45 mi in and it started to pour! D looked up at me and said “Really Rachel!?” (Just Kidding D doesn’t talk) So of course we started walking faster, and eventually went into a jog back to the house. 

We made it back completely soaked and right as I stepped onto the porch, Nike + lady told me that we had in fact made 1 mi! YAY!

After getting in the house and unbuckling D from her harness I felt pretty low. So I tested and I was at 160 mg/dl. I went ahead and had a little snack and logged my Big Blue Test and shared with you all my experience.

I think that the Big Blue Test is a really awesome program and you should at least test once. Oh and here is the really cool part, You don’t have to have diabetes to participate! So get your friends and family to participate with you it will be fun!

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World Diabetes Day (International Diabetes Federation) Website

Big Blue Test (Diabetes Hands Foundation) Website


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14 November 2011 ·

Blue Friday!

You may have noticed that the humaBLOG logo has got a new look, the occasion is World Diabetes Day! Monday is World Diabetes day! What a day to come back from a week hiatus. The whole humaBLOG household will be participating in The Big Blue Test this weekend and I will be giving a recap on Monday!

Have a great weekend!!

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11 November 2011 ·

A Candy-less Halloween


I can’t believe that it is already October 31st! Tomorrow marks the first day of National Diabetes Awareness Month, and on November 14th all us Diabetes folk will be celebrating World Diabetes Day! Very exciting month over here at humaBLOG! So I hope you stay tuned for some great Diabetes awareness topics this month!

But today however is October 31st, or otherwise known as Halloween over on this side of the pond. While I have not been part of the trick-or-treating festivities for quite a few years, I still love this holiday, and I always have.

While growing up I used to love this holiday because I got to dress up in my super cool costume and go door to door to show it off as well as at parties. What other holiday lets you dress up as anything you want to be and parade yourself around the school?

As a diabetic child on Halloween many people used to believe that the holiday made me sad. “Aw Rachel, Sorry you can’t have any candy. You must be sad.” On the contrary obviously non diabetes educated adult/peer, not only do I get to have candy on marvelous holiday, but I get gifts as well! 

Yes I said gifts and candy! Many times while trick-or-treating or even at parties adults would try to “make me feel better” by getting me sugar free candy and small gifts instead of what the rest of the kids got. While I don’t care much for sugar free candy I did think it was awesome to get gifts.

I know some kids may have felt offended or saddened not to get what everyone else has but I thought it was cool! “Check it out guys! While all of your candy is gone by the end of the night I will still have this coloring book! So ha!” 

Believe it or not candy doesn’t make or break Halloween. I have had many years of candy-less Halloween celebrations. Now as an adult ( it still feels weird to say that ) I am not as big of a fan of candy as I once was when I was limited to it. But even then I (with the help of my family of course) stayed healthy throughout the Halloween season. Which goes to show,

You don’t need candy to have fun!


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31 October 2011 ·

About Me

A really cool blog, by a really cool girl, telling really cool stories about a not so cool disease called Type 1 Diabetes.