Thursday, June 2, 2011

A new day, a new technology

Today is CGM day. 

I knew this was coming, and after getting the pump on
on May 9, 2011
I knew the CGM was the part I wanted that would help me know
what was going on when I didn't. 

Well, I met with my awesome
Pump Nurse Peggy! 
By far the most educated and patient person yet
that has given me the most
confidence that I can do this.

So after an hour of "class"
or educating me on the 
technology of this little device, and how to work the
duel and square wave bolus's (I'll talk about this in a different post)
and when I might want to use them
I was then taught how to put it on, what is what
and then this happened..
BAM, there it is. 
The big white thing is the actual sensor
that shoots to my pump and tells me what my numbers are. 
Now, in case I have almost lost you 
just skip this part too. 
(The blood "sugar" this sensor checks is not really my blood sugar
because it is in the interstitial fluid which is different then when I do blood checks.
So at times, the numbers will not always match perfectly,
but it is a good estimate of what my BS should be)
the purple part, which you can see is full of blood
is the part that is stuck inside of me. 
Much like my pump cannula, the needle
is fed under my skin with the cannula
to help it go in
and then I pull the needles out. 
I will post on my next site changes the size of them. 
This is what I see on my pump now that I am now receiving 

So now that I did my pump site change 
this is what I'm looking like today, and for the next 2.5 days
What a Robot? Really. I think that describes how I feel perfectly. 
Plus, my belly is getting bigger,
Not to also mention, these pregnancy pants are HORRIBLE photo 
takers. so sorry if I blinded any of you!

Speaking of belly, here is where we are at today:
16 weeks 7 days!

and now for the little alien..
No, this is not my belly button, 
no this is not my child
this is one of two bumps
you can see through my shirts. 

Sometimes I think about when I'm out shopping
and people see these and wonder what is wrong with me. 
Do I have an alien in there?
sometimes I think so..

Oh technology...

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Finding those positives...

Before I say anything,
I am 16 weeks and 6 days pregnant
with baby Kimler. 


I know it has been a while
since something nice was posted about diabetes,
but lately, 
even though it is ALWAYS at the front of everything
I do and I think about it before I go to bed,
during the time where I am supposed to be sleeping,
and the first thing when I wake up. 

I can feel that baby is growing.
I felt an all of a sudden "pop"
and then BAM,
baby is REALLY growing, 
this is weird. 

then all I can think about
is how great my friends and family have been. 
Between my sisters being so excited and asking how i'd doing,
to my mom who cannot be ANYMORE thrilled 
for another baby in the family,
to my mother in law who is
pretty much a maternity clothing factory these days,
making me many different dresses and shirts to wear
as these maternity clothing in stores
are either super stupidly 
or too long, or not comfortable or 
not for my age.
My father in law and my husband Grandparents who have been
working so hard with house questions, projects,
always lending a hand.
I cannot think of a better family 
to have on both sides. 
And that my husband
is so supportive and helpful
and putting me first. 

Don't think for a second he doesn't already,
but really, when i come home and he's willing to help
in the kitchen or bring boxes up or down stairs.
He's always understanding that
not only am I getting, slower, 
bigger, and i'm sure much more
but he's there in this. 
He's just my rock and I am so thankful that Diabetes so far isn't keeping me
from trying to find the good
in this pregnancy.

 OKay back to baby updates
Also, I have had another OB appointment since
April and it was okay. 
I don't care for this doctor either,
she was pretty much whispering and didn't feel any more 
confident she knew anything about diabetes. 
I'm really sick of being told that
this place is the best for "high risk" 
yet I am doing more of the educating when it comes to 
pregnancy and diabetes. 

It's like I feel like I know nothing, but when I meet with some of
these doctors, 
I feel like a CDE or something. 

BTW- CDE stands for Certified Diabetes Educator. 

I go again on June 23rd but 
on June 27th I have a level 2 ultrasound. 
I have NO IDEA what is involved with a level 2, so if you do,
please feel free to inform me!

Also, hopefully we'll find out what it is I am carrying?
Baby Boy Kimler
Baby Girl Kimler!!!

Thanks for sticking by me and supporting me
and reading about our life and
our journey!

-Cassie, Austin and BabyK!

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Heal My Sole.. or Fingers..

I know I have been some what
I promise I have plenty to share with you all
regarding more updates with the 
little growing Kimler.

I've been battling headaches and some
stomach/over all feeling of not feeling good
if that explains it at all. 

ever since I checked out Sarah from
(if you don't check her out you REALLY should now)
guest post regarding her giveaway for
a store named Heal My Sole
I checked it out. 

Maybe it was my pregnant self wanting
another reason to try something that 
might make me feel good, 
the fact that my feet and hands are sad looking.
My feet just from the constant abuse of walking in different shoes
all the time
and my poor fingers from all the 16-25 blood sugar checks
a day 
they needed help. 
So I went to Heal my sole's website:

and checked out their items. 

I promise I was not paid, given anything free, or even
asked to write anything about them. However, If I do ever get anything free
I would gladly accept it!:)

But SERIOUSLY. This stuff is serious. 

I bought many things but I really want to tell you
this stuff, 
It's the citrus foot rub 
However, it smells so tasty, and delicious you almost want to lick it. 
Okay, sorry for the TMI
but it smells so good. 
I've tried many scrubs before and they are all okay. 
But this stuff SERIOUSLY works. 

I went to really sad looking fingers with blood marks and pokes
to such soft no blood marks on my fingers. 

It has filled in the holes, cleaned them and getting rid of all 
the dead skin and have really done wonders on my fingers.
My feet feel great too!
I've used this just about every other day for a week now 
and I promise you won't regret this. 

Also, not to mention, this 4oz 
Citrus Foot Scrub Mini for only
was worth $15 I promise. 

So you too should stop by and test out some of her products. 
You won't be upset I promise!!

-Thanks for being patient with me and 
I promise, I'll post baby info soon!
Plus, we are at 16 weeks 5 days can you even BELIEVE it,
time is FLYING!!!