Harry Potter is Awesome

rowlingI love Harry Potter, in case any of you were wondering. I can quote the first line of the first book word for word. I have read them a million bazillion times. I can trump anyone at a Harry Potter quiz. (Ask me something. I dare you.) My number in lacrosse is 7 because according to the Harry Potter books, seven is the most magical and powerful number. I am so obsessed that I am writing a fan fiction of what happens after the seventh Harry Potter book but before the epilogue.

(Fan fiction is where you write in the world that the author has created (ex. Harry Potter, Twilight, Star Trek, etc) and use their characters and make your own plot. There are multiple websites hosting fan fiction. I waste many hours of my life reading fan fiction. Look it up. It’s worth it.)

So one day I was looking for another interesting Harry Potter fan fiction to read, and I came across this really interesting one in which Harry had type 1 diabetes. Wow. So of course I had to read it. It was really interesting. This was a long time ago now, and I haven’t reread it or anything, but I remember Harry fainting a lot from low blood sugars and thinking that was weird because I’ve never fainted from a low or anything like that.

So while I didn’t exclusively enjoy the story, we’ll say, it did get me to thinking. So if Harry really did have diabetes, wouldn’t the magical world of Harry Potter be able to cure him, like, instantly?

Actually, when I was younger, I used to wish that I would get a Hogwarts letter and that I would show up and then Madame Pomfrey would say, “Hey, Claire, come here so I can cure your diabetes really fast,” and then I would never have to worry again.

So I was wondering how it would feel to be cured of diabetes instantly. I don’t think I would know what to do with myself. I feel like I manage myself relatively well so it wouldn’t be strange to just go eat and eat and eat. Though I would escape the whole exercise deal (managing your blood sugars seems like an impossible task while exercising). I don’t know. How would you feel if you had diabetes and then all of the sudden, alakazam, you didn’t anymore! What would you do?

Oh, and if you are interested in any good Harry Potter fan fiction to try out, comment and I will give you a suggestion!

Have a good day! And may all be well with your diabetes!

Claire Montgomery

Being a Teenager Sucks

I’m not joking. I hate hormones and having to adjust insulin and how I’m never steady even if I count carbs perfectly and take insulin ahead of time (like a good diabetic should, even though apparently that isn’t me) and exercise.

And maybe this happens to every diabetic, but I’m a teenager and thus haven’t been an adult yet so I don’t have anything to base it off of. But it sure is dang annoying.

But being a teenager is stressful. I’m not joking. Like right now the first thing that people ask me when I tell them that I’m a junior in high school is, “What colleges are you thinking about?” Or at least some variation of the above question. And this is super stressful and annoying to a girl who hasn’t mapped out her life plan and has no earthly idea what to do with the next six years of her life, give or take a few, unlike what seems to be the rest of my grade. I don’t know how they do it. And then there are ACT and SAT tests coming up, AP exams are in May, and this year is my first opportunity to go to prom. And lacrosse season has just started, and I was voted captain, and that is sort of stressful because I don’t feel like the greatest girl on the team, even though I may be the oldest. Plus I’m going to have to miss a lot of practices and games because of band rehearsals and things like that, even though the coaches say, “School first, lacrosse second.” Sorry, but lacrosse is not the highest thing on my list of TO DO.

Second semester junior year is wonderful. (Notice the sarcasm.) I even considered quitting lacrosse so I would have more time, but I’m glad I didn’t because it is a ton of fun, even though coaches can get pretty serious.

Plus the whole managing diabetes thing aspect of my life. Kind of a big deal.

On the plus side, I may be getting a new pump sometime soon! And if I ever need a hug, my dog is always available.me and my dog

Adios for now, and may your blood sugars be ever in your favor!

Sincerely,

Claire Montgomery

Battling Blood Sugars

Exercise is going to kill me. I mean, it’s good for you and everything, but it’s still out to bite me in the butt because blood sugars are so hard to manage, and I can’t ever seem to find a pattern.

So my school is on a block schedule, and therefore every other day I have dance class for an hour and a half. I love dance class. I am not exactly what you would call coordinated and it takes me a million practices to get something right, but it is a really really fun class. Right now we are learning the choreography to a swing dance that we are performing in a couple of weeks, and earlier this week I was low in the middle of class.

Oh, and one quick thing! It’s really hard for me to tell if I’m low when I exercise, so when lacrosse season started again I put my CGM (continuous glucose monitor) back so I could get an idea of when I was going low. Usually the CGM doesn’t get readings fast enough, especially when I’m dropping quickly, but something is better than nothing.

So I was low earlier in dance class this week. I realized I was low when it was taking me longer than usual to get the steps down, so I tested, and sure enough, I was 56 mg/dl.

So today I had dance class again and I didn’t go low during, but I went low immediately after class had ended. So I was sitting in AP Lang eating my lunch and waiting for break so we could go to lunch, and of course I forgot to bolus, so when I tested after I felt crappy near the end of class I was 286 mg/dl. Lovely.

I pretty much rode at that blood sugar during the whole last period of the day and it was with that blood sugar that I started lacrosse practice. I gradually went down to levels within range throughout the practice (I checked my CGM practically every five minutes) and then, of course, at the end of practice I was low. I wasn’t feeling low (the whole exercise and can’t feel your blood sugars thing), but I knew something wasn’t right. But I was already late for my clarinet lesson so I just jumped in the car and drove and stuffed a granola bar and some oreos into my mouth on the way there. Just a basic assumption that I probably needed to dose. BTW, I wouldn’t follow the example I set.

By the time I got to my clarinet lesson (rush hour is a killer) I actually felt low so I drank some juice and ran inside. And then at the end of the lesson my CGM alarmed telling me that I was 179 mg/dl. Sigh. When I got home I was in the mid 200’s mg/dl. So I dosed and then waited until 9:00 to eat dinner.

I wonder what people who don’t have diabetes worry about.

Oh, and I found this really funny picture on Facebook so I thought I would share it.

Random picture that I think is funny so I thought I would share it. I like Facebook.

Random picture that I think is funny so I thought I would share it. I like Facebook.

Cio.

Sincerely,

Claire Montgomery

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My lacrosse photo from the 2013 season.

My lacrosse photo from the 2013 season.

So lacrosse season has just started, and needless to say, I haven’t quite figured out how to manage my blood sugars while exercising. I went to the gym a few months ago and I was low before I even got there so I didn’t get much running in.

Last year I during the lacrosse season I was constantly low, and this year who know what it’s going to be like. It seems to change on a day to day basis. Sometimes I go high, sometimes I go low, and I’m never consistent. That’s what I know about exercise.

Sometimes I wish that I could just be normal girl and just worry about what team I’m going to make (JV by the way) and how to shoot accurate balls that make it past the goalie instead of Am I shaky because I’m low or just because I’ve been running around for the past hour and Should I bolus for this high blood sugar or will lacrosse practice make me drop?

But normal I am not. Not that anyone is normal, but I’m the only Type 1 diabetic on my team. Last year I told every girl on my team that I had diabetes and if they could look out for me while we were playing just in case something happened. One girl actually took to carrying around smarties for me. I haven’t really had an opportunity to do so this year and I’m wondering when the best opportunity to do so will be. My coach is really cool though so he knows about it and trusts me to take care of myself.

Our first game is on Friday, and I’m sort of nervous, especially because it just snowed, so we will be practicing in the gym today. That really isn’t the best place to practice lacrosse, in case you were wondering. But we’ll see how my blood sugars are after practice today.

See ya!

Claire Montgomery

Diabetes Awareness Month

blue_circleHappy Diabetes Awareness Month! I

So I was asked to do this a few weeks ago but I’ve been so busy that I don’t even want to talk about it. But November is running running running out so I’d best get on it. So hello again!

This is to spread the word. Thanks to my friends at American Recall Center.

So, diabetes, huh? Isn’t that the disease where you ate a ton and then got really fat so you got it? People don’t ask me that question, but I can practically hear them think it. And I am soooo sick of it. I have heard on national television, on Oprah no less, to Type 2 Diabetes referred to as Diabetes. Which ticked me off because I have “diabetes” and I didn’t have a terrible diet. In fact, I had pretty much stopped eating by the time I was diagnosed.

So I thought I would take the time to give a little lesson on the truths of Type 1 Diabetes. And while Type 2 Diabetes is a perfectly horrible disease in its own merit, it is NOT Type 1 Diabetes. They are two completely different things. I am not someone to be put into a compartment labeled “Diabetes,” but rather someone to be put into a box labeled “Type 1 Diabetes.

So here we go:

1. I did not have a bad diet that lead to my diagnosis with diabetes. My pancreas, for whatever reason, stopped making insulin, which makes me insulin independent.

2. I can eat WHATEVER “normal” people can eat. It is not required that I regulate my diet. I just have to give myself insulin for food intake. insulin-and-diabetes_1

3. I am capable of achieving everything a “normal” person can achieve.

4. Many people talk of something called a “diabetic diet.” It doesn’t exist. Different people do different things.

5. I am 100% capable of being an athlete. Being a diabetic does not make me a cripple. I just need to watch out for myself.

diabetes6. I check my blood sugar six to eleven times a day to make sure that I stay healthy.

Those are just a few things I think people should know about Type 1 Diabetics.

Please spread the word.

Being rude is good for your health

In this case, at least.

So Obama was making a speech about Obamacare and a women behind him nearly fainted so he stopped talking to help her. Which is really nice of him, though he would have looked really stupid if he had just let the girl faint and kept on talking.

I got the video off of Facebook, and one of the comments was “I’d be drinking my liquid glucose right there & then. Maybe even eating a banana. President or not lol.” Something in which I wholeheartedly agree.

I also feel sort of bad for the girl because how many chances do you have to stand right behind the president in a televised speech? Not many, I tell you.

By the way, the girl, Karmel Allison, later tweeted that she was okay and thanked President Obama for catching her. Pretty neat.

The American Cancer Society has The NFL on their team…

Screen Shot 2013-10-19 at 8.17.15 PMWhy doesn’t the American Diabetes Association?

I find myself at a loss. While watching the Broncos game last Sunday (if you haven’t guessed already, I’m a big Broncos fan,) I was somewhat overwhelmed by pink. It was everywhere. And I mean everywhere. Every single player, referee, coach, and announcer had some form of pink on his body.Screen Shot 2013-10-19 at 8.17.00 PM

And I am somewhat conflicted. I have two feelings: Holy cow you know you got it big if the NFL, of all things popular, is basically advertising for you. So The American Cancer Society has got to be receiving some pretty heavy donations right about now. My second feeling was why not diabetes?

Screen Shot 2013-10-19 at 8.18.20 PMDon’t get me wrong… I think it is absolutely fantastic that the NFL is able to do so much good by raising ‘pink awareness’. But I am wondering why it is always Breast Cancer, and not some rare form of cancer that nobody has ever heard of, or even why not just cancer in general. And what if the NFL were to team up with other associations to raise awareness about other horrible diseases. Like Alzheimer’s, for example. Or maybe even Diabetes.

But then I was thinking about that and feeling terrible because it is possible to live with diabetes. With cancer, the death threat is more prominent. But it doesn’t mean that I don’t want diabetes to be ignored. Diabetes is my reality, and I’m sort of done with it. I want a cure.

Why cancer? And why Breast Cancer specifically? Maybe other medical associations should get their head in the game. And while it doesn’t have to be as big as the NFL, per say, maybe something should happen. Like just putting the word out.

Sincerely,

Claire Montgomery

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Who is Jay Cutler, anyway?

Hi guys. So I am sitting here in front of the Broncos vs Giants game. Manning vs Manning. Go Peyton. And yeah.

And that made me think of one of the Broncos previous quarterbacks: Jay Cutler. Apparently he’s now the quarterback for the Chicago Bears right now. Or something.

But Jay is diabetic. (I’m on a first name basis with him.) He actually got diagnosed when he was with the Broncos, so the whole Colorado diabetic community got their hopes up thinking we would get some serious representation. Didn’t happen. And then he left the Broncos. chi_u_cutler01jr_576

And now I just read an article about him talking about diabetes, who is now apparently growing a mustache to raise awareness for men’s health.

So is this just Cutler getting older and wiser and deciding to give to his community, or is he trying to make up for it? I went into write this article and was going to be pretty mad at Cutler, but now I’m not sure. Maybe I’m just mad that he’s with the Bears, but I like Manning better so I’m not really affected.

So I guess it’s really a congratulation to Mr. Cutler here for getting his act together and talking about diabetes.

But still, go Broncos!