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October 2007

During the webinair Thursday they said they were offering incentives if you referred a new member, so let them know I sent you!

Fit4D™ offers people with diabetes access to health, fitness and nutrition experts, at your convenience. 

Seriously) the service has been great. I've done a full exercise" and nutrition cycle with them and a extended exercise only. l am planning on another exercise session then go to their year long plan.

I am almost where I was after I first went on Symlinand before I injured my knee. About another 5 lbs to go.I really think I can do it.

Life sucks

Well, it isn't that bad, but this school year is more difficult than last year and I've falling into a common teacher trap.  The trap?  Next week, life will get normal.

Well, it's been 9 weeks and life still isn't normal, why?  I have more students and I have more responsibilities.

First the responsibility part, though I freely admit I have taken more of a role than I needed to. 

We're required to do staff development before school, and instead of taking two courses of staff development, I'm leading two.  This "trimester" I have been leading a group who have been exploring behavior management, a big hobby of mine.  Next "trimester" I'm leading a group on teaching with technology.  I should have sat back and let someone else lead the first one, and darn it, I opened my mouth.  The good news, is that it will help my pay by a few dollars, but probably less than $50.00

I've also signed up to do a task force -- Reinventing Hillcrest.  Our current superintendent is on a kick to make all the high schools academies and do away with comprehensive high schools.   So not only am I over achieving on the staff development but I'm also doing more than I have with the task force -- because if we do a task force, we don't have to do one of the staff developments.

To put it in a point system (which we are using), we have to have 3 points.  I get 2 points for each of the staff development things I'm doing and I get 2 points for doing the Task force.  That means I'm doing double the required points.

The next craziness is FAC, Faculty Advisor Committee which I love doing.  We meet about once a month and solve problems.  I'm the recording secretary which means assisting the chairman with gathering requests, recording them and organizing them and helping to create the agenda.

So that means I am doing at least one morning meeting a week and often two or three, especially if we have a faculty meeting.  It also means one afternoon meeting a month that usually lasts until 5:30 (we get out at 4:00).  Then the random parent conference, ARD, or other extra assignment.  Plus co-sponsoring chess club.

Now to the teaching assignment.  I'm still teaching the same preps, but I have more students.  Last year I had 4 AP Students, this year I have 6.  I had 7 web mastering students and this year I have about 40.  I think I have the same number of CS and PreAP students though, but maybe around 5 more of each.  So I'm estimating that I have 50 more students this year.  That means every assignment adds 50 more to grade!  With the internet being super sluggish, my grading time has really expanded.  I've come up with some tricks that help.  I'd like to grade in the evening, but the kids really need feedback in the same class period if possible.

All of this means, I've been operating in a mode of:  it will be better next week.  So far, next week hasn't come. 

Thus I'm changing my mode to "here's how it is", figure out how to have a life.  Hopefully that means I'll be blogging regularly again.

Medical News: Not All the News on Bariatric Surgery Is Good - in Primary Care, Weight Management from MedPage Today

See this is exactly why I am not going for bariatric surgery.  It just can't be as good as all the people making money off of it think it is.  Funny how we go through this weight loss fads.  Liquid diets, etc. 

About 1% of bariatric surgery patients die within a year of surgery, researchers here found, and the case fatality rate approaches 6% after five years.

Medical News: Not All the News on Bariatric Surgery Is Good - in Primary Care, Weight Management from MedPage Today

Good insurance news

I was very dismayed to learn that BCBS of Texas did not cover the Symvist injections in my knee.  No one in the doctor's office mentioned that was a possibility.  Plus, all my other specialists told me when it was possible that something wouldn't be covered.

I was also dismayed to learn that the injections were $1000 a piece.  They didn't seem to be worth that.  Especially since I've been having more pain in my knees since the last shot.

The good news, is that one of the shots has finally been covered, so I assume the doctor's office has gone through the appeals process.

Dexcom Wishes

I agree with those who want an always on display. I have a few more wants. I want an alarm to go off when the receiver is too far away. I have lost my receiver several times and freaked out. beeping would be nice. You should also be able to shut down the receiver completely, both the display and the above alarm.

Losing weight

Yep, I'm finally losing weight again.  Found myself going low a lot last week and have been able to lower my bolus rates.  Lower bolus rates always results in weight loss as long as I am controlling my blood sugar.  In fact, my TDD has gone down from an average of 55 units to an average of 50 units, maybe less.

The school year has been hectic -- I have a lot more students.

My schedule helps a lot though -- I'm busy every class period and they usually go by fast.  In fact, the students really give me time to do anything BUT grade their work (they are a tad slow today in 7th period and I've got everything else caught up).  So I haven't been eating during the school day. 

I've also been able to keep up with the cardio portion of my program, but not with the weight lifting as much.  I want to get back to it, but I have to get back to weave pole training with the dogs.

I've tried seeing a social worker, but after getting nutrional advice from him twice.  I've also found myself eating candy after seeing him, so I'm firing him.

Here's what has really helped (besides Delaine from Fitness for Diabetes), and that is Shrink Youself at   I found it on one of the Doctor's sites, don't remember which one, but HE was participating in it.

It's been really good so far.

SymlinPens Approved by FDA - Medgadget -

There are pictures and everything here.  By the way, I got a shipment of syringes from Medco last night -- and it was SO nice to realize that it was my last shipment of them and I'll be going back to pen needles soon. 

FDA approval has been given to Amylin Pharmaceuticals, Inc. to market their automatic Symlin injection devices. Symlin (pramlintide), a synthetic analog of human amylin, a naturally occurring neuroendocrine hormone, is the first of its kind injected antihyperglycemic medication for use in patients with type 2 or type 1 diabetes. Two versions, rated by their maximum dosage, should be available for purchase in December.

Source: SymlinPens Approved by FDA - Medgadget -