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Diabetic or Person with Diabetes?

 

I’m still relatively new to the Diabetes Online Community because although my blog is a few months shy of two years old, my entire first year of blogging coincided with my twin babies and their first year so I didn’t have a lot of extra time to read other blogs. 

So since I’ve been reading a lot of different diabetes websites and blogs I’ve noticed some people say “diabetic” and some are very set on saying instead, “person with diabetes”.

I have been accustomed to saying “diabetic” and continue to say it because it’s shorter than “person with diabetes”.  The shortest route is abbreviating “person with diabetes” into “PWD” but I personally don’t like using abbreviations, although I don’t mind reading them.  For some reason I can’t help but think of “POW” when I read “PWD”.  My husband does, too. 

The point of this post is to ask the questions, Which do you say and why?  And Is there a particular reason “person with diabetes” is used in place of “diabetic” or the other way around?  I need to be filled in.  So far I’ve had no problem referring to myself as a diabetic.  The term doesn’t offend me.  I’ve been described as “eclectic”, “Hispanic”, “romantic”, and “chocoholic” and those also don’t bother me.  But maybe there is something I’m not aware of?  Help me my dear “d-peeps”.  I want to understand.

Fabulous pedicure and massage for diabetics!

 

It’s summertime and I don’t know about you but, lately I’ve been looking at my feet thinking they need some TLC.

As diabetics we should be in a foot checking habit of some sort.  I check mine when I bathe.  Yet, I could also benefit from a nightly foot massage.  An endocrinologist once suggested I get in a routine where I check my feet each day and then give them a 5 minute massage to increase blood circulation. 

I’m going to put together a nighttime routine for diabetics and try to follow it for a week or two.  I’ll report soon about how that goes.

In the meantime why not give ourselves this amazing pedicure and massage?  See below :)

First step is to set the mood.  Get some dark chocolate or some nuts or other indulgent but, reasonably healthy snack.  I drink mineral water with lime for some reason, It’s like my “thing”.  Anyway, don’t forget to put on your favorite relaxing music.  Ok now you’re ready!

1.  Wash your feet with soap and water so you begin with a (literally) clean slate.

2.  Remove any old nail polish and cut your nails if needed.  File them if you like.

3.  Use a wooden cuticle stick and some cuticle remover gel and gently push back cuticles.

4.  Soak your feet in warm soapy water or your favorite indulgent bath soak (I like lavender oil dropped into warm soapy water).

5.  Rinse clean and thoroughly dry your feet.

6.  Slather on some really thick foot lotion or moisturizing oil (I would suggest using Burt’s Bees Coconut Foot Cream-it will get you the most amazing results AND smells heavenly!) 

7.  Now, using the stronger parts of your hands like thumbs and palms, massage your feet in gentle but firm circular motions.  Pay attention to how certain areas of the foot respond to your massage.  Certain areas feel better with more pressing or stroking than others for example.  If you really want to get serious check out this link to see a reflexology foot map and see what areas of your foot you may want to focus on while massaging.

8.  Use some nail polish remover on a cotton pad or cotton ball and wipe your toenails so they aren’t greasy-otherwise nail polish won’t hold.

9.  Apply a clear base and then preferably two coats of nail polish and a top coat.  (By the way, I seriously recommend Poshé.  It is a powerful top coat and dries your nail polish in record time.  I promise its worth the money!)

10.  At this point I add another bit of moisturizer and voila! 

Go out and enjoy your gorgeous, pampered, and relieved feet.  Now they look so good you could surely get someone to massage them for you next time ;)

What a type 1 diabetic’s handbag should always contain

 

     A woman’s handbag is precious to her. Inside she may have headache relief medicine, a cell phone, tampons, make-up, a mirror, her money and checkbook, and possibly a note pad and paper. A diabetic woman’s bag should contain a few additional items:

1. If you don’t wear some sort of diabetic alert bracelet or necklace, you should have a medic alert card or some kind of ID in your purse containing information about your diabetes including the fact you are insulin-dependent.

2. A tube of glucose gel. This can be purchased at your local pharmacy. I get one called “Insta-Glucose”  Someone uses this in the case you go unconscious from low blood sugar because it slides down the throat.

3. A Glucagon injection kit. This is also used in the case you are unconscious from low glucose but, it is an injection. Loved ones with whom you spend a lot of time should review the instructions of how to use this. Make sure yours has not expired. This is only provided by prescription from a doctor.

4. Plenty of glucose tablets. I recommend these over juice or candy because it is easy to drink too much juice or eat too much unmeasured sugar in candy. Either way you choose to do it, keep enough sugar for back up. This is to avoid the case where you use one sugar stash in an emergency and are then left with none. What if your sugar drops again? I always keep a back up sugar supply just in case. Occasionally, my blood sugar drops so low I need double the amount of sugar, as well.

5. Glucose meter with enough strips in case you were to get stranded somewhere. Don’t leave the house with less than 10 strips!

6. Insulin and more than one syringe if you do injections.

7. If on a long trip or far from home, make sure you have a lot of extra supplies handy. You never know what could happen. The hassle today could save you from a big one tomorrow!