Quarantine Adventures – Day 1

Quarantine Adventures – Day 1

I think by now we are all pretty well-versed in the Coronavirus conversation.  So I might as well just get right to it!

As I’ve thought in-depth about the pandemic we are faced with, I came to the conclusion that this will be an historical event in our lifetime, and will probably be studied in many more lifetimes to come.  So I thought, as someone who is going to self-quarantine as much as possible, why not chronicle this journey?  We are facing a very interesting social experiment.  All of us, especially the extroverts, are having to readjust our everyday lives and learn to be satisfied within the 4 walls of our homes, and the people inside them.  We watch movies like The Shining, and talk and joke about cabin fever as if it’s this obscure thing, that in modern day society we’ll never have to worry about.  And some ways, that is true, in regards to modern technology.  The concept of being shut in with no contact with the outside world is a scenario that at this point, is long gone.  Still, it’s a huge shift going from everyday activities like work, school, shopping, etc, to never leaving your home.  It’s going to be very interesting to see how we all learn to thrive (fingers crossed!) in these times.

A little background on my situation:  I own a house, where I live with my husband, pets, and every other weekend, my teenage daughter.  I work in healthcare, and also have Type 1 Diabetes.  When all this first started, I wasn’t that concerned.  But as it has escalated so rapidly, I have made the decision to self-quarantine as much as possible.  My immune system puts me too at risk, and if I get this, even if I don’t die, it will take me down for a very long time.  And I’ll be of no use to anyone.  Better to hunker down and wait it out and keep myself and others healthy.  My personal belief is that this is what we should all be doing.

Fortunately, with modern technology and an understanding boss, I am able to do the majority of my work from home.  Especially as our patient load right now is very light.  So here I am, ready to ride this out at home, and journal it along the way.

So here goes:  Self-quarantine:  Day 1

Although I have been staying home as much as possible for about the past 6 days, today was my first full day of not leaving the house, with the exception of walking the dog. (Which I highly recommend, even just for the 10-15 minutes of fresh air.)

I slept in a little, since I didn’t have to actually leave the house.  Got up around 7:45 and responded to some work texts.  While in my pajamas.  Score!

I did about 4-5 hours of work, sporadically.  My husband is also working from home, and we only have one office.  So I am set up at the dining room table.  I sit there to access our patient records, and can do most everything else from my laptop.  So that’s a bonus.  Down side, my husband’s booming voice echoes throughout the house, and all he does is talk on the phone, so if I want peace and quiet, gotta wear the headphones.  All in all not too bad.

I had a mimosa or two in the middle of the day.  Working from home does have its perks!  (Don’t worry, I was off the clock!)  I watched Halloween, my favorite movie of all time that never gets old.  And besides work stress, just tried to take it easy.

This evening I watched episode 2 of The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez on Netflix.  This show is NOT for the faint of heart.  It’s an important issue and case to know about, but man it is so hard to watch!  No bingeing this one.  One episode a day for sure!

Tonight my husband and I will probably commence with our usual routine.  Binge watching The Office and chilling on the couch.  I am making a mental list of things I want to get done during this time period, so we shall see if I can get through them.  Here are the main ones:

  • Read that stack of books I’ve collected
  • Work on the book I’m writing
  • Send letters and cards to friends and family to brighten their days
  • Deep clean the house
  • Regular naps
  • Perfect my cake decorating skills
  • Have fun with the hubs!!

Now I’m off to order delivery from Taste of Asia (trying to support local business!) and watch The Office.  Hope everyone is having a great day, all things considered.  Until tomorrow…

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Adventures from last night:  I discovered I can count all of my teeth using just my tongue…

Adventures from last night:  I discovered I can count all of my teeth using just my tongue…

For those of you that have neglected to read my “about” page, (wink, wink) I have type 1 diabetes.  I am coming up now on 19 years since my diagnosis.  It is important to me to raise awareness, but at the same time, I don’t talk about it very much.  Or more specifically, I don’t COMPLAIN about it very much.  I try not to.  This is the hand I was dealt, and I am managing it the best I can.  However, if you don’t want to hear a bit of a T1D rant, I suggest you stop reading now…

Every diabetic at some time or another, even the most well-managed ones, will have a bad diabetes day.  The dia-monster has come out to play with no warning and no explanation, and is here to wreak havoc on your day.  The monster is alive and ready to play.  And he does not play fair.  That was my day yesterday, and today.  He brings me up, then down, then up, then down, crashing (well, bouncing really) over and over again.

I woke up low, 52. I drank some juice, took the drama tween to school, and came home.  Blood sugar now in the 60’s.  Drank some more juice and was feeling super nauseated, so I went back to bed.  Flash forward 3 hours later, and I wake up, test, and am horrified at the number: 234.  What?! Why?!  Seriously?  So, I bolus the appropriate amount, eat some lunch, and everything seems to be semi-stable for now.

About 5:30pm I drop again.  Inevitably, while I’m driving, and of course do not have any glucose tablets with me. Well played, diabetes.  Well played.  I manage to make it home and proceed to eat half a jar of peanut butter.  (In hind sight, this wasn’t my best decision, but when I over-treat my lows, it’s not pretty!)  At this point I’m feeling super cranky and terrible.  And then for the rest of the night, I just stay high.  I try to sleep, with no success.

So I go out to the couch around 1:45 and turn on the tv.  It’s astounding how terrible late-night tv is.  Needless to say, I was pretty bored.  (Hence the title about counting my teeth lol) But no rest for the weary.  Gotta keep checking, gotta keep bolusing.  At this point I have switched to injections just to get back to normal.  (A 2:00am reading of 502 definitely kicked me into gear on that one!)

And then before I know it, it’s 6am again and time to get the morning started.  I get everything done, blood sugar still in the 200’s, bolus some more,  and go back to bed.  Wake up at 11:00 still in the 200’s.  At this point I change out my pump infusion site.  Probably should have already done that, but I had JUST put on a new one.  Those things are like gold ya’ll!  Can’t be just wasting them!

As I type this post it is 6pm and my blood sugar is now 105.  36 hours later, I finally have an acceptable reading.  Now comes the fear of another serious drop, but I’ll cross that bridge if and when I come to it.   And I still have no idea what caused all that.  I didn’t do anything or eat anything out of the ordinary, and the pump seemed to be functioning fine.  But what I’ve come to learn with the dia-monster is that sometimes you can do everything right and you’re still gonna have days like this!  It’s just a way of life with a chronic illness.  What I also realize is that I may be chronically ill, but I’m also chronically awesome!

In closing I will just say, try to remember that we are all dealing with something.  Just because I don’t talk about my struggles with T1D that much and play it off like it’s no big deal, doesn’t mean it isn’t a daily struggle for me to manage this horrible disease.  It’s 24/7, 365.  It never quits.  And so, neither do I!