Monday, June 19, 2017

Where I've Been and Why it was All My Fault

Well hello, my little blog that I seemingly abandoned. But there is a more sinister truth. I was happily
chugging along with the April Blogging event. I had pictures and posts lined up I was excited and loved the theme I picked. Suddenly one day I felt great pressure on my chest and was having difficulty breathing. I laid down and told myself I just had to wait it out till my son was almost home from school then I'd give my hubby the call I was dreading to plead him to come home early and drive me to the ER. A few hours later I felt marginally better and chose to just ignore it. Yeah, stupid I know.

A day later I was still not feeling myself. So I went to my doctor who I admittedly hadn't seen since 2014. I, of course, got the scolding I was due. She ran an EKG and took my blood pressure. She did find anything out of the ordinary but prescribed my some meds and then talked to me about my diabetes....Several years ago I had gestational diabetes that eventually progressed to Type 2 a few years later. Yeah, I haven't um been taking care of it at all. As in candy, cakes, cookies, large bowls heaping full of pasta, french fries galore, white bread everywhere (despite the fact that I actually prefer rye). Well, you get the picture. It was a sugar and carb free for all. 

That free for all for over the last 3 years finally had caught up with me. I was in diabetic ketoacidosis aka DKA. My blood sugar right then? 501....It should have been in the 120s not in the 500s. Anything over 300 and you have to start checking for ketones in the urine. Looking back I was lucky that it took till now for this to happen. I mean how did I not go into DKA before this?!?! DKA can result in a coma or even worse death.

A trip to the hospital and a HUGE hospital bill later I've been home and doing my best to control my eating. I've had a few moments where I've been bad and spiked my BS. And they are still not in the range they need to be. Because my body has gotten used to being at a higher BS when I'm where I'm supposed to be it feels SUPER DUPER low but slowly I'm getting adjusted to it. I've been walking more and taking my meds and BS like I'm supposed to. 

This was a huge wake-up call for me. I hadn't taken care of myself for waaaay too long and now I have no other choice but to eat healthier and exercise more. I've already lost over 15 pounds (with over 100 more to go).  So the lesson here is never put off your health. Now that I'm back to myself I plan on blogging again.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

A-Z Blog Challenge - J is for Job

Hey kids why enjoy your youth while you can figure out what you'll be when you grow up! Ok so that was a little sarcastic especially since kids love to play grownup. A lot of the early Little Golden Books had only the daddies having jobs while mommy stayed at home cooking, cleaning, and taking care of baby. Little boys could be doctors, cowboys, firemen...anything they wanted. Ah times how they have changed. When you were little what did you want to be when you grew up?

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

A-Z Blog Challenge - I is for Illness

One of the scariest things for a child is having to go to the dreaded doctor. But when one is sick they must go. Of course Little Golden Books put out a bunch of books that are designed partly to ease children's worries. The thing to note of course is that the early books reflect a time when only men were doctors and women were nurses. Were you a kid that hated going to the doctor?

Monday, April 10, 2017

A-Z Blog Challenge - H is for Halloween

Confession time! Halloween is my all time favorite holiday. Not just cause it falls a few days after my Birthday. I love the fall and I love spookiness and I love how excited the kids get when Halloween rolls around. So here are some Little Golden Books perfect for when that time of the year rolls around. My stepdaughter used to own the Scooby Doo one and would beg us constantly to read it to her. Is Halloween one of your favorite hoildays?

Saturday, April 8, 2017

A-Z Blog Challenge - G is for God

As I stated before I'm agnostic (I don't judge those who are religious). But there is no denying that religion plays a large roll in Little Golden Books. So while I could have gone with another theme it didn't seem right to skip this one.  I can't say that I have read or owned any of these but I know that some were very popular. Did you own any of these?

Friday, April 7, 2017

A-Z Blog Challenge- F is for Fire

I was only slightly surprised that there were not one but four Smokey the Bear Little Golden Books! There were also a couple Woodsy the Owl books but today is all about fire. So here are some fire related Little Golden Book Covers. Do you recognize any of these?

Thursday, April 6, 2017

A-Z Blog Challenge- E is for Elephant

My boss at my very first job was a fan of elephants. She collected miniature figurines of them and placed them all around her office. The wooden ones someone brought her back from India were my favorite. Here are some covers featuring elephants. My favorite is the groovy Elephant on Wheels.