Lemonade Life

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

What Happens When You Have a Month to Kill

Good news!

I got my start date pushed back!

Which means I have even more time to do NOTHING.

I am seriously going nuts here.

Well, it is a good thing, actually. You see, before I was moving to New Jersey four weeks before my family was planning could actually come help me find an apartment, buy a car, move furniture, et. al. Which meant I would have to find temporary housing and/or rent a car.

Do you have any idea how ridiculously hard and outrageously expensive it is to either stay in a hotel for three weeks or sublet an apartment and rent a car when you're under 25?!?

Really, really hard and expensive.

I would have spent more than my entire first *two* paychecks just to stay at a hotel. Uh, no thanks.

So I pleaded begged threw myself at the mercy of the court inquired if I could start two weeks later than original.

They said yes!

Now I can stay with my cousin for a week and rent a car for eight days (which, while still ridiculously expensive as an under-25-year-old, is slightly less ridiculous). Which is great.

Except for the fact that I still can't do anything. I mean, how am I suppose to know what apartments and cars are going to be available when I get there on June something-or-other? And I can't exactly ship a couch. I mean, I could. I'm not going to. But I could.

There just isn't a heck of a lot of stuff to do around here. Honestly, the highlight of my day was this video posted on Julia's blog.

I cleaned my room. I made cornbread tonight. I've gone on a few walks. I go to the park religiously now. Coffeehouse on campus with friends, in between their classes. Ooh! I finished Devil Wears Prada tonight. That made me happy. Considering I started it a month ago. Plodding my way through The Lovely Bones, but it's just so damn depressing.

A lot of time on the Internet. Ridiculous amounts of time. I think I have read every Facebook profile of every friend I have. Sex and the City almost every night. Hot Fuzz last Friday.

Okay, I guess there has been stuff to do. But it just seems like most of the time I'm sitting on the computer thinking of things I could be doing and then realizing that there really isn't that much to do. Other than get the dozen or so O.C. submission forms up in the Directoy. ::cringes:: I am a horrible person. I kept forgetting to star them so when I search my Gmail for "submisson forms" about eight popped up that I haven't done. Those will be up... soon...

Oh, and as far as that whole "TOTO technique" thing goes, yeah, still plugging along with that.

Lesson #1: Just because your CDE is an author, lectures across the country and has diabetes himself does not mean he knows everything. Case and point: I really do need two shots of Lantus. I tried evening. I tried morning. I tried 27 units, I tried 26 units, I tried 25 units. I tried different ratios. I switched my correction factor. I am either high or low. Luck of the draw. And if I happen to be a "middle" blood sugar, it's only because I happened to catch myself before I went low or high.

Lesson #2: When "tethering on," make sure to prime the tubing at least .5 unit to make sure you get rid of any sneaky air bubbles. Might help actually getting the insulin you need.

So, if anyone is considering the "TOTO technique" (my goal in life is to one-up Dr. Edelman), keep those two things in mind.


At May 09, 2007 3:54 AM , Blogger Rachel... said...

I had a few weeks between college graduation and when I moved here - how incredibly bored I was. And my parents didn't have 'net access back then, either!

Greg discovered pretty quickly that he had to split the Lantus into two dosings. (Hence the mess in Hawaii trying to get it right.)

At May 09, 2007 5:34 AM , Blogger mel said...

Hot Fuzz was really really funny, no? Just thinking about all its ridiculousness really makes me chuckle, even now, 3 weeks after seeing it! :)

At May 09, 2007 5:34 AM , Blogger Scott said...

I recently discovered that according to the U.S. Patent and Trade Office filings, neither Lantus or Levemir last a full 24 hours. Isn't it strange they are allowed to promote that it does last that long when their patent applications suggest it lasts maybe 18 hours?

At May 09, 2007 6:45 AM , Blogger Carol said...

re: Lantus, sounds like you are on the right track. When I was using it, I had the same issue and suggested to my endoc that we split the dose. He was skeptical, but it worked.

I hope you can enjoy the time off, but understand your desire to get on with the next phase of life. But it's funny because I'm currently on a "sabbatical" and am absolutely reveling in devoting my time to things other than work. I'm also probably about 20 years older than you and felt the same way as you right out of college.

Thanks for all you do for the OC! Your future employer is lucky to have you.

At May 09, 2007 9:27 AM , Blogger Kevin said...

I find that I need to prime almost any time I disconnect from my pump. Problem is, I'm not always so good at remembering to do so.

But I've been shocked at how much dribbles out of the tubing from just wrapping it around the pump before I shower. I've had times where a full 0.4u is delivered before any insulin comes out. That's a full hour's worth of insulin!

At May 09, 2007 3:33 PM , Blogger AmyT said...

Well, at least you've got plenty of time for blogging, which makes us happy...

And plenty of time to diddle with your dosing -- before you get slammed at your new job and forget all about glucose control for a while.

Aren't I helpful? ;)

At May 09, 2007 3:41 PM , Blogger Allison said...

Rachel: The good thing about TOTO is I can switch to the pump whenever I want! I just wait for 10 a.m. or 10 p.m. to roll around and I just plug myself in for awhile. I am GENIUS!

Mel: It was ridiculously funny. I haven't laughed so hard at movie in a long time. My dad actually recommend it, if you can believe that!

Scott: Yeah, 18 hours sounds about right. Maybe a little longer like 20 or 21... but then zippo!

Carol: I know in about six months I'm going to be kicking myself for writing this post! I really need to live it up while I can. Oh, and you're welcome!

Kevin: I only use the insulin for boluses, and my basal rate is .2 u/hr, so priming it .5 u 3-4 times a day isn't that much insulin. My resevoir is lasting much longer now!

Amy: Honestly, I don't know what I would do without you. ;-)

At May 10, 2007 7:48 PM , Blogger Jillian said...

Allison, thanks for the support and website suggestion. I really look forward to becoming an active member of the OC. Good luck with your relocation!

At May 11, 2007 10:58 AM , Blogger Scott K. Johnson said...

Ahh - glorious free time. I have kids, and therefore haven't had any free time in a long, long time.

Cherish it while you can.

Funny thing is, now when I get little pockets of free time, I feel weird, miss my kids, and wonder what the heck I used to do with myself before they were around!


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