5K Goal Accomplished and Other News

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5K Goal Accomplished and Other News

He-l-l-l-l-l-o-o-o-o Sisters!  A lot has happened since we shot the video for the August Newsletter!  I attended the AADE Conference in Indianapolis, IN and accomplished my goal of running a 5K before my sister’s wedding.  I even finished with my fastest time yet!  However, while that is the “up” side, the “down” side is that I had hoped and planned to also lose weight as a result of my rigorous exercise schedule.  After 6 weeks of running at least 5 times a week and Zumba --usually once per week, I did not lose weight.  In fact, I gained four pounds.  I was shocked, to say the least!  Then, when the cramping started back this week, it dawned on me that the Mirena IUD I had inserted back in January could very well be the cause of my weight gain issue.  After further research, I realized that Mirena was probably the cause of my insomnia, decreased libido, lack of patience, and even my dull, lifeless hair.  So, I had the Mirena removed this morning.  Yaaay!  I’m so ready to get back to my normal self.  I’ll keep you updated on any side effects from the IUD removal.  I’d love to hear from other women who have tried Mirena.  Feel free to post your comments below (it may help someone else make an educated decision about this form of birth control) or email me directly at director@diabetessisters.org.


Now, back to my experience at the AADE Conference.  The two newest meters on the market are the One Touch Verio IQ (http://www.onetouch.ca/verioiq ) and the Accu-Chek Nano (https://www.accu-chek.com/us/ ).  I encourage you to check them out for yourself.  I have both of them and plan to test them out myself over the next couple of weeks.  Also of interest to our Type 2 members is the NEW insulin pump for people with Type 2 diabetes called the V-Go by Valeritas (http://www.valeritas.com/vgo.shtml).  I thought it was a pretty cool concept: V-Go devices are different from the currently available pumps because it is a “patch” pump, so it is removed each day.  The basal rate also cannot be adjusted hourly.  Instead, it is available in a preset basal rate to deliver 20, 30, or 40 units of insulin in a 24-hour period (.83U/hr, 1.25 U/hr., or 1.67 U/hr) and on-demand bolus dosing in two unit increments (up to 36 units per one 24-hour period).


After AADE, I traveled to my hometown of Hickory, NC to help my sister get ready for her wedding on Saturday, August 11, 2012.  It was a wonderful night!  My little Summer B gave a toast and sang a “surprise song” for Candace and Corey.  You can watch it here: http://youtu.be/WrwJhaR5Zxo.  Now, my sister and my new brother-in-law, Corey, are moving right down the street from me TOMORROW .  Both of them have jobs in place and, amazingly, Candace got a job at Summer’s elementary school.  Both Candace and Summer are “over the moon” about that!


Be sure to check out the September Newsletter Intro Video for more organizational updates.  It will have some exciting news about our new website and some new partners!  See you soon!