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Diabetes Art: #Dblog Week, Day 6 May 19, 2013

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Dblog Prompt: 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. 

Diabetes art using an infusion set, strips, glue and glitter.I must admit that this Diabetes Art is from Friends For Life 2012. But, it has not made a blog appearance yet, and this creature is not what is important about this post.

What is important is that diabetes should get to be fun. Definitely not all the time, but some of the time. Building this creature was one of the first things I did at FFL. Brian, Ginger and I goofed around, used some diabetes supplies in unexpected ways and put glitter in unexpected places. And it was fun. Truly big smile and laughing fun.

Diabetes camps can be fun, as a camper or a leader (I didn’t enjoy diabetes camp until I ran my own). This #Dblog week adds some fun, talking with the #DOC on Twitter often adds a smile and laugh to my day. Diabetes is tough and unrelenting, but it is important to take a break, however small, to add some fun to the whole thing.

Check out some true Diabetes Art at the #Dblog Week link list for today’s topic!


That’s Not Going To Work December 12, 2012

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I have to credit @GingerVieira for this post topic. We sat at the Friends for Life (FFL) hotel bar, ordering sweet potato fries with dip (Awesome appetizer. Or meal. Or snack.), I bolused and said something like, ‘That’s not going to work. But whatever.’ She laughed, we talked about it (‘cause that’s what you do at FFL, you hang out with people who get it), and she said, ‘You should write a blog about that!’

I bolused with a pretty confident guess that it was not going to work. The insulin amount and timing was not going to work because I didn’t know what I would be doing, where I’d be going, or how those delicious fries might interact with my cells. Or because on some minuscule level in my body something is off, just a little bit, and I don’t even know. But I bolus some amount anyways, because I have to.

Because some bolus is better than no bolus. (Your Diabetes May Vary).

Because I’ll definitely require some insulin, but also because I might learn something about how sweet potato fries work. No matter how long I’ve been at this game (or you know, my life), I must keep learning, even though it might not work the first time. Or the first few times. Or ever. But sweet potato fries are almost always worth it.

What have you tried, knowing that it probably won’t work out, but tried it anyway?

Luckily Surrounded. July 11, 2012

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An unexpected reminder gently slapped me in the face this past week during the CWD Friends for Life 2012 event. I listened to others, and contemplated. Yeah, diabetes sucks. But you deal; you have to. [Side note: Not as easy as it sounds]. Sometimes on my own or with the DOC, but almost always with contributions from the people with whom I surround myself. I was reminded that I am lucky. Lucky to have a phenomenal support crew, regardless as to if that’s what they meant to be. For example…

  • Type Awesome Friend: Fastest across the street juice retrieval from Soda La Fuente that I have ever seen. Granted, I was low, but I might have seen a streak as he ran out the door.
  • Type Awesome Ex: Conquered the middle of the night, I’m-going-to-test-you-because-Dex-is-beeping-so-stick-your-finger-out-from-under-the-covers action.
  • ER Doctor: After testing for keytones, informed me that, “You have keytones. But not diabetic keytones.” Sweet. And we moved on.
  • Endo: When looking at my Dex graph, points at some ups and downs and says, “These are fine.” No asking what I ate, no asking exactly what I did two weeks ago at 3:02 pm.
  • Eye Doctor: After an appointment says, “Keep up the good work, I know it’s hard.” I left the office in tears.
  • Type Awesome Coworker: Unknowingly got sucked into DOC tweets, saw this:
    and tweeted back, “m&ms and jolly ranchers in my desk if you need.”
  • Type Awesome Sister: As a youngster, knew to get orange juice for a low. In a foreign country. After I’d passed out. She laughed.
  • Type Awesome Camping Friend: Noticed I was high for the whole camping trip, and asked the dreaded ‘Should you really be eating that?’ when I reached for another chocolate piece. Well, no. I shouldn’t. In that case, I needed someone to call me out.
  • Type Awesome Relative: Came to me holding his arms straight out, huge hands cupped. Holding Dex like a baby bird. “It was beeping, I don’t know what it wants.”

None of these people get it like the DOC might; but they come damn close. Do you find that your in-person support crew changes how often you look to, or how much you rely on the DOC or other online communities?