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Dating...

I've now had two dates with a man.
Two traditional dates, where he's taken me out for dinner and he's treated me like a lady.
We did kiss at the end of each evening but that's it... Whoa!
It's not long distance (For a change). He lives in Toronto (albeit Bloor and Christie, which may as well be in another time zone).
We'll see how things go. I'm liking him so far and excited for our third date. :)

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25 years...

  • 55,000+ blood tests
  • 45,000+ insulin injections
  • 35+ insulin pump sites
  • 50+ paramedic rescues
  • 10,000,000+ calories consumed treating lows
  • 9,130 DAYS LIVING LIFE TO THE FULLEST!!!
January 22, 1987. It was a Thursday. I was 9. I had been sick for a few weeks.

I'd been battling a series of infections: ear infection, flu, chest infection. One would clear up with antibiotics and then I'd come down with something else. I remember my Dad having to drive to a Shoppers Drug Mart 40-mins away late one night to get a prescription my doctor had called in. Small town living... you can call your doctor at home but the closest 24-hour pharmacy is a long drive away.
I hadn't been eating much for a few weeks and had lost about 20% of my 9 year old body weight. I was drinking everything in the house though. When my parents got on my case about this, I took to drinking from the faucet in the bathroom. I would stand there for so long drinking the cold stream of water that my lips would turn blue.
I started wetting my bed.
I'll always remember during a family Sunday drive, my parents having to stop at an open house in the country so that I could use their toilet. Shortly thereafter, we had to pull into a McDonald's so I could go again. Dad wasn't impressed.

I don't remember a lot about January 22, 1987.
I remember trying to force myself to eat cereal that morning. I grew up in a household that NEVER had sugary cereal. Plain Rice Krispies was as "fun" as it got. For some reason we had Sugar Crisp though and that was what my Mum had tried to get me to eat for breakfast. Her baby was wasting away.
Mum brought me to our family doctor for the umpteenth time since the holidays. This time he took a urine sample and immediately after testing it told my Mum to get me to the hospital and that I was most likely diabetic.

We drove home and Mum packed an overnight bag for me: jammies, a book, a banana (since I hadn't eaten that day), my stuffed beaver.
It was winter and road conditions weren't good. I was drifting in and out of consciousness during the 40-min drive to the nearest emergency room. I remember my Mum kept checking in on me as I lay in the back seat. She kept telling me not to fall asleep. My Dad was on a business trip in the UK.
When we slowly walked into the ER, they took one look at me and immediately offered a wheel chair. I refused - I didn't want to look sick. Guess I hadn't looked in the mirror much in recent weeks. :(

There were 4 nurses and a few doctors dedicated to me that day in the ER.
I was so dehydrated they couldn't get blood from me at first. They tried my inner arms, my wrists, my hands, my neck, behind my knees. Each time they jabbed me with another needle, I would squeeze my stuffed beaver. I had no energy to complain and wasn't really with it anyway. They eventually got blood from the area between my thigh and groin.

My blood sugar was 69mmol/L.

My Mum told me some of the nurses were crying because they didn't think I was going to make it. I was drifting in and out of consciousness. :(
Not realising how sick I was, my biggest concern was that Mum hadn't eaten that day. I made her eat the banana she had brought for me.
My Dad rushed home from the UK on the first available flight.

I spent the next 3 weeks in the hospital. At 9 years old, I learned how to draw up a vial of insulin and gave myself injections twice a day. I tested my blood sugar 4-6 times a day. I learned to recognise when my blood sugar went low so I could treat it with juice or glucose tablets. My parents weighed and measured all my food. We lived on a regimented schedule for meal times.

I've literally had a lot of scary downs and ups over the years. The feeling of losing consciousness and control/having seizures due to a low blood sugar is something I wouldn't wish upon my worst enemy. I'll be happy to never see another paramedic in my life.

Diabetes treatment has changed so much in the quarter of a century I've been living with it.
My first blood meter took 4 minutes for a result and was the size of a handbag. Now they take 5-seconds and I could fit 12 in my purse!
Insulin has been fine-tuned to be able to better mimic that produced by a working pancreas.
Needles are a fraction of the size.
Now I have this crazy device called an insulin pump hooked up to me and another that tests my blood sugar every 5-minutes and alerts me to changes.

Diabetes is not something I want but it has enriched my life.
I grew up a lot faster than other kids my age. I had to be a lot more responsible. I think that's made me a better person.
I have met some of the most wonderful friends, who also happen to be diabetic. Diabetes never goes away (not for a minute); we're always thinking about how what we're doing may affect our blood sugars so it's incredible to have friends who can relate.
I've done some really cool activities with these friends.
My scares with bad low blood sugars have encouraged me to live my life to the fullest, to travel the world, to do extreme sports.
I'm involved with an incredible group called I Challenge Diabetes (http://www.ichallengediabetes.org) that allows me to help children, teens, adults and parents of diabetics understand how to best manage their diabetes and live active, healthy lives.
I'm starting to share my story with others through inspirational presentations.
People tell me that I inspire them and that means more to me than a huge paycheque.

There will be a cure one day. I don't expect it in my lifetime. I'm okay with that.
I live a fuller and more rewarding life than many non-diabetics. I wouldn't be the person I am today if it weren't for diabetes and I kinda like me.

Tonight I will be celebrating living an active, full, rewarding and exciting life with diabetes.
I'll be enjoying an expensive bottle of wine and looking forward to the next 25 years and beyond.
I'll be toasting each of you for your involvement in my journey but with a special thanks to my Mum, Dad & sister for always believing I could do anything I set my mind to.

Cheers to another 25 years, 50 years and beyond!!!

A lot can happen in 3 months...

My last post in early March was about how much I love my job.

Today's post is to announce I got caught in corporate lay offs and am, once again, unemployed.

As HR stated, it has nothing to do with me or my performance (which they are very happy with) but that our parent company in the US has determined that my position is being made redundant. There have been many lay offs over the past few weeks so I'm just another number.
Corporate doesn't realise that I was basically running the marketing department and I'm concerned that my brands will be ruined.

Since I was only there 9 months, my severance is minimal but I should have enough hours for EI.
The job market has improved since last year but I still know countless people looking for marketing work. This sucks. I guess my experience in the wine industry will give me a leg up on them though.
I'm hoping to get back in at the Wine Rack part time to supplement my EI but they may not want me since I'm, clearly, only there until the next career position comes along. The manager at my local store is ready to hire me but she has to get approval from the VP.

I'm beginning to think I have a career curse over my head.

Onwards and upwards. What doesn't kill me will only make me stronger. Everything happens for a reason.

Hmmmmmmm...

Your rainbow is intensely shaded black, violet, and red.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

What is says about you: You are a powerful person. You appreciate beauty and craftsmanship. You are patient and will keep trying to understand something until you've mastered it. You get bored easily and want friends who will keep up with you.

Find the colors of your rainbow at spacefem.com.

Drink Wine, Save a Life - My Life!

For the 5th year Yvon Mau wines is generously donating $1.00 from every bottle of Yvon Mau wine sold at your local LCBO to the Juvenile Diabetes research Foundation (JDRF). 

The following wines must be purchased by November 11th, 2007 to be eligible for the donation:

LCBO #BrandRetail Price
#627265Yvon Mau Chardonnay$9.25
#019653Yvon Mau Savignon Blanc$9.25
#349860Yvon Mau Cabernet Savignon$9.25
#336743Yvon Mau Merlot$9.25
#572370Yvon Mau Merlot 1.5L$16.95
#665398Premium de Bordeaux$14.95 ($2 donation for this bottle)

The above wines will be featured on the shelf (in the French wines areas) with a neck tag indicating a donation to the JDRF.  If the neck tag is missing, the donation will still be made.

So everyone, get your butts to the LCBO, stocl up on wine and help to save my life!

XOX
 

CNE

I got an email today with a coupon for 2-4-1 admission to the CNE this Friday.
This Friday only. 
Regular adult admission is $14 so that's not bad for 2 people.

If anyone is interested in going with or without me, let me know and I'll forward you the email/coupon.

Skittles vs. Singing Bunny


Clearly I am bored but this was hilarious!

I love Skittles


Haven't had any for ages but the next time I do, I will giggle.

Nothing like an unexpected visit from a sexy man in a new BMW to get me out of the funk I was in today!

Blue Jays Game

Anyone interested in seeing this Saturday's Blue Jay's game with me?
I've been offered tickets.

I believe they're playing against Colorado and the game starts at 1pm.

It's Friday!!!!!

1. Do you gamble?
My ex and I spent 4 days in Vegas and spent a whopping $8 gambling.  We were up $1.75 at the end of our trip!  LOL
I'm not a gambler.  I've gone to the casinos here a few times but always stick to the max amount I say I will spend (usually $20).  I do occasionally buy lottery tickets but only a few times a year.

2. Have you ever rode a horse?
Several times as a child but in the last few years I have ridden an elephant & a camel!  Wheeeeeeeeeeee!

3. Do you drink alcohol?
I do.  I think I was completely intoxicated in this picture.

4. What is your favorite Mexican food?
Quesadillas.

5. Friday fill-in:
On Saturday, I plan to go to the gym, maybe walk along the boardwalk and do some cleaning.

It's Friday!!!!!

1. Four years ago -- where were you?
On this exact date, I believe I was in Vancouver.

2. What bores you to tears?
Boys talking about computers.

3. Do you have rhythm?
I have great rhythm but rarely choose to use it since a lot of music bores me to tears.

4. Who would you like to see today?
There's a few men I can think of but I'll happily settle for my 3-year-old nephew, who I'll be seeing in a few hours.  Yay!

5. Friday fill-in:
Always thought that I'd
be married and have kids by now - I'm quite happy in my life though so no regrets.

I'm evil!

I have been laughing my head off for the past 10 minutes!

My new office looks out onto, well, a "lovely" roof.
Not much to see out there since it's boxed in by various office towers.

Occasionally security from the building come out to the roof for a smoke or to take a break.
Well, one of them was just out there chatting on his cell phone and must have had the wrong key chain with him because he got locked up there.
I just watched him out my window and laughed my head off as he tried to open the door with every key on his key chain whilst looking very cold and distressed.  He must have reached one of his counterparts on the phone eventually because someone just let him in.

I needed that giggle, even if it was at someone else's expense.

It's Friday!!!!!

1. What timezone are you in
    Eastern Standard Time (I think)
2. Do like Daylight Savings Time, or should it be gotten rid of?
    I could care less.  Never really thought about it.
3. Do you wear a wristwatch?
    Yes
4. What time is it right now (local time)
   
9:28pm
5. Analog or Digital?
    Analog.  Even the clock on my mobile is set to analog.

It's Friday!!!!!

1. How's your weather?
A few clouds
Current temperature: -7
Wind chill: -14

2. What can you hear right now?
A streetcar passing outside and my television

3. Do you like to spy on people?
I like to know what people are talking about but I wouldn't "spy" to find out

4. When is the last time you had to prove yourself?
I think we all do so on a daily basis to some extent

5. What would you like to take back?
There's a pair of slacks that have been hanging in my closet for 2 years that I've never worn...

It's Friday!!!!!

1. What did you eat yesterday?
Cereal bar for brekkie, vegetarian chili, yogurt & banana for lunch, salad for dinner & a piece of cheese for a snack in the evening.

2. Are you more likely to yell or give the silent treatment?
Silent treatment and the evil eye.

3. Who/what did you last grieve?
Morrissey boycotting Canada.

4. What feels good today?
Wine will feel good tonight.
Note to self: almost out of Pinot so stop by the liquor store on way home.

5. Friday fill in: Thank you ___ for ___.
Thank you Frederick Banting & Charles Best for insulin.

"Calm down, troll doll"

Best line of the night!

Spoken by Joey Greco on Cheaters, directed at some freak a girl was cheating on her boyfriend of 4-years with.

Second best line of the night:
"Go have some hepatitis"!

Again, directed at the "troll doll" by Joey Greco.

That Joey was just pulling them out of his hat tonight. LOL

It's Saturday!!!!!

I'm a day late on the fridayfiver so here it is on Saturday.

1. First kiss?
At a PCP (Pop, Chips & parents) party in 7th grade to the song Heaven by Warrent. Kiss #2 was to Milli Vanilli's Blame It On The Rain. LOL

2. Underwater swimming or skydiving?
Skydiving. Can't wait to do it again!

3. Careful as you cross the street or never look both ways?
Quite careful and I only jay-walk when I'm with a group.

4. Ketchup: a vegetable?
Technically tomatos are a fruit but, to me, ketchup is simply a condiment.

5. Underwear - optional?
Entirely optional!

It's Friday!!!!!

1. Last person you told to shut up:
My 2 1/2 year old nephew, Cameron, told me to "be quiet" last weekend. Does that count?

2. Do you drink wine?
Are you serious!?! Wine is my drink of choice.

3. Ever fly on a plane?
I certainly didn't walk to the 19 countries I've visited.

4. Do you yell at your friends?
I only yell at my computer.

5. What have you quit?
I quit daily smoking and now only do it when I'm drinking wine, in a foreign country, or yelling at my computer. ;)

It's Friday!!!!!

1. Are you complicated?
On one hand I'm an open-book and easy to understand, yet I can also be very complex and complicated.

2. Do you retaliate?
Only in my mind.

3. Last person to hug you?
A temp I had working for me this week when I gave her a bottle of perfume.

4. Your latest complaint:
Sooooooooooooooooo tired!

5. Who was the bully on your playground?
No one bullied me.

It's The Final Countdown!


This has supplied me with endless hours of giggles for the past 2 years. :)

It's Friday!!!!!

Tell us your favorite songs / types of music for...

1. Getting in the mood to party:
Music I like dancing to... Depeche Mode, Erasure, Metric, etc.

2. When you're depressed:
Depends what's depressing me. Usually find a song that fits the mood.

3. When you're in lust:
My fave is Mazzy Star but I've been known to play Morrissey.

4. Exercising:
Whatever's playing at the gym. Techno-y stuff gets me moving fastest.

5. Driving / riding in the car:
Anything I know all the words to!

*happy dance*

I'M GOING TO BARBADOS FOR CHRISTMAS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

That's all!



*happy dance*
Seriously!

A donation campaign with Yvon Mau wines and the LCBO has been organised in support of Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
This campaign will run until November 5, 2006 and $1 from each bottle of Yvon Mau wine sold will go to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

The following wines are included in the program and should have a special neck tag on the bottles at LCBO stores (please note that donation is given on the wines even if they do not have a neck tag):

#627265 Yvon Mau Colombard/Chardonnay - $8.95
#349860 Yvon Mau Cabernet Sauvignon - $8.95
#621979 Yvon Mau Shiraz - $8.95
#336743 Yvon Mau Merlot 750 ml - $8.95
#627265 Yvon Mau Merlot 1.5L - $15.95
#665398 Premius Merlot/Cabernet, Bordeaux - $14.95 NEW!!!

Yvon Mau is a Bordeaux (France) based company and they have a new Bordeaux wine at the LCBO, Premius Merlot/Cabernet. Yvon Mau is offering a special extra $1 donation on the Premius to help ensure that $20,000 is raised for the JDRF this year.

In support of the JDRF, I took the liberty of trying the Colombard/Chardonnay and the Shiraz last night and they are very nice!
These are great value wines, perfect for stocking up for the holidays and are supporting a very important cause.
1. 5 people on the same motorcycle/Mo-ped - only the driver wearing a make-shift helmet and one of those "passengers" being an infant.

2. Monkeys having sex (I have pictures!)

3. See your life flash before your eyes as you hurtle down a one-lane highway in the "Retro Car" (pictures to follow) with trucks barreling towards you. All the while (cobalt545 will be appalled to know) having pan flute music blaring through the stereo!

Gotta love India!!!!!

BTW, I have completed phase 1 of my plan to corrupt the country!

India

For those who may be wondering... I made it to India!!!

Flights were long but pleasant enough... almost 9 hours to Zurich with about an hour and a half in the transit terminal. Then about 8.5 hours to Delhi.

I was expecting total culture shock in the airport but it was quite tame.

I was met in by a man from a tour company and brought to my hotel in this total retro taxi (that will be taking me all over India). I'll get a picture of it when we start the tour.

HOLY SHIT! The hotel I'm at, the Shangri-la, is amazing! (http://www.shangri-la.com/newdelhi/shangri-la/en/index.aspx - the website does not do it justice). Somehow we've ended up in their "Horizon Club" which means we have a super nice suite and get to have breakfast in this awesome restaurant and I am now using free internet in the Horizon Lounge on the top floor of the hotel!

Our room has one special feature... A PEEP-SHOW SHOWER!!! Yes, the wall of the shower is a window (facing into the room). Thankfully we discovered blinds but, geez... if I was sharing this room with the right man... Fun!

Tricia, the girl I'm traveling with, is great and we're getting on fine. Phew!

This morning we were up relatively early, had a leisurely breakfast and then ventured out. It's nuts and the pollution is terrible. We had a map and precise directions to a market, yet every cab driver was telling us the roads were closed because of protests and to go with them. BS!
We were harassed like crazy but, surprisingly, unlike Egypt, neither of us have received any marriage proposals yet.
Made a few purchases - this gorgeous teal embroidered bedspread, a funky pair of slacks and a scarf and then we decided to have a luxurious lunch at the Imperial hotel. Nothing like a $15 glass of wine but, we enjoyed lunch! (And Indian wine is very nice).

Think I'll head out to the pool for a swim shortly and then we'll decide what to do for the rest of the evening and day.

Tomorrow we begin our tour with Delhi sightseeing.
In the morning: Qutab Minar, India Gate, the Presidential Palace, the Red Fort and the 16th Century tomb of Humayun.
The afternoon: visit this bustling, busy area of winding backstreets and colourful ambience. Afterwards, visit The Red Fort and Raj Ghat, the cremation site of Mahatma Ghandi.

I'll update again when I can. Happy Thanksgiving to all!

It's Friday!!!!!

1) Name one of your bad habits:
Procrastination. I leave everything until the last minute.

2) What do you expect from friends?
To keep in touch and be an unbiased yet sympathetic ear when needed.
And, when a boy makes me cry, they have to agree that he's the biggest
asshole in the world and drink lots of wine with me.

3) What is the last thing you wrote down?
My signature on an ad proof.

4) What is the last favor you did for someone else?
Opened a file for someone who doesn't have illustrator.

5) What is your favorite TV show?
The Amazing Race - I wish Canadians could compete on it!