Traveling with Diabetes
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I’ve travelled several times each month this year and it’s given me some lessons:
I’ve learned that I get motion sickness on planes and cannot travel without taking Dramamine.  I tried to forego it once and …

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How the DOC Helped Me Check Again

Submitted by on March 18, 2013 – 9:27 pm4 Comments
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Part of a diabetes art showing by Ana Morales

 

There have been times when I’ve slacked when it comes to how often I check my blood sugars.  Sometimes I get down to 4 times a day and I know that isn’t personally enough-not for my aggressive control of blood sugars.  But, I rarely keep that up for long because being connected to the DOC, or Diabetes Online Community, means constant reminders of how important checking blood sugars is along with encouragement and people to really relate to.

In January I ran out of test strips because I had given half of my last shipment to my brother, who was just recently diagnosed with type 1 and then I ran out of money.  I had to put money into paying rent and bills and focused on just getting by while not feeling pity for myself but instead, feeling happy and grateful that I normally am able to afford all that I need for my diabetes.

I made a comment on Facebook about having run out of strips and was shocked by how many fellow people with diabetes suddenly told me they would send me some extras they had.  Several people knew I didn’t have a certain kind of meter and ended up sending me strips and the meter that corresponded.

It has been so heartwarming.  Strips are a precious commodity for us people with diabetes-and they cost a lot  So to me these acts of kindness are HUGE!

I was getting by decently by eating low carb, skipping meals, and trying to constantly guess my blood sugars.  Thanks to certain members of the DOC, I was able to stop the stressful madness and check again.

I can’t thank you enough,.  Thank you, thank you, thank you.

I accepted the help on the condition that if these people ever needed anything they’d let me know.  I hope they know I mean that ;)

Just another reason why being part of the DOC is awesome.

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4 Comments »

  • Kim says:

    I love endings of stories like this one. :) Yay DOC!

  • Kate says:

    Yay! Love the diabetes love.

  • Laura P. says:

    I wish I would have known! I have extras and it always feels good to help. Heaven knows your website helps many.

  • ruth says:

    Wal Mart has some diabetes strips for $9.00 for 50 strips and they are as accurate as all others They are called Reli-On prime meters and strips. So, that takes so much stress off of the cost of diabetes. I have tried all of my other expensive meters with the same drop of blood and had the same results.So, I really do trust the strips with my life. DISCLAIMER..I do not have any interest in Reli-on or Wal Mart

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