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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Holidays and Resolutions

Well, it's that time of year again and I've been thinking about holiday giving and New Year's resolutions.

Every year my siblings and I, along with our spouses do a gift exchange. I had a difficult time deciding what to buy this year because lets face it. Most of us, by the time we are the ages of myself and my siblings, don't really need anything. This year we already bought gifts but we've also decided to give a donation in someones name in addition to gift giving.

And my partner and I have decided to keep on giving this year as our New Year's resolution. Every month a different charity, each month giving in honor or someone we love.

We actually started the donation of the month club in October with Cellmates On the Run, and the whole Chicago Diabetes Project/Chicago marathon thing that I wouldn't stop blogging about. November, we donated to a local shelter for victims of domestic violence and this month Heifer International.

Diabetes and Organ donation aren't the only passions in my life and I'm an annoying blogger like that, so you know I'll be posting monthly links to each organization. If you have any suggestions please either email me or post comments.

Our only guidelines? Nothing political and donations need to either be 1. medical research related or 2. directly impact individuals in need.

Thanks for your suggestions and Happy Christwanzakah.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Encouragement goes a long way.

So today I was in line at the gas station all queued up to buy coffee. A woman was in front of me holding an apple. She kept eyeballing the candy bars nearby and then looking at the apple, over and over. I could almost see the thought process going on in her head.

Apple, or chocolate? Apple? Chocolate?

Finally, with visible resignation she reached towards the candy and I found myself whispering, "Don't do it!".

And she stopped.

I wasn't sure if she even heard me until after she paid for her apple and gas and walked past me on her way out the door,

and whispered, "Thank you".

Funny how (minus the coffee) I ate better today too.

Sometimes it's just good to know you're not in it alone.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Santa Speedo Run Chicago 2009

When: 11:00 am, December 12, 2009

Where: Shenanigan's Bar, 16 W. Division, Chicago

Details: Santa Speedo Run for The Chicago Diabetes Project

It's only a mile down Rush St and back up Michigan.

You know you want to!

Well, at least sponser a crazy person. Here.

Danke.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Did you know?

# More than 100,000 men, women and children currently need life-saving organ transplants.

# Every 11 minutes another name is added to the national organ transplant waiting list.

# An average of 18 people die each day from the lack of available organs for transplant.

# In 2008, there were 7,984 deceased organ donors and 6,218 living organ donors resulting in 27,961 organ transplants.

# In 2007, approximately 30,000 grafts were made available for transplant by eye banks within the United States.

# According to research, 98% of all adults have heard about organ donation and 86% have heard of tissue donation.

# 90% of Americans say they support donation, but only 30% know the essential steps to take to be a donor.

Find your state's organ donor registrey here.

Thank you from the bottom of my liver.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Friday, November 6, 2009

Vaccinations and Small County Livin'.

I live in a small county right next to a much more populated county, and by "right next to" I mean quite literally, across the street. The kids from the schools that are closed due to H1N1 in my county could throw stones at the kids from schools closed due to H1N1 in the county next door. Oh wait. the majority of them go to the same schools. but guess what? (I bet you've already guessed where I'm going) The peoples in the more densely populated county right across the street, working in the same offices. going to the same public places and the same schools, have access to H1N1 vaccinations, and the peoples in my county? Not so much.


Big county next door got H1N1 vaccinations almost two weeks ago. Podunk county? Three days. I called both counties offices. Big? available to the highest risk group, kids, people working with kids, pregnant peoples and people with compromised immune systems. Podunk county? They've got them but not for the chronically ill and immuno compromised unless you happen to be under 19.

So what's a paranoid girl to do?

Travel 10 hours round trip to Chicago to the clinical research center at UIC on Monday. They've got vaccinations for all of the patients in the study, and I oh so appreciate that they do, but Monday's going to be a long long day for one silly shot that IMO should be available right next door.

I was never paranoid about germs before immuno suppression.

Really.

I wasn't.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Things I learned from my mother about Diabetes,.

My mother lived with type 1 diabetes for 52 years.

She taught me everything I need to know about it.

Read. Educate yourself. Never stop learning.

and never ever quit trying.













Good lesson for a lot things in life.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Have I Ever Mentioned?

Just how much I appreciate those of you that register as organ donors?

I do!

Yayyou!

p.s if you haven't signed up yet, find your state's registry here

Cellmates On The Run in New York!

Some of the fine folks that ran for CellmatesOnTheRun in the Chicago marathon will also be running in the New York marathon on November 1st.

They'll be listed as a partnering charity.

It's not too late to give some love and donate!

yay!

Monday, October 12, 2009

Appointments and Marathons

I had my quarterly appointment at UIC's clinical research center last Tuesday. My A1C was 6.3 for the second time in a row so I've been put back on Januvia. My fasting blood sugars are good. My blood sugar is staying up longer then it s should and while 6.3 isn't a horrible number I agree with Dr. Transplant that Januvia is a good idea.

My gallbladder will most likely be coming out in January. Unless I have symptoms again, then it will come out sooner.

I also have an angiomyolipoma on my kidney. It's a benign tumor. 2003 is the first time I can remember it showing up on any kind of scan or ultrasound and nothing has ever been done about it. I was told once it was benign but I've never had any follow up so UIC wants it checked out as a precaution. That will be happening sometime in January too. yay

on funner notes

We went to the Chicago Marathon on Sunday. We got there at 7:30. There was a high school race (I think 3miles?) then the wheelchair racers started, professional runners started and then everyone else. It was really cool to be able to be down there to cheer everyone on. I finally lost my voice from yelling around 1pm and we decided to head out even though there were still a lot of people running.

Now, I appreciate even more the runners that raised money for the Chicago Diabetes Project and diabetes research in general. CellmatesOnTheRun wasn't the only Diabetes related charity represented. We saw a few different organizations' shirts run by.

So to everyone that ran for a charity. Thanks!

To CellmatesOnTheRun, especially Dr. Oberholzer for encouraging people to run, and Amber, nurse extraordinaire, for raising more the twice her original goal and for being awesome in general, Thank you!

Yaycrazypeoplethatrunforacause!

Friday, October 9, 2009

What I Did Today

climbed this big stinking hill.

And got lost at the top.

Thank the gods for GPS.




btw. I didn't need glucose tabs!

yayislets!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Marathon Time!

This weekend is the Chicago marathon.

NO, I'm not running, but I'm going to be there to cheer on Dr. Oberholzer and Amber and the other fabulous folks that are running for CellmatesOnTheRun.

If I haven't already talked about it enough, let me say it again. CellmatesOnTheRun is an international group of physician, nurses, researchers, staff and supporters of the Chicago Diabetes Project.

Chicago Diabetes Project
is in turn an international group of physician, researchers, nurses... you get the picture right?.... working to cure diabetes. UIC's islet transplant program is an integral part of CDP. I had my transplant there so of course I'm a big fan.

Let's be honest tho, I'm a big fan of anyone working as hard as the people at CDP to cure Diabetes. I figure cheering till I haave no voice left is the least I can do for them, considering everything they've done for me and diabetes research in general.

Anywho, I'll be there Sunday at Mile 25 (Michigan and 16th, on the west side of the street), Chicago.

Come join us.

The show starts at 7:30am.

yay!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Scattered Entertainment

It's been months and I have no excuse so here's some music to entertain until I'm home and can post more about islets and stuff.

Chicago Marathon is this weekend, so yeah guess where I am. Cheering on some crazy folk that like to run. good entertainment.

watch this


Pomplamoose is yummy

Friday, July 31, 2009

Surprise!

Sooo, for the past few months I've been dealing with what I thought was heartburn, an ulcer, one of my meds causing stomach pain or something along those lines, but today I got a phone call from transplant coordinator nurse extraordinaire, and she said in not so many words "surprise! you have gallstones!".

How do they know this?

July I had my annual lets make sure nothing has gone horribly awry with study patient, abdominal ultrasound. Turns out something was awry. I go back to Chicago in a week for an added appointment and I'm sure said stones will be discussed then.

Meanwhile, you can sell your stocks in Tums. Sales will be plummeting. I'm going to stop eating them like they're Skittles.

They never helped anyway.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Why I Love My Islets

Summertime around here is one crazy whirlwind of a season. Let me explain.

My partner and I have a party rentals / kids entertainment business that for the most part functions April through October every year. In addition to this we both have day jobs that provide steady if somewhat meager wages and medical benefits.

The party business has a bounce house, popcorn poppers, cotton candy machines, and sno cone machines and in addition to that we also do face painting, and balloon twisting for things like birthday parties, church functions and corporate events. This season has been busy to say the very least and this leads me to the reason for the title of today's blog entry.

Today was a perfect example of why I love my islets.

I got up at 3:30am to get ready for my day job.

Worked from 4:30 - 9:00. It was a short day, thank Buddha.

10am we picked up a popcorn popper from a week long rental.

12noon bounce house set up. Now mind you, the bounce house weighs 275lbs, requires four 50lb sand bags to weigh it down, and the only equipment we use to get said items where they need to be are our van and a dolly. (can you say exhausting boys and girls?)

1pm -4pm balloon twisting, and general supervision of 50 kids in and out of the bounce house while their parents take full advantage of an open bar and the crazy lady with the balloons. Meanwhile Moe drove back across town to drop off a sno-cone rental.

4pm tear down, roll up, and load bounce house back into van, while trying to keep curious kids out of the way.
.
5pm drive back across town again to pick up sno cone machine.

6pm get home, unload popper, sno-cone machine, clean and sanitize machines and get supplies ready for tomorrow.

8pm, order a pizza and realize the last thing I ate was a bag of Cheetos at 6:30am.

8:15pm test my blood sugar and its 98.

and that is today's reason for loving my islets. ;)

yaysummer!

Monday, July 13, 2009

Labs Labs Labs and Some Irrelevant Stuff too

Ok, I Promised, I shall deliver. Be prepared for boring.

Glucose (fasting) - 98
A1C - 6.0
Fructosamine 243

A1C and fructosamine are a little higher then I'd like them to be, but considering what I've eaten in the past month. yeah, I'll take it.

I don't have c-peptides yet and everything else is normal with the exception of hemoglobin (low at 10.9) and Platelets (High at 515). Neither of there are particularly concerning so yeah. good times.

In other not so interesting irrelevant news, chipmunks keep pulling up the radishes in my garden. I'd be all fine with sharing if they actually ate them, but no, they're like toddlers that want something and then decide its nasty after they try it. I got home from work today and there was a little pile of dried out roots on the ground.

Little buggers! It's a good thing chipmunks are cute.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Keyword Analysis

Yeah, I have no life.

It's been awhile since I last checked to see which keywords were getting people to my blog. Today, I was curious, so here are a few of my favorites this time around.

1. nakid beaches. - sadly, none here.

2. one that included the phrase "hot nakid lady" with another phrase that together even I wouldn't post on my blog and I'm not easily offended. (all I'm saying here is ick)

keyword analysis makes me think that most people are really bad at searching the interwebby thingummy cause porn and nakidness, like savoire-faire, are everywhere and google searching for said items shouldn't be difficult or bring you here. It's mind boggling. Sometimes I just stare at such phrase and think "uuhhh??wuh??".


3. islet transplant abuse - none of that here either.

4. my friend mr. green - I hope, if you are still searching for your friend that you find him soon.

and my favorite

5. diabeticalness - I thought I made the word up!

gmta.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Millennium Park Chicago

When I go to Chicago for my quarterly follow ups with UIC's islet transplant team I usually stay downtown at Hostel International Chicago. HI Chicago is on Congress at Wabash, which is about five blocks from Millennium Park. If you live in the Chicago area and have never been there I recommend and if you happen to be touristing in Chicago, skip Navy Pier and see the park. You won't be disappointed.

While I was there I took some photos with my junky camera phone. I'd have used a real camera but well, I failed to bring mine with. Such is life.



Crown Fountain consists of two towers facing each other with a shallow reflecting pool between them that people wade in. The towers are made of glass bricks. Each tower has video of various faces staring out smiling, not smiling. you get the picture.



The fountain spits. Cool beans!



Flowers in Lurie Garden, Millennium Park. There are flowers everywhere in Chicago. Millennium Park has a lot of flowers that grow wild where I live. It's odd to see them in the middle of the city.



Even odder were the bunnies we came across eating lilies. Pigeons I expect in cities, Squirrels, sure. The bunnies just caught me off guard and it seemed quite used to being stared at by goofy camera toting tourists. ;)

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Chicago and Back Again

I just returned from Chicago after my quarterly bit of fun. This visit involved two glucose tolerance tests, a CIMT (ultrasound of the carotid arteries), an abdominal ultrasound and an ekg. I did not however see Dr. Transplant. He is after all a transplant surgeon and can't always plan when organs are going to be available, so he was in surgery.

Going by the accuchecks that were done during the glucose tolerance testing I can pretty much guess that all is well in isletland. The ultrasound on the other hand is one of those things that just can't be judged by the testing itself, cause I know about my situs inversus (backwards innards) and polysplenia syndrome (too many spleens) and the other odd things associated with them (you can look those up yourself if you are so inclined) but the radiology tech didn't so ultrasound took a long time and there was much discussion about said goofiness. That being said I never really can tell if they're discussing new findings or just interesting (only to medical dorks, erm, professionals) findings,

My CIMT was good. This I know, because Paul over at Radiant Research said I have nice open arteries and that's a good thing boys and girls. CIMT is an ultrasound of the carotid arteries. The health of your carotid arteries reflects the health of your coronary arteries so clean carotids = clean coronaries.

When I get other labs back like A1c and such I shall post more. Promise ;)

Last but not least on my agenda tonight before I hit the hay, Amber, one of the awesome nurses over at UIC clinical research center is going to be running in the Chicago marathon with CellmatesOnTheRun. Her goal is to raise $1500 and she's almost there, so pretty please help her out and help diabetes research too!

Amber's fundraising site can be found here.

Thanks!

yayamber!

Friday, July 3, 2009

Happy 4th!

Or in my tiny little Podunk world, happy 3rd cause that's when Podunkville celebrates it. Don't ask me why.

In the spirit of the holiday here's some important guidelines to help you get through the weekend.

enjoy

Sunday, June 21, 2009

It's been awhile

so you know I have to ask.

Have you registered as an organ donor yet?

All the cool kids are doing it.

Find your state's registry info here.

thanks!

yayyou!

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Sponsor a Cellmate!

If you haven't already checked out the above link for Cellmates On The Run, a fundraiser for the Chicago Diabetes Project, please do!.

If you already have and are thinking about donating or sponsoring a runner you can do that that here.

Thanks, from the bottom of my liver.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Squirrel Nut Zippers and well, Squirrel Nut Zippers

One of the joys of being euglycemic is I can now peruse the bulk bins of nasty stale candy that no one really wants to eat at local farm market. At said local farm market one must walk past the candy to get to the things that farm markets might call checklanes and pay for one's goods. Today I found a bin of these:










so I bought some, cause even kind of stale and crunchy on the edges Squirrel Nut Zippers are yummy and delightful. mmmmm

The candies got me to thinking about another bunch of yummy and delightful Squirrel Nut Zippers. Yep, these:










so I thought I'd treat you to this:



have a nice day.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Hypothyroid + intolerance to cold = a good thing?

I spent the winter freezing my everything off because 1, my apartment has no insulation and 2 my thyroid levels were off. No thyroid + not enough synthroid = big fat brr!!!

so now my thyroid meds are at the appropriate level (yay), and it's spring time and warmer and such and hell if I can't sleep because it's too freeking warm in here.

*sigh* where's the intolerance to any temp under 80 when you need it?

btw, the islets are still going strong.

yaybetacellfunction!

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Random Entertainment for the week 4/30

It's been a while, so here's a two for one special.

Cheryl Wheeler, Gandhi/Buddha and the counter to it.

btw. she has a new album out. you can order it from Goldenrod Music if ye be so inclined.

This one's for Moe.



and I'd like to think Moe would never counter with this version, but yeah, she puts up with a lot from me. :)

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Two weeks and a second opinion later

Dr. Endo at UIC has decided I don't need radioactive iodine. yay. I'm all content with that cause it was something I really didn't want to do.

I had my quarterly followup in Chicago with the islet transplant team. My A1c was 5.9, a little higher then in January but nothing to be concerned about. I had two metabolic tests done one was an oral glucose tolerance test and the other a glucagon stimulation test. Many of you are familiar with the oral gtt. It involves drinking yummy (bleh) orange syrup and then waiting around for a couple of hours while they draw blood. Glucagon stimulation testing is pretty much the same only glucagon is given rather then the tastey orange gunk.

Anyway, my ogtt results were normal. At the last blood draw my blood sugar was 108. I don't have the results from the glucagon stimulation test yet. I could get it but it can wait until my next appointment in July.

I have to apologize, I've gotten boring in my current state of euglycemia and good health.

Have I mentioned lately that I love my islets?

I do.

Yayislets!

btw, if you haven't already, check out the CellmatesOnTheRun site and think about supporting a runner. Good Karma dude!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Thyroid Scans and a video to boot!

Two weeks ago i had a TMS scan to make sure all of my thyroid tissues are gone after surgery and cancer and all that happy jazz. It was pretty non-eventful. Over the course of a week, I had two injection of thyrogen, a capsule of radioactive iodine and was scanned from head to knees. Why head to knees and not head to toe you ask? I wondered the same thing. Apparently they're not worried about thyroid cancer migrating to the shins or ankles or something like that

Anyway, I needed to get a copy of the radiology report to take to my next trip to Chicago and since I have yet to hear from my local endocrinologist about said test results I figured today was a fine day to drop by the hospital and get me a little piece of paper that I was sure would say I was all good and cured and such.

Well, I'm not sort of. Cured probably. Good kinda. Maybe. What I'm trying to say is there is still thyroid tissue showing up in my neck after having had my thyroid gland removed. Since they can't guarantee that it's not left over cancer cells the report recommended more radioactive iodine to obliterate it. Yay,

But like I said, I haven't heard from Dr Endo yet, so we'll see what he has to say and what Dr. Transplant thinks when I see him in a couple of weeks.

Meanwhile, I have a little rant. Warner Brothers and Youtube are in a spat so all videos with WB content are being pulled, including more then a few videos I've posted as Random Entertainment over the past year.

So fine, here's an original from David Choi. I had to pull one of his videos for above reasons and I like David Choi's music.

WB can stick it. Originals are better anyway.



You can check out David Choi's youtube channel here if you are so inclined.

oh and BooWarnerBrothers!

greedybastards.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Once again, It's That Time Of The Month.

to remind everyone you love to go register for organ donation.

It's good juju.

If you live in Texas, check out LifeGift.

Elsewhere in the US? Find your state's registry here.

and in Europe check out the European Commission website on Organ Donation.

Thank you.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

2009 Chicago Marathon Anyone?

I know, I know, it's not until October but if you're thinking about training for a marathon, you're thinking about it already.

Personally, I reserve running for times when really scary people are chasing me, but I'm happy to support the crazyees that do enjoy a 26.2 mile bit of self induced torture.

And in turn some of them support the diabetes community.

CellmatesOnTheRun
is a team whose goal is to raise money for The Chicago Diabetes Project, an organization near and dear to my heart (and liver). CDP helps fund UIC's islet transplant program. I talk about CDF and UIC incessantly so I know, you know they're the peeps that did my islet transplant.

If you live in the Chicago area they'll even help you train and such. It's a win-win situation!

so yeah, go sign up.

All the cool kids are doing it.

YayCellmatesOnTheRun!

Random Entertainment For The Week 3/21

Welcome to spring.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Random Entertainment For The Week 3/8

Ok it's really Random entertainment for two weeks because I was lazy and didn't post last week.

bad me

have fun.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

ha ha



honestly, I don't get twitter.

anyone care to esplain?

btw click on the foto to enlarge.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Random Entertainment For The Week 2/21

My father loved Peggy Lee's music. I have his record collection. Yes, flat, black and vinyl. I even have a honest to golly turn table from back in the day. Guess what I did this afternoon?

Geezer-dork that I am.

This was one of Dad's favorite songs.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Happy Happy!



Happy V.D to the ones I love.

Amber Ryan McKenna Cade Kate Sully Moe Dan Per Sea Penny Marilyn Dad Greggie andAllTheBirdsInTheFlock (YouKnowWhoYouAre)

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Islet Transplant Article on Diabetes Health

Diabetes Health has an article about the Chicago Diabetes Project and islet transplantation. Excellent article but then I might be biased.

Cause, yeah, I heart my islets and the transplant team at UIC.

They're the bomb diggity.

You can find the article here,

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

More bird news.

My birds are still all sick. Well, two out of three are sick and the fourth one is dead. Dr. Vet man says what ever they have they got from me (or more likely, from Moe since she was the one with the sinusy gunk last month), cause birds don't get gram positive type bacterias unless they get them from humans. Anyway, I feel bad that they're sick and angry with me for torturing them with antibiotics. Green Bean seems to like Cipro but judging from their reactions, the Budgies think it tastes something akin to ass. Butter quite literally spit it in my eye tonight, and while I stumbled around trying to get the sticky stingy pink gunk out of my eyeball, he flew around the house bitching at me like, well, the angry, crazed parakeet that he was. I can't blame him. I'd be angry too and quite frankly if he's healthy enough to put up that much of a fight. Go him!
Hopefully, when I take the birds back to the vet next week for a recheck they'll be all good. I hope so, cause at $165 a visit I can't afford to keep taking them every other week.

*sigh*

I love my avain vet. He's awesome, and worth every penny.

Can I add the birds onto my work benefits?

"Really Dr Vet man, they're on my family plan, prescriptions covered too..."

heh

dream on.

oh and since I haven't said it in ages

Yayislets!

my blood sugars are still all normal like.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Sad, Sick and, well, sleepy.

Just as Green Bean started getting better the other birds started getting worse. Marble, my youngest budgie died on Sunday with out any indication of having been sick. Sky, who shares a cage with Marble seems fine but Butter is having a rough time recovering from what ever is ailing my feathered friends. Needless to say the birds are all on a 2nd round of antibiotics and Marble is, well, in the deep freeze otherwise known as my deck box, cause how do you bury a bird when you can't get to the ground much less dig it up? Pray for cold weather until I can figure out what to do with him.

*sigh*

Poor Marble. He was never quite right, but that's a story for another time.

I'm sleepy, and I'm heading off to bed.

One of these day's I'll be online for more then 30 minutes.

Promise.

Random Entertainment For The Week 2/2

Late again.

This is for my dorkish friends.

You know who you are.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Random Entertainment For The Week 1/25

Paganini Caprice no 24

Li Jie

Bird's Gotta Visit the Doctor Too Ya Kno.- and an Islet Update, Kinda

Bean had his annual avian vet check on Friday and he has a cold so he's on antibiotics for ten days. He likes his medicine. It's all strawberry flavored and most delicious judging by his behavior. Today I set him on the counter by the syringe after he got his meds and he started chewing on the end in a kind of "gimme more!" manner. I won't complain, Butter (Green Bean's cage mate) despises the whole ritual and clamps his beak shut until he gets so mad at me he starts biting. I can sneak the medicine in then but he usually manages to spit out it all over me. He's a stubborn little bugger and I'm sure it doesn't help any that the entire time Green Bean yells because durn it! he wants the attention and treats! *sigh* I'm telling you its just rough being feathered and loved.

and on the islet front.

I have nothing to report. All is well. In the past month I've had all of one blood sugar reading over 200, one over 150 and the rest have been between 95 and 140. Euglycemia has settled in. I like it.

Now if can just get my thyroid in order I'll be all normal like.

and won't that be weird?

yayislets!

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Poor Birdies

Not only is it cold season for us poor human folks but for our feathered friends as well. The number one phase in my blogs keyword activity this month is "bird won't stop sneezing".

Poor little doods.

Folks if your bird is sneezing continuously, that's a sign of respiratory infection and/or cold. Take them to a qualified avian vet for a check up and antibiotics. The over the counter versions don't work and can make your bird worse.

Find an avian vet here.

If you can't find a certified avian vet in your area listed on that site call you local pet store, or bird breeder and ask for a recommendation.

Birds don't generally show signs of illness until they are very sick and need medical attention. soo yeah, don't wait.

danke.

Labs Labs Labs

I'm not talking dogs here.

All of the whining I've done over the past six months or so about my A1c creeping up and my goofy random numbers in the +200's, and this quarters A1c was down to 5.5. I've never had a 5.5 not even in the first year after transplant. Apparently mine islets like the Cellcept better then they liked Sirolimus.

My fasting c-pep was 1.3.

Per usual, my cholesterol is up, so Dr. Endocrinologist switched me from Lipitor to Crestor. hopefully this change will also be good for me.

My TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) was high, possibly because of the switch in immuno supression meds so my thyroid meds were increased again.

Everything else was all normal like, except for my low vitamin D level which is more likely due to the fact that I live in a state with little sunshine this time of year then to do with anything diabetes or transplant related.

I'm happy about the A1c. Confused a bit because my islets seem to like to randomly function perfectly and give me a most excellent A1c and then go back to their usual goofiness and pop out a high one, so I'm not holding my breath until April. if my A1c is most excellent like again in three months, I'll celebrate.

Oh yeah and my hemoglobin level was 12.6. I'm so donating blood next month if I'm given permission.

yaycellcept!

yayislets!

btw wish me lower TSH levels in five weeks so my stinking energy level gets back to normal. This sleeping 15 hrs a day bites and its bad for my social, erm online life too!

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Random Entertainment For The Week 1/18

It's long.

make popcorn.

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.

http://www.warnerbros.com/main/help/customer_service.html

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

All Is Quiet On The Islet Front

I had a three month follow up in Chicago yesterday and it was pleasantly uneventful. At least so far. I haven't heard back on labs/blood work and if I don't hear back the same day it usually means nothing is worth calling about. Eventually, I'll get copies of blood work if I request them.

The main issues that were addressed were my cholesterol level, blood pressure and general wellness now that I've been on Cellcept for over a month. I'm betting my lipids are elevated per usual, since that seems to be my pattern for a long as I can remember no matter which med I'm on. My blood pressure has been oddly low and I'm now off of one of my meds for that, and my general wellness has been, um, well. No mouth ulcers, no overwhelming need to sleep 24/7, no feeling fatigued and nauseous all the time.

I'm a whole new me on Cellcept.

With nothing to blog about.

Happy for me. Boring for readers.

I'm not apologizing.

I like it.

yaycellcept!

I'll post lab results when I get them. Promise.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Random Entertainment For The Week 1/2

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.

http://www.warnerbros.com/main/help/customer_service.html