Diabetes Art – not really…

I’ve learned that people will forget what you said,
people will forget what you did,
but people will never forget
how you made them feel.

Maya Angelou

There are no art supplies in this house.
I don’t write poetry or stories – wish I could.
Can’t sing and you don’t want to listen to me.
Ummm…, a reality show of me would be a tad boring.

So – I went with a favorite quote.

Thank you for making me feel pretty darn good!

Click for the Diabetes Art – Saturday 5/18 Link List
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!

Freaky Friday

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? (Thanks to Jane of Jane K. Dickinson, RN, PhD, CDE and Bob of T Minus Two for this topic suggestion.)

I’ve been dreading this post. Who am I to think I have it any worse (or better) than someone else’s crummy disease? So, no swapping for me!

Yesterday morning (Thursday) I Googled “Chronic Disease.” It’s not a really long list. And I don’t know a whole lot about many of them, other than Diabetes. Which is not surprising, since I didn’t know a whole lot about Diabetes before I got it.

I have four on this list. My other 3 are hypothyroidism, hyperlipidaemia and hypertension. I’ve had the thyroid issue since I was 18. I didn’t have high blood pressure or cholesterol issues until I was diagnosed with Type 1 (LADA) Diabetes. Hmmm…

Here’s the list I found. There are several sites but, this is one list.

A list of chronic diseases
All medical schemes are required to provide cover for the ‘diagnosis, medical management and medication’ of the following conditions.

  • Asthma, Bipolar mood disease, Brochiectasis, Cardiac failure, Cardiomyopathy, Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, Chronic kidney disease, Coronary artery disease, Crohn’s disease, Diabetes insipidus   Huh? What’s this? Mayo Clinic Link, Diabetes mellitus (type 1 and type 2), Dysrhythmia (irregular heartbeat), Epilepsy, Glaucoma, Haemophilia, HIV, Hyperlipidaemia (high cholesterol), Hypertension (high blood pressure), Hypothyroidism (inactive thyroid gland), Multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, Rheumatoid arthritis, Schizophrenia, Systemic lupus erythematosis, Ulcerative colitis

As a former Special Ed teacher and having spent a summer as a camp counselor at Camp Easter Seal in Virginia, I think I’ve always tried to be more sympathetic to other’s diseases and/or medical conditions. One of my campers at Camp Easter Seal was a young woman with a brain injury, my age. As I merrily pushed her wheel chair down to our cabin, with her mom alongside; we got to the door and you know what? I couldn’t push the damn wheelchair over the door jamb. Mom was polite and patient as she taught me how to get a wheelchair over the bump. (Just think – she was trusting her daughter with me for two weeks – she had more confidence than I would have…) The young woman and I had a great two weeks together and in September, I was back in college. That’s where I found someone who had known my camper – a popular senior in her high school who was hit by a drunk driver… Yup, sucks…

What I like best about our DOC is that everyone accepts you/me for who we are. I probably wouldn’t know a thing about gastroparesis (what’s amazing is I spelled that correctly) or celiac or insulin allergies or vision problems or skin problems, or etc…, etc…, etc… if I hadn’t joined the d-people.

And even more importantly,
I will never, ever judge a person for their disease or condition.

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Accomplishments Big and Small

2013BlogWeekWe don’t always realize it, but each one of us has 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.). (Thanks to Hilary of Rainie and Me for this topic suggestion.)

 It’s been just over 8 years since my diagnosis. I’ll probably never get a 50 year medal from Joslin. But that’s okay…

I’ve written about this before, but – it still makes me smile.

I’m very, very open about having Type 1 (LADA) Diabetes. I’m very, very rude  outspoken when someone sillily (yeah, I made that word up…) says, “Oh, can you eat that?” Because I’m such a big mouth, one day an older parishioner showed up at my office. She said, “They said you could help me.” I told her I’d try.

The she pulled out a meter and a package of strips, and told me she’d just been diagnosed with Diabetes. I asked her what type. She didn’t know. After some discussion, I was pretty sure it was Type 2 (reminder, I am NOT a physician).

Turned out, she was very confused as to how to use the meter. Someone at the doctor’s office had shown her but when she got home, she was clueless.

We sat in my office and practiced until she got it. Biggest issue was which end of the strip got the blood and which end went into the meter. Damn strips were individually wrapped. I told her to call the doctor and get rid of those. At that time, she was in her late 80’s. Had some shakiness in her hands. It really was difficult for her. So we practiced. (We didn’t use blood so she could save her strips.)

Each summer when she returns to New Hampshire she stops by to let me know how she’s doing. And she’s doing great! She turned 90 last summer. She walks every day, has lost weight, looks good and she’s very proud of herself. I’m proud of her!

All because of my big mouth.

Still makes me smile…

Read about more Accomplishments in the DOC!


2013BlogWeekToday 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. (Thanks to Jasmine of Silver-Lined  for this topic suggestion.)

This memory is kind of funny. I was still somewhat new to blogging and was impressed by the number of d-bloggers who got up in the morning, wrote a blog and then posted it. All these posts showed up, right around 7 or 8am. They were amazing.

I didn’t know you could schedule a post to post later…

Other memories:
D-bloggers’ sincere sympathy notes when my dad died.
D-bloggers’ encouragement when I began using Insulin.
D-bloggers’ continued encouragement when I began pumping.
D-bloggers’ in KC meeting me for dinner at two of our KC trips.
D-bloggers’ meeting us in San Francisco for dinner!
Meeting one of my very favorite D-Moms, Shannon.

Back to my first aha! – scheduling a post. I wrote the first 3 d-blog week posts over the weekend. I thought I was pretty smart. Now, it’s Tuesday night. This one is ready to go in the morning. Have I even started the rest? Nope!

Be sure to read some others! Memories

We, The Undersigned

2013BlogWeekRecently various petitions have been circulating the Diabetes Online Community, so today let’s pretend to write our own. Tell us who you would write the petition to – a person, an organization, even an object (animate or inanimate) – get creative!! What are you trying to change and what have you experienced that makes you want this change? (Thanks to Briley of inDpendence for this topic suggestion.)


To: The Brilliant Scientist People of the World

We the undersigned would like you to find a cure for Diabetes, all types of Diabetes.
And, as long as you’re being brilliant, can you cure everything else, too?

To read others, check out:
Petition Day

Share and Don’t Share


Often our health care team only sees us for about 15 minutes several times a year, and they might not have a sense of what our lives are really like.  Today, let’s pretend our medical team is reading our blogs.  What do you wish they could see about your and/or your loved one’s daily life with diabetes?  On the other hand, what do you hope they don’t see?  (Thanks to Melissa Lee of Sweetly Voiced for this topic suggestion.)

I think I’m lucky. I truly believe that both my PCP and Endo (#4) truly make an effort to know what my life is like. They ask good questions and they listen to me.

I wish they could see the value of the DOC. My daily life would be the absolute pits without everyone who blogs about diabetes.

I wish they could see the hope and the affirmation I get from being part of this wonderful group of d-people. And even more importantly, I wish they’d be inspired to advise other patients to read and get involved.