Water and Lipstick...a bit about me.

Morning Everyone,

I made this card the other night for a Humour challenge. I bought the dietary restriction stamp quite sometime ago, when I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. At first I felt like my world had crashed down on me, and my diet would be VERY limited, hence me buying this stamp! lol

Well, this was about 3 1/2 years ago. I did very well for the first 3 years, started eating healthy, and excercising, a total change of lifestyle for me! lol No more fast food restaurants, no more chocolate bars (my favorite) and no more fries! lol I know it sounds funny, but those are the things I missed at first. Then last November my glucose levels went up alot. I started taking some meds for this, but in January I got really sick, and they went sky high. I was testing my blood sugars, but it was freaking me right out and I didn't want to talk to anyone about it.

Really the long and short of this story is, I have been sick since January on and off, more on though. I have spent a bit of time in the hospital, been fighting off many infections, and just plain tired. I am so lucky my workplace is understanding off all of this. I have had more time off than worked since January. I finally admitted defeat and went to my personal Dr. and the diabetic clinic. They have doubled my meds and started me on another one as well, to try and get my glucose levels leveled out. They also showed me how to use insulin, because it sounds like that is where I am heading and probably soon. It's not so scary now that I have faced all of this, I actually feel like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders. I thought it was all my fault that they got so high, that I wasn't eating properly, and I started not eating hardly anything at all. Well, that was pure silliness because I did my body more harm than good. It's not what I am doing, it's my body! My pancreas isn't producing the insulin it should be. I don't know why this made such a difference to me, but it sure did! For my it was truly a fear of the unknown. It was like I was hiding my dirty little secret, but not anymore!

Anyway, they are changing one of my meds next monday to give it a try, hopefully that will work, but if not, I am OK with having to go on insulin. I will make this work and won't be scared anymore.

I just felt like sharing this with you all, to explain why I haven't been as active on my blog as I would like to be. I haven't been stamping as much lately either, but I have been getting back into it more and more, and I hope to get things back to a regular schedule soon, as I am feeling better and better all the time.

Thank you for being so understanding and for your awesome support.

Now for the card! lol

I used a stamp that my wonderful friend Sheila sent me, so I am not sure who makes it. But I stamped her and made a mask so I could stamp flowers on her dress. I used all Basic Grey Sugared papers for this card. I then glittered her hat, scarf, gloves and a bit in the flowers. I used a sheer blossom from Maya Road, just inked with a bit of light pink ink, then embossed with clear embossing powder. Then I put a beautiful flower brad in the center. These are from Spare Parts, and just gorgeous, and best of all inexpensive! lol

Thank you for dropping by today!!


Penny said...

It must be very hard to manage but it sounds good you've come to terms with things. Love the card by the way, so pretty!

Michelle said...

Thanks for sharing your story. I have a few friends with similar issues and have seen them struggle to get everything regulated. You're in my prayers.
Love the card..

Anonymous said...

aww, i hope you feel better. My dad was just diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, and i've been reading up on his dietary needs and it's going to be pretty hard trying to be conscious of all his intake of food, when he never really cared before.


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retiredheather said...

Love the card...what a great sentiment. Hope you start feeling lots better.
Retired Heather

Birdbrain said...

You just take card of yourself.

Joan and Amy said...

Very elegant card. I love the fancy little flower - it matches her dress so well. Joan

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Thanh said...

Kim, Im so sorry that you have to go through all of this. You are a strong woman and I send you many hugs.

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