I do not claim to be wise, but I do know some things …
- Time always flies – whether you are having fun or not.
- Don’t cook Mexican food while on pain medication.
- If you sense something is not a good idea – you’re usually right.
- Your mom is always right. (Dammit!)
- Diamonds are not a girl’s best friend – her dog is.
- Never fry bacon naked.
- Make a will! Probate is an awful thing to inherit.
- Smile more
- Give yourself permission to do what you love.
- Do not change yourself for somebody else
- Think for yourself and beware of media coverage
♥ TTFN ♥
A dozen little things we learned
along the way the hard way…
- As soon as you get your itinerary, get on the cruise lines webpage, and verify you have the cabin you want.
- Not sure what you want? The ideal cabin is mid-ship, accommodates two people only (otherwise you get bunk beds nailed to each side of your room), and has a balcony. A balcony costs more, but then, what doesn’t?
- Repeat after me -“Nothing is included, except the cuisine.”
- Pack food and water in your carry-on bag. You won’t mind how heavy it is when you are stuck in a 3-hour security line.
- You do NOT look awful! It’s your cabin lighting. Or lack of.
- The open ocean is more active than coastal waters. Take Dramamine 1st thing when you wake up on ‘Days at Sea’. Trust me.
- You will start showering, using one arm to wash and the other for balance. Two weeks later, I am still doing this.
- WiFi internet access is now offered on ships. For the bargain price of $.79/minute. [Again – See #3].
- Coffee is included – except in the coffee bar.
- The elevators are always full and very slow, so take the stairs. Less strain and more calories burned.
- Travel with friends and family. Bonding occurs while everyone
goes through enjoys the same experience.
- Don’t stress about packing. You will bring the wrong things, regardless.
One more thing – cruising is a blast, yet not all cruise lines are alike. Do some research and find what you want 😉
Good Luck & Bon Voyage!!
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Well, class this morning was early. Unlike most morning classes I had when I was a full-time student, this class was exciting. Maureen, the trainer, is friendly, and easy going. Even though the subject is life & death serious, we had fun while I learned some things I hadn’t before. And I have dealt with diabetes for 9-years. It is a complicated chronic disease.
Because I was her only student and the training center is a 2-hour drive away, and Maureen lived closer to us, we had today’s class at home. I’m so glad we arranged this because I was nervous enough about going ‘live’ with insulin without a 2-hour drive and a strange place. I did really well and my blood sugar is spot-on (so far).
The only issue I had during the practice phase was my nemesis the syringe. And guess what? I was not doing something I knew how to do with normal syringes – priming them. You need to push up and down with the plunger a few times before attempting to insert air/draw out insulin. This loosens up the plunger. Besides feeling like an idiot, I was so happy that it was an easy issue to fix.
Tomorrow’s class will have to be at the facility because I need to meet with my doctor afterwards, to go over my log book and make any corrections to my dose, if necessary.
Meanwhile… the rest of the afternoon/evening/bedtime I must test my blood sugar every 1-2 hours, and from midnight to 6:00am I must get out of bed three times to test as well. If my fingers don’t hate me now, they will after 2-days of this! I get to taper off some, but not much for the first couple months.
Now I am officially “on the pump”. The only insulin I am getting is via the little Pod attached to my abdomen. The Pod is my pancreas, and it is remote-controlled. My granddaughter’s are fascinated, especially the (almost) 4-year old. She wanted to look at the Pod, and constantly touch it. She calls it “grandma’s boob”.
🙂 This thing will take some getting used to, for everyone…