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Traveling Day 3

First problem -- I am missing a sock.  So I walked over to Walmart and got a pair of diabetic socks over at Walmart, so now do I have to test the blood sugar on the sock too?

Went across the street to eat at a local BBQ, it isn't Dallas BBQ, but not bad.  I'm spoiled because I live very close to Marshall's BBQ in Farmers Branch and it's some of the best BBQ in Texas.

Then I came back and started packing.

I'm so funny when I'm traveling.  As soon as I get to the room, I spread everything out and get everything out of the suitcases, etc.  On the night before last day, I do the opposite, I put everything I don't need in my suitcase and start packing.  By the time I go to bed, everything is packed except what I need in the morning.

Then as I get ready in the morning, everything gets packed and moved close to the door.  I've found this method keeps me from losing things.

So I'm now at the workshop, checked out of my room and have my stuff in the corner.  And yes, I'm very anxious to go home.

Especially after the snide remark that was made by another participant in the workshop.  I was particpating, but have decided to quit for the rest of the day.

Traveling Day 2

I'm almost sleeping like a normal person. Woke up at 4:30, rolled over and went back to sleep and then woke up again at 6:00 am.

Had breakfast in the hotel lobby -- Fairfield Inn is coming in a second behind Embassy Suites for the two most important things I want at a hotel:  ability to sleep and breakfast.  I don't mind a hotel that doesn't have breakfast, I just don't want a lousy breakfast if they do.  I have to have protein.   This morning was sausage, gravy and biscuits. Not my favorite choice but I eat mostly sausage and gravy.  Tomorrow is my favorite -- scrambled eggs!

NWMS is hosting and they have us in a building they share with the local high school. It's VERY nice.  They have a shuttle bus taken any one who wants back and forth -- most of the workshop participants are from NWMS and drove here.  Tall bus but I'm surviving.

Food is fabulous -- as good as Virginia University was.  Lunch was chicken, vegetables and rice.  I went with the NWMS staff to dinner at Olive Garden which is probably a big avoid if you have a lap band.

Got in 20 minutes of walking on the treadmill before dinner and doing well.  Miss home though.

So far so good at the hotel

People in Kansas City so far are nice (well, except for one).

The hotel people have been super friendly and helpful.

I'm here without a car (yeah, I couldn't have rented one, but why? I'm here to work).

The hotel is in the same area as a Super Wal-Mart (the locals don't seem to like it when I say the hotel is IN the Wal-Mart parking lot, but yeah, there is a Cracker Barrel and their lot in between.

So when I got here, I walked over to Wal-Mart and picked up 6 bottles of water, some cheese and some crackers (emergency carbs).

For dinner, I walked back over to Wal-Mart and went to the far side to find a few chain restaurants (Chili's, KFC, Burger King) but nothing that turned me on, good thing, because it's a 9 lane highway according to the hotel lobby.

So I walked across the Wal-Mart to the Appleby's on the other side of the street.  People were really nice and motioned for me to go, even once when it wasn't safe.  Lapband worked again on dinner.  I have to get used to ordering for the lapband, but I brought back some of dinner.

By the way, the hotel room has a microwave AND refrigator.

When I got in -- about an hour after dinner I decided I needed a way to charge my phone (only necessity I forgot and I had several choices in how to do it) so I picked up a cable from Walmart.  Also grabbed some non-fat creamer since they have a coffee pot.  I can do no sugar but I have to have plenty of creamer, milk or something in my coffee.

I made it into the pool for my knee and then their hot tub.  I'll have to admit, our pool when we had was bigger, and our hottub is nicer, but it isn't bad.

I even brought my glasses this time!  I'm doing better at traveling and I've done lots of walking today.

Monday Night's Dog Agility Class

Macy and I had a really good class last night.  In dog agility "class" = "practice".

First we have a fabulous instructor -- Elizabeth Evans -- and thank dog she had the foresight to put up a building.  No building would mean no class last night.

We were focusing on a two jump and turn sequence.  We often see them at the start line.  I may have to break down and get Clean Run Course Design (agility course program).  She had us do it 4 ways.  Sadly the two best ways for Macy involved a lead out something she doesn't have.

Lead out == stay at the start line.  This darling cannot stay and I do work on it at home.  She can stay if I have her in a down and it on the sofa near her. Much more than that and it isn't happening.

Wendell, our other instructor had a nice little course that involved a wicked little serpentine (basically a line of jumps that the dog jumps away then towards the handler at least three times). 

More on the #DiabetesSummit by Roche

I've read both positive and negative posts about the Roche Diabetes Summit and I have come to the following conclusions:

  • The reason they picked primarily Type 1 diabetics is they have an insulin pump to sell  (Accu-chek)
  • My life and even my blog is too full for such trivia.

Though I am following Charlie Kimball example and talking more about my sport in this blog.

Traveling - Flying this Time - Day 1

Flight is at 12:15 - left the house after 9:00. I like to leave early for the last minute panic of something I've left. So far, so good, everything I have to have for workshop is here with me.

By the way, husband isn't traveling, dogs are still home and very loud beagles, still have security system, neighbor that works nights, and cops that go by the house every 10 minutes.

Made it through TSA but it was a bit of a screw up.  Didn't have to be personally screened but had to go back with several bags and unpack them.  I wish they would quit changing rules <sigh> but no insulin breakage this time.

Right now I'm eating an early lunch -- Friday's petite sirloin and mashed potatos.  Seems a bit lapband friendly.

When I finish, I'll check in with the gate as I am going to ask for mobility assistance.  Usually helps.

Lap Band - over two months

I've had my lap band now since May 21st, a good two months.  I've lost between 20 and 25 pounds depending on the scale I look at.

I am slowly and steadily losing weight -- but it's still a bit frustrating since we're talking about a pound a week.  I'd rather lose more, and the initial weight loss makes it more frustrating.

Here's how I am trying to wrap my head around this.

I went for about a year maintaining my weight within 5 pounds (and yes that was frustrating too, but at least I was maintaining.  Then last year, about August, I started gaining about 10 pounds a month.  That was not only frustrating but physically hard on my body. 

It was November when I finally realized I needed help and went to TLC Edge.  At that point I stopped gaining weight, and started maintaining again.  It was still physically hard on my body along with the psychological problems that went with that.

So then I lost between 20 and 25 pounds when I actually had the surgery.  At first it felt better, but now I am back to a lot of physical pain.  Going to the chiropractor is helping that, and I'm doing both Celebrix and Tylenol.

I am still learning how to eat, and I often ignore the stop eating signs.  Can't ignore them for long, and I am stopping long before I used to.  So yes, the lap band is helping with portion sizes.  I am still having trouble picking the right food sometimes and the lap band isn't going to help that.

I'm "working" this week, staff development for a possible camp on Monday, then traveling and going to a workshop in Missouri.  I'm going to see the fit tech at TLC Edge when I get back and decide what to do then.

It isn't easy, but it is working.

Second Fun Match

I'm getting the girls ready for the fall season. They are entered in two trials (Fort Worth), email me or twitter me if you want to come watch. Both trials are in August, indoors at Wyatt Arena (part of the Will Rogers complex). It's a real nice set of two trials. Our next trial will be in October, in a not as nice place and not climate controlled.

Last week we went to a fun match and it was pretty disappointing, we made many of our typical mistakes -- Maggie pooped in the ring, which is an elimination and Macy wasn't interested in playing.

Tonight was totally different. Macy's first time in the ring was disappointing, but our second standard run was great.  I worked her two worst obstacles, the teeter and the chute, which were in a circle and alternated them with jumps and other easier obstacles. The crowd was cheering her and she really got off on that.

She also did well in Jumpers, traveling in the same path and again got cheered by the crowd.

Maggie is worrying me, she is not recovering from the storms and near storms we've been having lately -- I twittered this -- she and Macy were loose in the dog room and she got out of the dog run, and out the fence. Macy followed through the dog run but stayed in the fence.  I checked the voice mail to see if we had a message about her, then grabbed some food to look for her in the park.  She actually came when she was called and came off Josey Lane (a six lane road), and so she's back.

Oddly enough she hasn't been interested in food, and didn't want any at the trial but was happy to run agility.  It's weird, but as long as she isn't in a complete panic she likes agility -- until she has to stop at the table.  I am really pretty sure that she's not going to be with us much longer as she has a pretty poor quality of life.  If we could only have a few weeks without storming she might snap out of it, but right now, she's miserable.

A little rant about Diabetes bloggers

I am more than a bit miffed that I was not invited to the Roche summit.  At the same time, over a month ago, I had already decided I've lost some patience with some of the diabetes bloggers. 

To begin with I am the oldest diabetes blogger on the web.  David Mendosa has written articles about diabetes on the internet longer than I have, but he hasn't blogged as long as I have.  By the way, his writing is really good and informative, especially for the Type 2.

First, let me define what I think a diabetes blog is all about.  I believe a blog, is an online journal.  The blogs that I find most interesting is about the bloggers' life and has original material written by the blogger.  That's what both of my blogs, especially this one has been about.  No one sponsors me and if I blog about a product, I found them first and sought them out.  That goes for both this blog and the CS blog.

Unfortunately that cuts out a few of the diabetes blog, and frankly I'm about to unfollow them on tritter and to unsubscribe from my rss feeds.

A lot of the best blogs were NOT represented at Roche.  Some of my absolute favorites is "Ring the Bolus" and "Living in the Fast Lane" .  Both of these are by young men who are extremely active in their sports and are sharing their personal experiences.  Hey, that sounds like someone else I know (yes, dog agility isn't quite on the level of sport as Indy car racing and Ironmen races, but I do go to class every week and compete every weekend we have a trial in the local area). 

By the way, I've seen some snarky comments about Charlie Kimball's new blog and new twitter account, and I think that the person who made them is being extremely unfair.  I think it is super cool that Charlie is following his dream and I think it is absolutely fine that Novo Nordisk is making it possible. I also think that he and Novo Nordisk is using Twitter right, posting some interesting feeds.  And yes, one of my goals is to meet Charlie -- that means he has to come race at TMS, or I have to call in some family favors and go to Indy again.  (Gee, it's only one ticket, unless I can get the husband to go too).

By the way, I'm still diabetic, still use over 50 units of insulin a day, even through I did the lapband surgery.  And besides according to the medical definition of diabetes, I'll still be diabetic even if I CAN go off of insulin, and will have to still watch things -- I'll just be an extremely well controlled diabetic.

This round of doctor’s visits are done

In addition to seeing the Shrink and Endo on Tuesday, I also saw my gynecologist on Wednesday (and Macy's saw her vet that day), and I saw my chiropractor and my sleep doctor today.

So far, everything is either coming out normal or the same as last year.

I hate the gynecologist because frankly, he tears me up during the exam and it is still bothering me today. However, he threatens not to give depot provera shots if I don't cooperate. Argh! Got that done too.

The chiropractor worked on both knees and my hip/lower back too. I have a lot of tenderness there, partly because of the shot and partly because last weeks' walking tore everything up. I have been working hard to recover from that.

The sleep doctor said everything looked good on the CPAP machine and that nothing new was out yet, but would be next year.

I still need to see my cardiologist and I'm a bit worried as I'm hoping to be teaching enrichment classes that day. I'm waiting to reschedule until the last minute.