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.
- They can fly and get you help
- Flying is cool
- They can perch on your shoulder
- Some can actually talk
- You can feed them crackers (if you name it Polly)
- By eating crackers, they keep you from eating them, ergo lower blood sugars
- Did I mention they can fly?
Today I went to see the endocrinologist that my family doctor recommended to me, and unfortunately I did not get very much out of the experience. Knowledgeable, nice, personable guy and had very nice and well mannered nurses, but unfortunately he did not tell me anything I did not know already.
For whatever reason I had high hopes for this visit and went there thinking that some mind opening, game changing information would be given to me. But that was not the case. I should not have been thinking that way to being with. In fact, I had been thinking several days ago that maybe I should have just canceled my appointment because it was already a month after my diagnosis and I was getting in a pretty good routine as it is (CGM, blood testing, insulin dosing, counting carbs etc.). So as it were, I will be more then likely going back to the family doctor for A1c tests and checkups. Which is perfectly fine by me. The doctor and I have a good relationship and he is very knowledgeable on Diabetes (as well as other doctoral subjects).
On the bright side, the endocrinologist did give me a bunch of literature for insulin pumps, which I have been thinking about investing in soon. I do not have a clue which one I would want and still need to do plenty of research on the subject. But the literature he provided was a step in the right direction for that.
Back by popular demand, let’s revisit this prompt from last year! Tell us what your fantasy diabetes device would be? Think of your dream blood glucose checker, delivery system for insulin or other meds, magic carb counter, etc etc etc. The sky is the limit – what would you love to see?
Because I had so much fun writing for Diabetes Blog Week this past week, I figured I would continue the fun by writing on the wildcard topics during the next couple of days.
This topic is very interesting and I believe that this pretty much covers my fantasy diabetes device. And hopefully within the next couple of years this will move from fantasy to the realm of reality. The artificial pancreas will be a huge break through for the Diabetics of the world. The artificial pancreas will essentially automate the blood sugar testing and insulin administering, and pretty much take the place of all pumps and CGM’s. I cannot wait for this innovation and also cannot wait to see where science/technology takes Diabetes.
As another Diabetes Blog Week draws to a close, let’s reflect on some of the great bloggers we’ve found this week. Give some love to three blog posts you’ve read and loved during Diabetes Blog Week, and tell us why they’re worth reading. Or share three blogs you’ve found this week that are new to you.
3 Blogs I Love to Read (note: I love to read many more then 3):
- Life or Something Like it
- Sugar High Sugar Low
3 New Blogs I Found this Week (note: I found many more then 3):
- One little Prick
- The Piquant Storyteller
- Life One Unit at a Time
I had a blast this week reading and writing for Diabetes Blog Week. And I look forward to doing this again next year. It was really fun to read and meet new bloggers/diabetics, and it was also really fun to share my experiences. And because this was so much fun I will be on the two wildcard topic later in the week. So be on the look out for that!
We 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.).
Again today’s prompt is a tough one for me because I am limited in my accomplishments so far. Every day feels like a small accomplishment in itself. But I will list out both, things that have accomplished as well as things I hope to or am about to accomplish.
- Stayed out of the hospital
- No severe lows (like passing out or seizures or extreme confusion)
- No extreme highs
- Have not had a blood sugar reading over 200 in two weeks
- Quit smoking (way before I was diagnosed)
- Got control of and slowed down on drinking (college, bleh)
- Maintain my happiness and have not gotten depressed over my diabetes (most important)
Hope to/Soon to Accomplish:
- Get a new/first endo (have an appt next Monday, expect a write up)
- Potentially get a pump
- Begin to exercise more then dog walks (tennis, weights, biking, etc.)
- Study effects of an adult beverage
- Resume a relatively normal social life