I Can Run

It is that time of the year again – the Sixth Annual Diabetes Blog Week!  Today’s topic is:

 

In the UK, there was a diabetes blog theme of “I can…”  that participants found wonderfully empowering.  So lets kick things off this year by looking at the positive side of our lives with diabetes.  What have you or your loved one accomplished, despite having diabetes, that you weren’t sure you could?  Or what have you done that you’ve been particularly proud of?  Or what good thing has diabetes brought into your life?  (Thank you to the anonymous person who submitted this topic suggestion.)

 

I didn’t have to think very hard about that one.  Even when I was diagnosed back in 1984, exercising was important. Other than walking, I didn’t do much exercise – I was glued to my desk at work.

 

I can’t remember “why” I decided to start running, but I did.  For me, that was funny because when I was in high school, my brother bet me that he could run backwards faster than I could run front ways.  I did beat him, but not by much.  For me to think that I could run any distance was kind of hilarious.
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Saturday Snapshops: Some Days

I am a day late and yesterday’s topic was:

Click for the Saturday Snapshots – Saturday 5/17 Link List. Back for another year, let’s show everyone what life with diabetes looks like! With a nod to the Diabetes 365 project, let’s grab our cameras again and share some more d-related pictures. Post as many or as few as you’d like. 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.

Maybe I should change the title to Sunday snapshots!

Some days are good

 

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Diabetes Life Hacks

Todays topic is:

Click for the Diabetes Life Hacks – Friday 5/16 Link List. Share the (non-medical) tips and tricks that help you in the day-to-day management of diabetes. Tell us everything from clothing modifications, serving size/carb counting tricks to the tried and true Dexcom-in-a-glass trick or the “secret” to turning on a Medtronic pump’s backlight when not on the home-screen (scroll to the bottom of this post). Please remember to give non-medical advice only! (Thank you Rachel of Probably Rachel and Kelley of Below Seven for this topic suggestion.)

At first, I couldn’t think of any non-medical tips.  Then I was sitting at my desk and realized that I do have a couple.  Just had to open my eyes and look!

I have seen a bunch of people on MDI say that they can’t figure stuff out because they don’t have a pump.  You don’t need a pump to figure things out – all you need is a little calculator.  I have a couple of these little pocket calculators.  They are cheap – last time I got one, it was $4.  I put it next to a ruler so you can see it is only 4 inches long and thin.  Easily fits in a purse.  It makes it easy to figure out carbs and insulin when you are out and about.  No need to be a math genius when you have a calculator on you!

 Pocket Calculator

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Mantras and More

Today’s topic is:

Click for the Mantras and More – Thursday 5/15 Link List. Yesterday we opened up about how diabetes can bring us down. Today let’s share what gets us through a hard day. Or more specifically, a hard diabetes day. Is there something positive you tell yourself? Are there mantras that you fall back on to get you through? Is there something specific you do when your mood needs a boost? Maybe we’ve done that and we can help others do it too? (Thanks to Meri of Our Diabetic Life for suggesting this topic.)

What gets me thru a hard diabetes day?

Glucose tablets and Apidra

Yeah, I know that wasn’t really the intent of this post, but I had to! 

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What Brings Me Down: Doctors

2014 Diabetes Blog Week

Today’s topic for Diabetes Blog Week is What Brings Me Down:

Click for the What Brings Me Down – Wednesday 5/14 Link List. May is Mental Health Month so now seems like a great time to explore the emotional side of living with, or caring for someone with, diabetes. What things can make dealing with diabetes an emotional issue for you and / or your loved one, and how do you cope? (Thanks go out to Scott of Strangely Diabetic for coordinating this topic.)

I had to really stop and think about this one because for me, it is not truly diabetes that brings me down.  It isn’t even the complications from it that bring me down.  And yes, I have had some days that I cried because of both of them but those are few and far in between. 

For me, the most frustrating thing is having to deal with doctors.  These past two years, I have been dealing with a foot wound that got infected and the infection set into my bone.  Everyone says we need to be informed patients but doctors hate it when we are and certainly don’t like it when you have an opinion about things you do or don’t want to do.  The times I have spent in tears this last year weren’t because of my wound but because of frustrations with doctors. 

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Tell Me a Story: Jason

2014 Diabetes Blog Week

Today’s topic is to write a poem and I am horrible at writing poetry. I picked one of the wildcard topics instead:

Click for the Tell Me a Story Wildcard Link List. Write a short story personifying a diabetes tool you use on a daily basis. A meter, syringe, pump, pill, etc. Give it a personality and a name and let it speak through you. What would it be happy about, upset about, mad about? (Thank you Heather of Unexpected Blues for this topic.)

You want a story? Let me tell you about Jason. You know Jason, from Friday the 13th? WRONG. Jason is really my meter. Jason is bad, bad, bad!

Jason with Meter

Sometimes, Jason lies or acts like the Diabetes Police. He likes to say, “you really should NOT have eaten that.” Or he tells you that you are high just because you touched something sweet.

Jason

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