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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Monday, December 29, 2008

My New Boy Friend

Sully showed up last night at 9:30 and my heart was his by 9:35.

How is it possible to fall in love so fast?

btw, Sully's The Dude.

He came out sporting a faux hawk!

A boy with style!

*sigh* I'm in love.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Happy Holidays And All That Jazz

I don't have anything to day except

Happy Happy!

oh and true to form, I woke up yesterday with a mouth ulcer.


I'd post a Christmas video but Christmas music not so much my thing.

So watch this instead and have a great day.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

How Many Layers Can A Girl Wear?

It's seriously cold here. I am currently wearing long underwear and two pair of pants, a tank top, two t-shirts, a sweatshirt and two pairs of socks. And I'm still cold. Why don't you just turn the heat up, you ask? Well, let me tell you and you know I will. My partner is one of those freakishly warm people who enjoys subzero temperatures and high winds. And I live in an old old apartment building, so no matter what I do, it's still cold and really there's only so much I'm willing to spend on heating when it's pointless.

So I layer. It's not attractive. Good thing I've been married 20yrs and Melissa no longer cares what I'm wearing as long as I shut up about the cold.

What you ask does that have to do with diabetes or islet transplantation?

absolutely nothing.

if you want related material, my bloodsugars have been awesome this week.


My sister's doctor but her on glipizide for the last two weeks of her pregnancy and she's been testing her blood sugar 6x a day like a good momma. I'm so proud of her. She grew up watching our mom and I with diabetes and she's doing it for the new squeak so she has some incentive but still. You gotta give it to her for not just deciding that for two weeks they'd be fine on diet/exercise. Diabetes aside, she's a better mom then I'd ever be. I've always known that. It's why I love her. She's given me kids to claim as my own and spoil. I'm keeping my fingers and toes and eyeballs crossed that her gestational diabetes leaves and that diabetes doesn't rear its ugly head again. In her or her kids.

Geh, I hate this stinking disease.

Have I mentioned lately how much I love islets?


Mr. Hypo Concludes

and thus we come to the conclusion of Mr. Hypo is Your Friend.

yay for friends in short shorts and shorter skirts!

Watch for Mr. Hypo in PDF format hopefully coming soon!

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Mr. Hypo Is My Friend 30-31

Silly clown! Tricks are for bad kids!

Smart kids are in control all the time!

I wasn't a smart kid.

Do your Friends gave you low self-esteem boys and girls?

Friday, December 19, 2008

Mr. Hypo Is My Friend 28-29

Here Mr Test Tube flashes us and Mr. Ketostix makes he's debut.

Do you know Mr. Ketostix?

I bet you do!

Random Entertainment For The Week 12/19

I tried. I really really tried to avoid posting this video as Random Entertainment because how much ukulele can the general diabetes blog sphere handle in a year?

But dang it! I like Dent May and His Magnificent Ukulele!

and I like this song!

So enjoy it, or don't. ;) It's up to you.

You have the power.

And if you too find you like Dent May and His Magnificent Ukulele you can find him on youtube here and on myspace here

Album out February 3, 2009.

yeah I can't wait.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

What You Won't Find Here

Each of the following keywords somehow brought my fellow humans to my blog in the last month. However, none of the following shall be found here.

I'm not sure why people bother once they get past the profile bit about "diabetes, islet transplant, pet bird" but they keep on coming back.

Anyway, here's this months list of Favorites-You-Won't-Find-Here

hot hot nakid girls
green flingers
magic coffee tree (if you find one will you send it to me please? thanks)
nakid boys
black people nakid
nakid native American men
they're doing good grammar

1. the only nakid I do around here is nakid green birds and by birds I mean the feathered parrot type.

2. I'm not sure what a green flinger is but its not here.

and 3. obviously I don't do good grammar. please see my disclaimer in the upper right for further instructions on that matter.

So sorry to disappoint on the lack of nudity on my blog.

Maybe next year.

Mr. Hypo Is My Friend 26-27

It was so easy to cheat back in the day.

ahh the nostalgia!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Update On Immunosupression Meds

It's been almost 4 weeks since I started taking Cellcept and three since I stopped Sirolimus. The difference in how I feel is amazing. I have energy and I don't feel the need to constantly nap or sit down or just not do anything. But the oddest thing about Cellcept?

Food actually tastes good. It's a whole world of weirdness for me because honestly, I can't remember eating and thinking, ooooh, yum more! Really, I've always had this mindset that food was a necessary evil and that if I didn't need to or wasn't just eating out of boredom I'd never eat.

So suddenly this week the world tastes a little different and I'm liking it.

Probably not such a good thing for my waistline, but for the moment I'm enjoying it.

Dinner anyone?

Mr. Hypo Is My Friend 24-25

Do you feel dressed up when you have to pee?

Dora does!

and yes, Mr. Test Tube did get hot and Mother got very annoyed when you dropped Mr. Test Tube on the tile floor in the bathroom and Mr. Chemical-filled-hot-pee went every where. Not that I'd know from experience.

Nope, not me. I never dropped Mr Test Tube cause he was uh, hot.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Mr. Hypo Is My Friend 22-23

More friends in tutus that all live together in a Clinitest Set house. Sounds fun!

oh and stale urine is BAD!

I don't remember peeing twice back in the day, but I'm glad I don't have to do that now.


such maintenance.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

10 Years Ago

10 years ago today my friend Chris died of Aids. Chris was a DJ in a bar in a town I lived in 15 years ago. I used to go listen to him spin on nights he worked and the place would be packed. He was one of the best damned DJ's I've ever heard and I didn't appreciate his talent until I'd been to clubs in major cities around the country and thought, "I miss Chris, Chris is way better then THIS!". He was the most laid back high energy kind of guy. His work reflected it, and so did the crowds he drew.

He loved hard house, so this one's for Chris.

He'd appreciate.


LSG - Netherworld (1997)

Warner Brothers decided have a little spat with Youtube, so all videos containing WB artists, or their music, or covers of their music have apparently been removed from the site. Sorry.

If it gets your goat:

Contact WB. Let them know how you feel.

Mr. Hypo Is My Friend 20-21

pages 20-21

In tomorrow's saga...

Testing your urine is important AND fun!

Yay for home chemistry sets!

Do you like Mother's apron?

I sure do.

double click on picture for larger image.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Best Buy founder takes on diabetes with $40 million gift

While it's not the center I had my transplant at, I still think its way cool.

Best Buy's founder, Richard Schulze, gave $40 million to University of Minnesota to help fund their islet transplant research.

Read the story here.

Now get off your duff and go buy something at Best Buy this holiday,

and while you're there say thank you.

Mr. Hypo Is My Friend 18-19

pages 18-19

Do you feel "funny" between meals?

Is it because you don't EAT ON TIME?!!

such guilt.

makes me appreciate Lantus, and insulin pumps and


(c'mon, you know I had to throw that in there!)

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Two Days Home From Chicago and Heading Into Crayzeeville

Chicago was as non-eventful as any trip to Chicago has been for me. We drove. No train this time. It rained. It was freakishly warm. We got there late, slept, got up and went to the clinical research center per usual at 7am the next morning.

I had blood drawn, physical, answered their questions, met new person in the study and answered a few of his questions and went home. Later that day Transplant Nurse Extraordinare called to tell me to increase my Cellcept from 1gm to 1.5gm 2x a day. My cholesterol level is slightly elevated even though I'm now on 40mg of lipitor a day, I apparently have another UTI (yippee),and my hemoglobin level is up a bit, which makes me happy happy!

On the crayzee side, my local ob/gyn put me on Provera. It's only for 10 days, but I'm only on day 3 and I feel sorry for my co-workers cause everything just ticked me off today! It's really too close to Christmas to be working retail and taking drugs that alter your mood in a negative way (not to mention altering weight in a upwardly way)! Geh, I'm questioning my sanity in agreeing to take it right now.

Note to self - next time take crayzee making drugs after crayzee making season is over.

good times, hopefully the provera will work and jump start my system cause according to Dr. ob/gyn not having a menstrual cycle in 3 yrs is abnormal even if for the past 20 you've only had oh say 2 a year, if that. hrm, I'm not so sure I'm buying it but whatever. We'll try it for awhile.

and that boys and girls was tmi.



tomorrow is Friday,

yay for Friday, random entertainment

and a day off from thinking about this shit.


Mr. Hypo Is My Friend 14-15

pages 14-15

A word about Ms. Fluffy Cotton.

Ok, I was the littlest gayest kid around and I thought Ms. Fluffy Cotton was H. O. T! I wanted a poster of Ms. Fluffy Cotton in my bedroom. Oh, wait, no I didn't. WTH? Did they really need a Betty Boopesque mini skirt wearing female character in this kiddie book?? Who writes this shit? no wonder I'm a dyke!

Even at age nine I thought it was um,


Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Mr. Hypo Is My Friend 12-13

pages 12-13

They're ACROBATS boys and girls!


I love the picture of INSULIN all gassy from being shaken.

He needs bean-o.

double click on picture for more larger more readable fun!

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Nutcracker and Nieces

We just got home from the Nutcracker. My 8yr old niece was mouse no 2. and a snake charmer. She of course was awesome and I got to spend the afternoon with her little sister cause mom and dad were suckered into selling cookies at the performance.

Niece no 2 and I had a good time. Waiting for the show to start, we played our own version of scissors, paper, rock otherwise know as pokey finger, alligator, claw. (claw beats alligator, alligator tries to beat pokey finger, pokey finger beats everything as long as "everything is played by Aunt Me). Basically, pokey finger wins and I end up poked somewhere that makes me jump and laugh cause I'm uber ticklish, as long as said somewhere isn't in my eye or nose. She's tried it, believe me, Aunt Me no likey fingers up the schnoz, and that option was nixed right away.

Niece no 3 will be arriving on December 28 if things go as planned. She might be a nephew and she might show up earlier, but if not I'll be going, "uuuugshhh there's a head sticking out of you, oh sister of mine", on the 28th cause that's when they're going to induce labor and hopefully rid my sister of that pesky gestational diabetes (You thought I was going to say kid didn't you?). Being in the labor and delivery room for the girls was just the coolest thing I've ever done and I can't wait for this one! ;)

Keep your fingers crossed that things go as planned and in three weeks maybe just maybe I'll post a picture of the new squeek!

And speaking of new squeeks, my girl bird is laying eggs. So far we have two. Last time she nested she laid 11 eggs, but none hatched. I'm hoping this time at least one makes it! I want grandbirds!

And last but not least, tomorrow I head back to Chicago for labs and follow up to make sure my drug levels are satisfactory and that my islets are happy little campers.

I may not have internet access,


'till Tuesday.

Mr. Hypo Is My Friend 10-11

pages 10-11

Did you know a PUNCH hurts a lot?

Mr. Hypo sounds OCD.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Mr. Hypo Is My Friend 8-9

pages 8-9

In which you see what a teacher looks like

and that I had no friends because I didn't deface my book by drawing pictures in it.

sad me.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Mr. Hypo Is My Friend 6-7

pages 6-7

here we learn that it doesn't matter if your friends are STRANGE looking.

good to know!

Random Entertainment For The Week 12/5

This is why we don't do puppets or clowns in our kid's party/entertainment type business.

can you say scary boys and girls?

Thursday, December 4, 2008

255 mg/dl

That's what my blood sugar was this evening when I woke up from my "omg, I'm so tired if I don't sleep now I'll pass out" nap.

It wasn't 2 hours post prandial.

It wasn't even post high carb meal.

It was 5 hours post two pretzel rods and 9 hours post lunch.


Look here islets! get cracking!! I'm tired of these random strikes!

Mr. Hypo Is My Friend 4-5

pages 4-5

page 4 used to remind me of that silly rhyme, you can pick your nose and you can pick your friends nose but you can't pick your frie.... wait.

oh and Mr. Hypo is one of your many many friends that we'll tell you about because you might not be aware that you have friends even if they're imaginary-type medical paraphernalia friends.


good times.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Mr. Hypo Is My Friend 2-3

pages 2-3.

In which we learn that even famous people get crap like diabetes and that you can still play tennis in casual Friday clothes and wave at fancy microphones if you have the dreaded D.

double click on picture for larger more readable image.

Lets Talk About It One More Time.

Organ donation is goodly. You know it. I know it. There are almost 100,000 people in the United States waiting for life saving organ transplants. I'm talking life saving, not life altering, like um tissue, and cornea (and don't forget pancreas and islet) transplants that improve quality of life rather then save it.

My sister died this year waiting for a liver. She waited three years before she got too sick to survive surgery and was taken off the transplant list. I think the day she was removed from the transplant list was harder then the day she died because we all were thinking the same thing. What if more organs were available? Would she have been transplanted sooner and survived?

At this point, what if's don't mean a thing unless I do something about it so that someone else doesn't have to live with what if.

So I registered with my state as an organ donor

and I'll ask you

once again

to register.


It'll do your karma good!

find your state's registry here.

thank you.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

For Parents of Kids With Diabetes, or...

Or anyone feeling the impact of diabetes on daily living.

International Diabetes Federation's magazine Diabetes Voice, October 08 issue is focused on DAWN in young people.

DAWN - Diabetes Attitudes, Wishes and Needs was a study done in 2001 to assess the psychosocial obstacles that people with diabetes face in striving to obtain optimal health and quality of life. While the original study focused on adult issues, DAWN Youth is well, youth focused.

If you are so inclined, you can find the October 2008, Vol 53 issue of Diabetes Voice here.

Interesting Stuff.

I recommend.

Mr. Hypo Is My Friend

Cover page.

If you're on pins and needles wondering what my opinion of Mr. Hypo really is you can revisit my blog entry about such pressing matters here.

tomorrow pages 1-2.


Don't pass out.

I know you're holding your breath waiting. ;)