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Diabetes Blog Week – Day 7 May 20, 2012

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Let’s end our week on a high note and blog about our “Diabetes Hero”. It can be anyone you’d like to recognize or admire, someone you know personally or not, someone with diabetes or maybe a Type 3. It might be a fabulous endo or CDE. It could be a d-celebrity or role-model. It could be another DOC member. It’s up to you – who is your Diabetes Hero.

As true for much of my life, my hero is my mother. A Type-3 who knows and loves me + a lot of her family who have Type 2. Here are a few things that make her my diabetes hero:

–Before my diagnosis, my mother had bought a home big enough to be able to bring her mom and brother in to live with her. My grandmother was a type-2 and suffering from dementia. My mom administered her shots and testing every day. When someone has dementia, even these daily things were not always easy.

–Since my diagnosis, my mom has worked to learn a lot about the things I’m going through. I was an adult when I was diagnosed so she hasn’t had to give me shots or physically handle the care, but she’s worried as much as any other diabetic-mama. Anytime I fund-raise, she’s there on the list even if it means other expenses have to be cut. She listens to all my horror stories, has suffered through my two hospital visits from afar and I know would travel as fast as needed if it ever came to that. She’s my cheerleader when I’m hard on myself, my cheerleader when I’m proud of myself and my cheerleader when I don’t even know I need it. You get the point. It’s empowering to know someone loves me regardless of how well I’m doing. She’s always willing to listen and she’s also learned to be understanding that I want to manage how much I am checked in on when I’m testing around her and such. I’m sure it’s not easy.

–My mom also is now starting to help manage her brother’s diabetes. My uncle was paralyzed in an accident almost 15 years ago and was just recently diagnosed as a Type-2. He and my mom are both still starting to try and learn how to best manage. I know he’s in good hands with his sister (oh, she’s a nurse I didn’t mention) there to help him.

I love my mama and I appreciate her more all the time. I hope she never gets the D herself…she’s living with it enough already!

 

Diabetes blog week – day 6

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Back for the third year, let’s show everyone what life with diabetes looks like! With a nod to the Diabetes 365 project, let’s grab our cameras again and share some more d-related pictures. Post as many or as few as you’d like. Feel free to blog your thoughts on or explanations of your pictures, or leave out the written words and let the pictures speak for themselves.

Well, on this day I happened to be in a good place to show you what some diabetics look like…and as the people that house the diabetes, I thought I would post a few of my favorites!

Here is a photo that shows how diverse the diabetic women can look.

Diabetes Sisters 2012

Our keynote speaker for the conference was Natalie (Nat) Strand. She was part of the first women’s team to win Amazing Race and is a Type 1 diabetic. She stuck around for our special celebration dinner and then took part of a hula-hoop competition. From where I was standing, I could see the hoops pounding her Pod (pump) on her back, but she didn’t even flinch. There was no doubt that a competitor like her would never quit…and she didn’t. She won first with one hoop and then with two. She was very inspiring with her smile and great attitude.

And the winner is….Nat!

Then this morning it looked like women and men putting on their orange before 8 AM and walking around Raleigh.

Me, Lindsey and our two new sisters.

 

Diabetes blog week – Day 5 May 19, 2012

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What They Should Know: 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.

I’m a day late, but hopefully not a dollar short. I’m at a conference for women with diabetes right now. I spent yesterday driving over 6 hours and then meeting new people, so was short on time. Today I’m taking a 45 minute break and then headed back down. More to come post-conference!

For this topic, what comes to me most is just to share that thinking about diabetes takes up a lot of my time. Do I need to test? Am I high or low? How many carbs are in this? How is that exercise going to affect me? Am I going to have complications? Where can i wear my pump with this outfit? Do I have enough supplies with me for the day? You get the point. On a normal day, I would guess that at least 1-2 of my 24 hours is spent specifically on thoughts about diabetes. On a day when I’m fighting it, it’s more. So, if you wonder why I talk about it so much, that’s why. Nothing I do is a safe zone for me to not consider the d…even sleep.

Okay, I lied about not talking about the conference, but something came up that’s timely with this. Last night after our intro, a lot of us hung out in the hotel lobby/lounge. I ended up in deep conversation with three other ladies – one in her 20’s, one in her 40’s and one in her 50’s (I was covering the 30’s). We shared things that don’t come up often with our friends, let alone near-strangers. At one point, one of my Diabetes Sisters said, "Are any of you ever afraid?" Yes, we admitted pretty quickly, we are all afraid. But, we’re not letting it stop us. We are here, learning more and trying to improve our lives.

So, in summary…it’s a big deal to me.

 

diabetes blog week – day 4 May 17, 2012

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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?

i would like this devise to reside and my body and act just like my pancreas used to work. sort of like a pacemaker does for the heart. if i have to telephone somewhere monthly and hold the phone to my belly and then be done…that’s cool. 😉

hey, it may be cheating to go that easy, but it is really what i want! oh, and it should come with some pretty jewelry that i can wear that will alert people it’s in my body. probably some rubies and diamonds would help with the alerting….

 

diabetes blog week – day 3

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Yesterday we gave ourselves and our loved ones a big pat on the back for one thing we are great at.  Today let’s look at the flip-side.  We probably all have one thing we could try to do better.  Why not make today the day we start working on it.  No judgments, no scolding, just sharing one small thing we can improve so the DOC can cheer us on!

I have been blessed to have a continuous glucose monitor (CGM), but I just haven’t committed to wearing it and keeping it with me.

What would i get?  Mega-info.

Why I don’t:  it’s one more thing to have in my tummy and to have to carry around.

It’s really as simple as that.  I have been going HIGH overnight though so know i need to just do it before the supplies i have expire…

 

Diabetes Blog Week – Day Two May 15, 2012

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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!

What do I do spectacularly?  That’s a harder question than I thought it would be.   There are things I do…check my bg multiple times a day, stay stocked up on supplies, treat my lows and highs, carb-guess, take my medicines and so on.

I am going to go with – seeing doctors and speaking up!  I, generally, keep the following appointments in one year:
–Endocrinologist 3-4 times
–Eye doctor – 1 time
–Dentist – 2 times
–Podiatrist – 1 time
–Gynecologist – 1 time
–Retina Specialist – 2 times
–On demand – as many times as needed

When I see these guys and gals, I try my best to speak up and be honest even when I know the answer might earn me a lecture or a frown.  I review my blood work and ask questions.  I try to stay educated on all of the things they should be looking at and understanding it as well as I can.  I don’t have any desire to become a doctor of any type, but I want to understand my body.  Ultimately, regardless of what they tell me in our 10-60 minutes together, I’m the one that has to do the work the other 99% of the time.  Niether of us are perfect, but it’s most important that I do my best with what I know.

Spectacular.  🙂

 

Diabetes Blog Week – Day One May 14, 2012

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I have been such an absent blogger that I almost missed the start of Diabetes Blog Week.  Eeke!  Luckily, I didn’t.

Prompt:  Click for the Find A Friend – Monday 5/14 Link List.
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!

About a year or so ago, my blog reader was retired and I didn’t like the replacement…so I mostly stopped reading them unless I see posts from my Facebook friends/pages.  So I think what I’ll get more from this week is finding the new friends and great reads as I take it up again.  Any reader suggestions on blog subscriptions?

While this is an already popular spot, the Blog that most recently touched me was Lee Ann’s post at the Butter Compartment – http://www.thebuttercompartment.com/.   She wrote about a subject near and dear to my heart…but you’ll have to check it out to see what I mean.  😉