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HIGH MAINTENANCE DAYS

A Week in Hannah’s Life

Monday

6:20 A.M. – I wake up and take my blood sugar. Breakfast awaits, but first, I need to figure out how many carbs I’m going to eat and how many units of insulin I will have to pump.

10:35 A.M. – I’m in school now and it’s lunchtime. It is difficult to determine the number of carbs for school lunches, because the food is not packaged, which means I can’t look at the nutrition facts. Precise guesses are the name of the game.

2:45 P.M. – Finally home! I take my blood sugar again. I will have to pump some insulin if my blood sugar is high or if I’m having a snack. I decide to have a snack because I know I have quite a bit of homework, and I’ll need some energy.

3:55 P.M. – I am changing my OmniPod now. I change it every three days and, of course, I have to be aware of where the injection site is going to be. It is important to switch injection sites a lot. If you don’t, you might develop lumps underneath the skin which can affect the way insulin is absorbed. If there is bad absorption, then my blood sugar will be high.

4:50 P.M. – Taking my blood sugar before I head out to my SAT prep class. I always take my blood sugar before I drive the car, because I don’t want to have to suddenly pull over while on the road in case of hypoglycemia. I’m nervous, but also excited about the SAT! I really think I’d like to be a surgeon one day, and I know this is the first step. Since being diagnosed with diabetes and spending so much time around medicine, I have decided that I want to have the kind of impact that so many people have had on me. I want to make a difference.

10:00 P.M. – I’m going to bed now, and I checked my blood sugar. The tricky part is that my level has to be at just the right number; otherwise, I might end up waking up during the middle of the night because it is too low or waking up with a high level in the morning. Today was a relatively average day for me.

Tuesday

6:15 A.M. – I woke up with a great blood sugar today, which is such a good feeling!

8:35 A.M. – I am heading out to meet my carpool for one of my classes called PALS, which is actually a mentoring program. This program helps socially awkward kids or kids who are going through a rough time at home due to their parents divorcing, etc. During this period, we leave campus and visit either an elementary school or a junior high school, where we meet a student we were assigned to. The process is extremely selective, and I am so grateful that I have the opportunity to work with these amazing kids every week.

3:20 P.M. – I got home later today because I had to attend a meeting for Health Occupations Students of America. When I came home, I had low blood sugar. When my blood sugar is low, I take glucose immediately and sit down, because it makes me very weak and shaky.

 

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6:15 A.M. – It’s much too early to get up. I’m so tired, and I have an English test to take today! I wish I could have gone to bed earlier last night. On top of all of that, my blood sugar is a little bit too high.

10:15 A.M. – Even though I started my day with a higher blood sugar, I have a great level at lunch!

6:20 P.M. – After working on an essay for my psychology class, I can finally meet my friends at Chili’s. We go there almost every week and hang out. By now I can calculate my carbs almost perfectly when we go out to eat there!

 

Thursday

10:20 A.M. – Today at lunch my blood sugar is a little bit lower than it should be, which means that I wait until lunch is over and pump insulin during fourth period, just to keep me from getting hypoglycemic.

4:35 P.M. – I am changing my OmniPod now. This normally does not take me very long since I am so used to doing it. I think I could do it with my eyes closed!

6:40 P.M. – Today was a relaxing day. I had some time to catch up on all my schoolwork and to watch some YouTube videos and surf on Pinterest for a little bit. I have some dinner and watch some TV.

10:10 P.M. – Having a calm and relaxing day feels so good from time to time! I feel like I have regained my energy from all this homework and all these tests this week.

Friday

6:15 A.M. – It’s Friday! Finally! Fridays always put me in a great mood. My blood sugar this morning is a little bit elevated, but it should be fine later on.

10:20 A.M. – It’s Valentine’s Day today, which means everyone at lunch brought chocolate. Although I can have a piece, of course I always have to watch how many carbs I’m eating. Sometimes it can be hard to watch everyone having as much chocolate as they want and having to hold back and not eat more than I should. I’ve gotten used to it, though.

4:20 P.M. – I am heading out to go volunteering now. I normally volunteer at a retirement home for Alzheimer’s patients on Thursdays, but since it is Valentine’s Day, they told me they could use some extra help today.

8:20 P.M. – I might be going out with some of my friends soon. All of us are very spontaneous, which means there is always someone who is up for hanging out. Also, I just prepared some crafts for next week that I really want to try to make with my PALS.

10:15 P.M. – I went out with my friends and now I’m home. I really have to go to bed because I have my SAT class tomorrow, which means I have to get up early. I’d say it was a successful Valentine’s Day because I got to spend it with people I love.

 

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The OmniPod is an insulin pump that can be worn all day during any activity, including sleep and exercise. The pump holds and delivers insulin and includes a component that wirelessly programs personalized insulin delivery, calculates suggested doses and has a built-in blood glucose meter.