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  • But that’s not a mountain! | My Favourite Number
    approximately 227 metres Daniel and I enjoyed the beauty of the Garry oak ecosystem one of the most endangered ecosystems in Canada at the summit of Mount Douglas and took in the panoramic view of downtown Victoria rural Saanich the Olympic Mountains and the Cascades Lovely climb Lovely view Lovely day Now I don t want you to get the wrong idea and be too impressed thinking that Daniel and I simply climbed a mountain on a whim Technically we climbed a hill Enter brief history lesson Back in the ye olde days of Victoria mid 1800 s Captain George Henry Richards was conducting geographic and hydrographic surveys of the area Word on the street is that he declared any rise under one thousand feet 305m a hill while any rise above this elevation qualified as a mountain Hmm examine any topographic map and you ll see that Mount Douglas doesn t quite reach this 305m standard But don t despair good ol George Henry made Mount Douglas the exception to the rule as he did not want to lower its namesake Governor Sir James Douglas exit brief history lesson So thanks to Captain Richards I climbed a mountain yesterday Thanks Captain Richards This entry was posted in Exercise and tagged Captain George Henry Richards mount douglas mountain climbing Bookmark the permalink KAYAK Not Just a Palindrome or a Modelling Gig A quiet evening at home One Response to But that s not a mountain Pingback A quiet evening at home My Favourite Number Search for About Laura Brandes I m Laura Brandes and I have both type 1 diabetes and celiac disease If you re looking for motivation humour support or perspective on living with a chronic condition you ve come to the right place I also love food

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  • KAYAK: Not Just a Palindrome (or a Modelling Gig) | My Favourite Number
    Seriously Why yes yes I was The point of this post though is not to highlight my modelling career The point is that as of Friday my kayak modelling career has been legitimized On Friday I actually kayaked Thursday afternoon the Jack Cat and I took to the seas and caught a ferry to visit my mother in law on one of the Gulf Islands And Friday morning while Jackie snoozed in the sunshine I took to Boot Cove and tried my skill at kayaking in the water And I loved it It was a sunny day and we paddled around the Cove for almost an hour The water was green the sky was blue the Bonaparte s Gulls were calling and some otters were scuffling under a nearby dock And my blood sugars Well truth be told they weren t great I definitely experienced the error end of the trial and error approach to trying a new exercise I overdid my temp basal reduction Pre kayaking my sugar clocked in at 8 7mmol L Post kayaking it clocked in at 14 3 With a quick correction though I had my reading back at a reasonable 7 9mmol L before dinner salmon on the barbeque mmm High blood glucose or not I definitely had a great morning and am looking forward to figuring out what level of insulin reduction will work for me and my new love of all things kayak After my brief excursion I was already talking with my mother in law imagining circumnavigating the island with Daniel who has also never kayaked as a model or otherwise While my plans may be a bit ambitious considering my novice abilities and complete lack of elegant technique I managed to get myself completely drenched without falling out it is

    Original URL path: http://www.myfavouritenumber.ca/?p=299 (2016-05-01)
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  • Pump Update: Trial and Error | My Favourite Number
    regards to both blood sugar and topography after weeks of basal reductions and blood tests and bolus reductions and blood tests and extra carbs and blood tests I seem to have finally cracked my personal cycling insulin carbohydrate code with a big thank you to my endocrinologist for giving me some basic tips Since starting on my pump I ve been keeping a freakishly meticulous logbook and I can tell you that my first attempt at being a pumping cyclist went a little something like this 1 30pm 3 30pm I don t feel so great Hmm no wonder My sugar is 17 5 My sugar is 17 5 AFTER cycling 5km This sucks I still have to bike back home this SUCKS 7 11pm I don t feel so great Hmm no wonder My sugar is 3 0 Juice I don t feel so great Hmm no wonder My sugar is 2 9 Juice I don t feel so great Hmm no wonder My sugar is 3 7 Juice This sucks this SUCKS Contrast this outing with last weekend s lovely cycling day trip one month since that initial error filled attempt On Saturday afternoon Daniel two friends and I rode out to Thetis Lake 20 kilometres round trip And the entire afternoon my sugars hovered around 6 5mmol L with a single outlying reading of 10 7 No glucose tablets no shakiness or confusion no extreme thirst or unbeatable lethargy After four weeks pumping and two weeks intently tackling this cycling challenge I m finally starting to achieve trials without error Trial and success And it feels good This entry was posted in Blood Sugar Exercise Lows and Highs Pumping Insulin and tagged cycling Exercise trial and error Bookmark the permalink Goin To The Chapel That Darn Cat

    Original URL path: http://www.myfavouritenumber.ca/?p=453 (2016-05-01)
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  • SICK! Diabetes Style. | My Favourite Number
    I was getting too dehydrated or if my sugar kept dropping Thankfully my next result was 4 6 although it did drop to 3 5 about an hour later Given how low my sugars were running I set my pump to a 10 basal reduction To treat the low I was able to slowly and carefully sip half a cup of juice without being sick However since it took me about ten minutes to sip the juice my next glucose reading clocked in at 3 2 Oh no Should we head to emergency I should probably put on a sweatshirt that isn t splattered with hmm how to put it delicately puke Thankfully emergency wasn t necessary Although I was only able to drink juice in slow motion and the thought of chewing four powdery glucose tablets was enough to make me feel sicker Daniel brought me a tablespoonful of honey to try stomaching And I did And then we waited Eighteen minutes later 5 1mmol L Sweet My readings through the night hovered around 10mmol L At 1 30 in the morning I cancelled the temporary basal reduction As I write this I m sitting in bed sipping a blueberry and banana smoothie My morning reading was 6 1 and things are looking up Being sick with diabetes is so much easier with an amazing caregiver at hand Thank you Daniel for amongst a myriad of other things holding my hair fetching me Gravol calling my endo buying me diet ginger ale and getting me a clean sweatshirt that other one was pretty gross This entry was posted in Blood Sugar Pumping Insulin Sick Days and tagged sick Bookmark the permalink A quiet evening at home Growing Up D The Soccer Ball in the Trunk 4 Responses to SICK

    Original URL path: http://www.myfavouritenumber.ca/?p=356 (2016-05-01)
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  • My Favourite Number | Diabetes, Celiac & the Delicious Food That Fuels My Active Life | Page 5
    was the peanut oil we were using Posted in Celiac disease gluten free Tagged gluten gluten free products 3 Comments Disconnected Posted on February 7 2010 by Laura Brandes While the title of this post could easily refer to the fact that I have been AWOL from the blogoshpere for longer than I d care to calculate surprisingly enough it has nothing to do with my lack of prolificacy Instead it has to do with a matter of troubling mystery the scary truth of the fact that when it comes to diabetes I ve been doing it so long I could do it in my sleep Being of a hang loose mentality I don t usually think too much about my pump when I sleep I don t place it under my pillow or clip it to my pajamas or have a special pocket in which it can snuggle up safely Sometimes I wake to find my waist lassoed by tubing and I need to carry out the awkward shift and roll maneuver to free myself from its boa esque grip A few mornings I have woken up to a tugging sensation at my infusion site and found my pump dangling helplessly off the side of the bed as if it thought getting away would be that easy ha But all in all sleeping with the pump is extremely uneventful I sleep It lays beside me on the mattress I wake It gets clipped to my waistband or stored in my pocket Repeat Repeat Repeat However a few nights ago I awoke to a situation I hadn t yet experienced since I started pumping back in April It was four in the morning my skin was hot to the touch my blankets were in disarray and I had that telltale feeling of unquenchable thirst I propped myself up on one arm as I reached for the glass of water that sat on my bedside table Within seconds I had downed a full pint of water Even without testing I knew my blood sugar was far higher than it should be In the dark half asleep I clumsily grasped for my pump on the mattress beside me before I got up to go to the bathroom Middle of the night bathroom visits Another telltale sign of high blood glucose I ran my hands around my waist fumbling for the familiar feel of tubing Not having any luck I searched my stomach for my infusion site figuring I would follow the tubing from its source to my seemingly vanished pump When my fingers finally found the infusion set on the right side of my abdomen I immediately knew something was wrong I was disconnected My pump was not attached Instantly awake panic rose within me about the state of my blood sugar How long had I been disconnected And how could it have possibly happened In a flash I turned on my bedside light and there on my nightstand sitting nicely with

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  • My Celiac Story | My Favourite Number
    Part 3 Toward a Gluten Free Life Three weeks later sedated and wearing a hospital gown a friendly bespectacled gastroenterologist eased a tube down my throat to take a tissue sample from my small intestine and to take some photographs of my GI tract When I try to remember the day of my endoscopy faint snippets of memories come in and out of focus enshrouded in a blurry fog I remember the nurse trying five times before she successfully inserted my IV I remember my blood sugar cooperating hovering around 7mmol L all day even though I didn t ingest anything for almost 24 hours I remember a friendly old man waving to me from the hospital bed across the room giving me a thumbs up as I was wheeled into the procedure room I remember crying and gagging during the endoscopy when the sedative they d given wasn t strong enough I remember feeling cold I remember Daniel holding my hands and rubbing my feet his voice washing over me as he read out loud from the pages of his book I remember Daniel inserting test strips into my meter and helping me poke my finger I remember Daniel calling my mum and holding the cell phone up to my ear so I could say a groggy hello I don t remember being told that I should start on the gluten free diet immediately or that I d have a follow up appointment with the gastroenterologist in about a week I also don t remember being told that I shouldn t operate any heavy machinery or ride a horse Daniel remembered those parts for me And when we got home Daniel made me a bed on the futon gathered all my favourite movies and baked me some flourless peanut butter cookies It s important that you know that Daniel is not a baker However those flat dilapidated cookies were some of the best I ve ever eaten I hugged him and I cried Those cookies represented my first step toward a gluten free life Part 4 What it Feels Like to Feel Good How can a person live years without knowing what it feels like to feel good After six months of living gluten free I m finally starting to feel like myself again That girl who had been pushed aside veiled by years of malnourishment discomfort irritability and depression has finally reemerged I feel better than I have in ages I feel capable and strong and inspired Before my diagnosis a single trip to the grocery store would sap my energy for the day I would dread weekend visits from family or friends not because I didn t want to see them but because it would exhaust me and the whole next week would be spent recovering Before my diagnosis I would ration my activities planning only one big outing a day Thankfully things have changed Now I fill my days with the things I love I do

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  • gluten | My Favourite Number
    I have both type 1 diabetes and celiac disease If you re looking for motivation humour support or perspective on living with a chronic condition you ve come to the right place I also love food So if you re looking for gluten free recipes products and restaurant suggestions you ve also come to the right place I am not a doctor nor am I a certified diabetes educator I

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  • gluten-free products | My Favourite Number
    and I have both type 1 diabetes and celiac disease If you re looking for motivation humour support or perspective on living with a chronic condition you ve come to the right place I also love food So if you re looking for gluten free recipes products and restaurant suggestions you ve also come to the right place I am not a doctor nor am I a certified diabetes educator

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