Battery Operated Pancreas

Just another day in the life of a diabetic…

Superbowl Sunday!

Superbowl Sunday is here at last! How the hell did that happen? It seemed like football season just started! Oh well, I digress. I love Superbowl Sunday! I like the gatherings, the parties and the food that all goes with the big game. I’m not the biggest football fan in the world, in fact, using the word “fan” would be a huge stretch! To be honest, I’m more of a “Puppy Bowl” fan! :)  As a diabetic this day can be a tricky one. For me, it’s a total crap shoot. There are tons of chips and carb-laden foods, which I love, but can wreak havoc on blood sugars. My favorite game day foods are chips and salsa or guacamole, wings and you guessed it, chili! Both of these foods can be really deceiving in how many carbs they actually have. But days like this happen but once a year, so I’m OK with that! There will be a LOT of swagging going on today! Besides, that’s what extended boluses and temp basals are for, right? ;) I hope everyone enjoys the big game, and let the best team win!

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Groundhog Day…

Happy Groundhog Day everyone! I don’t know why, but I look forward to Groundhog Day, probably because it’s that “mid-point” in winter where you can almost see the light at the end of the dull, dark and dreary tunnel. You guessed it, I’m not much of a winter person, I could take it or leave it. I’d prefer to leave it, if at all possible, but alas, where I live we have a winter season, so I’m stuck with it. Don’t get me wrong, I definitely try to enjoy each season as it comes and I do try to enjoy winter things such as nice boots, warm jackets & accessories, cozy fires and the like. It’s not all bad:) I’m itching to see what  Punxsutawney Phil has to say this year!! Guess we’ll just have to wait and see!

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February First Foodie Friday!

Try saying that a few times quickly!! Wow! I can’t believe how fast January flew by and it’s already February 1st! That being said, this day got away from me, and I did want to get a recipe in for today, better late than never, I always say!

Cooking low carb can sometimes be daunting, but I’d like to share with you one of my “go to” recipes for when I’m looking for something without processed carbs in it. I like to call it “sausage and peppers” But it’s not your traditional Italian sausage and peppers, I add lib, A LOT on this one! You can too! Try this recipe out, and if something doesn’t tickle your fancy, leave it out or add more veggies, the choice is yours! I usually make this for David and myself, with some leftovers, so this will easily feed 2.

Tricia’s Ad-Lib Sausage and Peppers

2 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1 Mild Italian Sausage Coil (usually 1lb of sausage)

2 Red bell peppers, cut in thin strips

1 medium onion, medium chop

8oz sliced white mushrooms

1 28oz can diced tomatoes

In a skillet, cook sausage according to package, set aside. In a large frying pan, add oil and heat to medium temperature. Add red peppers cook 1-2 mins, then add onions, cook about 2 more minutes, then add mushrooms and cook together until veggies are tender. Add can of diced tomatoes. Cut cooked sausage into bite-sized pieces and add to tomato-veggie mixture. Bring to a bubble, lower heat and let simmer about 10 minutes. Enjoy!!

This recipe can be “beefed up” with some sort of pasta if you wish (but then the “lower carb” content goes out the window, but that’s OK, if you like!) I usually like to use Orzo if I want to make it with pasta. Just cook the pasta while simmering and serve over a bed of pasta! I’d love to see some of my readers share their favorite recipes, be it your own or ones you’ve been cooking for years and love! Please feel free to share:)


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Foodie Fridays

I enjoy watching shows about food, or cooking shows to get ideas for meals. I even sometimes cook what I see. Last week while watching The Chew they featured a few interesting recipes for “Meatless Mondays”   I have to say, I love the idea of a Meatless Monday, or Friday or any day, really. Don’t get me wrong, I like meat, but sometimes I can just do without, and especially without cooking it!!

Well, yesterday I was watching Mad Hungry, with Lucinda Scala Quinn and I was surprised to see her cooking something I grew up thinking my grandmother created, chickpeas & pasta in tomatoes! Now, I know my grandmother didn’t actually “create” it, but when you’re a kid and a grandmother cooks you something that no one else has ever made, seems logical that they created it, right? ;) Ahhh, but I digress. I never got my hands on my grandmother’s recipe, so coming across this show was kind of a blessing in disguise! Now, I can’t take credit for the recipe, because this is the one from the show. I don’t know much about copyright infringement laws, so I figured I’ll just post a link to the recipe:

Pasta with Chickpea-Tomato Sauce

Not the exact name I’d use, but whatever! The thing I love about this recipe, besides being super simple to make, is all the ingredients can probably be found in your kitchen! No need to run to the supermarket, or buy any fancy machines or tools to make this dish…oh yea, and it’s yummy, too! ;)

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What is your preferred way to treat a low?

If you’re a diabetic and you’re reading this, you already know each and every low can be totally different. I’m wondering how others like to treat lows… Juice? Skittles? Jelly beans? Nerds? Soda? Glucose tabs? Glucose gel? Growing up, my lows were (almost) always treated with orange juice or a regular Coke. (A Coke especially if it was a super bad low) My parents would tape Charms candies into the inside of my lunchbox. I preferred Lifesavers, but looking back, Charms were individually wrapped, so I guess I understand their logic. I learned the joys of glucose tablets in my 20′s. I also learned the nastiness of glucose gels in my 20′s. YUCK!!! If I am low, and not completely out of my mind, good luck on trying to treat me with gel!! At some wonderful point, when lows were a part of my daily life (sometimes 2, 3 or more times a day…) I learned that 7 Pixie Stix had 15g of carbs! Pure, easily digestible sugar! Woo hoo! Except you need water to go with 7 of those things, they do tend to dry out your mouth. Since meeting my boyfriend, David, we both have navigated our way though different candy to treat our lows. I believe we started out with Starbursts. But when you’re low, the last thing you want to do is unwrap this tiny thing and try to chew. Skittles were a popular favorite for a while. I believe 1 Skittle = about 1 carb (give or take) At Easter time, Starbursts have great jelly beans that David loves to stock up on! He buys so many that we still have bags left! You will always find him with one form or another to treat a low. I, on the other hand, have gotten a little sloppy with it, because I always depend on him. I’ve found myself without more than once and I am looking to change that. I now carry a tube of 10 glucose tabs, and I also like to carry these fruit strips made by Archer Farms, usually mixed berry or raspberry. They are quite tasty and have 12g of carbs, they work really well when I’m at 70 and feel like I could drop, but don’t want to get too crazy. Go-Go Squeeze is another favorite of mine. It’s squeezable apple sauce and the mixed berry flavor has exactly 15g of carbs, no OD’ing there!

Now it’s your turn! I’m really interested in what you guys use to treat YOUR lows!! I don’t care if you think it’s boring or stupid, I want to hear it! I’m always open to new ideas, because I’m sure I’ll be treating lows for a long time, or at least until there is a cure ;)


Foodie Fridays!

While I was driving the other day, a thought popped into my head for an idea to blog about…Foodie Fridays! I just had this crazy thought, maybe it came from my desperation to try to find healthy, lower carb recipes for dinner  or maybe it just came from my lack of original meal ideas in general, who knows why? I just thought this idea might work! I’m hoping to share some meal and snack ideas and recipes with you a few Fridays a month, and (hopefully) my readers can share meal ideas and recipes in return! Now before you run for the hills, the “meal ideas” and recipes can be simple, easy things….they don’t even have to be original recipes, at that! Here’s to healthy, fresh food fun! :) (and not so healthy from time to time, as well!)

I’ve been kind of desperate for dinner ideas lately, but I have to say, I absolutely *love* my crock pot! I love the idea of throwing in a handful of items turning it on and letting it cook itself all day! Just yesterday I cut up a few stalks of celery, carrots, an onion, a couple of potatoes and 2 chicken breasts, 2 cups of water with some chicken bullion for seasoning and boom! A pretty good and definitely simple meal! Kind of a chicken stew of sorts. :) No pictures, sorry! I hope to include some pictures of what I make in future posts! (for my diabetic friends: I basically bolused for the potatoes and carrots, which by the way I ended up low afterwards…so it’s not as “carby” as I thought!)

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Plural of pancreas?

I was commenting on a friend’s Facebook status today, when I realized I was talking about more than one pancreas. I actually had to ask: “What is the plural of pancreas? Pancreas? Pancreai? Pancreata? Pancreases? I’m pretty sure I’ve never run into this issue before, or I’d know the answer. After asking my boyfriend and then looking it up on-line, we have the answer! Pancreases! (or at least that is what I’ve been told, even though spell check is saying it’s wrong, but has no good alternative!) Now back to your regularly scheduled programming! ;)


Project 2013



A friend of mine posted this on Facebook, and I thought it was an awesome idea! I liked it so much, that I wanted to share it here. I love this idea because I feel that I hear all too often “This year sucked…can’t wait ’til it’s over…” I’m sure there are so many wonderful and good things that happen to everyone, but are overlooked, forgotten or perhaps overshadowed by something else. Why not take a minute to write down a happy moment and then reflect on all the good things at the end of the year? Sounds good to me! What a cool idea it would be to make this into a yearly tradition! Here’s hoping for many happy moments!



It’s a new year and everyone is busy making (or already made, and probably now breaking) their new year resolutions. What is the point of making a new year’s resolution, really? For change, right? So why must it be done in the new year, I often wonder. Personally, I don’t really like making “New Year Resolutions” at least not in the traditional sense. I feel it’s a set up for failure, generally speaking. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy looking to the new year with hope, joy and change. But, there is just something about a new year resolution that begs to be broken or forgotten. So, instead, I try to look to each new day as a clean slate to start something new, to make good and accomplish something. Obviously, if there is something that can’t be accomplished in a day, well then long-term goals need to be set. I have lots of ideas and plans that I’d like to accomplish this year. I’m sure some will be accomplished with flying colors, some will be overlooked or done half-assed, and some will not get done at all. I guess the coming year will tell! I do hope to write about some of these things I’d like to accomplish, in future posts, so stay tuned for more! Happy New Year and I wish you all health, happiness, love, peace and joy!


2012 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog. I’ve been writing this blog for a little under 2 years and I think I’ll make this my traditional New Year post….Hope you enjoy it!

Here’s an excerpt:

The new Boeing 787 Dreamliner can carry about 250 passengers. This blog was viewed about 1,300 times in 2012. If it were a Dreamliner, it would take about 5 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

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