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Invisible Disease Meme September 16, 2011

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1. The illness I live with is: Type 1 Diabetes
2. I was diagnosed with it in the year: 2008
3. But I had symptoms since: 2007
4. The biggest adjustment I’ve had to make is: Constant juggle to try to get the numbers “right”
5. Most people assume: That I have Type 2 diabetes
6. The hardest part about mornings are: When I wake up high, high, high and have to still get ready for work and head in.
7. My favorite medical TV show is: Bones. Isn’t that medical?
8. A gadget I couldn’t live without is: My meter. Gotta be able to test!
9. The hardest part about nights are: Worries of going low
10. Each day I take 2 pills & a lot of insulin.
11. Regarding alternative treatments I: Don’t really use any
12. If I had to choose between an invisible illness or visible I would choose: Invisible. Though I’m not entirely invisible with my diabetes since I test in public and sport a pump.
13. Regarding working and career: I am fortunate to have a career I enjoy and a company that allows the flexibility that diabetes sometimes requires
14. People would be surprised to know: That I can eat most things.
15. The hardest thing to accept about my new reality has been: The need for constant awareness
16. Something I never thought I could do with my illness that I did was: I don’t have a good answer for this one
17. The commercials about my illness: Most seem to focus on old people…but I like the one with Crystal Bowersox, playing guitar and the man says “do you test on those fingers”
18. Something I really miss doing since I was diagnosed is: Being able to get dressed without having to find a place for my pump!
19. It was really hard to have to give up: Being able to go somewhere without a purse.
20. A new hobby I have taken up since my diagnosis is: Raising money for diabetes
21. If I could have one day of feeling normal again I would: Be pretty happy and chill.
22. My illness has taught me: That there’s more to diabetes than just the numbers. It ain’t all science.
23. Want to know a secret? One thing people say that gets under my skin is: Any of the stories of people that have died or lost limbs from diabetes.
24. But I love it when people: Ask non-judgmental questions.
25. My favorite motto, scripture, quote that gets me through tough times is: Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly
26. When someone is diagnosed I’d like to tell them: It’s going to be alright. Be patient and kind to yourself.
27. Something that has surprised me about living with an illness is: there are a lot of awesome people who also happen to have diabetes
28. The nicest thing someone did for me when I wasn’t feeling well was: bring me some diet soda.
29. I’m involved with Invisible Illness Week because: I sometimes need to think consciously about diabetes more than the numbers.
30. The fact that you read this list makes me feel: Appreciative.

 

Diabetes Art Day! August 31, 2011

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I loved Diabetes Art Day last year and am excited to participate again. However, it isn’t as I had planned. I have all my art supplies at home and last week was called to Arkansas unexpectedly when my mom had some struggles post-surgery. So today I started thinking of what I could do without “supplies”…

After a pretty stressful day I was taking a drive and found myself playing with my pump tubing. I looked down at it around my fingers and thought it looked kind of artistic. After a few minutes I decided to “make” this picture that I’m titling:

Making Peace with Diabetes!

 

Really beautiful song August 8, 2011

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I was watching some “Celebrity Rehab” recently and saw Mindy McCready sing this song. It was very touching, so I’m buying it on iTunes but thought I’d post it here too. It’s called “I’m still here”

I’m okay, I’m alright
Hurricanes and train wrecks only last one night
Would you believe all I’ve been through?
Had the hands of tempted fate
Oh, if you only knew
What it costs, how I wait
What I got, what I gave

Chorus:
I’m still here…
After the heartache, after the storm blew through
I kept me and it saved me
I’m still standin’, right where you left me
On a cold dark cloud, with nowhere to fall but down
Like a single, naked unrelenting tear…
I’m still here

There was darkness, all around me
There were times I was sure I was drowning
There were people, who tried to reach me
But no matter how they loved me, I kept sinking
I got tired on my own hand, I reached inside and I saved myself

This time I can survive.
I ain’t dying on nobody else’s cross
I ain’t sufferin’ no more unforgivin’ loss
Oh, no.

I’m still here…
After the heartache, after the storm blew through
I kept me and it saved me
And I’m still standin’, right where you left me
On a cold dark cloud, with nowhere to fall but down
Like a single, naked unrelenting tear…
I’m still here
I’m still here

 

Play nice! May 17, 2011

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My blood sugars have been through the roof for the past 24 hours. I feel like last night I took a lot more insulin than I needed but still woke up to 225. I corrected for it and for my muffin for breakfast. Okay, maybe I should’ve waited on the muffin. An hour before lunch I was still around the 225 number. I corrected for it and met up for lunch. The majority of my lunch had no carbs, but I did correct for what I ate. An hour later….310. Then 320. Then 340. Note those all could be the same reading and not an actual rise since stupid strip manufactures allow a 20% variance rate.

Grumble, grumble. I’m particularly annoyed because the company is doing an “Ice Cream Social” right now and I can’t join!!!!

Diabetes is not playing very nicely with it’s host today.

ZZZzzzzzZZZZ………

 

What we’ve learned… May 15, 2011

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“I think Day 7 should be a post about stuff we’ve learned from other blogs or the experience of coming together online…”

I have learned that the parents of diabetic children are just as passionate as the diabetics themselves.

I have learned that the amount of heart and humor in the DOC is pretty awesome.

I have learned that people would like me to blog more. heh.

I have learned that I’m not alone in this fight.

I have learned that other people are frustrated with the same things I am.

I have learned that I can blog every day for a week!

I have remembered how important it is to take care of this disease.

Thank you.

 

A picture is worth 1,000 words May 14, 2011

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Diabetes Blogging Week – Day 6 – D-Pictures

Unfortunately my camera is broken right now, but I thought I would pull out one of my favorite pictures from last fall.

Anyone with diabetes knows about these pesky strips. They get everywhere. This is a shot of all that came out of the bottom of my purse in one cleaning! I started to list all of the other places I’ve found them but realized it would just be easier to say that I’ve found them everywhere I go. 🙂

Shout-out to the blogging week!

 

Diabetes Blog Week – Day 5 May 13, 2011

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What awesome thing have you done BECAUSE of diabetes? After all, like my blog header says, life with diabetes isn’t all bad!

I’ve done some awesome things while being diabetic, but was trying to really think about this as what have I done with the all-caps because.

The first thing that came to mind was something I should have remembered for the bloopers day. I was not feeling well the day of my first 5k (3 months post-diagnosis), but felt compelled to run it. I kept having to stop to cough and had to walk more than I expected. I ended up just under 40 minutes and the next day found out I had bronchitis. Not so smart!! Now I wish I was in the shape I was then – maybe this is the wake-up call to get back there by remembering it.

Okay, that one doesn’t win! I think the thing I’ve done that I’m most proud of is raising money for a walk last year. It was my first diabetes walk. A friend joined me, which made it even better. I was so happy and humbled by the friends that donated from large to small amounts. Every donation meant so much to me, to know that people were willing to put their hard-earned money towards improvements and a cure for ME and the other people that have this disease. I will do it again this year, for sure, and hope to have more folks on my team.

Reflecting on this makes me feel hopeful.