Nemo + Mysterious Magic Marker Smell


Don't cry for me. Joe did all of this D-work last night. Cry for me because I have a cold.

Don’t cry for me. Joe did all of this D-sleuthing last night. And actually you can cry for me, because I have a cold**.

Usually snow = low BG because ski/sled/general snow play. Blizzard Nemo = opposite problem.

  • Trapped inside, less active?
  • Bad site after bad site?
  • Room-temperature insulin too cold because power out; ergo bubbles?
  • Mother has cold; high BG = Bubs will have cold too?
  • So many kachunkers in trash. Maybe 2x/day. Maybe over-kachunking causing own set problems?

So far Bubs cheerful despite high, but not interested play outside. Now snow verging on rainy, very yuck.

Also yuck: lately reading smart, young D-people w. complications. Yuck. Hate. Pretty much put complications out of mind. Now scuttling back into front page part of mind.

Today power back on, so much Just Dance. So much. Eat oatmeal, bolus, please dance more.

Every Just Dance song feel like taunting love ballad diabetes; this peppy tune “she” = Bigfoot and “me” = The big D.

She’s got me dancin’
She’s got me dancin’
She’s got me dancin
And she’s always one step behind

Still like song though.
"Forget" You.

“Forget” You.

**It’s pretty serious: I didn’t even watch Downton Abbey last night. But I did see this, and really recommend it!


Meanwhile, just before blizzard, hustle Bubs into pediatrician because for past few nights, smell like magic markers but no ketones. Endocrinologist recommend visit pediatrician in case stomach bug. Pediatrician physician assistant listen belly, lungs, all normal. Check tonsils, normal.
PHYSICIAN’S ASSISTANT: Have you checked his sugar today?
BUBS: (looks at Bigfoot, perplexed. The time was 10AM)
PA: What was it?
BIGFOOT: It was 140 when he got up this morning
BUBS: 141
PA: That’s great! Is it always so good? I mean 140, 141, that is fantastic! He has pretty good control, I can tell you that
BF: Well, you know, the number is always changing (knows it’s not appropriate/possible to educate the PA but can’t help herself from grasping for approval), but his last A1c was six point zero
PA: His what?
BF: His A1c (ashamed now for the brag)
PA: His hemoglobin A1c?
BF: (notes to self: find out about other kinds of A1c) Yes
PA: And that’s pretty good? Right? And with that 140 this morning, I’d say you have nothing to worry about. And the magic marker smell, do you smell it right now? Because I don’t smell anything
BF: No, I smell it more at night. And Joe can smell it, and Jack can smell it. It’s very apparent
PA: Well, if there’s anything to it, if it comes back, I mean I hate to send you back and forth like a ping ping ball, but I’d take the issue back to the endocrinologist, because it would definitely be something metabolic




  1. mollyjade · February 11, 2013

    I had the same weird blood sugar conversation with the assistant at the eye doctor last week.
    “What was your blood sugar this morning?) (this is midafternoon).
    “I can’t remember, I could look it up. My last a1C was 7.3%”
    “Just tell me the last day you remember testing.”
    “… It was 122 before I drove here, how’s that?”

    She also told me, “This must be a mistake,” when she read how long I’ve had diabetes. “It says 27 years.”

    Later, I overheard the doctor explaining what an a1C was. Also, she forgot to put the drops in my eyes to dilate them.


  2. cbwinchild · February 11, 2013

    i hate getting hte PA.


    • Katy · February 11, 2013

      but she’s so NICE! but she says “diabeetus.” and seems to know nothing. DAMN!


      • ZDub · February 13, 2013

        My mother says “diabeetus” and it makes me want to shake her.


  3. mollyjade · February 11, 2013

    Also meant to say, I hate when a health care provider can’t see beyond the diabetes when you go in for something else.


    • Katie · February 11, 2013

      In undergrad I thought I had strep throat, so I went to the on-campus clinic. Talk about where the monkeys go to work. Anyway, I made the mistake of indicating I was T1D on the intake form. The entire appointment was spent talking about my diabetes. I finally had to get pretty firm and demand they do a strep test. I lose my mind when they can’t see past the diabetes.


      • Katy · February 19, 2013

        people who have diabetes can still get strep?


  4. Amy · February 11, 2013

    Once, somewhere I read (how’s that for a source?) some mothers talking about this chemical breath smell in babies. There were 2 or 3 who agreed that the smell preceded a (stomach?) virus. Maybe he’s fighting something? (I mean, other than the kachunker.)


  5. Eileen · February 11, 2013

    Ugh on the cold and the diabeetus (makes me cringe) and crappy highs. I have a cold too & trying not to whine but it is sucking the life force out of me. But at least all our snow melted in Chicago!


    • Robin Jingjit · February 12, 2013

      I read your comment as saying ‘crappy thighs’ and I thought: wait a sec, I missed something….


      • Katy · February 12, 2013



  6. ZDub · February 13, 2013

    Maybe you have elevated senses, like a service dog. (Compliment)


    • Sara · February 16, 2013



      • Katy · February 19, 2013



  7. shannon · April 2, 2013

    that comment certainly deserves more than three 36-point question marks. i wonder if you ever got to the bottom of the odor? it’s like i’m watching all the episodes of a show back to back to back. no cliffhangers here, i can just click ‘next post’.


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