What They Should Know – DBlog Week Day 5


Prompt: Today let’s borrow a topic from a #dsma chat held last September.  The tweet asked “What is one thing you would tell someone that doesn’t have diabetes about living with diabetes?”.  Let’s do a little advocating and post what we wish people knew about diabetes.  Have more than one thing you wish people knew?  Go ahead and tell us everything.

Oh my… where do I begin? I guess the first I would like people to know is that there’s no such thing as a “bad” type of diabetes. They are just different. Whenever I meet someone new and they find out that I have to take injections, the first thing they usually assume is that it must be bad because their grandmother only has to take pills. Type 1 diabetics have to take insulin because our pancreas no longer makes it.

Then there is the belief that you must have eaten a ton of sweets as a kid. We did nothing wrong. Our immune system decided to attack our pancreas and the beta cells not longer function. It wasn’t caused by having a sweet tooth.

Oh… and the horror stories or magic cures that you heard about. We really don’t need to know that your aunt lost her leg, turned blind and is on dialysis three times a week. Dealing with diabetes is tough enough as it is without having to think of dreadful complications. We know the risks. We have heard them time and time again and as far as these ‘cures’ are concerned there is not enough research or proof to prove that any of them actually work. So let us stick with what we know will – insulin, healthy eating and exercise.

Last thing I would like to say would be to show any diabetic (Type 1, 2, LADA, etc) you’re support. No matter which type they have because we all go through challenges. It is a 24/7 365 days a year (366 on leap years) job. We have our ups and downs and many ‘normal’ tasks require premeditation on our part even when it seems like we do it so easily.

There is probably much more I could talk about but I will leave it at these for now. It’s my birthday today so I am off to go and celebrate. I hope everyone is having a great day and happy Dblog week!

Fantasy Diabetes Device – DBlog Week Day 4

I didn’t get a chance to post yesterday’s post so I will post it right after I finish writing this one.

Diabetes Blog Week

Prompt: Today let’s tackle an idea inspired by Bennet of Your Diabetes May Vary.  Tell us what your Fantasy Diabetes Device would be?  Think of your dream blood glucose checker, delivery system for insulin or other meds, magic carb counter, etc etc etc.  The sky is the limit – what would you love to see?

My answer is probably not what you will be expecting. You see (at this point in time) my fantasy diabetes device already exists. In Barbados, insulin pumps and CGMs aren’t that common. I heard about them when I was first diagnosed eight years ago and at that time the doctor was like, “Well, they are available in the US but we don’t have them here.” There are only a couple of people with diabetes who have insulin pumps in Barbados (and I can probably count the number on my fingers). I saw a pump for the first time in real life only this week.

The idea of devices inserting needles by themselves, delivering insulin continuously for three days, bolus calculators and being able to view your blood sugar at any point in time by looking at a hand held device; they all seem like a dream come true.

DBlog Week Day 2 – One Great Thing


Today’s prompt: Living with diabetes (or caring for someone who lives with it) sure does take a lot of work, and it’s easy to be hard on ourselves if we aren’t “perfect”.  But today it’s time to give ourselves some much deserved credit.  Tell us about just one diabetes thing you (or your loved one) does spectacularly!  Fasting blood sugar checks, oral meds sorted and ready, something always on hand to treat a low, or anything that you do for diabetes.  Nothing is too big or too small to celebrate doing well!

I have to admit today’s post seem easy enough until I actually had to start writing it. I can think of tons of things I do wrong and I admit I tend to beat myself up when my blood sugars are off. When it came to thinking of something I do well my mind drew blanks. I could list a ton of things I am just average at. So I asked my mom; her answer was that I always drink tons of water.

At first I felt a little disappointed (Oh great… Is that it? – I drink water – how interesting) but then I realized how important it is to remain hydrated (especially if you’re high). I probably drink at least a gallon of water everyday – no exaggeration. There are times I don’t want to drink juice because of all the sugar, don’t always feel in the mood for diet soda (maybe because we only have the choice between Coke Zero, Diet Pepsi or Sprite Zero). Water is just pure and I always have a bottle of water by my side (especially since Barbados is so hot).

Maybe it is because in the hospital the first thing they put in you is a ton of IV fluids – which consist of mostly water. I used to always be told that I was dehydrated, sometimes going in to ICU for severe dehydration. Since I have been drinking more water, I find I am healthier and I have only been in hospital once for the last seven months (which is a big deal given my track record of going in almost every two to three months)

I guess it is not as spectacular as testing every two hours or being the carb-counting bolus queen (hopefully I will get there someday) but I am proud to say I drink more than my quota of 8 cups a day.

Find A Friend – DBlog Week Day 1

Sorry that I’m so late. I had a few technical difficulties (my laptop did not want to connect to the Internet all day) 😦 but I’m here now.

Well I’m still new to the Diabetes Online Community and have not yet had the chance to read all of the blogs I want to read but from the few that I have read here is my list of blogs to definitely check out. (There are way too many blogs to just list one lol)

First up is the blog at www.smartDpants.wordpress.com. I absolutely love her personality she simply tells it like it is, whether you like it or not. She is funny and sarcastic at times and her tag-line describes her (and her blog) well – a girl with a dumb pancreas, a smart mouth and some thoughts on living with diabetes.

Next is the blog that made me feel like I’m not the only one who is not on a pump. She is a college student and talks about what it is like to be a young type 1. I read her blog and feel like ‘she gets it.’ You can check her out at www.lovehatediabetes.wordpress.com

Now this guy makes me laugh even if I was having the most horrible day ever. When I told my mom about today’s prompt she was like, “Oh, so you are going to write about that guy you are always talking about.” That guy is Brain from www.notmycell.blogspot.com. He sees the silver lining in everything, rewrites the lyrics to my favorite songs to make them more “diabetic” lol and adds just enough sarcasm to make anything funny. If you are in need for a laugh trust me, check him out.

There are so many other blogs I could mention but I have to stop because I’m running late and have to eat something. My mom is already fretting because I’m typing instead of eating lol. I hope everyone enjoys DBlog week!

Prompt: D-Blog Week, Day 1: It seems the most popular thing about Diabetes Blog Week is that it helps us find blogs we weren’t reading yet and connect with some new blog friends.  With that in mind, let’s kick off Diabetes Blog Week by making some new connections.  Think about the d-blogs you read that you think we may not know about and introduce us to one that you love!!  Let’s all find a new friend today!    (Special thanks to Gina, everybody’s Diabetes BFF, for helping me (Karen) title this post!)