Saturday, January 22, 2011

Baking Day!!

This all this fuss this week with my diabetes
and the struggles it bring to my
day, every day

I really wanted to bake. 

I know it should sound completely not normal for a diabetic
to enjoy baking since
of things you bake are full of sugar, but I 

Normally, as you see I bake cakes. Just so happens
I don't actually enjoy eating cake all that often
unless it is carrot cake. then YUM!!

But I read the blog
everyday now. 

I LOVE HER! She really helps us diabetes feel like we aren't alone. 
And we're human. 

If you have diabetes, love someone who has diabetes, or
are just curious
check her out!

Anyways, she baked a banana bread and posted it. After
looking at it and longing to make some more bread
I decided i'd give it a try today. 

After trying to squeeze baking it in before breakfast
I had to stop and eat and then 
run to the store
ZERO brown sugar in the house. 

So this is how it turned out!

I had to enlarge it, so sorry for the fuzziness. 
This is what I did:


2 cups Whole Wheat Flour
1tsp Baking Soda
2 Eggs 
1tsp of Vanilla
1/4 tsp salt
about 4.5 Bananas (they were all
bruising and hubs won't eat them)
One spoon of homemade applesauce
1/4 cup Brown Sugar 
1tbsp Butter
2/3 Cup Oatmeal (I just poured it in until it looked good. )
1/4 tbsp Nutella (just used a spoon)

I preheated my oven to 350 degrees. I melted the butter with the brown sugar in the microwave.
Then I put the bananas, vanilla and eggs in a big bowl together. (When I put the bananas in I broke them into pieces before putting in bowl to help mash them) I mashed until only small pieces of banana left. Measured dry ingredients in mixing cup. Poured the flour mixture in the wet mix. Added applesauce and oatmeal in . Mix until combined. Sprayed the bread loaf pan and dumped it in.

I then put nutella on the top and popped it into the oven. My nutella was still firm from being in the cupboard so i waited until it had been cooking for 10 minutes and swirled it around once it was warm

I cooked this together for 45 minutes. First 10, then swirl the nutella, then 35 remaining. 

Ate it= AWSOME. 

If you want MORE fiber, then you could add wheat germ to it too. :) 

Have you found a recipe and modified it to meet your dietary needs?
Let me know!!!:)

Stay warm!

Friday, January 21, 2011

Illness- Try 2

So, as I said and didn't finish writing yesterday, 
I was very mad and upset. 

Mad being, Mad at the Insurance Companies who feel it is 
okay to charge people, who like me
cannot live without insulin because our body doesn't make it anymore. 

Not only in 2011 have I learned,
late of course
that my work insurance is being increased almost by $$$$$ bucks a month
but, after being told my coverage hasn't changed at all
just the amount covered
(But don't worry Cassie, VF(work place) has taken most of the 
burden of the payment increase to make it more
affordable for you) HAHAHA 

Can anyone have the right to say "more affordable" to 
a Type-1 Diabetic?

Any Type-1's out there reading this, because I bet you too
are laughing. 

My whole life, is, has been, will be

Money to go to the doctor
Money to track my blood sugars 3-4x a day
Money for the endless supplies it takes to DO that.
Money for my two types of insulin I must take
to function, to live, to help my pancreas break down the sugars in the food
I eat. 
Money to go to the doctor when I cannot figure out why my numbers
aren't reading what they should.
Money that gets given to the darn insurance companies for less
coverage on my insulin because unlike a normal medication
mine is not only tier 2 but also monitored and I can only have so much
with me at a time. 

I pray for a month I don't have to have the pharmacist check the actual medicine
in the bag she wanted me to pay for
because time and time again, I am given
the wrong medicine, 
the wrong kind
the wrong dose
or the wrong formula for what I have to take. 

Uggh.. sorry for the downer of posts but I feel better
getting this off of my mind and put into words. 

Do you not want to hear about diabetes? Do you have some medical frustration you have?
 Say it. Do any of you deal with the stressed of how "affordable" heath care is for us?

Let me know!!!

Thursday, January 20, 2011


For those of you who don't want to hear(well read)
the truth about how I feel, then stop here. 

If you aren't sure you want to hear what it is like
to will with an illness you cannot control
than stop reading.

I'm just cautioning you. 



For those of you, which I adore, that read this, and are not family
you may not know that in 2007 I was diagnosed with
an illness I would never get a break from. 
For the rest of my life, I will have to take injections
to make my body work how it is supposed to. 

I started getting really sick. First what I remember is
I was getting leg cramps in the middle of the night.
waking up to them, was just horrible.
Then I noticed my skin was really tight and dry, 
especially when I had just finished eating. 
Then I remember bad headaches, that would last a really long time. 
I remember starting to drink one or two extra drinks a day,
then when i'd get home from classes (I was in college at this time)
and make a pitcher of koolade (however it is REALLY spelled.)
and drink the entire thing in minutes. 

Despite what my now husband then boyfriend would tell me, my now Sister In Law
since I lived with her, she would notice and tell me, I didn't care. 
I had classes to finish, finals to take and more nursing classes were far more important
than my health anyways. 
I promised Austin( now husband, then boyfriend, hehe) that
once his sister (my roommate) graduated, as she was that month
that I would find a doctor in Dubuque (We went to the University of Dubuque)
and go see what is going on. 

As a nursing student I thought by knowing what I did that this is serious
and probably the signs of diabetes, but DEFINITELY didn't want that title.

So as I was working, going to school, packing up to move after school was out, 
Val graduated from UD and the next Monday I went to the first of TOO MANY
doctor appointments.

They saw me for the first time, took blood, checked blood sugar, 
told me to pee in those stupid cups, 
after all that and lots of waiting, they told me I had to go to 
the endocrinologist's office (Internal Medicine) because their meter
wasn't reading anything for me but it appeared I might have diabetes. 

I drove across Algona to the doctor's appintment and I balled my eyes out in my car
calling Austin. 

I don't remember those words exactly but I bet it was something like, 
Me- Kid?
Austin- Yeah, how'd it go
Me- (balling my eyes out) Can you come here( GAVE DIRECTIONS)
He met me there, and we went in. 

Met Dr. Iverson and he tested some blood and such again before I actually met with him. 
He then after waiting, He gave me the dreaded news, 
As I sat there, crying, holding Austin's hand
He told my I have
Type -1 Diabetes. 

I KNEW what this meant. This meant LOTS of needles, shots, doctor appointments
and the feeling that I will be sick forever. 

Little did I know, being in college with my parents insurance wasn't even 
the HALF of it. 

(Currently, writing this I'm balling my eyes out. I will continue this sob of a story
later, when I can compose myself to write more.)

For anyone that stayed listening (well, reading)
this, THANK YOU.