25 April 2014

Paying It Forward

    A few years back when I was in the midst of the worst of my thyroid zombieification, I no longer had the energy to read. I barely had the energy to bathe and clothe myself, let alone to focus my mind for long enough to become engulfed in a story.

     My days consisted of driving the kids to school, passing out in a coma-like state on the couch, picking up the kids from school, and doing my best to impersonate a parent- helping with homework, scraping together a dinner, and nudging the kids in the direction of bed. I was able to eek out a couple of pages of writing for Islands and Insulin on a good day, but those were scarce.

    My only escape from that dull reality was the time spent in the car listening to Turtle in Paradise, an audiobook about a scrappy 11-year-old sent to Key West to live with her aunt. It was clean enough to listen to with my kids in the car and it had enough of what I like in books, scrappy leads and tropical weather.

Islands and Insulin: A Diabetic Sailor's Memoir | [Erin Spineto]     I was so grateful to Jennifer L. Holm for creating a world into which I could escape from under the tyranny of my body. Today I hope to pay it forward. Islands and Insulin has been made into an audiobook under the amazing guidance of New Street Nautical Publishing. Cynthia Wallace has done a fantastic job capturing the humor and adventure in Islands and Insulin.

    So if you need a world filled with sunshine, friendships, adventure, and the camaraderie that comes from the common experiences of being a PWD for your escape while you commute or do the dishes or while you lay on a hammock in the warm breezes of the Caribbean, grab a copy of Islands and Insulin on Audiobook at Audible, iTunes, or on Amazon. Your brain will thank you for it.

10 April 2014

Sea Peptide Shift

      Long-distance, open water swimming takes a lot. Swimming over four miles in 86 degree water with the sun blazing down on you through 90 degree air is no joke. It takes months of preparation, training swims of several hours, developing feeding schedules that will work with blood sugars and still be easy to manage while floating on your back, figuring out how to test in the water without touching the boat or the ground. 

      When we all signed up for this race four months out we were taking a gamble. Hoping we would have the time to train, that our schedules would not throw us any curve balls. Praying that our training would start to pay off and our bodies would increase in strength and stamina. And doing everything possible to insure that we don't get injured.

     But life does not always go as planned. Unfortunately, Kate is not going to be able to swim with us in June. With all the other amazing races she has and the wonderful counseling practice she leads, she won't be able to complete the Swim Around Key West.

     Thanks to the wonderful network of Type 1's we have online and in person through Insulindependence, we have found another swimmer. 

     Blair Ryan has had type 1 diabetes since 2000 and is an accomplished collegiate distance runner, triathlete, and cyclist. Thanks to spending her summers in the water as a Ventura County Junior Lifeguard, Blair has great romance and respect for the ocean. Thrilled for this excuse to spend more time in it, she looks forward to the accountability that her Sea Peptide teammates and the 4.2 mile leg will bring to her training. 

    We are excited to have Blair and look forward to this new adventure.