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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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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Freaky Friday

Today’s topic for the 4th Annual Diabetes Blog Week is:

Diabetes Blog Week 2013Just like in the movie, today we’re doing a swap. If you could switch chronic diseases, which one would you choose to deal with instead of diabetes? And while we’re considering other chronic conditions, do you think your participation in the DOC has affected how you treat friends and acquaintances with other medical conditions?

Honestly, I would rather deal with diabetes than some of the other chronic diseases. I know diabetes isn’t fun – I have complications so I know how much it sucks. I have woken up in the middle of the night soaking wet from sweating because of a low and had to change sheets because I was sweating so much. I have woken up to EMTs over me. Made trips to the ER because of lows.  I have passed out and woke up with no one around. I have gone high for no reason and I have gone low for no reason. I have been in DKA when I was sick.  I hate carrying all the extra garbage stuff with me when I go anywhere. Been there, done all that plus more!

That being said, I am able to adjust my insulin without my doctor’s permission. People with other chronic diseases are reliant on their doctors to give them a script for any drugs they need to take. If they feel they need more and their doctor doesn’t want to give them more, they are screwed. I can adjust my own. I don’t need to beg for more insulin.

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Accomplishments Big and Small: Huge for Me!

Today’s topic for the 4th Annual Diabetes Blog Week is:

Diabetes Blog Week 2013We don’t always realize it, but each one of us had come a long way since diabetes first came into our life. It doesn’t matter if it’s been 5 weeks, 5 years or 50 years, you’ve done something outstanding diabetes-wise. So today let’s share the greatest accomplishment you’ve made in terms of dealing with your (or your loved one’s) diabetes. No accomplishment is too big or too small – think about self-acceptance, something you’ve mastered (pump / exercise / diet / etc.), making a tough care decision (finding a new endo or support group / choosing to use or not use a technology / etc.).

I didn’t have to think very hard about this one. I wrote about it last December! In 2005, I applied for disability because of neuropathy. I have no feeling in my feet and my balance is bad so I have to use a walker to walk. I have both peripheral and autonomic neuropathy. In 2006, I had a wound on my foot and the doctor decided to put stitches in it. Since I had no feeling, they did not need to numb my foot and I didn’t feel a thing.

Being on disability also gave me the time to get online and I found the DOC at the end of 2006. I was coming up on my 23rd diaversary and learned a ton of things that I did not know. One huge thing that I learned was that I did not need to take all my insulin for a meal at the same time. That “novel” idea is what really helped me manage the blood sugar swings from gastroparesis and get my blood sugar in control.

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My Most Memorable Diabetes Day

Diabetes Blog Week 2013Today’s topic for the 4th Annual Diabetes Blog Week is:

Today we’re going to share our most memorable diabetes day. You can take this anywhere…. your or your loved one’s diagnosis, a bad low, a bad high, a big success, any day that you’d like to share.

 My first thought was to write about the time that I woke up to EMTs over me then decided not to. Instead, I decided to write about the day that I started insulin back in 1984. I have had some really bad experiences with doctors this last year and that day back in 1984 is a very good reminder that there really are good doctors out there.

At the time, I worked in DC and went to see a doctor within walking distance from my office. He was an internist but one of his partners was actually an endo so I got lucky when referred to his office by a co-worker. He suggested putting me in the hospital but I really didn’t want to do that. I guess I hated hospitals even back then!

I went to his office to be started on insulin. I was very upset that morning. The nurse was supposed to give me my first shot of insulin and although she managed to get me calmed down, my being in tears made her upset. By the time she got me calmed down, she didn’t want to give me the shot without my talking to the doctor. Unfortunately, the doctor had an emergency at the hospital that morning and was not in the office. She put me back out in the waiting room until he got back from the hospital.

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My Diabetes Hero

Today is the last day of Diabetes Blog week and nothing like waiting until almost midnight to get this posted!  If you haven’t guessed, the topic is Diabetes Hero:

Let’s end our week on a high note and blog about our “Diabetes Hero”.  It can be anyone you’d like to recognize or admire, someone you know personally or not, someone with diabetes or maybe a Type 3.  It might be a fabulous endo or CDE.  It could be a d-celebrity or role-model.  It could be another DOC member.  It’s up to you – who is your Diabetes Hero??

FanfareMy Diabetes Hero is Richard Vaughn.  Richard was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes over 60 years ago.  He was diagnosed long before we had meters to test our blood sugar.  Like others during that time, he took insulin but really had no idea what his blood sugar was.  For some of you newer diabetics, meters did not really start coming out until in the 80s.  I was diagnosed in 1984 and my doctor had to fight my insurance company to get one for me.  That means Richard has spent half of his diabetic life without using a meter.

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