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Lessons from the DOC

 
 
Thanks to Michael Marcol for the photo

Thanks to Michael Marcol for the photo

 

Last Day of Diabetes Blog Week

What we’ve learned – Sunday 5/15: Last year, Wendy of Candy Hearts made a suggestion for this year. She commented “I think Day 7 should be a post about stuff we’ve learned from other blogs or the experience of coming together online…” Today, let’s do just that!! What have you learned from other blogs – either this week or since finding the D-OC? What has your experience of blogging the DBlog Week topics with other participants been like? What has finding the D-OC done for you? If you’d like, you can even look ahead and tell us what you think the future holds!

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Through reading many blogs about diabetes I’ve learned the deep and dark feelings many people touched by diabetes endure.  And so I’ve learned I’m not the only one-not even close.  There is a sense of comfort in knowing I’m not alone. 

I’ve learned that because diabetes is complicated it manifests it’s side effects in a multitude of ways.  I’ve learned the human body is complicated and functions and reacts in a multitude of ways.  Therefore we cannot assume that what works for one diabetic works for another or that what happens to one diabetic will happen to another.  This doesn’t mean we shouldn’t look at data it just means there are exceptions for EVERYTHING.

Most of all I’ve learned that everyone in the DOC has their joys, passions, moments of excellence, loves of their lives, dreams, etc…and this doesn’t mean they don’t have a desperate need for support, approval, patience, kindness, hope, and a listening ear.  And perhaps this is why the DOC is one of the largest and most close knit communities out there.  We need each other.  We need each other to help celebrate the good times and to support one another through the bad times. 

And I say this despite being the lonely loner I am.  I’m happy to have found you all.  Thanks for sharing and thanks for reading :)

XOXO

Saturday Snapshot

Today Diabetes Blog Week continues…

Saturday snapshots – Saturday 5/14: Today is the only day I’ve brought back a fun topic from last year. Inspired by the Diabetes 365 project, let’s snap a few more d-related pictures and share them again. Post as many or as few as you’d like. Be creative! 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.

Nighttime snacking is something I consider very dangerous for myself because if it goes wrong or the insulin coverage for it goes wrong I’m left with two not so good possibilities:

A) My blood sugar drops in the middle of the night

B) My blood sugar is high during the middle of the night (and means I won’t catch it for a while so that is too many hours of high blood sugar) 

I figured that if I could get somewhat close to guaranteeing myself great blood sugars from 8pm to 8am then I’d have pretty decent glucose management for half of my life.  Makes what happens during the day a little more tolerable.  Now, for children and their never-ending activity this is a whole different story but I noticed that as I got older I was more able to get my overnight blood sugars stabilized by either not eating after dinner or being careful what I ate after dinner.  So…here is what my husband has been preparing us lately for a night snack (although, really it’s my dinner because it’s so much).  There is tomato, lettuce, avocado, radish, carrot, broccoli, hummus, and a little of the best French sheep’s milk cheese I’ve ever had (for the indulgence factor).  Sometimes we add chicken.  Oh and those are shrimp forks by the way, that’s not giant broccoli ;)

 

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10 Things I Hate About You, Diabetes

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Today’s Diabetes Blog Week prompt:

Ten things I hate about you, Diabetes – Thursday 5/12: Having a positive attitude is important . . . but let’s face it, diabetes isn’t all sunshine and roses (or glitter and unicorns, for that matter). So today let’s vent by listing ten things about diabetes that we hate. Make them funny, make them sarcastic, make them serious, make them anything you want them to be!!

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1.  I hate that sometimes I have to jump out of my warm shower and drip water and soap all over the floor because you require sugar treatment.

2.  I hate that your name, diabetes, sounds like “die” at the beginning.  Although it doesn’t surprise me.

3.  I hate that you help me put on extra weight because let me tell you, I used to be really skinny and frankly I loved it.  You need not be in that territory, believe me.

4.  I hate that because of you, diabetes, I had a crazy hard time enjoying what should have been a more fun and marvelous pregnancy and birth of my twins.  Instead, for a while there, I was afraid I wasn’t going to make it.

5.  I hate that because of you, diabetes, I have a weird and sometimes unhealthy relationship with food.  Carbs laugh at me and look at me with these dark squinty evil eyes and say, “Eat me, I dare you!”

6.  I hate that on my wedding day, while I danced with my new hubby, most of my thoughts were about how much my feet hurt because my blood sugar was high.  The five inch stilettos didn’t help matters.

7.  I hate that I worked at jobs I hated for years because I worked for insurance only.  You should have never threatened me in that way. 

8.  I hate that I assume you’re behind every negative thing that has ever happened to me.  You don’t own everything. 

9.  I hate that I can be human, and simply forget something, and because of you that mistake can cost me my life. 

10.  Last but not least, I hate that I can’t always control you.  You’re a real pain in my perfectionistic behind.  And I hate knowing I’ll have to change my ways before you will change yours. 

Diabetes, all this talk of hate makes me really uncomfortable.   So I will leave you with these words:  I’m going to beat the heck out of you with my awesomeness.

Diabetes Bloopers

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Today for Diabetes Blog Week, the prompt is as follows:

Diabetes bloopers – Wednesday 5/11: Whether you or your loved one are newly diagnosed or have been dealing with diabetes for a while, you probably realize that things can (and will) go wrong. But sometimes the things that go wrong aren’t stressful – instead sometimes they are downright funny! Go ahead and share your Diabetes Blooper – your “I can’t believe I did that” moment – your big “D-oh” – and let’s all have a good laugh together!!

Want to learn more about Diabetes Blog Week?  Go to Karen’s blog (by the way, Karen, great job in putting this together!)

“The Mutant Lady” Story

One day when I was at the mall by myself (I was about 20 years old and at my peak of “coolness”).  I was approached by a little girl and her mom.  The girl looked around age 4 and was dragging her mom over to me.  The little girl’s mom kept saying, “Ariel, honey, what do you want, where are you going?”  Finally they made it over to me and the little girl looked up at me with a big smile and sparkly eyes and said, “Are you a mutant?”  I kind of stammered, “uh..whaa….um…no…”  Then the girl’s mother said, “I’m so sorry ma’am, honey let’s go, leave this young lady alone”.  The little girl pointed to my pump tubing and said, “My brother said mutants have tubes and I’m so happy because I found a mutant!” 

I turned a little red and felt quite embarrassed because people around us were staring at me and my mutant tubing.  The little girl squealed with glee to have found her brother to be a “truth teller” for once.  I couldn’t tell her she was wrong, she was sooo happy.  The girl’s mom tried again to get her to walk away but the little girl then started tugging on my tubing and trying to trace it to it’s place of origin. 

She was a harmless, adorable little kid so I didn’t slap her hand away or anything.  I just stood, frozen.  She found my insertion site on my abdomen and said, “Oh my gosh!  Mommy look!  It must be a mutant feeding tube or wire! WOW!”  The mother grabbed the little girl, apologized profusely to me and dragged the girl away who left screaming, “I want to see the mutant lady, mommy pleeaasseee!!!”  I’ll never forget the looks from the other people in the mall, everyone wondering what the mutant tubing thing was about. 

I went home that day thinking, “One day this will be funny…”

I’m glad I had an excuse to share it with you all today, lol.

VLOG about Diabetes Admissions

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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!

Parents of Children with Diabetes, You are My Hero

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It’s Diabetes Blog Week!

Today we’re to pick a type of blogger who is different from us and write about how they inspire us.  This is easy for me as I have to say that parents of children with type 1 diabetes inspire me the most. 

I have to start by saying I do not call anyone my “hero” because of how cheesy it sounds.  In this case I make an exception because the truth in this instance outweighs the embarrassment factor.

Maybe it’s because I’m a parent now and understand the amount of heartache involved in parenting- something inconceivable to a non-parent.  I’ve never felt so much joy and anguish in my entire life (and my kids aren’t even two yet)! 

I know all about type 1 by living with it for over 16 years.  Put that knowledge together and what you get is not someone who knows what it’s like to have a child with diabetes, but someone who imagines that being one of the toughest jobs on earth.  I’m seriously amazed at how parents of D kids support each other and share what works and doesn’t work for them.  They share the funny and cute things their kids do and the learning process that they go through.  They share the scary moments and the sadness and worry.  I wish my parents had had the DOC when my sister and I were young and seemingly alone with type 1 diabetes.  My parents did well by taking all the diabetes related challenges in stride but emotional support would have been nice as well as the knowledge that they were not the only ones raising more than one child with type 1 diabetes.  I lived in an interesting household, I think.  I am the oldest and type 1.  Then I have a brother just a year and a half younger.  Then follows a sister, then another sister-who also has type 1 and was diagnosed at age 3.  Then I have another brother, 15 years younger than me.  Not only was there crowd control involved but two really different ages of children with type 1 to deal with.  At the same time my parents were dealing with a teenager with diabetes, they were dealing with a young child with it.  Man, the DOC would have been nice through all that (I imagine). 

Anyway, to you parents of children with diabetes, thank you for showing your amazing strength and unwavering support.  You do something most of the world doesn’t think is too hard and doesn’t understand.  You have to work when other parents get to rest.  You have to worry 24/7.  You have to celebrate tiny victories because you know how relentless tiny bits of bad news comes by way of a glucose meter.  It must be so exhausting. 

When you feel overwhelmed as a parent of a child with diabetes, remember that chances are totally in your favor that they will grow up to be happy and healthy adults.  I didn’t think I would ok at 27 (28 in a few days) and not only am I doing ok,  I’m doing awesome.  So you do what YOU have to do for YOUR kid and I promise there will be easier days ahead when your kid is an adult taking the reigns of management from you and thanking you for your hard work and dedication in getting them there.

To MY mom and dad:  I didn’t know how hard you had it and now only have an idea.  Thank you for raising two young children with type 1 diabetes all while raising three others, working full-time, giving back to the community, and setting an example to us of strength, commitment, love, and faith.  The main message I take away is that life is not meant to be easy but that doesn’t mean it can’t be full of purpose or meaning, and down right great!

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