Sometimes all we need to get through another day with diabetes is the knowledge that it’s possible to do so and that we’re not alone in our struggle. Kim at Texting My Pancreas started a wonderful initiative called The “You Can Do This” Project. Here are the details in case you’d like to participate. If you don’t have a blog, feel free to have The Girl’s Guide to Diabetes put up your written post or video if you just want to get it out there. The more participants, the more hope and empowerment we send out to others :)
For today’s Diabetes Blog Week post I chose a wildcard option (instead of writing a letter) and did a video post since they are the most challenging thing for me since I’m no public speaker AND get terrible anxiety in front of a camera but I’m a proponent of doing one thing each day that scares me so here we go!
A little info before you watch:
I was diagnosed type 1 at age 11 in 1994. Since then, I’ve been mostly a decent person, and mostly one of integrity. Here in the following vlog I mention two shameful ways I used my diabetes for my benefit when I was a kid. (my blood sugar is dropping during this video in case you notice any drowsiness, or that may just be me, I dunno.) If you have any similar stories, please share. I can’t be the only one!
Some notes before you see this video: I was SO nervous so you’ll have to forgive me for that. On an interesting note, I wasn’t aware until I saw this video that a country accent is still clearly discernable even when I’m actively monitoring it. Hmm.
Also, at the end of the video I say some things that I’d like to say a little different here:
I think there are probably plenty of good doctors out there who don’t make eye contact or who aren’t very friendly. We should probably cut them some slack. I mean, I’ve been known to read people’s lips when they talk and I often forget to make eye contact myself! So I think what is important is a doctor that you in particular can easily communicate with. I’ve gone to doctors that other people “love” and left the office totally confused because I was not feeling the love at all. Finding the right match is probably what is most important. That and finding a doctor that doesn’t look at you like you’re crazy or arrogant when you show them you know a few things about your diabetes. This doctor I went to today said, “The way you adjust your insulin sounds very good. You’re intelligent, I like that!” And honestly, If there is a best way to compliment me, that is it!