DBlogWeek Wildcard #1


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.

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DiabetesBlogWeek- Day 7


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):

  1. a1-Conceive
  2. Life or Something Like it
  3. Sugar High Sugar Low

3 New Blogs I Found this Week (note: I found many more then 3):

  1. One little Prick
  2. The Piquant Storyteller
  3. 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!

Diabetes Blog Week- Day 6


This year Diabetes Art moves up from the Wildcard choices as we all channel our creativity with art in the broadest sense. Do some “traditional” art like drawing, painting, collage or any other craft you enjoy. Or look to the literary arts and perhaps write a d-poem or share and discuss a favorite quote. Groove to some musical arts by sharing a song that inspires you diabetes-wise, reworking some song lyrics with a d-twist, or even writing your own song. Don’t forget dramatic arts too, perhaps you can create a diabetes reality show or play. These are just a starting point today – there are no right or wrong ways to get creative!

Here is an original piece of Art done by me in about 10 min:

typeone fun

And here is an original quote by me. I thought it up off the top of my head:

“Diabetes, why do you hate me? Because I hate you.”

                                                                                      -Paul K., 2013

Diabetes Blog Week- Day 5


Just 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?

I had to think about this prompt all day. Naturally the first answer that comes to my head is no diseases? I wish I had no chronic diseases. But that is also not the point of this topic. And also another easy answer would be: since I have type 1, I would want to swap with someone who had type 2 because I would already know how to manage it. But again, not the point of the prompt.

But more to the point, I don’t know if you would call this a disease, more of a disorder, but I would want to see what it is like to be Autistic. It would be very interesting to be able to see what goes on inside Autistic peoples brains, and be able to see/understand how they view/perceive the world. They are very unique individuals and are some of the least understood as well. As for an actual disease, I do not really know what I would swap with. In terms of manageable diseases, Diabetes is certainly up there as one of the most manageable. We can still live long, healthy, normal lives which cannot be said about people with some chronic diseases. I would never call someone with Diabetes lucky for having it, but it could be a worse disease. So we are lucky in a way.

As for the second part of the prompt about viewing other with diseases, I am not too sure if I know anyone with a chronic disease. I am not sure if I know another diabetic other then people I have met online. But I am sure, due to my interaction with the DOC, I will be much more understanding when/if I meet people with other diseases.

Diabetes Blog Week 2013- Day 4


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.

Accomplishments:

  1. Stayed out of the hospital
  2. No severe lows (like passing out or seizures or extreme confusion)
  3. No extreme highs
  4. Have not had a blood sugar reading over 200 in two weeks
  5. Quit smoking (way before I was diagnosed)
  6. Got control of and slowed down on drinking (college, bleh)
  7. Maintain my happiness and have not gotten depressed over my diabetes (most important)

Hope to/Soon to Accomplish:

  1. Get a new/first endo (have an appt next Monday, expect a write up)
  2. Potentially get a pump
  3. Begin to exercise more then dog walks (tennis, weights, biking, etc.)
  4. Study effects of an adult beverage
  5. Resume a relatively normal social life

Diabetes Blog Week- Day 3


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.

So for today’s topic I feel a little limited in what to write about. It seems other bloggers have had tons of experiences with diabetes and can draw upon many memories, good and bad, to write about. I only have less then a months worth of experiences to conjure up, opposed to years worth like many bloggers. It feels like almost every day creates a new memory for me. Take last week for example: 4 days last week I got less than 3 hours of sleep per night because my blood sugar kept dropping below 55 and my Dexcom sensor kept beeping at me (I felt fine even at 50, but not fun). So I had to change my Lantus dosing and have caught back up on sleep. And today, I ate the same things and took the same amount of insulin as previous days that I had consistent blood sugar readings, in the 80-90 range, but today I somehow dropped into the 50’s and couldn’t even begin to guess why. So everyday is a new memory and learning experience. But to write about my fondest memory, I will recap my story for everyone who does or does not know it.

I was diagnosed with type one diabetes on April 22, 2013. About 3 weeks leading up to my diagnosis and subsequent hospital stay, I began to get sicker and sicker. I lost about 50 pounds in 2 months, I got fatigued to the point of having to lie down/nap after walking up the stairs, I got dehydrated, I could never retain any liquid and I urinated all the time. I did not know this at the time but these are symptoms of Diabetic Ketoacidosis (DKA) and this is what put me in the hospital for a night. But the scarey thing is that I was going on with everyday life despite being as sick as I was. I was driving myself around, going to class, going to work, and I even went to the gun range and shot shotguns with my brother (yikes!). But luckily nothing bad came from the guns or the driving.

After several weeks, my weight loss never ceased, I never started feeling better, so it became time to go to the doctor. I met with the family doctor and he took my blood and made me pee in a cup, and just by my urine gave me a 98% chance I was diabetic due to the quantity of blood sugar in my urine. Just to be sure, he gave me prescriptions to fill for insulin and told me how much to take, then sent me home till the blood test results came back the next day.

He called me 3 hours before our appointment the following day to tell me to come in and see him. He tells me what I already have figured out: I have type one diabetes. He also tells me if he could have done something differently he would have put me in the hospital the previous day because the blood tests show just how sick I actually was. So here began my night of no sleep, IVs, blood being drawn every 2 hours, and blood sugar tests every hour at the hospital. The main reasons I was put into the hospital was for the DKA, dehydration, and low (bordering no) potassium. Something about DKA depletes and doesn’t allow you to absorb any more potassium. The worst part of the whole hospital stay were 10 IV bags of potassium, which do not feel good at all being pumped into your veins. The potassium must be thicker then the other IV fluid because it hurt. It felt like something was so cold in your veins that it burned. I hope no one has to experience this, it is not fun at all.

So that is my fondest diabetes related memory, and probably always will be. It’s the day my life changed forever. But hopefully in the years to come, I can accumulate many more good memories then bad ones, especially related to diabetes.

Diabetes Blog Week 2013 – Day 1


I am very excited to be participating in my very first Diabetes Blog Week. From what I understand this is the fourth Diabetes Blog Week and is an annual event where bloggers write on a different topic every day for a whole week. This should be a good test of my writing capabilities as well as an opportunity to share my stories/ experiences with others. Also being new to the blogging world and type one diabetes in general, I hope to meet some people and learn from their writings, experiences, and lives with Diabetes.

Today’s topic to write on is called “Share and Don’t Share” and is about how we do not see our health care providers for very long or very often, and because of this they might not understand what we go through every day as diabetics. So we need to pretend that our health care provider is reading our blogs and give them some insight into our lives with diabetes: what do you wish they knew or wish they didn’t know about your life.

So here we go!

My dad is an Engineer. If you don’t know an engineer you are lucky. He is a very kind and great person but, being an engineer he is obsessed (some people might use the word anal) about numbers, and facts, and routines, and information, and data, and getting everything right. So being the engineer that he is, the moment I was released from the hospital he has had me counting carbs, recording insulin doses, and writing it all down into charts he printed, which he transposes into spreadsheets on the computer. And before you ask, yes this DOES drive me nuts, but I comply. And yes he DOES check my Dexcom trend graph more then I do. All that being said, I love my dad dearly and will probably end up thanking him when I am older and still healthy. And all this obsession is just his physical display of worry for my diabetes and my over all health, which I understand and am grateful for.

So I guess what I wish my doctor knew and at the same time didn’t know  was how obsessed my dad is with my diabetes data. I wish he knew what my life is like so he could empathize with me but still understand when my next A1c is going to be lower then most non-diabetics (probably not but its still going to be low). My doctor knows how my father is because he is the family doctor, but he has no idea the extent of my dads worry/anal retentiveness. On the other hand, I wish my doctor did not know this about my father and my life as a diabetic because he would certainly not approve because he knows I am young and should not be restricting my diet as much as I am. This also happened to be his advice when I was discharged from the hospital. He essentially said ‘be conscious of what you eat and take your insulin but don’t be overly aggressive’ which obviously annoyed my dad.

But all in all I am glad to have such an involved dad, even if it is just a little too involved. I am also glad to have a good relationship with my doctor, so maybe he can talk some sense into my dad. Just kidding….well kind of.