May DSMA Blog Carnival


Better late then never!

The prompt for the May DSMA Blog Carnival:

What do you consider to be your Diabetes Strengths?  What do you think are your Diabetes Weaknesses?

Well I will begin with my weaknesses. Obviously the first thing that comes to mind is that I have zero weaknesses and am the perfect diabetic/person/diabetic person. Ha! Hardly! I think at this stage in my life with diabetes, one of my biggest weaknesses is the lack of knowledge I have. And maybe I don’t actually have a severe lack of knowledge pertaining to diabetes, but I FEEL like I do and that makes me just as ‘weak’ as actually lacking in knowledge. I think in actuality I probably know about the same as your average diabetic but I just have this huge feeling that I am missing out on some important piece of information vital to life with diabetes. Though I am probably not.

This early on into diabetes, I am still very much overwhelmed with everything (insulin shots, finger sticks, dieting etc.) which is also a weakness of mine. I am definitely starting feel in control and probably portray control/seem fairly underwhelmed to my family and friends, but that is not the case. It getting there but not yet. And maybe the portrayal of control/acting is more of a weakness then the actual feeling of being overwhelmed. Either way both should pass in due time.

On the other hand, one of my biggest strengths would be how seriously I am taking my new life with diabetes. I have been dropped into a new world full of change and I have tried hard to be as responsible as possible to become a healthy diabetic (via taking insulin, watching what I eat, checking blood sugars, getting into the D-tech, etc.). I have heard many stories about people with diabetes (both type 1 and 2) who go into denial or do not take the disease seriously and end up either dying or becoming super unhealthy/having lots of medical problems. Those stories scare me and inspire me to be a ‘good diabetic’ and not be like them. And my hope for the future is that I can continue to take this seriously and maintain my health.

Diabetes Therapy Weekend


Happy Memorial Day weekend every one! I hope each and every one of you has a relaxing/productive/stress free/what ever kind of weekend. Any one have any special plans this weekend?

This weekend I have embarked on what I am calling a Diabetes Therapy Session. However the name might be a tad misleading because a Diabetes Therapy Session (DTS) is really just me chilling at a lake house with my dog and family and going out on the boat. That being said, there is some therapy involved here. Living with diabetes can be very stressful and overwhelming, and everyone needs to have some time to do something/anything to take their minds off of blood sugars/diabetes/whatever every now and then. Whether it is going out of town/vacation, going to a the movies, or simply diving into a good book, every one needs a getaway now and again. Mine is just taking that form of a lake house and boat.

Even though this was supposed to be a diabetes free weekend (or as free as one can be with diabetes), I still encountered a rough patch. We ate dinner at a 50s style diner in town and I essentially carb-o-loaded like I was running a marathon. I had a pulled pork sandwich (bun and all), onion rings and some tator tots. Yum! So of course I got paranoid that my blood sugar levels were going to reach new heights so I took some insulin. And then I took a bit more. And the next thing I know, I go from 160 to 48 in the span of an hour: sweats, shakes, light headed, extreme hunger. Not pleasant at all

But all in all it was a good learning experience. And I have been having a blast on the boat and playing cards with my parents and other things associated with lake houses.

Remember: find a getaway!

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Which Pump to Pump?


Recently I have had pumps on my mind. And not women’s shoes; insulin pumps. My slightly disappointing experience with the Endocrinologist really sparked my interest for these. The doctor gave me a few pamphlets on different type of pumps, except the one I have been looking at. I think a pump would be something I would be willing to try out and I could see myself enjoying the change in lifestyle it brings (less shots!). But ultimately I do not know which pump to pump.

They all look very interesting and have a bunch of cool features but this one is easily my favorite. I don’t know if you would ever call a pump sexy (what with the 90’s pager-esque aesthetics and the hose connected to your abdomen), but this pump is fairly sexy. It is touch screen and reminds me of an iPod/iPhone that just happens to run your insulin dosing.

I am still researching different pumps in terms of features and useability. And they all seem to have the main crucial features: bolus and basal management. But judging based solely on looks, the Tandem is by far the best looking (in my opinion).

If you use a pump which one and why? And if you do not use one, why not?

Do you know anything about the Tandem: good or bad pump?

DBlogWeek Wildcard #2- Diabetes Bird


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What is the ideal diabetes service animal? Think beyond the obvious and be creative in explaining why your choice is a good one. For example, maybe a seal would make a good service animal – it flaps its flippers and barks every time you get a good blood sugar reading!

For this topic the obvious choice is a dog. I love dogs and am a self proclaimed “dog person.” They are smart and can be trained to do many things, medical service is just one of the many things they can be trained for. However, other then a dog, I think the ideal diabetes service animal would be just about any species of bird. For those of you who might oppose my opinion, I will list all the advantages of have a bird as a service animal.

  1. They can fly and get you help
  2. Flying is cool
  3. They can perch on your shoulder
  4. Some can actually talk
  5. You can feed them crackers (if you name it Polly)
  6. By eating crackers, they keep you from eating them, ergo lower blood sugars
  7. Did I mention they can fly?